Pet Alien
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GenreCGI Animation
Slapstick
Comedy
Science fiction
Created byJeff Muncy
Developed byJeff Muncy
Ellen Cohen Muncy
Directed byAndrew Young
Vijay Anand Raju (Technical)
Vivek Karandikkar (Animation)
Jess Harnell (voice director)
Voices ofCharlie Schlatter
Charlie Adler
Jess Harnell
Candi Milo
ComposerMichael Tavera
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (104 segments)
Production
Executive producersJeff Muncy
Sadaf Cohen Muncy
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesMike Young Productions
John Doze Studios
Antefilms Productions (Season 1)
Crest Animation Studios (Season 1)
Telegael (Season 2)
EuroPool (Season 2)
DistributorTaffy Entertainment
Release
Original networkCartoon Network(Season 1) kabillion(season 2)
Original releaseJanuary 23 (2005-01-23) –
May 26, 2005 (2005-05-26)

Pet Alien is a French-American computer-animated series produced by Mike Young Productions, Taffy Entertainment, Antefilms Productions, and John Doze Studios in 2005. It was created by Pajanimals creator Jeff Muncy and the episodes are mainly written by Dan Danko and directed by Andrew Young.[1] The series centres on 12-year-old Tommy Cadle, whose lighthouse is invaded by five aliens. It aired on Cartoon Network and Kabillion in the United States. 52 episodes were produced, making 104 segments.[2]

Production

Similar to some low-budget shows, the series uses only four voiceover actors; Charlie Schlatter, Charles Adler, Jess Harnell and Candi Milo. Harnell was even the voice director of the show and voiced three characters: Gumpers, Swanky and Granville.

Characters

Main characters

Major characters

Minor/recurring characters

Video game

Main article: Pet Alien: An Intergalactic Puzzlepalooza

A video game based on the series was released in the United States on July 30, 2007 for the Nintendo DS handheld console. It is a puzzle game developed by Shin'en Multimedia and published by The Game Factory.[3]

Reception

The show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the category "Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program", which was Jess Harnell (Swanky), at the 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards.[4]

Episodes

Season 1 (2005)

