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Series debut: Bob and Doug

In animated, television on 04/19/2009 at 10:09 am

Series name
Bob & Doug

Debuts
Sunday April 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Global

Regularly airs
Sundays at 7:30 p.m. ET on Global

Premise
Canada’s favourite hosers, brothers Bob and Doug McKenzie get animated. The characters were originally created in a recurring sketch called Great White North, part of the great live-action Canadian comedy series SCTV (1976-84 in various incarnations). The infamous toque-wearing, beer-swilling underachievers lifted to great heights such bon mots as “Take off, eh” and “Sweeeeeeet”. Now, they are citizens of Maple Lake. They never graduated from high school (though they are missing just one credit), they work on the town garbage truck and their mother is in a nursing home run by a Russian with a flair for dog art. And this animated version does not, so far as I can tell, include any version of the GWN theme song, “koo-LROO-koo-koo-koo-koo-koo-KOOOOO”. I knew you’d want to know.

Primary voice cast and crew
Dave Thomas (SCTV, Strange Brew, Grace Under Fire, Brother Bear) is Doug, returning to the role that made him famous.

Dave Coulier (Full House, Robot Chicken) is Bob, taking the role originally played by Rick Moranis.

Rick Moranis (SCTV, Strange Brew) is co-producer.

Buzz buzz
Thomas tells The Toronto Star’s Rob Salem that the series came about after he promised a one-off animated short for the 2002 DVD re-release of the 1983 movie about the brothers, Strange Brew. The Star story also includes a Toque Timeline, chronicling the sketch, created to fullfill a demand for more Cancon by CBC (one of several broadcasters along the way).

Trailer
Couldn’t find one, but here’s a 12 Days of Christmas sketch with the animated characters and a teaser for the new show.

But what do I know anyway?
There are moments that are funny, but also some cringey spots. As when the mayor rebounds after some bad press by taking the noose down from over his desk. And then, in the second episode, Mama McKenzie reveals that the only way she’ll take her spoonful of meds is if her sons pretend it’s something she really wants in her mouth, like Dennis Hopper. Us elders will check out the first couple of episodes for old-time sake. But this series will have to get sharper than what I’ve seen on previews of the first two episodes.

Official website
Fairly basic, with character bios and a “virtual tour” that shows the various “sets” without characters. Also, if this gets you all weepy for the good old days of SCTV, here is the definitive but unofficial fan page.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for the complete and updated list of mid-season premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay

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