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  Freakazoid! is an American animated television series created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini and developed by Tom Ruegger for the Kids' WB programming block of The WB. The series chronicles the adventures of the title character, Freakazoid, a manic, insane superhero who battles with an array of super villains. The show also features mini-episodes of adventures of other bizarre superheroes. The show was produced by Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation. The cartoon was the third animated series produced by the collaboration of Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. Animation during the animation renaissance of the 1990s.Bruce Timm, best known as a major principal of the DC animated universe, srcinally intended it to be a straightforward superhero action-adventure cartoon with comic overtones, but executive producer Steven Spielberg asked series producer and writer Tom Ruegger and the Animaniacs team to turn Freakazoid! into a flat-out comedy.[1] The show is similar to fellow Ruegger-led programs such as Animaniacs, and the humor is unique in its inclusions of slapstick, fourth wall firings, parody, surreal humor and pop cultural references.The series was one of the first to debut on the new Kids' WB Saturday morning block of The WB, on September 9, 1995. The series lasted for two seasons, finishing with 24 episodes, the final one broadcast on June 1, 1997. Although the series srcinally struggled in the ratings, reruns on Cartoon Network and a fan following have elevated the series to become a cult hit.[2] The show also ranked #53 on IGN's Top 100 Animated Series list.[3]Contents 1 Background 2 Characters 2.1 The Douglas family 2.2 Allies 2.3 Enemies 2.4 Other characters 2.5 Mini-segments 3 Production 3.1 Voicing 3.2 Music 4 Controversy with Mike Allred's Madman 5 Humor 6 History 6.1 Creation 6.2 Premiere, cancellation, and syndication 7 Merchandise 7.1 Print 7.2 DVD releases 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External linksBackgroundThe show's title character is the superhero alter ego of geeky 16-year-old (later changed to 17-year-old) Dexter Douglas who attends Harry Connick High School. His name is a parody of various superheroes' alliterative names (e.g. Bruce Banner, Peter Parker). Dexter gained his abilities from a computer bug activated by a secret key sequence that must be typed (a reference to the Pentium FDIV bug). The sequence of keys is @[=g3,8d]\&fbb=-q]/hk%fg (the quotes are included), as seen when Roddy MacStew types the combination in The Chip (Act 2) . The bug manifests when the user presses Delete after entering the string, and was first activated when Dexter's cat crawled onto the keyboard. Becoming absorbed into his computer and instantly gaining all the information on the Internet, Freakazoid   has enhanced strength and endurance, extraordinary speed and agility, and negligible amounts of sanity. These changes make him a powerful and fearsome force for upholding freedom and righteousness, unless he gets distracted by something like a bear riding a motorcycle. He has a base called the Freakalair, a parody of the Batcave, built by his mute butler, Ingmar. The Freakalair contains a Hall of Nifty Things to Know and even a mad scientist lab. His greatest weakness, as he once explained to a villain, is that he can be imprisoned in a cage with graphite bars charged with negative ions. He also expresses a great aversion to poo gas .Peripheral powers come and go: Freakazoid once developed telekinesis triggered by anger that was never mentioned again after the episode, and once crossed the globe to yell at a Tibetan monk for raking too loudly, but apologizes to him later in the same plot. He also has the ability to assume the form of electricity and cover long distances instantaneously, although he just as often simply sticks his arms forward and runs while making swooshing sounds with his mouth, pretending to fly.Dexter can change into and out of Freakazoid at will with the words Freak out!  and Freak in! . When not in Freakazoid mode, Dexter looks and acts completely normal, and his family is unaware that anything has happened to him. Freakazoid spends this time in an area of Dexter's brain called the Freakazone, where he reflects, has profound thoughts, and watches reruns of The Rat Patrol.While the show's setting is set around Washington, D.C., the locale often varies with the show's humor, taking Freakazoid to locations around the world as needed.Characters Freakazoid (voiced by Paul Rugg)   The protagonist of the series. He was once geeky 16-year-old Dexter Douglas (voiced by David Kaufman) who became Freakazoid from an overloaded Pinnacle chip inside his computer. He attends Harry Connick High School. To transform into Freakazoid, Dexter says freak out . To change back into