Pet Alien season 1 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal air date [5]
11"The Boy with Six Legs"
"Evil Emperor"
Bryan Thompson
Tom Shepard
January 23, 2005 (2005-01-23)
1a: The aliens accidentally lock Tommy out of the lighthouse thinking that Tommy is a misleaded crab.
1b: Melba Manners thinks Tommy is not mature enough so she leaves Tommy with the new, preschool neighbor.
22"The Amazing Atomic Tommy"
"Crater of Doom"
Dan Danko and Tom K. MasonJanuary 30, 2005 (2005-01-30)
2a: The aliens think Tommy is a superhero. The aliens think that Tommy has never told anyone about his secret identity.
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Atomic Tommy.
2b: Tommy has always had embarrassing pictures for School Picture Day. Tommy must make this picture the best of his life, until a pimple appears on his head the next day.
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Lighter Side of Doom.
33"Attack of the 50 Foot Boy"
"It Came from the Closet"
Kat Likkel and John Hoberg"
Ray Delaurents
February 6, 2005 (2005-02-06)
3a: Tommy and the aliens go to the amusement park. Tommy cannot go on the new ride because he is not tall enough, it's up to the aliens to help.
3b: Tommy has house chores to do and leaves the aliens to do vacuuming. The aliens suddenly freak out that the vacuum is a monster.
44"The Bride of Gumpers"
"The Thing on the Corner"
Dan Danko and Tom K. MasonFebruary 13, 2005 (2005-02-13)
4a: Before Gumpers had come to Earth, he had a pre-selected wife. Can the gang help Gumpers turn into the husband of this young lady?
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Spaced Out.
4b: Dinko turns obsessed with Tommy's mailbox. When the mailman comes the next day, Dinko takes the mail and hides it somewhere, thinking it's a trick.
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Aliens Unleashed.
55"I Was a Teenage Bearded Boy"
"Escape from Detention X"
Japhet Asher (story), Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason (writers)
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason
February 20, 2005 (2005-02-20)
5a: Tommy gets what he's always wanted, facial hair! In this case, in tends to be a beard. Tommy is now not just a kid anymore, he's mature enough to be an adult with that beard. Tommy becomes popular and everyone notices him. He than goes to parties, dances, and other great stuff without his friends. But, one thing he's forgotten about his best friends, The Aliens.
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Atomic Tommy.
5b: Tommy gets in trouble in school and his teacher gives him a detention. The Aliens begin to freak out when they find out that he must stay after school doing boring things such as: doing homework, erasing the chalkboard and other humiliating things.
66"Box of Doom"
"Assault of a Rodent"
Dan Zettel
Ray Delaurents
February 26, 2005 (2005-02-26)
6a: The aliens find a locked box in Tommy's basement. The aliens say there's something awful about the box but Tommy doesn't believe them.
Note 1: This episode shows a parody of The Shining, when Gumpers says "here's boxy!" after the "box of doom" lands back in front of the aliens.
Note 2: This episode is included in the DVD volume Lighter Side of Doom.
6b: A stink house mouse invades Tommy's house, eating all of the cheese. Gumpers must fight the mouse to get back his beloved desire, cheese.
77"They Came from Outer Space"
"Tentacles of Terror"
Dan Danko and Tom K. MasonFebruary 27, 2005 (2005-02-27)
7a: Swanky's parents are arriving any minute to check on his progress on Earth. But the only thing he's done so far is whine and complain.
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Spaced Out
7b: Tommy gets to care for the class' pet octopus for the weekend - an octopus that the aliens think must be just as tasty as Tommy's other class pets.
88"The Great Movie Massacre"
"The Day That Wouldn't End"
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason (story and writers), Doug Molitor (story)
March 5, 2005 (2005-03-05)
8a: Tommy tries to make a movie about his home, the lighthouse. Tommy hopes that the movie will be a success.
8b: Tommy has a bad day and the aliens make an invention to stop bad days by repeating the day over.
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Atomic Tommy.
99"It Comes When You Sleep"
"Attack of the Werescruffy"
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason
Ralph Soll
March 6, 2005 (2005-03-06)
9a: The aliens are afraid that the Christmas spirit is contagious, so they secure the lighthouse to try to stop the horrible Santa invasion!
9b: Scruffy turning into the Werescruffy
1010"Sounds of Doom"
"Darkness"
Don GilliesMarch 12, 2005 (2005-03-12)
10a: Forced to take accordion lessons, Tommy gets out of them by making a deal with Swanky, who's a natural on the horrible instrument.
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Lighter Side of Doom.
10b: Dinko doesn't want his best friend Tommy to be afraid of the dark anymore, so he turns out the lights in the entire town and forces Tommy to confront his fears.
1111"She Comes for Your Heart"
"Beast Who Stole My Heart"
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason
Don Gillies
March 13, 2005 (2005-03-13)
11a: Dinko finds out that Tommy's friend, Gabby is going to give her his heart.
11b: Granville's stuffed bird is a huge distraction to Tommy and Flip when Flip falls in love with Granville's fake bird.
1212"Night of the Walking Cannonball"
"It Landed on the Porch"
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason
Ray Delaurents
2005 (2005)
12a: A movie celebrity pops into DeSpray Bay and Tommy and the aliens go to see him.
12b: It's a battle between Tommy and Melba Manners again - whoever can make the best newspaper will win the competition.
1313"Bay of the Triffids"
"Doctor of Doom"
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason (story), Ralph Soll (writer)
2005 (2005)
13a: Dinko tries helping Tommy take care of his mother's plant, until Dinko accidentally turns the plant into an alien-like monster.
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Spaced Out
13b: Tommy's mother tells Tommy that he needs to get his flu shot today. Tommy doesn't want to go to the doctor's so the aliens come up with an idea.
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Lighter Side of Doom.
1414"Invasion of the Balloon People"
"The Little Monster Ball"
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason2005 (2005)
14a: The aliens mistake helium balloons for alien dignitaries. When one of the balloons accidentally pops, they fear they've started a war!
14b: Granville's having a party and Tommy has to go, but Dinko's convinced that it's a trap to destroy Tommy.
1515"The Land That Size Forgot"
"The Day the Food Expired"
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason
Meg McLaughlin
2005 (2005)
15a: Gumpers believes the small town in his snow globe is real.
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Atomic Tommy.
15b: The fridge barely has any food in it.
1616"The Evil That Thumbs Do"
"Terror TV"
Rey Delaurents2005 (2005)
1717"Bad Blood from Beyond"
"The Day Time Stood Still"
Ken Pontac
Rey Delaurents
2005 (2005)
17a
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Spaced Out.
1818"Horror Scope"
"Scare Affair"
Ken Pontac
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason
2005 (2005)
18a
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Aliens Unleashed.
1919"Stage Fright"
"Night of the Cat People"
Scott Peterson
Ray Delaurents
2005 (2005)
19a: Tommy is convinced he should stay far away from the school's talent show because he has no natural talent. That won't stop Dinko!
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Aliens Unleashed.
19b: The aliens adopt a cuddly, friendly kitty - a kitten who turns into a ferocious beast whenever Tommy leaves the room!
2020"Return of the Ghastly Gobbler"
"Shipping and Handling Not Included"
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason
Baz Hawkins and Micheal J. Prescott
2005 (2005)
2121"The Boy Who Became Something..."
"Unleashed Beast of Fury"
Kevin Donahue
Scott Peterson
2005 (2005)
2222"The Creature of the Spray Bay"
"The Alien Who Sold the World"
Kat Likkel and John Hoberg
Don Gillies
2005 (2005)
2323"Beware the Decider Maker"
"I Voted for an Alien"
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason2005 (2005)
2424"A Pirate and His Dog"
"They Took Tommy’s Brain"
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason2005 (2005)
24a:
Note: This episode is included in the DVD volume Aliens Unleashed.
24b: Tommy's bumps his head and can't remember anything - who he is or who is best friend might be! Dinko's determined to teach Tommy how to be human again.
2525"The Boy Who Ate Too Much Taffy"
"The Floating Head"
Rey Delaurents
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason
August 21, 2005 (2005-08-21)[6]
25b: Three cheers for DeSpray Bay as Tommy is roped in to helping Melba build a float for the annual parade. Dinko fears that once the float is finished, it will take Tommy away forever!
2626"The Time That Time Ended"
"The Day of Judgement"
Dan Danko and Tom K. Mason"
"Rey Delaurents
2005 (2005)

