Almost Naked Animals
GenreComedy
Created byNoah Z. Jones
Developed by
  • Doug Hadders
  • Adam Rotstein
Directed byBrad Ferguson
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Steve 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
Production
Executive producers
  • Noah Z. Jones
  • Vince Commisso
  • Steve Jarosz
Producers
Running time
  • 22 minutes
  • (2 11-minute segments)
Production company9 Story Entertainment
Original release
NetworkYTV
ReleaseJanuary 7, 2011 (2011-01-07) –
May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)

Almost Naked Animals is a Canadian animated television series produced by 9 Story Entertainment for YTV.[1] The series was created by Noah Z. Jones, and is based upon an art website that he created in 2005.[2] The series premiered on January 7, 2011 on YTV and ended on May 22, 2013. It also aired on Cartoon Network in the United States and CITV in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2011, and ABC3 in Australia on May 27, 2011.

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.

Characters

Howie, the main character

Main

Villains

Recurring

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126January 7, 2011 (2011-01-07)December 14, 2011 (2011-12-14)
214February 4, 2012 (2012-02-04)July 7, 2012 (2012-07-07)
312April 15, 2013 (2013-04-15)May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)

Season 1 (2011)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
11"It's My Party / One Star Hotel"Story by : Doug Hadders & Adam Rotstein
Andrew Nicholls, Darrell Vickers & John Derevlany
Teleplay by : Doug Hadders, Adam Rotstein & Rob Tinkler
January 7, 2011 (2011-01-07)101

"It's My Party" – A party hosting goes awry when the gang gets locked in the basement.


"One Star Hotel" – Howie and Poodle try to get both of their hotels a five star rating.
22"There Are No Small Parts / Keep On Monster Truckin'"Doug Hadders & Adam Rotstein
Doug Hadders, Adam Rotstein, and Brian Hogan
January 14, 2011 (2011-01-14)102

"There Are No Small Parts" - A nervous Octo is told to star with stunt sensation Dirk Danger in a movie.


"Keep On Monster Truckin"' - Howie finds a toy truck that grows with water, which causes trouble.
33"The Ear Wax Elf / Stunter's Block"Tony Elliott
Steve Westren
Fred Stroppel
January 21, 2011 (2011-01-21)103

"The Ear Wax Elf" – Howie tries to convince his friends that there is an elf who gathers earwax and delivers presents.


"Stunter's Block" – Howie tries to convince Dirk Danger to start performing his stunt career again after he quits.
44"What Would Batty Do? / The Duck Vinci Code"Jenn Engels
Steve Daye
January 28, 2011 (2011-01-28)104

"What Would Batty Do?" - Batty and Howie switch hotels after the former is injured.


"The Duck Vinci Code" - Duck gains the ability to see the future after being electrocuted by lightning twice.
55"Employee of the Month For Life / Saliva Drive"Steve Westren
James Burks
February 5, 2011 (2011-02-05)105

"Employee of the Month For Life" - Howie must decide who the employee of the month should be.


"Saliva Drive" - Howie and the staff collect saliva for Octo so he can enter a cherry pit spitting competition.
66"Veggie Beast / Hurricane Seasoning"Brian Hartigan & Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
Tony Elliott
February 12, 2011 (2011-02-12)106

"Veggie Beast" – Howie grows a plant, which slowly starts eating the rest of the staff.


"Hurricane Seasoning" – Howie and his pals are trapped outside during a condiment storm.
77"Act to the Future / Guess Who's Coming to Lunch?"Sean Benham
Mike Kiss
February 19, 2011 (2011-02-19)107

"Act to the Future" – Howie and Octo attempt, but fail, to travel into the future to get out of doing Bunny's play.


"Guess Who's Coming to Lunch?" – Piggy's ninja chef master returns to help Piggy improve his abilities.
88"All Dog, No Danger / Cowboy Cabana"Story by : Richard Clark & Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
Teleplay by : Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
Laurie Elliott
February 26, 2011 (2011-02-26)108

"All Dog, No Danger" – Howie needs to find a new hero after he is forced to leave the Dirk Danger fan club.


"Cowboy Cabana" – Howie gives the hotel a wild western theme for a visitor.
99"Oh Brother, Who Art Thou? / Nothing But the Tooth"Story by : Terry Saltsman
Brian Hartigan
Teleplay by : Brian Hartigan & Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
March 5, 2011 (2011-03-05)109

"Oh Brother, Who Art Thou?" – Howie's (seemingly) long lost brother shows up at the hotel to claim his half.


"Nothing But the Tooth" – The hotel staff, Poodle, Batty, and Hippo go on a wild scavenger hunt.
1010"A Fish This Big / Fizz Fuzz Bang"Laurie Elliott
Tony Elliott
March 12, 2011 (2011-03-12)110

"A Fish This Big" – A squirrel saves Howie, but the latter gets the credit.


