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5-disc DVD box set of the cartoon series (2012)

Earthworm Jim was an animated television series based on the Shiny Entertainment video game series of the same name. It starred the voice of Dan Castellaneta as the eponymous Earthworm Jim.

The cartoon was broadcast on Kids' WB from September 9, 1995 through to December 13, 1996. The show lasted for two seasons, with a total of 23 episodes produced. The episodes are all approx. 30 minutes long in length.

The entire series, in a five-disc set, was released on DVD on July 10th, 2012.

EWJTVP

Earthworm Jim's 1995 WB Kids Promo

Production

The television series was produced by Universal Animation Studios along with AKOM and Flextech Television Limited[1], in association with Shiny Entertainment and Playmates Toys (the toy line was released at the same time). The television series was based on characters created for the video games by Douglas TenNapel, developed as a series by Doug Langdale, and produced by David Perry, the latter who had also produced the video game series.

Broadcast History

In the United States, the show was aired on Kids' WB on The Warner Brothers Television Network. In the United Kingdom, it was shown on Channel 4 and TCC (The Children's Channel) in the 90s, and as of 2000's, the show has seen occasional reruns on Nickelodeon. The cartoon was broadcast in the Republic of Ireland on RTE Two in 1997. The series was distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution.

Plot

The plot of the cartoon followed a similar plot to the video games. No origin story is presented, except within the lyrics of the opening theme song to the every episode. By the time of the pilot episode, Earthworm Jim has already long since been transformed into a superhero by the super suit, and is already in a strange romantic relationship with Princess What's-Her-Name, with Jim being obsessed, and the Princess being perpetually confused.

The role of Peter Puppy is greatly expanded in the cartoon, with Peter serving as Jim's sidekick in his adventures. Snott is also present at Jim's hideout in Terlawk. Like in the video games, many of the Universe's greatest villains hunt Jim in an attempt to get the super suit. Jim must also often rescue Peter or the Princess from recurring villains also in the games.

Although the majority of notable characters from the game return in the cartoon, some do not, such as Snott's evil uncle Major Mucus, and Chuck and Fifi, presumably because Jim had already defeated them once-and-for-all in the games.

Theme song

Ewjlogo

The title card of the television series

Earthworm Jim Cartoon Intro-001:00

Earthworm Jim Cartoon Intro-0

EARTHWORM JIM!

Through soil he did crawl.

EARTHWORM JIM!

A super suit did fall.

Jim was just a dirt-eating chewy link of worm flesh,

but all that came to a crashing end. Ahahahahaaa...

EARTHWORM JIM!

He's such a groovy guy.

EARTHWORM JIM!

He rockets through the sky,

cruisin' through the Universe, havin' lots of fun.

Here comes Earthworm Jim,

you know that he's the mighty one - LOOK OUT!

*whistling to theme song tune break*

Despite his great big muscles, and his really big ray gun,

Jim is still an Earthworm, but then he's the only one.

With a super suit to make him really super strong,

Jim can be a winner if we only sing along... ALRIGHT!

EARTHWORM JIM!

Peter: We think he's mighty fine

EARTHWORM JIM!

Peter: A hero for all time!

EARTHWORM! EARTHWORM! EARTHWORM! EARTHWORM JIM! HURRAY FOR HIMMMMMMMM!

Jim : Guh-Roovy!

Voice Cast

to be completed

Episodes

Season 1

  1. Sidekicked
  2. The Book of Doom
  3. Assault and Battery
  4. Day of the Fish
  5. Conqueror Worm
  6. Upholstered Peril
  7. Sword of Righteousness
  8. The Egg Beater
  9. Trout!
  10. The Great Secret of The Universe
  11. Bring Me the Head of Earthworm Jim
  12. Queen What's-Her-Name
  13. The Anti-Fish

Season 2

  1. The Origins of Peter Puppy
  2. Opposites Attack!
  3. Darwin's Nightmare
  4. The Exile of Lucy
  5. Evil in Love
  6. Hyper Psycrow
  7. Peanut of the Apes
  8. Lounge Day's Journey Into Night
  9. Wizard of Ooze
  10. For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls

Trivia

  • Evil Jim, the main villain in Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 the Galaxy, made his first appearance in the TV series.
  • There were Earthworm Jim comics which tied into the TV Series in association with Marvel comics.
  • Playmates Toys released an action figure line based on the series.
  • Despite the show being funny and entertaining, Doug TenNapel apparently disliked it and only confessed it was a tie-in to the video games. Its second season did not get enough high ratings on Kids WB! to last a third season, however. It had 4 VHS releases containing 2 episodes each and one featurette each, but now it is out-of-print and are very hard to find.

See also

Reboot

  • Among with a number of other announcements by Interplay and Douglas TenNapel in April 2008, a new and updated Earthworm Jim television series was said to be in the works.[2] However, there have been no further announcements since, with the only related release since being the updated version of the original EWJ game in 2010.

Videos

Earthworm Jim - Cartoon School - 01 - The Animating Process-103:06

Earthworm Jim - Cartoon School - 01 - The Animating Process-1

Earthworm Jim - Cartoon School - 02 - The Storyboarding Process-202:46

Earthworm Jim - Cartoon School - 02 - The Storyboarding Process-2

Earthworm Jim - Cartoon School - 03 - How Do They Do Those Crazy Voices03:07

Earthworm Jim - Cartoon School - 03 - How Do They Do Those Crazy Voices

Earthworm Jim - Cartoon School - 04 - Who Writes This Stuff Anyway03:09

Earthworm Jim - Cartoon School - 04 - Who Writes This Stuff Anyway




References

  1. http://articles.latimes.com/1995-12-17/business/fi-15129_1_earthworm-jim-video-game
  2. http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=18353

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