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Iggy Arbuckle
EntireIggyArbucklecast.jpg
The main cast of the show: (Clockwise from top) The Great Bamzeani, Robear[1], Catfish Stu, Robert, Jiggers, Iggy Arbuckle, Spiff, Zoop and Kira. (Background) Mooseknuckle.
Genre Animation
Sitcom
Created by Guy Vasilovich
Voices of Jonathan Wilson
David Berni
James Rankin
Derek McGrath
Stephanie Milo
Stephanie Anne Mills
Novie Edwards
Neil Crone
Patrick McKenna
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Donna Friedman Meir
Noreen Halpern
John Morayniss
Audrey Velichka
Running time 22 min approx.
Broadcast
Original channel Teletoon
Original airing June 29, 2007

Iggy Arbuckle is a Gemini award-winning Canadian animated series that premiered in Canada on Teletoon in June 2007.[2] Based on a comic strip from National Geographic Kids, the show is created by Guy Vasilovich, and focuses about a pig (Iggy Arbuckle) who happens to be a forest ranger, known in the series as a "Pig Ranger". The plot involves Iggy's attempts to protect the environmental structure of the fictional Kookamunga National Park.

The series is also aired in Australia on ABC Kids and in the UK on Jetix UK from August 25, 2007. Oasis International, the Canadian distributor, also licensed the series to channels such as Cartoon Network (in Korea, Southeast Asia, India, and the Philippines) and Canal + SA and TPS in France. It was also broadcast on Saturday mornings on Toonattik ITV1 and the CITV Channel, and weekday mornings on Action Stations! on ITV4 and the CITV Channel.

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Plot

The show takes place in a fictional national park known as the "Kookamunga" (The "Kook" for short). The park is looked after by a white pig named Iggy Arbuckle, who is the creator of the "Pig Rangers", a fictional type of forest ranger. He is accompanied by a beaver named Jiggers, who is the only other canonical Pig Ranger in the show.

Iggy's arch nemesis is a catfish named Stu, who is always trying to use the Kookamunga to obtain wealth. Most of the stories revolve around Iggy and Jiggers' efforts to save the park's ecosystem from Catfish Stu.

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Recurring locations

The most prominent locations in the park include a volcano called Mount Kaboom, which Jiggers is constantly afraid will erupt, despite Iggy saying it has been dormant for centuries. The first story in the debut episode focused on this matter. Three other recurring places are a lake called Gottalottawatta, in which character Catfish Stu frequently dwells, an Iceland called Brainfreeze and a town called Mooseknuckle.

Production

Iggy Arbuckle began as a comic strip entitled Iggy Arbuckle: Nature Freak! that premiered in National Geographic Kids in the June 2004 issue.[3] It was, to date, the only issue of the comic strip; in which the characters Iggy Arbuckle, Jiggers and Zoop made their first appearances. The plot involved Iggy and Jiggers trying to find an acorn so Iggy could make an acorn squash pie for Zoop as a birthday present. Created by Guy Vasilovich, creator of Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.!, Moville Mysteries, and Hey Arnold!: The Movie, the series is loosely based on his childhood experiences while living in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.[4][5]

On April 11, 2005, Oasis International, Blueprint Entertainment and Teletoon announced that they were coproducing an animated series based on the comic. The series would be targeted at children ages six to eleven and feature twenty-six episodes comprised of two eleven-minute sub-episodes. The animation was done entirely in Flash, with over 100 workers involved in the series' creation.[6] National Geographic holds the US distribution rights for the series, while Blueprint holds the international rights.[3] Jetix Europe acquired the European broadcast and DVD distribution rights to the series in February 2007.[5]

In January 2008, Oasis International sold distribution rights of Iggy Arbuckle to Canal + SA and TPS in France, to ABC in Australia, and to the variants of Cartoon Network in Southeast Asia, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, and India.[7] The series is licensed for US broadcast by Animania HD, and is currently licensed for distribution in a total of seventy territories.[8]

Characters

The title character, Iggy Arbuckle, and his sidekick, Jiggers

The characters in the show are drawn as various species of animals, including many different types of mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and even insects. Rather than refer to the male characters as "men" and the females as "women" in the appropriate contexts, the characters refer to each other by their species (Though the words "lady/ladies"[9] "gentleman/men" "girls"[10] and "boys"[11] do exist in their vocabulary). An interesting feature is that the wild animals and the anthropomorphized characters understand each other quite well, and the wild ones seem quite intelligent.

