|Also known as||Disney's The Weekenders|
|Created by||Doug Langdale|
|Directed by||Steve Lyons|
|Opening theme||"Livin' for the Weekend" by Wayne Brady and Roger Neill|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||39 (73 segments) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Doug Langdale|
|Editor||Arthur D. Noda|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company||Walt Disney Television Animation|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
|Original network||ABC (Disney's One Saturday Morning) (seasons 1–2)|
UPN (Disney's One Too) (season 3)
Toon Disney (season 4)
|Original release||February 26, 2000 –|
February 29, 2004
|Related shows||Project G.e.e.K.e.R.|
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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.
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.
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. In September 2002, the series moved to Toon Disney, and new episodes began airing on October 19, 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.
US (Region 1)
The entire show is now available on DVD on two volume sets sold exclusively through the Disney Movie Club and Disney Movie eBay shop, which makes The Weekenders the first Disney animated television show to have a full release on DVD.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release date|
|The Weekenders: Volume 1||20||March 5, 2013|
|The Weekenders: Volume 2||19||March 5, 2013|
The Weekenders has received very positive reviews from critics and fans for its solid writing, upbeat energy and multi-dimensional characters.
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.
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