What About Mimi?

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What About Mimi?
What About Mimi? title card
Also known as Pourquoi pas Mimi ?
Created by
  • Chris Bartleman
  • Blair Peters
Directed by
  • Josh Mepham
  • Colleen Holub
Voices of
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor DHX Media
Release
Original network Teletoon
Original release October 4, 2000 (2000-10-04)[1] – July 6, 2002 (2002-07-06)[1]

What About Mimi? is a Canadian animated series. The main character is Mimi Mortin, a clever, red-headed girl in the 6th grade who lives in the town of Starfish Bay. The series was produced by Decode Entertainment and Studio B Productions and co-directed by Josh Mepham and Colleen Holub, and won the Pulcinella Award for the Best Series for Children in 2001.[2]

Characters[edit]

  • Miriam "Mimi" Mortin (voiced by Chiara Zanni) - A red-haired 11-year-old girl in the 6th grade. She's clever, optimistic and has a powerful imagination. She's always willing to help and solve any problem that she may encounter, most of the times with creative plans and ideas. Although her plans may not always work out the way she expects them, Mimi receives a lot of help from her best friends Elaine and Russell, her family, and even her rivals, and finds a way to solve any problem.
  • Elaine Pituskin (voiced by Kori Cook) - Mimi's best friend with black hair. She is an animal and nature lover, and owns lots of pets. She can be temperamental and argue with Mimi at times, but she always looks up to Mimi as her best friend, in turn, Mimi respects her a lot.
  • Russell Van Eden (voiced by Rhys Huber) - Mimi's other best friend and sidekick. A boy with blonde hair and blue eyes, who is a sports lover, although he is a bit clumsy. He has skills with his video camera and aspires to be a film director. He is shown to have a crush on Sincerity early in the series but his interest on her fades away by the end, instead hinting at being attracted to Mimi.
  • Sincerity Travers (voiced by Carly McKillip) - A snobbish preppy girl with pink hair who, sometimes, does not get along with Mimi. She and Mimi used to be friends in kindergarten, but as they got older, their interests diverged, and they started growing apart. She is Mimi's rival in school, and although she does not get along with her, she admits that her ideas are pretty good and helps with some of her schemes. Even if she does not get along with Mimi, she has a resentful respect for her, showing that deep inside, Sincerity still considers her a true friend.
  • Brock Wickersham (voiced by Tony Sampson) - A bully who enjoys pulling pranks on various characters, especially on Herbert Finkle.
  • Budweiser "Buddy" Wickersham (voiced by Andrew Francis) - Brock's younger brother who is also a bully. It is also revealed that he is a genius, but he does not want people to find out about it, especially his big brother, saying that that fact would embarrass him in front of his family.
  • Bradley "Brad" Mortin (voiced by Keith Miller) - Mimi's 9-year-old brother who knows that Mimi's plans always have flaws.
  • Jason Mortin (voiced by Samuel Vincent) - Mimi's brother who thinks of himself as an on-the-edge rebel.
  • Saffron Mortin (voiced by Ellen Kennedy) - Mimi's mother. She is a vegan, and always feeds her children vegetables.
  • Marvin "Marv" Mortin (voiced by Colin Murdock) - Mimi's father.
  • Hayley Kinaschuk - Sincerity's best friend and "lackey", although she is kind and many times disagrees with Sincerity, and is good friends with Mimi, Elaine and Russell.
  • Herbert Finkle (voiced by Peter Kelamis) - A nerd at Mimi's school who is of Russian descent. He is in charge of the school newspaper. He's also often the target of Brock and Buddy's pranks.
  • Lodeman (voiced by Peter Kelamis) - A student at Mimi's school who tends to make rude noises and to act distracted all the time.
  • Ms. Victoria Frances Grindstone (voiced by Saffron Henderson) - Mimi's teacher.
  • Mr. Petri - A science teacher who blames Brock for everything bad (even over things Brock never did) because of his state of being a bully and for pulling multiple pranks inside of his classroom.
  • Mr. Jacques (voiced by Dale Wilson) - A gym teacher.
  • Ms. Murchison - The librarian of Starfish Bay School. She and Mr. Pianoforte hate each other.
  • Principal Earl (voiced by Garry Chalk) - The principal of Starfish Bay School.
  • Mr. Pianoforte - A music teacher. He and Ms. Murchison hate each other.

