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Being Ian
Being Ian logo.png
Genre Animated series
Science fiction
Comedy
Animation
Created by Ian James Corlett
Developed by Bonita Siegel
Directed by
  • Andy Barlett
  • Josh Mepham
  • Chad Van De Keere
Starring Richard Ian Cox
Ian James Corlett
David Kaye
Richard Newman
Tabitha St. Germain
Matt Hill
Theme music composer Ian James Corlett
Opening theme "Being Ian Theme Song" by Brian "Hoot" Gibson and Ian James Corlett
Ending theme "Being Ian Ending Theme Song" by Brian "Hoot" Gibson and Ian James Corlett
Composer(s)
  • Brian "Hoot" Gibson
  • Hal Beckett
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 65
Production
Executive producer(s) Chris Bartleman
Blair Peters
Producer(s) Blair Peters
Kathy Antonsen Rocchio
Running time 22 minutes approx.
Production company(s) Studio B Productions
Nelvana
Distributor Nelvana
Release
Original network YTV
Toon Disney (Jetix) (Seasons 1-2; in Low Pitch)
Qubo
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV) (2005–07)
720p (16:9 HDTV) (2007–2008)
Original release April 26, 2005 (2005-04-26) – October 11, 2008 (2008-10-11)

Being Ian is a Canadian animated series produced by Studio B Productions and Nelvana Limited for YTV, focusing on 12-year-old Ian Kelley, who aspires to become a filmmaker. It originally aired from January 4, 2005, to October 11, 2008.

The series is created by and based on the early life of creator Ian James Corlett. It is set in the city of Burnaby, British Columbia. Produced in 2004, it debuted on January 4, 2005, on YTV. The series first aired in the United States on Toon Disney's Late Night Action block Jetix along with Carl2 on September 15, 2005 to November 14, 2007. The series also aired on Qubo from September 19 to October 24, 2009, and continued to air on Qubo's Night Owl block until March 25, 2018. However it returned to Qubo on May 29, 2018 as part of the network's Night Owl Block until September 29, 2018. In 2012, YTV stopped airing reruns in Canada. Nickelodeon Canada aired reruns of the show from September 5, 2011 to September 2, 2013. Reruns continued to air on BBC Kids in Canada until the network's closure on December 31, 2018. However, it returned from April 5, 2020 to January 1, 2021 on Qubo.

