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Freakazoid!
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Super-teen extraordinaire.
Format Animated television series
Created by Steven Spielberg
Bruce Timm
Paul Dini
Starring Paul Rugg
Edward Asner
David Kaufman
John P. McCann
Tress MacNeille
Googy Gress
Tracy Rowe
Craig Ferguson
Jonathan Harris
Frank Welker
Jeff Glen Bennett
Ricardo Montalban
David Warner
Maurice LaMarche
Stephen Furst
Stan Freberg
Larry Cedar
Corey Burton
Joe Leahy
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Steven Spielberg
Tom Ruegger
Mitch Schauer
Paul Rugg
John McCann
Rich Arons
Running time approx. 0:30 (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel Kids' WB!
Original run September 9, 1995 – June 1, 1997

Freakazoid! is an American animated television series, produced by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation that aired for two seasons from September 9, 1995 to June 1, 1997. Then, after cancellation, reruns aired on Cartoon Network until March 8, 2003. Bruce Timm, best known as a major principal of the DC animated universe, originally intended it to be a straightforward superhero action-adventure cartoon with comic overtones, but executive producer Steven Spielberg asked series producer and writer Tom Ruegger and the Animaniacs team to turn Freakazoid! into a flat-out comedy.[1]

The show chronicles the adventures of the title character, Freakazoid, a manic, insane superhero who battles with an array of super villains. The show also features mini-episodes of adventures of other bizarre superheroes.

Contents

Background

The show's title character is the superhero alter ego of geeky sixteen-year-old Dexter Douglas (voiced by David Kaufman) who attends Harry Connick High School. His name is a parody of various superheroes' alliterative names (e.g. Clark Kent, Peter Parker, etc). Gaining his abilities from a computer bug (becoming absorbed into his computer and instantly gaining all the information on the Internet), Freakazoid (voiced by Paul Rugg) has enhanced strength and endurance, extraordinary speed, agility, and negligible amounts of sanity. These changes make him a powerful and fearsome force for upholding freedom and righteousness, unless he gets distracted by something like a bear riding a motorcycle. He has a base called the Freakalair, a parody of the Batcave, built by his mute butler, Ingmar. The Freakalair contains a "Hall of Nifty Things to Know" and even a mad scientist lab. His greatest weakness, as he once explained to a villain, is that he can be imprisoned in a cage with graphite bars charged with negative ions. He also expresses a great aversion to "poo gas."

Peripheral powers come and go: Freakazoid once developed telekinesis triggered by anger that was never mentioned again after the episode, and once crossed the globe to yell at a Tibetan monk for raking too loud. He also has the ability to assume the form of electricity and cover long distances instantaneously, although he just as often simply sticks his arms forward and runs while making swooshing sounds with his mouth, pretending to fly.

Dexter can change into and out of Freakazoid at will with the words "Freak out!" and "Freak in!" When not in Freakazoid mode, Dexter looks and acts completely normal, and his family is unaware that anything has happened to him. Freakazoid spends this time in an area of Dexter's brain called the Freakazone, where he reflects, has profound thoughts, and watches reruns of The Rat Patrol.

The "secret key sequence" that must be typed for the computer bug to become active begins with: "@[=g3,8d]\&fbb=-q]/hk%fg" (the quotes are included) as seen when Roddy MacStew types the combination in "The Chip (Act IV)". The bug manifests when the user presses Delete after entering the string. The bug was first manifested when Dexter's cat crawled onto the keyboard.

While the show's setting is set around Washington D.C., the locale often varies with the show's humor, taking Freakazoid to locations around the world as needed.

Characters

The Douglas Family

  • Duncan Douglas (voiced by Googy Gress) - Dexter's older brother. He is a bully towards Dexter, and is portrayed as a caricature of a high school jock.
  • Debbie Douglas (voiced by Tress MacNeille) - Dexter's mother. She has no clue that her son is Freakazoid, and is in general blithe and clueless. Her lines often involve morose subjects delivered in a cheery tone, a parody of a stereotypical domestic mother.
  • Douglas Douglas (voiced by John P. McCann) - Dexter's father. An automobile dealer who thinks a goblin lives in the gas tank of his car. Occasionally used for laughs as a stereotypically technologically-inept father figure.
  • Mr. Chubbikins (voiced by Frank Welker) - The Douglas' morbidly obese cat. Formerly Mr. Chubbskins. He jumped on Dexter's keyboard while chasing a butterfly, accidentally typing in the key sequence which activated the Pinnacle chip's flaw, turning Dexter into Freakazoid.

Enemies

Freakazoid! features a number of campy villains and enemies, including:

  • The Lobe (voiced by David Warner) - Freakazoid's archenemy. He is a super genius whose entire head appears to be a giant brain. Despite his high intellect, he has very low self-esteem, once even having a scheme foiled by Freakazoid simply insulting the plan, despite actually being impressed by it. No background information of any kind is given for The Lobe; not even his real name is revealed.
Cave Guy
  • Cave Guy (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - A thuggish blue caveman with upper-class diction, education, and taste. His real name is Royce Mumphry and he subscribes to The New Yorker. He also seems to have an odd fear of Klingons. His voice is similar to that of Thurston Howell, III's.
  • Cobra Queen (voiced by Tress MacNeille) - A former shoplifter named Audrey Manatee whose encounter with an experimental cosmetic left in the sun too long transformed her into a cobra woman, with command over snakes and other reptiles. In later episodes, Cave Guy and Cobra Queen are a couple. She has a lair in the sewers, and often complained about the lack of light until Freakazoid suggested getting Japanese lanterns.
  • Longhorn (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) - Formerly Jubal "Bull" Nixon, he was once an employee of the "Johnny Cat" cat litter company, until he turned to a life of crime. Because he was searched for by law enforcement so frequently, he had plastic surgery to turn himself into a steer. He loves country music and, despite being a lousy songwriter, is determined to get a recording contract at Nashville. He also owns a massive truck, nicknamed "Bessie Mae", which is outfitted with all kinds of devices. He also has a sidekick named Turk (voiced by Hal Rayle).
  • Armando Guitierrez (voiced by Ricardo Montalban) - The eye-patched man whose company, Apex Microchips (not to be confused with Apex Digital), designed the faulty Pinnacle chip responsible for Freakazoid's creation. Physically, Guitierrez resembles Ricardo Montalban, who provides the character's voice as well; at times he shows similarities to Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek 2; also played by Montalban. One of his recurring jokes is asking others to laugh with him, including his henchman Jocko. Originally a normal human being, he briefly gains powers similar to Freakazoid's by exploiting the Pinnacle chip's flaw; later, he appears as a cyborg in a hood and cloak to cover scars caused by Freakazoid knocking him into a pit. He hates being called a weenie.
  • The Nerdator (voiced by Aron Kincaid) - A man who planned to kidnap all the nerds in the world and absorb their knowledge to become a "Super-Nerd". His plan succeeded until Freakazoid convinced him of the downsides of being a nerd, where he instead kidnapped "good-looking, but vapid airheads". Is a parody of the Predator.
  • Candlejack (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - A supernatural villain with a burlap sack over his head, called "the Boogeyman, the for-real one" in the series. He abducts anyone who says his name and ties them up with rope. Although he prides himself on being scary, he has a weakness for pie and also seems to enjoy watching F Troop. He has inspired an Internet meme to mention Candlejack's name and then stop typing in the middle of the sentence.
  • Waylon Jeepers (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - A creepy little man originanlly from Venice Beach, CA who created the Medusa Watch, which has the power to turn people (and pigeons) into stone. He has also created a similar device that turned beavers into gold, and once summoned the demon, "Vorn the Unspeakable", with the help of a book entitled How to Summon Monsters the E-Z Way. His schemes seem to deeply infuriate Freakazoid. His name is a play on the name of famous country guitarist Waylon Jennings.
  • Vorn the Unspeakable (voiced by Richard Moll) - a demon summoned by Jeepers, who bears a resemblance to H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu.
  • Invisibo (voiced by Corey Burton) - Real name Ahmon Kor-Unch. An invisible, smart mouthed pharaoh who is only visible via the staff he carries. Freakazoid gave Invisibo his name because "you're invisible and it's my show and we already had a title card made up and it makes me very happy!" Invisibo accepts the name, saying it has a "somewhat sinister ring to it." His voice sounds exactly like Vincent Price's.
  • Arms Akimbo (voiced by John Schuck) - A spoiled model turned extortionist with an Edward G. Robinson-esqe voice who, after years of posing, was left with his arms frozen in a jaunty pose, hands on hips. When fighting, he strikes with his over sized elbows. His first appearance is in a local shop selling "oops insurance," a form of protection racketeering, which mainly consists of him breaking something of value (or causing a building to detonate spectacularly), before comically following it up with a small "oops."
  • Milk Man - Only shown/mentioned in the episode And Fanboy was his Name. Shown on a news report in a pitched battle with Freakazoid and his then-sidekick, Expendable Lad. As the name implies, he uses milk as his theme.
  • Mary Beth (voiced by Tress MacNeille) - Cosgrove's former girlfriend, cosmetics executive, and monster. She is short tempered and when angered, turns green and develops a deep raspy voice, and often lights candles by shooting flame from her nose. Her plan to steal Freakazoid's hero essence to remain immortal is foiled and, as a result, she shrivels, dies, and becomes a pile of dust. Her name is a play off of the cosmetics giant Mary Kay.
  • Janos Ivnovels (voiced by Jim Cummings) - The ruthless dictator of Vuka Nova and minister of state security. He is responsible for capturing Freakazoid's family (and a mime) and imprisoning them in the High-Security Wing of Chesky Beresch Prison, the toughest prison in Europe. His subordinate is Colonel Anton Mohans (voiced by Larry Cedar), a vicious thug who finds it relaxing when Janos tortures his prisoners. Janos and Anton were defeated after Freakazoid and his friends rescued the Douglas Family (and the mime). Janos and Anton were last seen being tortured by the mime and his pals. He is a one-time villain, having appeared in "Mission: Freakazoid!".
  • Dr. Mystico (voiced by Tim Curry) - A mad scientist who turns orangutans into human-like beings (and viceversa) in parody of H. G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau. He seeks to take over the world, though he always seems to say Cleveland instead. He has a white cat, similar to Ernst Stavro Blofeld. His first name may actually be Wendell, since he once says, "They called me mad, insane, Wendell!".
  • Kid Carrion (voiced by Jeff Bennett) A zombie cowboy who was never named, and only appeared in "Relax-o-Vision" and "The Lobe". He can be seen in the opening credits standing next to Candlejack. He bears a passing resemblence to the revamped version of The Scarecrow from Bruce Timm's The New Batman Adventures.

