The Weekenders

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The Weekenders
TheWeekendersLogo.jpg
From left to right: Tino, Tish, Carver, and Lor
Also known asDisney's The Weekenders
GenreComedy
Created byDoug Langdale
Directed bySteve Lyons
StarringJason Marsden
Grey DeLisle
Phil LaMarr
Kath Soucie
Jeff Bennett
Opening theme"Livin' for the Weekend" by Wayne Brady and Roger Neill
ComposerRoger Neill
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes39 (73 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerDoug Langdale
EditorArthur D. Noda
Running time30 minutes
Production companyWalt Disney Television Animation
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Release
Original networkABC (Disney's One Saturday Morning) (seasons 1–2)
UPN (Disney's One Too) (season 3)
Toon Disney (season 4)
Picture formatNTSC
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseFebruary 26, 2000 (2000-02-26) –
February 29, 2004 (2004-02-29)
Chronology
Related showsProject G.e.e.K.e.R.
Dave the Barbarian

The Weekenders (also known as Disney's The Weekenders) is an American animated television series created by Doug Langdale. It centers on the weekend life of four 12-year-old 7th graders: Tino, Lor, Carver, and Tish. The series initially aired on ABC (Disney's One Saturday Morning) and UPN (Disney's One Too), but was later moved to Toon Disney.[1]

Premise[edit]

The Weekenders details the weekends of four middle school students: Tino Tonitini (voiced by Jason Marsden), a fun-loving and humorous Italian-American boy; Lorraine "Lor" McQuarrie (voiced by Grey DeLisle), a tomboyish and hotheaded Scottish-American girl; Carver Descartes (voiced by Phil LaMarr), a self-absorbed and fashion-conscious African-American boy who has Nigerian heritage; and Petratishkovna "Tish" Katsufrakis (voiced by Kath Soucie), an intellectual and bibliophilic Jewish-American girl who has both Greek and Ukrainian heritage. Every episode is set over the course of a weekend, with little to no mentions of school life. Friday sets up the conflict of the episode, Saturday escalates and develops it, and the climatic third act happens on Sunday. The implied "ticking clock" is used to signify the characters running out of time and the problem must be solved before going back to school Monday.

Tino serves as a narrator of each episode, providing his own insight into what he's experiencing as well as his friends, and will sum up the moral of the story at the end, always ending with a sign off of, "Later days."

A running gag in each episode is that when the group goes out for pizza, the restaurant they go to has a different theme each time, such as a prison, where each table is its own cell, or the American Revolution, where the waiters look like the Founding Fathers and give rousing speeches about the pizzas.

The show was known for its distinctive animation style, similar to shows produced by Klasky-Csupo such as Rocket Power and As Told by Ginger, and also for being one of the few animated series where characters' outfits change from episode to episode. The series takes place in the fictional city of Bahia Bay, which is based on San Diego, California where the creator lived.[2]

The show's theme song, "Livin' for the Weekend", was performed by Wayne Brady and written by Brady and Roger Neill.

Broadcast[edit]

The Weekenders premiered on February 26, 2000, as part of Disney's One Saturday Morning on ABC. From 2001 to 2002, it also aired as part of Disney's One Too on UPN on Sunday mornings.[3] In September 2002, the series moved to Toon Disney,[4] and new episodes began airing on October 19,[5] finishing on February 29, 2004.

Reruns of the series continued to air on Toon Disney from 2004 to 2006, and also on Disney Channel in 2003.

Episodes[edit]

Home media[edit]

US (Region 1)[edit]

The entire show is now available on DVD on two volume sets sold exclusively through the Disney Movie Club[6] and Disney Movie eBay shop,[7] which makes The Weekenders the first Disney animated television show to have a full release on DVD.[8]

DVD Name Ep # Release date
The Weekenders: Volume 1 20 March 5, 2013
The Weekenders: Volume 2 19 March 5, 2013

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The Weekenders has received very positive reviews from critics and fans for its solid writing, upbeat energy and multi-dimensional characters.[9]

Ratings[edit]

TV Guide dubbed The Weekenders as "the show that killed Pokémon," because ABC stole the ratings when they aired it at 10:00 am - the same time Pokémon aired on Kids' WB. In addition, Variety and the New York Post reported that The Weekenders took the number one rating on Saturday morning television, which knocked off Pokémon from its 54 consecutive weeks as the top spot.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 271–272. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ "Mega Mirror: Hangin' With 4 Friends". The Mirror. 2000-11-11.
  3. ^ "The Weekenders". www.bcdb.com, May 13, 2012
  4. ^ Godfrey, Leigh (July 1, 2002). "Toon Disney Premieres Eight New Series In Fall 2002". Animation World Network. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "So wait there were episodes of the Weekenders that didn't air on ABC?". Toonzone.net. Retrieved 2014-06-27.[better source needed]
  6. ^ "NEWS: The Weekenders hits DVD!". Disney Afternoon Forever. 2013-02-04.
  7. ^ "Want to Buy DMC DVDs Without Joining the DMC? Now You Can!". Disney Afternoon Forever. 2013-07-14.
  8. ^ "OVD Opinion Piece: What THE WEEKENDERS Means for Disney TV Cartoons on DVD". Disney Afternoon Forever. 2013-02-06.
  9. ^ "DISNEY'S THE WEEKENDERS. - HighBeam Business: Arrive Prepared". Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  10. ^ Schneider, Michael (2000-05-05). "'The Weekenders' defeats 'Pokemon'". Variety.com.
  11. ^ Kaplan, Don (2000-05-10). "'Pokemon Has a Lost Weekend'". nypost.com.

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