Characters

Kelley family

  • Ian Kelley: Voiced by Richard Ian Cox. The protagonist of the series, Ian Kelley aspires to become a filmmaker. Unfortunately, his family is mostly indifferent towards his creative streak, which is a constant source of frustration for him. Ian is intelligent, if somewhat naive, he has a very large imagination, and often gets lost in daydreams (many of which are parodies of famous films). His ultimate dream is to win an Academy Award, to the point that he constantly practices his acceptance speech, just so he will not be caught speechless if and when it ever does happen. Aside from this, Ian is a typical sitcom child; most plots involve him either failing at an elaborate scheme or trying desperately to survive in a world that does not seem to fit his ideals. According to the episode "Being Principal Bill", Ian's middle name is James, a reference to Ian James Corlett, whom he is based on. He has a crush on Sandi as seen in various animated thoughts.
  • Kenneth "Ken" Kelley: Voiced by Louis Chirillo. Kenneth is Ian's father; he owns Kelley's Keyboards, a local music store. Ken, while a loving husband and father, is somewhat clueless, easily distracted, and chronically uncool. While he tries his best to keep his household in check, every member of his family knows exactly how to get their way with him. Ken is chronically dependent on his wife to keep his life in check; when she temporarily left him, it only took a few days for him to regress to a neanderthal. When he was younger, Ken dreamed of becoming a recording star and showing up to all of the "cool" kids who snubbed him. However, his recording career ended the same day it began, as the only song he played was "I's the B'y". While often used for comic relief, Ken can be a sympathetic character, especially when he seems aware of how uncool he is. Ken is a workaholic and has a very gung-ho attitude towards volunteer service, seemingly oblivious to the fact that his sons do not share his attitude. His catchphrase is "Holy Moli, Ravioli!".
  • Victoria "Vicky" Kelley (née Menske): Voiced by Patricia Drake. Victoria is Ian's mother from Poland. She divides her time as a homemaker and helping Ken run the music store. While she loves her husband and sons very dearly, they all have a good reason to fear her wrath. While she usually is the most level-headed member of the family, Vicki can be surprisingly petty and selfish when she does not get her own way. She also constantly annoys her family with odd obsessions she develops (collector's spoons, organic food, deformed animals, etc.), to the point of being oblivious to anything else. Usually her husband and sons are at her wrath, while she is proud of their achievements and they care about each other.
  • Kyle Kelley: Voiced by Ty Olsson. Kyle is Ian's brother and the oldest of the family. A laid-back, somewhat doltish teenager, Kyle is not stupid so much as lazy; he knows how to get his way around the house, and sees no reason to put any real effort into anything. Unknown to most, he is actually very intelligent; he is able to spell highly difficult words with ease, can perform complex mathematical equations in his head, and can memorize entire science textbooks. The only thing that Kyle is really interested in is the opposite sex; he readily will take chase after any attractive female that catches his eye, but his pursuits seldom lead to anything other than rejection. As with Korey, Kyle has a playfully antagonistic relationship with the well-behaved Ian; while he probably cares for the "doofus" deep down, the temptations to play off of Ian's gullibility and sensitivity are too much for him to resist most of the time.
