Animation In Depth: The Five Lives of Eek! The Cat

Posted: June 7, 2011 by Nexonius in Uncategorized
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In a world where Saturday morning existed, there were many great cartoons that roamed the Fox Kids airwaves. There were shows from Warner Bros. Animation, (like Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Beetlejuice, & Animaniacs), Marvel’s animated offerings from X-Men and Spider-Man, and there were shows from Fox themselves, like Bobby’s World, Piggsburg Pigs, and Fox’s Peter Pan and the Pirates. But if there was one obscure show knocked up with many jokes that’d fly over any kids (not counting the WB Animated programs, nor Rocko’s Modern Life and Ren & Stimpy), it’d be Eek! The Cat in September 1992.

First Season (1992)

Created by the crazy minds that are Savage Steve Holland (Better Off Dead, One Crazy Summer) and Bill Kopp (The Simpsons shorts, The Twisted Whiskers Show, Mad Jack the Pirate, Schnookums & Meat, Taz-Mania), with the help of  animation production by Nelvana Limited (Beetlejuice, 6Teen, Care Bears, Tintin, Ruby Gloom, Redwall) and additional production by Wang Film Productions & Studio B Productions (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Kit vs. Kat, Class of The Titans, Pucca, Martha Speaks), this show chronicled the adventures of a bloated  cat named Eek!.

Fun fact: Savage was a cat person whose cats always had unhappy endings. One jumped out a 15 story window, while another was carried by a hawk. The last cat, (ironically named Eek!), drank antifreeze and went to sleep in the driveway. Unfortunately, Savage was a little too late to save him. Though these deaths were stricken with tragedy, Savage ended up finding a brighter side to this by animating cats, while bringing Bill into the process.

Other fun facts, the pilot (then called The Six and a Half Lives of Eek! The Cat) sat at Fox Kids for 1 or 2 years (think around 1989). Margaret Loesch (the driving force behind Fox Children’s Network) wanted a show, and a note got stuck on someone’s desk. Loesch thought Bill and Savage weren’t going to do it, but everything turned out fine in the end. Also, Nelvana wasn’t the actual choice the two nutty creators wanted. It was Murakami-Wolf-Swenson Films (the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, James Bond Jr., Toxic Crusaders), but Fox didn’t fork over the money.

          Eek! Characters

Where was I again? Oh yeah, the show chronicled the adventures of a purple bloated cat named Eek! (voiced by Bill Kopp himself). Falsely called a Garfield wannabe by some reviewers, Eek was the opposite, more like a Rocko/Stimpy/SpongeBob type of character, but doesn’t go into rage or do anything gross. He was a cheerful cat who stared bravely at the looney world of McTropolis. He was upbeat about pretty much everything (yes, everything), even when induced in pain. In all but one episode, Eek would either be squashed, stretched, splattered, bruised, kicked, eaten, crushed, run over by vehicles, and would surprisingly be sent to Hell. His motto was “It never hurts to help”, and even though it sounded innocent, hurting and pain had the main role whenever Eek helped someone in need. He had a big fear of bugs and hated whenever he was around them, though he owned a dried bug collection. His catchphrase was “Kumbaya”, which he said in all but one episode. He was also kind of a ladies man (though already having a girlfriend), getting admiration, phone numbers and dates from most of the girls he encounter.

Sharky the Sharkdog wasn’t your average sharkdog (part beagle, part dog),  he was your average sharkdog that tormeted the hell out of anyone. Sharky was Annabelle’s watchdog and protector, and he would defend her for anything and hurt anyone. Sharky was Eek’s “best friend”, and his family came from Sharktarian Island, an island full of sharkdogs. He never spoke, but during Season 2, characters would understand him.  While not protecting Annabelle (or if she doesn’t appear), he would often fantasize over his crush Platinum, famous wrestler on Sharky’s favorite show Patriotic Warriors. Over the years, he would be the only character to have actual character development, from a tormenting sharkdog to a sympathetic sharkdog who would (at times) hang out with Eek, whether he’s forced to or not. He would also become the smartest character on the show. His home wasn’t your average doghouse (think Snoopy’s doghouse). Inside was a mansion, filled with a bedroom, dining room, grand piano, a dogcave (parody of the Batcave), an Eek surveillance room, a monorail, game room, pool, library, and 3 basements.

