Talking Tom and Friends (TV series)
|Talking Tom and Friends|
|Based on||Talking Tom and Friends|
|Theme music composer||Filip Šijanec|
|Country of origin||Slovenia|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||149 + 1 pilot episode (list of episodes)|
|Running time||11 minutes|
|Original release||23 December 2014 –|
Talking Tom and Friends is a computer-animated children's web series by Outfit7 Limited, based on the media franchise of the same name. The first three seasons of the show were produced by the Austrian animation-studio ARX Anima. Starting from season 4, the show has been produced by the Spanish animation studio People Moving Pixels. It was released on YouTube on 30 April 2015. The show was also broadcast on Boomerang UK since 5 September 2016, and Netflix as well, but has since been discontinued but the fifth season is currently airing on Pop.
The series follows Tom, Ben, Angela, Ginger and Hank's everyday lives and misadventures. Although most episodes of the show are made to stand alone, the entire series follows a basic story arc and certain episodes build upon the personalities of recurring characters or major events in the show.
- Tom (voiced by Colin Hanks) - A grey tabby cat. He creates ideas for new apps and inventions for the company and prefers to be on the business side of things. At times, is also shown to be irresponsible, and usually ends up in trouble due to this. Hanks describes Talking Tom as mischievous, charismatic, energetic and tries to make things; the leader of his gang who likes to have fun.
- Ben (voiced by James Adomian) - A brown dog and Tom's best friend. He likes to invent things and work on apps, focusing on its technical aspects such as computer programming. Adomian describes Talking Ben as the brains of the group and a very serious individual, who nevertheless freaks out a lot. In Episode 26 of Season 3, he was banned from using tech by his girlfriend Xenon, who was shown to be working for the agency. After he broke the rule, he was given an electronic bracelet (in Episode 1 of season 4) that would stop him from using tech. However, Ben later managed to get rid of the bracelet.
- Angela (voiced by Lisa Schwartz) - A white cat who is Tom's girlfriend, starting from the end of season 1. She aspires to be a singer. Schwartz describes her as "super fun and girly", and sometimes shy, while outgoing at other times.
- Ginger (voiced by Maria Bamford) - A young orange-and-white cat and Tom's neighbour (in Talking Friends, he is Tom's nephew. However, he is not shown to be related to Tom in any way in this show). In season one, he claims to be from the second richest family in town. His parents do not spend much time with him, so he does not recognize love, and when Tom and Angela hold hands, dance or kiss, he calls it disgusting.
- Hank (voiced by Tom Kenny) - A white dog with a blue spot around his left eye and blue paws. He is Tom's roommate and enjoys television shows, often claiming to be "in a relationship with the TV". Kenny describes Hank as his sweet spot of doing nice and "stupid" characters.
- Becca Sparkles (voiced by Maria Bamford) (First occurrence: S4 EP9) - A grey rabbit who initially made a diss track about Angela called "Little Miss Perfect", and acted rudely to Angela until she found out that her disliking Angela was because of a misunderstanding. Later on, she was accused by Angela of having a crush on Tom, but revealed that she had a crush on Hank. In "The New Old Roommate", Becca decided to move into Angela's apartment after the ghost leaved.
Characters who have recurred across different stories:
- Santa Claus (voiced by Tom Kenny) - An imaginary figure, shown to be a real figure in the show, who shows up in Christmas-themed episodes of the show.
- Dr. Internet Doctor (voiced by Brian Stack) - A medical doctor who runs his practice through web cams. He sometimes pretends to work in other related professions such as being an online therapist.
- The CEO (voiced by Brian Stack) - A rich businessman with whom Tom and his friends occasionally interact with. His given name is Carl and believes that "CEO" stands for "Chief Everything Officer". Starting in the second season, he has a larger role as a rival intent on finding ways to steal Tom and Ben's inventions or to shut down their company. In later episodes, he even goes as far as trying to kill Tom. In Season 4, he goes on a long vacation and leaves his pet goldfish, Goldie, in charge of the company.
