Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf (1986 TV series).jpg
Also known asThe Cartoon Adventures of Teen Wolf
GenreAdventure
Animation
Written byLinda Woolverton
Rowby Goren
Gordon Kent
Michael Reaves
Bruce Reid Schaefer
Directed byGordon Kent
Creative directorChris Cuddington
Voices ofTownsend Coleman
James Hampton
Don Most
June Foray
Stacy Keach Sr.
Theme music composerOpening Theme:
John Lewis Parker
Barry Mann
Closing Theme:
Ashley Hall
Stephanie Tyrell
Country of originUnited States
Australia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes21 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersJonathan Dana
Buzz Potamkin
ProducerGordon Kent
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesSouthern Star/Hanna-Barbera Australia
Clubhouse Pictures (Season 1)
Atlantic/Kushner-Locke (Season 2)
DistributorMGM Worldwide Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release13 September 1986 (1986-09-13) –
7 November 1987 (1987-11-07)
Chronology
Preceded byTeen Wolf
Related showsTeen Wolf (2011 TV series)
Teen Wolf Too

Teen Wolf, known as The Cartoon Adventures of Teen Wolf in the United Kingdom, is an animated television series broadcast from 1986 to 1987 that was produced by Southern Star/Hanna-Barbera Australia in association with Clubhouse Pictures in the first season and Atlantic/Kushner-Locke in the second season. It was based on the 1985 live-action film, Teen Wolf.[1]

Summary

The series is about a teenage boy and his family who can transform into werewolves, focusing on themes of coming of age and fitting in. While generally keeping true to the main ideas, this version made some changes from the film.[2]

Scott Howard and his family now live in the fictional town of Wolverton, a small town constantly drawing tourists because of its history of werewolf sightings.[3] (In the film the town was called 'Beacontown'.) Scott was an only child who lived with his father in the film, the cartoon gave him a little sister and grandparents.

Despite the youth audience, the cartoon series delivered very powerful critiques of disability as civil rights. Freely invoking an asthma attack or seizure, the series centered on how Scott felt "weird" immediately before and during his werewolf transformation.

Although he never hurt anybody while he was a werewolf, Scott was conscious of his difference from other teenagers and had to make accommodations for himself. He also expressed frustration that the residents of this town had stereotyped "his people". Boof's father Mayor Marconi is a semi-antagonist to the Howard family in the cartoon and is unaware his daughter is in love with a werewolf. But he never appears in the earlier live-action film.

A jock named Mick who now also attends Wolverton High constantly picks on Scott for being the "outsider". Mick attended a different high school in the film. Pamela is a cheerleader in the cartoon while in the film she really did not show much school spirt.

Characters

From left to right: Boof, Scott, Harold (above), Lupe (below) and Grandpa Howard.
From left to right: Boof, Scott, Harold (above), Lupe (below) and Grandpa Howard.

Cast

History

Although the cartoon series ran for three years, the third year was entirely reruns. The main character dressed in similar clothing to the cartoon Scott Howard, the "wolfman" design was nearly identical, and the quests to hide the secret and fit in at high school are features of the cartoon and not the film.

Episodes

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Season 1 (1986)

No. Title Original air date Production
code
1"Teen Wolf's Family Secret"13 September 1986 (1986-09-13)01
Scott must recover his werewolf family album before his family secret is revealed.
2"The Werewolf Buster"20 September 1986 (1986-09-20)02
A werewolf hunter comes to the town of Wolverton and Scott and his family must find and warn Grandpa who is hunting turkey in the woods before the werewolf hunter catches up.
3"Shopworn Wolf"27 September 1986 (1986-09-27)03
Stiles turns the Howard Hardware Store into a club while Scott's father is out of town.
4"The Beast Within"4 October 1986 (1986-10-04)04
The Howard family starts acting crazy and more feral than usual among turning into werewolves, and the cause is eventually linked to Lupe's science project.
5"Up a Family Tree"11 October 1986 (1986-10-11)05
Scott's family reunion is happening and his cousin almost reveals the family secret.
6"Grampa's[sic] in the Doghouse"18 October 1986 (1986-10-18)06
Grandpa Howard is accidentally picked up by the Wolverton Dog Catcher! This is a rare episode where Grandpa and Grandma Howward appear human for several scenes at a time. Usually they look down upon 'passing'.
7"Wolf Pride"25 October 1986 (1986-10-25)07
Scott is offended by a werewolf horror movie being produced right in Wolverton, and wants to try and change the plot so it's more true to real life.
8"Wolf of My Dreams"1 November 1986 (1986-11-01)08
Scott and Stiles set out to Hollywood to meet Shayna the She-Wolf.
9"Leader of the Pack"8 November 1986 (1986-11-08)09
Stiles recommends the "Wolf pack" to be the entertainers for the Wolverton Festival. However, this bike gang brings big trouble and Scott must find a way to scare them out of town.
10"The Curse of the Red Paw"15 November 1986 (1986-11-15)10
Scott and his family make a trip to Rottenberg, Transylvania to reconnect with their past. However, danger lurks when the townspeople seem very spooked by the castle the family inherited. After a series of frightening instances, the family realizes there is nothing to be frightened about.
11"The All-American Werewolf"22 November 1986 (1986-11-22)11
After the Howards are selected to be the "All American Family" will their secret get out?
12"Under My Spell"29 November 1986 (1986-11-29)12
A new family moves in that turns everyone in Wolverton except the Howards into zombies.
13"Teen Wolf Punks Out"6 December 1986 (1986-12-06)13
Stile's car breaks down and a group of punks offer to help.

