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|Genre||Teen situation comedy
|Created by||Jason Hopley
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jack Lenz|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||3J's Productions|
|Original channel||CBC Television
|Original run||September 22, 2006– May 23, 2009|
Mr. Meaty is an American / Canadian television series, airing on CBC Television in Canada and the Nicktoons Network in the United States. It originally began in 2004, as a series of interstitial shorts that aired on Nickelodeon. The show features puppets working at a fast food restaurant called Mr. Meaty (a parody of fast food chains) located inside the Scaunchboro Mall (a name based on the Ontario city of Scarborough). Mr. Meaty is the third Nickelodeon / CBC co-production, the first being Little Bear and the second Pelswick.
Mr. Meaty has a number of episodes featuring full a 14-minute Director's Cut, Extended Scenes and Deleted Scenes on TurboNick.
The show began as a series of shorts featured on CBC's The Void and in-between shows on Nickelodeon. Many of the original shorts can still be found on iTunes and TurboNick. An 11-minute pilot aired on December 30, 2005, which was a retrospective featuring material from the earlier shorts. On September 22, 2006, the series premiered on Nickelodeon. The series was aired in reruns on November 2006 on The N as of the channel's "TEENick on The N" lineup. It started airing on the Nicktoons Network (in the United States) on March 10, 2007.
- Josh Redgrove is the 16-year-old cashier and the smarter of the two Mr. Meaty employees. He is the protagonist. Josh is into dating and girls and is often seen hitting on his female customers. He also enjoys making movies, indie-punk, and acting cool. His ambition is to become a filmmaker/rock star. On his job application, he mentions that he enjoys buttering bread and fixing holes. His name is a parody of Josh Nichols from Drake & Josh. He is voiced by Jamie Shannon.
- Parker Dinkleman is the 15-year-old fry cook at Mr. Meaty. He is the deuteragonist. Dim-witted and hygenically challenged, Parker enjoys making movies with his friend Josh and cooking foods. Unfortunately, his gross habits, including flatulence and other bodily noises, scare away girls that Josh is talking to, and for this reason, Parker can be considered Josh's foil. His special skills that he wrote on his job application were "Nunchucks and stopping kids from running". Parker also used to be a member of the Bear Cub Scouts. His name is a parody of Drake Parker from Drake & Josh. He is voiced by Jason Hopley.
- Doug the Mall Cop is the beefy security guard with a buzz haircut, black shades, and a prominent bottom lip. He speaks with a macho attitude and is very dedicated to his job. He can be friendly to the kids of the mall, or pretty aggressive to troublemakers. In the episode, "Wedgelor," he thwarts the demon by going "commando" that day to work. He is terrified of zombies, and was trained in the martial arts (presumably by Ping, who works at Chop Schtick), and died. He seems to have a liking towards Josh and Parker, and wanted to be a hero to them (to the point of lying by pretend that he fought an army of zombies and even helped them with their movie). He is voiced by Todd Doldersum.
- Edward R. Carney is Mr. Meaty's 109-year-old founder and CEO (as pointed out in Mr. Meaty Employee Training Video #77), previously cryogenically frozen. Carney serves as the main antagonist in a few episodes. He will not rest, until every man, woman and child has a Mr. Meaty meal 5 times a day. He claims that he had nothing, but a bathtub full of pork butt and according to him, he rules "the ninth largest meat buffet in the universe". He is voiced by Marty Stelnick.
- Mr. Wink is The manager with an electric chip on the back of his head. Even though he is not exactly an antagonist, he can easily be considered an anti-hero. He is hinted to have once been kind, but Carney used the electric chip to turn him cold, bitter, and robotic. His ancestor from many generations ago signed a contract, that forces him to work at Carney's side. Apparently, his opinion on being shocked is not as bad as it used to be; in the first few times, he would respond with terror, but later, he seems to see it coming, as he responds with a sarcastic "Oh, here it comes." before being electrocuted. He is voiced by Troy Baker.
Mr. Meaty received a great deal of criticism from vegetarians and parents who didn't like the gross-out humor. Many petitions were signed and sent to Nickelodeon to end the show. This may be a reason for its move to the Nicktoons Network and ultimately its short life. It is also the first show on Nickelodeon to utilize puppetry, which many kids probably didn't appreciate as much as regular animation, which could have also contributed to its short life.
Broadcast history [change]
- Nickelodeon (September 22, 2006–October 4, 2007)
- The N (November 7, 2006–April 23, 2009)
- TEENick (September 23, 2006–July 21, 2007)
- Nicktoons (March 10, 2007–December 31, 2010)
Feature film [change]
It is unknown when Mr. Meaty will get its own movie.[source?]
Mr. Meaty began airing on the Canadian channel Teletoon in June 2009, but it's not in their current lineup anymore. It has aired reruns on The N from May 13, 2009 until July 28, 2009. Mr. Meaty returned in reruns on Nicktoons on October 18, 2009.
"I Want It That Way" [change]
A commercial for Mr. Meaty featured Josh and Parker the Backstreet Boys singing "I Want It That Way".
"Crazy Car" [change]
Another commercial for Mr. Meaty with Josh and Parker lip-synching the Naked Brothers Band song "Crazy Car."
Other websites [change]
- CBC's Mr. Meaty Page
- Nickelodeon's Mr. Meaty Page
- Mr. Meaty at the Internet Movie Database
- Mr. Meaty at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Mr. Meaty at TV.com