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Breadwinners
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Genre Comedy
Created by
  • Steve Borst
  • Gary "Doodles" DiRaffaele
Voices of
Composer(s) Tommy Sica
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Gary DiRaffaele
  • Steve Borst
Producer(s) Lizabeth Velasco
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Release
Original network Nickelodeon (2014–2015)
Nicktoons (2016)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format 5.1 surround sound
First shown in August 22, 2012 (Pilot)
Original release February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17) – September 12, 2016 (2016-09-12)

Breadwinners is an American animated television series created by Gary "Doodles" DiRaffaele and Steve Borst for Nickelodeon.

The series was originally conceived as an animated short from DiRaffaele's efficiency apartment in Studio City, Los Angeles along with Borst. The two had previously met in Burbank while working on an animated series, Mad, in 2012. Originally a one-off, Breadwinners premiered at a short film festival held at a bar in New York City, and later was linked to the network, where they were contacted and the show was developed into a full-fledged series. It premiered as a special preview on February 17, 2014. After the series was cancelled in 2016, the show continued to air reruns on Nicktoons until December 3, 2020. The series is about two anthropomorphic flightless green Ducks twins named Sway sway and Buhdeuce (SwaySway Voiced by Robbie Daymond and Buhdeuce voiced by Eric Bauza).

Plot

Two anthropomorphic, flightless ducks named SwaySway (Robbie Daymond) and Buhdeuce (Eric Bauza), who are best friends, fly around the water-based planet Pondgea in a rocket-powered van delivering bread to the citizens. SwaySway, tall, thin and green, is the leader of the duo, and although he does not always use the best judgment, he is quite skilled at flying the van. Buhdeuce, short, round and green, is klutzier, but is also an enthusiastic and a loyal assistant to SwaySway. Often, when they get in over their heads, they will "level up," or transform (in a similar vein to video game characters) into a variety of forms they need to solve their problems.

Episodes

List of Breadwinners episodes

Characters

Buhdeuce and SwaySway
Buhdeuce (left) and SwaySway (right) in the rocket van.

Main

  • SwaySway (voiced by Robbie Daymond) – An anthropomorphic duck who comes from a line of bread delivery ducks. SwaySway pilots the rocket van with his best friend (or "best bap"), Buhdeuce. He is in love with a nonspeaking duck named Jenny Quackles. His signature move is "party punch," where his fist enlarges prior to launching off his arm and deflating once it hits its target.
  • Buhdeuce (voiced by Eric Bauza) – An anthropomorphic duck who is SwaySway's best friend and navigator in bread delivery. Buhdeuce is depicted as scatterbrained and inattentive. His signature moves are his "booty kick", where he kicks with his rear end, and "six-pack punch", where a fist comes out of his chest and punches. Buhdeuce's catchphrases are "Yep! Yep!" and "Aw, bubble nuggets!".

Supporting

  • Jelly (voiced by Alexander Polinsky) – The Breadwinners' female pet frog who fetches, pants and drools like a dog. She can only say "Ribbit!" and lived with Buhdeuce before he met SwaySway and became a Breadwinner. Jelly enjoys eating insects.
  • The Bread Maker (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) – A legendary figure who lives in the bread mines and can be summoned via rubbing a magical toaster. He is T-Midi's idol and claims to be made entirely of different bread types. SwaySway and Buhdeuce visit him whenever they are in need of advice or assistance.
  • Ketta (voiced by Kari Wahlgren) – An energetic anthropomorphic swan and master mechanic who runs her own "auto tune-up" business. The Breadwinners go to her when they need upgrades or repairs to the rocket van. Her catchphrase is "Aw, lugnuts!"
  • T-Midi (voiced by S. Scott Bullock) – An anthropomorphic owl who is the Breadwinners' best customer. He speaks with a British accent and wears a tuxedo. The Breadwinners frequently get on his nerves despite being loyal to each other. He is a huge fan of the Bread Maker. T-Midi spends much of his time taking care of his mother, who is a living portrait he calls "Mumsie".
  • Officer Rambamboo (voiced by Audrey Wasilewski) – An yellow anthropomorphic toad and the chief of the Tadpolice. She teaches driving classes, and has been depicted as strict and impatient. She finds SwaySway and Buhduece to be annoying most of the time, as they rarely follow the rules of the road when driving the rocket van.
  • Oonski the Great (voiced by Nolan North) – An anthropomorphic beaver and he is a viking who has been depicted as an enemy to the public. His motto is "Eat, beat, steal!" and will do anything to steal anything. He speaks in the third person.
  • Mr. Pumpers (voiced by Michael-Leon Wooley) – A manly anthropomorphic stork who loves money more than anything. He is the owner of Pumpers' Diner. He created several schemes to earn money in the show, and got rich every time. Mr. Pumpers' uniform is a blue hat with a bird wing on top, and an apron. His catch phrase is "Boom-yummy!"

Production

Breadwinners was created by Gary "Doodles" DiRaffaele and Steve Borst. It was conceived as a four-and-a-half minute animated short from DiRaffaele's efficiency apartment in Studio City, Los Angeles (dubbed the "Doodle Chamber"). The two had previously met in Burbank while working on an animated series, Mad, in 2012. The protagonists, originally unnamed, were drawn by DiRaffaele as part of a collaboration with Borst. Both were drawn tossing a piece of bread up in the air; DiRaffaele explained that the premise came as an extension of his appetite for bread, a staple of meals from his Italian-American upbringing, with friends sometimes calling him a "duck". The latter responded positively to the drawing, saying that he could produce something from it.

The short was written by Borst and produced by DiRaffaele in Adobe Flash over the course of two months. Daymond, who provides the voice of SwaySway, was found on a casting call website and invited into the apartment of DiRaffaele to audition. Originally a one-off, Breadwinners premiered at the Midsummer Night Toons short film festival in New York City, where they wanted to entertain their colleagues. The short was uploaded to YouTube to positive reception, and after obtaining 10,000 to 15,000 views on its first week, Borst explained, "it just took on a life of its own." The creators linked it to Nickelodeon after users expressed wanting more. Upon receiving an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive, DiRaffaele was doubtful of the offer, joking that he "thought it was spam". After several months, the creators were hired to expand the short into a full-fledged series.

Actions in the series play out metronomically—that is, episodes are built around an underlying soundtrack, scored by Tommy Sica (who used to play in a band with DiRaffaele) and recorded before the animation phase. This process entails events in the show unfolding at a faster rate than most animated series like it. Test audiences composed of children were shown to "bounce" accordingly to the beat. Animation is outsourced to Canada through a Titmouse, Inc. studio in Vancouver; like the short, it is also produced in Adobe Animate. A cartoony look was explicitly chosen as the art style, DiRaffaele noted, which gave way for elements such as dark, heavy outlines around the characters. In addition, retro-style video games were the inspiration for the art direction, with a pixel texture applied to backgrounds and the character's shadows.

Home media

DVD releases

Region 1
DVD title Series(s) Aspect ratio Episode count Total running time Release date(s)
Season 1 1 16:9 20 450 minutes August 6, 2015
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