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Fillmore!
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Fillmore! interitle.
Format animated mystery/suspense
Created by Scott Gimple
Starring Orlando Brown
Tara Strong
Horatio Sanz
Lauren Tom
Danny Tamberelli
Kyle Sullivan
Wendie Malick
Raven-Symoné
Jeff Probst
Narrated by Don Lafontaine
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 14, 2002 (2002-09-14) – January 23, 2004 (2004-01-23)

Fillmore! is an American animated television series which was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. The series was created by Scott Gimple.

It was the last series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation alone, without association with Disney Channel.

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Premise

Cornelius Fillmore (voiced by Orlando Brown) a juvenile delinquent with a record was caught raiding the school's new chalk shipment. He was arrested and given a choice by the safety patrol officer who caught him, either help him solve another case or spend the rest of junior high in detention. Fillmore decided to help out and he eventually decided to join up with the safety patrol. The show is based around him and his partner Ingrid Third (voiced by Tara Strong) at X Middle School. The show's format parodies that of hard-boiled police dramas. X's safety patrol is much more actively involved in student behavior than a typical school's safety patrol. As part of the Safety Patrol at X Middle School, Fillmore and Third solve crimes. The series usually presents child-friendly versions of common crimes, such as stolen scooters instead of cars, smuggling tartar sauce instead of drug smuggling, and holding illegal frog races instead of illegal street races.

The school

X Middle School is much larger than an ordinary American middle school, the Principal of the school mentioned in "Test of the Tested" that the school has a population of 1,200. Among the school's many departments, clubs and rooms are:

  • Safety patrol headquarters with a holding room, interrogation room and Glee Club Annex
  • Metal and glass blowing shop
  • Darkroom
  • Swimming pool
  • Storage room for broken furniture and ripped posters
  • Cafetorium
  • Library
  • Gardening club with greenhouse, corn (maize) maze and compost piles
  • Croquet fields
  • Sandwich club
  • Docks
  • Paddle Boat club
  • A/V Room
  • Handball courts
  • Unicycle club
  • Tetherball courts
  • Badminton courts
  • Bocce fields
  • Apple orchard
  • Model train club
  • Remote control racecar club
  • Birdwatching Club
  • Banner club
  • Bathroom Steering Committee
  • Drama Club
  • Loners support group
  • Scuba Club

Production

The show was created by Scott Gimple, directed by Christian Roman and premiered on the ABC Kids block on ABC on September 14, 2002.

The theme music for the show was written and performed by filk band Ookla the Mok and appears on their album Super Secret as the intro to the song "Das Über Tüber, or the Mystery of Mr. P." The announcer of the series was longtime voiceover actor Don LaFontaine.

Characters

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Cornelius C. Fillmore

Voiced by Orlando Brown, is an African-American in the seventh grade at X Middle School, where he is a member of the Safety Patrol. Fillmore was a juvenile delinquent, his crimes included (according to his permanent record) "milk counterfeiting" and "back talkery". Fillmore's life changed when Safety Patrol member Wayne Liggit gave him a choice: Spend the rest of middle school in detention or help him solve another case. Fillmore was recruited into the Safety Patrol as a result of his helping out. It's revealed he's an only child, has a pet dog, and a pet fish and is really good at mini golf. He is known for going above and beyond the standards of other Safety Patrol officers, he almost never fails to lose a target. Even if it means destroying school property, which he happens to do a lot, much to the dismay of Jr. Commissioner Vallejo.

Ingrid Third

Voiced by Tara Strong, is Fillmore's second partner in the Safety Patrol. Before she arrives at X Middle school it was revealed she was sent to a reform school in Nepal for an incident involving a stinkbomb and a piñata. Ingrid, another former delinquent and a certified genius (She becomes the smartest kid in X middle school) due to her photographic memory, arrives at X Middle School and partners with Fillmore after he helped her clear her name in "Ingrid Third, Public Enemy #1". Her father is a professor and she has an older sister named Ariella. Her mother is seen but never mentioned. It is revealed in "The Unseen Reflection" that she played Little League for 2 years.