- Jeremy the Germ (voiced by Josh Fadem in seasons 1–3 and Tom Kenny in seasons 4–present) - A germ that was a former antagonist but later reformed. Although appearing to be cute and sociable, he desires to make everyone sick. At the end of Season 3, Jeremy moves into the garage due to a deal he made with Tom in which he would get rid of certain villains. In season 4, he changes his evil ways and becomes clean and joins the rest of the gang. In the later episodes, he is found to have a brother named Nigel, who tries to make Jeremy evil again, but fails. Later, he lands a job in the diner and leaves to pursue his passion.
- The Landlord (voiced by Dave Willis) - Tom and Ben's landlord, who rents out his garage to them. He dislikes excessive noise and often threatens to evict his tenants if they do anything he dislikes or fail to pay their rent. He is a former ping pong champion. Hank shows deference around him, often using royal vocabulary whenever he appears.
- MC (voiced by James Adomian) - An event organiser and host who wears a helmet showing a pixelated display of a face and wears a jersey. In "The Sixth Friend", he reveals his name is Maurice Claremont.
- Rhonda (voiced by Lisa Schwartz) - The waitress and owner of the diner which is often visited by Tom and his friends.
- Victoria Payne (voiced by Suzi Barrett) - A music critic known for being really harsh on upcoming singers. She hosts a show where she gives the singers a thumbs up or thumbs down. Later she is shown to be enemies with Angela, MC and Ricky Deluna.
- Darren (voiced by George Back) - A rich kid who is initially shown to be a rival to Ginger at a tennis tournament. He is later revealed to be the nephew of the CEO. He acts in a snobbish manner around Ginger and the gang, and is later shown to be secretively wishing to become the CEO's heir, often accidentally referring to the CEO as "my inheritance" when the CEO is in danger.
- Will Zee (voiced by Brandon Johnson) - A childhood friend of Tom. Initially a nerdy boy, Will has become a popular professional skateboarder.
- Boomerang (voiced by Tom Kenny) - An artificial intelligence program that Ben fashioned from a portable handheld gaming console. He considers Ben as his father, and quickly progresses through childhood and adolescence, but becomes so advanced that the computer he is in can no longer run him. Being left with no choice, Ben releases him into the Internet.
- Xenon (voiced by Robin Reed) - A nerdy girl who is initially shown to be working at an electronics store, who becomes Ben's love interest. She and Ben regularly chat using webcams, and she goes on dates with Ben using a computer tablet. Starting from Episode 26 of Season 3, she is shown to be working for a mysterious organisation referred to as "the Agency". She and Ben get along again after Ben discovers that Xenon is still supportive of him.
- Mel (voiced by Tom Kenny) and Flo (voiced by Maria Bamford) - Members of the "S.M.A.R.T.I.E.S." (The Super Mentally Advanced Really Truly Intellectually Endowed Society). Mel and Flo both have white hair and generally wear white lab coats and black-framed glasses. After Ben quit the S.M.A.R.T.I.E.S because Mel and Flo were mocking his friends, they act rudely to Ben and claim that Ben quit their club because "he was a failure".
- Ms. Vanthrax (voiced by Laraine Newman) - Ginger's school teacher, who also used to teach Tom and Ben. She enjoys creating new kinds of punishment for her students. In a later episode, she and the Landlord fall in love after Tom and the gang try to bring them together so that the Landlord does not sell the garage. In season 4, she is revealed to be a monster hunter.
- Ricky Deluna (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) - A famous actor and dancer, who initially is shown as the host of a talent show. In a later episode, Ricky tries to steal Angela away from Tom during a music video they were doing together, but fails. In season 4, he uses a music concert as a ruse to get rid of MC, Victoria Payne and Angela, but is caught and arrested.
- Ronnie (voiced by James Adomian) - A scout-mate and classmate of Ginger. He has brown curly hair and wears large round glasses. He is an expert at the SquareStack video game.
- Autumn Summers (voiced by Greg Manwaring in season 1 and Maria Bamford in season 3-present) - A fashion company executive, who is the host of most fashion shows, and with whom Tom and Angela interact occasionally. In season 4, she hires Tom as a model, and fires him for leaving the stage to save Ginger.
