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Archie, mystères et compagnie
|Developed by||Jymn Magon
Michael Patrick Dobkins
|Voices of||Andy Rannells
John Michael Lee
|Country of origin||France
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||40 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Andy Heyward
Charles W. Grimes
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Riverdale Productions and Kent/QMA
Les Studios Tex
DIC Productions, L.P.
Buena Vista International Television
|Original network||PAX (United States)
|Audio format||Dolby Surround|
|First shown in||United States|
|Original release||October 2, 1999– February 22, 2000|
Archie's Weird Mysteries (French: Archie, mystères et compagnie) is a 1999-2000 French/American animated television series based on the characters by Archie Comics. The series premise revolves around a Riverdale High physics lab gone awry, making the town of Riverdale a "magnet" for B movie-style monsters. All the main characters solve strange mysteries in a format similar to both Scooby-Doo and The X-Files. The series is distributed as meeting the FCC's educational and informational children's programming ("E/I") requirements, and is used by commercial stations in the United States to meet this government guideline. Produced by Les Studios Tex and DIC Productions, L.P., the series was initially shown mornings on the PAX network, often with infomercials bookending the program. The series eventually premiered in France on M6 on January 19, 2000.
Voice cast and characters
- Andrew Rannells as Archie Andrews, a redheaded, freckled student at Riverdale High, reporter for the school newspaper, and the titular character. He is cute, loving, fun and good hearted. He and Betty are the only main characters without black hair, since Veronica, Jughead, Reggie, and Dilton all have raven-black hair. He has dark-red hair and freckles; he and Betty being the only main characters with light hair. Archie is also the only main character with freckles. And all of his news-reporting stories on his laptop that happened in real life always end with "in a little town called Riverdale…". He has the most number of females attracted to him on the show, whether they be human or not.
- America Young as Betty Cooper, a smart girl-next-door who is sweet, caring, and the head of the cheerleading squad. She is in love with Archie and is best friends with Veronica. Unlike the rest of the characters, she does not have raven-black hair, and instead has dark blond hair. She and Veronica are the only female main characters on the show.
- Camille Schmidt as Veronica Lodge, a beautiful, popular and rich girl who is best friends with Betty, who she also shares a rivalry with for Archie's affection. She, like the other main protagonists besides Archie and Betty, has black hair. She and Betty are the only female protagonists.
- Chris Lundquist as Jughead Jones, a funny, quirky and geeky guy who loves food and is Archie's best friend. He does not like girls except for Betty, and he and Veronica are usually at each other's throats. He, like Veronica, Dilton, and Reggie, has black hair in the raven-black shade. Jughead usually wears a fast–food-souvenir-looking paper-crown hat on his head.
- Paul Sosso as Reggie Mantle, a self-confident, popular, rich jock who has a crush on Veronica and is frenemies with Archie. He's the uncle of a girl named Amy who is revealed to be his niece. Like most other protagonists of the show, he has black hair. He and Dilton are the only main protagonists in the show who don't always appear in every episode or don't get mentioned in every episode.
- Ben Beck as Dilton Doiley, a nerdy genius who is friends with Archie, Jughead, Moose, and Betty. He usually helps the gang save the day. He has raven-black hair and is the only bespectacled protagonist on the show. He and Reggie are the only protagonists who do not always make an appearance or mention. His catchphrase is: "I'll be super amalgamated!"
- Tony Wike as Mr. Waldo Weatherbee, the Principal of Riverdale High, he is a bald man who has it in for Archie the most. Most bad things that happen around the school he blaims on Archie.
- Moose Mason - High school jock and Archie's, Jughead's, Dilton's and Betty's friend and boyfriend of Midge Klump.
- Lucinda - Practices voodoo magic; provides advice to Archie when he needs it regarding the supernatural; creates potions for those individuals in love. Her ways with magic have made her be labeled "a charmer".
- Ryle Smith as Pop Tate, the owner and operator of the "Pop Tate Chock'lit Shoppe" shop where Archie's friends hang out and friend with Archie and the gang. He calls Jughead his best customer.
- Mr. Fisk - CEO of ZoomCo who, after discovering that his Zoom energy drink contains a mutant formula that causes some people to mutate into monsters, tries to bribe and stop Archie from telling the world on national TV. He convinces Archie not to go to press as doing so would destroy his company and many new jobs for Riverdale.
