Camp Candy
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GenreAnimated series
Created byJoel Andryc
Ellen Levy
Phil Harnage
Directed byScott Shaw (season 1)
Dan Thompson (season 2)
Winston Richard (season 3)
Animation Directors:
Robert Alvarez (Season 1)
StarringJohn Candy
Lewis Arquette
Valri Bromfield
Danny Mann
Cree Summer
ComposersShuki Levy (Seasons 1, 3)
Haim Saban (Season 1)
Clark Gassman (Season 2)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes39
Executive producersAndy Heyward (seasons 1–2)
Haim Saban (seasons 1, 3)
John Candy (season 3)
Robby London (season 2)
David Campbell (season 3)
ProducersScott Shaw! (seasons 1–2)
Winston Richard (season 3)
Running time23 minutes
Production companiesDIC Animation City (seasons 1–2)
Saban Entertainment (season 3)
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises (Season 3)
Original networkNBC (1989–90)
Syndication (1991–1992)
Original releaseSeptember 9, 1989 (1989-09-09) –
1992 (1992)

Camp Candy is a 1989-1992 animated television series produced by DIC Animation City, Saban Entertainment and Worldvision Enterprises, in association with Frostbacks Productions, with comedian John Candy providing the voice for an animated version of himself.[1]

The show is set in a fictional summer camp run by John Candy.[2] Twenty-six episodes of the series aired during the 1989 and 1990 television seasons on the NBC television network.[3] Thirteen new episodes ran in syndication in the 1992 season, distributed by Worldvision Enterprises, along with repeats of the previous episodes. The series was later rerun on the Fox Family cable channel from 1998 to 2001.

In the third season, Candy also appeared in live action segments, talking about nature and ecology.[4]

Harry Nilsson wrote the series' theme song, which he sang with Candy. In both versions, the closing credits featured songs about Camp Candy that were sung to the tune of various traditional camp songs such as “Bingo” (spoofed as “Candy”), “Miss Suzie,” (parodied as "We Have a Camp Called Candy,") “On Top Of Old Smoky,” (parodied as "On Top of Mount Frostback"), “Yankee Doodle Boy” (parodied as “Big John Candy”), “She’ll Be Comin’ Around the Mountain” and “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze” (parodied as “Circus Parade").

The animated series spawned a brief comic book series based on the show; also entitled Camp Candy, it was published by Marvel Comics' Star Comics imprint.

Episode formula

Almost all episodes would begin where John Candy would be trying to show an outdoor skill to some kids, to which he would then say it reminded him of a story, where he would tell of the episode in narration. John was a dedicated leader of Camp Candy, a summer camp that is presumably built by him, and he tries to get various kids to get along. However on different occasions, these goals would be attempted to be foiled by Rex DeForest the III. A heartless and greedy business man and entrepreneur who wants Camp Candy to be shut down and demolished in favour of building new luxurious resorts and condos alongside his partner in crime Chester. However, Rex's plans would always never work and Camp Candy would continue to stay open.




Additional voice cast


Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113September 9, 1989 (1989-09-09)December 16, 1989 (1989-12-16)
213September 8, 1990 (1990-09-08)January 19, 1991 (1991-01-19)

Season 1 (1989)

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"The Forest's Prime Evil"September 9, 1989 (1989-09-09)
22"Small Foot, Big Trouble"September 16, 1989 (1989-09-16)
33"The Katchatoree Creature"September 23, 1989 (1989-09-23)
44"Tough as Nayles"September 30, 1989 (1989-09-30)
55"Bird is the Word/Best Behavior"October 7, 1989 (1989-10-07)
66"Fools Gold"October 14, 1989 (1989-10-14)
77"Sleight of Hand/Thanks, But No Pranks"October 21, 1989 (1989-10-21)
88"Mind Over Matter/Brat Pact"November 4, 1989 (1989-11-04)
99"May the Best Parents Win"November 11, 1989 (1989-11-11)
1010"Not So Brave Brave/Opposites Attract"November 18, 1989 (1989-11-18)
1111"Indian Love Call/Spoiled Sports"December 2, 1989 (1989-12-02)
1212"Rick Gets the Picture/Poor Little Rich Girl"December 9, 1989 (1989-12-09)
1313"Christmas in July"December 16, 1989 (1989-12-16)

Season 2 (1990–1991)

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
141"Robo-Camp/The Glasnost Menagerie"September 8, 1990 (1990-09-08)
152"Color War and Peace"September 15, 1990 (1990-09-15)
163"Camp Cuisine/Take the Compass and Run"September 22, 1990 (1990-09-22)
174"Candy Springs"September 29, 1990 (1990-09-29)
185"Wish Upon a Fish"October 6, 1990 (1990-10-06)
196"Taking the Bully by the Horns/Rock Candy"October 13, 1990 (1990-10-13)
207"Dear Mom and Dad"October 20, 1990 (1990-10-20)
218"Stand Up and Deliver/Ruthless Campers"October 27, 1990 (1990-10-27)
2209"Robin's Ark"November 10, 1990 (1990-11-10)
2310"Candy and the Ants/Smart Moose, Foolish Choices"November 17, 1990 (1990-11-17)
2411"One Million Years B.C."November 24, 1990 (1990-11-24)
2512"Jokers of the Wild/Uncle Rexie"December 1, 1990 (1990-12-01)
2613"Scare Package"January 19, 1991 (1991-01-19)

Season 3 (1992)

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
271"TV or Not TV"TBA
282"Rock and Rest/Rick Van Winkle"TBA
293"The Last Word"TBA
304"A Ribbeting Experience/The Bamboo Woodpecker"TBA
315"Wild, Wild Candy"TBA
326"When It Rains... It Snows"TBA
337"Saturday Night Polka Fever"TBA
348"Chester's Millions"TBA
359"Bee Prepared/Signs of Silence"TBA
3610"Dr. Tongues Amazing Adventures/Lucky Dog"TBA
3711"Wild World of Camping/Total Lack of Recall"TBA
3812"Battle of the Badges/The Return of the Magnificent Three"TBA
3913"Bobby Bittman"TBA


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