Horatio Vallejo

Voiced by Horatio Sanz, is the junior commissioner of the Safety Patrol and Fillmore's immediate superior. Vallejo has had some rough experiences in the Safety Patrol as an officer, such as losing his friend Malika when she joined the Red Robins, a crooked girl scout troop who stole rival troop's candy but could never get pinned for it, and after she went undercover, eventually went bad and left the force. Vallejo also had to unintentionally betray his partner and best friend, Frank Bishop, a profiler, after a case went wrong. During a chase Vallejo and his partner Frank were chasing a perp, they ended up in the cafeteria kitchen and they had him cornered. Frank threw a vat of gazpacho on him, which the student was allergic to; his parents were going to sue the school unless Frank was removed from the Safety Patrol. Vallejo had put himself up for Safety Commissioner, and couldn't speak out against Frank's forced retirement for fear that it might jeapordize his chance of becoming Safety Commissioner. Frank was removed from the Safety Patrol and Vallejo became commissioner. Vallejo has problems with drinking too much cocoa, which is a kid-friendly version of the conventional hard-boiled detective's problems with alcohol. Vallejo is often put at odds against Fillmore, such as when he is forced to take Fillmore off a case even though he doesn't want to, or Fillmore is close to solving it. He also often scolds Fillmore for his reckless destruction of school property, which usually allows Fillmore to catch the criminal, but makes both him and the safety patrol look bad. The only thing that gets Vallejo more mad is when he sees how much it's going to cost to reapir the damages, caused by Fillmore. Vallejo's catchphrase is yelling "FILLMORE!", which he does in almost every episode when he hears of something Fillmore broke, like a waxer, and ordering expensive walkie talkies by tricking him in to signing his signature. Vallejo's first name is also a reference to his voice actor and Lieutenant Horatio Caine from CSI: Miami.

Karen Tehama

Voiced by Lauren Tom, is the crime scene investigator on the Safety Patrol who has a keen interest in forensics. Although she appears in almost every episode, she is more of a background character.

Joseph Anza

Voiced by Danny Tamberelli, he is partnered with Karen Tehama and known for his bodyguarding training. He is Italian-American. Although he appears in almost every episode, he (like Tehama) is more of a background character.

Danny O'Farrell

Voiced by Kyle Sullivan, is the crime scene photographer for the Safety Patrol. He has a tendency to get on other people's nerves and has some weird thoughts and ideas such as trying to photograph his own butt. O'Farrell serves as the primary source of comic relief on the show. He is also able to develop film with common household items as seen in "Masterstroke of Malevolance." His name, ginger hair and kilt (which he occasionally wears) characterize him as more or less Irish. This again may be a parody to the Irish-American police officer.

Dawn S. Folsom

Voiced by Wendie Malick, the principal of X Middle School. In context of the show's police drama parody theme, she represents the over-stressed mayor archetype. Tough on the outside with looks that can stop any student in its tracks, she runs her school with a strong presence - but she does it for pride and honor. She does have a kind heart on the inside and does much for her students and staff, sometimes anonymously. It is stated that she is 40, as in "Next Stop, Armageddon" it is her birthday, and Vallejo mentions that "this year,it starts with a 4."

Raycliff

Voiced by Jeff Probst, the school's vice-principal and Folsom's right-hand man. He doesn't really say much, but can be counted on to spout out school facts, figures and catchy metaphors at the drop of a hat. It's possible that he attended school with Folsom, according to an old school album. It's revealed he had seasickness in one episode.

Episodes

Season Ep # First Airdate Last Airdate
Season 1 13 September 14, 2002 May 17, 2003
Season 2 13 September 20, 2003 January 23, 2004

Broadcast history

The last new episode aired on January 23, 2004, but the series continued to air on the American television lineup ABC Kids and the Canadian Family Channel. The show has also aired on Toon Disney and internationally on multiple versions of Disney Channel. It has aired on the Arabic version of Disney Channel and is currently airing on MBC 3 as part of its morning Disney On 3 slot. It currently airs on Disney Channel in the United Kingdom on weekdays at 10:20pm GMT. It returned to American broadcast on Disney XD on March 17, 2009 and airs there occasionally, although isn't part of the channel's regular schedule.

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