Allies

Aiding Freakazoid in his surrealistic battles are:

  • Sgt. Mike Cosgrove (voiced by — and physically resembles — Edward Asner) - A heavyset, gruff cop with a heart of gold, who is friends with Freakazoid and several other characters. By pointing at something and saying "cut it out", he has the almost supernatural ability to get people to stop whatever they are doing on command, no matter what they may be doing at the time, be it panicking at the sight of a villain, stealing a television, or attempting to capture Cosgrove and Freakazoid. (In the Animaniacs comic series, he even once managed to get Yakko, Wakko, and Dot to "cut it out", something many had tried, and failed, to do.) Often has nothing better to do than engage in hobbies or visit tourist traps with Freakazoid (such as building a Go-kart or getting a mint). He speaks in a gruff monotone and shows very little enthusiasm for anything. Strangely, he always manages to find Freakazoid with his police car, no matter where he is at the time (he will even catch up with him in different countries, car and all). He also has a habit of asking Freakazoid "Do you want to get a..." every time they are not busy with something.
  • Roddy MacStew (voiced by Craig Ferguson) - Freakazoid's mentor, and expositionist; an ill-tempered Scotsman who once worked for Guitierrez. He first found that the Pinnacle chip was flawed. In the continuation of the seventh episode (detailing how Freakazoid gained his powers) he was trapped in the Internet. He was later kicked out of the Internet by Guitierrez and resumed his mentor role. Favorite word: "Crud!"
  • Steff (voiced by Tracy Rowe) - Freakazoid's perky blonde girlfriend; her real name is Stephanie. She discovers Freakazoid's secret identity when Cosgrove accidentally points it out aloud in "Mission: Freakazoid".
  • Hans - A mysterious agent with a Western European accent, who takes Freakazoid to Professor Heiney's lab.
  • Professor Heiney (voiced by Ed Gilbert) - A scientist, with a lab in the mountains, who Freakazoid often goes to for help. He does research on monsters, zaps them and is often attacked by them at his lab.
  • Ingmar - Freakazoid's mute butler, in charge of the maintenance of the Freakalair (according to Freakazoid, he constructed it himself from scratch). He quit in "Mission: Freakazoid" to become a rodeo clown and was replaced by Professor Jones. A take-off on Bernardo, the mute manservant of Zorro and Batman's butler Alfred.
  • Professor Jones (voiced by Jonathan Harris) - A snooty, cowardly manservant, essentially recreating his role as Doctor Zachary Smith from Lost In Space (every time Jones appears in a scene, someone asks him if he was "on a show with a robot"). He is the replacement to the Freakalair's previous butler, and old friends with him. Does not get along with Cosgrove well.
  • Joe Leahy - The show's very vocal announcer (voiced by himself), who sometimes gets a little more involved than the job usually requires.
  • Freakazette- Only mentioned in the first episode for a brief verse during the "Freakazoid and Friends" theme song (which plays to the same theme as Animaniacs).
  • Foamy the Freakadog (voiced by Frank Welker) - a vicious, rabid dog which Freakazoid had freed from the pound. Foamy is painted blue, has a Freakazoid costume (complete with hair), and is prone to maul and/or beat Freakazoid to a pulp.
  • Handman (voiced by Paul Rugg) - Freakazoid's brief "right hand man". He is quite literally just a painted face on Freakazoid's hand who has great difficulty pronouncing Freakazoid's name correctly. Fell in love with and married Freakazoid's left hand.
  • Expendable Lad, Freakazoid's brief sidekick from the start of And Fanboy was his Name. He was taken to the hospital due to injuries sustained from milk (a bruised clavicle) and was subsequently released from the service of Freakazoid.
  • Norm Abram - He was kidnapped by The Lobe to make a wooden instrument to destroy Freakazoid but got free and helped turn the tables. Abram supplied his own voice and trademark line for the episode.
  • Leonard Maltin - He was kidnapped by Dr. Mystico during the episode Island of Dr. Mystico, while Maltin was giving his opinion of the same episode. Freakazoid points out that Mystico's prisoners all have superpowers, and Mr. Maltin's is that he knows every movie ever made. Maltin provided his own voice for the episode.
  • Henry Kissinger- A Jewish politician who was kidnaped by Dr. Mystico's "orangu-men". In the show, he speaks in a low, groggy, incomprehensible mumble (provided by Maurice LaMarche). He is briefly mentioned in one episode after his only appearance.

Other characters

A few characters fall somewhere in the space between "enemies" and "allies" to land squarely in the category of "nuisances."

