Fish Hooks
GenreSlice of life
Animated sitcom
Created byNoah Z. Jones
Developed byAlex Hirsch
William Reiss
Directed byMaxwell Atoms
C. H. Greenblatt
Derek Evanick
Diana Lafyatis
William Reiss
Mr. Warburton
Voices ofKyle Massey
Justin Roiland
Chelsea Kane
Opening theme"Ring the Bell" performed by Jeremy Fisher
Ending theme"Ring the Bell" (Instrumental) (season 3)
ComposerAndy Sturmer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes59 (110 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersMaxwell Atoms
Noah Z. Jones
EditorsIllya Owens
Kevin Locarro
Carmen Woods
Robbi Smith
Keith Cook
Running time22 minutes
Production companyDisney Television Animation
Original release
NetworkDisney Channel
ReleaseSeptember 3, 2010 (2010-09-03) –
April 4, 2014 (2014-04-04)

Fish Hooks is an American animated television series created by Noah Z. Jones and developed by Alex Hirsch and William Reiss for Disney Channel. The show ran for three seasons from September 3, 2010 to April 4, 2014, airing a total of 59 episodes.

Plot

The series revolves around a fun-personified fish named Milo, his nervous brother Oscar, and their "overly dramatic" best friend Bea Goldfishberg, with whom Oscar is infatuated. They attend a school known as Freshwater High, submerged in an aquarium in a pet store named Bud's Pets. The series chronicles their daily lives as they deal with typical teen problems, such as romance and homework, as well as havoc conjured with other animals in the pet store.

Episodes

Main article: List of Fish Hooks episodes

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
14021September 3, 2010 (2010-09-03)October 21, 2011 (2011-10-21)
24222November 4, 2011 (2011-11-04)May 17, 2013 (2013-05-17)
32816June 7, 2013 (2013-06-07)April 4, 2014 (2014-04-04)

Characters

Main

Recurring

Production

In 2009, Disney Channels Worldwide's President of Entertainment Gary Marsh said of the show, "The Fish Hooks team has created one of the most original, inventive animated series on television – bringing an ingenious twist to the classic archetypes of high school life." The series is produced using a mix of 2D digital animation and photo collages.[1] The series is created and co-executive produced by children's book illustrator Noah Z. Jones and developed for television by Alex Hirsch and Bill Reiss.[2] Main and recurring cast were announced in a Disney Channel press release on August 26, 2010.

Broadcast

The series airs worldwide on Disney Channel. An 11-minute preview was shown on September 3, 2010, following the Disney Channel Original Movie, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. The show premiered in the United States on Disney Channel on September 24, 2010, and on Disney XD on January 14, 2011.

The show previewed in Canada on September 3, 2010, and premiered on September 25, 2010.[3] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it premiered on November 6, 2010.[4] It previewed in Australia and New Zealand on October 2, 2010, and premiered on November 23, 2010.[5] In Southeast Asia, the show premiered on April 1, 2011.[6] It previewed on January 15, 2011, and premiered on February 13, 2011, in South Africa.[7]

The entire series was released on Disney+ on April 3, 2020.[8]

Reception

"Fish Hooks" was met with mixed reviews. In The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows, David Perlmutter wrote, "While this program started out well, given the veteran talent involved, it quickly faltered, becoming so obsessed with plotting the minutiae of its own self-created fishbowl universe that it abruptly lost its creative touch." He criticized the voice acting as "incredibly shrill; loud; and, above all, hammy," and said that the show "was a shotgun wedding between the typically hyperspace-paced narrative approaches of Cartoon Network [...] and the more measured and balanced style typical of Disney."[9] In a more positive review, a reviewer for Common Sense Media said that it was entertaining and that it "(gives) many life lessons having to do with friendship and following dreams."[10]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominee Result Refs
2011 Environmental Media Awards Children's Television "Legend of the Earth Troll" Nominated [11]
2011 British Academy Children's Awards International Maxwell Atoms, Noah Z. Jones Won [12]
2012 Annie Awards Writing in a Television Production Blake Lemons
William Reiss
C. H. Greenblatt
Derek Evanick
Diana Lafyatis
(for "Fish School Musical")
Nominated
2012 Kids' Choice Awards Argentina Best Animated Series Fish Hook Nominated

References

  1. ^ Kline, Ashley (October 30, 2009). "Production Has Begun On "Fish Hooks," A New Animated Comedy Series To Premiere On Disney Channel" (Press release). The Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original (.DOC) on January 13, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 29, 2009). "Disney Channel hooked on fish". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 3, 2009. Retrieved November 28, 2009.
  3. ^ "Not Available - Family.ca". Archived from the original on May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "Disney Channel | The Official TV Shows Portal". Disney TV UK.
  5. ^ "Disney Australia". Archived from the original on July 18, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  6. ^ "Disney Channel Asia :: Fish Hooks". Archived from the original on March 14, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Fish Hooks | Disney Channel | Home". Archived from the original on May 9, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Watch Fish Hooks | Disney+". www.disneyplus.com.
  9. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 206–207. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  10. ^ "Fish Hooks TV Review | Common Sense Media". www.commonsensemedia.org. Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  11. ^ "21st Annual Awards". Ema-online.org. Archived from the original on October 23, 2011. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  12. ^ "2011 British Academy Children's Awards Winners - Children's - Awards - The BAFTA site". Bafta.org. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. Retrieved January 1, 2012.