Elmo the Elk (voiced by Savage himself) was a Canadian Elk with a strong high-pitched Italian accent (for the first few episodes). He was first introduced in Season 1 as a daredevil doing stunts, often for his unlucky little brother Timmy, who was always needed operations (getting a nose job, being Madonna, hurting his hand waving like the late Princess Diana, Siamese twins beating him up). Of course, Elmo being a daredevil was simply a white lie, as he always chickened out whenever Eek talked about the dangerous things that happens, so he’d always con the oblivious cat into the deadly stunts. After the first season, he had many unsuccessful jobs, (ranging from a doctor, therapist, dentist, record label executive, talk show host, newspaper writer, etc.) and became an idiot type of character.

Annabelle (voiced by Tawny Kitaen, then by Karen Haber)was Eek’s rotund girlfriend who strangely had small arms and legs. She acted more like a Southern belle (and her voice showed), and was often the damsel in distress in which Eek would have to save her (including the original opening). At first, she and Sharky had an unseen family, though Annabelle became Sharky’s owner later on. During the course of the series, Annabelle would often become a joke whenever Eek proudly showed a picture of her to anyone (or any girl that fell for him), with the saying “Gee, she’s really, uh….fat!” with Eek saying “Really?” as if he’s not aware. Due to Eek and Annabelle’s strong love for each other, Eek never cared about her size.

Mom, J.B., and Wendy Elizabeth made up Eek’s dysfunctional family who often desert him (not on purpose, but by their stupidity). Mom (voiced by Elinor Donahue) was your average mom with big hips. She would always listen to the strange language called Spangelese while cleaning (and not seeing where she’s going, especially when Eek’s around). Here’s an example of some of the meanings:

“Your axe is swift, stewardess”.

“There are tiremarks on your forehead”.

“Your infant has swallowed my grenade”.

Wendy Elizabeth and J.B. (twins voiced by E.G. Daily (Rugrats) and Charlie Adler (Tiny Toon Adventures, Rocko’s Modern Life, Cow & Chicken) were the more dominant owners of Eek. They ate the worst foods anyone can imagine (Ex from Season 1’s The Eeksterminator: Goose liver cake with mayo for frosting, with bits of peppermint plus hot bacon on top along with room temperature cola with floating bits of expired yogurt. In the morning. I’m not kidding). Like their mom, they weren’t smart at all. They tormented Eek (whether on purpose or not). While J.B. had no personality whatsoever (besides being the average whiny dorky sibling), Wendy Elizabeth was the whiny brat that wanted anything…and poor Eek would end up doing it, even though Wendy would forget about it and would want something else. Over the years, Wendy and J.B. became less involved in episodes before being written out during the 4th Season (around that time, it was just small unspeaking cameos), while Mom had a cameo during the 5th season.

The Squishy Bearz (parody of the Care Bears) were 4 bears who had their own TV show “The Squishy Bearz Rainbow of Enchanted Fun Minute”. Rounding out the colorful bears were Puffy (blue), Wuz Wuz (pink), Kozy (orange),  and Pierre (green). They were voiced by Cam Clarke (Puffy and Wuz Wuz), E.G. Daily (Kozy), and Bill Kopp (Pierre). The former 3 had very friendly (and PCed) attitudes, while Pierre had a French accent and was bitter & cynical. He was also the smartest out of the four. Most of their appearances were about their show and their 1 minute sagas. Kozy was first done by Jaid Barrymore (mother of Drew Barrymore), and then by E.G. Daily, while Bill Kopp voiced Pierre, and Cam Clarke voiced Puffy and Wuz Wuz.

