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Crashbox
Crashbox logo.jpg
Genre Educational
Children's
Variety
Science fiction
Created by Eamon Harrington
John Watkin
Directed by Dave Thomas
Voices of Maggie Baird
Veena Bidasha
S. Scott Bullock
Greg Eagles
Arif S. Kinchen
Peter Lurie
Dawn Maxey
Edie McClurg
Michael McShane
Ritchie Montgomery
Alan Schlaifer
John Watkin
Mari Weiss
Danny Wells
Composer(s) Matthew Morse
Country of origin Canada
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52
Production
Executive producer(s) Adam Shaheen
Eamon Harrington
John Watkin
Producer(s) Eamon Harrington
John Watkin
Camera setup Single Camera
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Planet Grande Pictures
Cuppa Coffee Animation
HBO
Release
Original network HBO Family
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
Original release February 1, 1999 (1999-02-01) – April 1, 2000 (2000-04-01)

Crashbox is a Canadian-American educational children's television show co-created by Eamon Harrington and John Watkin for HBO Family that ran from 1999 to 2000 in the United States.

Crashbox was one of the original programs for the relaunch of the HBO Family channel in February 1999. Although it has never been released on physical media like DVD or VHS, it still reruns on HBO Family and is found in various streaming services.

Premise

The show takes place in the insides of a game computer where green game cartridges (which are sculpted out of clay) are created and loaded by rusty tin robots- occasionally with short sketches of them "repairing" damaged games. The format of each episode is The Electric Company-esque, with sketches not connecting to each other nor following a sequential plot. Each half-hour episode consists of seven 2-to-5-minute educational games, and occasionally an eighth bonus game.

Segments

The following are the games of the show listed in alphabetical order:

  • Captain Bones - A pirate skeleton named Captain Bones has the viewers solve math problems and other types of puzzles by having his bones form the numbers or objects and having the viewers move one of his bones to pull it off. Throughout the game, Captain Bones will openly mock and demean the viewers using several pirate-esque insults, eventually becoming so irate that he demands you to leave his sight, moving on to another game.
  • Dirty Pictures - In a museum that is closed for cleaning, a maid dusts off a picture with the elderly security guard holding up cards that give the hints of the person in the picture. This is a non-speaking segment.
  • Distraction News - A cardboard cutout newswoman named Dora Smarmy tells the viewers about certain things as the viewers watch to learn about them while not getting distracted of the things that appear during the broadcast.
  • Ear We Are* - A nervous, stubborn and grumpy left ear and a brash, goofy and oblivious right ear describe sounds for the viewers to guess what event or thing they refer to. The segment only appears in Episodes #1-25.
  • Eddie Bull - Eddie Bull gives viewers three hints at what animal at the Walla Walla Washington Zoo ate him. Once the animal is identified, Eddie is regurgitated and the game then ends.
  • Haunted House Party - A haunted house party hosted by an unseen Horrid One has ghosts attend as the viewer must identify the historical figure "ghost of honor" by listening to clues about them. When all the clues have been said, the Horrid One recaps them to the viewers before the historical figure is revealed in cardboard cutout form after a bright flash of lightning. In Episodes #40-52, the narrator doesn't speak until the gargoyles open the gate. And also, when the "mysterious mystery guest" is finally shown, the mouth movement is different from the first season.
  • Lens McCracken* - An noir-styled detective named Lens McCracken develops zoomed-in and blurry pictures from a case he's working on, that viewers must solve by figuring out what the full image would be. The photos are then also be solved by his dark room's computer called the Solutionator one by one, and detective ends the segment by piecing together a story from the solved photos. The segment only appears in Episodes #4-38.
  • Mug Shots - Detective Verity has the viewers look at the interrogated testimony from the photographed suspects of a crime where they must find out who is telling the truth and which of the other three are lying as they each state where they were when the crime was happening. The viewer solves the puzzle by spotting the contradictions or factual inaccuracies in the testimonies. Each of the suspects are shown in live action, but dubbed over by a different actor. When the innocent one is identified, the game ends.
  • Paige and Sage* - An unseen valley girl talks through the pictures of identical Barbie doll twins Paige and Sage, where viewers must spot the differences in the pictures. The segment only appears in Episodes #3-19.
  • Poop or Scoop - The game's announcer gives facts about animals where they must guess if they are true or false.
  • Psycho Math - A robot named Professor Rocket gives the viewers long math problems for them to solve with countable pictures or descriptions of numbered things- such as the number of members on a baseball team qualifying for the number "9".
  • Radio Scramble - An anthropomorphic microphone named DJ Jumpin' Johnny Jumble has the viewers unscramble a word that is the title of the song that he plays at the KBOX radio station. He will sometimes also deliver traffic, sports, or weather reports that also are anagram puzzles.
  • Revolting Slob - A puppet sketch where a polite female voice uses the messy Revolting Slob to describe a three-choice answer vocabulary question. The sketch ends with another word of the final question having the Revolting Slob explode with the female narrator stating that "No slobs were harmed in the making of this show." In Episodes #2-39, the revolting slob is grumpy and gluttonous, and the scenery takes place in his living room. But in Episodes #40-52, the revolting slob is silly and exuberant, and the scenery takes place in his kitchen. He always does a revolting action in each segment.
  • Riddle Snake - An unseen raj reads the riddles from a riddle snake that the viewers must solve.
  • Sketch Pad - A beatnik named Sketch Pad draws pictures of some things happening in a riddle-like scenario, as the viewers must solve the reason why these specific things are happening. The goal of the game is to try to guess the event or outcome that Sketch Pad didn't mention.
  • Ten Seconds - An announcer gives the viewers 10 seconds to solve each of four in Episodes #1-39 or five in Episodes #40-51 rebus puzzles and guess the answer. At the end of the game, the announcer signs off, moving to another game.
  • Think Tank - Inside a fish tank, a Jamaican submarine captain named Captain Bob has the viewers figure out what each of the three things that appear have in common.
  • Word Shake* - A live-action French-accented cook named Chef Word Shake in a black-and-white movie setting demonstrates two words that are to be used by the viewers to combine into one word or phrase; such as the words "drag" and "in" to form "dragon" and the words "disturb" and "honey" to make "the Easter Bunny." The sketch usually ends with the kitchen exploding with flour. The segment only appears in Episodes #2-25.

Near the end of each episode, the robots recap and review most of the games to the viewers in a "Crashbox Rewind". Segments marked with an asterisk (*) do not appear in the second season.