"Fizz Fuzz Bang" – Poodle believes she's Captain Fizzy when she gets hit on the head by one of his pop bottles.
1111"Better Safe and Sorry / Narwhal's Contest"Seán Cullen
Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
March 19, 2011 (2011-03-19)111

"Better Safe and Sorry" – Octo makes the Banana Cabana too safe.


"Narwal's Contest" – Narwhal's biggest fan falls for Howie when Narwhal ignores her.
1212"Cool Paw Howie / S.S. Banana Cabana"Phil McCordic
Scott Albert
March 26, 2011 (2011-03-26)112

"Cool Paw Howie" – Howie turns the hotel into a maximum security prison.


"S.S. Banana Cabana" – The hotel gets sent afloat and crashes on an island.
1313"Robo-Howie / The Old Act"Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
Séan Cullen
April 2, 2011 (2011-04-02)113

"Robo-Howie" – Poodle builds a robotic Howie to take over the Banana Cabana.


"The Old Act" – Narwhal's old partner, Barney, shows up, much to Narwhal's chagrin.
1414"Jellyhead / Matter Over Mind"Craig Martin
Miles Smith
April 9, 2011 (2011-04-09)114

"Jellyhead" – A jellyfish latches onto Octo and takes control of him.


"Matter Over Mind" – Howie gets a remote control stuck to his head, and gains telekinetic powers after it gets wet.
1515"The Sun Howie Always Wanted / In The Deep End"Tony Elliott
Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
April 16, 2011 (2011-04-16)115

"The Sun Howie Always Wanted" – Duck builds an artificial sun to create sunshine on a horrid day.


"In The Deep End" – Narwhal confesses he can't swim when he's asked to do a trick for a whale magazine.
1616"Gone Banana / Imaginary Fiend"Kevin Fraser
Miles Smith
April 23, 2011 (2011-04-23)116

"Gone Banana" – Howie, Octo and Duck try to find who stole the banana from the top of the hotel.


"Imaginary Fiend" – Howie reunites with his imaginary friend, Platymoose, until the friend's pranks annoy everyone else.
1717"Who Inked the Bed? / Kikmee"Craig Martin
Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
May 13, 2011 (2011-05-13)117

"Who Inked the Bed?" – Octo keeps inking the sheets when he is scared, making ink stains resembling the Cabana crew.


"Kikmee" – Howie bets Bunny that if she goes one day without being angry, she won't have to wear the mascot costume.
1818"Candid Camaraderie / May the Best Loser Win"J.D. Smith
Tony Elliott
May 27, 2011 (2011-05-27)118

"Candid Camaraderie" – Octo becomes popular online after Batty catches video of him doing a weird act.


"May the Best Loser Win" – Octo tries to get his face on a cereal box by accomplishing something in Captain Fizzy's contest.
1919"Piggy Party / Living Dangerously"Scott Albert
Miles Smith
June 10, 2011 (2011-06-10)119

"Piggy Party" – Howie tries to throw a surprise party for Piggy.


"Living Dangerously" – Howie tests Dirk Danger branded products, which causes chaos.
2020"The Orange Fizzy Blues / Champion Gurgitator"Kevin Fraser
Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
June 24, 2011 (2011-06-24)120

"The Orange Fizzy Blues" – Howie enters a contest so he can get a blue can of Captain Fizzy's soda.


"Champion Gurgitator" – Howie enters an eating contest that could risk Piggy losing his favourite spoon to a yeti.
2121"Piggy's Secret / Sloth Unleashed"Adam Halpern
Jennifer Cowan
August 14, 2011 (2011-08-14)121

"Piggy's Secret" – Howie tries to help Piggy get taller to join a dancing group.


"Sloth Unleashed" – Howie attempts to train Sloth to be extreme so she can enter the Dirk Danger fan club.
2222"Stink Dog / Doll Pox"Craig Martin
Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
August 28, 2011 (2011-08-28)122

"Stink Dog" – Howie refuses to take a bath, which causes him to stink up the Banana Cabana.


"Doll Pox" – Everyone gets the chicken pox and Howie wants to join in order to be with them.
2323"Cat's Eight Lives / Crouching Narwhal, Hidden Piggy"Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
Sean Benham
September 8, 2011 (2011-09-08)123

"Cat's Eight Lives" – Howie misplaces eight of Cat's nine lives around the hotel.


"Crouching Narwhal, Hidden Piggy" – Piggy and Narwhal (along with a radioactive chicken) challenge each other in martial arts.
2424"Hotel of Horrors / Howieween"Steve Westren
Miles Smith
October 31, 2011 (2011-10-31)124

"Hotel of Horrors" – Howie goes to the creepy side of the Banana Cabana, where his friends are freaks.