Season 2 (2005)

Pet Alien season 2 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal air date [5]
271"The Creature Who Left"
"It Came from the Fan Club"
Dan Danko and Tom K. MasonMay 1, 2005 (2005-05-01)
27a: Swanky's had enough of the uncivilized behavior of Tommy, Dinko, Gumpers and the rest so he packs up and moves out of the lighthouse.
27b: Tommy becomes jealous when he learns that Dinko and Gabby have formed a secret fan club.
282"The World Without Hamburgers"
"Evil That Pinched My Feet"
TBAMay 2, 2005 (2005-05-02)
28a: Dinko decides to give up junk food and eat healthy. Hilarity ensues,
28b: Tommy is the only kid at school without the latest high-tech fad shoe. Dinko helps his best friend by radioactively modifying Tommy\'s shoes.
293"The Earth Boy Who Needed Protection"
"Seventy Foot Tommy"
TBAMay 3, 2005 (2005-05-03)
29a: When Tommy breaks his arm playing soccer, Dinko is heartbroken that he let his best friend get hurt.
29b: When Dinko learns that great humans are honored with statues, he vows that Tommy of Earth shall have his own.
304"Island of Doom"
"Him"
TBAMay 4, 2005 (2005-05-04)
30a: Journeying home to visit his parents, Swanky's Space Bubble crash lands on a desert island, stranding him in the middle of the ocean.
30b: Dinko believes a scarecrow in Melba's yard is waiting for Tommy to come home from school.
315"The Guest Who Wouldn't Leave... Ever"
"Day of the Naked Aliens"
TBAMay 5, 2005 (2005-05-05)
31a: The only way Tommy can become the local Taffimon battle card champion is if he gets an ultra rare Alpha Centaurian Black Hole Warlord card.
31b: When Tommy of Earth explains the importance of clothes, Dinko panics because he's naked.
326"Master Bakers!"
"The Horror That Is Klattou"
TBAMay 6, 2005 (2005-05-06)

32a: When Gumpers sees Gingerbread Man cookies at the local bakery, he mistakenly believes the baker is turning real people into cookies.


32b: A horrible sea monster, Klattou, is slowly making his way to DeSpray Bay to settle an old score with Captain Spangley.
337"He Walks and Talks Like an Alien"
"The Night of Two Tommys +1"
TBAMay 7, 2005 (2005-05-07)

33a: Tommy wants to win the DeSpray Bay MathOlympics and defeat his nemesis, Melba, but he stinks at math.


33b: When Tommy's too busy studying to play soccer with Dinko, he does the next best thing by creating a duplicate Tommy by hotwiring a photocopier.
348"Curse of the Frozen Tommy"
"Night of the Norwegian Boy"
TBAMay 8, 2005 (2005-05-08)

34a: When Tommy stays up all night playing with his friends, he needs to take a quick nap to stay awake during school.


