SheZow

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SheZow
SheZow Logo.png
Genre Comedy
Superhero
Created by Obie Scott Wade
Directed by Gillian Carr
Starring
Theme music composer
  • Christopher Elves
  • Obie Scott Wade
Opening theme "SheZow", vocals by Jeff Gunn and Christopher Elves
Composer(s) Christopher Elves
Country of origin
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (52 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Obie Scott Wade
  • Loris Kramer Lunsford
  • Jason Netter
  • Gillian Carr
  • Huoi Seong Low
  • Brenda Wooding
Producer(s) Gillian Carr
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor DHX Media
Release
Original network
Picture format
Audio format Dolby Pro Logic2
First shown in Australia
Original release 15 December 2012 – 2 November 2013
Website www.hubworld.com/shezow/shows/shezow

SheZow is an Australian-Canadian animated superhero comedy television series. It features the adventures of a boy who inadvertently inherits the role of a superheroine, which imposes an explicit feminine theme to his costumed appearance and equipment.

It began airing on Network Ten in Australia on 15 December 2012. The series is aimed at children from 6 to 11 years old. Produced by Moody Street Kids and Kickstart Productions, it is distributed by DHX Media, and funded in part by Film Victoria. It was designed by Australian artist Kyla May.

As of December 2013, 52 eleven-minute episodes have been made, which are broadcast in pairs to make one season of 26 half-hour episodes.[1] In a 2013 interview, Wade expressed interest in making a second season.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

The series' protagonist, a 12-year-old boy named Guy Hamdon,[3] discovers the superheroine SheZow's ring of power inherited from his late Aunt Agnes; then subsequently transforms into a female costumed crime-fighter by uttering the phrase "You Go Girl!".[4]

While the power ring does grant him superpowers, it was only meant to be worn by a girl, so Guy must wear a female superhero costume while fighting crime.

Cast and characters[edit]

Cast and crew[edit]

  • Terry Klassen – voice supervisor
  • Dale Warren – Voice Director / Sound designer / Sound mixer

Actors[edit]

Cast
Peter Sterner (uncredited) Guy/SheZow (European only)
Jacquie Brennan Sheila, Tara, Grilla, Null, Madame Curiador
Lyall Brooks Brian Smirk, Tattoosalla, Coldfinger, Mocktopus, Wackerman, Senior Yo-Yo, Count Pussenbite, Mister Cylinder, Mega Monkey,
Caped Koala, Crash Thunder, Aristotle, Brouhaha, Dr. Frankenweather, Fibberachee, Maj. Attitude, Manny Ken, Void, Periwinkle,
Spit Bubble, Moocher, Pirate Posse, Dudley, Kelli, Captain XL, Mayor Stanley, Link, Sarcazmo, Wishington, Tad, McSniff, Legal Cat
David-Myles Brown Guy/SheZow (Australia & New Zealand only), Moocher, Pirate Posse
Dan Hamill Officer Boxter, Candy Rapper, Le Pigeon, Moocher, Freddie Fartonavich
Matt Hill Maz
Diana Kaarina Kelly
Justin Kennedy Big Chow Slim
Elizabeth Nabben Droosha, Aunt Agnes, Mrs. Creature, Baby Scarington, Uma Thermal
Samuel Vincent Guy/SheZow (North America only), SheZap
Cecelia Ramsdale Gal/DudePow, Maizy, Wanda

Development and production[edit]

The concept was originally created by Obie Scott Wade as a short film for Disney Channel's Shorty McShorts' Shorts in 2007.

In a 2013 interview, Wade stated that the inspiration for SheZow was based on his experiences of watching Saturday-morning cartoons and a general love for superheroes. "When I was a kid I watched a show on Saturday mornings called Shazam! ... it was Shazam and Isis and I just thought it would be interesting to see what would happen if he accidentally said 'SHE-zam,' would he get a different costume or become a different hero?" He added that a lot of the facets to SheZow's mythology came about from the women writers on his team. "I asked the women on my team ... what would be a good weakness for a woman superhero and they all said, 'Bad hair!' ... A lot of the gadgets and jokes [for 'SheZow'] came from women."[2]

Broadcast[edit]

In the United States, it was added to the schedule lineup of Hub Network (now Discovery Family) on 1 June 2013.[5] In the United Kingdom, the series was on Kix in 2016.[6] It is shown on Eleven and ABC3 in Australia. Series 1 was available on Netflix from 2015 to 2017 [7][8] It was later aired on Discovery Family from 22 November to 27 December 2015.