"Howieween" – Howie decides to help Octo choose a Halloween costume, which is so scary, everyone thinks he's a monster.
2525"The Perfect Gift / Home for the Howiedays"Hollis Ludlow-CarrollDecember 7, 2011 (2011-12-07)125

"The Perfect Gift" – Narwhal tries to find a suitable gift for Bunny.


" Home for the Howiedays" – Poodle has to stay at the Banana Cabana during Christmastime due to her hotel being destroyed.
2626"The Cabana Manana / Howie's Little Helper"Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
J.D. Smith
December 14, 2011 (2011-12-14)126

"The Cabana Manana" – The gang trick Yeti into entering a surreal version of the Banana Cabana.


"Howie's Little Helper" – Howie makes a first grader the manager for a school project.

Season 2 (2012)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
271"Horn Swoggled / The Night Shift"February 4, 2012 (2012-02-04)201

"Horn Swoggled" – When Narwhal loses his horn, he loses his musical mojo.


"The Night Shift" – Howie discovers there’s a night shift at the Banana Cabana filled with fun activities.
282"Trash to the Past / The Green Banana"February 11, 2012 (2012-02-11)202

"Trash to the Past" – The gang try to find out why garbage is falling from the sky.


"The Green Banana" – Howie's attempt to make an ecofriendly hotel has hostile drawbacks.
293"Howie's Pet Project / Dr. Howie and Mr. Howyena"February 18, 2012 (2012-02-18)203

"Howie's Pet Project" – To prove to Bunny he's responsible, Howie looks after a pineapple.


"Dr. Howie and Mr. Howyena" – Howie creates a potion that transforms him into a literal party animal. This episode is based on the events of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
304"Octo vs. Batty / Needle Day"February 25, 2012 (2012-02-25)204

"Octo vs. Batty" – Batty moves into the hotel, but Octo is suspicious of his intentions.


"Needle Day" – Howie wants to give Narwhal a needle to cure him of a spreading disease.
315"The Brother and Sister Games / Freebie Jeebies"March 10, 2012 (2012-03-10)205

"The Brother and Sister Games" – Poodle and Howie compete in a sibling themed competition.


"Freebie Jeebies" – Howie sells coupons to the customers, but the action quickly gets out of hand.
326"Howie's Staycation / A Helping Paw"March 17, 2012 (2012-03-17)206

"Howie's Staycation" – While on "vacation", Howie discovers that a moose wants to do bodily harm to him.


"A Helping Hoof" – Duck becomes Sloth's personal assistant.
337"Octopi P.I. / The Lost Stunt"March 24, 2012 (2012-03-24)207

"Octopi P.I." – Octo and Howie attempt to find who stole Narwhal's spit sock.


"The Lost Stunt" – Howie tries to prove he's Dirk Danger's No. 1 fan by performing Dirk Danger's lost stunt.
348"Trance Romance / Wooing Warty"March 31, 2012 (2012-03-31)208

"Trance Romance" – Sloth uses hypnotic spray on Howie, which makes him romantic.


"Wooing Warty" – Howie helps Piggy woo a warthog the latter has fallen for.
359"Octo Gets Tough / Narwhal's Birthday"April 28, 2012 (2012-04-28)209

"Octo Gets Tough" – Octo becomes a bit too fearless after nearly getting hit by the banana.


"Narwhal's Birthday" – Howie discovers Narwhal and Octo are related.
3610"All Night Long / Camp Stinka-wah-way"May 12, 2012 (2012-05-12)210

"All Night Long" – Howie and Octo stay up all night to win Dirk Danger's latest video game.


"Camp Stinka-wah-way" – Howie treats the gang to a weekend getaway at Radiation Rooster's haunted campsite.
3711"Ducking Duck / Banana Split"May 26, 2012 (2012-05-26)211

"Ducking Duck" – Duck is crowned king of the island, but his demands get more excruciating over time.


"Banana Split" – A failed stunt splits the Cabana in half.
3812"Cap'n Fizzy Fizzles / Banned!"June 9, 2012 (2012-06-09)212

"Cap'n Fizzy Fizzles" – Howie tries to help Captain Fizzy stay in business when a rival soda outnumbers him.


"Banned!" – Mayor Trout gets annoyed with Howie and his stunts and bans him from the island.
3913"Bumbag Bummer / Dirk Dubious"June 23, 2012 (2012-06-23)213

"Bumbag Bummer" – Sloth becomes famous for her invention: the bumbag.


"Dirk Dubious" – Howie thinks there are two Dirk Dangers visiting the hotel, when one of them is really Duck in disguise.
4014"Miss Surrounding Area / Campaign Pains"July 7, 2012 (2012-07-07)214

"Miss Surrounding Area" – Batty dresses up as a girl and competes against Bunny in a beauty contest.


