Archie's Weird Mysteries
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Archie's Weird Mysteries (French: Archie, mystères et compagnie) is a French/American animated television series based on the characters by Archie Comics. The series premise revolves around a Riverdale High physics lab gone awry, making the town of Riverdale a "magnet" for B-movie style monsters. The series is distributed as meeting the FCC's educational and informational children's programming ("E/I") requirements, and is used by commercial stations in the United States to meet this guideline. Produced by Les Studios Tex and DIC Productions, L.P., the series was initially shown mornings on the PAX network, often with infomercials bookending the program. The series eventually premiered in France on M6 on January 19, 2000.
|Archie's Weird Mysteries|
Archie, mystères et compagnie
|Genre||Comic science fiction|
John Michael Lee
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||40 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Andy Heyward|
Charles W. Grimes
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Riverdale Productions and Kent/QMA|
Les Studios Tex
DIC Productions, L.P.
|Distributor||Buena Vista International Television|
|Original network||PAX (United States)|
|Audio format||Dolby Surround|
|First shown in||United States|
|Original release||October 2, 1999 –|
February 22, 2000
The following season in the US, its repeats were syndicated to television stations throughout the United States, as a way to comply with mandatory E/I regulations. The series would later be part of the syndicated DIC Kids Network block, also to comply with E/I regulations.
- Andrew Rannells as Archie Andrews, a redheaded student at Riverdale High, reporter for the school newspaper.
- America Young as Betty Cooper, a smart girl-next-door who is sweet, caring and in love with Archie and is best friends with Veronica.
- Camille Schmidt as Veronica Lodge, a beautiful, popular and rich cheerleader who is best friends with Betty, who she also shares a rivalry with for Archie's affection.
- Chris Lundquist as Jughead Jones, a funny, quirky and geeky guy who loves food and is Archie's best friend. He does not like girls except for Betty, Nicola and he and Veronica are usually at each other's throats.
- Paul Sosso as Reggie Mantle, a self-confident, popular, rich jock who has a crush on Veronica and is frenemies with Archie. He's the uncle of a girl named Amy who is revealed to be his niece.
- Ben Beck as Dilton Doiley, a nerdy genius who is friends with Archie, Jughead, Moose and Betty who usually helps the gang save the day.
- Tony Wike as Mr. Waldo Weatherbee, the Principal of Riverdale High.
- Lucinda - Practices voodoo magic; provides advice to Archie when he needs it regarding the supernatural; creates potions for those individuals in love.
- Ryle Smith as Pop Tate, the owner and operator of the "Pop Tate Chock'lit Shoppe" shop.
- Mr. Fisk - CEO of ZoomCo who, after discovering that his Zoom energy drink contains a mutant formula that causes some people to mutate into monsters, tries to bribe and stop Archie from telling the world on national TV. He convinces Archie not to go to press as doing so would destroy his company and many new jobs for Riverdale.
- Jerry Longe as Dr. Beaumont, the caretaker and owner of an odds/supernatural/curiosity store. Provides advice to Archie and friends as he solves Weird Mysteries.
- Longe also voices Smithers, Veronica's cynical butler. He is aware of the supernatural but only shows any interest in waiting on Veronica.
- John Michael Lee as Mr. Hiram Lodge, Veronica's father who is disapproving of Archie.
- Ms. Geraldine Grundy - Also known as "Ms. Grundy". The teacher of Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead and Reggie. She has feelings for Mr. Weatherbee.