  • Korey Kelley: Voiced by Matt Hill. Korey is Ian's brother and the middle child of the three. Korey is a rather idiosyncratic individual – not even his own family understands him most of the time. Most of the time Korey seems lost in his own world. Despite this, Korey actually has a sharp mind and is often very observant – it seems he simply chooses not to be aware of his surroundings most of the time. Caught in the middle between his two brothers, as being the middle child Korey combines the niceness and sensitiveness of the youngest child and the laziness of the oldest to form his own personality. Although it's not shown as much, Korey (sometimes openly) shows affection and kindness for Ian and his other family members; however, this is overlooked quite a lot as he is often playing pranks with Kyle and is very lazy at times. A running gag is that Korey never removes his cap, even when he sleeps.
  • Chopin: Voiced by David Kaye. Chopin is the Kelley family dog, a lap dog of indeterminate breed who is missing one of his hind legs. Ian received him as a gift when he was young, and it has since come out that Vicky, who cares deeply for deformed animals, told him that all dogs have three legs at the time.

Friends and relatives

  • Tyrone "Ty" Washington: Voiced by Dexter Bell. Tyrone is Ian's best friend from the United States. Considerably more together than Ian, Tyrone often attempts to act as the voice of reason, although he is usually willing to go along with whatever schemes his friend cooks up. Tyrone is usually the one to pull Ian back to reality when one of his fantasies goes too far. His father is a 6'8" African-American basketball player. His mother is a 4'3" Asian nurse.
  • Sandra "Sandi" Crocker: Voiced by Tabitha St. Germain. Sandi is Ian's other best friend. She is an athletic, short-tempered tomboy, and can physically dominate Ian and Tyrone easily. Together with Tyrone, Sandi often acts as a bemused sort of Greek chorus to Ian's antics. Her relationship with the boys is completely platonic, although she once accidentally admitted that she expects Ian and Tyrone's friendship to be strained by fighting for her affections when they become older. There is, however, a slight romance hinted between Ian and Sandi.
  • Grandma Eleanor Kelley: Voiced by Patricia Drake. Grandma Kelley is Ken's patriotic mother from Scotland. She speaks in a thick brogue and can terrorize her entire family with little effort – no member of her family is willing to cross her. A clever joke is made of this in the opening theme at one point; Ian fantasizes his family as movie monsters, but Grandma Kelley stays exactly the same.
  • Grandma Mary Menske: Voiced by Christina Jastrzembska. Grandma Menske is Vicky's mother; being a doting grandmother, she is constantly pampering her family with hearty meals and tacky hand-made clothing. She never approved of Ken's marriage to Vicky; she rather sees it as a result of a Gypsy curse on her family. Even after Ken and Vicky had been married for two decades, she still held out on hope for Vicky to get back with her ex-boyfriend Lubomir Wormchuk. She only gave her blessing to the marriage when she discovered that Lubomir had lost his teeth (what had attracted her attention in the first place).
  • Odbald: Voiced by Ian James Corlett. Odbald is Ken's assistant at Kelley's Keyboards. A rural immigrant from the Netherlands, he moved to Canada to escape a life of "polishing cheeses and carving wooden shoes". Odbald, despite being an adult, is very immature to i said no – leaving him in charge of the Kelley boys always results in disaster. Odbald is an expert in keyboards of all kinds, to the point that he becomes emotionally attached to them. Odbald is utterly devoted to Ken – or "Mishter Kelley", as he calls him – and often goes out of his way to aid Ken in tasks far beyond his duties in Kelley's Keyboards. Whenever Ken accidentally damages something, his stock response is to say "Odbald, could you take care of that for me?" Odbald lives in the back room of Kelley's Keyboards and has a proclivity for nodding off at inappropriate times and eating messily.

