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I Am Weasel
IAmWeasel.jpg
The main character I.M. Weasel.
Format Animated sitcom
Created by David Feiss
Voices of Michael Dorn
Charlie Adler
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 79 (according to Cartoon Network)
61 (according to the episodes premieres)
(List of episodes)
Production
Running time 21 minutes per episode (7 minutes per short)
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Original run July 29, 1997 – September 16, 1999
The series logo.

I Am Weasel is an American animated television series, created by David Feiss and broadcast on the Cartoon Network. Its basic premise is a somewhat twisted take on the classic nursery rhyme "Pop Goes the Weasel"; in fact, the theme song of the series, sung by April March, is based on the well-known musical version of the rhyme.[1]

I Am Weasel was originally a part of the Cow and Chicken show, often airing as the middle of three segments, in between two Cow and Chicken segments. ("The Ugliest Weenie", a two-part Cow and Chicken story, even made reference to the I Am Weasel cartoon interrupting the storyline.) Eventually, I Am Weasel was spun-off into its own series, airing between 1997 and 2001, with both new episodes and the episodes that had aired on Cow and Chicken included in the series (much like how Pinky and the Brain was spun off from Animaniacs or how Evil Con Carne came from Grim and Evil).

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Characters

The series usually consists of two anthropomorphic animal characters: I.M. Weasel and I.R. Baboon. Both characters' species are as suggested by their names.

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I.M. Weasel

I.M. Weasel is the extremely gifted, talented protagonist of the series. He is a handsome young weasel who, although famous, is not snobby or stuck-up and is rather generous (for in one episode he donated his kidney to a sickly little boy in a kidney transplant) and is the distinguished celebrity whom everyone admires. Though Weasel was never a bully to him, the fellow main character I.R. Baboon (see I.R. Baboon below) is always trying to top the admired weasel because he wants an equal or better share in admiration, though unlike his rival, Baboon is extremely idiotic and the target for ridicule because of his bright red buttocks, but Weasel tries to generously help out his friend. Weasel is often assisted by a beautiful woman named Lulabelle who likes to dress as a nurse.

Voiced by: Michael Dorn

I.R. Baboon

I.R. Baboon is the exact opposite of Weasel, who he is always trying to top in order to be better than him: unintelligent, ugly, willing to sniff his finger half of the time, and has no talent at most things. I.R. is in possession of a bright red butt that he never wears pants to cover and therefore is ridiculed for it. As Weasel has good luck, I.R. seems to have bad luck: for instance, when he was about to get married his bride fell in love with someone else and left him standing at the altar. I.R. is also the adoptive father of Grandpa, a baby who was left on his doorstep and I.R. named it after his grandfather. At the end of the episode, Grandpa grew up. I.R. wears a white T-shirt with his name spelled backwards on the front of it. He lives in a run-down trailer near Weasel's mansion. I.R. fails to use proper grammar sometimes, explaining the titles for the episodes ("I.R. Mommy"). He refers to himself in third-person.

Voiced by: Charlie Adler

Minor and One-off characters

  • Loulabelle- Weasel's assistant, who usually dresses as a nurse. Her debut was in the Series 2 episode, "I.R. Mommy." Voiced by: Susan Blakeslee (season 2), Teresa Ganzel (season 3)
  • Cow & Chicken characters- Besides the Red Guy, some other characters from Cow & Chicken have made their appearances in I am Weasel since Series 2. These include Cow (and Supercow), Chicken, Flem, Earl, Mom, Dad and Teacher.
  • Admiral Bullets- Admiral Bullets is a Naval officer who relies on Weasel's help. He made appearances in the episodes, "This Bridge, Not Weasel Bridge" and "I.R. Mommy."
  • Baby Grampa- In the episode, "I.R. Mommy," I.R. adopts a child, which he affectionally names "Grampa," after his grandfather. By the end of the episode, he is seen as a grown man donning a t-shirt similar to I.R's, in the way that his name is handwriten upside down.
  • Jolly Roger A recurring character named for the ship flag.

Merchandise

Video Games

In the cart racing game Cartoon Network Racing I.M. Weasel, I.R. Baboon and The Red Guy are playable characters. The game is available for Playstation 2 and Nintendo DS.

See also

References

  1. ^ "I. R. Music Man": The Red Guy repeatedly switches from the theme tune and "Pop Goes the Weasel".

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