Crashbox
GenreEducational
Children's
Variety
Science fiction
Created byEamon Harrington
John Watkin
Directed byDave Thomas
Voices ofMaggie Baird
Veena Bidasha
S. Scott Bullock
Greg Eagles
Arif S. Kinchen
Peter Lurie
Dawn Maxey
Edie McClurg
Michael McShane
Ritchie Montgomery
Alan Schlaifer
John Watkin
Mari Weiss
Danny Wells
ComposerMatthew Morse
Country of originCanada
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52
Production
Executive producersAdam Shaheen
Eamon Harrington
John Watkin
ProducersEamon Harrington
John Watkin
Camera setupSingle Camera
Running time25 minutes
Production companiesPlanet Grande Pictures
Cuppa Coffee Animation
HBO
Release
Original networkHBO Family
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV)
Original releaseFebruary 1, 1999 (1999-02-01) –
April 1, 2000 (2000-04-01)

Crashbox is a Canadian-American educational children's television show co-created by Eamon Harrington and John Watkin for HBO Family that ran from 1999 to 2000 in the United States.

Crashbox was one of the original programs for the relaunch of the HBO Family channel in February 1999. [1][2] Although it has never been released on physical media like DVD or VHS, it still reruns on HBO Family and is found in various streaming services.

Production

Crashbox was created by Planet Grande Pictures (consisting of Eamon Harrington and John Watkin) and is animated by Cuppa Coffee Studios, headed by Adam Shaheen. Planet Grande Pictures engaged Cuppa Coffee Studios 7 months to complete 13 hours of programming.[3]

Premise

The show takes place in the insides of a game computer where green game cartridges (which are sculpted out of clay) are created and loaded by rusty tin robots- occasionally with short sketches of them "repairing" damaged games. The format of each episode is The Electric Company-esque, with sketches not connecting to each other nor following a sequential plot. Each half-hour episode consists of seven 2-to-5-minute educational games, and occasionally an eighth bonus game.

Segments

The following are the games of the show listed in alphabetical order:

Near the end of each episode, the robots recap and review most of the games to the viewers in a "Crashbox Rewind". Segments marked with an asterisk (*) do not appear in the second season.

