Yvon of the Yukon

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Yvon of the Yukon
Genre Animated series
Created by Ian James Corlett
Terry Klassen
Directed byGreg Sullivan
Voices ofDrew Reichelt
Babs Chula
Ian James Corlett
Glen Gould
Kirby Morrow
Jane Mortifee
ComposerHal Foxton Beckett
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes52
Executive producersBlair Peters
Chris Bartleman
ProducersBlair Peters
Chris Bartleman
Running time26 minutes
Production companies Studio B Productions
Alliance Atlantis Communications
Corus Entertainment
Original network YTV
Original release28 April 2001 (2001-04-28) 
24 January 2004 (2004-01-24)

Yvon of the Yukon is a Canadian animated television series produced by Studio B Productions and Corus Entertainment in association with Alliance Atlantis Communications. It was produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit with the assistance of British Columbia Film and the Film Incentive BC grant from the province of British Columbia. Based in the fictional town of Upyermukluk, the show premiered on YTV on 28 April 2001, and last aired on 24 January 2004. [2]


Yvon of the Yukon won the 2002 Leo Award for Best Youth or Children's Program or Series and Greg Sullivan was awarded the Best Director award for a Youth or Children's Program. [3] The show captured both awards again in 2004. [4] In 2005, Dennis Heaton won a Writers Guild of Canada Award for his work on the episode The Trouble With Mammoths. [5]


Yvon of the Yukon is about a French explorer, Yvon Ducharme, who embarks on a voyage to North America on behalf of "King Louis" (Louis XIV of France). He goes far off his intended course, into the frigid waters off Canada's northern coast, and is knocked overboard when his boat rams an iceberg. Yvon is cryogenically frozen in a block of ice for 300 years, until a sled dog owned by Inuk teenager Tommy Tukyuk urinates on it and thaws him out. He settles in the town of Upyermukluk, Yukon ("the hottest cold town in the Arctic, midway between Shivermetimbers and Frostbottom Falls") and attempts to adjust to life in the Yukon alongside his unusual new neighbours.



Season 1 (2001)

