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Erky Perky is an Australian/Canadian animated television program on YTV developed by CCI Entertainment and Ambience Entertainment, with the CGI animation done by Australian Visual Effects company The LaB Sydney. The show was about two bickering, dimwitted insects, Erky and Perky, who lived at a hot dog stand before they are accidentally taken to a house. The show focuses on Erky and Perky trying to settle into the house, living with fellow housebugs, and the hunt for food in a very clean kitchen.
Erky and Perky
|Created by||David Gurney|
|Directed by||David Webster|
Melissa Jane Shaw
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||78 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Boughen|
|Running time||approx. 22 Minutes|
|Production company(s)||Ambience Entertainment|
The LaB Sydney
|Original network||Seven Network (Australia)|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Original release||September 7, 2006 –|
December 7, 2009
It was broadcast once on YTV's Big BBQ Blowout on July 1, 2006, as a "sneak peek". Another Erky Perky "sneak peek" episode was shown on August 30, 2006 during YTV's "Sneek Peek Week", before airing regularly on September 7.
Two bugs, the Scottish-accented Erky, and his friend, the cowardly and impressionable Perky, live an idyllic life on a downtown hot dog stand, a cornucopia of crumbs, relish and wieners. They live the high life until one day they are swept away in a take-out bag and end up in a sterile suburban kitchen with no food in sight. The two bickering, dimwitted and lazy bugs are forced to survive in the new and scary "Land of Kitchen". Every day, they are obsessed with finding food, and eventually finding their way home to "Hot Dog Stand". Their quests are almost always befouled by 'Mad' Margaret, the self-appointed ruler of Kitchen, and her 'sidekick' Cecil.
Erquhart "Erky" Windsor (Jason Barr) is a Scottish accented bug who normally takes Perky for granted and makes him try to get food in a dangerous scheme. He is blue with yellow spots. It was revealed in the episode "Perky vs. McBuggy Z" that he is a natural born rapper and dancer.
Percival "Perky" Rosendahl (Neil Crone) is Erky's friend and partner. He is very cowardly and very weak. It was made quite obvious that Perky has a crush on Margaret's niece, Sajuica. He is yellow with blue spots.
Cecil (Adrian Truss) appears to be somewhat smitten with the tyrant Margaret, despite being a tenth her size, becoming extremely jealous of her having affairs with newcomer Pablomo, and Erky (when he was under the influence of the Love Crumb).
Mad Margret (Judy Marshak) is the self-appointed ruler of the kitchen, and usually stops Erky and Perky's plans and when they find food, she generally steals it.
Sajuica (Melissa Jane Shaw) is apparently the 'babe' of the kitchen, attracting flies, and being flirty. Even the childish Stinks (named for his flight-inducing farts) thinks she is 'fine'. She fancies Perky.
Frenzel: (Ron Rubin) While Stinks may be smart, it's another bug named Frenzel who takes the cake (literally) when it comes to devising food-getting plans. He always has profitable schemes on the go, preying on other bugs' naiveté or weaknesses to get himself ahead. Often, Perky is the one suffering, being a very gullible and trusting bug. An example of this is when Frenzel was showing young bugs the dangers of Kitchen, and for the final show he tricked Perky into being the German-accented spider, Delila's 'dinner', not telling the frightened bug that it was all an act, and that there wasn't really any danger (unlike most of Frenzel's plans).
Moldy van Oldy (Keith Knight) is a senile old bug, Moldy van Oldy, who loves to talk and talk for hours, sometimes about actual events, sometimes nothing more than senseless ramblings. One true story he did tell, however, was the tale of Margaret's acquired hydrophobia. When she was about Sajuica's age, and living in an outdoor garden (along with Moldy and presumably other bugs as well), Margaret was sprayed with water from a hose, getting knocked out of the air.
Stinks: (Annick Obonsawin) A running gag is that Stinks would appear whenever anyone said his 'name' (or any other word that sounds similar, such as thinks); often this happens when they are bemoaning some misfortune ('This stinks').
Delils (Diana Brooke) is a German-accent spider who tells fortunes.
Boof (Carter Hayden) is Frenzel's assistant; he is a digger bug and was born from an egg that Perky found.
The Grand Armandor (Andrew Pifko) is Margaret's personal wing and purse designer.
- "Erky Perky Swarms Into Season Two" (Press release). CCI Entertainment, Ltd. 6 October 2006. Archived from the original on 27 April 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
- "YTV announces its fall programming highlights". 13 July 2006. Archived from the original on 8 February 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2009.