Show Notes – Doug (Nicktoons)

Doug – Episode 41

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Background

An American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early adolescent life of its title character, Douglas “Doug” Funnie, who experiences common predicaments while attending school in his new hometown of Bluffington. Doug narrates each story in his journal, and the show incorporates many imagination sequences. The series addresses numerous topics, including trying to fit in, platonic and romantic relationships, self-esteem, bullying, and rumors. Numerous episodes center on Doug’s attempts to impress his classmate and crush, Patti Mayonnaise.

  • Jinkins developed Doug from drawings in his sketchbook that he created over the course of the 1980s.
  • Doug, a mostly autobiographical creation, was largely inspired by Jinkins’s childhood growing up in Virginia, with most characters in the series being based on real individuals.
  • He first pitched Doug as a children’s book to uninterested publishers before Nickelodeon purchased the show.
  • Following this, the series went under further development, in which Jinkins meticulously detailed every aspect of the show’s setting. Jinkins was insistent that the series have a purpose, and instructed writers to annotate each script with a moral. The show’s unusual soundtrack consists largely of mouth noises.
  • The series premiered in 91’ on the cable network Nickelodeon, as the channel’s first original animated content alongside Rugrats and The Ren & Stimpy Show. The series’ original run consisted of 52 episodes over four seasons that were broadcast from August 11, 1991 – January 2, 1994. In 1996, Disney acquired the series, retooling it with several creative changes, thus renaming it Brand Spanking New! Doug (retitled Disney’s Doug in 1998), and airing it for three years on ABC’s Saturday morning lineup. It became a top-rated show, inspiring various books, merchandise, a live musical stage show, and a theatrical feature, Doug’s 1st Movie, released at the series’ conclusion in 1999. Each episode was 23 minutes long

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Voice Cast

List of Doug characters

    • Takes place in the town of Bluffington
    • Bluffington Doesn’t take place in any specific US state, but it IS loosely based on Richmond Virginia where Jinkings grew up.

Characters:

    • Douglas Yancey “Doug” Funnie
      • Protagonist: 11.5year old boy who has a very “vivid” imagination. He’s insecure and fairly introspective. Wants to popular, can play the banjo,
      • much of the story is told through the lens of his “dear journal” entries.
      • He has an alter ego named Qualman which was inspired by home movies of the creator as a child
      • Jinkins said of Doug:“Doug is not a powerful character. He is more where I feel that kids are today. They are soft spoken and bewildered. But they often make the right decisions. What we tried to get across was that you should feel good about yourself and not give into peer pressure. The underlying foundation was that doing the right thing will pay off.”
        • Billy West (1991–1994)—Also Played
          • Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, and a number of others on Futurama
            • The role of Zapp Brannigan was created for Phil Hartman, -but he died before the show started and West was given the role. West has described his interpretation of Zapp Brannigan’s voice as an imitation of Hartman, but described the actual vocalizations of the character as being based on “a couple of big dumb announcers I knew.”
          • Stimpson (Stimpy) J. Cat on The Ren & Stimpy Show
          • Voiced Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in Space SpaceJam (1996)
          • famous for his ability to do classic Mel Blanc impersonations
        • Tom McHugh (1996–1999)
          • Played Doug on the Disney Series
    • Roger M. Klotz
      • Doug’s archrival and the town’s local school bully.
      • It took Roger 3 years to finish the 6th grade so he is much older than the other kids.
      • Lives in a trailer-park with his divorced mom

 

  • Roger was based off a real bully who lived in the same neighborhood as Jinkins. He adopted the bully’s neighbors’ last name, Klotz, for the character

 

 

        • Billy West
        • Chris Phillips (1996–1999)
          • Played Roger in the Disney Series
    • Theda Funnie
      • The mom who sometimes works, sometimes is a housewife? This is never clear
      • She’s an environmentalist who (when she works) works at the Deja Vu Recycling Center
        • (Voiced by Becca Lish)
    • Judy Funnie
      • Older sister, Obsessed with Shakespeare and is an aspiring actress and extrovert
      • Is a weir 1950s beatnik Which is perfect considering her own pseudo-intellectualism
        • (Voiced by Becca Lish)
          • In recording her character for Doug, Lish would provide lines as written, and then provide several more takes incorporating improvisation into her lines
    • Phillip “Phil” Funnie
      • The Dad who is a Photographer at the local department store called “Busy Beaver”
      • friendly, outgoing, and sometimes clumsy
      • Gives Doug advice often which is almost always completely useless
        • (Voiced by Doug Preis)
          • ThunderCats – Alluro, Lynx-O
    • Mosquito “Skeeter” Valentine
      • Doug’s best friend
      • This character is known for the honk honk noise he makes and for being bright blue
      • Skeeter and Doug are huge fans of “The Beets”
      • Is a DJ
      • Apparently got “a perfect score” on an IQ test…which is absolutely ridiculous
      • The character was based on Jinkins’ high school best friend, Tommy Roberts

