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Kid Paddle is a Belgian gag-a-day comic series created by Michel Ledent (Midam) in 1993. It was first published in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou until branching out into its own volumed comic albums in 1996.
|Written by||Laurent Bounoure|
|Directed by||Olivier Bonnet|
|Voices of||Jennifer Seguin|
|Opening theme||Kid Paddle Theme|
|Ending theme||Kid Paddle Ending|
|Country of origin||Belgium|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52 (104 segments)|
|Running time||12 minutes (ungrouped)|
23 minutes (grouped)
|Production company(s)||Spectra Animaton|
|Picture format||480i 4:3|
|First shown in||September 1st, 2003|
|Original release||September 1, 2003 –|
February 19, 2006
|Related shows||Toopy and Binoo|
The series was popular enough to have spawned a Belgian-French-Canadian animated TV series produced by defunct animation studio Spectra Animation; that aired on M6 and Canal J in France, RTBF Television in Belgium and on Teletoon in Canada.
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Both the comic strip and the TV show cover all the passions and interests of 8 to 12-year-old boys. The main character, Kid Paddle, is your typical young boy with a passionate love for video games, comic books, Blorks (fictional aliens), and sci-fi television. His two best friends are Big Bang and Horace. Big Bang is more of a kid scientist, who is always creating new gadgets for Kid to try out. He is very intelligent for his age. Horace is more naive compared to the other two, and has a very bizarre appetite. He's always very supportive of Kid and looks up to him. As is typical for young children, Kid often fights with his sister, Carol, who finds her brother to be a degenerate air-head.
Regular features cover video games, movies and DVDs, technology, and comic books. By the second season some of the story lines revolved around crushes and the differences between boys and girls. Two seasons of 26 half-hour episodes (each consisting of two 11-minute episodes) have been produced thus far. It's not clear as of 2006 if a third season will be produced. The show has a huge following in its Belgian homeland, as well as in France. It entertains its target market well, but is also appealing for all ages.
Originally, four cartoons were developed for television, which are listed below. Then, an additional 48 episodes were ordered:
1. Arachnoid Menace - Horace accidentally eats a spider under a park bench after Kid and Big Bang talked to him about how to eat bugs.
2. Lights, Camera...Cut! - Kid wants to win a contest, so he counts on Big Bang and Horace to help him.
3. Summer Camp Fugitives - Kid and his friends are sent to a not-so-fun summer camp, powered by not-so-friendly G.I. Jane! Kid is the only one who can save his pals - by challenging Jane to a thumb wrestling battle.
4. Game Not Over! - The school bully wants Big Bang and Kid to fix his broken portable video game system. Kid tries it out at City Games, making the games malfunction in the area. The game hater Mr. Mirador notices this, then takes away the game! Will Kid and Big Bang retrieve it?
- Jeux des villans (Villain Games), 1996
- Carnage total (Total Carnage), 1996
- Apocalypse boy, 1997
- Full metal casquette (Full Metal Cap), (1998)
- Alien chantilly, 1999
- Rodéo Blork (Blork Rodeo), 2000
- Waterminator, 2001
- Paddle... My name is Kid Paddle, 2002
- Boing ! Boing ! Bunk !, 2005
- Dark, j'adore ! (I Love the Dark!), 2005
- Le retour le la momie qui pue qui tue (The Return of the Mummy Who Stinks, Who Kills), 2007
- Panik room, 2011
- Slime project, 2012
- Serial player, 2014
- Men in Blork, 2017
Video game adaptationsEdit
Kid Paddle has had three video games that were released on various Nintendo platforms in Belgium and France. These include Kid Paddle for the Game Boy Advance, released in 2005, Kid Paddle: Blorks Invasion for the Nintendo DS, released in 2007, and Kid Paddle: Lost in the Game, released for both the Wii and DS in 2008.
- "Television Program Logs". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2016-03-02. Archived from the original on 2016-05-16.
- "[Communiqué de presse] Le Jeu Vidéo et les Bandes Dessinées Kid Paddle débarquent sur l'iPhone et l'iPod Touch - Jeux iPhone, Android, 3DS, PS Vita... Tout le jeu mobile et les consoles portables !". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2016.