##TitleOriginal air date
0101"Call of the Mild"28 April 2001 (2001-04-28)
Tommy feels left out when all the other boys at school proudly display signs of becoming men (armpit hair, bigger muscles, cracking voices, etc). In an effort to make Tommy feel better, Bill concocts a phony "Ancient Inuit Manhood Test", which inadvertently sends Tommy and Yvon, along with Harland and the Duke, out into a snowstorm.
0202"North of Nothing"5 May 2001 (2001-05-05)
When a government cost-cutting measure leaves Upyermukluk off the map, Tommy and Yvon convince everyone that they must take action. They try to make the town map-worthy again by having someone set a world record. In a madcap race for notoriety, the people of Upyermukluk succeed, but in a surprising way.
0303"License to Smell"12 May 2001 (2001-05-12)
After 300 years without bathing, Yvon's aroma has become unbearable even to Tommy, but getting the stubborn Frenchman to wash is next to impossible. After a series of hilarious failures, the townsfolk force Yvon to leave, until a deadly menace threatens Upyermukluk and they must seek out his help again.
0404"When Love Goes Babs"19 May 2001 (2001-05-19)
Yvon accidentally hits Willy on the head, unleashing Babs Tidwell, Willy's mysterious alter-ego "mother". Babs sets out to destroy Yvon, until Tommy and Luba catch wind of her deadly plot and try to stop her. A hair-raising climax reveals two things: that there's more to Babs than meets the eye, and that Yvon still has some issues with his own mother.
0505"An Officer & a Frenchman"26 May 2001 (2001-05-26)
Frustrated by Luba's laissez-faire attitude toward lawbreakers, Willy hires a huge by-the-book RCMP officer, Major Sweetly, who jails everyone in Upyermukluk for the most ridiculous infractions. Tommy signals Yvon, the last free man, to rescue them, setting the stage for a showdown that nearly destroys the entire town.
0606"The Walrus Between Us"2 May 2001 (2001-05-02)
During an ice-fishing mishap, Yvon's life is saved by "Lumpy", a giant walrus, whom Yvon turns into his "pet". This causes a rift in Yvon and Tommy's friendship and reopens an old wound in a vengeful Harland, until Yvon finally realizes that Lumpy, like all creatures, must return home.
0707"Beach Blanket Bozos"9 June 2001 (2001-06-09)
Every ten years, Upyermukluk gets hot enough for the ice to melt and its citizens to flock to the beach. Coincidentally, this is the same day that Yvon plans to secretly recover a treasure chest that fell off his ship during a storm. But when the secret gets out and everyone starts looking for the treasure, Yvon blames Tommy, and the beach becomes bedlam.
0808"The Clod Who Would Be King"16 June 2001 (2001-06-16)
It's Upyermukluk's annual ice festival, and Yvon is named "King of the Karnival". However, Yvon doesn't realize he's only "King for a Day", and turns the town upside down with his oppressive royal proclamations and decrees. This sets the stage for a modern-day French Revolution in which Yvon and Tommy nearly lose their heads.
0909"Fromage to Eternity"23 June 2001 (2001-06-23)
Yvon brings cheese fondue to a community potluck dinner, unaware that the three-hundred-year-old cheese has developed certain psychedelic qualities. Hilarity ensues when everyone is transformed into mild-mannered hippies, and Yvon gets an opportunity to conquer Upyermukluk once and for all.
1010"Milli on Dollar Moron"30 June 2001 (2001-06-30)
Yvon's troubles are over when he wins the Publisher's ClearingHouse Sweepstakes. Or are they? Yvon's king-sized spending habits create chaos for everyone in Upyermukluk, and are made worse when a second Yvonne Ducharme shows up to collect her rightful winnings.
1111"Mad Dog Ducharme"7 July 2001 (2001-07-07)
When Yvon accepts a TV wrestling challenge from a phony WWF-type champion, the ground is set for the "Rumble in Upyermukluk". But Yvon thinks the fight is supposed to be real and refuses to take a dive. This forces TV promoters to bring in a real fighter, Ivan the Terrible, the most vicious wrestler that ever lived.
1212"Love on the Rocks"14 July 2001 (2001-07-14)
After watching an old Hollywood movie, Yvon sends a letter to its romantic star, Miss Lillian Valentine. Days later, to everyone's surprise, an 80-year-old Lillian shows up in Upyermukluk. But her age doesn't bother Yvon. He falls madly in love with her anyway, and then pops the question. But after a few nights in the freezing cold Yukon, the real question becomes; is Lillian still alive?
1313"An Affair to Dismember"21 July 2001 (2001-07-21)
In a desperate bid to bring the world-famous Bingopalooza Games to Upyermukluk, Big Mary puts on a fancy banquet, accompanied by Yvon. However, it isn't long before Yvon's antics ruin the banquet, Harland becomes jealous, and Upyermukluk witnesses its own version of "High Noon", which ultimately teaches Big Mary the depth of Harland's love for her.

Season 2 (2002)

##TitleOriginal air date
1401"An F in Friendship"1 June 2002 (2002-06-01)
When Yvon attends Tommy's school, the entire education system gets an "F".
1502"Dawn of the Dense"8 June 2002 (2002-06-08)
It's Upyermukluk's scariest Halloween ever when the town is invaded by zombies.
1603"Land of the Midnight Scum"15 June 2002 (2002-06-15)
Tommy fears the worst when Yvon joins a gang of snowmobile bikers.
1704"Chariots of Ice"22 June 2002 (2002-06-22)
Bill and Tommy enter a dog-sled race.
1805"The Really Odd Couple"29 June 2002 (2002-06-29)
After getting kicked out of Big Mary's, Harland must stay with Yvon.
1906"The Y Files"6 July 2002 (2002-07-06)
Yvon's dreams of conquest seem answered when aliens join his army.
2007"Yvon Over the Rainbow"13 July 2002 (2002-07-13)
Yvon's search for gold leads to paradise.
2108"The Trouble with Mammoths"20 July 2002 (2002-07-20)
Yvon and Tommy defrost a woolly mammoth which nearly destroys Upyermukluk.
2209"Pull Your Goalie"27 July 2002 (2002-07-27)
Yvon pays a price when his special talents catapult him to hockey stardom.
2310"Joy to Yvon"3 August 2002 (2002-08-03)
Tommy and Yvon save Christmas when thugs take over the North Pole.
2411"Ten Little Idiots"10 August 2002 (2002-08-10)
Tommy must solve a mystery to prove Yvon's innocence.
2512"Unfit Outfitters"17 August 2002 (2002-08-17)
Tommy and Yvon become outdoor guides.
2613"The Teeth of the Matter"24 August 2002 (2002-08-24)
Tommy and Yvon become "swingers".