"Campaign Pains" – Howie runs for mayor, unaware of how much work comes with the job.

Season 3 (2013)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code
411"The Rotation Situation / The Tail of Howie"April 15, 2013 (2013-04-15)301

"The Rotation Situation": Duck speeds up the Earth's rotation, causing the staff to age faster.


"The Tail of Howie": Howie tries to achieve the things he'd always wanted to do after failing to catch his tail.
422"The Big Burp Theory / Who's Howie?"April 16, 2013 (2013-04-16)302

"The Big Burp Theory": Howie must stop burping when royalty comes.


"Who's Howie?": Howie gets amnesia, and everyone uses this to their advantage.
433"Insane in the Brain / Laugh Piggy Laugh"April 17, 2013 (2013-04-17)303

"Insane in the Brain": Octo and Bunny go inside Howie's brain to retrieve a password he forgot.


"Laugh Piggy Laugh": Howie helps Piggy regain his sense of humor.
444"Picture Day / Part Timer"April 18, 2013 (2013-04-18)304

"Picture Day": Howie wants the Cabana to take the staff picture with no flaws.


"Part Timer": Howie decides to get a part-time job.
455"Howie's Allergy / Figure Fight"April 19, 2013 (2013-04-19)305

"Howie's Allergy": Howie gives up sugar, revealing he's more stable without it.


"Figure Fight": Howie and Octo fight over a rare Dirk Danger doll.
466"Mini Howies / Dear Dirk"May 13, 2013 (2013-05-13)306

"Mini Howies": Duck creates a bunch of mini Howies, but they eventually cause chaos.


"Dear Dirk": Howie answers all of Dirk Danger's fan mail.
477"These Sleeps Were Made for Walkin' / The Best Friends Synchronized Dance, Ice Sculpting, Costume and Explosions Competition"May 14, 2013 (2013-05-14)307

"The Sleeps Were Made for Walkin'": Howie enters Octo in a sleepwalking competition.


"The Best Friends Synchronized Dance, Ice Sculpting, Costumes and Explosions Competition": Howie and Octo put their friendship to the test.
488"Don't Follow the Leader / The Snow-Tel"May 15, 2013 (2013-05-15)308

"Don't Follow the Leader": Octo and Howie try to win a role-playing game with Piggy's assistance.


"The Snow-Tel": The Banana Canana gets covered in snow.
499"Luck Be a Robot / Family Business"May 16, 2013 (2013-05-16)309

"Luck Be A Robot": Bunny becomes Howie's good luck charm in a robot derby.


"Family Business": Howie and Poodle have to run a successful business for a day or their dad will shut down both their hotels.
5010"No Howies Allowed / Howie Day"May 17, 2013 (2013-05-17)310

"No Howies Allowed": Octo, Piggy, and Narwhal must stop Howie from invading Bunny's sleepover.


"Howie Day": Howie wants his own day, when another animal of the same name gets his own.
5111"Sun Scream / It's Duck's Party"May 21, 2013 (2013-05-21)311

"Sun Scream": Duck makes his own sunscreen that creates disaster when used.


"It's Duck's Party": Narwhal is in charge of making sure no one interrupts Duck's exclusive party.
5212"Father's Day / Hambo 1: Galactic Super Swine of the Wild West"May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)312

"Father's Day": Duck finds an egg, and becomes very overprotective


"Hambo 1: Galactic Super Swine of the Wild West": In the series finale, Dirk gives up stunting to become a chef, while Piggy decides to try acting.

Production

The series was produced by 9 Story Entertainment who produced it for Cartoon Network and YTV.[4] Noah Z. Jones is the creator of the series, while Brad Ferguson is the director.[5] 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.[5]

On October 16, 2009, Aaron H. Bynum, news editor of Animation Insider, announced that the series entered production.[6] 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."[6]

Home media

Episodes of Almost Naked Animals are available for digital download through the iTunes Music Store, which are split into two volumes.[7] Roadshow Home Entertainment released a 95-minute Region 4 DVD of the show on December 1, 2011.[8] 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.[citation needed] 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".[9] Despite this, however, the series mostly received negative reviews.[citation needed]

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.[10]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Result
2011 Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series —
"Better Safe and Sorry", written by Seán Cullen[11]
Nominated
2013 Canadian Screen Awards Best Animated Program or Series[12] Nominated
2013 Canadian Screen Awards Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series —
"The Green Banana", directed by Brad Ferguson[12]
Nominated
2013 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series—
"Horn Swoggled", Seán Cullen as Narwhal & Piggy[12]
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.[13] In 2012 Cafepress agreed to make Almost Naked Animals plushies, water bottles, t-shirts, 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.

References

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