Snorks
Title card
Genre
Created byNic Broca
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Ferry Wienneke (S01, WW version)
  • Hoyt Curtin (Season 1–2, U.S. version)
  • Chase/Rucker Productions (Season 3–4, U.S./WW versions)
Opening theme
  • "Snorks" (Season 1, Worldwide)
  • "Let's Snork a Happy Song" (Season 1, U.S.)
  • "We're the Snorks" (Season 2, U.S.)
  • "Come Along with the Snorks" (Season 3–4, Worldwide)
Ending theme
  • "Snorks" (Instrumental)
  • "Let's Snork a Happy Song" (Instrumental)
  • "We're the Snorks" (Instrumental)
  • "Come Along with the Snorks" (Instrumental)
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Belgium
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes65 (108 segments + pilot episode) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
Editors
  • Gil Iverson
  • Robert Ciaglia (Season 3–4)
Running time
  • 12 minutes
  • 24 minutes (later episodes)
Production companies
Original release
Network
ReleaseSeptember 15, 1984 (1984-09-15) –
March 15, 1989 (1989-03-15)

Snorks is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera & SEPP International in collaboration with 3M France and ran for a total of 4 seasons, consisting of a pilot episode and 65 episodes (108 segments), on NBC from September 15, 1984, to March 15, 1989. The program continued to be available in syndication from 1987 to 1989 as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera's third season.[1]

Origins

Early years (1977–1981)

In 1977, Freddy Monnickendam, a Belgian businessman and artist, first made contact with the comics industry when he negotiated the rights for the Smurfs comics to Father Abraham. He later became the head of SEPP, a branch of Dupuis, as an editor responsible for the merchandising of the Smurfs' comic series. Then he negotiated the contract between Peyo, NBC and Hanna-Barbera for the creation of a new Smurfs cartoon series; Peyo wanted the show to be as faithful as possible to his original comics, but Monnickendam wanted it to be more mainstream and accessible. These negotiations would later result in a legal dispute between the two men due to the division of the rights and the money involved. As a final result, Monnickendam decided to compete with the Smurfs' success, starting a new series of cartoons.

Development, concept and first comic book (1981–1984)

In June 1981, Nic Broca created the earlier character designs that were made for "Diskies", a very early iteration, made for the comic series Spirou et Fantasio.[2][3] Soon, the debut Snorks comic book was published in January 1982 by Broca himself.[4] Freddy Monnickendam, after battling with fellow Belgian cartoonist Peyo in court, searched for a series that could rival the success of The Smurfs, as he tried and failed to buy its rights since 1977. He acquired the Snorks' rights from Nic Broca, and both started a partnership with Hanna-Barbera for the production of this new cartoon series. After that, a three-minute Snorks pilot episode was then made for NBC, although it has not been seen by the public.

Premiere as cartoon series (1984–1989)

Snorks premiered on September 15, 1984, and ended on May 13, 1989. It aired for five years. Unlike Freddy Monnickendam had hoped, he was not able to take the Snorks' success to the same heights as The Smurfs, which resulted on the end of his partnership with Broca, and finally, the disbanding of SEPP. Although the Snorks' success was limited, the cartoon show gained fans worldwide, making appearances in popular culture and gaining various product lines.[5]

Synopsis

The Snorks are a race of small, colorful anthropomorphic sea creatures that live in the undersea world of Snorkland. They have snorkels on their heads, which are used to propel them swiftly through the water.[6][7]

Voice cast

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Main

Recurring

Additional voices

Episodes

Main article: List of Snorks episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Pilot1982 (1982)
113September 15, 1984 (1984-09-15)December 15, 1984 (1984-12-15)
210September 14, 1985 (1985-09-14)December 21, 1985 (1985-12-21)
313September 12, 1987 (1987-09-12)December 15, 1987 (1987-12-15)
429September 12, 1988 (1988-09-12)March 15, 1989 (1989-03-15)

Home media

On September 25, 2012, Warner Archive released Snorks: The Complete First Season on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection label. The release is available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[8] In addition, 39 episodes have been released on Hulu per a distribution agreement with Content Media Corporation. On July 7, 2015, Warner Archive released Snorks: The Complete Second Season on DVD in region 1.[9] On December 6, 2016, Warner Archive released Snorks: The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons.[10]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 13 September 25, 2012
The Complete Second Season 10 July 7, 2015
The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons 42 December 6, 2016

See also

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 756–757. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ "Nic Broca | Lambiek Comiclopedia". Lambiek.net. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  3. ^ "Chronologie des Aventures de Spirou & Fantasio". Spirou.perso.free.fr. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  4. ^ "Les snorky -pub- Snorkels". Bedetheque.com. 2014-09-21. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  5. ^ Bailey, Elizabeth (May 1, 1988). "Snorks and popples". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
  6. ^ Sennett, Ted (1989). The Art of Hanna-Barbera: Fifty Years of Creativity. Studio. p. 237. ISBN 978-0670829781. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  7. ^ David Perlmutter (2014-03-18). America Toons In: A History of Television Animation. McFarland. p. 182. ISBN 9780786476503. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  8. ^ "The Snorks DVD news: Announcement for The Snorks - The Complete 1st Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2012-09-25. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  9. ^ "The Snorks DVD news: Release Date for Snorks - The Complete 2nd Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2015-06-30. Archived from the original on 2015-09-15. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  10. ^ "Snorks: The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons". Amazon.com. 6 December 2016.