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What's with Andy?
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Genre Cringe comedy
Physical comedy
Surreal comedy
Slapstick
Directed by
  • Tim Deacon and Jon Minnis (season 1)
  • Richard Paré and Gilles Dayez (season 2)
  • Nick Vallinakis (season 3)
Creative director(s) Jon Minnis (season 2)
Starring Ian James Corlett
Jaclyn Linetsky
Dee Bradley Baker
Colleen O'Shaughnessey
Carlos Alazraqui
Daniel Brochu
Eleanor Noble
Arthur Holden
Danny Cooksey
Bruce Dinsmore
Tom Kenny
Susan Glover
Jenna von Oÿ
Catherine Cavadini
Terrence Scammell
Rick Jones
Jessica Kardos
Holly Gauthier-Frankel
E.G. Daily
Michael Yarmush
Matthew McKay
Melissa Disney
Composer(s)
  • Shuki Levy and Haim Saban (season 1)
  • Noam Kaniel and Alain Garcia (season 2)
  • Anthony Rozankovic (season 3)
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States (season 1)
  • France (season 2)
Original language(s) English
French
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 78 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jacques Pettigrew
  • Michel Lemire (seasons 1–2)
  • Andrew Makarewicz and Joe Purdy (season 1)
  • Marie-Claude Beauchamp, Jacqueline Tordjman, and Olivier Dumont (season 2)
  • Oliver Schablitzki (season 3)
Producer(s)
  • Danièle Joubert (seasons 1–2)
  • Michel Lemire (season 1, 3)
  • Bruno Bianchi (season 2)
  • Sophie Chicoine (supervising producer, season 1)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
  • Saban International (season 1)
  • Buena Vista International Television (season 2)
  • CinéGroupe (season 3)
  • HG Distribution
Release
Original network
Picture format 4:3
Original release June 30, 2001 (2001-06-30) – March 4, 2007 (2007-03-04)

What's with Andy? (Sacré Andy ! in French) is a Canadian-American-French children's animated series loosely based on the Just! book series by Australian author Andy Griffiths. The main character is Andy Larkin, a mischievous teen and the self-proclaimed "world's greatest prankster". The show follows him as he tries to perform elaborate practical jokes, or pranks, on people in the fictional town of East Gackle.

Andy's best friend, Danny Pickett, helps him out with almost every prank. His antagonists include his older sister, Jen Larkin, and the bullies Peter Lik and Andrew Leech. Andy has a crush on a girl named Lori Mackney and usually tries to impress her. In the first season, he often breaks the fourth wall when the screen freezes in black and white – a distinctive feature of the show referred to as "Doodle Vision".

Setting

The first season of What's with Andy? was set in the United States. In the second and third seasons, the show was relocated to Alberta. It is shown in the episode "Rhyme Time" that the characters lived in the U.S. because of the American history that Andy recited, and the second language they were taught was Spanish rather than French, which is taught as a second language in Canada. In the episode "Gnome for the Holidays", a building can be seen saying, "US Post Office". Also, an American flag can be seen in the mayor's office in the "Wag the Kid" and "Little Foot" episodes, and in the episode "It Came from East Gackle", FBI agents came to East Gackle.

Characters

Andrew "Andy" Larkin

Andy is a teenager who loves to prank people as well as annoy his friends and family (especially his sister), but often gets into trouble. His best friend is Danny and he has a crush on Lori. His catchphrase is "Check, please!".

Daniel "Danny" Tadeus Pickett

The best friend and Andy's right-hand man, helping him out with countless pranks. His last name has always been Pickett. The name "Danny Pickett" is derived from Jim Kjelgaard's Big Red.

Lori Mackney

Andy's crush but she is dismayed by his childishness due to his pranking. It is hinted that she returns Andy's feelings and dislikes Jen because Lori thinks that Jen abuses Andy. She wears a green tank top, blue skirt and sandals. She is known as "Lisa" in the books.

The Larkin family

  • Mr. Larkin: Andy and Jen's father and Freida's husband who also used to be a prankster, known as "The Mystery Prankster", aka "The Mystery Prankster of East Gackle" (he hides this fact from his family). However, he was cured of pranking by school counselor, Mrs. Murphy.
  • Mrs. Larkin: Andy and Jen's mother and Al's wife. She knows nothing about her husband's past as a prankster.
  • Jen Larkin: Andy's older sister who is always cranky and irritable. She blames her younger brother Andy for almost everything and finds his pranks childish and unfunny. She is unaware of her father's past as a prankster.
  • Spank Larkin: Andy's fat and lazy dog. Spank frequently yawns, especially after going for a walk. He also appears to have flatulence problems.
  • Norman Larkin:

Recurring/minor characters

  • Teri: Jen's best friend.
  • Jervis Coltrane: A French snob who has a crush on Lori Mackney and dreams of being the Prime Minister of Canada.
  • Peter Lik and Andrew Leech: Peter and Andrew are Andy's and Danny's nemeses. They are usually referred to as Lik and Leech.
  • Craig Bennett: Jen's crush and one of the best athletes of East Gackle.
  • Martin Bonwick: He is a stereotypically nervous nerd who very often gets bullied.
  • Victor "Vic" Muskowitz (Mush): The pizza delivery man of East Gackle who is a good friend of Andy and Danny and he sometimes helps them with pranks.
  • Steve Rowgee Jr.: A dumb police officer who is the incompetent son of Steve Rowgee Sr.
  • Steve Rowgee Sr.: A police officer who is an old man, who always commands Steve Rowgee Jr. (his son) and is nicknamed the Iron Fisted Maniac.
  • Principal DeRosa: He is the bad-tempered principal of the school in East Gackle and the main antagonist who is obsessed with punishing Andy.
  • Mr. Hutchins: One of the many teachers at East Gackle school, Andy likes to prank him more than the other teachers.
  • Mayor Henry K. Roth: The mayor of East Gackle.
  • Mayor Simms: Mayor of West Gackle and Mayor Henry K. Roth's rival.
  • Clyde: The janitor of the school.
  • Hazel Strinner: She has a crush on Andy and Lori's protecting friend.
  • Louella Berman: Frieda's best friend.
  • Mrs. Wibbles: Principal DeRosa's secretary.

Voice actors

Name Season 1 VA Season 2 VA Season 3 VA
Andy Larkin Ian James Corlett
Danny Pickett Bumper Robinson Daniel Brochu
Lori Mackney Colleen O'Shaughnessey Jaclyn Linetsky Eleanor Noble
Jen Larkin Jenna von Oÿ Jessica Kardos
Al Larkin Dee Bradley Baker Arthur Holden
Freida Larkin Cathy Cavadini Susan Glover
Teri Cathy Cavadini Holly Gauthier-Frankel
Jervis Coltrane Dee Bradley Baker Bruce Dinsmore
Peter Lik Danny Cooksey Mark Hauser
Andrew Leech Scott Parkin Craig Francis
Craig Bennett Carlos Alazraqui Matt Holland
Martin Bonwick Dee Bradley Baker Michael Yarmush
Mush Mushond Lee Mathew Mackay
Steve Rowgee Sr. Dee Bradley Baker Terrence Scammell
Steve Rowgee Jr. Tom Kenny Craig Francis
Mr. Hutchins Dee Bradley Baker Bruce Dinsmore
Principal DeRosa Dee Bradley Baker Terrence Scammell
Mayor Roth Tom Kenny Rick Jones

Additional voices

Episodes

List of What's with Andy? episodes

Production

The show is based on Andy Griffiths' children's series of Just! books (which were illustrated by Terry Denton), although many episodes are not directly based on the books. Changes from the books to the TV series include Andy's last name, which was originally that of his creator, and other minor name changes, such as Lori's name being Lisa in the books.

It was originally an interactive Flash movie with completely different voice actors and a promotion for Fox Kids. Shortly after, a TV series was developed with new voice actors, and it aired on Teletoon. The first season was produced by CinéGroupe, with the participation of Saban Entertainment in production and distribution (Saban International).

The main production of the series moved to Canada in season 2, which was co-produced with the French studio SIP Animation (itself split from Saban Entertainment) and in association with German channel Super RTL. All the voice cast had to be replaced with this move with the exception of Andy Larkin's voice actor Ian James Corlett, as he was Canadian himself. As Saban Entertainment had by then been acquired by Disney, distribution of this season was handled by Disney subsidiary Buena Vista International Television.

Season 3 was a collaboration between CinéGroupe and Super RTL, and distributed by the production company directly. The whole series was later added to CinéGroupe distribution partner HG Distribution's catalogue.

Release

Broadcast

What's with Andy? originally aired on Teletoon in Canada. In Australia, where the books originated, it was broadcast on Fox Kids.

In the United States, the series was first shown on September 22, 2001 on Fox Family Channel, later ABC Family. On January 17, 2005, it premiered on Toon Disney, which also aired the second and third seasons.

In Europe, the show aired on Fox Kids, later known as Jetix. In France, it was also broadcast on TF1, while in Germany it aired on Super RTL.

Home media

VHS

In Canada, three VHS volumes were released by CinéGroupe/Star on April 8, 2003 in both English and French, containing episodes 10, 1, and 4 respectively. Each also includes an episode of The Kids from Room 402 and a music video from the Pig City soundtrack.

DVD

All 26 episodes from season 1, as well as the first 7 episodes of season 2, were released on 10 DVD volumes with English audio in the Czech Republic in 2010.

The show was also released on DVD in other European countries, but only in the respective languages (i.e. without the original English audio). All of season 2 (and most of season 1) was released on DVD in Germany, and the entirety of season 1 was released on 5 DVD volumes in Russia.

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