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Encyclopedia > Earthworm Jim (TV series)
This article is about the animated series. For the video game series, see Earthworm Jim; for the character, see Earthworm Jim (character).
Earthworm Jim
Format Animated comedy
Created by Doug TenNapel
Starring Dan Castellaneta
Andrea Martin
John Kassir
Jim Cummings
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 23
Production
Producer(s) Universal Cartoon Studios/Flextech
Running time 30 minutes (including commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel Kids' WB!
Original run September 9, 1995December 14, 1996
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Earthworm Jim is an American animated television series which ran for 23 episodes in 2 seasons from 1995-1996 on the Kids' WB programming block on The WB Television Network. It is based on a video game character created by Doug TenNapel for the 1994 title Earthworm Jim. The series follows the adventures of an earthworm named Jim, who is turned into a superhero by a robotic super suit. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... For the cartoon series, see Earthworm Jim (TV series). ... For the animated series, see Earthworm Jim (TV series). ... An animated cartoon is a short, hand-drawn (or made with computers to look similar to something hand-drawn) film for the cinema, television or computer screen, featuring some kind of story or plot (even if it is a very short one). ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Daniel Louis Dan Castellaneta (born October 29, 1957) is an Emmy award winning American voice actor, actor and comedian best known for providing the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters on the long-running Fox animated series The Simpsons. ... Andrea Martin (born January 15, 1947) is a Tony Award-winning American actor and comedienne. ... Johnny Kassir (born October 24, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian who has been active in many facets of entertainment since 1984. ... James Jonah Jim Cummings (born November 3, 1952[1] in Youngstown, Ohio) is an American voice actor who is best known for his work on the Winnie the Pooh animated series. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Universal Animation Studios (formerly known as Universal Cartoon Studios), is an animation production arm of Americas largest movie studio and theme park Universal Studios. ... For other uses, see FTN. Ftn (Flextech Television Network) was a television channel from Virgin Media Television (formerly known as Flextech) transmitting free-to-air on Freeview and Virgin Media, and as a subscription channel on Sky Digital. ... A television advertisement, advert or commercial is a form of advertising in which goods, services, organizations, thoughts, etc. ... Kids WB is the Saturday morning cartoon block of The CW Television Networks weekend programming. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Kids WB is the Saturday morning cartoon block of The CW Television Networks weekend programming. ... The Warner Bros. ... Namcos Pac-Man is one of the most popular video games ever made. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... For the cartoon series, see Earthworm Jim (TV series). ... For the animated series, see Earthworm Jim (TV series). ... Earthworm Jim in the Super Suit The Ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit or simply Super Suit is the main plot point of the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ...


Earthworm Jim maintains much of the absurd and surreal humor of the original games as well as introduces its own features. Most of the episodes revolve around one of Jim's many villains trying to reclaim the super suit, or otherwise causing mayhem through the galaxy. Other problems Jim is faced with include returning his neighbors eggbeater and finding a new power source after his suit is depowered. The show also breaks the fourth wall with many characters often talking to the audience and the narrator. The end of every episode involves Jim or any other character being crushed by a cow, a play on the first game of the series (at the start, you can choose to launch a cow into the sky only to have it crush you in the end) Jim himself ended up with two catch-phrases, either "Guh-ROOVY!" when excited, or, when preparing to fire his plasma gun yelling "EAT DIRT!" followed by an at times vague description of his intended victim before laughing hysterically. (examples: "EAT DIRT, EVERYONE IN THE VICINITY! when firing random shots in all directions; "EAT DIRT, POINTY BEAKED SQUISHY HEAD!" yelled at Psy-Crow when he was conducting a Public Service Announcement) Surreal humour is a form of humour based on bizarre juxtapositions, absurd situations, and nonsense logic. ... The fourth wall is the imaginary invisible wall at the front of the stage in a proscenium theater, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. ...


Many of the characters from the games were made into main characters for the show. Peter Puppy becomes Jim's sidekick and friend and Princess What's-Her-Name his love interest. Many villains from the game, including Evil the Cat, Psy-Crow, Bob the Killer Goldfish and Queen Slug-for-a-Butt also recur throughout the show. The series also created many of its own new characters, such as the Galactic Heroes League, a group of wannabe superheroes including the Hamsternator and Lower Back-Pain Man. The series also introduced a major new villain named Evil Jim, an evil duplicate of Earthworm Jim, who went on to be the main antagonist for the game Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 the Galaxy. It also inspired the later game Earthworm Jim 3D. Peter Puppy in his normal form Peter Puppy in his monster form Peter Puppy is a fictional character for the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ... Princess Whats-Her-Name Princess Whats-Her-Name is a fictional character from the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ... Evil the Cat is a character from the Earthworm Jim video games and TV series. ... Psy-Crow: Earthworm Jims arch nemesis Psy-Crow is a fictional character from the Earthworm Jim universe. ... Bob The Killer Goldfish with his feline minion Number Four Bob the Killer Goldfish is a fictional villain in the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ... The Evil Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-filled, Malformed, Slug-for-a-Butt, (Queen Slug-for-a-Butt for short) is the final foe that Jim must face in the video game Earthworm Jim. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Earthworm Jim. ... Earthworm Jim 3D is to date the last console game in the Earthworm Jim series. ...