Reception[edit]

The show was considered controversial by several Christian groups for using cross-dressing and transvestism as a source of humour,[9] with One Million Moms, an affiliate of the American Family Association being one of the groups targeting it.[10] In response, series creator Obie Scott Wade stated, "SheZow is not transgendered. He's a boy, his gender never changes, he's just trapped in a silly costume." He also added that he doesn't find it child-inappropriate at all, because the idea came to him in his youth.[2]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Written by Original air date
1a "SheZow Happens" Obie Scott Wade 15 December 2012 (2012-12-15)
Guy and his family move into their Great Aunt Agnes' house that was handed down to the Hamdon's after her death. During the process of unpacking Guy and his sister Kelly Hamdon discover the power ring belonging to the city's current super heroine; SheZow. After jokingly wearing the ring, Guy mistakenly becomes the female super hero- upon discovery the main protagonists go through the process of discovering the hero's powers, super lair, and equipment that comes with said duties.
1b "Cold Finger" Lazar Saric 15 December 2012 (2012-12-15)
Appearing at SheZow Con, SheZow pleases and answers a Q&A of SheZow Trivia; In the process of the con, Guy (SheZow) runs into a known nemesis of the super heroine formally known as Coldfinger.
2a "Makin' Bank" Obie Scott Wade 16 December 2012 (2012-12-16)
After stopping a robbery taking place in Megadale's national savings, SheZow is caught on security footage making an illegal withdrawal from the bank that is later spent on a video game SheZow and his sidekick have had their eyes on; it's up to Guy, Kelly, and Maz to get their hands on the security footage to decease Guy from shrinking to nonexistence under the noses of the Megadale Police.
2b "Super Sidekick" Brendan Luno 16 December 2012 (2012-12-16)
After Maz saves the day, Guy resents an emotion of jealousy towards his former sidekick; causing the friendship between the two to split apart.
3a "Glamageddon" Tania Lacy & Obie Scott Wade 21 December 2012 (2012-12-21)
SheZow appears on the famous talk show of "Gideon Gushy", soon being (unknowingly) face to face with SheZow's old ex-crime fighter/ best friend, Tara- who soon followed the foot steps of evil. After a moment of unknowing ignorance, SheZow is soon challenged to a glamour battle against the former villain- seeking advice from the only woman figure he knows.
3b "SheZap" Tania Lacy & Obie Scott Wade 21 December 2012 (2012-12-21)
After discarding advice from his sister Kelly on keeping SheZow's appearance and hygiene at maintenance, Guy causes a discarded finger nail to become a new threat to Megadale; but this villain has a "green and nasty" twist to a certain super hero.
4a "S.I.C.K. Day" Lazar Saric 22 December 2012 (2012-12-22)
One of SheZow's former villains known by Mega Monkey develops a plan to gather a gang of Megadale's most "threatening" villains, but instead of capturing SheZow to stop the inevitable from happening to him; they manage to embarrass and belittle one of Megadale's police force officers known as Guy and kelly's father (Boxter Hamdon).
4b "Stuck Up" Josh Hamilton 22 December 2012 (2012-12-22)
Guy's huge ego causes him to get Ego-itis; causing household objects and lair equipment to force-ably stick to him, giving his sister Kelly the opportunity to abuse the as she claims "cure" for her brother to do anything she demands for her. Will his head shrink down to size, or will everything blow up in his face?
5a "SheZow Meets DudePow" Keith Wagnar 23 December 2012 (2012-12-23)
SheZow meets DudePow; the alternate reality version of SheZow, after a failed attempt to defeat SheZow's nemesis. They then must team up to defeat ColdFinger and the alternate reality's villain; Grilla. Although, they can't stand each other! Or is it the total opposite?
5b "ShePhat" Dennis Haley & Marcy Brown 23 December 2012 (2012-12-23)
Guy's sponsorship with Fizzburp makes him fat. Can Shezow capture villains, or will crime roam free?
6a "Guy and Doll" Becky Overton 28 December 2012 (2012-12-28)
Guy is caught in a dream. Or is it real?
6b "Family Tree" Ann Austen 28 December 2012 (2012-12-28)
Guy travels through time to visit his ancestors and save them from Megamonkey.
7a "Babysitter Jitters" John Hardman 29 December 2012 (2012-12-29)
Kelly and Maz get younger with an anti-aging cream, with Shezow as a babysitter.
7b "No Tattoo 4 U" Obie Scott Wade 29 December 2012 (2012-12-29)
Shezow faces off against Tattoozala and renews her super hero license.
8a "A Walk in My Heels" Kevin Sullivan 30 December 2012 (2012-12-30)
After Guy's stunt, Kelly thinks she has superpowers.