Hank and Jib were often cluelesss scientists who worked at Cape Carbunkle. Most of the time, they were always fixing the Hubble Telescope, seeing dangerous things that could destroy the planet. But whenever Eek or Sharky get kicked into space, they hit the H.T’s satellite, turning around back to Earth, looking at something (or someone else, like Heather Locklear, Fabio, cheerleaders) as if they forgot the problem, always resorting to go to lunch. Outside of Cape Carbunkle, they were mall security guards and dog catchers. A running gag involved the two scientists telling Eek and company directions to stop evil, involving world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Eddie and two beautiful twin models (at times voiced by The Barbi Twins) who got Bs in high school and went to become famous swimsuit models. They always chose the latter (except for their debut apperance). Hank and Jib were voiced by Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons, Cow & Chicken, Earthworm Jim) and Bill Kopp.

Mittens (voiced by Dan Castellaneta, then by John Kassir), was a blue cat who wore mittens. He was a parody of some of the characters played by Dennis Hopper. He was a mentally crazy cat who always had a bad day whenever he appeared. Whenever he spoke (always saying the word “MAN!” in almost every sentence), he always screamed out of sheer craziness. Part of the reason why he was crazy was because of his blind sighted owner. He would have to take numerous medicines to stay sane, though he was the same as he always was. Later on, he became the fourth friend to Eek, Sharky and Elmo.

Other characters involved Zoltar (voiced by Brad Garrett), an alien who wanted to destroy Earth for nonsensical reasons (which Eek unsuccessfully tries to reason with him to talk about the great things, like Mister Rogers or Aerosmith videos starring Alicia Silverstone). Steven (Cam Clarke) and the boring squirrels, who would bore Eek and other characters to death. Piggy and Crabby were British penguins (parodies of Lord of the Flies) who often appear in gags, with Piggy always frantically spotting something wrong, with Crabby telling him to shut up.

Season 1 Quickies

Eek’s first season was all about the purple cat, 20 minutes long. The first episode introduced us to Eek desperately wanting food (MiserEek), being framed along with the Squshy Bearz and getting shot at by a Thompson (Bearz N’ The Hood), falling for Annabelle while trying to evade Sharky (Catsanova), saving Annabelle world from Zoltar (Eek vs. The Flying Saucers), finding his kidnapped owners on Halloween night (HallowEek), being framed by a pink psycho bunny (Cape Fur), getting a worship hungry Annabelle off an island (Hawaii-Eek 5-0), being mistaken for a spy (Eek’s International Adventure), being a parody of fat Elvis named Melvis (Great Balls of Fur!), telling 3 kittens childhood stories (The Whining Pirates of Tortuga), traveling theoughout the United States (The Eekcidental Tourist), retriving kidnapped termites for Wendy Elizabeth’s farm (The Eeksterminator), and trying to deliver a present for an orphan (It’s a Wonderful Nine Lives). All written by Bill and Savage, these episodes were downright hilarious throughout, with a few jokes that flew over kids heads. (Example from The Eeksterminator: “I wear protection”. “That’s very 90s of you.”). The first season didn’t attract many guest stars, but people like Buck Henry and the late great Phil Hartman (NewsRadio, Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons) lent their throats. Kurtwood Smith (Red on That’s 70s Show) did a guest voice on Eek’s International Adventure as the Brain (not from Pinky and the Brain, mind you) before becoming a regular in the 2nd season (The Terrible Thunderlizards).

The opening of the show started with a superheroic theme, Eek dreaming he was a superhero, named Eekman. Annabelle cries for help, as her house is burning. Eekman hears her cries and swoops to get her. Though he has trouble keeping her upfloat, his cape catches on fire, resulting in Eekman and Annabelle falling, in which Eek wakes up from his bed. He looked around, had a big sigh, and had a smile on his face. While jumping out of bed, little did he know that he was going on a bumpy ride… With the actual theme song playing the background, Eek falls down in a big city, screaming for mercy. He’s then bit by a wrecking ball, which unfortunately becomes a big bomb, and Eek unsuccessfully trying to blow on it. With the bomb blowing up, Eek then parachutes from the sky, but pain returns when an airplane comes and sucks Eek into its jet engine. Next we see Eek flying down and his rear on fire. As he lands on a wire, he smiles. Unfortunately, it’s an electrical wire, which electrocutes the purple cat. He then falls down (the second and third season’s credits had this repeated animation to go with clips from the show), and then he falls on the show’s title. He stands and smiles….in pain. It then pans out to the show’s title, which starts to crumble down in smithereens.