- Jerry Longe as Dr. Beaumont, a vampire-looking man who is the caretaker and owner of an odds/supernatural/curiosity store. Provides advice to Archie and friends as he solves Weird Mysteries.
- Longe also voices Smithers, Veronica's cynical butler. He is aware of the supernatural but only shows any interest in waiting on Veronica.
- John Michael Lee as Mr. Hiram Lodge, Veronica's father who is disapproving of Archie.
- Miss Grundy - The homeroom teacher of Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead and Reggie. She has feelings for Mr. Weatherbee. Her name first name is Geraldine in the original comics, but in the show according to the episode "Twisted Youth", it is revealed that her first name is Doris in Archie's Weird Mysteries.
Other Students of Riverdale High School
- Ethel Muggs – a nerdy/dorky girl with a crush on Jughead. She is usually ignored by most of her peers. According to "Something Is Haunting Riverdale High", she is into magic and according to "Dance of the Killer Bees", it is revealed that she is a beekeeper. Her unrequited love for Jughead is what had her convinced to run for prom queen in "Dance of the Killer Bees" – as it was stated in said episode, the prom queen gets to choose whoever she wants to be her prom king, and she wanted to dance with him. In "Alternate Riverdales", Vinny Wells's mess with time-travel caused to have have a crush on Dilton instead of Jughead.
- Midge Klump – Moose's girlfriend. Just like her boyfriend, she is into athletics, as revealed in "Something Is Haunting Riverdale High".
- Vinny Wells (or "Vinnie Wells") – a teenage delinquent who only appeared in and was only mentioned in the three episodes "Archie's Date with Fate", "Alternate Riverdales", and "Teen Out of Time", respectively. This juvenile delinquent was first mentioned and first appeared in "Archie's Date with Fate", said to be breaking into the other teenage students' lockers for money for nachos in the school by pick-locking. After Archie refuses to give him nacho money in Pop Tate's when Archie is on his date with Veronica, he finds out that Dilton made a new type of time-travel device and steals it, making Archie relive the same way, which might have been a parody of Groundhog Day. He was defeated for good in "Teen Out Of Time".
- Olga Karpuchi – just like Vinnie, also an Archie's Weird Mysteries-only character meaning not appearing in or mentioned in the original Archie Comics. In "Supreme Girl vs. Dr. Arachnid", she is the civilian identity of a superheroine named Supreme Girl, who openly calls Archie a "cutie" when talking to him. Her enemy is Dr. Arachnid, a supervillain from a place called "The Twelvth Dimension". In her first appearance, she starts out as a new student at Riverdale High School, and is a fellow newspaper-reporter who works with Archie on newspaper columns for the school. She has a large crush on Archie, putting love notes into his locker, and was discovered by Veronica by Olga's being Supreme Girl. Olga has a weakness to something that Veronica was wearing and when she found out that she was Supreme Girl, Veronica promised Olga to keep her secret. Her superheroine identity not or may not be a parody of both Superman and Supergirl from DC Comics and Olga may or may not be a parody of Clark Kent.
- Robbie Dopkins – also an Archie's Weird Mysteries-exclusive character. He was heard of and shown in the episode "Invisible Archie", where he gets the romantic attention of both Betty and Veronica while being in the track-team area for developing large muscles in his arms, and was said by Reggie to be the reason for Reggie being kicked off the track-and-field team. He was also seductively asked by both Betty and Veronica to be his lab partner in said episode. The fact that the two main girls could only pay attention to him is the reason why Reggie wanted to have a formula liquid used on him that was the same substance for why a lizard had gotten a more muscular physique, which only turned lizards muscular temporarily and turned humans invisble, instead of building up the physique and gaining larger muscles which wore off, the same chemical or formula decreased physqiue instead of increasing it for a human and taking anyway the human's whole appearance away causing invisibility. The same liquid also takes away a person's complete existence after turning them invisible. It started when Reggie wanted to buy Dilton's invention to get bigger muscles to have the girls notice him and stop making him feel invisible by Betty and Veronica, but Dilton refused because he had no idea what it could possibly do to humans. Reggie sneaks into the science lab when no one is looking while Archie not letting him have it and the two getting splashed with Dilton's liquid invention. At first, it seemed to have no effects, but then it started to slowly give both Archie and Reggie invisibility, which causes Reggie to want to sneak up on people and do some "practical jokes" on them, but when Dilton finally got Reggie to be covered with the antidote, he pantsed Robbie, earning him a physical beating by Robbie.