A gag in the series is that whenever one of the characters gets conked in the head, bluebirds start flying around their heads, then come to life and fly away.

Reception

Iggy Arbuckle has been received well in Europe, with Jetix Europe receiving strong sales on the show.[12] In the United Kingdom, its biggest timeslot is among young male viewers.[12] As of Autumn 2008, it ranks among the top shows viewed by European children, in the markets in which Jetix has aired the show.[13]

Awards and nominations

As of March 2008, the sub-episode "Petition Impossible", of the episode "Yawny Come Lately/Petition Impossible" was among the finalists of the children's programs nomintated for the 2008 Canadian Screenwriting Awards.[14][15] On April 14, the day the award winners were declared, the episode won the Children/Preschool category award.[16][17] The episode "Idle Worship/There's Something about Berries" won a Gemini award for Best Writing in a Children's Series, during the 23rd anniversary of the Gemini awards.[18][19] Jonathan Wilson and David Berni, the voices of Iggy and Jiggers, respectively, received a Gemini nomination for Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series, for the same episode, although it lost to Gordon Tootoosis, Raven Brass, Trevor Cameron, Lorne Cardinal, Taylor Cook, Eric Jackson, Andrea Menard, and DerRic Starlight, for The Guardians.[20]

Merchandise

Promotional online poster for the game.

On November 1, 2007, an online game based on the series, The Great Kookamunga Challenge, was launched. Hosted on the Teletoon web site and created by Zinc Roe Design, the game was an online race in which players explored the Kookamunga National Park in search of 115 "checkpoints." At each checkpoint, they could earn points by playing games, answering trivia questions about the series, or completing group activities. The first players who completed the entire challenge won real-world prizes, including a digital camera and items from National Geographic Kids. The game ran for six weeks.[21][22]

The first season of Iggy Arbuckle was released on DVD in 2007.[23]

