Freaky Stories

Summary

Freaky Stories
Genre
Created bySteve Schnier
Developed bySteve Schnier
John A. Delmage
Starring
Theme music composerJohn McCarthy
Country of originCanada
Original languagesEnglish
French
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes35 (140 segments)
Production
Executive producers
  • John A. Delmage
  • Neil Court (season 1)
  • Steven DeNure (season 1)
  • Neil Bregman (seasons 2 and 3)
  • Curtis Crawford (seasons 2 and 3)
ProducersSteve Schnier
Rick Morrison (seasons 2 and 3)
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
DistributorDecode Enterprises
Release
Original network
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseOctober 24, 1997 (1997-10-24)[1] –
October 1, 2000 (2000-10-01)
External links
Website

Freaky Stories is a Canadian animated anthology television series, which was originally broadcast by YTV in English and Canal Famille in French (5-minute versions using the French title Frissons). It is an animated show about urban legends hosted by two animatronic puppets, Larry de Bug, a cockroach, (voiced by James Rankin) and his gooey sidekick, Maurice the maggot (voiced by Dan Redican) in Ted's Diner - a 1940s era diner setting staffed by Rosie the waitress (voiced by Jayne Eastwood, but never seen - season 1 only). It was often part of The Three Friends and Jerry when it aired on Fox Family.

Premise

The series, described as "a Twilight Zone for kids", centers on the kind of myths and legends that are told as scary campfire or bedtime stories. Every episode always starts with and finishes with the phrase: "This is a true story, and it happened to a friend of a friend of mine." and by the words of Larry, "Just because they never happened, doesn't mean they ain't true." Animation styles and musical scoring varied within each half-hour episode, incorporating 20 different looks in the first season alone. The short stories and changing styles were specifically designed to keep viewers' attention span.

Production

Series creator Steve Schnier successfully pitched his concept of modern urban legends to YTV in 1991. In 1994, Steve teamed with executive producer John Delmage. The resulting Freaky Stories pilot premiered during YTV's "Dark Night 3" Halloween block on October 28, 1995,[2] and the series itself premiered as a one-hour special as part of "Dark Night 5" on October 24, 1997.[1] While most episodes were finished on digibeta,[3] the pilot was shot on film using traditional animation techniques but completed on video. The subsequent series was digitally inked, painted and composited.[4]

Cast

  • James Rankin - Larry de bug
  • Dan Redican - Maurice the Maggot

Additional narrator cast

Episodes

Season 1

  • Episode 1: The Big Queasy - 24 Oct. 1997
    • Prison Break/Cat Food/Weenie Wonderland/Mixed Nuts
  • Episode 2: Boys and Ghouls - 31 Oct. 1997
  • Episode 3: Animal Maggotism - 7 Nov. 1997
    • The Resurrection of Fluffy/Fifi to Go/Bug in the Ear/The Flying Kitten
  • Episode 4: Take This Job and Love It - 14 Nov. 1997
    • Pizza Guy/Carpet Man/Out of the Blue/Blunder Bed
  • Episode 5: Designer Tales - 21 Nov. 1997
    • Diet Pill/Spiders in the Hairdo/The Fly/Hanging by a Thread
  • Episode 6: Boo! - 28 Nov. 1997
    • Snatched/Graveyard Wager/Puddle and the Glow Monster/The Vampire
  • Episode 7: When You Gotta Go You Gotta Go
    • Locked Out at 20,000/The $50 Porsche/The Bunker/A Concrete Cadillac
  • Episode 8: Law and Disorder
    • The Rug Bug/Cat-Napping/Free Gas/The Hook
  • Episode 9: Not the Waltons
    • Black Bean Soup/Bottle of Wine/To Pee or Not to Pee/Break a Leg
  • Episode 10: Oops!
    • The Moving Cactus/The Mystery Smell/Fetch the Ball/Accidental Cannibals
  • Episode 11: Gotcha!
    • Dumb Waiter/Luggage/Mama Mia/Jaxx in the Box
  • Episode 12: School Daze
    • Field Trip/The Story/Panty Raid/The Experiment
  • Episode 13: End of the Day
    • The Flower Lady/The Bookkeeper/Voice From Within/Pig Story

Season 2

  • Episode 14/1: Dog From Mexico/The Mortician's Daughter/Pigeon Dave/Hair Today, Gone... - 23 Jan. 1998
  • Episode 15/2: Murray and the Rats/Safe at Home/The Gift/Maple Syrup - 30 Jan. 1998
  • Episode 16/3: Last Cab Fare/Nude in the RV/Alligator in the Sewer/Do Unto Others - 6 Feb. 1998
  • Episode 17/4: Stolen Lunchbox/Front Row Seats/The Vanishing/Dead Man Walking- 13 Feb. 1998
  • Episode 18/5: Radar Benny/Battleship/Severed Digit/Photo Op - 20 Feb. 1998
  • Episode 19/6: Last Call/Identical Twins/Bat Girl/The Nosy Maid- 27 Feb. 1998
  • Episode 20/7: Apologies to Steinbeck/The Creeping Curse of the Mummy's Tomb/A Fishy Story/Dumped in the Outback - 20 March 1998
  • Episode 21/8: Traders/Court in the Act/Furd and the Veep/Mooching Roommate
  • Episode 22/9: The Iron Fist Principal/Field of Seeds/Last Laugh/The Immortal Osgood Toadworthy
  • Episode 23/10: The Need For Speed/Zit's A Horrible Life/The Girl With the Hoarky Cough/The Smell of Fear
  • Episode 24/11: Pirates/Choc-Roaches/Femme Fatale/Dear Mother and Father
  • Episode 25/12: The Boy Who Cried Alien/Did You Have Fun At The Party?/The Rich Fart/Sewer Swimming Hole
  • Episode 26/13: The Man Who Picked His Brain/The Big Question/Smelly Kelly/Go Find Something To Do, Kid!

Season 3

  • Episode 27/1: Deep Forest Diver/Double Your Pleasure/Prize/Hokus Pokus
  • Episode 28/2: Long Long Distance Call/Sweet Dreams/Duelling Sisters/Stuck Face
  • Episode 29/3: The 13th Floor/Fishing Hole/Bean Boy/Rugs R Us
  • Episode 30/4: Mark IV/Invisible Shirley/Chatty Monk/Mouse in the House
  • Episode 31/5: So Long Sing Sing/Fountain of Youth/Ouija Board/Houston, We Have a Problem
  • Episode 32/6: At the Circus/The Genius/Which Witch is Which?/Loch Ness Incident
  • Episode 33/7: Sour Puss/Monkey's Paw/First Anniversary/Bagel Boy - 5 June 1998
  • Episode 34/8: The Getaway/The Babysitter/The Meal/Wax Museum - 12 June 1998
  • Episode 35/9: Mouse Trap/Monkey Shines/A Little Push/The Lodger

References

  1. ^ a b Maddever, Mary (1997-10-06). "Freaky Stories a first on many fronts". Playback. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  2. ^ Armstrong, Mary Ellen (1995-10-23). "Special Report on Merchandising and Marketing: The art (and benefits) of reaching kids". Playback. Retrieved 2011-08-23.
  3. ^ "Telefilm Canada: Production Catalogues 2002 - Freaky Stories". Archived from the original on 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  4. ^ Strachan, Alex (1995-07-03). "Ontario Scene". Playback. Retrieved 2011-08-24.

External links

Freaky Stories at IMDb