  • Mo-Ron/Bo-Ron (voiced by Stan Freberg) - A dimwitted alien from the planet Barone's. His name was later changed to Bo-Ron, to appease network censors' concerns that use of the word moron might be offensive.[citation needed] In one episode Lord Bravery refers to him as "Mo-Ron or... Bo-Ron, whatever." Is a parody of Ro-Man, the ridiculous-looking monster from the notoriously bad science fiction film Robot Monster. His first appearance was when he tried to deliver Earth an ”important message” , only to forget what it was. He also appeared in an episode that was a parody of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
  • Fanboy (voiced by Stephen Furst) - An obese, acne-stricken, socially awkward fanboy (hence his name) and would-be sidekick to Freakazoid who obsesses about numerous comic books, TV shows and movies, from The Black Hole to Star Wars. Fanboy's age is never specified; he could be anywhere between his late teens to early thirties.
  • Deadpan (voiced by Bebe Neuwirth) - A plain-looking (almost blank-faced) woman with a monotonous voice. She is a shapeshifter who once tried to conquer Washington by transforming into Freakazoid, but this plan was quickly foiled when the real Freakazoid appeared immediately after and nonchalantly pointed her out. She had only one appearance in a short segment before the opening credits for episode 1x13, The Wrath of Guiterrez.
  • Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Princess Diana make frequent cameos in the show, partly because Dexter Douglas lives in Washington, D.C.
  • Barbra Streisand also makes a number of appearances, most notably in the episode "Dexter's Date," which features a parody of Hello, Dolly!.
  • Hero Boy (voiced by John P. McCann) - The title character from Freakazoid's favorite TV show that is first shown in the episode of the same name. Hero Boy has no powers (save for flying) and his black and white show is a parody of the animated series Astro Boy. Hero Boy has the catchphrase "I must succeed!", though he is invariably shrugged off by the monsters he fights when his pathetic fighting techniques (consisting of weakly pounding on the enemies) fail miserably.
  • Steven Spielberg (voiced by Frank Welker) - The show's executive producer.
  • Paul Harvey (voiced by Paul Rugg) - A loud, obnoxious man who often interrupts the story to give background information on a villain, or to spoil the ending. He is a parody of the radio personality, and his scenes in the series frequently feature "The Rest of the Backstory."
  • Lonnie Tallbutt (voiced by Mitch Schauer) - A werewolf that begs Dexter for help. His name is a combination of that of Lon Chaney, Jr. and Lawrence Talbot, the character Chaney played in the 1941 movie The Wolf Man. He is prone to grabbing people's shirt collars and yelling "You don't understand!"
The elusive Emmitt Nervend, who is often only seen briefly between frames of animation on the show.
  • Emmitt Nervend (pictured), usually shows up at least once an episode, always in the opening credits, but usually in the background. He stands looking at the camera (as pictured), never saying a word. Sometimes things happen to him directly, like birds pecking his head or laser beams shooting just above his head. The end credits will often contain a credit revealing how many times Emmitt can be found in a particular episode.
  • Weena Mercator as The Hopping Woman – a person acknowledged whenever credits are used in an episode. Note that no episode or sketch has ever featured a hopping woman. Her name also appears with multiple spellings. "Mercator" in "Dance of Doom" and "Mercatur" in "The Cloud."

Mini-Segments

Freakazoid! also features several mini-segments, primarily during the first season. Each of these have their own theme songs, title cards and cast, and only rarely "cross over" into the continuity of the main show. These segments include:

  • Lord Bravery (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - A John Cleese-esque superhero from the United Kingdom in an outfit slightly resembling that of a Roman soldier. He doesn't do much in the way of superheroism; in fact, he's very snooty, cynical and unwilling to do unpleasant tasks in the course of his duties such as entering a sewer to perform a rescue. Likewise, he gets little respect and recognition as a superhero from the general public and even his wife and mother-in-law, with whom he lives. At one point he loses his name due to a trademark dispute with a bakery of the same name, after which he changes his name to Lord Smoked Meats and Fishes. His theme song is delivered in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan's song "A British Tar". His real name is Nigel Skunkthorpe.
  • The Huntsman (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - A good guess at what Robin Hood would be like if portrayed by Charlton Heston; he can never find enough crime to fight and secretly suspects that the police are hiding crimes from him because they don't trust him. He was once a hunter called Marty Feeb, who saved a chunky elf from being eaten crow, the elf rewarded Marty Feeb with a magic sack of corn, he was granted strength, speed, and shiny teeth, thus as the Huntsman was reborn. He also has a brother called Hector Feeb, who he claims lives in a townhouse. He can be summoned by blowing into the Horn of Urgency, and his battle cry is "Into action!". Possibly a parody of comic character Green Arrow. His trademark phrase is "Darn, the luck, darn!". His sketches are often themed around beginning with a lengthy, overly heroic opener, with a title that would indicate an action-oriented episode, that ends up being a short, anticlimactic skit of the Huntsman not being needed.
  • The Lawn Gnomes - A group of lawn statuary that come to life at night in a parody of the Gargoyles animated series. Infamous for their mischief, they were cursed to become stone by day by a powerful wizard after they played a prank on him and after they attacked his brother Erik the Large. They would revert at night, during which time they were given the opportunity to mend their ways to fight evil alongside mankind, after which the curse would be lifted. They have yet to do so to this day.
  • Toby Danger - A (somewhat) loving parody of Jonny Quest, featuring the voices of Scott Menville, Don Messick (in his last role before he died) and Granville Van Dusen (all of whom provided voices for JQ). This was originally written by Tom Minton as a twelve minute stand-alone short for Animaniacs, but slotted into Freakazoid! after that series was green-lighted and had an eight minute opening. The completed twelve minute Toby Danger storyboard was trimmed by director Eric Radomski to fit into the available Freakazoid! time slot.
  • Fatman and Boy Blubber - The misadventures of two morbidly obese superheroes, in a parody of the Batman TV series. Their only segment involves them saving a boy being bullied about his weight, only to bully him themselves when he won't give up his lunchbox. Fatman also makes an appearance during an episode, where it is revealed the episode is also a storybook being read by Fatman to children.

Production

Voicing

The voice actors of the show Freakazoid! included various actors from other television series and films. Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Jeff Glen Bennett, and Frank Welker, who all provided voices in the series Animaniacs, were on Freakazoid!. Actors Edward Asner, Ricardo Montalbán, Larry Cedar, Jonathan Harris, and Stephen Furst also provided voices for the series. Also, writers John P. McCann and Paul Rugg (who played Freakazoid!) added voices themselves.

Casting for the show had been difficult for the Freakazoid! staff, as no lead character had been found even after extensive auditions.[2] Eventually, when writer Paul Rugg was brought to demonstrate the voice in a recording session, he ended up filling the role, as he said: "I went in there and did it. Then they played it for Steven [Spielberg] and he said 'Yep! Fine, sure, great,' and then I panicked ... and I had to do it."[2] Rugg had played the role of Freakazoid through the entire series run.

Controversy with Mike Allred's Madman

This show and its lead character have been criticized as being plagiarism of the comic book Madman by the creator of Madman, Mike Allred. Both titular characters share several personality traits, and, according to Allred, wear similar costumes, both featuring a chest emblem of an exclamation mark (though Freakazoid's logo adds his initial F before the exclamation mark). During the short run of the show, Allred remained relatively silent on the subject. However, in 2003, he responded to a question about the show on the messageboard of his official website:

[Show creator] Bruce Timm was kind enough to tell me that Madman was a direct inspiration for the show, with comics open and referred to when developing the show.

Stupidly, I was flattered; happy to inspire anything. But when the show came out, with no acknowledgement or credit or any kind of compensation, I slowly became annoyed as everyone and their uncle confronted me with "there's this cartoon that's ripping off Madman" and "you oughta sue".

I simply wrote a friendly letter to [show producer] Steven Spielberg telling him his production was a direct lift of my creation, I had no intention of creating ripples, I just wanted him to know that I knew. No one replied, which is fine. And to be honest, Madman is an amalgam of a half a dozen other influences. So who am I to complain (the exclamation mark on the chest still kinda urks [sic] me a little though. A little too close for comfort).[3]

Humor

The humor in Freakazoid! relied heavily on slapstick, parody, and pop cultural references. Due to the series being meta-fiction, much of the series was self-aware humor (i.e. breaking the fourth wall); for instance, after the first appearance of the Freakmobile, the show goes immediately into an impromptu commercial for a toy version, and later in the episode, Freakazoid addresses an audience, congratulating the staff on how hard they have worked to make the show toyetic. A typically strange running gag involves a repeated credit for "Weena Mercator as the Hopping Woman", though no such character appears in any episode. Her credit is usually preceded by a number of other fictional names and followed by a fictional director. The show also incorporated humor aimed at the then-newly founded WB Network, such as questioning the meaning of the initials "WB", e.g., "Weird Butt" or "Wet Bananas" instead of Warner Bros.

Freakazoid! made frequent use of stock footage, including the peaceful scene of a field of flowers ("Relax-O-Vision"), numerous people screaming ("Scream-O-Vision"), traditionally dressed Bavarians dancing and slapping each other, a man being shot in the belly with a cannonball and a man wrestling a bear.

