Camp Candy
Camp Candy.jpg
GenreAnimated series
Created byJoel Andryc
Ellen Levy
Phil Harnage
Developed byJohn Candy
Jack Mendelsohn
Scott Shaw
Phil Harnage
Directed byScott Shaw (season 1)
Dan Thompson (season 2)
Winston Richard (season 3)
Animation Directors:
Robert Alvarez (Season 1)
StarringJohn Candy
Voices ofTony Ail
Lewis Arquette
Valri Bromfield
E.G. Daily
Tom Davidson
Danielle Fernandes
Brian George
Willow Johnson
George MacPherson
Danny Mann
Gail Matthius
Candi Milo
Andrew Seebaran
Cree Summer
Chiara Zanni
Opening theme"Camp Candy Theme" sung by Harry Nilsson and John Candy
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)
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] 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.


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] 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. Some episodes focused on John, namely having to stave off the bankruptcy or ruination of his camp due to the plots of Rex DeForest III.

In the third season, Candy also appeared in live action segments, talking about nature and ecology. Several characters originating from SCTV that were performed by Candy or otherwise, also made guest appearances that season.[4]



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)

"Stand Up and Deliver": Rex DeForest III has developed a new summer resort that is ruining Camp Candy. To set up their own telethon to save Camp Candy from being made into a highway, they persuade the comedian Sonny Yuckmeister to help promote Camp Candy.

"Ruthless Campers": Rex DeForest III is babysitting his sister's mischievous twin sons Jason and Freddy who are causing trouble for him and Chester. To get them out of his hair, Rex has Jason and Freddy sent to Camp Candy. Binky works on befriending these boys who are the same age as him as Jason and Freddy cause trouble throughout Camp Candy.
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)
Rex DeForest III plans to put a super highway through the mountains on his part of the property line much to the protests of everyone at Camp Candy. When a rainstorm happens, they take refuge in a cave that Binky found where they find cave paintings revolving around the Condi Tribe and their clash with the caveman ancestors of Rex DeForest III and Chester.
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
A heat wave has it Camp Candy which has even affected the local animals. Rex DeForest III and Chester obtain instant rain crystals in Rex's latest attempt to get John Candy to sell Camp Candy's properties. When the cloud seeding is done, it starts snowing instead. The campers start to adjust to the snow as John calls in his friend Pete to teach them how to play ice hockey even then they are challenged to a match by Hob Nayles and Camp Kickboot as Rex and Chester plan to sabotage it with Insta-Freeze spray causing John to enlist the help of Chief Leapin' Lizard and the Cowabunga Indians to combat the unnatural weather systems.
337"Saturday Night Polka Fever"TBA
348"Chester's Millions"TBA
359"Bee Prepared/Signs of Silence"TBA
3610"Dr. Tongue's Amazing Adventures/Lucky Dog"TBA

"Dr. Tongue's Amazing Adventures": John and his campers stay up late and watch "Nightmare Theater" which is showing the movie "Dr. Tongue's 3D Museum of Wax Statue". They are suddenly visited by Dr. Tongue the actor and Bruno who need to use their telephone to do a business call when their car broke down. While John has the mechanic Perry Gravy fix Dr. Tongue's car, Dr. Tongue does a 3D campfire story about how they had a crash where the boa constrictor they rented from the snake farm had escaped.

"Lucky Dog": The campers complain to John about how John's dog Lucky has been acting boring to them, eating, sleeping, and having gross flea. The campers work to make Lucky look presentable like giving him a makeover and having Nurse Molly do a thorough examination on him. At Nurse Molly's suggestion, John takes Lucky to Miss Woodenhouse's Advanced Institute for Canine Control. When that fails, John takes Lucky for a walk in the woods until John ends up trapped in a rockslide and it's up to Lucky to save him.
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



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.


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