Episodes[edit]

The series consists of 39 half-hour episodes divided into three seasons. The first two seasons consist of 13 episodes with a full 22-minute story each, while the third season consists of 13 episodes divided into 26 11-minute stories.[3]

Season 1 (2000–01)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Teletoon/Télétoon title [4]Directed byWritten byTeletoon airdate [1]Télétoon airdate [1]
11"The Great Campaign"
"Un plan de campagne"
TBASusin NielsenOctober 11, 2000 (2000-10-11)October 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)
22"Second Honeymoon"
"Une seconde lune de miel"
TBAIan WeirOctober 4, 2000 (2000-10-04)October 17, 2000 (2000-10-17)
33"The Stepford Twins"
"Les jumeaux balistiques"
TBASusin NielsenOctober 18, 2000 (2000-10-18)October 31, 2000 (2000-10-31)
44"Leapfrog"
"La fête à la grenouille"
TBASusin NielsenOctober 25, 2000 (2000-10-25)November 7, 2000 (2000-11-07)
55"Into The Woods"
"Au fond des bois"
TBABeth StewartNovember 8, 2000 (2000-11-08)November 21, 2000 (2000-11-21)
66"The Play's The Thing"
"Lever du rideau"
TBAAllan LevinNovember 1, 2000 (2000-11-01)November 14, 2000 (2000-11-14)
77"Wildthing"
"Champion"
TBAPeter LapresNovember 15, 2000 (2000-11-15)November 28, 2000 (2000-11-28)
88"The King of Uncool"
"Le roi des nuls"
TBABeth StewartDecember 13, 2000 (2000-12-13)December 12, 2000 (2000-12-12)
99"Lemonade Kid"
"Le roi de la limonade"
TBAAlan LevinNovember 22, 2000 (2000-11-22)December 5, 2000 (2000-12-05)
1010"Summer in the City"
"L'été en ville"
TBAIan WeirDecember 20, 2000 (2000-12-20)December 19, 2000 (2000-12-19)
1111"A Star Isn't Born"
"Une étoile n'est pas née !"
TBASusin NielsenJanuary 10, 2001 (2001-01-10)January 23, 2001 (2001-01-23)
1212"Poster Cat"
"La mascotte"
TBAVictor NicolleDecember 27, 2000 (2000-12-27)December 26, 2000 (2000-12-26)
1313"Teacher of the Year"
"Prof de l'année"
TBADeborah PerayaJanuary 3, 2001 (2001-01-03)January 16, 2001 (2001-01-16)

Season 2 (2001)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Teletoon/Télétoon title [5]Directed byWritten byTeletoon airdate [1]Télétoon airdate [1]
141"Lights, Camera, Action"
"Lumières, caméra, amour"
TBASusin NielsenMarch 7, 2001 (2001-03-07)March 6, 2001 (2001-03-06)
152"Jokers Wild"
"Le mystérieux farceur"
TBASusin NielsenMarch 11, 2001 (2001-03-11)March 13, 2001 (2001-03-13)
163"Jellyfish Rule"
"La Méduse géante"
TBAElizabeth StewartMarch 18, 2001 (2001-03-18)March 20, 2001 (2001-03-20)
174"Get a Job"
"Un boulot pour Vincent"
TBACathy MossMarch 25, 2001 (2001-03-25)March 27, 2001 (2001-03-27)
185"Cupid's Arrows"
"Les flêches de Cupidon"
TBASusin NielsenApril 1, 2001 (2001-04-01)April 3, 2001 (2001-04-03)
196"The Scoop"
"Mélodrame à la une"
TBAVictor NicolleApril 8, 2001 (2001-04-08)April 10, 2001 (2001-04-10)
207"High Toon"
"Mimi au far west"
TBAElizabeth StewartApril 15, 2001 (2001-04-15)April 17, 2001 (2001-04-17)
218"Deep Sea Mimi"
"L'ile déserte"
TBAVictor NicolleApril 22, 2001 (2001-04-22)April 24, 2001 (2001-04-24)
229"Mr. Blue Eyes"
"Les yeux bleus"
TBAVictor NicolleApril 29, 2001 (2001-04-29)May 1, 2001 (2001-05-01)
2310"Outta Sync"
"Paroles et musique"
TBAElizabeth StewartMay 6, 2001 (2001-05-06)May 8, 2001 (2001-05-08)
2411"Museum Mayhem"
"La malédiction"
TBAPeter LapresMay 13, 2001 (2001-05-13)May 15, 2001 (2001-05-15)
2512"The Big Sleep Over"
"La fiesta des pyjamas"
TBACathy MossJune 30, 2001 (2001-06-30)June 30, 2001 (2001-06-30)
2613"Skiing is Believing"
"Le roi des pentes"
TBAVictor NicolleJuly 1, 2001 (2001-07-01)July 1, 2001 (2001-07-01)