Cast

Major voice cast
Segment Character Actor Notes
(framing) Robots
Captain Bones Captain Bones S. Scott Bullock
Distraction News Dora Smarmy Mari Weiss
Ear We Are Left Ear John Watkin
Right Ear Alan Schlaifer
Eddie Bull Eddie Bull Ritchie Montgomery
Haunted House Party Horrid One Alan Schlaifer
Butler Alan Schlaifer
Woman Maggie Baird
Lens McCracken Lens McCracken S. Scott Bullock
Mug Shots Detective Verity Maggie Baird
Paige and Sage Valley Girl Dawn Maxey
Poop or Scoop Announcer Danny Wells
Psycho Math Professor Rocket Joseph Motiki, Arif S. Kinchen
Radio Scramble "Jumpin'" Johnny Jumble Peter Lurie
Revolting Slob Polite Female Voice Edie McClurg
Revolting Slob Michael McShane Dub of a puppet controlled by Tom Vandenburg and Johan Vandergun
Riddle Snake Riddle Snake Raj Veena Bidasha
Sketch Pad Sketch Pad Greg Eagles
Ten Seconds Announcer Alan Schlaifer
Think Tank Captain Bob Greg Eagles
Word Shake Chef John Watkin Dub of unknown live-action actor
Minor voice cast
Episode Segment Character Actor Notes
1 Haunted House Party Harry Houdini Carlos Alazraqui
Mug Shots Muscles Stankowski
Knuckles Stankowski
Elbows Stankowski
Stanley "Deuces" Stankowski
2 Haunted House Party Paul Revere John Watkin
5 Haunted House Party William Shakespeare John Watkin
6 Mug Shots Sleepy Eyes McGee
Checkers Larue
Billy Crimp
Mickey "The Goat" O'Grady
10 Haunted House Party Benjamin Franklin Carlos Alazraqui
11 Mug Shots Dr. Cleanpick Alan Schlaifer
Chatty Cathy
"Stinky" John
Sam Spit
15 Haunted House Party Richard Nixon Carlos Alazraqui
16 Mug Shots Viola Hardcase
Bass Henderson Greg Eagles Credited in episode 19
Willow Reed
Fingers Weinstock
17 Haunted House Party Abraham Lincoln John Watkin
18 Haunted House Party Eleanor Roosevelt Maggie Baird
18 Haunted House Party Coquettish Woman Maggie Baird
19 Mug Shots Honey Lemon
Candy Lemon
Sugar Lemon
Puddin' Lemon
20 Haunted House Party Albert Einstein John Watkin
Mug Shots "Lug Nut" Muldoon
Sammy "Sixtoes" Bixby Greg Eagles
Scooter Hayes
Larry "The Lump" Coolridge
21 Mug Shots Lois Carnegie
Morgan "Applesauce" Pike
Mitch Vanderbilt
Mellon Ball Jones
22 Haunted House Party Christopher Columbus Carlos Alazraqui
23 Haunted House Party Jackie Robinson Greg Eagles
Mug Shots Dean DeLuca
Gilbert Sullivan
Louis Clark
Roger Hammerstein
25 Mug Shots Baby Face MacGuire
Leo "The Lion" Lawrence
Danger Jones Greg Eagles
Slippery Fingers Ferguson
26 Haunted House Party Leonardo da Vinci S. Scott Bullock
40 Haunted House Party Thomas Jefferson Dee Bradley Baker
41 Mug Shots Mildred Postley
Irv Goldberg
Rupert Brindle
Sergio Corleone
42 Haunted House Party Noah Peter Lurie
Mug Shots Buttons Ha-Ha
"Pecs" Armstrong
Ivana Flipova
Gilberto Whiplash
43 Haunted House Party Cleopatra Veena Bidasha
46 Mug Shots Montgomery Cleft
B.B. Graw
Lollipop Greene
Sir Percival St. John
45 Haunted House Party Isaac Newton S. Scott Bullock
46 Haunted House Party Julius Caesar S. Scott Bullock
47 Haunted House Party Amelia Earhart Christy Noonan
Mug Shots "Bean Ball" Ballou
"Spitter" Sykes
"Lumber" Jack Lang
Edgardo Polonia
49 Mug Shots Dusty Rhodes
Indy Pitts
Axel Schmidt
Tranh Long
50 Mug Shots Gertrude Simsbury
Elaine Kieserman
Mathilda Hudson-Billingsley
Constance Appleby
51 Haunted House Party George Washington S. Scott Bullock
Southern Lady Hope Kaplan-Biller
Mug Shots Noseless Calhoun Dee Bradley Baker
"Three Eyes" Oppenheimer
Harry "The Hairy" Huang
"Big Noggin" Simms
52 Haunted House Party Henry Ford Dee Bradley Baker