|1||"Attack of the Killer Spuds"||2 October 1999|
|Jughead wins a trophy after watching a television marathon, unaware it's actually an alien potato capable of creating copies of its victims.|
|2||"Driven to Distraction"||9 October 1999|
|In the interest of his car, Archie buys a pair of fuzzy dice from a mysterious shop with no knowledge what the effect the dice will have on his car and what it could mean for his friends, who he has been ignoring.|
|3||"Me! Me! Me!"||16 October 1999|
|Veronica does nothing but whine and get others to do her work, so her father asks her to help clean up some artifacts for a new exhibit. Among them is a wish granting totem, which Veronica accidentally uses to turn all of Riverdale into duplicates of herself.|
|4||"Invisible Archie"||23 October 1999|
|Archie and Reggie are unhappy with Betty and Veronica's new muscle-bound interest. Reggie suggests that they use Dilton's new physique enhancing formula on themselves. Instead of the desired result, they both turn invisible!|
|5||"Attack of the 50-Foot Veronica"||30 October 1999|
|Veronica is hit by Dilton's growth ray, turning her into a giant. However, she refuses to shrink back, thinking everybody's calling her fat.|
|6||"The Haunting of Riverdale"||6 November 1999|
|The ghost of Riverdale's old librarian comes back to haunt the town. Jughead refuses to help having bad past experiences with her.|
|7||"Curse of the Mummy"||13 November 1999|
|Archie procrastinates way too much, all to the point where he breaks into the Museum to get his report done, evoking a Pharaoh's curse.|
|8||"Fleas Release Me"||20 November 1999|
|Tired of Reggie's werewolf pranks, Archie allows the local sheriff to arrest him. However, it seems a real werewolf is attacking, with Reggie being the prime suspect.|
|9||"The Jughead Incident"||27 November 1999|
|A pair of government agents come to Riverdale, thinking Jughead is an alien.|
|10||"Virtually Evil"||4 December 1999|
|Archie's constant bragging gets him and his friends in trouble in a new virtual reality game.|
|11||"Zombies of Love"||11 December 1999|
|Veronica wants Archie to pay more attention to her, so she gets a hold of a magic potion. Now Archie won't leave her alone.|
|12||"Brain of Terror"||18 December 1999|
|Moose needs a passing grade, so he uses Dilton's new experiment to boost his intelligence.|
|13||"Twisted Youth"||25 December 1999|
|The faculty at Riverdale High turn adults into teenagers after drinking a new brand of bottled water. What's even stranger is that young Ms. Grundy is interested in Reggie!|
|14||"Monster in the Night"||31 December 1999|
|A monstrous man of incredible strength is making evening appearances in Riverdale. Archie's investigation leads him to uncover the side effects of a new energy drink being tested on unsuspecting citizens of Riverdale.|
|15||"Mega-Mall of Horrors"||7 January 2000|
|A new mall opens up in Riverdale, with everyone but Jughead wanting to buy more and more. Now the more the teens buy, the less they realize their friends have become window mannequins.|
|16||"Compu-Terror"||17 January 2000|
|After hurting himself, Archie reluctantly lets Reggie write the weird mysteries articles. However, an evil genie now possess the laptop Reggie uses, turning his fake stories real.|
|17||"Misfortune Hunters"||19 January 2000|
|Betty loves to do good deeds without rewards. Which she quickly regrets when a pair of treasure hunters trick her into releasing a gargoyle.|
|18||"Ship of Ghouls"||20 January 2000|
|A legendary medallion has possessed Reggie and made him obsessed with retrieving an underwater treasure guarded by ghouls determined to keep it there.|
|19||"Something Is Haunting Riverdale High"||21 January 2000|
|Midge, Dilton, and Ethel aren't exactly the most popular of kids, so no one thinks much of it when they go missing. However, when Archie is rendered invisible and untouchable by one of Dilton's inventions, he finds that he must work with them to stop the haywire machine from turning Riverdale into a ghost town!|
|20||"Supreme Girl vs. Dr. Arachnid"||24 January 2000|
|Veronica loves to dish out gossip, no matter the cost. Which puts her and Archie in the middle of the Superheroine Supreme Girl's attempts at stopping her nemesis, Dr. Arachnid.|
|21||"Reggie or Not"||25 January 2000|
|Reggie is abducted by aliens, who leave a much kinder clone in his place.|
|22||"It Lives in the Sewers"||26 January 2000|
|Archie and the gang go down into the sewers to find a mysterious monster. Only to find out, it's Jughead's pet alligator Peanut, mutated by a chemical waste spill.|
|23||"Dream Girl"||27 January 2000|