|Nº||Title||Written by||Air date|
|1||"Attack of the Killer Spuds"||Brian Swenlin||2 October 1999|
|Jughead wins a trophy after watching a television marathon, unaware it's actually an alien potato capable of creating copies of its victims.|
|2||"Driven to Distraction"||Michael Patrick Dobkins||9 October 1999|
|In the interest of his car, Archie buys a pair of fuzzy dice from a mysterious shop with no knowledge what the effect the dice will have on his car and what it could mean for his friends, who he has been ignoring.|
|3||"Me! Me! Me!"||Michael Patrick Dobkins||16 October 1999|
|Veronica does nothing but whine and get others to do her work, so her father asks her to help clean up some artifacts for a new exhibit. Among them is a wish granting totem, which Veronica accidentally uses to turn all of Riverdale into duplicates of herself.|
|4||"Invisible Archie"||Brian Swenlin||23 October 1999|
|Archie and Reggie are unhappy with Betty and Veronica's new muscle-bound interest. Reggie suggests that they use Dilton's new physique enhancing formula on themselves. Instead of the desired result, they both turn invisible!|
|5||"Attack of the 50-Foot Veronica"||Jymn Magon||30 October 1999|
|Veronica is hit by Dilton's growth ray, turning her into a giant. However, she refuses to shrink back, thinking everybody's calling her fat.|
|6||"The Haunting of Riverdale"||Michael Patrick Dobkins||6 November 1999|
|The ghost of Riverdale's old librarian comes back to haunt the town. Jughead refuses to help having bad past experiences with her.|
|7||"Curse of the Mummy"||Brian Swenlin||13 November 1999|
|Archie procrastinates way too much, all to the point where he breaks into the Museum to get his report done, evoking a Pharaoh's curse.|
|8||"Fleas Release Me"||Jymn Magon||20 November 1999|
|Tired of Reggie's werewolf pranks, Archie allows the local sheriff to arrest him. However, it seems a real werewolf is attacking, with Reggie being the prime suspect.|
|9||"The Jughead Incident"||Michael Patrick Dobkins||27 November 1999|
|A pair of government agents come to Riverdale, thinking Jughead is an alien.|
|10||"Virtually Evil"||Brian Swenlin||4 December 1999|
|Archie's constant bragging gets him and his friends in trouble in a new virtual reality game.|
|11||"Zombies of Love"||Jymn Magon||11 December 1999|
|Veronica wants Archie to pay more attention to her, so she gets a hold of a magic potion. Now Archie won't leave her alone.|
|12||"Brain of Terror"||Brian Swenlin||18 December 1999|
|Moose needs a passing grade, so he uses Dilton's new experiment to boost his intelligence.|
|13||"Twisted Youth"||Michael Patrick Dobkins (story)
Dick Shimm (teleplay)
|25 December 1999|
|The faculty at Riverdale High turn adults into teenagers after drinking a new brand of bottled water. What's even stranger is that young Ms. Grundy is interested in Reggie!|
|14||"Monster in the Night"||Brian Swenlin||31 December 1999|
|A monstrous man of incredible strength is making evening appearances in Riverdale. Archie's investigation leads him to uncover the side effects of a new energy drink being tested on unsuspecting citizens of Riverdale.|
|15||"Mega-Mall of Horrors"||Don Gillies||7 January 2000|
|A new mall opens up in Riverdale, with everyone but Jughead wanting to buy more and more. Now the more the teens buy, the less they realize their friends have become window mannequins.|
|16||"Compu-Terror"||Jymn Magon||17 January 2000|
|After hurting himself, Archie reluctantly lets Reggie write the weird mysteries articles. However, an evil genie now possess the laptop Reggie uses, turning his fake stories real.|
|17||"Misfortune Hunters"||Jymn Magon||19 January 2000|
|Betty loves to do good deeds without rewards. Which she quickly regrets when a pair of treasure hunters trick her into releasing a gargoyle.|
|18||"Ship of Ghouls"||Brian Swenlin||20 January 2000|
|A legendary medallion has possessed Reggie and made him obsessed with retrieving an underwater treasure guarded by ghouls determined to keep it there.|
|19||"Something Is Haunting Riverdale High"||Michael Patrick Dobkins||21 January 2000|
|Midge, Dilton, and Ethel aren't exactly the most popular of kids, so no one thinks much of it when they go missing. However, when Archie is rendered invisible and untouchable by one of Dilton's inventions, he finds that he must work with them to stop the haywire machine from turning Riverdale into a ghost town!|
