Fanboy & Chum Chum is an American computer-animated television series created by Eric Robles for Nickelodeon. It is based on Fanboy, an animated short created by Robles for Nickelodeon Animation Studio and Frederator Studios, that was broadcast on Random! Cartoons. The series was first broadcast on October 12, 2009, on Nickelodeon as a preview, then officially premiered on November 6, 2009, after SpongeBob's Truth or Square. In the show, two slow-witted would-be superheroes attempt to rid their town of Galaxy Hills of evil, while annoying everyone around them.[1]

Fanboy & Chum Chum
Created byEric Robles
Voices ofDavid Hornsby
Nika Futterman
Jeff Bennett
Wyatt Cenac
Jamie Kennedy
Josh Duhamel
Candi Milo
Steve Tompkins
Dyana Liu
Estelle Harris
Theme music composerBrad Breeck
Opening theme"Fanboy & Chum Chum" (performed by The Mae Shi)
Ending theme"Fanboy & Chum Chum" (Instrumental)
ComposerBrad Breeck
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes100 (list of episodes)
Executive producersFred Seibert
Steve Tompkins
Eric Robles (co)
ProducerJason Meier (supervising)
Running time11 minutes
Production companiesFrederator Studios
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Original release
NetworkNickelodeon (2009–12)
Nicktoons (2014)
ReleaseNovember 6, 2009 (2009-11-06) –
July 12, 2014 (2014-07-12)

The series premiere drew 5.8 million viewers.[2] The second episode was watched by 5.4 million viewers.[2] The series won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program at the 38th Daytime Emmy Awards.[3]

The series' initial release finished on November 2, 2012. One episode, "Brain Freeze", was released on DVD in 2011 instead of being broadcast on television. It finally aired on July 12, 2014.[4]

The theme song was written by Brad Joseph Breeck and performed by an experimental punk band, The Mae Shi.[5]

Plot edit

The series centers around Fanboy and Chum Chum, a pair of hyperactive, odd, energetic, and slow-witted best friends enthusiastically obsessed with superhero comics, particularly those featuring their favorite superhero Man-Arctica, who also apparently seems to double as a holiday figurehead parodying Santa Claus within the series. Many episodes are based around comical parodies of famous films or contain countless references to popular culture, chronicling Fanboy and Chum Chum's exaggerated, surreal daily experiences and misadventures relating to dilemmas in which they have entangled themselves or the surrounding characters' utter infuriation with their irritating antics.

Episodes edit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotAugust 14, 2009 (2009-08-14)
152October 12, 2009November 4, 2010
248April 25, 2011July 12, 2014

Characters edit

Main edit

  • Fanboy ("Lance" Tobias Cranapple lll) (voiced by David Hornsby) is an enthusiastic fan of comic books, fantasy, science fiction and action figures. He and Chum Chum are never seen without their costumes nor are their parents addressed.
  • Chum Chum ("Sir" Edmund Chummery) (voiced by Nika Futterman and Nancy Cartwright in the pilot from Random! Cartoons) is Fanboy's best friend and sidekick. Although he is younger than the other main characters, he is still in the same class as them. Show creator Eric Robles explained on the Nickelodeon message board that this is because Fanboy snuck him into his class and the teacher never noticed the age difference.[citation needed] Chum Chum is extremely energetic and high-spirited.