|Feeling brushed off, Archie falls in love with a girl he sees in his dreams. And she wants him to stay.|
|24||"Green-Eyed Monster"||28 January 2000|
|A new girl named Dorsa Finn arrives in town and shows interest in Archie. As it turns out, Dorsa is actually a local sea monster.|
|25||"Cinemadness"||31 January 2000|
|Reggie refuses to help others, which he quickly regrets when movie monsters fill the town.|
|26||"Beware of the Glob!"||1 February 2000|
|Part of Dilton's new experiment is accidentally mixed in with the lunchroom's tapioca, creating a massive blob.|
|27||"The Day the Earth Moved"||2 February 2000|
|Archie refuses to continue his family traditions, until he learns it is the only thing preventing a giant worm from destroying Riverdale.|
|28||"Dance of the Killer Bees"||3 February 2000|
|With prom around the corner, Big Ethel enlists Archie's help upon finding a swarm of humanoid bees.|
|29||"Extra Terror-estrial"||4 February 2000|
|Betty believes a cute alien is harmless and only wants to go home. But the others quickly realize, that isn't the case.|
|30||"The Christmas Phantom"||8 February 2000|
|The department store's newest Santa Claus, Archie, is the only one in the mood to celebrate the holidays. But a phantom from an unbelievable source just might fix that.|
|31||"Scarlet Night"||9 February 2000|
|Part 1 of 3: Veronica has a strange dream in which she isn't afraid of a vampire but is terrified of a redhaired girl she sees.|
|32||"I Was a Teenage Vampire"||10 February 2000|
|Part 2 of 3: Scarlet's master, Count Medlock, is unearthed and seeking to complete a prophecy that will bring the enternal night by transforming the Endor into a vampire like them.|
|33||"Halloween of Horror"||11 February 2000|
|Part 3 of 3: Archie and his friends gather for the Lodge's annual Halloween party, but menaces thought to be gone forever threaten to ruin the night.|
|34||"Archie's Date with Fate"||14 February 2000|
|Part 1 of 3: After using one of Dilton's two time machines, Archie finds himself living the same day over and over. Only to find out local thug Vinny stole the other, using it to commit crimes all over Riverdale. At the same time, Archie is offered to Europe on a scholarship.|
|35||"Alternate Riverdales"||15 February 2000|
|Part 2 of 3: Vinny's future self returns and teams up with his younger self to take revenge on Archie. Being the only one unaffected by the time changes, Archie has to stop Vinny before he becomes ruler of Riverdale. With Reggie's continuing pranks causing both Betty and Veronica to hate him, Archie considers revenge.|
|36||"Teen Out of Time"||16 February 2000|
|Part 3 of 3: Believing no one person can make a difference, as well as feeling isolated from all his friends, Archie decides to take the Europe Scholarship. However, a mysterious somebody tells him to put on the time belt, which he'll need to stop Future Vinny from unleashing a T-Rex on Riverdale.|
|37||"Invasion of the Cockroaches"||17 February 2000|
|Pop Tate revitalizes his restaurant to cater to adults, but when all of the adults in the town sprout antennas and talk like robots, he finds that he might need the help of his former customers to save the town.|
|38||"The Incredible Shrinking Teens"||18 February 2000|
|While visiting a mad scientist convention, Archie and Jughead are accidentally zapped inside a shrinking booth and have to struggle for survival while being two inches tall in Jughead's messy room.|
|39||"Little Chock'Lit Shoppe of Horrors"||21 February 2000|
|Wanting to keep up with the new restaurant, Pop Tate allows Dilton to automate the Chock'Lit Shoppe. Unfortunately, the main processor used takes over the place.|
|40||"Big Monster on Campus"||22 February 2000|
|Moose tries to prove he's more than just muscle when a rival team's star player outshines him, only for Archie to discover he's a robot.|
Selected monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural charactersEdit
- a sea monster, who lives in an old Riverdale swimming hole
- a mummy in a museum exhibit
- werewolf sheriff
- mad scientists
- a 50-foot Veronica
- giant beetle
- "Stanley 9000" (a processor)
- mutant crocodile
- man-eating worm
- super smart rats
- super smart teen (in "Brain of Terror")
- giant cockroaches
- Tapioca Pudding Glob
- alien potatoes
- insane artificial intelligence in Archie's car alarm
- ancient wish-granting artifacts gone haywire
- Ghost of Quiet Violet - she used to be a very strict librarian when Jughead was young. She scared Jughead so much when he was young that he stopped going to the library. As a ghost, she haunts the library.
