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Police Academy (TV series)

Police Academy, also known as Police Academy: The Animated Series, is a 1989 American animated television series based on the Police Academy series of films. The show was produced by Ruby-Spears Enterprises for Warner Bros. Television. It aired weekdays and lasted two seasons for a total of 65 episodes.

Police Academy
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Also known as'Police Academy: The Animated Series'
GenreAnimated comedy
Based onPolice Academy, by Paul Maslansky
Directed by
Voices ofRon Rubin
Dan Hennessey
Howard Morris
Greg Morton
Len Carlson
Don Francks
Denise Pidgeon
Tedd Dillon
Theme music composerScott Thomas Canfield
Opening theme"They Wear the Blue", performed by The Fat Boys
Composer(s)John Debney
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes65 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Larry Huber
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Ruby-Spears Enterprises
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorLBS Communications
Release
Original networkSyndication (United States)
Original releaseSeptember 11, 1989 (1989-09-11) –
1991 (1991)

Some episodes feature a crime boss named Kingpin. His keen intelligence, girth, and stature are very similar to the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Other new characters were added to the show as well. Among them were a group of talking police dogs called the Canine Corps. They were made up of Samson (the bulldog leader), Lobo (the noble yet clumsy husky), Bonehead (the dimwitted giant St. Bernard), Chilipepper (the excitable chihuahua), and Schitzy (the only female golden retriever with an identity crisis). The theme song is performed by the Fat Boys who also make an appearance in two episodes as House's Friends: Big Boss, Cool and Mark. Robert Folk's theme for the movies is used, uncredited, over the closing credits.

SynopsisEdit

The animated series takes place chronologically between the fourth and fifth films.

Thirteen characters are re-created for this animated version, including a team of Academy graduates led by Carey Mahoney, a likeable rogue bachelor boy, who unconsciously—and consistently—does his best to make life miserable for Captain Harris and his knucklehead assistant Sgt. Proctor.

Mahoney's friends include the aptly named Moses Hightower, sound effects master Larvell Jones, trigger-happy Eugene Tackleberry, sweet and timid Laverne Hooks, hardened Debbie Callahan, colossal House, and the duo of reformed gang member Zed McGlunk and his best buddy, Carl Sweetchuck.

Eric Lassard is the highly respected (albeit dreamy) Commandant, and Academy newcomer The Professor is also on hand, and also the cadets new friends, the K-9 Corps, a group of police dogs, and stocking the crime-fighting heroes with an endless supply of wacky gadgets as they combat a motley crew of Kingpin and other recurring villains such as Numbskull, The Claw, Mr. Sleaze, Lockjaw, and Amazona.

CharactersEdit

  • Carey Mahoney – The most clever among the cadets. Mahoney is always ready to lend a hand to his companions. He is the patrol partner of Larvell Jones.
  • Larvell Jones – Mahoney's usual sidekick. He is a martial arts master, but his main talent is beatboxing – he is able to imitate all manner of noises, including sirens, gunfire, helicopters, and so forth.
  • Carl Sweetchuck – Sweetchuck is the most cowardly of the group. He is very accident prone and oblivious to the harm caused by his clumsiness. His patrol partner is Zed.
  • Zed McGlunk – Zed is the messy and unkempt member of the group. Zed usually drags his partner along in his wily and erratic pursuits.
  • Moses Hightower – Hightower is known for his great size and physical strength. His stature often comes into play when the characters find themselves in situations in which bars must be bent or walls need to smashed through. He is patrol partner with Laverne Hooks.
  • Laverne Hooks – Hooks is small, soft-spoken, and passive. However, she has shown herself capable of being extremely forceful and loud in situations in which she is provoked.
  • Thomas "House" Conklin – "House" is known for his large frame and his congenial nature. He is always hungry and proves himself to be cowardly. He patrols with Sweetchuck and Zed and often accompanies them in their escapades.
  • Eugene Tackleberry – Characterized by a pronounced jaw and almost always wears glasses and helmet, is a weapons fanatic. He has a weakness for his fellow patrol Callahan. He often uses the armored car of the police which he usually wrecks. He is fond of using a bazooka.
  • Debbie Callahan – Is the statuesque beauty of the group who is extremely resilient and has a beautiful singing voice.
  • Capt. Thaddeus Harris – Always carries a walking stick and is almost always in the company of his sidekick Proctor. He often tries to humiliate the officers in order to gain a promotion, but fails miserably.
  • Sgt. Carl Proctor – Is Capt. Harris' dim witted lieutenant.
  • Capt. Ernie Mauser - Is a captain and head of the K-9 corps. He became good friends with Mahoney and his gang. He acts similar to Hurst when facing up to Harris' shenanigans.
  • Com. Eric Lassard – The easygoing and idealistic commandant.
  • Professor – He is the inventor of numerous devices.
  • K-9 corps – They are trained dogs. They can talk, but only to themselves and other animals.