Second Season (1993-1994)

When Eek got renewed for a 2nd season, Bill and Savage wanted to expand the series. The two quirky creators wanted 2 9 minute segments, a Christmas special for primetime, a 1 minute segment with The Squishy Bearz, a segment with the Eek cast, and a new segment called The Terrible Thunderlizards. It would’ve been Fox Kids’ equivalent of Ren & Stimpy, which had 1 minute segments in most of the episodes. Unfortunately, its time length was long and they couldn’t do it. Fortunately, only a few things they wanted to do happened. Eek beacme 9 minutes long, a primetime Christmas special was on its way, and the show had a supporting segment, The Terrible Thunderlizards.

The Terrible Thunderlizards (created by Bill and Savage) was a spinoff segment on Eek! The Cat. Set in Jurassic City (before it became Eek’s hometown McTropolis), the segment was about 3 dinosaurs accused of a crime they didn’t commit (The A-Team, anyone?), which was helping a injured Thugasaur enemy during the Dino War. They were sentenced to 600 years of hard labor in Jurassic Penitentiary. Fast forward a couple of years, Jurassic City scientists discover two male human species. Calling the humans a threat, the scientists require the best exterminators, but General Galapagos recommend the worst. At that point, the Thunderlizards were released on one condition: kill the humans. Though they never did, they ended up being useful for other missions, from stopping evil plots by The Thugasaurs, saving people from harm’s way, to assisting the scientists on incredible findings. The Thunderlizard theme was a parody of Alice in Chain’s Man in a Box, and was sung by Dee Snider of Twisted Sister (who lent his voice in a much later segment), as their opening is about the Thunderlizards catching the humans. Twelve 9 minute segments were made with the 14 9 minute Eek cartoons (not counting the Christmas special).

Thunderlizard Characters

Doc Tari (voiced by Savage, believe it or not) is the leader of the three dinosaurs. He is a parody of characters potrayed by Arnold Schwarznegger (and his voice showed). He’s the smartest of the three (no surprise), and he hates it when the other two goof off on the job, though he goofs off with them from time to time. He is a Parasaurolophus, only with a hole in the center that contains many gadgets. His catch phrase was “We move!”.

Bo Diddly Squat (voiced by Jason Priestly, from Beverly Hills 90210, later by Corey Feldman) is the second (and tallest) member of the team. He’s based on a theropod. Though he has a good heart and wants to get the job done, his clumsiness and stupidity keeps getting in the way, usually being the main reason for the Thunderlizards failures. He’s not useful with emergency supplies, often retrieving the worst supplies to survive with. Since Squat is the most unintelligent of the three, he is usually used for dangerous problems, seemingly making him expendable. He is based on Curly Howard and is similar to Patrick Star.

Day Z. Kutter (daisycutter, voiced by Bill himself) is the third member. Kutter is a Styracosaurus, though mistaken for a Triceratops. He is a master with knives, along with martial arts. Kutter’s intelligence is above Squat’s, but not above Doc’s.

General Galapagos (voiced by Kurtwood Smith) is the boss of the Thunderlizards. He tries to get the trio to catch the humans, but they unfortunately screw up (usually ignoring him whenever he tries to talk to them). It was revealed that he was the Thunderlizards principal, before the Dino War started. Due to their failures, Galapagos always predicted the extinction of the dinosaur race.

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Bill and Scooter (voiced by Charlie Adler and Curtis Armstrong, respectively) are the first two humans (Homo Sapiens) to ever exist in Jurassic City.