34b: Gumpers plays Cyrano for Granville and helps him win the love of Melba.
359"Curse of the Invisible Boy"
"Remote Control of Doom"
TBAMay 9, 2005 (2005-05-09)

35a: Embarrassed at school, Tommy wishes he was invisible. Unfortunately, he makes that wish in front of Dinko who makes Tommy\'s wish come true!


35b: After Dinko alters Tommy\'s TV remote, the device is able to affect time as if it were a TV. Tommy tries to use the remote to win his school track meet, with comically tragic results.
3610"They Took the Toilet to Outer Space"
"This Phone. This Insanity!"
TBAMay 10, 2005 (2005-05-10)

36a: When the aliens find the lighthouse toilet guilty of ball swallowing, they banish it to outer space. Tommy disagrees with their verdict. He just drank a gigantic soda, and he needs that toilet back!


36b: After Dinko launches the lighthouse into orbit, Tommy gives him a cellphone to contact him directly in case of future emergencies. But just what is an e-mer-gence-eee to an alien from another world?
3711"They Had an Aluminium Ticket"
"The Slo-Mo Terror"
TBAMay 11, 2005 (2005-05-11)
3812"Trapped in the Pink Purse Dimension"
"Race with the Clinton"
TBAMay 12, 2005 (2005-05-12)

38a: Tommy finds a pink purse and violates a sacred Conforma Dimension law by becoming a purse opener.


28b: Tommy enters a soapbox derby determined to beat Clinton, and swears off alien technology after vowing to beat him fair and square.
3913"Big Hand of Fate"
"The Beast That's Stuck in My Foot"
TBAMay 13, 2005 (2005-05-13)

39a: Dinko helps Tommy capture an asteroid for a school science project, but the radiation causes his hand to increase in size.


39b: When Tommy pulls a sea urchin's spine from Gumpers' foot, he inadvertently becomes Gumpers' best friend.
4014"The Black Eye of Doom"
"The Sheriff Was an Alien"
TBAMay 14, 2005 (2005-05-14)

40a: Dinko's Conforma Camera of Destiny reveals that Tommy of Earth will soon have a black eye.


40b: While playing cowboys, Gumpers takes the job of sheriff a little too seriously and arrests Dinko.
4115"Crevice of Doom"
"She Came from Conforma!"
TBAMay 15, 2005 (2005-05-15)

41a: Swanky's class reunion is only days away when he discovers that he has a wrinkle.


41b: Dinko feels that Tommy's mother is a little too strict with him, so he orders a new mother from Conforma.
4216"Terror in My Nose"
"Belch of Destruction"
TBAMay 16, 2005 (2005-05-16)

42a: When Tommy becomes allergic to Dinko, Dinko decides he must leave the lighthouse forever.


42b: Following a 100-course meal celebrating the Conforma Festival of Feastivus, Gumpers discovers that he can't burp.
4317"Gumpers of the Future"
"Planet of the Granvilles"
TBAMay 17, 2005 (2005-05-17)

43a: Gumpers has trouble sleeping, so Tommy suggests his magic pillow will make him feel like he's slept for 100 years.


43b: Tommy, Dinko and Gumpers are transported to an alternate dimension populated by primitive Granvilles and a giant Melba.
4418"The Boy Who Cried "Waaah!""
"The Cow Says "Moo!""
TBAMay 18, 2005 (2005-05-18)

44a: In an effort to freeze Tommy's age and make him young forever, Dinko accidentally turns Tommy into a baby.


44b: Dinko comes to believe that a toy of Tommy's is giving Dinko a secret, coded message.
4519"Duet from Another Dimension!"
"The Doctor Is In... Sane!"
TBAMay 19, 2005 (2005-05-19)

45a: Tommy is chosen to be entertainment director for the upcoming DeSpray Bay Festival. On Dinko\'s recommendation, Tommy books the Conforma singing duo, Shank & Dank, who turn out to be awful singers.


45b: Dr. Daffodil comes to DeSpray to open a medical practice, but when he falls ill, it\'s up to Tommy to nurse him back to health.
4620"The Horrible Workout of Evil"
"The Incredible Floating Boy"
TBAMay 20, 2005 (2005-05-20)

46a: Tommy of Earth hurts his back, so Dinko devises a special fitness program designed to make his best friend stronger.