 

 

        • actor and sound-effects artist on Garrison Keillor’s live radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion
        • was the co-host (1989–1993) of The All New Mickey Mouse Club
  • Porkchop
    • Doug’s dog and sidekick
    • Often acts as Doug’s conscience
    • Lives in an igloo
      • (Fred Newman)
  • Stinky
    • She is Roger’s pet cat
    • Stinky and Porkchop get into fights fairly often
      • (Voiced by Fred Newman)
  • Mr. Bud Dink
    • He is the retired and eccentric neighbor of the Funnies
    • Often portrayed as dimwitted, Doug frequently goes to him for advice that is about as useful as the advice he gets from his dad (so not at all)
    • Their last name is an acronym for Dual Income, No Kids
      • The term was coined in the 1980s at the height of “yuppie” culture. The Great Recession has solidified this social trend as more couples wait longer to have kids. In the Netherlands, one in five couples choose not to have them at all
        • (Fred Newman)
  • Patricia “Patti” Mayonnaise
    • Doug’s closest female friend and long sought after love interest
    • She is a star athlete in multiple sports
    • Jenkins based the character on his adolescent crush from junior high to high school
    • Her name is a combination of two girls names from his childhood: Pam Mayo, and a girl named Patty
  • Beebe Bluff
    • One of Doug’s friends, she is the daughter of Bill Bluff, the richest man in town, and best friend of Mayor White
    • She is spoiled but a good friend to most of the gang of kids
    • She has a big crush on Skeeter
      • Alice Playten
        • final animated role before her death in 2011
        • lead goblin Blix from the film Legend  (86)
  • Al and Moo Sleech
  • Robert “Bob” White
    • eventually voted out of office in favor of Mrs. Dink (partly because he wasted all his campaign time on attempting to get his son Willie elected class treasurer.)
    • He is noted for his constant if almost annoying use of the phrase “Vote for me!”
      • (Voiced by Greg Lee)
        • Host of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

The Beets: A popular band from Liverpool, and a caricature of the Beatles. Originally named the Pickled Beets and are known for famous songs such as “Killer Tofu”, “Shout Your Lungs Out”, and “I Need More Allowance”. In the Disney series, they break up due to conflicts with each other and release a final album called Let It Beet, reflecting the real-life break-up and final album of the Beatles. In the semi-final episode, Doug manages to get them back together so that he can have a band perform at the Spring Fling A-Ding dance, but the reunion is only brief, due to fighting over a banana.

  • Monroe Yoder (voiced by Doug Preis): The bassist and singer of the band. He is noted for the bandana that he is usually wearing and his striking resemblance to John Lennon, as well as shades of Roger Daltrey.
  • Clyde “Chap” Lipman (voiced by Doug Preis): The drummer and leader of the band. Similar to Monroe resembling Lennon, Lipman resembles his Beatles counterpart, Ringo Starr.
  • Wendy Nespah (voiced by Becca Lish): The keyboard/keytar player and the only female member of the group. Following the band’s break-up, she goes to college in order to learn how to read contracts and ultimately moves into a mansion, with Monroe as her butler. Nespah is bald with a prominent golden earring.
  • Flounder: The lead guitarist of the band. Following the band’s break-up, he later becomes the judge of a rock-and-roll star song contest and reveals to Connie, who nearly won before losing to Skeeter, Al, and Moo’s accidental song Monster Call, that quitting school, just like she intended to do and like he did, got the band into trouble. Later afterwards, he attempts to start a new band and searches for talent, ultimately working with Judy briefly. Flounder resembles Peter Tork of The Monkees.

Theme Music Composer

Composers

Trivia

  • In the pilot episode, Doug originally wrote in a “diary”, instead of a “journal”. In later episodes Doug would get annoyed whenever another character referred to his journal as a diary
  • Judy Funnie’s name may come from the poem “Shakespeare’s Sister” written by Virginia Woolf. In the poem, Woolf states that if Shakespeare had had a sister, her name would have been Judith. Furthermore, Shakespeare himself had a daughter named Judith. Since Judy Funnie is obsessed with Shakespearean plays, it is possible that this is why her name is Judy.
  • Doug moves to 21 Jumbo Street, the street is named after the production company, Jumbo Pictures Inc.
  • In the episode where Skeeter moves into his basement, and all subsequent episodes, one of the posters on his walls is the Jumbo Pictures logo.

episodes to cover

  • s1 e1, s1 e2, s1 e3, s1 e9 (Sean’s), s2 e4 (chris’)

Links:

Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_(TV_series)

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101084/

Fan theory/Creepypasta: http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Douglas_Not-So-Funny

Explanation of said theory: https://moviepilot.com/posts/3369550

Skeeter teaches Doug to dance: https://youtu.be/FGIpaV8gWnE

 

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