Scooter is a jolly, enthusiastic caveman (a mix of Eek and SpongeBob) who does the inventions, from inventing a washing machine (fire instead of water),  the wheel, baseball (beesball to Scooter), the car (without wheels), the bus (again, without wheels), and tarpits. He, along with Annabelle are the luckiest characters on the whole show, barely getting a bruise.

Meanwhile, Bill is the unluckiest character, next to Eek and Sharky. He is a Squidward type of character, and not just by being tall and having a long nose, but by being an angry person who wants Scooter to go away…or die. Anytime he tries to have a good day, he is either stomped, squashed, electrocuted, ran over, stepped on, or is running from a Jungle Slug, who loves eating Bill. Bill is also the guniea pig of Scooter’s inventions, often being induced in more pain 99.99% of the time. Throughout the segments, he tried his damndest to kill Scooter, either in his dreams or whenever Scooter’s not looking. Unfortunately, none of his plans succeeded, instead end up hurting him.

The Thugasaurs are undead dinosaurs (a parody of the movie Beneath the Planet of the Apes) from the X-Zone, a place not fit for beast or dinosaurs. They are the antagonists of the segment (besides the humans). Thuggo (voiced by Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Raymond, and at times by Kurtwood Smith) is the leader of the group, though he’d rather spend time making himself (or his home) look good than providing evil plans, which at times are provided by his wimpy, second-in-command leader, Biff (voiced by Cam Clarke). Biff is mainly a scaredy cat who’s too wimpy for the Thugasaurs, though at times he shows bravery.

Other characters included Babs (Bioengineered Animated Biped Speciman, voiced by Jaid Barrymore), Mr. T-Rex (voiced by Mr. T himself), Dr. Steggy (voiced by Charlie Adler), and Huckleberry (voiced by Cam Clarke).

The Terrible Thunderlizards segments were supposed to start in the beginning of the season with the Eek segments in September 1993, but due to a bad coloring on one of the characters, it premiered later in November. Around that time the show was renamed into Eek! and The Terrible Thunderlizards.

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Season 2 Quickies

Though the show had many twists and turns, it still had many gems. My favorite episodes of the season included Shark Therapy, Rocketship to Jupiter, Eekpocalypse Now! (spot on parody of Apocalypse Now), Night on Squishy Mountain, Quadrapedia (a musical episode, featuring a parody of Queen’s Bicycle Race), Eex Men, Star TrEek, Eek Goes to the Hot Spot, It’s a Very Merry Eek’s Mas (which had William Shatner, Bocat Goldthwait, and The Barbi Twins guest starring), Mountain Groan, and A Sharkwork Orange. For the Thunderlizards, my favorites were Meat the Thunderlizards, Always Eat Your Spinach (which followed the events after the first episode), All About Babs, Tar & Away, The Frying Game, Something’s Abyss, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being Scooter. During the season, Bill Kopp left the show for Disney (which would ironically own the rights to Eek in 2001) to work on The Schnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show. Although he left, he still did Eek’s voice, while Savage carried on alone. In 1994, Fox Kids reran the Thunderlizard segments as its own show, in hopes to spin it off further into its own TV series, but unfortunately it had no such success. Of course, Savage had Thunderlizards remain as a segment on Eek! The Cat, rather than cancel it.  During that time, the Thunderlizards were shrunken to a smaller supporting segment, which resulted into another name change: Eek! Stravaganza.

Third Season (1994-1995)

The third season featured a new name, while keeping the same format from the 2nd season. Eek’s intro now had the Thunderlizards added, along with the Eek cast, coupled with abstracted backgrounds.

