Almost Naked Animals

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Almost Naked Animals
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Genre Comedy
Created by Noah Z. Jones
Developed by Doug Hadders
Adam Rotstein
Directed by Brad Ferguson
Voices of Rob Tinkler
Howard Jerome
Emilie-Claire Barlow
David Berni
Sean Cullen
Linda Kash
Opening theme "Almost Naked Animals!"
Ending theme "Almost Naked Animals!" (instrumental)
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Noah Z. Jones
Vince Commisso
Steve Jarosz
Producer(s) Tristan Homer
Mark Satterthwaite (creative producer)
Running time 22 minutes
(2 11-minute segments)
Production company(s) 9 Story Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel YTV
Original run January 7, 2011  – May 22, 2013
External links
Website

Almost Naked Animals is a Canadian animated television series that is produced for YTV. The series premiered on January 7, 2011 on YTV. The series was created by Noah Z. Jones, who is also the creator of the Disney Channel animated series Fish Hooks. The series ended on May 22, 2013 in Canada.

Premise[edit]

The cartoon is set inside a tropical resort called the Banana Cabana.[1] All of the cabana's staff members and residents are funny animals who have shaved off their fur and wear only underclothes. A dog named Howie is the manager and leader of the cabana. Each episode follows Howie and his "misfit" crew having unusual adventures in the Banana Cabana.

Production[edit]

The series is produced by 9 Story Entertainment and produced it for YTV.[2] Noah Z. Jones is the creator of the series, while Brad Ferguson is the director.[3] Executive producers includes Vince Commisso, Steve Jarosz, and Noah Z. Jones. Other staff for the series includes Tristan Homer as producer and Mark Satterthwaite as creative producer.

Development for the series started as early as 2006.[3]

On October 16, 2009, Aaron H. Bynum, news editor of Animation Insider, announced that the series entered production.[4] Vince Commisso, president and CEO of 9 Story Entertainment was pleasantly surprised and charmed for the production of Almost Naked Animals and said: "We are very excited to be commencing production on Almost Naked Animals,". "We spent a great deal of time in development, ensuring the characters, the pacing and the tone of the show was (sic) precise. It is extremely gratifying to see our work come to fruition and the end result is this high-quality, curiously funny animated property."[4]

The Characters[edit]

Howie

Main characters[edit]

  • Howie (voiced by Rob Tinkler) is a pale-yellow dog and manager of the Banana Cabana. He is hyperactive and impulsive, he's almost always cheerful.
  • Octo (voiced by Howard Jerome) is a blue octopus and the desk clerk.
  • Bunny (voiced by Emilie-Claire Barlow) is a short-tempered yellow rabbit and activity planner with a sugary personality (subject to mood swings).
  • Duck (voiced by David Berni) is a Tan-colored duck who does every random job and tries anything to get it done. It was revealed in "The Sun Howie Always Wanted" that his full name is Archibald William Nightindale Duck III, when the Mayor gave him and Howie an award. As a running gag Duck often appears during a problem with a funny non sequitur. In the episode "What Would Batty Do?" it is revealed he is lactose intolerant.
  • Piggy (voiced by Seán Cullen) is a pale pink pig who is a ninja-trained master chef with a Bulgarian accent. He speaks broken English.
  • Narwhal (voiced by Seán Cullen) is a self centered, medium-sized periwinkle, egotistical toothed whale that loves to sing.
  • Sloth (voiced by Linda Kash) is a peach-colored sloth and the bellhop of the Banana Cabana. She has a crush on Howie. She also does everything slowly. She moves around using her luggage cart. She is also Howie's best friend.
  • Poodle (voiced by Alyson Court) Howie's sister who owns a rival hotel called the Chateau Chattoo. She always tries to ruin Howie's fun and tries to take over Howie's hotel.
  • Batty (voiced by Julie Lemieux) Poodle's evil minion.