- Bongo (voiced by James Adomian) and McGillicuddy (voiced by Tom Kenny) - The protagonists of Hank's favorite TV show, named "Bongo and McGillicuddy". Bongo is a human police officer and McGillicuddy is his assistant, an orangutan. They occasionally interact with Hank when either Hank enters their world or when they enter Hank's world. In their first appearance, it is shown that they watch "Talking Tom and Friends" as a show.
- Roy Rakoon (voiced by Tom Kenny) - Tom's new neighbour, a raccoon who initially appears to be a rich, cool philanthropic guy but later becomes Tom's rival. He is the main antagonist of the fifth season.
|First released||Last released|
|Pilot||22 December 2014|
|1||52||30 April 2015||29 December 2016|
|2||26||15 June 2017||8 March 2018|
|3||26||10 May 2018||27 December 2018|
|4||26||16 May 2019||27 March 2020|
|5||26||8 May 2020||TBA|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Runtime||Original release date||Ref.|
|M1||M1||"Stop Copying Me"||Udo Beissel||Hugh Webber||2:33||5 February 2015|||
|Tom starts copying Hank's actions and words. After trying to get Tom to stop, Hank does a long crazy sequence of actions, but Tom claims that he missed it and makes Hank do it again, just so that Hank entertains him.|
|M2||M2||"Anti-social"||Greg Manwaring||James Woodham||1:19||19 February 2015|||
|Tom finds the rest of the gang stuck in their chairs staring at their devices. Tom realises his hypnotising app works, but then his friends snap out of it and tell him that the app is boring and lame.|
|M3||M3||"Ben the Comedian"||Udo Beissel||James Woodham||2:09||12 March 2015|||
|Ben does some stand-up comedy involving his science topics, but no one laughs. However, when he tries to explain his joke and starts tripping over cables and knocking over things, the audience laughs, much to Ben’s chagrin.|
|M4||M4||"Super Vacuum"||Greg Manwaring||James Woodham||2:21||2 April 2015|||
|Hank makes Ginger vacuum the floor so he can eat Ginger's sandwich, but when Ginger catches Hank eating his sandwich, he vacuums the sandwich and Hank inside, puts the sandwich in the trash and leaves.|
|M5||M5||"Good Morning Tom"||Udo Beissel||James Woodham, Boris Dolenc||2:05||16 April 2015|||
|Hank wakes Tom up from a dream, but Tom doesn't want to get to work, so Ben uses his robot to drag a cranky Tom out of bed.|
|M6||M6||"There's an App for That"||Udo Beissel||Hugh Webber||1:50||3 September 2015|||
|Tom brings Ben a list of apps they could make, but Ben shows that all of them have already been created, and applies some of them on Tom.|
|M7||M7||"Hank's Bike"||Udo Beissel||James Woodham||1:49||September 2015|||
|Tom raps and attempts to hype Hank’s custom bicycle, though Hank and Angela have no idea about what Tom is doing.|
|M8||M8||"Angela's Surprise"||Greg Manwaring||Boris Dolenc, James Woodham||2:00||4 February 2016|||
|Angela is annoyed that the guys have forgotten her birthday and are making her do errands. In a fit of rage, she destroys the box she was made to carry to the garage, only to discover that her friends had planned a surprise birthday party and that she destroyed her own birthday cake.|
Reception and Accolades
Talking Tom and Friends has generally received mixed to positive reviews. The show is currently rated 6.3/10 on IMDb. The show is also rated three stars out of five by Common Sense Media, which states "Talking Tom and Friends centers on the animated stars of a popular app series, so kids who know and love them will want to watch their TV antics. On the whole, the content is fine for kids, and there's plenty of silliness (and some body noises and humor) to keep them entertained. That's the show's main intent, so don't expect many teaching moments. The characters argue and get on each other's nerves at times, and some squabbles get physical with tussles and wrestling, but there are no injuries."
In 2016, the show won the Cablefax Program Awards for Best Animated Series. The show is currently available on YouTube, where the show's official channel has 11 million subscribers as of May 2020.
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