Episodes

Season 1

Episode Airdate Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Game 8
1 Feb 1, 1999 Distraction News Sketch Pad Psycho Math Ear We Are Haunted House Party Eddie Bull Ten Seconds Riddle Snake
2 Feb 2, 1999 Radio Scramble Captain Bones Poop or Scoop Ten Seconds Haunted House Party Revolting Slob Word Shake
3 Feb 3, 1999 Mug Shots Distraction News Psycho Math Ear We Are Paige and Sage Eddie Bull Ten Seconds Riddle Snake
4 Feb 4, 1999 Poop or Scoop Captain Bones Distraction News Paige and Sage Think Tank Dirty Pictures Lens McCracken
5 Feb 5, 1999 Haunted House Party Revolting Slob Think Tank Poop or Scoop Ear We Are Psycho Math Ten Seconds
6 Feb 6, 1999 Radio Scramble Eddie Bull Captain Bones Sketch Pad Mug Shots Think Tank Ear We Are
7 Feb 7, 1999 Lens McCracken Captain Bones Revolting Slob Dirty Pictures Sketch Pad Poop or Scoop Ten Seconds
8 Feb 13, 1999 Lens McCracken Distraction News Sketch Pad Dirty Pictures Eddie Bull Psycho Math Riddle Snake Ten Seconds
9 Feb 14, 1999 Radio Scramble Distraction News Psycho Math Dirty Pictures Lens McCracken Eddie Bull Ear We Are
10 Feb 20, 1999 Radio Scramble Eddie Bull Sketch Pad Paige and Sage Haunted House Party Psycho Math Lens McCracken Riddle Snake
11 Feb 21, 1999 Mug Shots Sketch Pad Psycho Math Dirty Pictures Distraction News Riddle Snake Word Shake
12 Feb 27, 1999 Revolting Slob Think Tank Poop or Scoop Riddle Snake Psycho Math Paige and Sage Lens McCracken
13 Feb 28, 1999 Revolting Slob (Not on Rewinds) Think Tank Poop or Scoop Ear We Are Psycho Math Dirty Pictures Lens McCracken
14 Mar 6, 1999 Revolting Slob (Not on Rewinds) Think Tank Poop or Scoop Riddle Snake Psycho Math Dirty Pictures Paige and Sage
15 Mar 7, 1999 Captain Bones Distraction News Haunted House Party Radio Scramble Riddle Snake Eddie Bull Lens McCracken Paige and Sage
16 Mar 13, 1999 Captain Bones Distraction News Mug Shots Ear We Are Poop or Scoop Paige and Sage Riddle Snake
17 Mar 14, 1999 Radio Scramble Revolting Slob Poop or Scoop Ten Seconds Captain Bones Haunted House Party Paige and Sage
18 Mar 20, 1999 Think Tank Distraction News Radio Scramble Haunted House Party Poop or Scoop Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Lens McCracken
19 Mar 21, 1999 Think Tank Mug Shots Captain Bones Paige and Sage Eddie Bull Word Shake Riddle Snake
20 Mar 27, 1999 Radio Scramble Mug Shots Sketch Pad Psycho Math Haunted House Party Ten Seconds Word Shake
21 Mar 28, 1999 Eddie Bull Radio Scramble Dirty Pictures Mug Shots Ear We Are Psycho Math Word Shake
22 Apr 3, 1999 Haunted House Party Sketch Pad Radio Scramble Revolting Slob Riddle Snake Eddie Bull Word Shake
23 Apr 4, 1999 Mug Shots Word Shake Haunted House Party Lens McCracken Poop or Scoop Captain Bones Riddle Snake
24 Apr 10, 1999 Radio Scramble Sketch Pad Eddie Bull Word Shake Captain Bones Dirty Pictures Lens McCracken
25 Apr 11, 1999 Haunted House Party Think Tank Ear We Are Mug Shots Poop or Scoop Word Shake Riddle Snake
26 Apr 17, 1999 Revolting Slob Haunted House Party Eddie Bull Captain Bones Radio Scramble Ten Seconds Lens McCracken
27 Aug 1, 1999 Distraction News Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Sketch Pad Haunted House Party Poop or Scoop Ten Seconds Mug Shots Riddle Snake
28 Aug 7, 1999 Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Revolting Slob Mug Shots (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Haunted House Party Poop or Scoop Lens McCracken Riddle Snake
29 Aug 8, 1999 Haunted House Party Revolting Slob Think Tank (Not on Rewinds) Poop or Scoop Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Ten Seconds Mug Shots Riddle Snake
30 Aug 14, 1999 Revolting Slob Psycho Math (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Haunted House Party Radio Scramble Ten Seconds Poop or Scoop Riddle Snake
31 Aug 15, 1999 Radio Scramble Revolting Slob Poop or Scoop Dirty Pictures Mug Shots Psycho Math Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Ten Seconds
32 Aug 21, 1999 Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Revolting Slob Poop or Scoop Haunted House Party Distraction News Ten Seconds Think Tank Riddle Snake
33 Aug 22, 1999 Revolting Slob Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Dirty Pictures (Not on Rewinds) Poop or Scoop Psycho Math (Not on Rewinds) Think Tank Riddle Snake
34 Aug 28, 1999 Mug Shots Distraction News Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Dirty Pictures Sketch Pad Eddie Bull Lens McCracken Riddle Snake
35 Aug 29, 1999 Radio Scramble Distraction News Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Haunted House Party Captain Bones Revolting Slob Eddie Bull (Not on Rewinds) Riddle Snake
36 Sep 4, 1999 Revolting Slob (Not on Rewinds) Mug Shots Sketch Pad Psycho Math Haunted House Party Radio Scramble Poop or Scoop Ten Seconds
37 Sep 5, 1999 Think Tank Mug Shots Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Haunted House Party Eddie Bull Lens McCracken Ten Seconds
38 Sep 11, 1999 Mug Shots Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Dirty Pictures (Not on Rewinds) Psycho Math Think Tank Eddie Bull Lens McCracken
39 Sep 12, 1999 Revolting Slob (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Psycho Math Dirty Pictures Poop or Scoop Radio Scramble Ten Seconds Riddle Snake

