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Maggie and the Ferocious Beast
GenreFantasy
Comedy
Created by
Developed byBetty Quan
Directed by
  • Jamie Whitney
  • Stuart Shankly (assistant director, seasons 1–2) (director, season 3)
  • Lynn Reist (first assistant director, season 1)
  • Steve Boeckler (second assistant director, season 1)
  • Karen Lessmann (assistant director, season 3)
  • Kevin Klis (assistant director, season 3)
Voices of
Opening themeMaggie and the Ferocious Beast in Nowhere Land
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes39 (117 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Cynthia Taylor (supervising producer, seasons 1–2)
  • Stephen Hodgins (supervising producer)
  • Patricia R. Burns (supervising producer)
  • Marianne Culbert (supervising producer seasons 2–3)
  • Tom McGillis (line producer, Season 1)
  • Sally Han (producer, season 3)
Editors
  • Stephanie Duncan (season 1)
  • Ian Newport (season 2)
  • Martin Jefferson (season 3)
Running time22 minutes
Production companyNelvana
Original release
NetworkTeletoon
ReleaseAugust 26, 2000 (2000-08-26) –
June 9, 2002 (2002-06-09)

Maggie and the Ferocious Beast is a Canadian animated children's television series created by Betty and Michael Paraskevas.[1] The program was based on the 1996 book The Ferocious Beast with the Polka-Dot Hide and its sequels, which were also written by the Paraskevas.[2] Two years later, the show started off as a series of shorts aired on the Canadian channel Teletoon in 1998. The first full-length episode first premiered on Nickelodeon as part of the Nick Jr. programming block on June 5, 2000, in the U.S. before premiering on Teletoon on August 26 of that same year in Canada.[3] The series ran for three seasons, airing its final episode on June 9, 2002.

Premise

A 5-year-old girl named Maggie creates her own map of an imaginary world known as Nowhere Land that, in reality, takes the characters nowhere. She imagines that the characters Beast and Hamilton Hocks are her best friends.

Episodes

Main article: List of Maggie and the Ferocious Beast episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113August 26, 2000 (2000-08-26)September 5, 2000 (2000-09-05)
213April 7, 2001 (2001-04-07)October 7, 2001 (2001-10-07)
313March 9, 2002 (2002-03-09)June 9, 2002 (2002-06-09)

Characters

Main

Recurring

Production

The theme song for the show is "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast in Nowhere Land," which is an original theme performed by Isabella Molley. Maggie and the Ferocious Beast is produced by Nelvana and produced with the participation of Teletoon, and directed by Jamie Whitney and Stuart Shankly. The show premiered in 2000 and aired its final episode in 2002. The show is distributed by Nelvana.

Telecast and home media

In Canada, the show aired on Teletoon (now known as "Cartoon Network") and later Treehouse TV. In the U.S., prior to its Canadian premiere, the show aired on Nickelodeon as part of the Nick Jr. programming block from June 5, 2000[citation needed] until September 21, 2005.[citation needed] On April 7, 2003, repeats were introduced and aired on Noggin, a channel co-founded by Nickelodeon. It continued to be aired on Noggin after its rebrand to Nick Jr. until October 30, 2010,[4] when the show was pulled from its lineup. Qubo picked up the show by May 28, 2018, and aired repeats until this channel gave out all operations on February 27, 2021, due to Scripps' acquisition. In the early 2000s, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment released the show on VHS and DVD. Phase 4 Films's Kaboom! Entertainment in Canada and Shout! Factory in the U.S. released the show as well, with Vivendi Visual Entertainment handling DVD distribution for the Shout! Factory releases. Currently, the show is available for streaming on Tubi.

Revival

On March 18, 2021, it was announced that a revival was in the works. The 2D-animated revival will be titled The Ferocious Beast Show and will be produced by U.S.-based Frederator Studios. Production was scheduled to start in late 2021 for a 2022/2023 release. The show was co-created by Mickey Paraskevas and his wife Maria Bruno, with Michael Hirsh as a producer.[5]

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 521. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ "Inside Maggie and the Ferocious Beast". Parents-Choice.org. Parents' Choice Foundation. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "Nelvana's "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast" soars to a ferocious No. 1 on Nick Jr". Free Online Library. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "TV Listings". zap2it. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010.
  5. ^ Dickson, Jeremy (March 18, 2021). "Frederator reboots Maggie and the Ferocious Beast". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved September 22, 2023.