8b "She-T" Brendan Luno 30 December 2012 (2012-12-30)
Shezow has to stop aliens before they steal the Earth's oceans.
9a "BrouHaHa" Dennis Haley & Marcy Brown 6 July 2013 (2013-07-06)
Shezow has to stop a comedian called Brouhaha.
9b "Shehicle Pickle" Keith Wagnar 6 July 2013 (2013-07-06)
Shezow has to get his glamrock for the shehicle.
10a "Momnesia" Josh Hamilton 13 July 2013 (2013-07-13)
Droosha learns Guy is Shezow.
10b "Facsimilady" Denise Downer 13 July 2013 (2013-07-13)
A cleaning robot gets out of control.
11a "She Pal" Justin Kennedy 20 July 2013 (2013-07-20)
Wanda interviews Shezow and Guy tries to keep his secret.
11b "Le Pigeon" Ray Boseley 20 July 2013 (2013-07-20)
Shezow battles Le Pigeon, a bird fighting for bird rights.
12a "In She-D" Kate Knechtel 27 July 2013 (2013-07-27)
After using expired vanishing cream, Guy starts to disappear.
12b "Fibberachee" Mark Fellows 27 July 2013 (2013-07-27)
A jealous star hypnotizes his fans to destroy Shezow.
13a "Sarcazmo the Great" S. Armstrong & S. Krause 3 August 2013 (2013-08-03)
A wacky reality tv show host builds a pool for the Hamdon family.
13b "SheSquatch" Carter Crocker 3 August 2013 (2013-08-03)
Shezow rescues a SheSquatch from a park ranger.
14a "Fortune Kooky" Kevin Nemeth 10 August 2013 (2013-08-10)
Guy gets great fortune from a fortune cookie.
14b "Black Is the New Pink" Chris Carter 10 August 2013 (2013-08-10)
Shezow tries to get a graphic novel by trying a new look.
15a "Mr. Nice Guy" Eric Truehart 17 August 2013 (2013-08-17)
Shezow gets super-empathy and doesn't fight his enemies.
15b "Dental Breakdown" Dan Reheuser (story)
Lazar Saric and Obie Scott Wade (teleplay)
17 August 2013 (2013-08-17)
Guy loses a tooth and it corrupts a tooth fairy.
16a "Crash Thunder" Tommy Campbell 24 August 2013 (2013-08-24)
A wrestler forfeits a match out of fear and Guy tries to get to the bottom of it.
16b "Meet Dr. Frankenweather" Dan Reheuser (story)
Ray Boseley (teleplay)
24 August 2013 (2013-08-24)
An ex-weatherman makes crazy weather.
17a "Maz Junior" Dan Reheuser (story)
Becky Overton (teleplay)
31 August 2013 (2013-08-31)
Maz and Guy save an endangered animal from a wealthy, illegal animal collector.
17b "Uncommon Cold" Brendan Luno 31 August 2013 (2013-08-31)
Shezow gets a super cold.
18a "Transformation Overload" Carter Crocker 7 September 2013 (2013-09-07)
Guy can't control his transformation and gets a new power
18b "Wishington" Ray Boseley 7 September 2013 (2013-09-07)
Guy goes overboard with wishing
19a "PSA-Lister" Josh Hamilton 14 September 2013 (2013-09-14)
Shezow becomes a PSA lister and more popular on the air waves.
19b "Friend or Faux" Josh Worth (story)
Carter Crocker, Obie Scott Wade and Josh Worth (teleplay)
14 September 2013 (2013-09-14)
Anita Job takes Kelly's place as Shezow Club President, after Kelly argues with Shezow.
20a "SheZow for a Day" Brendan Luno 21 September 2013 (2013-09-21)
Kelly gets to be Shezow for one day.
20b "No Girls Allowed" Ann Austen 21 September 2013 (2013-09-21)
A male superhero chauvinist group rejects Shezow.
21a "Unplugged" Dan Reheuser (story)
Philip Dalkin (teleplay)
28 September 2013 (2013-09-28)
Sheila goes away after Guy misuses her.
21b "Lawn Gone Mad" Obie Scott Wade 28 September 2013 (2013-09-28)
Evil plants try to destroy Shezow.
22a "Evil Villains Day" Brendan Luno 5 October 2013 (2013-10-05)
Villains take over and it's illegal to stop them.
22b "Vampire Cats in Zombie Town" Eric Truehart 5 October 2013 (2013-10-05)
23a "SheZon's Greetings" Vivian Geffen (story)
Dan Reheuser, Obie Scott Wade & Merriwether Williams
12 October 2013 (2013-10-12)
23b "Snow Way, Dude!" Doug MacLeod 12 October 2013 (2013-10-12)
24a "Hot Rocks" Nate Knetchel 19 October 2013 (2013-10-19)
24b "SheZap is Whack" Obie Scott Wade 19 October 2013 (2013-10-19)
25a "Missing Link" Ray Boseley 26 October 2013 (2013-10-26)
25b "Null and Void" Brendan Luno 26 October 2013 (2013-10-26)
26a "Supernatural History" Ann Austen 2 November 2013 (2013-11-02)
26b "DudePow Returns" Keith Wagner 2 November 2013 (2013-11-02)

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Flint, Joe (28 May 2013). "Kids' cable channel Hub hopes 'SheZow' has magic touch on ratings". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (30 May 2013). "Gender-swapping superhero's creator responds to right-wing backlash". Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Breaking News – The Hub Network Unveils 2013–'14 Program Slate with Six New Additions to Join Nine Returning Original Series". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  6. ^ "'You Go, Girl!' – SheZow set to launch in the UK | So So Gay magazine". Sosogay.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
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