Dexter, Freakazoid says freak in. Dexter and Freakazoid sometimes identify as separate identities, and other times consider themselves to be the same person.The Douglas family Duncan Douglas (voiced by Googy Gress)   Dexter's older brother. He is a bully towards Dexter, and is portrayed as a caricature of a high school jock. Debbie Douglas (voiced by Tress MacNeille)   Dexter's mother. She has no clue that her son is Freakazoid, and is in general blithe and clueless. Her lines often involve morose subjects delivered in a cheery tone, a parody of a stereotypical domestic mother. Douglas Douglas (voiced by John P. McCann)   Dexter's father. An automobile dealer who thinks a goblin lives in the gas tank of his car. Occasionally used for laughs as a stereotypical technologically inept father figure. Mr. Chubbikins (voiced by Frank Welker)   The Douglas' morbidly obese cat. Formerly Mr. Chubbskins. He jumped on Dexter's keyboard while chasing a butterfly, accidentally typing in the key sequence which activated the Pinnacle chip's flaw, turning Dexter into Freakazoid.Allies Sgt. Mike Cosgrove (voiced by Edward Asner)   A heavyset, gruff cop with a heart of gold, who is friends with Freakazoid and several other characters. He speaks in a gruff monotone and shows very little enthusiasm for anything. By pointing at something and saying cut it out , he has the almost supernatural ability to get people to stop whatever they are doing on command, no matter what they may   be doing at the time, be it panicking at the sight of a villain, stealing a television, or attempting to capture Cosgrove and Freakazoid (in the Animaniacs comic series, he even once managed to get Yakko, Wakko, and Dot to cut it out , something many had tried, and failed, to do). Cosgrove also possesses the odd power of finding Freakazoid no matter where he is by driving his police car to that particular location. He often interrupts Freakazoid's heroic endeavors to ask him to visit various entertainments, such as the Honey Harvest Festival or a bear riding a motorcycle which Freakazoid always enthusiastically agrees to no matter what he is doing at the time. During this visit, Cosgrove inevitably reveals important information about the plot of the episode, including the villain's location or evil deeds. Freakazoid then rushes off to foil the villain's scheme, leaving Cosgrove to enjoy the attraction for himself. Sgt. Cosgrove also resembles his voice actor. Roddy MacStew (voiced by Craig Ferguson)   Freakazoid's mentor, and expositionist; an ill-tempered Scotsman who once worked for Guitierrez. He first found that the Pinnacle chip was flawed. In the continuation of The Chip (detailing how Freakazoid gained his powers) he was trapped in the Internet. He was later kicked out of the Internet by Guitierrez and resumed his mentor role. Favorite word: Crud!  Steff (voiced by Tracy Rowe)   Freakazoid's perky blonde girlfriend; her real name is Stephanie. She discovers Freakazoid's secret identity when Cosgrove accidentally points it out aloud in Mission: Freakazoid. Hans (voiced by Larry Cedar)   A mysterious agent with a Western European accent, who takes Freakazoid to Professor Heiney's lab. Professor Heiney (voiced by Ed Gilbert)   A scientist, with a lab in the mountains, who Freakazoid often goes to for help. He does research on monsters, zaps them and is often attacked by them at his lab. Ingmar   Freakazoid's mute butler, in charge of the maintenance of the Freakalair (according to Freakazoid, he constructed it himself from scratch). He quit in Mission: Freakazoid to become a rodeo clown and was replaced by Professor Jones. A take-off on Bernardo, the mute manservant of Zorro and Batman's butler Alfred. Professor Jones (voiced by Jonathan Harris)   A snooty, cowardly manservant, essentially recreating his role as Doctor Zachary Smith from Lost in Space (every time Jones appears in a scene, someone asks him if he was on a TV show with a robot ). He is the replacement to the Freakalair's previous butler, and old friends with him. Does not get along with Cosgrove well and gets little respect from Freakazoid, or anyone else. Joe Leahy (voiced by himself)   The show's very vocal announcer, who sometimes gets more involved than the job usually requires. Freakazette   Only mentioned in the first episode for a brief verse during the  Freakazoid and Friends theme song (which plays to the same theme as Animaniacs). Foamy the Freakadog (voiced by Frank Welker)   A vicious, rabid dog which Freakazoid had freed from the pound. Foamy is painted blue, has a Freakazoid costume (complete with hair), and is prone to maul and/or beat Freakazoid to a pulp. Handman (voiced by Paul Rugg)   Freakazoid's brief right hand man . He is quite literally just a painted face on Freakazoid's hand who has great difficulty pronouncing Freakazoid's name correctly. Fell in love with and married Freakazoid's