References

  1. ^ This is how the character's name is spelt in the end credits of the show, and in closed captioning (although in CC, a hyphon is placed between both syllables). All official material on the show spells his name as "Robear"; see Teletoon.com.
  2. ^ "Blueprint, Nat Geo's Iggy pops up on Teletoon". C21Media. 2006-03-21. http://www.c21media.net/news/detail.asp?area=4&article=24370. Retrieved 2008-02-16.  
  3. ^ a b NoticiasB2B (2005-04-11). "National Geographic Kids' Programming and Production and Blueprint Entertainment Conclude Production Deal on New Animated Series 'Iggy Arbuckle'". Press release. http://www.noticias.info/Archivo/2005/200504/20050414/20050414_58613.shtm. Retrieved 2007-11-08.  
  4. ^ C21Media (2005-04-13). "Nat Geo teams with Blueprint for new toon". Press release. http://www.c21media.net/news/detail.asp?area=4&article=24370. Retrieved 2008-02-16.  
  5. ^ a b Jetix Europe (2007-02-19). "Jetix Europe Strengthens Comedy Line-Up With Iggy Arbuckle". Press release. http://hugin.info/132845/R/1106137/199225.pdf. Retrieved 2008-02-16.  
  6. ^ http://coredp.com/pdf/articles/iggy_press.pdf
  7. ^ "9 Story takes a 'Village' global". 2008-01-30. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3id7a38beb81e650f90506c21406b0b44f. Retrieved 2008-02-16.  
  8. ^ "Oasis Shores Up Deals for Iggy Arbuckle". World Screen. 2008-01-31. http://www.worldscreen.com/newscurrent.php?filename=oasis013108.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-16.  
  9. ^ "Prince of the Kookamunga/Voyage to the Bottom of the Lake"; In "Prince of the Kookamunga, when Iggy, Jiggers and guest character Prince arrive in Mooseknuckle, and the town has gathered to meet their newest visitor, and Prince is saying hello, he greets three female background characters as "ladies". The women then pass out happily, upon which he states that happens with him a lot.
  10. ^ "Any Friend of Yours/Miner Misfortunes"; In "Any Friend of Yours", characters Jiggers and Kira are discussing wood carving. Jiggers tells Kira that his favourite wood for carving is maple, and she replies that she's an "elm girl".
  11. ^ Character Catfish Stu frequently calls his henchmen "Boys".
  12. ^ a b "Jetix Europe N.V. announces results for the six months ended March 31, 2008". Euronext.com. 2008-05-15. http://www.euronext.com/news/companypressrelease/companypressrelease.jsp?lan=NL&docid=533192&cha=1721. Retrieved 2008-05-19.  
  13. ^ "Jetix Europe N.V. Announces Results for the Year ended September 30, 2008". www.euronext.com. 2008-11-13. http://www.euronext.com/news/companypressrelease/companypressrelease.jsp?lan=NL&docid=607860&cha=1721. Retrieved 2008=11-13.  
  14. ^ "CBCNews.ca's report on the finalists in the 2008 Canadian Screenwriting Awards.". CBCNews.ca. 2008-03-17. http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tv/story/2008/03/17/screenwriting-noms.html. Retrieved 2008-04-03.  
  15. ^ "TheStar.com - report on the CSA awards of 2008.". TheStar.com. 2008-03-18. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/Television/article/347096. Retrieved 2008-04-14.  
  16. ^ "CBCNews.ca's report on the winners of the 2008 Canadian Screenwriting Awards.". CBCNews.ca. 2008-04-14. http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tv/story/2008/04/14/screenwriting-awards.html. Retrieved 2008-04-16.  
  17. ^ "Official Writers Guild of Canada website's review on the 2008 winners". www.wgc.ca. http://www.wgc.ca/cscs_awards/2008csawinners.html. Retrieved 2008-04-16.  
  18. ^ "Official Gemini awards website page for winning writers of children and youth's television". www.geminiawards.com. 2008-10-21. http://www.geminiawards.ca/gemini23/press/GM23Oct21winners.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-24.  
  19. ^ "'Degrassi' tops Canada's Geminis". Jennie Punter; www.variety.com. 2008-10-21. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117994407.html?categoryId=1985&cs=1. Retrieved 2008-10-24.  
  20. ^ "Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series". Official 2008 Gemini Awards website. http://www.geminiawards.ca/gemini23/noms.cfm?catid=9528&gemnig=2. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  
  21. ^ "Great Kookamunga Challenge". Zinc Roe Design. 2007-11-01. http://www.zincroe.com/news/show/great_kookamunga_challenge. Retrieved 2008-02-16.  
  22. ^ "Blueprint, Nat Geo put real-time twist on Iggy Arbuckle game". KidScreen Magazine. 2007-11-07. http://www.kidscreen.com/articles/daily/20071107/iggy.html. Retrieved 2008-02-16.  
  23. ^ "Iggy Arbuckle series on DVD". ABC Shop. http://shop.abc.net.au/browse/product.asp?productid=742206. Retrieved 2008-05-11.  

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Iggy Arbuckle is a Canadian animated children's television series, shown on Teletoon (Canada) ABC Kids (Australia) and Jetix UK (United Kingdom). The show is about a white pig with the same name as the title, who is a special, fictional type of forest ranger called a "Pig Ranger".

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Quotes by episode

Iggy Vs. the Volcano/A Dip in the Pole

Iggy: "Okay, you were right! A volcano is not the best place for a picnic!"
Jiggers: "A volcano is not the best place for anything!"