Cast

Major voice cast
Segment Character Actor Notes
(framing) Robots
Captain Bones Captain Bones S. Scott Bullock
Distraction News Dora Smarmy Mari Weiss
Ear We Are Left Ear John Watkin
Right Ear Alan Schlaifer
Eddie Bull Eddie Bull Ritchie Montgomery
Haunted House Party Horrid One Alan Schlaifer
Butler Alan Schlaifer
Woman Maggie Baird
Lens McCracken Lens McCracken S. Scott Bullock
Mug Shots Detective Verity Maggie Baird
Paige and Sage Valley Girl Dawn Maxey
Poop or Scoop Announcer Danny Wells
Psycho Math Professor Rocket Joseph Motiki, Arif S. Kinchen
Radio Scramble "Jumpin'" Johnny Jumble Peter Lurie
Revolting Slob Polite Female Voice Edie McClurg
Revolting Slob Michael McShane Dub of a puppet controlled by Tom Vandenburg and Johan Vandergun
Riddle Snake Riddle Snake Raj Veena Bidasha
Sketch Pad Sketch Pad Greg Eagles
Ten Seconds Announcer Alan Schlaifer
Think Tank Captain Bob Greg Eagles
Word Shake Chef John Watkin Dub of unknown live-action actor
Minor voice cast
Episode Segment Character Actor Notes
1 Haunted House Party Harry Houdini Carlos Alazraqui
Mug Shots Muscles Stankowski
Knuckles Stankowski
Elbows Stankowski
Stanley "Deuces" Stankowski
2 Haunted House Party Paul Revere John Watkin
5 Haunted House Party William Shakespeare John Watkin
6 Mug Shots Sleepy Eyes McGee
Checkers Larue
Billy Crimp
Mickey "The Goat" O'Grady
10 Haunted House Party Benjamin Franklin Carlos Alazraqui
11 Mug Shots Dr. Cleanpick Alan Schlaifer
Chatty Cathy
"Stinky" John
Sam Spit
15 Haunted House Party Richard Nixon Carlos Alazraqui
16 Mug Shots Viola Hardcase
Bass Henderson Greg Eagles Credited in episode 19
Willow Reed
Fingers Weinstock
17 Haunted House Party Abraham Lincoln John Watkin
18 Haunted House Party Eleanor Roosevelt Maggie Baird
18 Haunted House Party Coquettish Woman Maggie Baird
19 Mug Shots Honey Lemon
Candy Lemon
Sugar Lemon
Puddin' Lemon
20 Haunted House Party Albert Einstein John Watkin
Mug Shots "Lug Nut" Muldoon
Sammy "Sixtoes" Bixby Greg Eagles
Scooter Hayes
Larry "The Lump" Coolridge
21 Mug Shots Lois Carnegie
Morgan "Applesauce" Pike
Mitch Vanderbilt
Mellon Ball Jones
22 Haunted House Party Christopher Columbus Carlos Alazraqui
23 Haunted House Party Jackie Robinson Greg Eagles
Mug Shots Dean DeLuca
Gilbert Sullivan
Louis Clark
Roger Hammerstein
25 Mug Shots Baby Face MacGuire
Leo "The Lion" Lawrence
Danger Jones Greg Eagles
Slippery Fingers Ferguson
26 Haunted House Party Leonardo da Vinci S. Scott Bullock
40 Haunted House Party Thomas Jefferson Dee Bradley Baker
41 Mug Shots Mildred Postley
Irv Goldberg
Rupert Brindle
Sergio Corleone
42 Haunted House Party Noah Peter Lurie
Mug Shots Buttons Ha-Ha
"Pecs" Armstrong
Ivana Flipova
Gilberto Whiplash
43 Haunted House Party Cleopatra Veena Bidasha
46 Mug Shots Montgomery Cleft
B.B. Graw
Lollipop Greene
Sir Percival St. John
45 Haunted House Party Isaac Newton S. Scott Bullock
46 Haunted House Party Julius Caesar S. Scott Bullock
47 Haunted House Party Amelia Earhart Christy Noonan
Mug Shots "Bean Ball" Ballou
"Spitter" Sykes
"Lumber" Jack Lang
Edgardo Polonia
49 Mug Shots Dusty Rhodes
Indy Pitts
Axel Schmidt
Tranh Long
50 Mug Shots Gertrude Simsbury
Elaine Kieserman
Mathilda Hudson-Billingsley
Constance Appleby
51 Haunted House Party George Washington S. Scott Bullock
Southern Lady Hope Kaplan-Biller
Mug Shots Noseless Calhoun Dee Bradley Baker
"Three Eyes" Oppenheimer
Harry "The Hairy" Huang
"Big Noggin" Simms
52 Haunted House Party Henry Ford Dee Bradley Baker