Cameo appearances were also a major element of the show's humor. At various times, Freakazoid! hosted appearances by characters from other Warner Bros. cartoons such as Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs and even an insinuation appearance of the Batman from Bruce Timm's animated version, which has a similar drawing style (its concept of old movie-style title cards at the beginning of each episode was also replicated in Freakazoid!). Portrayals of many celebrities (including producer Steven Spielberg) and guest appearances by such figures as Jack Valenti, Leonard Maltin, and Mark Hamill as themselves were also commonplace. Norm Abram had an entire episode, "Normadeus", built around him. One original character, a bizarre-looking man named Emmitt Nervend, plays no role whatsoever other than enabling a Where's Waldo-esque hunt for his constant cameos (complete with the number of his appearances announced in the closing credits).

One of the show's longest cameo appearances was when Wakko (from Animaniacs) and Brain (from Pinky and the Brain) appeared in a scene in which they argue with Freakazoid over which of their shows is Steven Spielberg's favorite. (Tiny Toon Adventures was not represented in the discussion as it was on Nickelodeon at the time, while the others were on Kids' WB.) However, when the trio confronts Steven over the issue, he simply replies, "Who are you people?"

History

Creation

Freakazoid! was created by animators Bruce Timm, who had previously produced Batman: The Animated Series, and Paul Dini, who was a story editor for Tiny Toon Adventures.[4] Timm was called upon by Steven Spielberg, who Timm said "liked" Timm's Batman series, to help create a new superhero show.[5] After a meeting with Spielberg, Timm said that Spielberg had "really liked" the idea for Freakazoid!,[5] after which Timm and Dini created the character Freakazoid, an edgy superhero with a manic personality. Timm came up with the name 'Freakazoid' for the character naturally, as he recalled: "The name 'Freakazoid' just kind of jumped out of me, I don't even know where from. I said "Oh, yeah, 'Freakazoid', that might be an interesting name."[4]

Timm originally created Freakazoid! to be a serious "adventure show" with some comedic undertones.[4] However, Timm’s initial idea for the series did not come to be, as Timm stated:

I don't mind that it's [Freakazoid] not on my résumé. [Laughs] I bailed on it really early. It started out as an adventure show, but it ended up turning into more & more of a comedy show; every time we'd have a meeting with Steven, the concept would kinda [sic] change, and it kept leaning more & more towards zany comedy. It really started out almost like Spider-Man, on that level of, like, a teenage superhero. And it reached a point where it became a comedy with the Tiny Toons/Animaniacs kind of humor. (...) I don't have anything against that; I just don't have a flair for it, so I bailed — I just hung out here while my staff had to do the show. [Laughs][5]

Timm said that he later left the show because he felt he could not deliver the kind of series that Spielberg was looking to make.[4]

After Timm left the series, Tom Ruegger, who developed other Spielberg series Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs, was brought in to redevelop the series Timm had created "from the ground up".[4] Ruegger's version of the series used some of Timm's designs and concepts, but Timm said that the series was "radically altered" to become the comedy series that was more to Spielberg's liking.[4]

Ruegger then began writing stories for the series, and came up with a pile of very short segments. Spielberg liked what Ruegger had written, but wanted longer stories for the series as well. Ruegger then asked writers John McCann and Paul Rugg to come onto the series to write longer, more elaborate stories for the series and, according to Rugg, "(...) figure out what this [Freakazoid!] was going to be, and the answer was, 'We didn't know', and still don't".[4]

Premiere, cancelation, and syndication

Freakazoid! premiered on Kids' WB Saturday lineup on September 9, 1995.[1] During its run, Freakazoid! came across problems of appealing to its target demographic, young children. Tom Ruegger said that Freakazoid! had done poorly in ratings because the audience that the series gathered was older than the target audience.[4] Also, Freakazoid! ran into timeslot problems. Writer John McCann said that the timeslot of the series changed frequently: "They put it at eight o' clock in the morning, three-thirty in the afternoon, they shifted it all around; we couldn't even find it, and we wrote the thing".[4] The series ran on Kids' WB until November 16, 1996, when it was canceled due to poor ratings, airing only one complete season and part of a second season.[1] The second season episode "Hero Boy" later won a Daytime Emmy Award.[4][6] Rugg said the series' demise was the result of a combination of people not understanding the series, timeslot changes, appealing to the wrong demographics, and that "(...) there aren't a lot of Neilsen boxes in federal prisons. Had there been, I'm telling you, we'd still be on the air today".[4] Bruce Timm said that the series still has a cult following of fans who ask him questions about the series whenever they meet him.

However, the show was later picked up by Cartoon Network and was rebroadcast from January 31, 1997[1] until March 8, 2003.[citation needed] The series had a total number of 24 episodes. Recently, Freakazoid!, among other shows, was scheduled to be broadcast on the AOL broadband channel, In2TV.[7] However, Freakazoid! is no longer a featured series on the site.

Season Two of Freakazoid is currently available via XBox live.

Merchandise

Print

Freakazoid never had his own comic book, but he did make a special guest crossover in issue #35 of the Animaniacs comic published by DC Comics.[8]

DVD releases

Warner Home Video released the first season of Freakazoid! on DVD in region 1 on July 29, 2008. Season 2 was released on April 21, 2009. This completes the series on DVD for Region 1.

DVD name Ep # Release date Bonus features
Season 1 13(+1) July 29, 2008 Audio commentary on three "key episodes", promos from the series launch, and a featurette tracking the evolution of the show from an action series to a comedy series.[9]
Season 2 11 April 21, 2009 Featurettes on the making of the last episode, "Favorite Moments" from the series, and an original demo tape for the song "Bonjour, Lobey" from series composer Richard Stone.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Lenburg, p. 520
  2. ^ a b Rogers, Brett (1996), "Freaking Out With Paul Rugg", Animato! (36), http://members.aol.com/baltohoya/rugg.htm, retrieved 2007-06-29 
  3. ^ Allred, Mike (2003-11-07). "Re: Freakazoid". Mike Allred Message Board. http://www.comicscommunity.com/boards/allred/?noframes;read=9834. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Tom Ruegger, Bruce Timm, et al.. (2008). Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid: Season 1. Special Features: The Original Freak. [DVD]. Warner Home Video. 
  5. ^ a b c Lamken, Saner (2000), "The Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Timm! Bruce Timm Interviewed by Brian Saner Lamken", Comicology (TwoMorrows) (1), http://web.archive.org/web/20060604020156/http://www.twomorrows.com/comicology/articles/01timm.html 
  6. ^ "Freakazoid!: TV Guide News". TV Guide. http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/freakazoid/201491. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "AOL to Launch New Video Portal". TimeWarner Newsroom. TimeWarner. 2006-07-31. http://www.timewarner.com/corp/newsroom/pr/0,20812,1220659,00.html. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  8. ^ Moore, Jennifer; Sean Carolan (w), Batic, Leonardo (p), McRae, Scott (i). "Tour DeFreak" Animaniacs! (35): 1-19 (March, 1998), DC Comics
  9. ^ "Rear Box Art for Freakazoid!". TVShowsonDVD.com. http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Freakazoid-Season-1-Rear-Box-Art/9476. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  10. ^ "Freakazoid! - Finalized Box Art, Front & Back, for 2nd Season Better Explains DVD Bonuses". TVShowsonDVD.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Freakazoid-Season-2/11226. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 

Further reading

  • Lenburg, Jeff (1999). "Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid! [Television Series]". The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons (Second ed.). New York, New York: Checkmark Books. pp. 520. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. 

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Freakazoid! (1995-1997) is an American animated television series featuring a madcap superhero named Freakazoid. It was created by Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. Animation.

Contents

Opening song

Super-teen extraordinaire!
Freakazoid! Freakazoid!
Runs around in underwear!
Freakazoid! Freakazoid!
Rescues Washington, D.C.
Freakazoid! Freakazoid!
Unless something better’s on TV!
Freakazoid! Freakazoid!
His brain's overloading!
It has a chocolate coating!
Textbook case for Sigmund Freud!
Freakazoid! Freakazoid!
Check out Dexter Douglas, nerd computer ace;
Went surfing on the internet and was zapped to cyberspace!
He turned into the Freakazoid! He’s strong and super-quick!
He drives the villains crazy, ‘cause he’s a lunatic!
His home-base is the Freaka-lair!
Freakazoid! Fricassee!
Floyd the Barber cuts his hair!
Freakazoid! Chimpanzee!
Rides around in the Freak-mobile!
Freakazoid! Freaka-zoo! (sometimes 'Free kazoo!')
Hopes to make a movie deal!
Freaka-me! Freaka-you!
He’s here to save the nation,
So stay tuned to this station!
If not, we’ll be unemployed!
Freakazoid! Freakazoid!
Freakazoid!!!