Zoop: "You know, I'm all for trying new things and everything, but wouldn't it be better to use actual dogs to pull a dog sled?"
Iggy: "These tortoises are specially trained!"
Jiggers: "And, no one else answered our ad."[1]

The Things We Do for Mud/How Much Wood Can a Wood Pecker Peck?

Iggy: "And what are you supposed to do when you happen upon a nest of condor eggs?"
Catfish Stu: "Beat them until they're light and fluffy!" (Iggy and Jiggers gasp)
Robear: "Non non non non! Zat is ze pancake recipe!"
Robert: "Oh! Sorry, sorry..." (Begins reading the correct instructions.)

The Beaver Who Would be King/I am Iggy, Hear Me Snore

Jiggers: (Upon realising his adjustments to Old Rusty caused Iggy's nasal septum to get displaced, which led to Iggy's snoring) I hereby relinquish any claim to geni - uh - osity!!!

Idle Worship/There's Something About Berries

Iggy: - We're going to head to Mango Tango Beach!
Jiggers: - I wonder if I have time to update my will?

Spiff: - (To the geese) Hey, take it easy! Don't have a hissy fit, just picking up trash here! And speaking of trash, (leans in) do I ever have some trashy gossip! (The geese are interested) You know the black swan over the pond? She's been dying her feathers for years! Of course, she's not the only one around here with secrets...

Iggy: - Okay Jig, on the count of three! One, two -
Jiggers: - Two and a half, two and three quarters...
'Iggy: - (Rolls eyes) Go! (Both try to flip into the bushes via shovels as catapults, and land on the window)
Jiggers: - Iggy? Just so you know, I'm picking the next plan.

Catfish Stu: - Nice try fellas, but you've got to get up early in the morning to fool this catfish.
Iggy: - It is early in the morning, Stu.
Stu: My point is that you lost, and I won! Now go away, my chef is here, and you're not invited to breakfast!

Iggy: - Okay, Plan B. We don't have a Plan B! Time to come up with a Plan B!
Spiff: - Iggy, it's too late.
Jiggers: - (Tearfully) No! It can't be! We can still save the bushes before they're turned into Stu's muffins, or jam, or crepes - (brightens up) Is anyone else hungry?

Yawny Come Lately/Petition Impossible

Yawny Yump-A-Lot: I am sick of people making light of my illustrious... illustriousness! You demean my... demeanour!

(Iggy asks the Great Bamzeani what Yawny wants from them)

TGB: (Yahank?) It's the stuff that has been... (Shmeaka) The one who was seen... (Frank) With the chompers that gleam!
Iggy: Hmmm... stuff that has been - I think that means ancient history. Chompers that gleam... Jiggers!
Jiggers: What? Just because I have excellent dental hygiene?
Iggy: Your guide on the history of the Kookamunga! That's where the answer lies!

Jiggers: Okay, I checked my history guide, and I found this. Repeat after me: You've...
Crowd: (Balancing ontop of each other; underwear on the outside) You've...
Jiggers: Been...
Crowd: Been...
Jiggers: Yumped!!!
Crowd: Yumped!!!
Catfish Stu: What!?
Zoop: What?
Iggy: What?

Catfish Stu: (Upon learning that the new highway will block the tourists from his Adventure Camp) This highway is an abomination! Give me that! (Takes the petition and forces the crowd to sign)
Iggy: Now that's a first! Stu's actually trying to save the Kookamunga!
Catfish Stu: That's not a signature! It's a scrawl! Write neater!

Paradise Found/Luck Before You Leap

Jiggers: - We really appreciate being in your salamander city!
Iggy: - Jiggers, they're chameleons.

Jiggers: - I don't get it. What's so important about a toothpick?
Iggy: - Okay, I'll tell you: Ozwald was my good luck toothpick.
Jiggers/Zoop: - Ozwald? [chuckle to each other]
Zoop: - Iggy, there's no such thing as luck. There's only Karma; whatever you do, good or bad comes back to you.
Iggy: - Yeah, you're probably right. [Knocks into a stack of cans and stumbles] What do you call that; Karma?
Zoop: - No: clumsy.