Supporting

  • Principal Bill McCammon: Voiced by Richard Newman. Mr. McCammon is Ian's school principal at Celine Dion Middle School. He does not trust Ian sometimes due to his imagination, as well as his family. Nevertheless, he does his best to set forward a proper education for the entire school.
  • Mr. Greeble: Voiced by Peter Kelamis, and Ty Olsson on his first appearance. Mr. Greeble is one of Ian's teachers at Celine Dion Middle School. Like Mr. McCammon, he does not trust Ian sometimes due to his imagination.
  • Ronald Fleeman: Voiced by: Ian James Corlett. He is the owner of a smoothie shop next door to Kelley's Keyboards (and Spa).

Episodes

Season 1 (2005)

Directed By: Andy Bartlett, Josh Mepham

No. Title Original air date
1 "The Kelley Boys and the Mysterious Lighthouse Mystery" April 26, 2005 (2005-04-26)
After being pranked by his two idiot brothers, Ian pulls off a made-up treasure hunt for treasure that does not exist.
2 "Cyrano de Mille" May 3, 2005 (2005-05-03)
When Ian is disappointed because he cannot see the R-rated Hemorrhage II, he decides to make his own horror movie—err, romance when Ty and Sandi are involved with it.
3 "Piano Man" May 10, 2005 (2005-05-10)
Ian secretly rebuilds a piano for Royal Stilton in exchange for a gift for Ken and Vicky's anniversary: two tickets for Royal Stilton's concert.
4 "Truth in Advertising" May 17, 2005 (2005-05-17)
Ian offers to make a commercial for his father's keyboard store.
5 "Miss Tweenage Burnaby" May 24, 2005 (2005-05-24)
Ian tries to help Sandi with a beauty pageant.
6 "The Greatest Story Never Told" May 31, 2005 (2005-05-31)
Ian wants to know if he was adopted.
7 "Little Camp of Horrors" June 7, 2005 (2005-06-07)
While Ian's family heads off to camp, Ian goes to a film camp that does not teach anything about filming.
8 "Cool Status Quo" June 14, 2005 (2005-06-14)
After a series of incidents, Ian along with a group of nerds become popular much to the annoyance of his older brother Kyle. At first, Ian enjoys the attention he is getting but when he learns that he and the other nerds are going to be sent to a school for gifted kids causing him to leave behind Ty and Sandi, Ian must team up with Kyle in order to stop this.
9 "The Kelleys" June 21, 2005 (2005-06-21)
When Ian accidentally wrecks his family's home movies, he decides to create a reality show starring his family to make up for it.
10 "Catch Me If You Cane" June 28, 2005 (2005-06-28)
While working at the retirement home alongside his father, Ian meets Lorence Lipsits, an old man who offers to help Ian create a movie in exchange of getting out the retirement home.
11 "Joust Kidding Around" July 5, 2005 (2005-07-05)
Ian uses the medieval theme of the civic festival for his production.
12 "The Boy Who Cried UFO" July 12, 2005 (2005-07-12)
Tired of not getting any attention at home, Ian uses his alien safety movie to gain some attention.
13 "Once A Pawn A Time" July 19, 2005 (2005-07-19)
Ian joins the chess club.
14 "Is There an Ian in the House?" July 26, 2005 (2005-07-26)
Ian has a false injury and winds up at an insane hospital.
15 "For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls" August 2, 2005 (2005-08-02)
Ian takes creative license in videotaping a traditional Indian wedding ceremony.
16 "Links for Love" August 9, 2005 (2005-08-09)
Ian tries to help his uncle, who is also called Ian, find a date.
17 "Show Me the Bunny" August 16, 2005 (2005-08-16)
Vicky forces Ian take care of a bunny to teach him about responsibility.
18 "Ian's Louse-ey Day" August 23, 2005 (2005-08-23)
Ian tries to catch head lice to avoid a costume party.
19 "Sask-Watch" August 30, 2005 (2005-08-30)
Ian and Korey go in search of the mysterious Bigfoot.
20 "The Curse" September 6, 2005 (2005-09-06)
When Ken fires Odbald for making a mess in the keyboard store, Odbald leaves while saying a threatening message. When strange things begin happening later that night, Ian believes Odbald placed a curse on the store.
21 "Snow Fun" September 13, 2005 (2005-09-13)
Ian, Ty, and Sandi get trapped in school when a snow storm hits. Meanwhile, Ken, Kyle, and Korey must deliver an organ in the snow storm to a man called Mr. Eric who threatens to put a curse on them if they do not.
22 "Bad Day at White Rock" September 20, 2005 (2005-09-20)
Tired of being treated like a baby on their annual trip to the beach, Ian plans to get out of it but as he starts his plan, Ian gets stuck on a deserted island.
23 "Crime-Corder" September 27, 2005 (2005-09-27)
Ian and Ty play video detectives and vie for the attention of the same girl.
24 "Band 'o' Bruthaz" October 4, 2005 (2005-10-04)

