Almost Naked Animals

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Almost Naked Animals
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Created by Noah Z. Jones
Developed byDoug Hadders
Adam Rotstein
Directed byBrad Ferguson
Voices of Robert Tinkler
Howard Jerome
Emilie-Claire Barlow
David Berni
Sean Cullen
Linda Kash
Theme music composerSteve D'Angelo
Terry Tompkins
Opening theme"Almost Naked Animals!"
Ending theme"Almost Naked Animals!" (instrumental)
Composers
  • James Chapple
  • Greame Cornies
  • David Kelly
  • Brian Pickett
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersNoah Z. Jones
Vince Commisso
Steve Jarosz
Producers Tristan Homer
Mark Satterthwaite (creative producer)
Running time22 minutes
(2 11-minute segments)
Production company 9 Story Entertainment
Distributor9 Story Entertainment
Release
Original network YTV
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 7, 2011 (2011-01-07) 
May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)
External links
Website

Almost Naked Animals is a Canadian animated television series that was produced by 9 Story Entertainment for YTV. [1] The series was created by Noah Z. Jones, who is also the creator of the Disney Channel animated series Fish Hooks . It was based upon an art website that Jones created in 2005. [2] The series premiered on January 7, 2011 on YTV, and ended on May 22, 2013.

Contents

Premise

The cartoon is set inside a tropical resort called the Banana Cabana. [3] All of the cabana's staff members and residents are funny animals who have shaved off their fur and wear only underclothes. An anthropomorphic dog named Howie is the manager and leader of the cabana. Each episode follows Howie and his "misfit" crew having unusual adventures in the Banana Cabana.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesFirst airdateLast airdate
1 26January 7, 2011December 14, 2011
2 14February 4, 2012July 7, 2012
3 12April 15, 2013May 22, 2013

[4]

Characters

Howie, the main character Character-howie.jpg
Howie, the main character

Main

Villains

Recurring

Production

The series was produced by 9 Story Entertainment who produced it for Cartoon Network and YTV. [5] Noah Z. Jones is the creator of the series, while Brad Ferguson is the director. [6] Executive producers includes Vince Commisso, Steve Jarosz, and Noah Z. Jones. Other staff for the series includes Tanya Green as supervising producer, Tristan Homer as producer and Mark Satterthwaite as creative producer.

Development for the series started as early as 2006. [6]

On October 16, 2009, Aaron H. Bynum, news editor of Animation Insider, announced that the series entered production. [7] Vince Commisso, president and CEO of 9 Story Entertainment was pleasantly surprised and charmed for the production of Almost Naked Animals and said: "We are very excited to be commencing production on Almost Naked Animals,". "We spent a great deal of time in development, ensuring the characters, the pacing and the tone of the show was [ sic ] precise. It is extremely gratifying to see our work come to fruition and the end result is this high-quality, curiously funny animated property." [7]

Home media

Episodes of Almost Naked Animals are available for digital download through the iTunes Music Store, which are split into two volumes. [8] Roadshow Home Entertainment released a 95-minute Region 4 DVD of the show on December 1, 2011. [9] In 2012 NCircle Entertainment has released episodes on DVD for Canada and the US. In the UK Abbey Home Media released episodes on DVD.

Reception

Critical response

In June 2011, Almost Naked Animals was picked as one of People Magazine's top children's shows to watch in the US. Common Sense Media rated the show 3 stars out of 5, with the review stating that "The show's writing is smart enough that adults will get some laughs right alongside their kids". [10] Despite this however, the series mostly received negative reviews.

Ratings

During the week of November 20, 2011, the show has been receiving high ratings on CITV in the UK and has been the most watched after school children's program amongst kids aged 4–9. [11]

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryResult
2011 Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series —
"Better Safe and Sorry", written by Seán Cullen [12]
Nominated
2013 Canadian Screen Awards Best Animated Program or Series [13] Nominated
2013 Canadian Screen Awards Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series —
"The Green Banana", directed by Brad Ferguson [13]
Nominated
2013 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series—
"Horn Swoggled", Seán Cullen as Narwhal & Piggy [13]
Won

Other media

Toys and merchandising

The Licensing Shop has signed products in the US market for Almost Naked Animals. Freeze has secured rights for t-shirts, fashion tops and hoodies in all sizes while ABG Accessories will be making cold weather accessories, spring and summer headwear and rainwear including umbrellas and slickers for the show. [14] In 2012 Cafepress agreed to make Almost Naked Animals plushies, water bottles, tshirts, and more merchandise is being made.

Online game

In January 2012 it was announced that 9 Story and Game Pill were creating an Almost Naked Animals online game entitled "Cabana Craze." The game was released on September 25, 2012 and can be found at CabanaCraze.com.

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