Iggy: - We have to get him to open his mouth! Try talking to him. [Begins squawking like a seagull]
Jiggers: - Oh please, not that!
Iggy: - Oh, you have a better plan? [Resumes squawking]
Jiggers: - Fine. [Squawks weakly]
Iggy: - Come on Jiggers! Put some umph into it! [Both start squawking loudly. Jiggers accidentally steps on Iggy's hoof] Ow! Owowowooooowwww!!! [The seagull opens his beak and flies away]
Jiggers: - How did you know "Ow! Owowowooooowwww!!!" was seagull for "Open your mouth!"?

The Fish Who Came for Dinner/Courage Under Fur

Catfish Stu: - Helooo! I'm a fish, and I'm thirsty! What's wrong with this picture?

Jiggers: - [Catfish Stu belches after drinking a soda] Maybe you ought to cut down on the soda.
Catfish Stu: - But hammocking is such thirsty work!
Jiggers: - Well at least remember to recycle them!
Catfish Stu: - Good idea; I'll definitely take that into consideration!
Jiggers: - And could you please use a coaster?
Catfish Stu: - [Belches again]

Lights, Camera! Distraction!/Fish and Chip off the Old Block

Iggy: "You're like a bull in a china shop!" (Barry begins to cry.) "Aw, no! I didn't mean it like that!"
Barry: "I am sorry. I am just sensitive about that term!"

Robear: (To the wild animals) "Be gone, or I will make a soup out of you! Wis garlic and rhubarb, and ozzer zings zat are none of your business!"

Catfish Stu: "The kid's a genius! Why can't you two be more like that?"
Robear: "Because, I am not a pig?"
Robert: "Oh, uh, I can try boss! Uh, meow! Meow!" (Robear smacks him)

Any Friend of Yours/Miner Misfortunes

Iggy: - [Catfish Stu has said he'll hire a mining crew to work the gold out of the Mine-all Mine] We have to stop him! We'll appeal to his sense of decency!
Jiggers: - You might want to have a Plan B.

The Way of the Skunk/I Fought the Laundromat

Tower of Beaver/A Bird in the Hoof

Zoop: Do we have to be called "firefighters"? It sounds so pushy!
Spiff: What about "hose-warriors"?
Zoop: That's even worse! How about "fire counsellors"?
Spiff: We're supposed to extinguish the fire, not listen to its problems.
Iggy: [Across the street; he is checking the alarms in all of the buildings] Uh, I have a problem! I'm half-done and you haven't even started!

Catfish Stu: [Seeing that his kelp burgers have caught on fire] My kelp burgers!

[The fire explodes everywhere. Even though none of them has been hit...]

Robear: I tink we are supposed to stop, drop, and roll!

Catfish Stu: [As the parrot squawks falsehoods about his camp] Shut up, you crazy parrot!
Robert: [Upon arriving with Robear] Uh, you called, boss?
Robear: [Removes his beret and bows] Oui, Catfish Stu?
Catfish Stu: I said crazy parrot, not lazy ferret!

Iggy: Don't you know that poaching parrots isn't allowed?
Robert: Dah, we're not. We're just losin' him like Catfish Stu said!
[The parrot squawks something.]
Robert: Dat is not true!
Iggy: Then why would he say that? Parrots imitate what they hear; they don't make stuff up!
Robear: Well zis one does! 'E is a very befuddled bird! [Snorts and walks offscreen. He comes back] Okay! [To Robert] You are supposed to walk off and go [snorts again] wis me! You 'ave ruined my exeet!

Prince of the Kookamunga/Voyage to the Bottom of the Lake

Notes

  1. This comment made by Jiggers seems to imply that the turtles were actually able to respond to an ad, even though they do not appear to be anthropomorphized (save for the hats), as they do not speak. This is not the only incident in which a non-anthropomorphized animal in the show has displayed or been implied to have higher intelligence in regards to civilization than would be expected.

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