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What's with Andy?
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The What's with Andy title card.
Format Animated television series
Voices of See Cast
Country of origin  Canada
No. of episodes 78
Production
Running time 22 minutes approx.
Broadcast
Original channel Teletoon
Original run September 22, 2001 – March 4, 2007

What's with Andy? is a Canadian animated series that debuted in September 2001. It was originally an interactive Flash movie with completely different voice actors and a promotion for Fox Kids. However, it ended up airing on Teletoon. The series were produced by CineGroupe. It was based on a series of books by Andy Griffiths

The protagonist of the series is Andy Larkin, a mischievous teen and the (self-proclaimed) "world's greatest prankster". The show follows him as he tries to perform incredibly well-thought-out and elaborate practical jokes (a.k.a. pranks) on people. He lives in the fictional town of East Gackle, Alberta (2nd and 3rd seasons only). He constantly breaks the fourth wall when the screen freezes.

Andy's best friend, Danny Pickett, helps him out with almost every prank. He is enemies with his sister, Jen Larkin, and the bullies Peter Lik and Andrew Leech. Andy has a crush on a girl named Lori Mackney and usually tries to impress her.

The show ran every morning on ABC Family at 8:00 a.m. E.T. from September 2001 until April 2002. It was also seen at 3:30 p.m. Eastern/2:30 p.m. C.T. on Toon Disney for a short time in early 2005. It aired on Teletoon from September 2001 until September 2008.

Season 1 was produced in association with Saban International and aired on Fox Kids Europe. As Saban and Fox Kids were later bought by The Walt Disney Company, and Saban's animation studio in France was split off as a separate company (SIP Animation), season 2 was co-produced in 2003 with SIP Animation and Fox Kids France. Disney was also involved in season 3's production in 2006, which was this time only noted by a message "A CineGroupe production in association with Super RTL" at the end of the closing credits. Fox Kids Europe's successor channel, Jetix, continued to air the show, including season 3. Super RTL only aired season 3. Later in 2009 Jetix channel was replaced by Disney Chanel and the series of What's with Andy? stopped.

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Main characters

  • Andrew "Andy" Larkin: The main character of the show and a prankster who loves to prank people.
  • Lauren "Lori" Mackney: Andy's crush but she is dismayed by his childishness due to his pranking. She has a crush on Andy very much and hates Jen because Lori thinks Jen cruelly abuses Andy. She wears a green tank top, blue skirt and sandals.
  • Jennifer "Jen" Larkin: Andy's older sister who blames her younger brother Andy for everything bad.
  • Daniel "Danny" Tadeus Pickett: The best friend and left hand of Andy.
  • Freida Larkin: Andy and Jen's Mother and Al's wife.
  • Alfred "Al" Larkin: Andy and Jen's Father and Freida's husband.
  • Teri: Jen's best friend.
  • Jervis Coltrane: A French stereotypical snob who has a crush on Lori Mackney and he and Andy rival each other.
  • Peter Lik and Andrew Leech: Peter and Andrew are Andy's and Danny's nemeses who always bully them. They are usually referred to "Lik and Leech".
  • Craig Bennett: Jen's crush and one of the best athletes of East Gackle.
  • Martin Bonwick: He is a stereotypically nervous nerd who always gets bullied.
  • Victor "Vic" Muskowitz (Mush): The pizza delivery man of East Gackle who is a good friend of Andy and Danny and he sometimes helps them with pranks.
  • Steve Rowgee Jr.: A dumb police officer who is the incompetent son of Steve Rowgee Sr.
  • Steve Rowgee Sr.: A police officer who is an old man, who always commands Steve Rowgee Jr. (his son) and is nicknamed the Iron Fisted Maniac.
  • Principal DeRosa: He is the bad-tempered principal of the school in East Gackle who is obsessed with punishing Andy and Danny.
  • Mr. Hutchins: One of the many teachers at East Gackle school, Andy likes to prank him more than the other teachers.
  • Mayor Henry K. Roth: He is the mayor of East Gackle and is not a fan of Andy's pranks.

Minor Characters

  • Spank Larkin: Andy's fat and lazy dog. Spank seems to yawn constantly, especially after walking a little.
  • Mayor Simms: Mayor of West Gackle and Mayor Henry K. Roth's rival.
  • Mr Leech: Andrew Leech's Dad.
  • Clyde: The janitor of the school.
  • Bryan: Andy's pranking rival and they battle for the best pranking and for Lori.
  • Hazel Strinner: She has a crush on Andy and Lori's protecting friend.
  • Louella Berman: Freida's best friend.
  • Mrs. Wibbles: Principal DeRosa's secretary. She puts principal DeRosa in quarantine in an episode of Season 3, Prank-o-Mania.
  • Norman Larkin: Andy's grandfather who is also a prankster, implying that the male side of the Larkin family comes from a long line of pranksters, with the exception of Al Larkin (Andy's father), though hints have been given that he too is a prankster even greater than his son or father.

Episodes

What's with Andy? ran for 78 episodes, divided into three seasons, consisting of 26 episodes each, with the series ending on March 4, 2007. The first episode aired on September 22, 2001.

Cast

The actors and actresses who work the voice-overs for the show are:

Trivia

  • This entire show is based on Andy Griffiths' children's series of Just books, although the majority of episodes are not based on the books. In fact, in place of Just Tricking's Terrible Christmas and a Crappy New Year, there is an entirely new Christmas special, most likely because the word "crap" is generally frowned upon by children's networks,[citation needed] despite a season of Hey Arnold! in which it was allowed for Helga Pataki to use the word often. Other changes include Andy's last name, which was originally that of his creator, and other minor name changes that were in essence pointless.[citation needed]
  • Andy's best friend's last name has always been Pickett, even since the book series. The name "Danny Pickett" is derived from Jim Kjelgaard's Big Red.
  • The setting of the first season of What's with Andy was in the USA. In the second and third seasons, they all have been relocated to Canada. It is very evident in the episode "Rhyme Time" that they lived in the USA because of the American history that Andy recited and that the second language they were taught was Spanish rather than French which is taught as a second language in Canada. Also, in "Gnome for the Holidays", a building can be seen saying, US Post Office.

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