Supporting edit

  • Kyle Bloodworth-Thomason (voiced by Jamie Kennedy) is an insecure pre-teen wizard who loathes Fanboy and Chum Chum for their lack of intelligence, but secretly enjoys their friendship. Kyle was expelled from his wizarding school, Milkweed Academy, for turning his teacher Professor Flan into a raspberry flan, calling him a "Delicious old fool". Kyle is now reluctantly enrolled in Fanboy and Chum Chum's public school, where he has very few friends other than Fanboy and Chum Chum. Fanboy and Chum Chum typically forget that Kyle has wizardly powers, and the effort of reminding them usually infuriates Kyle. He speaks in a British accent. As Kyle struggles to be re-admitted to Milkweed, he often suffers painful indignities, often a result of Fanboy and Chum Chum's actions.
  • Boogregard "Boog" Shlizetti (voiced by Jeff Bennett)[6] is a short-tempered bully who is obsessed with the video game Chimp Chomp (a parody of Donkey Kong), which he plays at the Frosty Mart, often instead of working. Boog's voice is a parody of John Travolta's "Vinnie Barbarino" character.
  • Leonard "Lenny" Flynn-Boyle (voiced by Wyatt Cenac) is the accident-prone junior manager of the Frosty Mart. He finds Fanboy and Chum Chum irritating and sometimes gets a "stress twitch" when annoyed by them. His first appearance was in "Dollar Day".
  • Yo (voiced by Dyana Liu) is another of Fanboy and Chum Chum's classmates. She is happy-go-lucky and loves her Yamaguchi (a parody of Tamagotchi) digital pets, especially a cat named Scampers. She has a rather insane crush on Chum Chum, and often wants to play with him like he's a toy. Though she can be villainous, she is normally nice.
  • Mr. Hank Mufflin (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is Fanboy and Chum Chum's grouchy yet often playful teacher.
  • Ozwald "Oz" Harmounian (voiced by Josh Duhamel)[7] is the owner of the local comic shop, Oz Comix. Oz is a friend of the boys, who consider him "the most knowledgeable human being ever," though he is a nerdish know-it-all who lives with his elderly mother.
  • Dollar-nator (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is a sophisticated computerized intelligence system built by Fanboy in the future, and sent back in time by Fanboy to bail Fanboy and Chum Chum out of a jam in 'Dollar Day'. He also has many surprise skills and talents and is a parody on The Terminator.
  • Janitor Russ Poopatine (voiced by Steve Tompkins) is a janitor at Fanboy and Chum Chum's school. He is a parody of Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars. He is a pale, skinny, gnarled old man who wears a dark hooded shirt. Poopatine rides around in a sentient cart named Brenda. He can understand all of the robotic noises Brenda makes, and often talks to her. Poopatine has a strong hatred of gum and saltwater taffy.
  • Man-Arctica (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is an ice-based superhero who scours the cosmos looking for scofflaws. Man-Arctica balances a mild disdain for humanity against his duty to save them from harm. He often refers to children as "earth larvae".