Season 1

Five Day Forecast/Dance of Doom/Handman [1.1]

Announcer: Terror grips a peaceful city. Terror that wears a loin cloth. His real name is Royce Mumphy, but police in five states know him as Cave Guy. Yes, Cave Guy: hostile, powerful, but also highly intelligent.
Cave Guy: I subscribe to The New Yorker. (laughs snootily)
Announcer: Only one hero can track down Cave Guy. Only one hero has the heart to fight this fiend. That hero is... (silhouette of Batman appears on the screen) on another network. Thus, we have no choice but to turn to this fellow. A teenage nerd, or is he...?

Freakazoid: [in tough guy voice] Nothing will stand in my way!
Cosgrove: Hey, Freakazoid! Wanna get a mint?
Freakazoid: [in normal voice] OK!

Freakazoid: Low Bridge! Everybody Down, Low Bridge! Cave guy's underwear is brown!!! Brown, Brown, brown! Now...! Stop ya singin now, everybody singin songs! (In quite voice) Bring it down, bring it down...(The people come down) Everybody "Shh, Shh" On this side of the room.
People: Shh Shh Shh...
Freakazoid: Everybody Down!

Jeepers: You want to see something strange and mystical?
Freakazoid: NOOOOOOO!!!!! GET OUTTA HERE WITH THAT WATCH!!! LAY OFF THE POOR BEAVERS, WILL YA?!? SHEEEESH!!! YOU'RE A CREEP! GO AWAY! WE WERE ALL HAVING A GOOD TIME UNTIL YOU SHOWED UP, JEEPERS!!! UUUUUUUUGH! GO HAVE A COFFEE, WITH CREAM OR SOMETHING! BECAUSE I'LL TELL YOU SOMETHING: THIS IS A HAPPY PLACE!!!!!!

The Lobe: No one can save you this time, Freakazoid!
Freakazoid: That's where you're wrong, Lobe! My new sidekick will save me.
The Lobe: Oh yeah? Well, where is he?
Handman: I'm right here!
Freakazoid: Handman! You've come in the nick of time!
Handman: I wouldn't let you down, Freakabazaal! Oh, I'm sorry, it's Freakazee. Uh, Freakabee.
Freakazoid: No. Freakazoid.
Handman: Freakazoy.
Freakazoid: No. Freakazoid.
Handman: Freakazee! Freeballoo! Meemalar!
Freakazoid: No. Say it with me. Frea.
Handman: Frea.
Freakazoid: Ka.
Handman: Ka.
Freakazoid: Zoid.
Handman: Peterson! No! Freakazoid! Freakazoid. [kisses up to Freakazoid]
Freakazoid: Hey, stop it! Pardon me, my mouth is a bit parched. [drinks a glass of water while Handman makes gulping noises] Aaaaaahhhh! Thank you. That was a-very refreshing!
The Lobe: Oh, just stop!
Freakazoid: What?
The Lobe: This is stupid.
Freakazoid: You're calling my sidekick stupid?
The Lobe: That's not a proper sidekick; that's just your hand.
Freakazoid: No it isn't.
The Lobe: Yes it is!
Freakazoid: No it isn't!
The Lobe: Yes it is! It's just your hand, you simpleton!
Handman: No, take a closer look. [The Lobe does so] Closer... Closer still... Hold it right there. [punches The Lobe, knocking him into his artillery]

Candle Jack/Toby Danger in Doomsday Bet/The Lobe [1.2]

[Freakazoid keeps trying to take flight to no avail.]
Freakazoid: Uhg! Hng! Up! UP! GO UP! FLY!
Steff: Freakazoid, you don't fly.
Freakazoid: Oh, right.

Boy: The scariest thing in the world would be if all the air in the world turned to WOOD!
[The children gasp]
Girl: OK like the scariest thing in the world would be if like you went to grab something and it wasn't there!
[The children stare blankly]
Girl: .... Because it turned to WOOD!
[The children gasp]
Freakazoid: The scariest thing in the world would be if they gave Sinbad another T.V. show! [All the children scream and flee in terror.]
[Later]
Other Kid: You don't really believe in that stuff, about Sinbad getting another T.V. show, do you Buzz?
Buzz: Nah, the broadcasting industry has all sorts of safe guards to prevent that sort of thing.

Buzz: The guy you want to look out for is Candle Jack.
Other Kid: Candle Jack? Who's that?
Buzz: He's the Boogeyman. Y'know, the for-real one. He snatches kids from their bed and takes them away.... and they never come back.
Other Kid: Why does he do that?
Buzz: Because he's a nut.
Other Kid: Well, how does he get you?
Buzz: That's the thing. He can't, as long as you don't say his name. So just don't say it, okay?
Other Kid: Okay. Good night!
[They lie down and go to bed]
Other Kid: Hey, we did say his name!
Buzz: Well... maybe he didn't hear us.
[Candle Jack rises up from between them]
Candle Jack: Hello, boys!

Girls: Look! It's Candle Jack!
All: CANDLE JACK!!
Candle Jack: I'm gonna need more rope.

Paul Harvey-type announcer: I think there's a thuuuumbtack under my fanny.

[All the Dangers gasp when looking upon a photo of the villian.]
"Dash" O'Pepper: I knew it! It's some guy in a helmet!

Freakazoid: Well, if it isn't...
Steff and kids: NO!
Freakazoid: What? I was just gonna say...
Steff and kids: NO!
Dr. Hanker: Don't say it!
Freakazoid: Don't say what?
Steff: Don't say his name!
Freakazoid: You mean "don't say Candle Jack"?
[quick cut to Freakazoid now tied up]
Steff: Freakazoid, why did you say his name?!
Freakazoid: 'Cause I-I wanted to do one of those funny things, like on - you ever watch F Troop? - where Agarn says "There's no way I'm wearin' a dress! Absolutely not! No dress!" And Forrest Tucker's like, "Yeah, you're wearing that dress! You're gonna wear that dress!" And they wipe - blblblblblblblb - and Agarn's wearin' a dress!
[quick cut to a clip from F Troop of Agarn in a dress]
Agarn: YOO-HOO!!! LOCO BROTHERS!!! LOOK WHO'S HERE FOR YOU!!!
Candle Jack: Oh, I love that bit!

Mo-Ron/The Sewer Rescue/The Big Question/The Legends Who Lunch [1.3]

Announcer: We interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring you this special report from The WB Network.
Freakazoid: What exactly is The WB? Can someone tell me this? What's it mean, The WB? The Water Bucket? The Wimpy Boy? The Wet Bananas?! I don't know!! What, the Weird Butt?! What? I'm asking!!
Announcer: This has been a special report from The Weird Butt Network. We now join Freakazoid! already in progress.

Lord Bravery: [talking to his mother-in-law] Most people your age die. Why won't you?

Freakazoid: Now, now, ladies, there's plenty of me for everybody - if not, I'll just have 'em draw me bigger.

Alien: I have traveled many millions of lightyears across forty billion galaxies to come here for the answer to a vital question that concerns the entire universe.
Bill Clinton: And what is that question?
Alien: Please tell us - that doll Barbie... what's the name of her little sister?
[Freakazoid and Clinton look at each other, puzzled]
Bill Clinton: I think it was Pebbles.
Freakazoid: Lemme handle this. It's Skipper!
Alien: Skipper? Hmmm. [walks back inside his ship] Hey everyone, it's Skipper!

And Fan Boy Is His Name/Lawn Gnomes: Chapter IV - Fun in the Sun/Freak's French Lesson [1.4]

Freakazoid: I said, give me another one. Curse your tiny paper hat!

Freakazoid:If I wanna blitz myself into some papaya-induced hallucination that's MY business!

