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Gravedale High
Also known as Rick Moranis in Gravedale High
Genre Animation
Created by David Kirschner
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
NBC Productions
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run 8 September 1990 – 31 August 1991
Status Ended

Gravedale High is an animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and NBC Productions. The series premiered in the fall of 1990 on NBC and lasted thirteen episodes, under the title of Rick Moranis in Gravedale High.

The show was developed as an animated vehicle for Rick Moranis, who had star appearances in the Ghostbusters movies and the popular film Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, and would later appear in the 1994 live-action film adaptation of another Hanna-Barbera series, The Flintstones (released by NBC's now-corporate sibling Universal Studios).

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Storyline

The show revolves around the misadventures of human teacher Max Schneider, who has unwittingly taken a job at Gravedale High, a school for monsters built inside an old cemetery. Schneider, the only human in the school, presides over a group of ghoulish teenagers that are latest-generation versions of classic movie monsters.

Schneider's class consists of vampire Vinnie Stoker (a Fonziesque version of Dracula who is able to go out in broad daylight; the name is an homage to Bram Stoker, author of Dracula), Frankentyke (reminiscent of both Frankenstein's Monster and Bart Simpson), nerdy werewolf Reggie Moonshroud, J. P. Ghastly the III (whose classification is unidentified but whose voice and mannerisms resemble Peter Lorre), lagoon creature and surfer dude Gill Waterman, mummy Cleofatra (an obese version of Cleopatra), Sid (who is based on the Invisible Man), zombie Southern belle Blanche, and the snake-headed Valley girl Duzer (a parody of Medusa). Other recurring students include centaur Alpha-Mae Centauri, human fly Busby, Elephant Boy (a literally elephant-like parody of John Merrick), hunchback Iggy (resembling the stereotypical "Igor" type of mad scientist assistant), mutant Moorehead, gargoyle Nardo, dog-boy Rover, cyclops Seymour, pig-girl Suey, and unidentified students resembling the monsters from Brain from the Planet Arous, The Crawling Eye, The Blob, and other films.

The bespectacled Mr. Schneider has his hands full with his new students, but he has Gravedale’s spooky staff to help out, who initially do not trust Schneider due to his human status but develop a camaraderie with him as the overall story arc develops. These include Headmistress Crone, Coach Cadaver, history teacher Mr. Tutner, and others.

Cast

In addition to Moranis, the show features a star voice cast, including Jonathan Winters, Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Shari Belafonte Harper, Brock Peters, and Hairspray star and talk show host Ricki Lake. Other longstanding voice actors, such as Howard Morris, Robert Ridgeley (who had voiced both Flash Gordon and Tarzan for Filmation), Frank Welker, Maurice LaMarche and Barry Gordon were featured.

Galaxy High comparisions

The show is somewhat akin to Galaxy High as both shows were intended to be shown to young audiences and was about humans in an environment unlike their own (extraterrestrials for Galaxy High; monsters for Gravedale High). However, whereas the main human characters in Galaxy High were often isolated from other humans (as they were millions of miles away from Earth), Max Schneider did not feel the same way as it was more of a "day job" for him to teach (although his private life was almost never seen). In fact, episodes frequently revolved around the monster students somehow interacting with the human population, who were often terrified at them, although some humans thought the monsters would be good attractions, such as a surf instructor who saw potential in Gill's surfing, or a cowboy who considered Duzer's snake attire to be a good fit to her job as a cowgirl-themed waitress. The faculty was more mistrusting of humans than were the students, although one certain episode dealt with a parents' night combined with a talent show, where Frankentyte makes a monster father to hide his embarrassment as to his true parentage. However, the false father turns out to be a sleazy Hollywood agent type who causes Frankentyke more problems. He decides it would be easier to reveal to everyone that his true father is a human, which shocks the entire school, but Mr. Schneider makes an impassioned speech on the importance of acceptance of differences.

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