Walter Melon (TV series)
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Saban International Paris
Scottish Television Enterprises
Walter Melon is a 1998 animated TV show, very loosely adapted from the Franco-Belgian comic Achille Talon. The show was produced and funded by France 2, ARD Degeto, Canal+, Saban Entertainment and Scottish Television, and aired in the United States on Fox Family from 1998 to 1999. In the UK the series was broadcast on CITV (via Scottish Television), and later reran on Fox Kids. Each episode consists of two shorter adventures, and a total of 52 episodes were produced.
Walter Melon and his assistant Bitterbug run a company as "heroes for hire". Whenever people get in trouble, go missing, or fall victim to a villains' latest scheme, Melon and Bitterbug (Lefuneste) take their places temporarily. In the show, Walter and Bitterbug replaced spoofs of character from pop culture such as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Hulk, James Bond, Indiana Jones, Kirk and Spock, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, Tarzan, Mad Max, two of the Power Rangers, Jason Lee Scott and Billy Cranston, the Terminator, Fox Mulder, John Rambo, Little Red Riding Hood and Casper the Friendly Ghost. Unlike most heroes, Walter is a dim-witted, overweight jolly French American time traveller with a large melon-shaped nose and a lot of luck, but nobody ever notices the apparent change in appearance, with his character's apparent weight gain merely being commented on immediately after his arrival and subsequently ignored. When he impersonates the heroes, he fights Sneero, the main antagonist of the series who represents the main villain of the parody universe. Additionally, Walter is sometimes partnered with Ameila, a woman who represents the heroines, token female characters, female sidekicks, and love interests of the story. In a second season to make the show educational, Walter and Bitterbug would receive cross-time distress messages from historical figures such as George Washington, Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Thomas Edison, Lewis and Clark, Georges Méliès, and the Apollo 11 astronauts, rather than fictional characters, unlike the first season.
- "Marzipan the Apeman/Goldrod"
- "The Melon Strikes Back/The Glob"
- "Star Blecch/Splatman and Rubin"
- "The Mark of Zero/Windiana Bones and the Temp of Doom"
- "Molasses Park/Superguy"
- "The Far Out Flower Rangers/Dobin Wood"
- "Groggy XII/Peter Pun"
- "Mutiny on the Bouncy/Moperminator"
- "Big Red Riding Hood and the Pizzas/The Stout Musketeer"
- "Melon Impossible/Robomelon
- "The Incredible Bulk/Noman The Barbarian"
- "A Fistful of Melon/Melon in Blunderland"
- "The Hard Labours of Hercules/The Hound of the Basketvilles"
- "Back to Melon's Blundering Future/New Age Pizza Lovin' Tae Kwon Do Tortoises"
- "Incompetence Day/King-Gong"
- "Ben Hurdy-Gurdy/The Jungle Schnook"
- "Frank & Stein/The Derisible Man"
- "Shalien/Dance A Lot"
- "T.E.T. The Temporary Extraterrestrial/Arachnoman"
- "Squashymodo/ Walter, The Jolly Ghost"
- "Top Fun/Gnocchio"
- "Melon of Snoz/Fat Max - The Roo's Revenge"
- "The Vampire Bites Back/Christopher Columsy"
- "Hex Files/Kerazy Kid"
- "Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Snide/Palladin & The Capricious Lamp"
- "Walter XIV, The Fun King/Melon on the Mountain"
- "Houston, the Melon has Landed/Walterius Caesar"
- "Attila, the Melon/Melon Takes Flight"
- "Vini Vici Da Vinci/Go West Young Melon"
- "Ponce de Melon/Rough Rider Melon"
- "Melon at the O.K. Corral/Melon Lights the Way"
- "You Reykjavik and I’ll Rake Mine/Caveman for Hire"
- "Charlemagne/King Walter, The Melon-Hearted"
- "And Yet It Make Your Head Spin/Melon of Liberty"
- "Maestro Melon/Johan Melonberg"
- "Hot Air Melon/Sir Francis Melon"
- "Francisco Vasquez Melon de Colonado/Samurai Melon"
- "Walter Casanova, Lady Killer/Walter Picasso"
- "A Napoleon With Melon on Top/Hula Hula Melon"
- "Serf-City Serfitude/Walter Crockett"
- "The 7th Melon of the World/Queen Elizabeth I & Sir Walter Melon"
- "Alexander the Greatest/Alexander Graham Melon"
- "Marathon Melon/It's Melon by George"
- "Melon of Arabia/Chicken Curie with Melon"
- "Melon, I Presume/Walter Melonbal"
- "Walter Hears Voices/There's a Trick in It"
- "Once Upon a Melon/You're Driving Me Crazy"
- "Melon of the Amazon/Melon, Heal Thyself"
- "Pasteurized Melon/Walter Vidocq-The Adventurer With The Big Heart"
- "Walter Desmoulins, Hero of French Revolution/Mephisneereles"
- "E=Melon2 / That's Usin' Your Noodle, Walter Polo"
- Richard Bell - Walter Melon
- Jeremiah Nagle - Bitterbug
- Michael McConnohie - Sneero
- Francine Elcar - Amelia
- Bruno Bianchi - Director & Producer
- Jaxqueline Tordjman, Vincent Chalvon-Demersay, Sandy Ross - Executive Producers
- Jamie Simone - Casting & Voice Director
- Micheal Dax - Music
- Natalie Altmann - Script editor