Ian and his brothers enter into a talent show.

Notes: The Canadian rock band Gob guest stars in this episode. Their song "Ming Tran" (from their Foot in Mouth Disease album) is also heard in the episode.
25 "Hockey Night in Burnaby" October 11, 2005 (2005-10-11)
Ian and Odbald head to their local hockey rink to inspect the GM Place Organ for the Vancouver Canucks.
26 "Planet of the Imps" October 18, 2005 (2005-10-18)
Ian starts an acting school for children at the Kelley home.

Season 2 (2005–06)

Directed By: Josh Mepham

No. Title Original air date
27 "SCREAM Because I Know What You Did to that Psycho Last Summer" November 29, 2005 (2005-11-29)
A trip to a theme park becomes dangerous when members of the Kelley family start to disappear.
28 "Animal House" December 6, 2005 (2005-12-06)
Ian makes an animal shelter video for class. However, things get out of hand when people start bringing animals for him to take care of.
29 "What's Comb Over You" December 13, 2005 (2005-12-13)
Ian acts old after discovering bad genes from his ancestors while Ken starts to act young after fearing he's becoming old.
30 "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" December 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)
After performing a series of pranks on him, Ian believes he caused Korey to run away.
31 "Morning Zoo" January 10, 2006 (2006-01-10)
Ian and Dennis team up to perform the morning announcements.
32 "Kelley vs. Kelley" December 27, 2005 (2005-12-27)
After causing his mother's ballerina statue to be destroyed, Ian accidentally causes a fight between his parents. Ian has to set things right and get his parents back together.
33 "Ian the Peckyhead" January 3, 2006 (2006-01-03)
Ian becomes the school's new mascot.
34 "Being Principal Bill" January 17, 2006 (2006-01-17)
Ian discovers a hole in his room that leads to his principal's mind.
35 "Million Dollar $andi" January 24, 2006 (2006-01-24)
The school needs a new representative for the boxing match and Sandi's perfect for the role but the principal will not let her enter because she's a girl. So Ian and Ty disguise Sandi as a boy in order for her to compete.
36 "Health Nut" January 31, 2006 (2006-01-31)
Ian starts to eat healthy after becoming sick. Grandma Kelley disciplines Kyle and Korey.
37 "Behind Bars" February 7, 2006 (2006-02-07)
Ian sells chocolate bars for a school contest and uses subliminal advertising to help him.
38 "Out of Focus Group" February 14, 2006 (2006-02-14)
Ian creates a popular film by giving the people what they want.
39 "Ken Kelley and the Keyboard Factory" February 21, 2006 (2006-02-21)
After recovering from an accident, Ken decides to name Ian the successor to the keyboard store, much to Ian's dismay.
40 "Kelley's Seven" February 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)
Ian forms a group to help him find a thief who stole an old cheese sandwich eaten by a famous movie director.
41 "The Good Egg" March 7, 2006 (2006-03-07)
Ian takes care of an egg for a school assignment but he becomes attached to it. Korey tries to find a job so he can earn money for a CD.
42 "5 o`clock Snooze" March 14, 2006 (2006-03-14)
Ian becomes a news reporter.
43 "Home Alone" March 21, 2006 (2006-03-21)
Ian plans to get his family out of the house so he can watch the happy unicorns marathon.
44 "Dorkbusters" March 28, 2006 (2006-03-28)
Ian creates a group called dorkbusters to make humiliations for a profit.
45 "Spells Like Teen Spirit" April 4, 2006 (2006-04-04)
Ian convinces his brother Kyle to enter for the school spelling bee.
46 "Dummy Up" April 11, 2006 (2006-04-11)
When Ian uses a puppet to tell jokes, he soon finds out that he is acting more like the puppet.
47 "The Great Escape" April 18, 2006 (2006-04-18)
Ian tries to leave detention in order to buy a video game.
48 "Ian Kelley's Day Off" April 25, 2006 (2006-04-25)
Ian, along with his friends from film camp, decides to skip school.
49 "The Fifth and a Half Sense" May 2, 2006 (2006-05-02)
After hitting his nose, Ian finds out that he can smell the future.
50 "Doofus" May 9, 2006 (2006-05-09)
Korey becomes a television star performing dangerous stunts.
51 "Hurry for Hollywood Part 1" May 16, 2006 (2006-05-16)
The Kelley family goes to Hollywood in Los Angeles, California for a vacation. Ian hopes to enter one of his videos for the "Project: Filmmaker" contest but can he get there in time when his father makes a few pitstops along the way? Meanwhile, Grandma Kelley and Grandma Menske have plans for the keyboard store.
52 "Hurry for Hollywood Part 2" May 23, 2006 (2006-05-23)
Ian believes he can no longer enter the "Project: Filmmaker" contest when his movie is destroyed until his mother suggests he create a new movie.

Season 3 (2007–08)