left hand. Expendable Lad   Freakazoid's brief sidekick from the start of And Fanboy was his Name. He was taken to the hospital due to injuries sustained from milk (a bruised clavicle) and was subsequently released from the service of Freakazoid. Norm Abram   He was kidnapped by The Lobe to make a wooden instrument to destroy Freakazoid but got free and helped turn the tables. Abram supplied his own voice and trademark line for the episode. Leonard Maltin   He was kidnapped by Dr. Mystico during the episode Island of Dr. Mystico, while Maltin was giving his opinion of the same episode. Freakazoid points out that Mystico's prisoners all have superpowers, and Mr. Maltin's is that he knows every movie ever made. Maltin provided his own voice for the episod  e. Henry Kissinger (voiced by Maurice LaMarche)   A politician who was kidnapped by Dr. Mystico's orangu-men . In the show, he speaks in a low, groggy, incomprehensible mumble. He is briefly mentioned in one episode after his only appearance.EnemiesFreakazoid! features a number of campy villains and enemies, including: The Lobe (voiced by David Warner)   Freakazoid's archenemy. He is a super genius whose entire head appears to be a giant brain. Despite his high intellect, he has very low self-esteem, once even having a scheme foiled by Freakazoid simply insulting the plan, despite actually being impressed by it. No background information of any kind is given for The Lobe; not even his real name is revealed. Cobra Queen (voiced by Tress MacNeille)   A former shoplifter named Audrey Manatee whose encounter with an experimental cosmetic left in the sun too long transformed her into a cobra woman, with command over snakes and other reptiles. In later episodes, Cave Guy and Cobra Queen are a couple. She has a lair in the sewers, and often complained about the lack of light until Freakazoid suggested getting Japanese lanterns. He defeated her when she faints while trying to say Silly Sally Sells Sappy Seashells in Seattle (he later wonders how that worked). She also shows up as part of the team in Mission: Freakazoid. She seems to be offended when compared to Sylvester the Cat. Cave Guy (voiced by Jeff Bennett impersonating Jim Backus)   A thuggish blue caveman with upper-class diction, education, and taste who speaks in a stereotypical WASP tone (see Locust Valley lockjaw). His real name is Royce Mumphry and he subscribes to The New Yorker. He also seems to have an odd fear of Klingons (possibly because of the made-up language they use). His voice is similar to that of Thurston Howell, III. Longhorn (voiced by Maurice LaMarche)   Formerly Jubal Bull Nixon, he was once an employee of the Johnny Cat cat litter company, until he turned to a life of crime. Because he was searched for by law enforcement so frequently, he had plastic surgery to turn himself into a humanoid Texas Longhorn Steer (Freakazoid points out that this didn't prevent him from showing up on America's Most Wanted every week). He loves country music and, despite being a lousy songwriter, is determined to get a recording contract in Nashville. He also owns a massive truck, nicknamed Bessie Mae , which is outfitted with all kinds of devices. Turk (voiced by Hal Rayle)   Longhorn's sidekick. Armando Guitierrez (voiced by Ricardo Montalbán)   The eye-patched man whose company, Apex Microchips (not to be confused with Apex Digital), designed the faulty Pinnacle chip responsible for Freakazoid's creation. Physically, Guitierrez resembles Ricardo Montalbán, who provides the character's voice as well; at times he shows similarities to Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; also played by Montalban. One of his recurring jokes is demanding others to laugh with him, including his henchman Jocko. When he fell to his supposed doom he asked Freakazoid to scream with him. Originally a normal human being, he briefly gains powers similar to Freakazoid's by exploiting the Pinnacle chip's flaw; later, he appears as a cyborg in a hood and cloak to cover scars caused by Freakazoid knocking him into a cyber-pit. He hates being called a weenie to which he will angrily respond I am not a weenie! It is YOU who are the weenie!.  The Nerdator (voiced by Aron Kincaid)   A man who planned to kidnap all the nerds in the world and absorb their knowledge to become a Super-Nerd . His plan succeeded until Freakazoid convinced him of the downsides of being a nerd, where he instead kidnapped good-looking, but vapid airheads . His character design is a parody of the Predator. Candle Jack (voiced by Jeff Bennett)   A supernatural villain with a burlap sack over his head, called the Boogeyman, the for-real one in the series. He abducts anyone who says his name and ties them up with rope. Although he prides himself on being scary, he has a weakness for pie and also seems to enjoy watching
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