Season 3 (2002)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Teletoon/Télétoon title [6]Directed byWritten byTeletoon airdate [1]Télétoon airdate [1]
271"Animal House/Our Little Einstein"
"La ménagerie/Notre petit Einstein"
TBAVictor Nicolle/Elizabeth StewartApril 10, 2002 (2002-04-10)April 10, 2002 (2002-04-10)
282"The Birthday Present/Close Encounters of the Herbertkind"
"Le cadeau d`anniversaire/Rencontres de 4eme type"
TBASusin Nielsen/Cathy MossApril 14, 2002 (2002-04-14)April 14, 2002 (2002-04-14)
293"Sticky Fingers/Not in My Biosphere"
"Empreinted suspectes/Experiences biosphere"
TBAElizabeth Stewart/Victor NicolleApril 17, 2002 (2002-04-17)April 17, 2002 (2002-04-17)
304"Miss Lonely Hearts/Brock's Robot"
"Coeurs en peine/Brock et son robot"
TBACathy Moss/Louise MoonApril 24, 2002 (2002-04-24)May 1, 2002 (2002-05-01)
315"Club Mimi/Down on the Farm"
"Le club de Mimi/Une journée à la ferme"
TBAPeter Lapres/Elizabeth StewartMay 1, 2002 (2002-05-01)May 8, 2002 (2002-05-08)
326"Forget Etiquette/This Old House"
"Les bonnes manières/Maison hantée"
TBAVictor Nicolle/Leslie MildinerMay 8, 2002 (2002-05-08)May 15, 2002 (2002-05-15)
337"Iron Guy/Critics Choice"
"Dur de dur!/Le choix du public"
TBASara Snow/Victor NicolleMay 15, 2002 (2002-05-15)May 22, 2002 (2002-05-22)
348"My Fair Brocky/Her Girl Friday"
"Cher Rock! / L`ange gardien"
TBALouise Moon/Susin NielsenMay 22, 2002 (2002-05-22)May 29, 2002 (2002-05-29)
359"Uniformity/Caddy Girl"
"Uniformit / Coup Bas!"
TBAElizabeth Stewart/Susin NielsenMay 29, 2002 (2002-05-29)June 5, 2002 (2002-06-05)
3610"A New Leaf/Father's Day"
"Savons la forêt tropicale / La fête des pères"
TBASusin Nielsen/Cathy MossJune 12, 2002 (2002-06-12)June 12, 2002 (2002-06-12)
3711"The Creeps/Sports Day"
"Frissons garantis / Journée sportive"
TBADaegan Fryklind/Leslie MildinerJune 5, 2002 (2002-06-05)June 19, 2002 (2002-06-19)
3812"Millionaire Mogul/Block Party"
"L`apprenti millionnaire / Fête de quartier"
TBAElizabeth Stewart/Sara SnowJune 19, 2002 (2002-06-19)June 26, 2002 (2002-06-26)
3913"Law & Disorder/Where's the Fire?"
"La loi et le chaos / Ou sont les pompiers"
TBAVictor Nicolle/Victor NicolleJuly 6, 2002 (2002-07-06)June 30, 2002 (2002-06-30)

Home video releases[edit]

Two volumes of the show have been released on DVD in Canada by Anchor Bay Entertainment. Volume 1 includes four half-hour episodes and one 11-minute episode.[7] Volume 2 includes three half-hour episodes and three 11-minute episodes.[8] The first two episodes were additionally released on DVD in Australia as part of a compilation series.[9]

  • What About Mimi? Volume 1: Lights, Camera, Action; Outta Sync; The Play's The Thing; A Star Isn't Born; Critics Choice
  • What About Mimi? Volume 2: Wildthing; High Toon; Skiing is Believing; Iron Guy; Club Mimi; Sports Day
  • J-squad, The Best of-Volume 1: Second Honeymoon; The Great Campaign

References[edit]