Fan Boy: I've studied everything about you! Like you like to drown your sorrows in Papaya juice whenever you lose a sidekick!
Freakazoid: That's because I'm allergic to cranapple!

[pan shot of the Freaka-lair]
Fan Boy: Where are we?
Freakazoid: My Freaka-lair!
Fan Boy: I didn't know you had one!
Freakazoid: Yeah, we're trying a bunch of new stuff this week. Tryin' to see what sticks.

Freakazoid: Please! Please leave my alone! I'll give you anything, anything you want if you'll just go away! How about the just written script of Batman IV?
Fan Boy: Plucked it off the internet last night.
Freakazoid: An autographed photo of Stan Lee?
Fan Boy: Who's that?
Freakazoid: No idea.

Fan Boy: Marrrrrrkk...... Hamillllll...
Freakazoid: Why settle for a mere sidekick, when Jedi Knighthood awaits?
Fan Boy: Yes! The Force is strong in this one!
[slowly approaching Mark Hamill]
Fan Boy: Luke! Join me!
Mark Hamill: Come again?
Fan Boy: Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as Fan Boy and son!
Mark Hamill: No! I'll never join you!
Fan Boy: It is your destiny!

Foamy the Freakadog/Office Visit/Ode to Leonard Nimoy/Emergency Broadcast System [1.5]

Fanboy: Leonard Nimoy, Leonard Nimoy
Dear Mister Spock, oh golly gee boy
It sure would make me smile and laugh
If I could have your autograph
If I don't get it, I'll be blue
But then I know what I will do
I'll call you up on the telephone
And bother you when you're at home
You hang up, the line goes dead
But then a new idea pops in my head
I'll visit you right where you live
I'll ring on the doorbell and ask if you'll give
That autograph I've been waiting for
You give it to me, and so much more
(BOOM!)
Oh thank you, thank you, Mister Spock
Now please call Bones; I need a doc.

Lord Bravery: What kind of superhero would call himself Lord Smoked Meats and Fishes?
Mr. Snarzetti: Ah. One who wants to use the element of surprise.

The Chip (Acts I - III) [1.6]

Jack Valenti: We've put together a little motion picture about Freakazoid's origin. It's filled with action and adventure and even features a scene with a man wrestling a bear for no reason.

Business Man: A Freakazoid? What's that?
Roddy MacStew: That's just what it sounds like Mr. Fancy Man sitting in your chair!

[Roddy is thrown from the top of a building.]
Guitierrez: Now, how did that happen? [He begins to chuckle, then pauses at the silence of his colleagues.] Laugh with me!

Announcer: We interrupt this program to increase dramatic tension. Thank you. And now back to our program.

Roddy MacStew: Oh I'm his uh.. (thinking) WHAT SHOULD I SAY! I CANT THINK! SHE'LL NEVER BUY IT! CRUD! CRUD! (out loud) I'm his insurance agent.
Mrs. Douglas: Insurance agent? But he's only 17.
Roddy MacStew: (thinking) CRUD! I BLEW IT! I BLEW IT!! (out loud) Oh no, I meant his driving instructor. It's time for his lesson.
Mrs. Douglas: On Christmas Day?
Roddy MacStew: He's a very bad driver.

Roddy MacStew: You'll never get away with it Guitierrez!
Guitierrez: Get away with what? I haven't said anything yet.
Roddy MacStew: Yeah you're right. Sorry, I jumped the gun. My fault.

Mrs Douglas: Dexter? Is that you? How bad a driver are you, hon?

The Chip (Act IV)/Freakazoid is History [1.7]

Roddy MacStew: At least let the boy go!
Guitierrez: No, I cannot.
Roddy MacStew: Why?
Gutierrez: Because he tasks me! He tasks me! 'round the moons of Snivia, I chuckle at thee. Beyond the Corpian clouds I chuckle more at thee. Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins! Kirk, old friend, I... Oh, sorry. [He fixes his tie.] Good-bye.

Dexter: No! This can't be happening... I'M FREAKING OUT!
[changes into Freakazoid]
Freakazoid: [in Groucho Marx voice] I think he just said the secret word!

Roddy MacStew: [voice-over] When you want to change into the Freakazoid, just say "Freak Out." When you want to change back into Dexter, say "Freak In." You're a good lad. I'll be seeing you around.
Freakazoid: [crying] That made water come out my eyes.

Freakazoid: Hey, what is this place? Palm Trees. Hula girls! Pineapples. Hula girls! Surfboards. Hula girls! Hula girls! Hula girls! Of course, it all adds up! I've somehow landed in Norway!

Voice Over: One day, while saving Air Force One, teen super hero Freakazoid was unexpectedly swept into both a time warp vortex and a T.V. show parody. From that point on and until the segment ends, Freakazoid is lost in time. He is... Quantum Freak!

[Freakazoid views the world he altered.]
Freakazoid: Good heavens. It's Rush Limbaugh. He's become a real bleeding-hard liberal and look! Euro Disney is packed! Cold fusion works! No Chevy Chase movies!

Freakazoid: ...And then I got sucked into the Internet, and well, here I am.
Cosgrove: Y'know what you should do with your powers?
Freakazoid: What?
Cosgrove: I'd become a superhero, but that's me.
Freakazoid: Naaaah.
Cosgrove: You could fight crime.
Freakazoid: Naaaah.
Cosgrove: Uphold the truths.
Freakazoid: Naaaah.
Cosgrove: Impress the ladies.
Freakazoid: OKAY!! I'll do it!

Hot Rods From Heck/A Time For Evil [1.8]

Dexter Douglas: I wish I was at home reading funny stories in binary.

Relax-O-Vision/Fatman and Boy Blubber/Limbo Lock-Up/Terror Palace [1.9]

Fatman: I've got a stitch in my side, and I've lost my freshness!

Cave Guy: Now, it's our turn. [he and Kid Carrion laugh maniacally]
Freakazoid: BLABLABLABLABLABLABLAAAA! [lunges towards them as Relax-o-Vision cuts in] [later, after Cave Guy and Kid Carrion were defeated]
Freakazoid: I probably blew the animation budget for the WHOLE season on that one fight

Freakazoid: [dazed] Anybody for loosemeat sanwiches?

In Arms Way/The Cloud [1.10]

Store clerk: What's Oops Insurance?
[Arms Akimbo knocks over jar]
Arms Akimbo: Oops.

Hans: I am Hans. We will take the sky buckets to the observatory. The professor is waiting for you there. Now, come. We mustn't linger. It is not safe here at night.
Freakazoid: It's day.
Hans: Well then, I suppose we can linger for a moment.

[Freakazoid and Hans are riding "sky buckets" to the top of a mountain]
Freakazoid: It's just like at Disneyland!
Hans: Not anymore, I'm afraid.
Freakazoid: What?
Hans: At Disneyland. Zee sky buckets, they are gone, kaput. And zee ride where zey shrink you down tiny, nicht. (German for not, implying that the ride was removed)
Freakazoid: Oh no, well, at least they still have the little motorboats!"
Hans: [He hangs his head and grits teeth, indicating they removed the motorboats as well; sad music plays in background.]
Freakazoid: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! NOT THE BOATS!!!

[Freakazoid opens a door, expecting a evil villain outside. When he opens the door, there stands Cosgrove.]
Cosgrove: Hey Freakazoid, wanna go build a Go-cart?

Next Time, Phone Ahead/Nerdator [1.11]

Steven Spielberg: Fade to black. The End. What was that other plan, exactly?
Paul Rugg: Well, we'd end the show early to show some more Animaniacs reruns.
Steven Spielberg: Oh! I like that. Let's do it. (cuts to the final verses of the Animaniacs theme song)

Freakazoid: So AT&T, MCI, & Spint fought a pitched battle to see who'd provide service. (showing stock footage of armored tanks fighting in a warzone) Finally, Bo-Ron chose a winner(showing Bo-Ron with lipstick imprints on his face while Candace Bergen is attracted to Bo-Ron), and we called home.
Bo-Ron: AAAHHHH! It's ringing. (They reached an answering machine in Bo-Ron's primitive language addressing "We're not here right now. Please leave your message after the beep")
Bo-Ron: I got the machine. It's ALWAYS on. Hello? You're there. I know you're there. PICK UP! COME ON!!! PICK UP!!!