Contents

Cast

Daniel Louis Dan Castellaneta (born October 29, 1957) is an Emmy award winning American voice actor, actor and comedian best known for providing the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters on the long-running Fox animated series The Simpsons. ... For the animated series, see Earthworm Jim (TV series). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Earthworm Jim. ... Andrea Martin (born January 15, 1947) is a Tony Award-winning American actor and comedienne. ... The Evil Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-filled, Malformed, Slug-for-a-Butt, (Queen Slug-for-a-Butt for short) is the final foe that Jim must face in the video game Earthworm Jim. ... Johnny Kassir (born October 24, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian who has been active in many facets of entertainment since 1984. ... Snott: The smiling booger Snott is a fictional character from the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ... A character in the Earthworm Jim universe, Henchrat serves as an aid to Evil the Cat. ... James Jonah Jim Cummings (born November 3, 1952[1] in Youngstown, Ohio) is an American voice actor who is best known for his work on the Winnie the Pooh animated series. ... Psy-Crow: Earthworm Jims arch nemesis Psy-Crow is a fictional character from the Earthworm Jim universe. ... Bob The Killer Goldfish with his feline minion Number Four Bob the Killer Goldfish is a fictional villain in the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ... Kath Soucie (born February 20, 1967 in New York City) (sometimes credited as Souci or Kath E. Soucie) is an American voice actress, perhaps best known for her work as the voice of the Princess Sally of (SatAM) or the Saturday morning cartoon of Sonic The Hedgehog. ... Princess Whats-Her-Name Princess Whats-Her-Name is a fictional character from the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ... Jeffrey Glenn Bennett (born October 2, 1962) is a well-known voice actor in cartoons, movies and games. ... Peter Puppy in his normal form Peter Puppy in his monster form Peter Puppy is a fictional character for the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ... Charles Adler (born February 20, American voice actor. ... Professor Monkey-For-A-Head is a fictional villain created in the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ... Edward Hibbert (born September 9, 1955 on Long Island, New York) is an American actor. ... Evil the Cat is a character from the Earthworm Jim video games and TV series. ...

Episodes

Season 1

1. "Sidekicked" (9/9/1995) - After Peter botches one of their adventures, Jim begins looking for a new sidekick.


2. "The Book of Doom" (9/16/1995) - Due to a printing error, Jim's pop-up book contains the secret to universal destruction, which Evil the Cat seeks to possess. Evil the Cat is a character from the Earthworm Jim video games and TV series. ...


3. "Assault and Battery" (9/23/1995) - Jim must find a new power source after his super suit is drained.


4. "Day of the Fish" (9/30/1995) - Bob the Killer Goldfish attempts to steal Jim's super suit. Bob The Killer Goldfish with his feline minion Number Four Bob the Killer Goldfish is a fictional villain in the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ...


5. "Conqueror Worm" (10/7/1995) - Due to a photocopy machine accident, Jim creates an evil duplicate of himself. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Earthworm Jim. ...


6. "Upholstered Peril" (10/14/1995) - Professor Monkey-For-A-Head creates sofa monsters that are so comfortable, people become mindless zombies. Professor Monkey-For-A-Head is a fictional villain created in the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ...


7. "Sword of Righteousness" (10/21/1995) - Jim finds an enchanted sword who begins training him in what it considers the ways of a true hero. Swiss longsword, 15th or 16th century Look up Sword in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


8. "The Egg Beater" (10/28/1995) - Jim loses his neighbor's eggbeater and takes her on a journey to recover it.


9. "Trout!" (11/4/1995) - After receiving a postcard, Jim sets out to see the legendary Fur-Bearin' Trout.


10. "The Great Secret of the Universe" (11/11/1995) - Evil the Cat steals Jim's snow globe, which contains The Nameless Beast (whose name is Rosebud), who knows the Great Secret of the Universe.