46b: Dinko breaks gravity, and everything and everyone in DeSpray becomes weightless.
4721"The Lookalike Girl Of Evil"
"Uranus Awaits"
TBAMay 21, 2005 (2005-05-21)

47a: Gabby's identical cousin Jabby is in town and Tommy will do anything to spend time with her, even bailing on his day with Dinko.


47b: When Tommy is grounded for the weekend, Dinko promises to stay with him.
4822"The Night My Brain Froze"
"Scout's Horror"
TBAMay 22, 2005 (2005-05-22)

48a: Tommy and Dinko can't wait to try the new Taffy Blast smoothie from Captain Spangley's Taffy Shop. Unfortunately, Dinko drinks his too fast and gets a brain freeze - at inopportune times, Dinko changes from a monkey to a fish to a baby to a waiter and more.


48b: Gumpers and Tommy join the DeSpray Bay Seagull Scouts and are taken into the forest by Spangley for a series of scout tests.
4923"When TV Ruled the World"
"The Thing with the Ugly Face"
TBAMay 23, 2005 (2005-05-23)

49a: Dinko thinks Tommy of Earth's daily life is more fascinating than TV. So what could be better than recording everything Tommy does and broadcasting it to the entire town?


49b: When Dinko's face gets stuck after riding a rollercoaster, Spangley mistakes him for a monster and leads an angry mob to burn down the lighthouse.
5024"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Swanky"
"The Day That Flip Stood Still"
TBAMay 24, 2005 (2005-05-24)

50a: When Swanky dares to eat his first potato chip, he goes from cranky to super-happy. Unfortunately, a happy Swanky is more annoying than a cranky one and Tommy and Dinko must figure out a way to bring back the original!


50b: When Flip stands still and hibernates, he's mistaken as a rare statue by both Spangley and Granville, who will stop at nothing to obtain him.
5125"When Clinton Ruled the World!"
"Beware the Crack!"
TBAMay 25, 2005 (2005-05-25)

51a: When Tommy and Dinko mess with time in order to get Tommy the day off from school, they accidentally create a new reality where Clinton is the dictator in a society ruled by sports.


51b: Dinko becomes obsessed with Earth superstitions.
5226"The Alien Who Invaded the Taffy Shoppe"
"Hammy of Earth!"
TBAMay 26, 2005 (2005-05-26)

52a: When Tommy is too sick to work, Dinko fills in for him at the taffy shop with tragic results.


52b: Dinko's fear of thunder leads him to take up the world's weirdest security blanket--a 15 pound smoked ham. But when the ham begins to go bad, Tommy must help Dinko overcome his fears and his dependency.

Home media

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released only four compilations of the series on DVD and VHS on October 18, 2005 to February 7, 2006 only in Region 1. Each compilation contained four segment-episodes from the first season.

Pet Alien home video releases
Season Episodes Release dates
 United States
1 2005 26 Volume 1: Atomic Tommy: October 18, 2005[7]
Episodes: "The Amazing Atomic Tommy" • "I Was Teenage Bearded Boy" • "The Day That Wouldn't End" • "The Land That Size Forgot"
Volume 2: Aliens Unleashed: October 18, 2005[8]
Episodes: "The Thing on the Corner" • "Horror Scope" • "Stage Fright" • "A Pirate and His Dog"
Volume 3: Lighter Side of Doom: December 6, 2005[9]
Episodes: "Crater of Doom" • "Box of Doom" • "Sounds of Doom" • "Doctor of Doom"
Volume 4: Spaced Out: February 7, 2006[10]
Episodes: "The Bride of Gumpers" • "They Came From Outer Space" • "Bay of the Triffids" • "Bad Blood From Beyond"

References

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  2. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 148. ISBN 978-1-4766-7293-9.
  3. ^ "Pet Alien". IGN. Retrieved 2021-10-26.
  4. ^ "Daytime Emmy Awards: 2006". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-10-26.
  5. ^ a b "Pet Alien Episodes". EpisodeCalendar. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
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  7. ^ "Pet Alien: Season 1, Volume 1 – Atomic Tommy". Amazon.com. 20th Century Fox. Retrieved October 18, 2005.
  8. ^ "Pet Alien: Season 1, Volume 2 – Aliens Unleashed". Amazon.com. 20th Century Fox. Retrieved October 18, 2005.
  9. ^ "Pet Alien: Season 1, Volume 3 – Lighter Side of Doom". Amazon.com. 20th Century Fox. Retrieved December 6, 2005.
  10. ^ "Pet Alien: Season 1, Volume 4 – Spaced Out". Amazon.com. 20th Century Fox. Retrieved February 7, 2006.