Buddy Thunderstruck
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Created byRyan Wiesbrock
Written by
Directed by
  • Brian Atkinson
  • Ted Raimi
  • Harry Chaskin
  • Justin Michael
  • Debi Derryberry
  • Philip Maurice Hayes
  • Leigh Kelly
  • J.D. Ryznar
  • Nick Shakoour
  • Ryan Wiesbrock
  • Clark Wiesbrock
Theme music composer
  • David Padrutt
  • Ryan Wiesbrock
ComposerDavid Padrutt
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes12[1] (23 segments) + interactive special
Executive producers
EditorsJenny McKibben (episode 1-18)
Clayton Baker (episode 17-23 + interactive special)
Jessica Shobe (episode 18)
Running time23 minutes
Production companies
DistributorAmerican Greetings Entertainment
Original networkNetflix
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseMarch 10 (2017-03-10) –
July 14, 2017 (2017-07-14)

Buddy Thunderstruck is an American stop motion tweens and teen's comedy television series created by Ryan Wiesbrock as a Netflix Original series, produced by American Greetings Entertainment and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios[2] and written by Tom Krajewski. The series stars Brian Atkinson, Ted Raimi, Harry Chaskin and Debi Derryberry. The first season was released on Netflix on March 10, 2017.[3] When promoting the first series Netflix billed it as the 'outrageous, high-octane adventures of Buddy Thunderstruck, a truck-racing dog who brings guts and good times to the town of Greasepit'.


The hard-driving trucking adventures of a dog driver and his ferret mechanic sidekick.



No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11a"Buddy Double"Eric Towner
John Harvatine IV
Thomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
In the town of GreasePit everyone loves Buddy, until a Buddy imposter goes around town ruining his good name.
21b"Beaver Dam Fast Pizza"Eric Towner
John Harvatine IV
Thomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Buddy starts a rivalry with a new pizza business shadowing his cousin Muncie's business.
32a"To Protect and Swerve"Eric TownerThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
When he finally impounds the Rabble Rouser, Sheriff Cannonball gives into being an awesome stunt driver, and Buddy must become a cop to stop him.
42b"Robo-Truck of the Future"Eric TownerThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Buddy thinks his truck, Rabble Rouser, has a new part and can now talk to him, unaware it's Darnell trapped inside.
53a"Get the Hock Out"Eric TownerChris PearsonMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
When Auntie Uncle loses all her furniture to debt to Big Tex, Buddy takes a job from Big Tex as a repo man to get his own stuff back.
63b"Thunderstruck Rad Cab"Eric TownerDave LewmanMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
With the Speedway closed, Buddy tries to get money for bills by becoming a taxi driver. Big Tex uses this to try and steal Buddy's driving secrets.
74a"Thunder Fu"Eric TownerThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Buddy and Darnell make up "Thunder Fu" after being beat up by a child, they openingly mock Artichoke for his love of Karate.
84b"Funny Money"Eric TownerThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Thinking he can be a better artist than Muncie, Buddy begins making art that looks like money which Cannonball mistakes as forgery.
95a"Moneybags and His Monster"Eric TownerThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
The creepy guy following Buddy finally explains he is Buddy's rival. When Buddy will not race him, Moneybags trains Tex Junior to beat him.
105b"Sneezing Fits of Death"Eric TownerThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
When Buddy, Darnell, and Tex Junior start sneezing, Jacko diagnoses them with one week left to live.
116a"Truck Cab in the Woods"Eric Towner
Co-director: Harry Chaskin
Thomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
While stranded in the woods, Buddy and Darnell think they are being haunted by an evil presence.
126b"Truck Stop Clerks"Eric Towner
Co-director: Harry Chaskin
Thomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Truck stop owner Leroy lets Buddy and Darnell watch his shop while he is away.
137a"Haters of the Lost Arcade"Alex KamerThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Buddy and Tex Junior start a competition to see who can beat a poorly made racing arcade game.
147b"Stunt Fever"Alex KamerThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Buddy starts his own stunt show. Tex Junior attempts his own stunt show to surpass Buddy's popularity.
158a"Cannonballistic"Harry ChaskinThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Cannonball quits as sheriff and takes up odd jobs around Greasepit. Buddy and Darnell harass him until they realize they miss him as sheriff.
168b"Mayor May Not"Harry ChaskinJennifer MuroMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
When Buddy still won't race his self-proclaimed rival, Moneybags runs for mayor to legislate himself into race.
179a"Hit and Dumb"Harry ChaskinThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Sheriff Cannonball hires Darnell to try and prove Buddy guilty of a vehicular accident.
189b"Babysitters Yo!"Harry ChaskinThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
After Tex Junior locks himself out of his house, Buddy and Darnell try to teach him to care for himself.
1910a"Buddy Shreds"Harry ChaskinThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Buddy uses Darnell's recorded guitar riffs to fake it in a new rock band.
2010b"Opposite of Awesome"Harry ChaskinThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
When Buddy hears people lovingly mock him for being extreme, he turns boring so no one can think he is weird.
2111a"A Bro for Weaselbrat"Harry ChaskinThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
When Buddy's number one fan Weaselbrat realizes he doesn't have a best friend, Buddy and Darnell feel they need to find him one.
2211b"Health Nuts"Harry ChaskinThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Buddy doesn't want to share his truck stop snacks, so fakes being healthy so people will copy him.
2312"Moneybags Changes Everything"Harry ChaskinThomas KrajewskiMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
Moneybags realizes Darnell is a great mechanic and tricks Darnell into building him a car to help him beat Buddy's truck the Rabble Rouser. Buddy becomes depressed and thinks he cannot win without Darnell.

Interactive special (2017)

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
"The Maybe Pile"Harry ChaskinThomas KrajewskiJuly 14, 2017 (2017-07-14)
Champion truck-racing dog Buddy and his handyman ferret pal Darnell test potentially awesome (but mostly terrible) ideas in this interactive adventure.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Emmy Award Outstanding Art Direction / Set Direction / Scenic Design Buddy Thunderstruck Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography Buddy Thunderstruck Nominated
2018 Annie Award Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children Buddy Thunderstruck Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Television/ Broadcast Production Buddy Thunderstruck Nominated


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  3. ^ "Trailer: Stoopid Buddy's 'Buddy Thunderstruck' Headed to Netflix". Animation World Network. Awn.com. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2017-03-14.