Episodes

Season 1

Episode Airdate Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Game 8
1 Feb 1, 1999 Distraction News Sketch Pad Psycho Math Ear We Are Haunted House Party Eddie Bull Ten Seconds Riddle Snake
2 Feb 2, 1999 Radio Scramble Captain Bones Poop or Scoop Ten Seconds Haunted House Party Revolting Slob Word Shake
3 Feb 3, 1999 Mug Shots Distraction News Psycho Math Ear We Are Paige and Sage Eddie Bull Ten Seconds Riddle Snake
4 Feb 4, 1999 Poop or Scoop Captain Bones Distraction News Paige and Sage Think Tank Dirty Pictures Lens McCracken
5 Feb 5, 1999 Haunted House Party Revolting Slob Think Tank Poop or Scoop Ear We Are Psycho Math Ten Seconds
6 Feb 6, 1999 Radio Scramble Eddie Bull Captain Bones Sketch Pad Mug Shots Think Tank Ear We Are
7 Feb 7, 1999 Lens McCracken Captain Bones Revolting Slob Dirty Pictures Sketch Pad Poop or Scoop Ten Seconds
8 Feb 13, 1999 Lens McCracken Distraction News Sketch Pad Dirty Pictures Eddie Bull Psycho Math Riddle Snake Ten Seconds
9 Feb 14, 1999 Radio Scramble Distraction News Psycho Math Dirty Pictures Lens McCracken Eddie Bull Ear We Are
10 Feb 20, 1999 Radio Scramble Eddie Bull Sketch Pad Paige and Sage Haunted House Party Psycho Math Lens McCracken Riddle Snake
11 Feb 21, 1999 Mug Shots Sketch Pad Psycho Math Dirty Pictures Distraction News Riddle Snake Word Shake
12 Feb 27, 1999 Revolting Slob Think Tank Poop or Scoop Riddle Snake Psycho Math Paige and Sage Lens McCracken
13 Feb 28, 1999 Revolting Slob (Not on Rewinds) Think Tank Poop or Scoop Ear We Are Psycho Math Dirty Pictures Lens McCracken
14 Mar 6, 1999 Revolting Slob (Not on Rewinds) Think Tank Poop or Scoop Riddle Snake Psycho Math Dirty Pictures Paige and Sage
15 Mar 7, 1999 Captain Bones Distraction News Haunted House Party Radio Scramble Riddle Snake Eddie Bull Lens McCracken Paige and Sage
16 Mar 13, 1999 Captain Bones Distraction News Mug Shots Ear We Are Poop or Scoop Paige and Sage Riddle Snake
17 Mar 14, 1999 Radio Scramble Revolting Slob Poop or Scoop Ten Seconds Captain Bones Haunted House Party Paige and Sage
18 Mar 20, 1999 Think Tank Distraction News Radio Scramble Haunted House Party Poop or Scoop Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Lens McCracken
19 Mar 21, 1999 Think Tank Mug Shots Captain Bones Paige and Sage Eddie Bull Word Shake Riddle Snake
20 Mar 27, 1999 Radio Scramble Mug Shots Sketch Pad Psycho Math Haunted House Party Ten Seconds Word Shake
21 Mar 28, 1999 Eddie Bull Radio Scramble Dirty Pictures Mug Shots Ear We Are Psycho Math Word Shake
22 Apr 3, 1999 Haunted House Party Sketch Pad Radio Scramble Revolting Slob Riddle Snake Eddie Bull Word Shake
23 Apr 4, 1999 Mug Shots Word Shake Haunted House Party Lens McCracken Poop or Scoop Captain Bones Riddle Snake
24 Apr 10, 1999 Radio Scramble Sketch Pad Eddie Bull Word Shake Captain Bones Dirty Pictures Lens McCracken
25 Apr 11, 1999 Haunted House Party Think Tank Ear We Are Mug Shots Poop or Scoop Word Shake Riddle Snake
26 Apr 17, 1999 Revolting Slob Haunted House Party Eddie Bull Captain Bones Radio Scramble Ten Seconds Lens McCracken
27 Aug 1, 1999 Distraction News Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Sketch Pad Haunted House Party Poop or Scoop Ten Seconds Mug Shots Riddle Snake
28 Aug 7, 1999 Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Revolting Slob Mug Shots (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Haunted House Party Poop or Scoop Lens McCracken Riddle Snake
29 Aug 8, 1999 Haunted House Party Revolting Slob Think Tank (Not on Rewinds) Poop or Scoop Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Ten Seconds Mug Shots Riddle Snake
30 Aug 14, 1999 Revolting Slob Psycho Math (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Haunted House Party Radio Scramble Ten Seconds Poop or Scoop Riddle Snake
31 Aug 15, 1999 Radio Scramble Revolting Slob Poop or Scoop Dirty Pictures Mug Shots Psycho Math Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Ten Seconds
32 Aug 21, 1999 Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Revolting Slob Poop or Scoop Haunted House Party Distraction News Ten Seconds Think Tank Riddle Snake
33 Aug 22, 1999 Revolting Slob Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Dirty Pictures (Not on Rewinds) Poop or Scoop Psycho Math (Not on Rewinds) Think Tank Riddle Snake
34 Aug 28, 1999 Mug Shots Distraction News Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Dirty Pictures Sketch Pad Eddie Bull Lens McCracken Riddle Snake
35 Aug 29, 1999 Radio Scramble Distraction News Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Haunted House Party Captain Bones Revolting Slob Eddie Bull (Not on Rewinds) Riddle Snake
36 Sep 4, 1999 Revolting Slob (Not on Rewinds) Mug Shots Sketch Pad Psycho Math Haunted House Party Radio Scramble Poop or Scoop Ten Seconds
37 Sep 5, 1999 Think Tank Mug Shots Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Haunted House Party Eddie Bull Lens McCracken Ten Seconds
38 Sep 11, 1999 Mug Shots Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Dirty Pictures (Not on Rewinds) Psycho Math Think Tank Eddie Bull Lens McCracken
39 Sep 12, 1999 Revolting Slob (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Psycho Math Dirty Pictures Poop or Scoop Radio Scramble Ten Seconds Riddle Snake

