Sniz & Fondue

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Sniz & Fondue
Created by Michael Pearlstein
Starring Rick Gomez
Oscar Riba
John Walsh
Monica Lee Gradischek
Michael Pearlstein
Nandor Nevai
Jerry Nelson
Jim Cummings
Opening theme "Toys for Boys" (season 1)
Composer(s) David Campbell
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Production
Running time 5-7 minutes
Release
Original network Nickelodeon (1996-1998)
Original release October 7, 1996 – October 25, 1998

Sniz & Fondue is a series of animated shorts originally appearing on the first three seasons of the animation-anthology series KaBlam! on the American cable television network Nickelodeon.

Premise[edit]

The series was about the day-to-day lives of two ferret roommates, Sniz and Fondue. Sniz is hyperactive and playfully impulsive, traits that resulted in trouble for himself and his roommate, Fondue. Sniz sports a lime-green Mohawk haircut. Fondue was generally nervous as a result of Sniz's rambunctiousness, which resulted in him being on his guard. Fondue sports a blue chef's hat. They live with two other roommates, Snuppa and Bianca.

Production[edit]

Created by Michael Pearlstein, Sniz & Fondue was inspired and derived from characters of his short-lived comic series for a small comic book publishing company Northstar called "Puppy Action!". He later received a phone call from Linda Simensky, who was the head of Nickelodeon's programming around the time, who has found the first issue of Puppy Action! and asked him if he'd be interested in creating a pilot for a potential series.[1] So, he produced the 1992 pilot "Psyched for Snuppa" by Stretch Films and Jumbo Pictures, under the self-proclaimed disliked direction of John R. Dilworth, creator of Cartoon Network's Courage the Cowardly Dog. The Nickelodeon team liked Sniz and Fondue so much that they spun the characters into a series of segments for KaBlam!. Unfortunately, John R. Dilworth, Jim Jinkins, and David Campbell were only involved in the pilot, but later all had no involvement with the rest of Sniz & Fondue, when it became a part of KaBlam! as Jim Jinkins and David Campbell have officially moved their jobs to Disney Enterprises when they purchased Jumbo Pictures. John was asked by the board to direct the Sniz and Fondue series in NYC but he declined due to other interests.[2]

Michael Pearlstein was in charge of writing, storyboarding, character designing, creating the title cards and doing additional voices. The first season oversaw the animation at Israeli animation studio Pitchi Poy Animation Productions, which Michael despised due to how off-model the characters ended up being. They also mostly used stock music from Associated Production Music. The cue used for the show's title card was "Toys for Boys", composed by Boris Schoska. Eventually for the second and third season, they switched the oversea animation to Funbag Animation Studios in Canada with most of the animation and writing done in New York City, as well as going back to using original music cues with new title cards. Originally, Viacom was considering having the second and third season be animated at Spümcø in California, but Michael convinced them to have it done closely to his friends and family in New York.[3] One of the show's trademarks is that the characters (mostly Sniz) often sing or quote lyrics from real-life songs such as in the episode, "Stuntbike Sniz", where Sniz said to Fondue the main chorus of the song "You're the Inspiration" as well as the episode "Crustacean Sensations" where Sniz was singing The Bee Gees song Night Fever while wandering in the woods.[4]

Unfortunately, the series came to an end as Michael decided to leave the series out of frustration due to having to do most of the work in the production,[5][6] as well as Funbag was in the verge of going bankrupt while working on a TV-adaption for Watership Down. He was offered a half hour time spin-off but due to his departure, the offer was given to Steve Hillenburg for SpongeBob SquarePants.[7][8] The final episode, "Hosed!", ultimately with Pearlstein not involved in any way, aired within the season-three KaBlam! episode "It's All In The Wrist".[9]

Characters[edit]

  • Sniz Bronkowski — Sniz is a crazy little ferret who gets himself into trouble on a daily basis. Luckily, Fondue has ways to bail Sniz and himself out of ordeals. His hairstyle is always a green mohawk, except for one episode in which he went bald due to using too much hair gel. Sniz was voiced by Rick Gomez (credited as "R.H. Gomez") Originally, Sniz was supposed to be voiced by John Walsh but the Nickelodeon team decided on Rick instead.[10][11]
  • Squeaky Fondue — Fondue is a frustrated, but intelligent ferret who is also Sniz's roommate. He is always seen wearing a blue chef hat. His real name is Squeaky. Fondue was voiced by Oscar Riba. Originally, Michael wanted to voice Fondue himself like he did in the pilot "Psyched for Snuppa" but the Nickelodeon producers believed that he shouldn't be too close to his stuff.[12][13]
  • Snuppa Doojers — One of Sniz and Fondue's roommates. Like Fondue, he is bald too. Snuppa and his girlfriend Bianca, who share a house with roommates Sniz and Fondue, were later phased out in the third season as the writers believed that Sniz and Fondue seem to write themselves.[14][15] Snuppa was voiced by John Andrew Walsh.
  • Bianca Lo Bianca[16] — One of Sniz and Fondue's roommates. has a clownish blond hairstyle and is Snuppa's girlfriend. Bianca and Snuppa, who share a house with roommates Sniz and Fondue, were later phased out in the third season as the writers believed that Sniz and Fondue seem to write themselves.[17][18] Bianca was voiced by Monica Lee Gradischek (credited as Lee Bashforth).