Bo-Ron: Large Cakes!

Freakazoid: Diane Sawyer acts sincere, but she's really faking it.
Bo-Ron: Duuuuhhhh! Faking it.

Bo-Ron: DUUUHHHH! Piece of the gross(then smiles with chewed up Oreo cookies in his teeth, while having milk & Oreo cookies on his plate)

Freakazoid: STAY OUT OF YOUR FATHER'S UNDERWEAR DRAWER! Trust me on this one.
Bo-Ron: Duh, underwear drawer, no no.

Dexter Douglas: O-O-O-O-O-O-OH, FREAK OUT!(melts into the ground and resolidifies as Freakazoid)
Freakazoid: Is it me or am I showing up later & later in each episode? (then talking like Jerry Lewis) OH, LOOK AT ALL THE NERD PEOPLE MAKING THE FUNNY JERKING MOTIONS WITH THEIR SILLY HEADS!!!

House of Freakazoid/Sewer or Later [1.12]

[Freakazoid is at a recent crime scene committed by Cobra Queen. He notices a piece of shedding from one of her snakes.]
Freakazoid: Ah-ha, looks like one of Cobra Queen's little pets. [turns to the officers, and says this with poor lip sync] Or maybe it was a tourist who got too much sun, I'm never sure.
[Flips to blue screen with only Freakazoid showing]
Freakazoid: Please, lets watch the lip sync okay?
[A giant set of lips sinks into the ocean]
Freakazoid: I thank you.
Freakazoid: I'm not going down there it smells like Poo-gas!!!

The Wrath of Guitierrez [1.13]

Cosgrove: Y'know, I like jousting so much I wish I could marry it.

Freakazoid: (finds a small bowl hidden behind a torch) A bowl! I found a bowl! GOOD FOR ME!

Freakazoid: (grumbling about Guitierrez) He's such a weenie.
Guitierrez: (shouting dramatically) I am not a weenie! YOU ARE THE WEENIE!

Season 2

Dexter's Date [2.1]

Debbie Douglas: (waving goodbye to Dexter from the car) Have a good time, now!

The Lobe: Don't touch that dial. For the next 40 minutes, I'm in control.

(The Lobe is watching Seinfeld)
Newman: C'mon, Kramer, give me the donut!
Cosmo Kramer: Never!
The Lobe: (laughs) The whole key to this show is Newman.

The Lobe: Now, with just a flick of the switch, my video-zapper will steal every movie, every program, every broadcast ever produced! Not only will I be able to flood the market with counterfeit cassettes - thus crippling the entertainment industry - but I'll never have to program my VCR again!

(Freakazoid breaks into a room to stop the Lobe - destroying a wall full of TV monitors in the process)
Freakazoid: Hello? Lobe? Is this the right room?
The Lobe: Freakazoid! Look what you've done!
Freakazoid: Sorry. I'm in a hurry.
The Lobe: There's a door not ten feet away. A fine invention. You should try it.

Duncan: Aawww! What's the matter? Am I ruining your date?
Mr. Douglas: Duncan! Mind your apples, huh!

Freakazoid: FREAK IN! (while shifing back into Dexter, he still is Freakazoid) Uh-oh? (he then comes out of the stall as Oprah Winfrey) ZOIDS! I'M OPRAH WINFREY! OH, FREAK OUT! Okay, let's not PANIC! Let me try it again. FREAK IN! (shifting in as David Letterman) David Letterman?! Oh, FREAK OUT!

The Bus Boy: Come, she awaits. (While passing every pillar in the restaurant, Dexter changes into Michael Jackson, Barney the Dinosaur, and The Skipper from Gilligan's Island)
The Bus Boy: I have your date.
Steff: That's not my date.
The Bus Boy: Well, of course he is? (gasps) "Skipper" Alan Hale!
Freakazoid: Oh, no. (in Alan Hale's voice) GOODBYE, LIL' BUDDIES!

The Bus Boy: Here! I've found him.
Steff: That's still not my date.
The Bus Boy: Well, of... (gasps as he sees Freakazoid as Judge Lance Ito) Your Honor, I'm so sorry.
Freakazoid: (depressedly) Me too. See ya.
The Bus Boy: I THINK I'M GOING CRAZY!!!

Freakazoid: (very depressed in a monotone way) Freak In. (shifts into Bette Milder) Oh, freak out. (shifts back into Freakazoid)

Medulla: That is one happy man.

The Freakazoid [2.2]

Neighbor: Hey! What are you doing!?
Freakazoid: I'm fulfilling your request; I'm mowing your lawn.
Neighbor: While the Lobe's attacking everybody?! Go get him already! What are you, wacko?
Wakko Warner: No, I'm Wakko! [starts singing]
Baton Rouge, Lousiana
Indianapolis, Indiana,
And Columbus is the capitol of Ohio--
Freakazoid: HEY! Wakko, what are you doing here? We're kind of in the middle of something.
Wakko: Oh, it's OK! Steven loves it when we do stuff like this. After all, Animaniacs is his favorite.
Freakazoid: Uh, sorry to break this to you, Wakko, but if I'm not mistaken, Freakazoid! is Steven's favorite show. We got a memo.
Brain: Ahem. I believe you're both mistaken. It is the sophisticated wit and charm of Pinky and the Brain that has captured Steven's heart, as well as making it the breakaway hit of the WB's schedule.
Freakazoid: Well, why don't we just go find out?!
[Later, at the Amblin Entertainment building, they continue to argue.]
Steven Spielberg: QUIET!!! Now what's this about?
Freakazoid: First of all, Steven, thank you very much for taking the time to meet with us. We realize you're very busy, and--
Brain: Oh, just ask him!
Freakazoid: We were just wondering... who's your favorite?
Steven Spielberg: Who are you people?

Freakazoid: Oh, we've been at this all day! I hate this.
Cosgrove: I know, kid, but it's tradition. No superhero can refuse any request on their birthday.
Caption: IMPORTANT PLOT POINT
Freakazoid: Cosgrove, are you postive that's a superhero tradition?
Cosgrove: What, ya think I'm fibbing? I'm a fibby-boy? I heard it somewhere. Talk to the other superheroes if you don't believe me.
Freakazoid: I can't. They're all away at some conference.
Caption: ANOTHER IMPORTANT PLOT POINT
Cosgrove: I'm wearing blue socks.
Caption: NOT IMPORTANT
Freakazoid: If you put baking soda and vinegar together, they make a little volcano!
Caption: NOT IMPORTANT... BUT INTERESTING

The Lobe: Well, what about [the Superhero Codebook]?
Freakazoid: There isn't any such thing as a Superhero Codebook, is there?! You made it all up! You made up all those rules! YOU FIBBED! YOU'RE A FIBBY-BOY!
The Lobe: [chuckles] Freakazoid, really, you're completely delusional. Whatever gave you a silly ridiculous idea like that?
Freakazoid: THIS! [holds up scrap of paper from the book] "Copyright Lobe Industries"!
The Lobe: I knew I shouldn't have put that on there! Dumb, dumb, dumb!

Mission: Freakazoid [2.3]

Announcer: [if the show hypothetically ended short] Since this week's episode ended early, I'll recite some of my favorite naughty limericks. I'm sure you'll find them pleasing and saucy. There once was a woman from Bristow...

Cosgrove: I want a can of hash and some coffee.

Roddy MacStew: Ay, that's the master chip. If I can disconnect it, the system will be as helpless as a man with big apples for feet!

Virtual Freak [2.4]

[Cosgrove is trying to put on his VR Helmet when a gamer helps him]
Gamer: There man, like, you were all fouled up, and now you're cool, in the butt, haha, awesome.
Cosgrove: You're saying strange things. Stop it.

Cosgrove: You're not a failure kid. It's just that your ideas are silly and dumb. By the way, there a heavy pillar rolling at you, I'd take care of that if I were you.
Freakazoid: I can handle a pillar.

Freakazoid: Don't let me fall into nothingness! I won't be happy there!
Cosgrove: Few people would.

The Lobe: Freakazoid! Why's it taking us so long to fall?!
Freakazoid: 'Cause it's funny!
The Lobe: No it's not, it's just stupid! It's as dumb as that Handman episode!