Minor edit

  • Agent Johnson (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is the do-it-all authority figure in Galaxy Hills.
  • Fedora Man (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is one of the delivery people in Galaxy Hills.
  • Secret Shopper (voiced by Jeff Bennett) first appeared to evaluate Frosty Mart product quality and customer service in "Secret Shopper".
  • Fankylechum (voiced by Jamie Kennedy) is a nerdy, good-spirited classmate of the boys.
  • Dirty Bird is a seagull who makes cameos throughout the show.
  • Chris Chuggy (voiced by Eric Robles) is a classmate of Fanboy and Chum Chum's who communicates only by saying "Wah".
  • Scrivener Elf (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is an elf Kyle creates in "The Janitor Strikes Back" to do his homework and other tasks, but he appears other times in the series as well.
  • Lupe (voiced by Candi Milo) is a kind-spirited girl in Fanboy and Chum Chum's class. Lupe appears to be Yo's friend, and the two are often seen together.
  • Necronomicon (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is a talking book of spells who is a companion to Kyle, and nags him about the moral implications of his choices.
  • Sigmund The Sorcerer (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is Kyle's more successful and skillful German wizard rival from Kyle's former school for wizards, Milkweed Academy.
  • Lunch Lady Cram (voiced by Candi Milo) is the new strict lunch lady who replaced the former strict lunch lady, Mildred. She is known for making glop.
  • Thorvald the Red (voiced by Nolan North) is a Viking who debuted in "Norse-ing Around" and re-appeared in "Norse Code" as well as "Normal Day".
  • The Global Warmer (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is a supervillain and archenemy of Man-Arctica who appears several times in the series.
  • Ms. Harmounian (voiced by Estelle Harris) is a single mother committed to teaching her adult son, Oz, that the only way to run a successful business is by selling.
  • Henry Harmounian (voiced by Dick Van Dyke) is an optimistic, hardworking, cunning and whip-smart father who helps vast knowledge to teaching comic books with his son, Oz and brings wealth to its own.
  • Mitzi is Oz's mom's pet goat. She uses Mitzi to make milk, and in "The Hard Sell", she was to turn Oz's shop into a yogurt shop using yogurt created from Mitzi's milk. He is voiced by David Hornsby in "The Winners".
  • Professor Flan (voiced by Jim Cummings) is a professor from Milkweed Academy whose permission Kyle has to grant to re-admit to Milkweed. He is the one who Kyle turned into a raspberry flan.
  • Brizwald Harmounian (voiced by Amir Talai) is Oz's money-loving, scheming cousin.
  • Chimp Chomp is a Donkey Kong parody video game featuring a monkey, Chimp Chomp, who is trying to take an ape's bananas. Boog is addicted to the video game. The game is playable on
  • Precious (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) is Mr. Mufflin's class pig. Precious appears in "Precious Pig" but a look-alike pig that could be Precious appeared in "Eyes on the Prize" and "Fanboy A'Hoy!"
  • Berry (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) is a small pink creature who lives inside the Frosty Freezy Freeze machine at the Frosty Mart.
  • The Ice Monster (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) is a frighteningly large beast created from the combination of Frosty Freezy Freeze and Ice-Monster Bun Bun, in the pilot episode from Random! Cartoons. It reappears in "Brain Freeze" when Blue-Tonium and Radioactive Red Frosty Freezy Freeze combine.
  • Michael Johnson (voiced by Wyatt Cenac) is a classmate of Fanboy and Chum Chum's. His name and clothing is a parody of Michael Jackson as he is depicted as a good dancer and gets around by dancing.
  • Duke (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is a classmate of Fanboy and Chum Chum's.
  • Nancy Pancy (voiced by Kari Wahlgren; in "Fanboy A'hoy!" and "Slime Day", and by Nika Futterman) is a girl in Mr. Mufflin's class.
  • Francine is a brown-haired diva in Mr. Mufflin's class. Voiced by Candi Milo.
  • Cher "Cheer" Leader is a cheerleader in Mr. Mufflin's class. She is a triplet and sometimes appears with her 2 other cheerleader sisters, who look exactly like her. The triplets were voiced by Kari Wahlgren in "Fanboy Stinks", but Cher is voiced by Candi Milo in all other appearances.
  • Dr. Acula (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is a vampire plastic surgeon who gives Chum Chum a neck so vampire Fanboy can bite Chum Chum and turn him into a vampire too, in the end he was destroyed by sunlight. The same character model also appears as a vampire dentist named Dr. Plaque-ula in "Dental Illness".
  • Miss Olive (voiced by Candi Milo) is a preschool teacher who appears in "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha", "Battle of the Stands", and "Frosty Mart Dream Vacation". The same character model also appears as a French teacher named Madame LaVache in "Excuse Me" with a French accent.
  • Marsha (voiced by Candi Milo) was a sweet, successful student until Fanboy accidentally ruined her life by sneezing on her placement test, rendering it illegible. As a result, she received a failing grade and had to repeat kindergarten, where she swore revenge on Fanboy. She appeared in "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha" and "Face-Eating Aliens From Planet X".
  • Cheech is a classmate in Mr. Mufflin's classroom. In "The Janitor Strikes Back" he was voiced by Nika Futterman.
  • Fanbot is a robotic version of Fanboy that appears in "I, Fanbot".
  • Mecha-Tech (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) is a dancing, robot action figure. Mecha-Tech often says, "I await your command!" and can do anything its owner tells it to do.
  • Monster in the Mist (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is a figment of Boog's imagination.
  • Scampers (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) is one of Yo's Yamaguchi digital pets. Scampers is a cat.
  • Yum Yum (voiced by John DiMaggio) is a cycloptic bubble gum creature created by Fanboy and Chum Chum in "The Janitor Strikes Back".
  • Fanman (voiced by Scott Grimes) is a superhero who appeared in the Random! Cartoons 8-minute short "Fanboy".
  • Sprinkles (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) is the class bear.
  • Muk Muk (voiced by Nika Futterman) is a female, semi-feral cousin of Chum Chum who hails from "West Apetown" and she only says her name.
  • Crabulus: Destroyer of Worlds (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is a crab-like action figure. He appears several times in the series and is portrayed as being unpopular with collectors due to his embarrassing exercise DVD.
  • Moppy is a mop that Fanboy assembled as a date for his school dance in "Moppy Dearest".
  • Agent 08 is an octopus cartoon character who Fanboy and Chum Chum are big fans. Agent 08 is notorious for being made into a dangerous and explosive collectible toy which Oz owned and hid because it was supposed to be discontinued.
  • The Burgle Brats are three kindergartners with propensities for the crime.
  • Stinks is a dirt-based life form who takes over Fanboy's right glove and forces him to commit crimes.
  • Nurse Lady Pam is the school nurse who's in love with Man-Arctica. Fanboy and Chum Chum fight for her attention in "Lice, Lice, Baby".

