Iggy Arbuckle is a Canadian animated series that premiered in Canada on Teletoon in June 2007. 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. The show is about a pig (Iggy Arbuckle) who happens to be a forest ranger, known in the series as a "Pig Ranger". The plot focuses on Iggy's attempts to protect the environmental structure of the fictional Kookamunga National Park.
Iggy Arbuckle began as a comic strip entitled Iggy Arbuckle: Nature Freak! that premiered in National Geographic Kids in the June 2004 issue. 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.
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. National Geographic holds the US distribution rights for the series, while Blueprint holds the international rights. Jetix Europe acquired the European broadcast and DVD distribution rights to the series in February 2007.
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. The series is licensed for US broadcast by Animania HD, and is currently licensed for distribution in a total of seventy territories.
Main Article: List of Iggy Arbuckle characters
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" "gentleman/men" "girls" and "boys" 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.
Iggy Arbuckle has been received well in Europe, with Jetix Europe receiving strong sales on the show. In the United Kingdom, its biggest timeslot is among young male viewers. As of Autumn 2008, it ranks among the top shows viewed by European children, in the markets in which Jetix has aired the show.
Awards and nominationsEdit
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. On April 14th, the day the award winners were declared, the episode won the Children/Preschool category award. 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.
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.
- ↑ Blueprint, Nat Geo's Iggy pops up on Teletoon C21Media, Kris Sofley, 2006-03-21. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 National Geographic Kids' Programming and Production and Blueprint Entertainment Conclude Production Deal on New Animated Series 'Iggy Arbuckle' NoticiasB2B, 2005-04-11. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ Nat Geo teams with Blueprint for new toon C21Media, 2005-04-13. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Jetix Europe Strengthens Comedy Line-Up With Iggy Arbuckle Jetix Europe, 2007-02-19 Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ http://coredp.com/pdf/articles/iggy_press.pdf
- ↑ 9 Story takes a 'Village' global Etan Vlessing, 2008-01-30. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ Oasis Shores Up Deals for Iggy Arbuckle Kristin Brzoznowski, World Screen, 2008-01-31. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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".
- ↑ Character Catfish Stu frequently calls his henchmen "Boys".
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Jetix Europe N.V. announces results for the six months ended March 31, 2008 Euronext.com, 2008-05-15. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ Jetix Europe N.V. Announces Results for the Year ended September 30, 2008 www.euronext.com, 2008-11-13 Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ CBCNews.ca's report on the finalists in the 2008 Canadian Screenwriting Awards. CBCNews.ca, 2008-03-17 Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ TheStar.com - report on the CSA awards of 2008. Rob Salem, TheStar.com, 2008-03-18. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ CBCNews.ca's report on the winners of the 2008 Canadian Screenwriting Awards. CBCNews.ca, 2008-04-14. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ [url=http://www.wgc.ca/cscs_awards/2008csawinners.html Official Writers Guild of Canada website's review on the 2008 winners] www.wgc.ca. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ Official Gemini awards website page for winning writers of children and youth's television www.geminiawards.com, 2008-10-21. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ 'Degrassi' tops Canada's Geminis Jennie Punter; www.variety.com, 2008-10-21. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ Great Kookamunga Challenge Zinc Roe Design, 2007-11-01. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ Blueprint, Nat Geo put real-time twist on Iggy Arbuckle game Gary Rusak, KidScreen Magazine, 2007-11-07. Retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- ↑ Iggy Arbuckle series on DVD ABC Shop. retrieved on 2008-11-23.
- Official Oasis International site for Iggy Arbuckle animated series
- Official Teletoon website for Iggy Arbuckle animated series
- Official Jetix website for Iggy Arbuckle animated series