Season 3 Quickies

My favorite episodes of this season included: Paws, In The Line of Fur, Shark Doggy Dog (Soul Train’s Don Cornelius guest stars, with a parody of Ice-T and Boyz II Men packed in), Honey I Shrunk the Cat, Fatal Eektraction (Heather Locklear guest stars), Eek’s SnEek PEek (a hilarious inside look of the show with then Fox Kids president Margaret Loesch),The Thunder Years, The Eeksorcist (Kathy Ireland voiced Huggy, before joining the Klutter segments), The Eex Files, The Hurting Show, Paw Sores, T-Rex and Sympathy (Mr. T guest starring), A Sharkdog Day Afternoon, Try Hard, Lord of the Fleas (another spot on parody), Postcards from the X-Zone,  Eekstremely Dull (the boring squirrels are a riot), Planet of the Crepes (spot on parody of Planet of the Apes; Eek characters mentioned), Rebel Without the Claws, Cromagnon Farce, and Eeksy Rider. There were more guest stars this season, ranging from Don Cornelius (creator of Soul Train), Mr. T, Margaret Loesch (playing herself), Kathy Ireland, Jeffery Jones (as the sloth in Chariots of Fur), and The Barbi Twins (again).

Fourth Season (1995-1996)

With the Eek! Stravaganza title in place, the show went through yet another change, this time adding another supporting segment, called Klutter.

Unlike Eek and Thunderlizards, I would never consider Klutter as a brother segment…more like a Cousin Oliver who stuck out like a sore thumb. The segment started when Ryan (voiced by Cam Clarke) and Wade Heap (voiced by Savage) couldn’t have a pet, as their dad was allergic to any animal. Then, they end up creating their own pet out of clothes using static electricity (how exciting). With their little sister Sandee (played by Sandy Fox, ironic ain’t it?), and their friends Kopp (yes, he’s based on Bill Kopp, but the voice artist sucked at voicing him) and Vanna (her voice artist worked on the first season) go on Scooby Doo esque mysteries to solve crimes. The Heap kids’ parents John (voiced by David Silverman) and Andrea (voiced by Kathy Ireland) were your average parents. John worked for the newspaper, but everything he sees is dull. Unfortunately, the plot sucked, along with the characters.

It all started in early 1995 when Fox canceled The Critic, which was animated by Film Roman. All of the artists there were layed off, and Savage himself inherited the entire Critic crew, even pulling in the director Brian Sheesley, and David Silverman (Director/Producer of The Simpsons, Visual Designer on The Critic). Though he didn’t write any episodes, Silverman was the co-creator, as Bill was at Disney. In the end, instead of Nelvana doing the animation (and they were GLAD they weren’t working on it), it became a Film Roman production for Savage and Fox.

All of the characters of Klutter were humans, and unlike Eek or Thunderlizards, it was 100% boredom. The backgrounds were flat, the characters looked like rejected characters from The Critic….well, I guess that you get for inheriting the entire Critic crew. The whole segment was so alien from Eek! Stravaganza, that I first thought Fox was screwing around with Eek and Thunderlizards….until I saw the dual credits. The writing by Savage (who was the sole writer) was terrible. The animation was too fast paced. No good came out of this segment at all. The theme song  (which was a mix of salsa/reggae) by Nathan Wang was bad, but kind of addictive. The only mediocre part about this segment was Amy Heckerling (director of Clueless, National Lampoon’s European Vacation) playing Vanna’s mom. Thankfully, the segment only lasted a year, though there were numerous Klutter references in the 5th season. Now, lets never talk about that crap ever again.

Season 4 Quickies

Savage beacme the sole writer of the entire show (to which is why the writing were below quality). This season featured the return of 2 guest sars: Mr. T, and William Shatner. Big guest stars of this season were The X-Files stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as Fox Mudler and Dana Scully in Eek Space -9 (sequel to Season 2’s Star TrEek) along with Shatner. Other guests included John Landis (director of Animal House and The Blues Brothers), Fabio (remember those I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter commercials?), Bronson Pinchot and Adam Goldberg. Kato Kaelin was supposed to guest star this season, but Fox ended up refusing. This was the final season that featured voice artists Jason Priestly (Sqaut of the Thunderlizards), Tawny Kitaen (Annabelle’s primary voice), Jaid Barrymore (who didn’t do much at all this season), and Anita Dangler (who didn’t do much either). Many characters were never seen again after this season, from Babs, General Galapagos’ unnamed wife, J.B., and Wendy Elizabeth (in the show’s defense, they became background characters without speaking roles. Mom, however made one final apperance in the last season.

