Stripperella
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GenreSuperhero
science fiction[1]
Created byStan Lee
StarringPamela Anderson
Joey Lauren Adams
Mark Hamill
Thomas F. Wilson
Dee Bradley Baker
Jon Cryer
Sirena Irwin
Tom Kenny
Kid Rock
Maurice LaMarche
Vince McMahon
Jill Talley
Theme music composerKid Rock
ComposerAmotz Plessner
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersStan Lee
Kevin Kopelow
Heath Seifert
ProducerKevin Altieri
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesThe Firm
Network Enterprises
Spike Animation
DistributorMTV Networks
Release
Original networkSpike
Original releaseJune 26, 2003 (2003-06-26) –
April 1, 2004 (2004-04-01)

Stripperella (also referred to as Stan Lee's Stripperella) is an American adult animated superhero comedy television series created by Stan Lee for Spike.[2] The lead character is a stripper named Erotica Jones who is secretly the superhero/secret agent Stripperella.[3] The series was produced by The Firm and Spike Animation. It is rated TV-MA in the United States.

Stripperella debuted on Spike TV in summer 2003 and lasted one season with 13 episodes. Anderson described it as not being a raunchy show, despite obvious double entendres and topless nudity (which was blurred out when shown on Spike TV).

In Australia, Stripperella began airing uncensored on SBS TV, starting Monday March 13, 2006, at 21:00 local time (9:00PM), after having previously been restricted to early-morning airings on the Nine Network. In the United Kingdom, Stripperella is aired uncensored as part of the U.K. incarnation of the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block. In Germany, the show aired uncensored on Comedy Central Germany available for all audiences. In Italy, it is aired on FX Italia, uncensored and unrated; in Latin America is transmitted by MTV Latin America; and in Brazil was transmitted by Multishow.

Background

Biography

Erotica Jones AKA Stripperella is an extremely attractive, unbearably beautiful, and insanely sexy dancer with a literally perfect body. Many people are jealous of Erotica's bust size, especially her coworkers. At the club, more people drool over her than anybody else. On a news interview, a reporter fawned over her lips, bosom, and legs. Erotica said she enjoys her pleasantly but extremely revealing outfits because she enjoys showing off her irresistible "assets".

She also has a brother named Chipperella (Jon Cryer), who also happened to be a stripper living the double life as a superhero and secret agent. He was briefly mentioned when Stripperella temporarily lost faith in her crime fighting abilities after having been shrunken by Small Fry. He appears in a flashback as a hunky blonde and is affectionately referred to by Erotica and Chief Stroganoff as "Chip." In a humorous anecdote, Stroganoff tells Stripperella that her brother's memory was erased, later being mostly restored except for the word 'quit' which was forever erased from his memory.

Appearance

Stripperella is a drop-dead gorgeous young lady with blonde hair that is styled into a big-bouffant, blue eyes, glossy lips, coppertone complexion, big breasts, long legs, plump buttocks, and flawless skin. She wears an indigo-colored, provocative-looking superheroine uniform that consists of an eye-mask, windowed-jacket, short-skirt, tight-panties, and thigh-high heeled boots, but is some episodes her boots are shorter.

The animation style changed halfway through the show's run, becoming brighter and revamping the looks of many of the show's major characters. Stripperella, for example, was now drawn with a cowl having larger eyeholes that look similar to Batgirl's, as well as exaggerated body features such as longer legs, a smaller waist, and fuller breasts that are now the same size as when Erotica inflated them in Season 1's 11th episode Cheapo by the Dozen. Fellow stripper Persephone now had a darker complexion and an accent that inexplicably changed from episode to episode.

Personality

Erotica is known to be sweet, bubbly, ditzy and slightly naive. However, she is known to be serious, patient, cautious, attentive, brave and courageous. Her greatest dream ever since she was a little girl is to become a bride, she has a heart of gold and beautiful on the inside as well as the outside.

Powers & Abilities:

When Erotica is Stripperella, she is known to have several powers that she uses, whether it's her big breasts or her extraordinary body.

Gadgets & Gizmos

Stripperella has access to a number of super-technological make-up themed or Bond-esque devices of questionable usefulness.

Recurring characters

Episodes

Note: What follows is the chronology according to the DVD release. Spike TV aired the episodes out of order. The air dates have not been changed.