- monster "Archie" – Archie gets turned into a monster when he drinks a new energy drink called "Zoom".
- monster "Stevenson" – Stevenson, a health and workout advocate, gets turned into a monster when he drinks a new energy drink called "Zoom".
- genie - escapes from an urn in Dr. Beaumont's store into Archie's laptop. Reggie, in turn, uses the laptop and is granted three wishes; after which, the Genie is set free and begins to wreak havoc on the city.
- Reggie Droid
- Evil Trogs' Leader and his Trogs in "Virtually Evil"
- Mega-Mall of Horrors
- Maria Nacht - she haunted Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead in their dreams
- Arnie - haunted Big Ethel in her dreams
The theme song was written and performed by Mike Piccirillo. Musical underscore composers were Mike Piccirillo and Jean-Michel Guirao. The Riverdale vampires story arc episodes were put together and released on VHS as Archie and the Riverdale Vampires.
An ashcan comic book tie-in also titled Archie's Weird Mysteries, written by Paul Castiglia, pencilled by Bill Golliher, inked by Rick Koslowski and colored by Stephanie Cofell (née Vozzo) was published in 1999. This led into a February 2000 launch for an ongoing, regular-sized series (also titled Archie's Weird Mysteries) with the same creative team. "Weird" was dropped from the title with issue 25 (signaling the end of the tie-in with the television series) and the series was canceled with issue 34 after 10 issues of doing straight mystery stories with no supernatural or science-fiction components.
In 2000, Universal Studios Home Video released a VHS titled Archie and the Riverdale Vampires, which featured the entire Riverdale Vampires story arc. It was re-released on DVD in 2004 as part of a bundle with fellow DIC movie Monster Mash, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein and Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman as part of the Monster Bash Fun Pack.
On July 22, 2011, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to release the series (under license from Cookie Jar Entertainment). They subsequently released Archie's Weird Mysteries - The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time on February 21, 2012. They also released a 10-episode best-of collection on the same day.
On June 6, 2017, Mill Creek re-released the complete series on DVD in Region 1.
In Region 2, Anchor Bay Kids Entertainment released a single volume collection on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2004. which contains four episodes from the series. These releases have been discontinued and are now out of print. In 2005, Boulevard released two single-disc collections containing two episodes each.
In Region 4, MRA Entertainment released six-volume collections featuring 18 episodes of the series on DVD in Australia in 2005.
The Archies in JugmanEdit
In 2003, the movie The Archies in Jugman was released. It features the same character designs (but with different clothes), most of the same crew and voice cast, and the similar theme of weird events happening in Riverdale. It premiered on television on Nickelodeon Sunday Movie Toons and was released on DVD and VHS shortly afterward by MGM Home Entertainment. In 2008, Gaiam Entertainment re-released the movie and all of the other DIC Sunday Movie Toons films on DVD.
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- 'The Complete Series' Returns to DVD, Haunting Stores this June Archived 2017-04-19 at the Wayback Machine
- "Archies Weird Mysteries - Volume 1 [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Ben Beck, John Michael Lee, Jerry Longe, Chris Lundquist, Andrew Rannells, Camille Schmidt, Ryle Smith, Paul Sosso, Tony Wike, America Young, James W. Bates: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
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