Season 2

Episode Airdate Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Game 8
40 Feb 19, 2000 Revolting Slob Distraction News Psycho Math Ten Seconds Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Poop or Scoop (Not on Rewinds) Haunted House Party Riddle Snake
41 Feb 20, 2000 Distraction News Psycho Math Mug Shots Think Tank Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Dirty Pictures Radio Scramble
42 Feb 26, 2000 Mug Shots (Not on Rewinds) Revolting Slob Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Psycho Math Haunted House Party Poop or Scoop Riddle Snake
43 Feb 27, 2000 Revolting Slob Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Sketch Pad Poop or Scoop Haunted House Party Radio Scramble Ten Seconds
44 Mar 4, 2000 Distraction News Revolting Slob (Not on Rewinds) Psycho Math Eddie Bull Think Tank Dirty Pictures (Not on Rewinds) Mug Shots (Not on Rewinds) Ten Seconds
45 Mar 5, 2000 Distraction News Captain Bones Revolting Slob (Not on Rewinds) Poop or Scoop Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Haunted House Party Ten Seconds
46 Mar 11, 2000 Haunted House Party Mug Shots (Not on Rewinds) Eddie Bull Think Tank Psycho Math Radio Scramble Riddle Snake
47 Mar 12, 2000 Haunted House Party Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Mug Shots (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Eddie Bull Psycho Math Ten Seconds
48 Mar 18, 2000 Revolting Slob Poop or Scoop Distraction News Captain Bones Dirty Pictures Radio Scramble Riddle Snake
49 Mar 19, 2000 Mug Shots (Not on Rewinds) Sketch Pad Radio Scramble Dirty Pictures Psycho Math Poop or Scoop Riddle Snake
50 Mar 25, 2000 Mug Shots Revolting Slob Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Distraction News Eddie Bull Think Tank (Not on Rewinds) Dirty Pictures Riddle Snake
51 Mar 26, 2000 Mug Shots Psycho Math Sketch Pad (Not on Rewinds) Radio Scramble Haunted House Party Eddie Bull Ten Seconds
52 Apr 1, 2000 Revolting Slob Haunted House Party Poop or Scoop Distraction News Captain Bones (Not on Rewinds) Sketch Pad Think Tank (Not on Rewinds)

References

  1. ^ Richard Katz, "HBO in Family way with heavy push of new fare", Variety, September 9, 1998.
  2. ^ Lynne Heffley, "HBO Launches Spinoff With Pair of Excellent Kids' Shows", Los Angeles Times, February 1, 1999.
  3. ^ Eichhorn, P: "Cuppa Coffee brews up a special blend of animation Take One Magazine, Summer, 1999, No. 24