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Squirrel Boy
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Boy, 2006 through 2009 weren't as welcoming for Cartoon Network as much as 1992 through 2005, were they?
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 11 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: May 27, 2006 – April 10, 2008
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Created by: Everett Peck
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Richard Steven Horvitz
Pamela Adlon
Carlos Alazraqui
Kurtwood Smith
Nancy Sullivan
Billy West
Jason Spisak
Tom Kenny
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 32 (58 segments)


Squirrel Boy is an American animated television series created by Everett Peck, the creator of Duckman. It ran on Cartoon Network from May 28, 2006, to April 10, 2008.

Plot

The show follows the misadventures of an obnoxious, trouble-causing squirrel, Rodney J. Squirrel, and his owner and best friend, Andy Johnson, who's more rational than his pet.

Bad Qualities

  1. Lazy, bland, and just plain generic writing.
    • It doesn't even have the same charm as Peck's prior show Duckman.
  2. Unfunny and/or lazy jokes.
    • For example, in one episode, Andy says this to Rodney's cousin, Eddie, when confronting him: (may not be the exact line) "And you better tell the truth, because if you don't.. then we won't know if you're telling the truth or not", which was supposed to be a joke, albeit one that fell flat on its face.
    • The episode "The Big Haggle Hassle" is full of examples; to name one, there's the scene where Andy sees a stand selling VHS tapes of a show he likes and recaps the premise of every tape he picks up, and when asked if he's gonna buy them, he puts them down and unhappily (for some reason, if that's even what emotion he was supposed to be expressing in that scene) says "No, I've seen them.", which fell so flat it almost doesn't even feel like it was supposed to be a joke, though it was (this doubles as lazy writing).
  3. Even if this show did share the same character designs as Everett Peck's Duckman, the character designs are odd (a good example would be Andy's oddly shaped head).
  4. Some episodes end badly, with not anything being resolved and/or something unfortunate happening.
  5. Andy and Rodney are marginally rip-offs of Mac and Bloo, respectively, from fellow Cartoon Network series, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, as both are a duo of a somewhat nerdy young boy whose more rational than his obnoxious, selfish, and troublesome non-human best friend who lacks responsibility, annoys others, tries to find loopholes around preventions, is lazy, and eats a lot.
  6. While not bad, the theme song consists of a character shouting "RODNEY!" over and over, which is rather annoying.
  7. Rodney can be very unlikable in many of the episodes.
  8. There are two characters on the show, Kyle and Salty Mike, who are just as insufferable as Rodney if not more (though Salty Mike has a few moments of clarity). The duo constantly bullies and torments Andy and Rodney for cheap laughs and enjoys it. They rarely get punished for their actions, either.
    • Special mention to Kyle, who also often mistreats Salty Mike.

Good Qualities

  1. The voice acting is pretty good. It even starred Richard Horvitz (actor of Zim from Invader Zim and Billy from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy) and Pamela Adlon (actress of Bobby Hill from King of the Hill and Pajama Sam from the Pajama Sam game series).
  2. Nice and smooth animation that looks similar to Phineas and Ferb (this is because both shows were animated by the same studio, Rough Draft Korea).
  3. Nice theme song (If you take out all the bits that say Rodney it's quite fun to listen to.)
  4. Some character designs like Rodney's are passable.
  5. Andy, Bob (Andy's dad), Leon, Darlene, and Oscar are all likable characters.
    • In fact, Andy is a pretty likable and relatable protagonist all things considered.
    • Furthermore, Bob is pretty hilarious and enjoyable as a character.
    • Sometimes, Rodney can be tolerable in some episodes and gets his comeuppances most of the time.
  6. Good music.
  7. It gained a cult following, which is interesting considering how obscure the series was.

Trivia

  • The show was initially pitched to Nickelodeon, but was rejected.[1]

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