Season 2 (1987)

No. Title Original air date Production
code
14"Teen Wolf's Curse"19 September 1987 (1987-09-19)14
Grandma’s longtime foe Zazu casts a curse on the Howards that turns anybody they touch into werewolves.
15"It's No Picnic Being Teen Wolf"26 September 1987 (1987-09-26)15
Scott has to watch over Grandpa for the weekend while Grandma is out of town, but it's the same weekend as the school picnic. Grandpa tags along with Scott and his friends, leaving Scott embarrassed in spite of Grandpa being able to keep up with the other teens. During a three legged race, Scott wolfs out and flees, leaving it up to Grandpa to find him.
16"Toot Toot Tut Tut and All That Rot"3 October 1987 (1987-10-03)16
The werewolf mascot costume is stolen by the uppity Upson High boys, right before the big game. Scott and Stiles must outsmart the snobbish Upson boys in order to retrieve the costume, or they'll have to find a new mascot entirely.
17"Down on the Farm"10 October 1987 (1987-10-10)17
Scott and his family must quickly figure out how to calm down the animals on a farm in order to effectively perform the daily chores.
18"Diary of a Mad Werewolf"17 October 1987 (1987-10-17)18
The statue of the "Werewolf on Horseback" is stolen with the diary of Scott's great Uncle, one of the town founders, hidden in it.
19"Teen Wolf Come Home"24 October 1987 (1987-10-24)19
Scott bumps his head and can't remember who is or that he is a werewolf.
20"Scott and the Howlers"31 October 1987 (1987-10-31)20
After Scott and his rock band perform a song on a televised talent show, Scott is discovered by a record label that wants to sign him. However, after realizing that the record label wants him to leave his friends behind, he must weigh the value of fame versus friends.
21"Howlin' Cousins"7 November 1987 (1987-11-07)21
Scott visits his cousin, Todd, but the two have nothing in common. As Scott tries to help Todd come out of his shell, he realizes that he and his cousin are much more alike than he initially thought. NOTE: Todd Howard was a character in the live action movie Teen Wolf Too which had starred Jason Bateman. It is unknown if Todd was supposed to be added for a potential third season of this cartoon.

Home media

Video releases

United Kingdom

Release name
Release date
Classifaction
Publisher
Format
Language Subtitles Notes
REF
The Cartoon Adventures of Teen Wolf - Part One Unknown U Entertainment in Video PAL English None [4]
The Cartoon Adventures of Teen Wolf - Part Two Unknown U Entertainment in Video PAL English None
The Cartoon Adventures of Teen Wolf - Part Three Unknown U Entertainment in Video PAL English None
Teen Wolf – Teen Wolf's Curse/ Howlin' Cousins Unknown U Video Gems PAL English None [5]

United States

Release name
Release date
Classifaction
Publisher
Format
Language Subtitles Notes
REF
Teen Wolf: All American Werewolf 1 January 1998 Unknown Avid Home Entrainment NTSC English None containing two episodes [6]
Teen Wolf: Wolf of My Dreams 14 September 1993 Unknown Family Home Entrainment NTSC English None containing four episodes [7]

DVD releases

In 2017, Shout! Factory was set to release the entire Teen Wolf animated series on DVD-Video in Region 1 for the very first time in September of that year.[8] However, on 29 June 2017 Shout! Factory announced via Twitter that the release was delayed pending the resolution of a previously unforeseen legal issue.[9]

Title Episodes Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Notes
Teen Wolf: The Complete Animated Series 1–21 Delayed Indefinitely 18 April 2008[10] Three disc box set

References

  1. ^ "Saturday Morning: Good And Bad". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 635. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 832–833. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  4. ^ "The Cartoon Adventures of Teen Wolf". paxholley.net. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Teen Wolf's Curse". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  6. ^ Teen Wolf: All American Werewolf [VHS]. ASIN 630203261X.
  7. ^ Teen Wolf: Wolf of My Dreams [VHS] (1986). ASIN 6301344308.
  8. ^ Teen Wolf - Long-Awaited, Long-Anticipated: 'The Complete Animated Series' on DVD! Archived 8 June 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ @ShoutFactory (29 June 2017). "@roguescholar13 It's TBD at this..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Teen Wolf: The Complete Animated Series". atlanticdvd.com. Archived from the original on 30 May 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2011.