On the Fourth Day ’til Christmas…

12.21.2009

Next in the series of Holiday animated treats is “It’s A Very Merry Eek’s-Mas” from the Fox Kids series Eek! The Cat.

This episode originally aired December 11th, 1993 and is notable in that it was the only one of the series to air during prime time, and it’s one of my favorites from the entire Eek! series as well (which is less than notable). The plot involves Eek trying to reunite Sharky the Shark Dog with his family and help Santa save Christmas after being abandoned by his elves and reindeer (and left with a broken leg too).

It’s chock full o’cartoony fun goodness, and you really have to watch it more than once to catch all the visual gags, clever puns (like “Elmo the Brown-Nose Reindeer”), cultural references and Holiday-special spoofiness. Even the musical score includes some subtle gags.

It also features great comedic performances by the cast. They are included below so as not to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen this.

With that said, please enjoy all that is “It’s A Very Merry Eek’s-Mas”:

Last I heard, Disney owns the rights to this series, which means there’s a snowman’s chance in hades it will ever be released on DVD. But here’s hoping anyway.

As for the voice credits… unfortunately, there’s very little data available to identify the voices individually. IMDb and Wikipedia had practically nothing on this episode, and even on the most comprehensive Eek fan site the voice credits are limited to trivia bits.

And since the actual screen credits list only the cast names (and two of them are misspelled), I’ve made the effort to I.D. the voices by ear:

Bill Kopp as Eek, Skyhawk-1, addl. Reindeer and Elf voices
Tawny Kitaen as Annabelle
Savage Steve Holland as Elmo the Elk
Bobcat Goldthwait as Rudolph
The Barbi Twins as Themselves (aka, “The Greatest Minds in the World”)
E.G. Daily as Delores (Little Girl)
Gary Owens as Clive Buttburn (TV Reporter)
Brad Garrett as Big Brother Roy, “Hat Rack” Reindeer, “Bird Dog” Fighter Pilot
Anita Dangler as Mrs. Claus
– and William Shatner as Santa, Larry (Talk Show Host)

…with additional Reindeer and Elf voices by Charlie Adler, John Kassir, and Cam Clarke.

I’ve also found two sources crediting Tim Curry as the voice of the narrator (IMDb, TV.com), but he’s not mentioned in the actual screen credits. Furthermore, the Boris Karloff-esque “Grinch” imitation in this episode doesn’t sound much like Curry to my ear. I’ll check with Bill Kopp to verify this, and maybe I can coax him into sharing some behind-the-scenes details on this episode while I’m at it. (I’ll provide an update on his reply.)

Previous post: 12.20.2009 — ‘Prep and Landing’ Featured Cartoon

Related post: 7.07.2009 — Bill Kopp, Brad Garrett Producing New Adult Animated Series


Robin Williams Recovering Well, Says Goldthwait

04.13.2009

Following up on a previous report that Robin Williams was in intensive care following his heart surgery, comedian/actor/director Bobcat Goldthwait says in an April 9th interview with TheWrap.com that Robin is “on the high end on the curve to recovery…[when] I saw him the other day, he had a lot of color and looked great.”

Williams stars in Goldthwait’s indie dark comedy “World’s Greatest Dad” (which also features a supporting role by voice actor Tom Kenny). Goldthwait says in the interview that the film has been picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures and will be released to selected theaters and via video-on-demand services in late August 2009:

[The] movie will screen at several other regional festivals before its August release, including the Syracuse International Film Festival, which takes place in Goldthwait’s hometown. Meanwhile, he’s keeping busy with standup work and a new screenplay that sounds far more ambitious than his earlier films: It’s an adaptation of The Kinks’s 1975 album “Schoolboys in Disgrace.”

“I want to make a musical out of it,” Goldthwait said. “It’s an album I’ve loved all my life.” He recently met with Kinks frontman Ray Davies to discuss the project. “I got in the room with him and sweated like I was on the Chris Farley Show,” he joked.

Previous news: 3.18.2009 — Tom Kenny Gives Bobcat Goldthwait a Commie.


Take a Cruise With Tom Kenny

03.21.2009

Following the success of their 2008 cruise, Nickelodeon has announced two new family cruises for 2009 between July and August with Royal Caribbean International.

Among the events planned for the cruises are meet-and-greets with Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Chris Hardwick, voice of Otis the Cow on Back to the Barnyard who will be introducing “never-before-seen episodes” of their respective shows.

For more details and to make reservations, visit NickelodeonFamilyCruises.com, and click here to read the press release.

In related Tom Kenny news, the actor will also be appearing at The Paley Center in Los Angeles, CA on March 26th for a premiere screening and panel discussion of the new FOX animated series Sit Down, Shut Up, along with his co-stars Henry Winkler, Cheri Oteri and other cast members may appear as well. Visit PaleyCenter.org for more details.

Additionally, Kenny will be hosting the 2009 ELAN Awards in Toronto, Canada on April 25th, as was previously reported here.

And following up on the recent news of Kenny presenting Bobcat Goldthwait with an award at the LA Comedy Fest, IndieWIRE has posted a photo of Tom and Bobcat from the event. (Kenny also has a role in Goldthwait’s upcoming indie film, The World’s Greatest Dad.)

And finally, The Burbank Leader has an article about Kenny’s live performance of Dr. Seuss’ Yertl The Turtle for students at Providencia Elementary School in Burbank, CA. Here’s an excerpt:

[A] group of more than 200 parents, teachers and students crammed into an auditorium Monday night to hear a reading of Yertle the Turtle by voice actor Tom Kenny, who plays cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants.

“He was the best,” said 10-year-old Mario Mejia, who was one of the many students giggling as they listened to Kenny apply different voices to characters Yertle and Mack.

Kenny, who spent the rest of the day reading at schools in the Compton Unified School District, hoped to use his voice to inspire students to read more, he said.

“A lot of my facility with voices and things came from reading to my younger siblings when I was a child,” he explained.

To view photos from the event, visit BurbankLeader.com


Tom Kenny Gives Bobcat Goldthwait a ‘Commie’

03.08.2009

Congratulations to comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (voice from such animated fare as Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, House of Mouse, and Eek! The Cat) on winning the 2009 Commie Award “For Excelling in Achieving Outstanding Comedical Achievements in the Field of Comedy Excellence” at the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival.

The award was presented by Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants), and the 2009 L.A. event was attended by several noted voice actors in animation: Mark Hamill, Phil LaMarr, Dana Snyder, Tara Strong, and Carlos Alazraqui.

In related news, Goldthwait’s recent indie film, The World’s Greatest Dad, has received favorable reviews since it screened at the January 2009 Sundance Film Festival [link: movie profile on Sundance.org]. Goldthwait wrote and directed the dark comedy, which stars Robin Williams as a single dad who faces the dilemma of achieving his dreams at the expense of dealing with a horrible tragedy. The film also features Tom Kenny in a supporting role.