|20||"Supreme Girl vs. Dr. Arachnid"||Michael Patrick Dobkins||24 January 2000|
|Veronica loves to dish out gossip, no matter the cost. Which puts her and Archie in the middle of the Superheroine Supreme Girl's attempts at stopping her nemesis, Dr. Arachnid.|
|21||"Reggie or Not"||Jymn Magon||25 January 2000|
|Reggie is abducted by aliens, who leave a much kinder clone in his place.|
|22||"It Lives in the Sewers"||Michael A. Medlock||26 January 2000|
|Archie and the gang go down into the sewers to find a mysterious monster. Only to find out, it's Jughead's pet alligator Peanut, mutated by a chemical waste spill.|
|23||"Dream Girl"||Michael Patrick Dobkins||27 January 2000|
|Feeling brushed off, Archie falls in love with a girl he sees in his dreams. And she wants him to stay.|
|24||"Green-Eyed Monster"||Jymn Magon||28 January 2000|
|A new girl named Dorsa Finn arrives in town and shows interest in Archie. As it turns out, Dorsa is actually a local sea monster.|
|25||"Cinemadness"||James W. Bates||31 January 2000|
|Reggie refuses to help others, which he quickly regrets when movie monsters fill the town.|
|26||"Beware of the Glob!"||Michael Patrick Dobkins (story)
Frank Santopadre (teleplay)
|1 February 2000|
|Part of Dilton's new experiment is accidentally mixed in with the lunchroom's tapioca, creating a massive blob.|
|27||"The Day the Earth Moved"||Dick Shimm||2 February 2000|
|Archie refuses to continue his family traditions, until he learns it is the only thing preventing a giant worm from destroying Riverdale.|
|28||"Dance of the Killer Bees"||Brian Swenlin||3 February 2000|
|With prom around the corner, Big Ethel enlists Archie's help upon finding a swarm of humanoid bees.|
|29||"Extra Terror-estrial"||Jymn Magon||4 February 2000|
|Betty believes a cute alien is harmless and only wants to go home. But the others quickly realize, that isn't the case.|
|30||"The Christmas Phantom"||Michael Patrick Dobkins (story)
Phil Harnage (teleplay)
|8 February 2000|
|The department store's newest Santa Claus, Archie, is the only one in the mood to celebrate the holidays. But a phantom from an unbelievable source just might fix that.|
|31||"Scarlet Night"||Brian Swenlin||9 February 2000|
|Part 1 of 3: Veronica has a strange dream in which she isn't afraid of a vampire but is terrified of a redhaired girl she sees.|
|32||"I Was a Teenage Vampire"||Brian Swenlin||10 February 2000|
|Part 2 of 3: Scarlet's master, Count Medlock, is unearthed and seeking to complete a prophecy that will bring the enternal night by transforming the Endor into a vampire like them.|
|33||"Halloween of Horror"||Brian Swenlin||11 February 2000|
|Part 3 of 3: Archie and his friends gather for the Lodge's annual Halloween party, but menaces thought to be gone forever threaten to ruin the night.|
|34||"Archie's Date with Fate"||Michael Patrick Dobkins||14 February 2000|
|Part 1 of 3: After using one of Dilton's two time machines, Archie finds himself living the same day over and over. Only to find out local thug Vinny stole the other, using it to commit crimes all over Riverdale. At the same time, Archie is offered to Europe on a scholarship.|
|35||"Alternate Riverdales"||Michael Patrick Dobkins||15 February 2000|
|Part 2 of 3: Vinny's future self returns and teams up with his younger self to take revenge on Archie. Being the only one unaffected by the time changes, Archie has to stop Vinny before he becomes ruler of Riverdale. With Reggie's continuing pranks causing both Betty and Veronica to hate him, Archie considers revenge.|
|36||"Teen Out of Time"||Michael Patrick Dobkins||16 February 2000|
|Part 3 of 3: Believing no one person can make a difference, as well as feeling isolated from all his friends, Archie decides to take the Europe Scholarship. However, a mysterious somebody tells him to put on the time belt, which he'll need to stop Future Vinny from unleashing a T-Rex on Riverdale.|
|37||"Invasion of the Cockroaches"||Jymn Magon||17 February 2000|
|Pop Tate revitalizes his restaurant to cater to adults, but when all of the adults in the town sprout antennas and talk like robots, he finds that he might need the help of his former customers to save the town.|
|38||"The Incredible Shrinking Teens"||Don Gillies||18 February 2000|
|While visiting a mad scientist convention, Archie and Jughead are accidentally zapped inside a shrinking booth and have to struggle for survival while being two inches tall in Jughead's messy room.|