Episodes[edit]

There are a total of 52 30-minute episodes that are currently in production, but only 39 had aired. The episodes are aired as a double-bill pair in the US and Canada. Season 2 begin airing in Canada on February 4, 2012 and in the US on June 4, 2012 with the episode "Horn Swoggled / Night Shift". Season 3 began airing in Canada on April 15, 2013, and on June 3, 2013 with episodes "The Rotation Situation/The Tail Of Howie"

Season Start Date End Date Number of Episodes
1 7 January 2011 (Canada)
13 June 2011 (USA)
7 December 2011 (Canada)
27 October 2011 (USA)
26
2 February 4, 2012 (Canada)
June 4, 2012 (USA)
July 7, 2012 (Canada)
June 3, 2013(USA)
14
3 April 15, 2013 (Canada)
June 4, 2013 (USA)
May 22, 2013 (Canada)
June 19, 2013 (USA)
12

Distribution[edit]

International release[edit]

The show broadcasts on its original channels YTV and Cartoon Network. It premiered in Canada on January 7, 2011, and in the United States on June 13, 2011. In January 2012, when YTV and Cartoon Network renewed the series, Cartoon Network announced that the show would air weekends on Boomerang. Other broadcasters includes CITV in the UK, ABC3 in Australia and RTÉjr in Ireland. Since September 2011, Disney XD (Latin America/India) started airing the show. Disney Channel (Latin America/Italy/India), Luk International (Spain) and Z@pp/Zeppelin (Netherlands) had recently acquired the show and will add it to their lineup between 2012 and 2013.[5]

Country Channel of broadcast Air date
Canada YTV[6] January 7, 2011
Nickelodeon September 3, 2012
United States Cartoon Network[6] June 13, 2011
Boomerang March 5, 2012
United Kingdom CITV[6] April 11, 2011
Latin America Disney XD[7] September 26, 2011
Australia and New Zealand ABC3[6] May 2011
Nickelodeon August 1, 2011
India Disney XD[8] October 3, 2011
Ireland RTEjr 2011
Denmark DR Ramasjang (now DR Ultra since Ramasjang is now oriented for children aged 3–6 years old) 2011–present
Israel Arutz HaYeladim 2011-2013
France Canal+ Family August 29, 2011
Germany Super RTL[6] Autumn 2011
Russia Disney Channel June 1, 2012
Poland Disney XD December 6, 2012
Portugal Panda Biggs[9] January 5, 2013

Home media[edit]

Episodes of Almost Naked Animals are available for digital download through the iTunes Music Store, which are split into two volumes.[10] Roadshow Home Entertainment released a 95-minute Region 4 DVD of the show on December 1, 2011.[11] In 2012 NCircle Entertainment has released videos on DVD for Canada and the US. In the UK Abbey Home Media released episodes on DVD.

Toys and merchandising[edit]

The Licensing Shop has signed products in the US market for Almost Naked Animals. Freeze has secured rights for t-shirts, fashion tops and hoodies in all sizes while ABG Accessories will be making cold weather accessories, spring and summer headwear and rainwear including umbrellas and slickers for the show.[12] In 2012 Cafepress agreed to make Almost Naked Animals plushies, water bottles, tshirts, and more merchandise is being made.

Online Game[edit]

In January 2012 it was announced that 9 Story Entertainment and Game Pill were creating an Almost Naked Animals online game entitled "Cabana Craze." The game was released on September 25, 2012 and can be found at CabanaCraze.com.

Critical reception[edit]

In June 2011, Almost Naked Animals was picked as one of People Magazine’s top children’s shows to watch in the US.[13] Common Sense Media rated the show 3 stars out of 5, with the review stating that "The show's writing is smart enough that adults will get some laughs right alongside their kids".[14] However, it also got negative reviews from viewers, due to the show having "terrible animation" and "half-naked, ugly-looking" characters.

During the week of November 21, 2011, the show has been receiving high ratings on CITV in the UK and has been the most watched afterschool children’s program amongst kids aged 4–9.[15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2011 Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series —
"Better Safe and Sorry", written by Seán Cullen[16]
Nominated
2013 Canadian Screen Awards Best Animated Program or Series[17] Nominated
2013 Canadian Screen Awards Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series —
"The Green Banana", directed by Brad Ferguson[17]
Nominated
2013 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series—
"Horn Swoggled", Seán Cullen as Narwhal & Piggy[17]
Won

See also[edit]

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