Season 3 (2003-04)

##TitleOriginal air date
2701"Night of the Yvon"2 August 2003 (2003-08-02)
Yvon discovers that he's a descendant of Gaston the Intolerable.
2802"Your Bill is Waiting"9 August 2003 (2003-08-09)
Yvon's new restaurant puts Bill out of business.
2903"Mission to Planet Yvon"16 August 2003 (2003-08-16)
When a satellite crashes, Yvon thinks he's broken off a piece of the sun.
3004"Yvon to be Alone"23 August 2003 (2003-08-23)
Yvon creates a new town, then attacks Upyermukluk.
3105"De Mentor"30 August 2003 (2003-08-30)
Yvon runs a boot camp for Chuck and Dil.
3206"I Thaw Your Butt"6 September 2003 (2003-09-06)
Yvon discovers a deadly fungus on his derrière.
3307"The Fat Runner"13 September 2003 (2003-09-13)
Yvon becomes a stunt man to help Tommy's film career.
3408"Gnaws"20 September 2003 (2003-09-20)
Tommy and Yvon hunt renegade beavers.
3509"Siamese Twits"27 September 2003 (2003-09-27)
Great uncle's curse switches Tommy and Yvon's brains.
3610"Cheeses of Montreal"4 October 2003 (2003-10-04)
Bill and Yvon suffer an accident-plagued trip to Montreal.
3711"Pri-mating Ritual"11 October 2003 (2003-10-11)
Yvon falls for a dancing gorilla.
3812"Dummy Account"18 October 2003 (2003-10-18)
Yvon and Big Mary create a sensational dummy act.
3913"Brussels Louts"25 October 2003 (2003-10-25)
Yvon finds a letter that says he's not French.
4014"That Sun-King Feeling"1 November 2003 (2003-11-01)
Yvon mistakes Chuck and Dil for King Louis and his brother.
4115"Time Twerp"8 November 2003 (2003-11-08)
Yvon re-freezes and finds himself in the year 2300.
4216"Scent of a Frenchman"15 November 2003 (2003-11-15)
Yvon loses his manly essence to crafty drifters.
4317"A Rival's Arrival"22 November 2003 (2003-11-22)
Yvon must deal with a three-hundred-year-old rival.
4418"The Man with the Brown Arm"29 November 2003 (2003-11-29)
Yvon's addiction to caffeine creates chaos.
4519"Illusions of Grandeur"6 December 2003 (2003-12-06)
Yvon thinks Tommy is a witch.
4620"Special Duh-livery"13 December 2003 (2003-12-13)
Yvon assumes it's an invasion when the Queen's representative visits.
4721"Parasite for Sore Eyes"20 December 2003 (2003-12-20)
A bizarre creature emerges from Yvon's armpit.
4822"Ducharme That Rocks the Cradle"27 December 2003 (2003-12-27)
A sleepwalking Yvon is adopted by giant lumberjacks.
4923"A Yukon Yokel in King Louis' Court"3 January 2004 (2004-01-03)
Tommy time travels to the 17th century and meets Yvon.
5024"Fashion Fools"10 January 2004 (2004-01-10)
Yvon becomes a fashion guru.
5125"Daddy Dumbest"17 January 2004 (2004-01-17)
Yvon takes over when Bill has a mid-life crisis.
5226"The Defrosting of Yvon Ducharme (or A Beautiful Day to be French)"24 January 2004 (2004-01-24)
While lost on the tundra, Yvon recounts to Tommy his voyage from France. [6]

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