Tommy e Oscar

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Tommy e Oscar
Tommy and Oscar logo.jpg
Created byMax Alessandrini and Iginio Straffi
Directed byIginio Straffi
StarringMax Alessandrini
Valentino Grassetti
Francesco Artibani
Luca Raffaelli
Tito Faraci
ComposersRoberto Belelli and Francesco Sardella (ph Music WorX s.rl.)
Country of originItaly
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52
Production
ProducerIginio Straffi
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesRainbow S.r.l.
Rai Fiction
Release
Original networkRai 1
Original release2000 (2000) –
2002 (2002)

Tommy & Oscar (Italian: Tommy e Oscar) is an Italian animated television series co-created by Max Alessandrini and Iginio Straffi, with graphic creation by Pietro Dichiara and Carlo Rambaldi. It was the first major project from Rainbow,[1] which later became a much larger television studio co-owned by the US company Viacom (now known as Paramount).[2]

52 episodes over two seasons were made. An English-language voiceover was also made in the Canadian city of Montreal.

Premise[edit]

Professor Leonard is the classic mad, bizarre and eccentric scientist . His amazing inventions often end with unpredictable results. However, thanks to these inventions, his nephew Tommy becomes a superhero intent on protecting the world from Caesar, an unscrupulous businessman.

Tommy, a 10-year-old boy with his alien friend Oscar and his friends Yukari and Peter along with his uncle, Professor Leonard, join forces to stop the evil desires of Caesar. His strategies for getting rich, however, are diabolical plans to make money quickly without considering the disastrous consequences.

Fortunately, our heroes are not alone. There are Yukari, an expert in martial arts, and Peter, a talented Italo-African musician. Together they will have to save animals, protect forests and reveal complicated secrets.

Characters[edit]

The main town in the series is Rainbow City, which takes its name from the production company of the series.

  • Tommy – A blond boy about 10 years of age who lives with his eccentric uncle Leonard and Oscar. He was voiced by Justin Bradley in the English dub.
  • Oscar – A fun and weird pink alien who eats musical notes that can change his body at will. Oscar was voiced by Rick Jones.
  • Yukari – A 10-year-old girl of Japanese origin, full of action. Her dance attack is the Katonga Dance. She was voiced by Jaclyn Linetsky.
  • Prof. Leonard – Bizarre scientist, but a great inventor. Is Tommy's uncle and lives with him. Similar to Doctor Emmett Brown from the 1980s film Back to the Future. He was voiced by A.J. Henderson
  • Peter – Tommy's best friend, and he has a music store. He is voiced by Oliver Grainger.
  • Woody Alien - is Oscar's friend who lives on their home planet: Pianota. His name is a parody of the name of director Woody Allen.
  • Buck – A dog that can walk on their front legs, he lives with Tommy and Oscar.
  • Caesar – Unscrupulous, low and ugly, he is convinced that the only thing that counts is money, and does not spare oppression to get rich. He was voiced by Mark Camacho.
  • Ork and Dork – Pair of idiots apes, with speech but not of intellect. They works for Caesar as gorillas.
  • Decibel - A robot tyrant of Pianota, a sort of alien counterpart to Caesar.

Since their first appearance in the two educational CD-ROM "The Phantom of the Theatre" (awarded in 1996 with the prestigious "Bologna Media Prize") and "Mission Music" (1998), the characters of Tommy and Oscar have been very successful worldwide, especially in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1:

  1. Flying Animals
  2. Ghost in the Mine!

Season 2:

  1. Tommy & Oscar Show
  2. The mystery of Bluewater Lake
  3. Internetland
  4. The ghost of the Future
  5. Yukari in Distress
  6. An adventure in Tune Town
  7. Space Wars
  8. Prelude in C minor
  9. The rite of the seventh sun
  10. Underground Blues
  11. Operation sunflower
  12. The ultimate challenge
  13. Parallel universes
  14. Happy birthday Oscar
  15. Shadows on Planote
  16. The king of toys
  17. The secret of Olaf the viking
  18. Oscar's Dream
  19. The parrots' island
  20. The comics' revenge
  21. The hunt for treasure!
  22. Furry friends
  23. The abominable Orang Utan
  24. Arctic mystery
  25. Saving the Fairy Tales
  26. Bug invasion

Dubbing[edit]

Character Italian voice actor
Tommy Monica Ward
Oscar Luca Violini
Yukari Beatrice Margiotti
Zio Leonard Toni Orlandi
Cesare Goffredo Matassi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Straffi's Rainbow: Europe's Largest Animation House Has Growing Pains" (PDF). VideoAge International. October 2014.
  2. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (4 February 2011). "Viacom takes stake in Rainbow". Variety.

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