Directed By: Chad Van De Keere

No. Title Original air date
53 "One Week Later" October 17, 2007 (2007-10-17)
Ian and the Kelleys return from their Hollywood vacation to find that things back home have changed. After winning the "Project: Filmmaker" award in Hollywood, Ian returns to Burnaby to discover that fame is fleeting. Disillusioned, he decides to start his own website where people can watch his original films. Problem is, no one's visiting his site. Meanwhile, Ken wants to tear down the seniors' Spa and replace it with his Keyboard Store – until he discovers how lucrative a Spa can be.
54 "Midnight Madness" October 24, 2007 (2007-10-24)
Ian tries to attend a midnight screening of the cult horror film "Curse of the WereRat." Ian's excited because the night has finally arrived – a special midnight screening of Werner Wolfenstein's cult horror classic "Curse of the Wererat." But the only person that will take him to the late night show is Grandma Kelley. And while a comedy of errors threatens to keep Ian from getting to the theatre in time, Odbald and a few of his foreign friends try to reenact a famous Dutch historical battle.
55 "Blah Blah Blog" November 1, 2007 (2007-11-01)
When Ian starts writing a blog for his website, his friendship with Grace is tested. Ian thinks his website needs to be more exciting, so he decides to add a personal blog. Unfortunately, he does not know how to set one up, so he enlists tech guru Grace to help him. Soon, Grace is writing the blog for the lazy Ian. And when he unwittingly embarrasses Grace, she decides to give Ian a taste of his own medicine. Meanwhile, Ken tries to raise money for his store by holding the first annual Kelley's Spa and Keyboards Jog-a-thon.
56 "School Unfair" May 8, 2008 (2008-05-08)
Ian is banned from the School Fair when he is blamed for a prank he did not commit. Ian loves the rides at the Annual School Fair. Too bad the rides do not love him – he's always getting motion sickness. So this year, Ian decides to lick his problem and cure his queasy stomach so he can go on all the rides he wants. But when the School Fair is sabotaged, all the clues point directly to Ian. Even though he swears he is innocent, Ian is banned from attending the fair. Ian must find out who's framing him so he can clear his name and go to the Fair.
57 "Adventures In Kelley Sitting" May 15, 2008 (2008-05-15)
Ian gets more than he bargained for when he gets a Reality TV babysitter to watch over the Kelley boys. Ian needs to get his parents out of the house so he can complete his rather elaborate (and house-destroying) science project. His parents finally leave when Ian gets Reality TV's "Fanny the Supersitter" to oversee the Kelley boys. Unfortunately, his grand scheme backfires, and completing his science project becomes the least of his problems. While Ian is battling his new sitter, Ken and Vicky become walking zombies when they decide to keep the Spa and Keyboard Store open 24 hours a day.
58 "The Ians" May 22, 2008 (2008-05-22)
Ian decides to hold his own amateur filmmaker awards called 'The Ians.' Even though he is an award-winning director, Ian feels he is being treated like dirt – he has a list of chores to do, and his brothers are constantly pulling pranks on him. When the head of the "GOLD MOVIE AWARDS" visits the set Ian's working on, everybody pulls out the stops for the movie bigwig. Seeing this, Ian decides to hold his own movie awards and finally get the respect he deserves. But Ian bites off more than he can chew, and almost ends up losing all his friends.
59 "Winning Isn't Ian's Thing" May 29, 2008 (2008-05-29)
Ian will do whatever it takes to win an award during the school's Kooky Sports Day competition. Celine Dion High is once again holding its annual Kooky Sports Day, where all the students compete in wacky events. While Korey, Kyle – and even Ken in his younger days – were Kooky Sports Day champs, Ian has never once won an award. But this year, Ian has a plan to change all that. Meanwhile, Vicky will do whatever it takes to make sure she wins the Store of the Year award and put the cocky Mr. Fleeman in his place.
60 "Everykid 13" June 5, 2008 (2008-06-05)
Ian convinces Sandi to star in an internet video confessional on his website. Ian posts Sandi's personal video confessionals on his website. But through a technical mix-up, the video is of his dog Chopin with Sandi's voice over it. And while Sandi is embarrassed and angry at Ian, the webisodes become extremely popular. Ian has to decide what is more important – his friendship with Sandi, or a hit website. And because of a mix-up at Kelley's Spa, old people are convinced the sauna is a Fountain of Youth.
61 "That's Ridonkulous" June 12, 2008 (2008-06-12)
Ian directs TV commercials that make Tyrone a huge celebrity. When the local skatepark is threatened to be demolished, Ian decides he, Sandi, and Tyrone can quickly make money and save it. The three of them start a company that produces TV commercials. The ads are a huge success, making actor Tyrone a huge star. But Tyrone's success causes a giant rift in his friendship with Ian. And when Ken calls skateboarders a menace to society, Kyle and Korey bet they can turn him into a hardcore skate punk.
62 "Ian Kelley Is History" October 4, 2008 (2008-10-04)
A sleep-deprived Ian begins to imagine himself as famous historical characters. Ian has to write a paper on what he considers the most important moment in history. But while working on a movie set, Ian unknowingly consumes copious amounts of caffeine, making him a wide-eyed mess. During his battle with insomnia, Ian begins to stress over writing his history paper and he begins to hallucinate that he actually IS the historical figures he is thinking about. When he finally snaps out of his insomnia, he finds he is too exhausted to write his assignment in time to make the deadline.
63 "An Ianconvenient Truth" October 11, 2008 (2008-10-11)

After learning about a Being Green contest, Ian is determined to win and make his dreams of fame and fortune come true. The only problem is that he still needs to come up with an award-worthy idea. Meanwhile, his mother Vicky plans to win the contest by neutralizing Kelley's family carbon footprint so she can meet David Suzuki, her eco-idol. To win the contest Ian will have to out-green kids across the country and even his own mother!

Note: This episode airs as either 2 half-hour specials or a single hour-long special. The hour-long special contains an additional minute of animation not included in the 2 parter.
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