Other charactersEdit

Villains (criminals)Edit

  • Kingpin – He is the largest of all the bandits of various episodes of the series, and together makes a great ceremony to the Council of Crime. He is a parody of Marvel Comic's Kingpin. He is drawn as overweight, bald and always wearing a white suit.
  • Weasel and Wooley - Kingpin's henchman.
  • Numbskull - a not-too-bright criminal who uses a trick helmet to bash through the walls of his robbery targets.
  • Mr. Sleaze
  • Claw
  • Phoenix Amazona a roller derby star turned thief. She is a childhood friend of Callahan's.
  • Lockjaw
  • The Clown Gang
  • The Phantom
  • The London Bridge Gang
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • George and Lenny
  • Seedy McLeech
  • Mr. Crameneil
  • The Highway Robbers (Auntie Bertha and Cousins Ed and Ned)
  • Madame Zelda and the Land Pirates
  • Krantz
  • The Magnificent Mystopholes
  • Dr. Kamaleon
  • Mr. Bimmelman
  • Flung Hi
  • The Hang Ten Gang
  • Mr. Glitch and Cratchit
  • Waxen Wayne
  • Barracuda and his Diamond Gang
  • Muggsy
  • King Neptune
  • Ace, Queen of Hearths and Chester
  • Dr. Mackle, Miss Bomb and Marsupialman
  • Falcon
  • Big Sal
  • Fox
  • Mr. Watkips and Watso
  • Lady Tina and Smalto
  • Skull Ned and the Rock Gang
  • Sheikh and the Guards
  • The Incredible Shandar - a magician who uses reflective material to make his targets seem to disappear.
  • Maxine
  • Krutz and his gang
  • The Mexican Gang
  • Slik and his gang
  • Pop Corn and Family
  • Bad Knight and his Throttle Gang
  • The Twin Humongo
  • Professor Pilpers/Bates
  • Jaguar
  • Mr. Shee, Pork, Squitty and Fufy the crocodile
  • Big Burger
  • Mr. Ego and Charles
  • Prof. Pherril and Pack
  • Dr. Deadstone
  • The Hillbilly Sheriff and Jack
  • Noxo
  • The Junkman John Lurid and Freker
  • Mob Balsom
  • Old Clyde Barrow, Bonnie and Butch
  • Lidya and Pongo
  • Schubert Von Schuters
  • Robin Good A parody of Robin Hood, who claims to give his stolen goods to the poor, but in fact he just keeps it.
  • Tex and Mulgrew

Voice castEdit

MainEdit

  • Ron Rubin as Carey Mahoney
  • Dan Hennessey as Zed McGlunk, Eugene "Tack" Tackleberry
  • Howard Morris as Carl Sweetchuck, Professor
  • Greg Morton as Larvell Jones, Moses Hightower
  • Len Carlson as Capt. Thaddeus Harris
  • Don Francks as Thomas "House" Conklin, Sgt. Carl Proctor
  • Denise Pidgeon as Debbie Callahan, Laverne Hooks
  • Tedd Dillon as Com. Eric Lassard

AdditionalEdit

CrewEdit

Broadcasting historyEdit

International broadcastsEdit

In other languagesEdit

  • Italian: Scuola di polizia (Police School)
  • Spanish: Loca academia de policía/locademia de policía (Crazy Police Academy)
  • Hungarian: Rendőrakadémia (Police College)
  • Lithuanian: Policijos akademija (Police Academy)
  • Arabic: أكاديمية الشرطة (Police Academy)

Other mediaEdit

Home video releasesEdit

VHSEdit

Police Academy was released through chronological volumes on VHS. At least 6 volumes were released, each including two episodes:

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Bogus + Cops and Robots
  • The Phantom of the Precinct + My Mummy Lies Over the Ocean
  • Worth Her Weight Gold + Westward Ho Hooks
  • Numbskull's Revenge + Mr. Sleaze Versus Lockjaw
  • Proctor, Call a Doctor! + Puttin' on the Dogs
  • Little Zed & Big Bertha + Lights, Action, Coppers

DVDEdit

On December 11, 2012, Warner Archive released Police Academy: The Animated Series - Volume 1 with 30 episodes on DVD in region 1. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[1]

Action figuresEdit

Kenner produced a line of Police Academy action figures based on the animated series. Each features multiple points of articulation and comical accessories. Two accessories, included with Claw and Eugene Tackleberry, would be reused for the Joker figures in Kenner's Dark Knight Collection.[2] Five of the vehicles and playsets planned were left unproduced; however, the Copper Corner playset would later be released through the Argentinian company Josca.[3]

Series 1 (1988)Edit

  • Carey Mahoney and Samson Dog
  • Claw with Mouser Cat
  • Eugene Tackleberry with Armed Flak Vest
  • Larvell Jones and Bullhorn
  • Moses Hightower and Meter Reader Scooter
  • Mr. Sleaze with Fodo Dog
  • Numbskull with Smashing Helmets
  • Zed and Police Skateboard

Series 2 (1988)Edit

  • Captain Harris (mail-away)
  • S.W.A.T. Eugene Tackleberry with Fistzooka
  • Flung Hi with Crazy Karate Gear
  • Kingpin with Thief-Trap Safe
  • Karate Larvell Jones

Special Assignment Rookies (1989)Edit

  • Undercover Carey Mahoney
  • Snack Attack House with Hoagie Blaster
  • Stakeout Sweetchuck (mail-away)
  • Sky Glidin' Zed with Hang Glider

Vehicles and playsets (1988)Edit

  • Crazy Cruiser
  • Crash Cycle
  • Precinct Police Station
  • Copper Corner (released through Josco)

Comic booksEdit

Based on the cartoon series, Marvel comics released a short-lived comic book series under its "Star Comics" imprint.

Outsourced production workEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Police Academy: The Animated Series - A 'Volume 1' DVD Has Been Scheduled by the Warner Archive!". Archived from the original on 2012-12-01.
  2. ^ Action Figures - Movies - The Dark Knight Collection BatmanYTB.com. Retrieved February 6, 2008.
  3. ^ STA: Police Academy: Produced!!! Copper Corner Playset Boxed ToyArchive.com (2000). Retrieved February 6, 2008.

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