11. "Bring Me the Head of Earthworm Jim" (11/18/1995) - Psy-crow and Professor Monkey-For-A-Head team up to defeat Earthworm Jim by replacing his super suit with a weak duplicate. Psy-Crow: Earthworm Jims arch nemesis Psy-Crow is a fictional character from the Earthworm Jim universe. ... Professor Monkey-For-A-Head is a fictional villain created in the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ...


12. "Queen What's Her Name" (11/25/1995) - Princess What's-Her-Name finally overthrows her tyrant sister Queen Slug-for-a-Butt. Princess Whats-Her-Name Princess Whats-Her-Name is a fictional character from the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ... The Evil Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-filled, Malformed, Slug-for-a-Butt, (Queen Slug-for-a-Butt for short) is the final foe that Jim must face in the video game Earthworm Jim. ...


13. "The Anti-Fish" (12/2/1995) - Jim must save the Great Worm Spirit from being consumed by its arch-enemy: the Anti-Fish.


Season 2

14. "The Origin of Peter Puppy" (9/7/1996) - Jim and Peter travel through Peter's subconscious to try to discover the reasons for Peter's transformations.


15. "Opposites Attack!" (9/14/1996) - Evil Jim attempts to create evil versions of Jim's friends, with less than stellar results.


16. "Darwin's Nightmare" (9/28/1996) - Bob discovers a way to hyper-evolve himself to higher lifeforms.


17. "The Exile of Lucy" (10/5/1996) - Psy-Crow & Prof. Monkey-for-a-Head overthrow Queen Slug-For-A-Butt, but quickly proves to be even worse rulers than her.


18. "Evil in Love" (10/26/1996) - Evil falls in love and teams up with Malice the Dog.


19. "Hyper Psy-Crow" (11/2/1996) - Psy-crow overdoses on coffee and becomes hyper-powered.


20. "Peanut of the Apes" (11/9/1996) - While Professor Monkey-For-A-Head tries to de-evolve people into monkeys, Jim tries to introduce "viewer interactivity" on the show.


21. "Lounge Day's Journey Into Night" (11/16/1996) - Jim and Peter switch roles as hero and sidekick, while Evil tries to destroy the universe by making a pair of dime-store lounge singers sing a cursed song.


22. "The Wizard of Ooze" (11/23/1996) - Jim and Peter are transported to an alternate dimension akin to The Wizard of Oz. The Wizard of Oz (film) redirects here. ...


23. "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls" (12/14/1996) - Queen Slug-For-A-Butt tries to brainwash Santa Claus. A typical depiction of Santa Claus. ...


Home video releases

The series was released by MCA/Universal Home Video on four VHS volumes in 1995. The videos included: Universal Studios is a famous Hollywood movie studio located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, which is in the San Fernando Valley. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...

  • "Bring Me the Head of Earthworm Jim" and "Sword of Righteousness" (Volume 1)
  • "Conqueror Worm" and "Day of the Fish" (Volume 2)
  • "Assault and Battery" and "Trout!" (Volume 3)
  • "The Book of Doom" and "Egg Beater" (Volume 4)

Each VHS tape also included a short behind-the-scenes "Cartoon School" segment, which covered various production topics including storyboarding and voice acting. There are no current plans to release the show on DVD. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


Action figures and other merchandise

A line of action figures based on the show were released. A second series of figures was planned but was ultimately canceled. One color variant of the Jim figure was available only through the VHS copies. For a short time, Taco Bell also included premium toys with their Kid's Meal. An action figure is a posable plastic figurine of an action hero, superhero or a character from a movie or television program. ... For the animated series, see Earthworm Jim (TV series). ... Taco Bell Corp. ...


Two Earthworm Jim comic book series were created to tie the games to the animated series. Separate comics were released in the US and UK, but the UK comics struggled greatly to find an audience. Submissions to the comic's letters/fan art page were so low that the publishers were forced to show episodes at local schools so that pupils could create content for them. This was noted several times within the comic itself. A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...


Broadcast history

In The UK it was a replacement for Sonic The Hedgehog (SatAM), another animated series based on a video game, on Channel 4 in 1996.

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See also

  • The Tick

References

External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... TV.com is a website belonging to the CNET Games and Entertainment family of websites. ... For the cartoon series, see Earthworm Jim (TV series). ... Earthworm Jim 2 is a platform video game released in 1995. ... Earthworm Jim 3D is to date the last console game in the Earthworm Jim series. ... Earthworm Jim PSP is a cancelled platform video game once in development by Shiny Entertainment and once to be published by Atari. ... For the animated series, see Earthworm Jim (TV series). ... The following is a list of items from the Earthworm Jim video games and animated series. ...

 
 

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