Hero Boy [2.5]

[Guitierrez tries to find Freakazoid's weakness, so he pulls a green rock out of his cloak]
Guitierrez: Behold, the purest Kryptonite. Feeling weak, my friend, oh so weak?
Freakazoid: That's Superman's weakness, not mine!
Guitierrez: Really?
Freakazoid: Yeah, duuuuuuhhh!
Guitierrez: Oh, that stupid man at the store! Well then, how about this! [pulls out a yellow pad of paper, and holds it in front of Freakazoid's face] Does the yellow hurt your eyes, my friend? Getting weak, oh so very weak?
Freakazoid: That's the Green Lantern!
Guitierrez: Oh, shoot! [throws it down] Then how 'bout some... [picks up a glass of water and throws it in Freakazoid's face] water in your face! Are you melting, melting, my friend?
Freakazoid: That's the Wicked Witch!
Guitierrez: Oh, we're wasting time. What is your weakness?
Freakazoid: Well...
[scene switch to Freakazoid in a cage]
Freakazoid: Dumb, dumb, dumb! Never tell a villain how to trap you in a cage!
Gutierrez: You probably shouldn't have helped us build it, either.
Freakazoid: I know! Dumb!
Guitierrez: So... graphite bars charged with negative ions. That is your weakness, eh?
Freakazoid: That, or poo gas.
Guitierrez: You know, it's a funny thing. Nobody likes poo gas, my friend. Blagh!

A Matter of Love [2.6]

[Left alone at a "Gulliver" show.]
Professor Jones: Freakazoid? Where are you?
[pause]
Professor Jones: Oh, the pain, the pain.

Freakazoid: HUGGBEES!!!
The crowd: HUGGBEES!!!
Cosgrove: Hey, Cut it Out!

Statuesque [2.7]

Woman: It was awful! Awful! JUST AWFUL!!!
Freakazoid: Can you be more specific?
Woman: It was like having to watch Waterworld for a month.
Freakazoid: Anything else?
Woman: (screaming in fear) AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
Freakazoid: I think we handled that pretty well?

The Island of Dr. Mystico [2.8]

Leonard Maltin: Hi, I'm Leonard Maltin. Y'know, many consider "The Island of Dr. Mystico" one of the most pointless Freakazoid! adventures ever made. Interestingly, critics first loved the episodes, but that changed when they found out it wasn't European. However, today's episode does contain some interesting performances. See if you can spot Emmit Nervend in a walk-on role as a salty dance hall shaunteuse. Also-- [an oranguman barges onto the set and abducts him] No! For the love of humanity! Aaaahhhh!

Freakazoid: Wheeee-hee-hee-heee! I'm flying a plane! I'm flying a plane! Boy, being a pilot's really neato!
Cosgrove: You're doing real good, ki-- plane.
[Freakazoid and Cosgrove swerve to avoid oncoming plane.]
[Later on...]
Cosgrove: Blimp.
[Freakazoid and Cosgrove swerve to avoid oncoming blimp.]
[Later on some more...]
Cosgrove: Brando.
[Freakazoid and Cosgrove swerve to avoid a huge copy of Brando.]

Steph: 'Dat was a quite a jolt, Freak!

Freakazoid: To our right is the right wing
everyone: Ooohhhh!!!!
Freakazoid: And at the left is something very special
Lobe: Where?, I don't see anything.
Freakazoid: Booga-booga-booga!!!!!!!
Lobe: Aaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!

Freakazoid: What's wrong?
Cosgrove: I just remembered. I don't know how to fly.

Freakazoid: Can't see! Sun in eyes! Must talk like this!

Candle Jack: Excuse me Freakazoid, is there anything I should do?
Freakazoid: Why don't you stay here and... scare the professor!
Candle Jack: Marvelous. [Heads off screen. Professor Jones is then heard screaming loudly]

Dr. Mystico: They called me mad! Insane! WENDELL!
[Jumping onto table and yelling]
Dr. Mystico: They barred me from the universities until I had no choice but to flee here to conduct my research. Well who's crazy now? Hmmmm? Who's mad now? Hmmmmmmmm?
[Jumping back into his seat and speaking normally]
Dr. Mystico: Try the casserole, Freakazoid, before it gets cold.

Dr. Mystico: I'll build a private army of super apes and take over Cleveland!
Cosgrove: Don't you mean the world?
Dr. Mystico: I meant the world, yes... What did I say? Cleveland? I always do that.
Freakazoid, Cosgrove, Professor, and Villains: Ooooh!
Dr. Mystico: Now who wants to go first...
Freakazoid, Cosgrove, Professor, and Villains: [all pointing at each other] He does!
[Sparkle meows into Dr. Mystico's ear.]
Dr. Mystico: Why didn't you do that before we got down here? I'll deal with you all shortly. Sparkle has to tinky.

Freakazoid: Who are you? What have you done with the others?!
Dr. Mystico: There'll be time for questions later.
Freakazoid: No there won't; the show's over in ten minutes!
Dr. Mystico: Well, if you hadn't wasted all that time in the plane!!

Two Against Freak [2.9]

Cosgrove: [walking through sewers] What do they call "poo-gas" in Scotland?
Roddy MacStew: "Crud-vapors".
Cosgrove: Crud-vapors. I like that.

Roddy MacStew: From what ya tell me, it sounds like you can only use your telekinetic powers when you're really angry!
Freakazoid: Then I'll only use them when I'm really angry!
Roddy MacStew: That's what I just said!! Can you hear me or is there a wee goblin in your head eatin my words!?
Freakazoid: I... don't think there's a goblin in there...

Freakazoid: Why do I have to learn to move things with my mind?
Roddy MacStew: Strength and speed will only take you so far, lad.
Freakazoid: It got me a second season.
Roddy MacStew: You can't count on that! Networks are fickle, they can drop you like a man with big oak fingers!

Roddy MacStew: A vast river of woe is heading our way!

Freak-A-Panel/Tomb of Invisibo [2.10]

Cave Guy: I think it was a big mistake to run in [this sci-fi convention]; this is frightening behavior in adults. I hope none of them touches me.
[Cave Guy bumps into someone cosplaying a Klingon (actually Freakazoid in disguise)]
Cosplayer: [Says something in Klingon]
Cave Guy: Go away!
[Cosplayer looks confused, then understands and hands Cave Guy a 'Klingon to English' dictionary]
Cave Guy: Oh dear, a Klingon-to-English dictionary. You, made up a little language based off a TV show. That's not right!
Cos-player: [Says another phrase in Klingon while buddying up with Cave Guy]
[Cave Guy runs out of the convention screaming and leaps into a manned police car]
Cave Guy: Take me to jail, please! A Klingon is after me.

Announcer: Of course, this whole fight is just busy filler because our main episode came up short on footage. Great planning around here, huh?
Freakazoid: Joe, what are you doing?!
Announcer: I'm tired of trying to cover for other people's mistakes!
Freakazoid: You've been getting a real attitude lately.
Announcer: Big deal!
Freakazoid: You could be replaced by an intern, or maybe the announcer from Earthworm Jim!
Announcer: Oh?
Freakazoid: Yeah. Now stop buttin' in and stick to the copy!

[A large e-mail window appears]

E-mail client: You've got some nice e-mail!
Freakazoid: Mail, for me? [Presses button, then reading] To Freakazoid, from Mandy Triceratops of Columbia University. My question concerns Pearl Jam. When will they appear on your show? Sincerely, Mandy. P.S. I am majoring in all the knowledge ever acquired throughout history. [Hauls window off-camera]
Cosgrove: Those Columbia kids are pretty smart.
Freakazoid: Huh, they sure are! Mandy, not to rain on your girlish hopes but Pearl Jam will never appear on this program because they would want money.

Normadeus [2.11]

Freakazoid: One: Norm Abram is missing. Two:...
Cosgrove: We don't have a two.

Woman: They took Norm! They kidnapped Norm Abram! AND I WAS NEXT!

Freakazoid: Don't do it, Guitierrez! Remember when you were a nice guy.
Guitierrez: I was never a nice guy!

Norm Abram: YOU'RE AN EVIL MAN! (last line of the series)

Unsorted Quotes


Freakazoid: Aw, nut bunnies.

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