Broadcast edit

A sneak preview of Fanboy & Chum Chum was aired in the United States on October 12, 2009. The official US debut of the series was November 6, 2009. In Canada, the series premiered on YTV on November 1, 2009, and on Nickelodeon on November 2, 2009.[8] In the UK and Ireland, the series premiered on Nickelodeon September 14, 2010.[citation needed] The series debuted on Nickelodeon (Australia and New Zealand) April 19, 2010.[citation needed]. Nickelodeon in Sub-Saharan Africa began airing the series June 2010.[citation needed]

Home media edit

Paramount Home Entertainment is the DVD distributor for the series. These DVDs were released under the Nickelodeon label.

Main edit

  • Fanboy & Chum Chum (May 24, 2011, also includes the pilot episode of Planet Sheen)
  • Fanboy & Chum Chum: Brain Freeze (August 16, 2011)
  • Fanboy & Chum Chum: Season 1 (August 7, 2012)

Episodes on other DVDs edit

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Triton's Revenge (July 13, 2010, includes the episodes "Wizboy" and "Pick a Nose" on bonus features)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob's Frozen Face-Off (January 3, 2012, includes the episodes "The Last Strawberry Fun Finger" and "Power Out" on bonus features)

NOTE: The episode "A Very Brrr-y Icemas" along with Christmas episodes of The Fairly OddParents and T.U.F.F. Puppy were supposed to be on the It's a SpongeBob Christmas! DVD, but they were dropped from the actual release.[9] However, the Target exclusive of It's A SpongeBob Christmas! included the Christmas episodes of those shows on a bonus disc.

Reception and achievements edit

Reviews edit

Aaron H. Bynum of Animation Insider called Fanboy & Chum Chum "a fun show that deserves a good look. The quality animation helps counterbalance the immense amount of dialogue from the series' chatty characters, and the sheer comedy of marginally competent comic-loving kids helps outweigh what might otherwise be a binge of geeky annoyance. But overall, Fanboy & Chum Chum is a lot of fun."[10] Variety praised the series' "bright, energetic look and even an appealing premise in theory".[11] David Hinckley of NY Daily News gave the series three stars out of five, and said that "it's good [but] might not be the next SpongeBob".[12]

KJ Dell'Antonia of Slate found the main characters irritating, and thought the whole concept was unoriginal, with "many tired jokes and not enough of that kind of mild satire to make this play in our house".[13] Joly Herman of Common Sense Media gave the series 3 out of 5 stars; saying that:

If you're looking for deep content and lasting lessons, then this show isn’t for you – or for your kids. Precious little of it can be applied to reality, especially when it comes to Fanboy and Chum Chum’s experiences at school, where they enjoy nearly free rein to goof off and hardly put effort into their work. Even the nature of their friendship may be troubling to some parents, since Fanboy’s control over his pal’s actions sometimes verges on bullying. But there's no doubt that it's entertaining. So if your young tweens can check their sense of reality at the door, this silly show offers a fun depiction of the wild imagination that they probably share with the main characters. For younger kids, though, the blurry line between fiction and realistic lifestyles may be a little confusing.[14]

Ratings edit

The series premiered on November 6, 2009, after the SpongeBob SquarePants film Truth or Square.[2] The broadcast ranked number three of cable programs that week and number two of the night.[2][15] The premiere was watched by a total of 5.8 million viewers. The second episode was broadcast on November 7, 2009, and garnered 5.4 million viewers, ranking fifth of all cable broadcasts that week.[15]

The third episode was broadcast a week later, on November 14, 2009, with 3.8 million viewers.[16] A broadcast on November 28, 2009, was viewed by 3.9 million viewers.[17] In February 2010, the episode "Moppy Dearest" was viewed by 4.27 million viewers, an improvement over the last few episodes.[18]

A second season was announced on Nickelodeon's upfront of 2010–2011.[19]

Awards edit

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2010 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual in Animation Steve Lambe Won
Caesar Martinez Won
Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program Jim Schumann

Brian Sheesley

Ginny McSwain

Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Design Shaun Cashman Nominated
2011 Annie Awards Best Animated Television Production for Children Fanboy and Chum Chum Nominated
Best Character Design in a Television Production Steve Lambe Nominated
Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Jenn Bennett

For "The Necronomicon"

2011 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Animated Program MacGregor Middleton Won
Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program Brian Sheesley

Jim Schumann

Russell Calabrese

Ginny McSwain

Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special Meredith Layne Nominated
2012 Annie Awards Storyboarding in a Television Production Joshua Nicolas Nominated
Storyboarding in a Television Production Katie Rice Nominated
Best Animated Television Production - Children Fanboy and Chum Chum Nominated
2012 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Animated Program MacGregor Middleton Nominated
2012 Motion Picture Sound Editors Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television For "A Very Brrr-y Icemas" Nominated

See also edit

References edit

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