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1996)[edit]

01 "Second-hand Sniz" October 7, 1996 (1996-10-07)
Sniz refuses to learn about how to tell time, so his roommates teach him the hard way.
02 "The Making of a Supermodel" October 14, 1996 (1996-10-14)
Fondue buys a model that he wants to keep in the box to retain the collector's value, but Sniz desperately wants to build it
03 "Mod Stylin'" October 21, 1996 (1996-10-21)
After using too much hair gel, Sniz goes bald.
04 "Rage Against the Vending Machine" October 28, 1996 (1996-10-28)
Sniz and Fondue become frustrated with a vending machine.
05 "Stunt Bike Sniz" November 4, 1996 (1996-11-04)
Sniz gets a new motorcycle, and attempts all kinds of crazy stunts to impress his roommates, and ends up in the news.
06 "Squeaky Clean" November 11, 1996 (1996-11-11)
Fondue becomes a germophobe, and isolates himself from the rest of the world in a bubble in the backyard.
07 "You Dummy" November 18, 1996 (1996-11-18)
Sniz throws his voice to help Fondue become a ventriloquist, but receives no thanks.
08 "Dark Vator" November 25, 1996 (1996-11-25)
While attending a convention of their favorite sci-fi show, Shapiro: Warp Speed 10 (parody of Star Trek), Sniz ends up trapping himself and Fondue in an elevator at the convention center.
09 "Fashionably Fondue" January 3, 1997 (1997-01-03)
Fondue attempts to become a fashion designer.
10 "War of the Supergeeks" January 19, 1997 (1997-01-19)
Sniz and Fondue fight over the prize in the cereal box, so Snuppa and Bianca make them try to outdo each other in household chores to see who gets the prize.
11 "Mr. Sniz's Wide Ride" February 15, 1997 (1997-02-15)
Aliens land in the backyard and invite Sniz aboard their spaceship, something that he soon regrets.
12 "A Toxic Tail" February 20, 1997 (1997-02-20)
Fondue purchases a deadly scorpion to keep Sniz out of his room, but it soon gets loose, and he, Sniz, Snuppa and Bianca hunt for it.
13 "The Borrowers" March 17, 1997 (1997-03-17)
Sniz and Fondue borrow money from a loanshark.

Season 2 (1997)[edit]

14 "Hello Dolly" March 31, 1997 (1997-03-31)
Sniz gives Fondue a doll that had been cursed by a gypsy that Sniz angered.
15 "Chicenary Chums" April 1, 1997 (1997-04-01)
Sniz goes on a practical joking spree, which annoys Fondue to the point that he pulls a prank of his own by pretending he got killed in one of Sniz's pranks.
16 "Rat in the Hat" April 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)
Fondue reluctantly lets Sniz borrow his beloved hat, which he soon wants back.
17 "Celluloid Sins" April 18, 1997 (1997-04-18)
Sniz takes a new hobby called Plexing, in which he sneaks into various movie theaters without paying for a ticket.
18 "Great Infestations" May 5, 1997 (1997-05-05)
Sniz accidentally lets termites infest the house, so he, Fondue, Snuppa and Bianca check into a hotel, but being fed up with their respective roommates, Fondue rooms with Bianca, letting Snuppa put up with Sniz.
Note: Final appearance of Snuppa and Bianca.
19 "Clubbed" May 27, 1997 (1997-05-27)
Sniz signs him and Fondue up for a CD of the Month club, but soon the price becomes unreasonable, and they are unable to pay, nor return the CDs, that had been damaged.
20 "Solitare Confinement" June 31, 1997 (1997-06-31)
Fondue becomes addicted to Computer Solitare, so much that he ignores Sniz... and the burglars robbing their house.
Note: Creator Mike Brandon was not involved with this episode.
21 "The Great Chili Cookoff" July 13, 1997 (1997-07-13)
Sniz and Fondue enter a chili cookoff to win a freeride in a fire engine.
22 "Penny-ante Vigilantes" August 5, 1997 (1997-08-05)
Sniz suddenly becomes a kleptomaniac in his sleep.
Note: Creator Mike Brandon was not involved with this episode.
23 "Hosed!" October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04)
Sniz believes that he can magically cure people who have been injured with his garden hose, but actually makes things worse.
Note: Creator Mike Brandon was not involved with this episode.

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