Fanboy and Chum Chum

American animated television series

Fanboy and Chum Chum is an American CGI animated television series. It is based on the short cartoon known simply as "Fanboy". This was from the 2007 Nickelodeon television series Random! Cartoons. The series is about two young boys with wild imaginations. They love anything relating to superheroes and comic books. Each wears their own unique superhero costume that include underwear worn over their pants. The series was created by Eric Robles. It features a voice cast that includes David Hornsby, Nika Futterman, Jamie Kennedy, Josh Duhamel, Jeff Bennett, and Candi Milo. [source?]

Fanboy and Chum Chum
Created byEric Robles
Voices ofDavid Hornsby
Nika Futterman
Jeff Bennett
Wyatt Cenac
Jamie Kennedy
Josh Duhamel
Candi Milo
Steve Tompkins
Dyana Liu
Estelle Harris
Theme music composerBrad Breeck
Opening theme"Fanboy & Chum Chum" (performed by The Mae Shi)
Ending theme"Fanboy & Chum Chum" (Instrumental)
ComposerBrad Breeck
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes100 (list of episodes)
Executive producersFred Seibert
Steve Tompkins
Eric Robles (co)
ProducerJason Meier (supervising)
Running time11 minutes
Production companiesFrederator Studios
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Original release
NetworkNickelodeon (2009–12)
Nicktoons (2014)
ReleaseNovember 6, 2009 (2009-11-06) –
July 12, 2014 (2014-07-12)

Its first show premiered on November 6, 2009. The second season premiered on April 25, 2011. Merchandise of the show was released to Toys "R" Us stores in August 2011. It went on hiatus from November 3, 2012 to July 11, 2014. The final episode premiered on July 12, 2014. The show is aired in reruns on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons to this day.

Characters change

  • Tobias "Fanboy" Cranapple lll is a fan of anything like comic books, fantasy, science fiction and action figures. He wears a purple mask which almost covers his all of his face and wears a green costume.
  • Chum Chum is Fanboy's best friend. He is younger than the characters, despite being younger, he's in the same class as them and the show's creator Eric Robles explained on the Nickelodeon message board that this is because Fanboy snuck him into his class and the teacher never noticed the age difference. Chum Chum wears an orange and yellow uniform with white briefs worn outside his costume.
  • Kyle Bloodworth-Thomason is a preteen wizard who dislikes Fanboy and chum Chum due to their lack of intelligence, but secretly enjoys their friendship with the boys. He got expelled from his wizarding school due to turning his teacher into a raspberry flan ("delicious old fool" he called him) and has to go to a regular public school (Galaxy Hills Elementary School), then he realizes he has real friends and Galaxy Hills is his true home. He has red shaggy hair, large crooked buck teeth and braces on his teeth, very pale skin with freckles that are on his face and he speaks in a British accent. He wears a red and yellow striped sweater, black jeans, red converse, and a black cape.
  • Yo is another of Fanboy and Chum Chum's classmates. She is a happy-go-lucky girl and loves her Yamaguchi (a parody of Tamagotchi) digital pets, especially a cat named Scampers. She has a crush on Chum Chum, and often wants to play with him like he's a toy. She is shown to be a very talented prankster, dominating Fanboy on Prank Day. Although she can have a villainous side, she is overall very nice. She has black hair styled in pigtails, she wears a yellow shirt, a plaid skirt, and a frog backpack.
  • Mr. Hank Mufflin is Fanboy and Chum Chum's teacher with a lazy eye and is grouchy yet often very playful.
  • Boogregard "Boog" Shlizetti is a short-tempered is a short-tempered bully who is obsessed with the video game Chimp Chomp (a parody of Donkey Kong), which he plays at the Frosty Mart, very often instead of working.
  • Leonard "Lenny" Flynn-Boyle is the accident-prone junior manager of the Frosty Mart. He finds Fanboy and Chum Chum quite stressful which he gets a "stress twitch" when the boys would annoy him.
  • Ozwald "Oz" Harmounian is the owner of the local comic shop, Oz Comix. Oz is a friend of the boys, who consider him as "the most knowledgeable human being ever," though he is a nerdish know-it-all man who lives with his elderly mother.
  • Man-Arctica is an ice-based superhero who scours the cosmos looking for scofflaws. He balances a mild disdain for humanity against his duty to save everyone from harm like all super-heroes. He often refers to the children he meets as "earth larvae".

Reception and achievements change

Reviews change

Aaron H. Bynum of Animation Insider called Fanboy & Chum Chum "a fun show that deserves a good look. The quality animation helps counterbalance the immense amount of dialogue from the series' chatty characters, and the sheer comedy of marginally competent comic-loving kids helps outweigh what might otherwise be a binge of geeky annoyance. But overall, Fanboy & Chum Chum is a lot of fun."[1] Variety praised the series' "bright, energetic look and even an appealing premise in theory".[2] David Hinckley of NY Daily News gave the series three stars out of five, and said that "it's good [but] might not be the next SpongeBob".[3]

Ratings change

The series premiered on November 6, 2009, after the SpongeBob SquarePants film Truth or Square.[4] The broadcast ranked number three of cable programs that week and number two of the night.[4][5] The premiere was watched by a total of 5.8 million viewers. The second episode was broadcast on November 7, 2009, and garnered 5.4 million viewers, ranking fifth of all cable broadcasts that week.[5]

The third episode was broadcast a week later, on November 14, 2009, with 3.8 million viewers.[6] A broadcast on November 28, 2009, was viewed by 3.9 million viewers.[7] In February 2010, the episode "Moppy Dearest" was viewed by 4.27 million viewers, an improvement over the last few episodes.[8]

A second season was announced on Nickelodeon's upfront of 2010–2011.[9]

References change

  1. Bynum, Aaron H. (2009-10-21). "Fanboy & Chum Chum Review". Animation Insider. Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
  2. Lowry, Brian (October 30, 2009). "Fanboy and Chum Chum Review". Variety. Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
  3. Hinckley, David (2009-11-06). "'Fanboy and Chum Chum': new Nickelodeon show might not be next 'SpongeBob,' but it's good". NY Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cite error: The named reference ratings was used but no text was provided for refs named (see the help page).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Seidman, Robert (2009-11-10). "Cable ratings: NFL Football, SpongeBob and Fanboy & Chum Chum top weekly cable charts". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  6. Seidman, Robert (2009-11-18). "Nickelodeon's "iCarly" Ranks as Basic Cable's Number-One Entertainment Show with Total Viewers for the Week". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on 2009-11-21. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  7. Seidman, Robert (2010-12-02). "Cable ratings: NFL & College Football, Monk and iCarly top weekly cable charts". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on 2009-12-05. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  8. Seidman, Robert (2010-02-09). "Cable ratings: WWE RAW, SpongeBob, Penguins of Madagascar and iCarly Top Weekly Cable Charts". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  9. "Top-Ranked Nickelodeon Announces its 2010–11 Season Programming". Nick Cannon Archives. 2010-03-12. Archived from the original on 2010-04-30. Retrieved 2010-05-09.

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