This season was hit and miss, as it started rehashing plots from earlier seasons, though it was midly funny. Anyway, my favorites of this season were Valley of the Dogs, Pup Fiction (Eek and Sharky as John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson? Hell yes.), OutbrEek (Beatles parody), Arctic Blast (Thunderlizards and Bill & Scooter in a Winter/”Christmas” setting out of Jurassic City) Octopussy Cat (Rainman parody? Awesomeness), Going to Eekstremes, Bi-Pedator (Mr. T only) Dazed and Eekstremely Confuzed (John Landis guest starring was sweet), Eek Space-9 (the best episode of the season next to Pup Fiction), The GraduEek (references The Graduate and Better off Dead), PoitEekly Correct, Goop Dreams, It’s a Thunderful Life (reveals why the Thunderlizards were incarcerated), The Thunder of It All, and The Magnificent 5 1/2 (Mr. T and Nathan Wang (who did the score to the show) guest stars).

Fifth Season (1996-1997)

Aside from being the final season, there wasn’t much going on anymore. Klutter was dead, various major characters disappeared, original voice artists had left the show, numerous rehashed material from older seasons, and lazy writing by Savage. Of course that didn’t mean that the entire season was bad, it reminded me of the newer SpongeBob episodes: mostly rehashing gags and plots while having a few original episodes. Guest stars ranged from Fabio (again), Cynthia Rothrock, Margaret Loesch (again, as herself), Ralph Cirella (The Howard Stern Show), Chris Leary (radio host of the Fox Kids Countdown), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister frontman, for Thunderlizards), John Walsh (host of Fox’s America’s Wost Wanted), and Weird Al Yankovic (music parodist/music genius). Squat had a new voice, done by Corey Feldman (which was terrible), and most of the stories were meh (I already said that, did I?). In November 1996, Fox cut Eek! Stravaganza’s nine lives short, though they finally aired the final episodes in 1997, having no ending.

My favorite episodes of this season were DiabolEek, Pre-Hysteric Man, Molten Rock-N-Roll (Dee Snider only), MystEek Pizza (a bizarre episode), Fists of Furry (for Fabio and Cynthia Rothrock), The Island of Dr. Meow (fun episode that didn’t have Eek), Home O’ Sapien Alone, Nightmare on Elmo St. (probably the most bizarre episode of the show), Night of the Living Duds, Show Squirls (with the boring squirrels), The FugEektive (best episode of the season; includes John Walsh and Weird Al), and The Sound of MusEek.

My Top 20 favorite episodes of all 5 seasons:

1. Bearz N’ The Hood

2. Eekpocalypse Now!

3. Eek’s SnEek PEek

4. Shark Doggy Dog

5. Meat the Thunderlizards

6. Fatal Eektraction

7. Lord of the Fleas

8. The Magnificent 5 1/2

9. Eekstremely Dull

10. Pup Fiction

11. Eek Space-9

12. Eek Goes to the Hot Spot

13. Eeking Without a Living (Eek and Sharky as congressmen? Yes.)

14. Night on Squishy Mountain

15.  Catsanova

16. Paws

17. T-Rex and Sympathy

18. The FugEektive

19. Planet of the Crepes

20. Nightmare On Elmo St.

After the show ended in 1997, Fox Family reran the series (except the Klutter segments) from 1998 to 1999 (which wasn’t long). In 2001, Disney acquired Eek! Stravaganza and other Fox Kids/Saban Entertainment properties, and has locked Eek and most of the other Fox Kids shows away in their dark vaults for good.

As you can see, I’m a pretty big fan of the show. If you have the chance, check out some episodes. It still holds up to this day.

I’m just sayin’.

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