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1
2
"Beauty and the Obese"Kevin AltieriKevin Kopelow & Heath SeifertJune 26, 2003 (2003-06-26)
October 2, 2003 (2003-10-02)
In the premiere episode, Stripperella must face-off against her first threat, Dr. Cesarean, a plastic surgeon who's injecting beautiful models with deadly implants that make them gain weight and become obese.
After discovering the villain responsible for turning several supermodels hideously fat, Stripperella learns that one of them has been "booby-trapped" with a bomb disguised as a breast implant.
3"Crime Doesn't Pay...Seriously, It Really Doesn't"Troy AdomitisKevin Kopelow & Heath SeifertJuly 3, 2003 (2003-07-03)
Stripperella goes up against that low-rate villain, Cheapo, a criminal whose idea of a prime robbery would be knocking over an 89 cent store.
4"Everybody Loves Pushy"Troy AdomitisKevin Kopelow & Heath SeifertJuly 10, 2003 (2003-07-10)
Stripperella discovers the truth behind the success of Pushy Galore's home shopping networks, which is that Pushy's products have been the product of forced slave labor, genetic manipulation of animals, and the flesh of her husbands.
5"The Wrath of Klinko"Kevin AltieriKevin Kopelow & Heath SeifertJuly 17, 2003 (2003-07-17)
Klinko, a copy store master, uses his copy machines to brainwash customers into criminals and carry out his multiple dirty deeds.
6"You Only Lick Twice"Kevin AltieriKevin Kopelow & Heath SeifertJuly 24, 2003 (2003-07-24)
We're introduced to the evil Queen Clitoris who, from her hidden island hide-out, uses her computer to hold the world hostage as she made various demands, one of which is the sexy Armando. However, it would turn out to be part of her scheme to launch a nuclear winter with her and Armando as the last two people on Earth.
7"The Bridesmaid"Mario PilusoSteve HollandFebruary 12, 2004 (2004-02-12)
After being the bridesmaid and never the bride 226 times, Molly Lumpkin goes on a citywide rampage. Kidnapping grooms from weddings, Lumpkin plans to choose one to marry and kill the rest with a laser engagement ring. Stripperella must stage a fake wedding and risk her very own "Mr. Right". This is the first episode for which the animation style is altered.
8"Evil Things Come in Small Packages"Mario PilusoSteve HollandFebruary 19, 2004 (2004-02-19)
Small Fry wants to shrink everything down so he can be big and tall. Stripperella runs to ruin his plans but she gets shrunk. The Chief talks to Stripperella and convinces her that being small doesn't matter. So Stripperella goes and wins. Meanwhile, Cat, fellow stripper, learns about Erotica's secret double life. The problem is, she keeps getting hit in the head and forgetting it...then learning it again...then getting hit in the head again. Finally, Stripperella returns to normal size, but her breasts are much larger than normal size. Stripperella wants her breasts reduced to normal, and by the next scene, they are, if not a little smaller.
9"Eruption Junction, What's Your Function"Mario PilusoSteve FreemanFebruary 26, 2004 (2004-02-26)
Someone is kidnapping all the smart kids at high school and it's up to Stripperella (disguised as student "Kathy Teria") to stop the kidnapper. This episode also has a brief musical number, performed by several young men chasing Stripperella.
10"The Evil Magicians"Mario PilusoKevin Kopelow & Heath SeifertMarch 4, 2004 (2004-03-04)
Erotica is up for the Stripper of the Year Award in fabulous Las Vegas, but Stripperella has to stop a pair of robbing masked evil magicians. Can Erotica get the award? Will Stripperella foil the crooks in time? And will Kevin ever get his money back?
11"Cheapo by the Dozen"Mario PilusoKevin Kopelow & Heath SeifertMarch 11, 2004 (2004-03-11)
Cheapo's back and ready to steal several bars of copper worth at least $16, with the help of Erotica going under the alias Robin Stuff. Meanwhile, Kevin gets into trouble over a misunderstanding in a casino, lands in jail and wins a Hawaiian vacation.
12"The Return of the Queen"Mario PilusoKevin Kopelow & Heath SeifertMarch 18, 2004 (2004-03-18)
Queen Clitoris comes again, and this time she wants Stripperella dead! So Clitoris hatches a fiendish plot and lures Stripperella into her lair on a secluded island. Can Stripperella get off the island in time to save her own life?
13"The Curse of the WereBeaver"Mario PilusoSteve HollandApril 1, 2004 (2004-04-01)
An asthmatic motorist runs off the road to avoid hitting an animal and slams into a tree. He is bitten by the animal—a glowing werebeaver—and he turns into a giant glowing werebeaver that runs amok, chewing through anything made of wood and terrorizing the population. Stripperella must stop this rampaging werebeaver without violating her ethics on harming cute furry animals.

Critical reception

Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gave the show a positive review, saying that it was "unexpectedly clever, albeit sometimes crude", and that its "tongue in cheek" humor was reminiscent of the 1960s Batman series.[4]

Home media

The Complete DVD boxed set released on February 22, 2005, contains uncensored versions with a new opening theme replacing the original Kid Rock song.[5] Recently, Paramount and Viacom have allowed Mill Creek Entertainment to acquire the distribution rights to any future DVD reissues.

Comic books

Originally there was to have been a promotional Stripperella comic published by Humanoids Publishing (publishers of Métal Hurlant magazine) alongside the animated series,[6] but creative differences between Spike TV and Pamela Anderson saw it canceled before publication.

Legal controversy

In 2003, ex-stripper Janet Clover, a.k.a. "Jazz", a.k.a. "Stripperella", filed a lawsuit in the Daytona Beach, Florida circuit court against Viacom, Stan Lee, and Pamela Anderson, claiming she is Stripperella's true creator and Stan Lee stole her idea when she discussed it during a "private dance session".[7]

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Stripperella [Animated TV Series]". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 798–799. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 602–603. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ Owen, Rob (June 22, 2003). "TV Reviews: Cartoons for guys premiere on Spike TV". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  5. ^ Lambert, David (December 5, 2004). "Stripperella – Uncensored DVDs for Stan Lee/Pamela Anderson Cartoon". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on September 15, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Humanoids to publish Stripperella one-shot". ICV2. March 28, 2003.
  7. ^ "Will the real Stripperella please..." Chicago Tribune. July 10, 2003. Retrieved August 7, 2014.