Season 2

Episode Airdate Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Game 8
40 Feb 19, 2000 Revolting Slob Distraction News Psycho Math Ten Seconds Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Poop or Scoop (Not on Rewinds) Haunted House Party Riddle Snake
41 Feb 20, 2000 Distraction News Psycho Math Mug Shots Think Tank Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Dirty Pictures Radio Scramble
42 Feb 26, 2000 Mug Shots (Not on Rewinds) Revolting Slob Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Psycho Math Haunted House Party Poop or Scoop Riddle Snake
43 Feb 27, 2000 Revolting Slob Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Sketch Pad Poop or Scoop Haunted House Party Radio Scramble Ten Seconds
44 Mar 4, 2000 Distraction News Revolting Slob (Not on Rewinds) Psycho Math Eddie Bull Think Tank Dirty Pictures (Not on Rewinds) Mug Shots (Not on Rewinds) Ten Seconds
45 Mar 5, 2000 Distraction News Captain Bones Revolting Slob (Not on Rewinds) Poop or Scoop Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Haunted House Party Ten Seconds
46 Mar 11, 2000 Haunted House Party Mug Shots (Not on Rewinds) Eddie Bull Think Tank Psycho Math Radio Scramble Riddle Snake
47 Mar 12, 2000 Haunted House Party Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Mug Shots (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Eddie Bull Psycho Math Ten Seconds
48 Mar 18, 2000 Revolting Slob Poop or Scoop Distraction News Captain Bones Dirty Pictures Radio Scramble Riddle Snake
49 Mar 19, 2000 Mug Shots (Not on Rewinds) Sketch Pad Radio Scramble Dirty Pictures Psycho Math Poop or Scoop Riddle Snake
50 Mar 25, 2000 Mug Shots Revolting Slob Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Eddie Bull Think Tank (Not on Rewinds) Dirty Pictures Riddle Snake
51 Mar 26, 2000 Mug Shots Psycho Math Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Radio Scramble Haunted House Party Eddie Bull Ten Seconds
52 Apr 1, 2000 Revolting Slob Haunted House Party Poop or Scoop Distraction News Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Sketch Pad Think Tank (Not on Rewinds)
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