|39||"Little Chock'Lit Shoppe of Horrors"||Jymn Magon||21 February 2000|
|Wanting to keep up with the new restaurant, Pop Tate allows Dilton to automate the Chock'Lit Shoppe. Unfortunately, the main processor used takes over the place.|
|40||"Big Monster on Campus"||Michael Patrick Dobkins||22 February 2000|
|Moose tries to prove he's more than just muscle when a rival team's star player outshines him, only for Archie to discover he's a robot.|
Selected monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural characters
- a sea monster, who lives in an old Riverdale swimming hole
- a mummy in a museum exhibit
- werewolf sheriff
- mad scientists
- a 50-foot Veronica
- giant beetle
- "Stanley 9000" (a artificially intelligent talking processor)
- mutant crocodile
- man-eating worm
- super smart rats
- super smart teen (in "Brain of Terror")
- giant cockroaches
- Tapioca Pudding Glob
- alien potatoes
- insane artificial intelligence in Archie's car alarm ,also in Archie's Car Named Betsy.
- ancient wish-granting artifacts gone haywire
- Ghost of Quiet Violet - she used to be a very strict librarian when Jughead was young. She completely scared Jughead away so much when he was young that he stopped going to the library. As a ghost, she haunts the library.
- monster "Archie" – Archie gets turned into a monster when he drinks a new energy drink called "Zoom".
- monster "Stevenson" – Stevenson, a health and workout advocate, gets turned into a monster when he drinks a new energy drink called "Zoom".
- genie - escapes from an urn in Dr. Beaumont's store into Archie's laptop. Reggie, in turn, uses the laptop and is granted three wishes; after which, the Genie is set free and begins to wreak havoc on the city.
- Reggie Droid - After Reggie points out to two aliens who've abducted him that his friends will know he's missing, the aliens make a droid clone to cover up Reggie's absence, but to ensure his friends find him, Reggie lies about his personality traits, thus creating a nice version of himself. In case of discovery and revealing his creators to other Earthlings, the droid has a nuclear bomb inside him.
- Evil Trogs' Leader and his Trogs in "Virtually Evil"
- Mega-Mall of Horrors.
- Maria Nacht - she haunted Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead in their dreams
- Arnie - haunted Big Ethel in her dreams.
- Evil Sentient Humanoid-Like Talking Bees.
The series first ran in the United States on PAX, and was the first newly-produced animated feature to first air on the network. It was planned to air alongside fellow-DIC programme Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century as part of an hour-long block, but the latter show instead aired on Fox Kids, leaving Archie to air alongside other DIC shows on the channel's Cloud Nine block. It later moved to a daily-slot on the network and remained on PAX until late-2000.
In 2001, the show began to air on syndicated television stations throughout the United States, as a way to comply with their mandatory E/I regulations. The series would later be part of the syndicated DIC Kids Network block beginning in 2003, also to comply with E/I regulations.
From 2012-2018, the show reran on Qubo.
An ashcan comic book tie-in also titled Archie's Weird Mysteries, written by Paul Castiglia, pencilled by Bill Golliher, inked by Rick Koslowski and colored by Stephanie Cofell (née Vozzo) was published in 1999. This led into a February 2000 launch for an ongoing, regular-sized series (also titled Archie's Weird Mysteries) with the same creative team. "Weird" was dropped from the title with issue 25 (signaling the end of the tie-in with the television series) and the series was canceled with issue 34 after 10 issues of doing straight mystery stories with no supernatural or science-fiction components.
The Archies in Jugman
In 2002, DIC produced a TV-movie as part of their DIC Movie Toons series, titled The Archies in Jugman. It originally premiered on television on Nickelodeon on November 3, 2002 and was released on DVD and VHS shortly afterward by MGM Home Entertainment, followed on with international airings on Disney Channel and Toon Disney. The movie features the same character designs (but with different clothes, different looks) as this series, as well as most of the same crew and voice cast, and the similar theme of weird events happening in Riverdale.
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