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Slice of life
|Created By||Ralf Hat|
|Written By||Ralf Hat|
|Directed By||Ralf Hat|
|Voices Of||Billy West|
Richard Steven Horvitz
|Theme Music Composer||James L. Venable|
|Opening Theme||"The Misadventures of Gecko Theme"|
|Ending Theme||"The Misadventures of Gecko Theme"|
|Country Of Origin||United States|
|№ Of Seasons||7|
|№ Of Episodes||102|
|First Aired||February 17, 1994|
|Last Aired||December 4, 1999|
|Running Time||22 minutes (usually two 11 minute segments connected into each episode)|
45 minutes (specials)
|Production Company(s)||Modern Media Entertainment|
|Related Shows||"Instruments & Instruments"|
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The series concept dates back to creator, Ralf Hat's childhood. Hat had an interest into computer graphic designing and animation at the California Arts Institute, which led him into pitching a bunch of short films featuring Gecko and other characters, who would soon be seen in the original television show on Kingson. In 1991, during Hat's third year at CalArts, he conceived the show. Using animation cels to animate, Hat managed to get the voices of the main cast of Billy West (Gecko), Tom Kenny (M-Bunny), and Richard Steven Horvitz (Fred). During the series mid development, it was announced to air on Kingson.
The series officially premiered on Kingson on February 17, 1994, and aired seven seasons from 1994 to 1999, with 102 episodes. All episodes are either written and directed by Ralf Hat or Thatstuff, and are animated by Rough Draft Studios in South Korea.
The Misadventures of Gecko has received generally favorable reviews from television critics. Most critics would praise the writing, messages, and humor. With a rise of popularity in 1998, Gecko's Million Dollar Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on April 14, 1998, grossing over $140 million.
The Misadventures of Gecko is a comedy series which mainly follows the exploits of junior high students, roommates, and best friends― Gecko, Fred, and M-Bunny. The three reside in a residential housing mansion, own by the strictly caring ― Daniel T. Maniel (who is often pestered by the main characters). Like real life humans, the characters go to school, goof off, and get in trouble, and usually learning from their mistakes.
The show is set in a fictional neighborhood called Timberlane in New York City. With episodes combining slapstick humor, and satire with action, adventure, mystery and sometimes fantasy.
The series contains a variety of characters and story building, bringing up morals including responsibility, friendship, trustiness, etc.
- Gecko McKek (voiced by Billy West) A 12 year-old Madagascar day gecko and the primary character of the series. He is a very keen and mischievous individual with little sense of morality and a whole lot stubborn. Gecko is a rebellious, risk-taking, adventurer who has a taste for action. He lives with his friends in the mansion, where he usually stays at. Though his selfishness builds up a tad in his personality, Gecko is mostly shown as compassionate and utterly loving to his friends and those around him.
- M-Bunny (voiced by Tom Kenny) An Eastern cottontail rabbit and Gecko and Fred's best friend. M-Bunny, like Gecko is very vain and stubborn, however, takes his selfishness to a new level.
- Fred (voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz) A squirrel monkey and Gecko and M-Bunny's best friend. Fred is the series tritagonist, and is portrayed as a rather childish character, holding both immature and sensitive personality.
- Daniel T. Maniel (voiced by Ralf Hat) Dan is a busy and well suited multimillionaire businessman, and the owner of the Timberland Residential Housing Mansion.
- Woof Woof (voiced by Frank Welker)
- Chelonii McTurtles (voiced by Joe Alaskey)
- Greeny (voiced by Matt Hill)
- Squirmo Wormo (voiced by Keith Ferguson)
- Jessica (voiced by Tara Strong)
- Crocodile Jackson (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui)
- Babs Crowmin (voiced by Cree Summer) A mean spirited bully at Gecko's school. Babs is a sentient scarecrow who usually keeps her dark and embarrassing secrets to herself. She attempts to deem herself as "cool" by humiliating those who she believes are inferior to her (like Gecko and his friends).
- Snake n' Eyes (voiced by Tom Kane and Justin Shenkarow)
- Mr. Indeed (voiced by Ralf Hat) Mr. Indeed is Gecko's imaginary conscious which takes form of a painting of William Clark, hanged in the local library. Gecko usually visits Indeed for guidance and pleasure during tough situations. Indeed tends to be extremely impatient and obviously has a superiority complex.
- Chef Octi Origami (voiced by Sab Shimono) A Japanese chef in the mansion, and an octopus.
- Ms. Killman (voiced by Tara Strong)
- Principal Mahl (voiced by Ralf Hat)
- Mr. Clamming (voiced by Ralf Hat)
- Captain Generic (voiced by Adam West)
- Grape Juice
- Clever Trevor (voiced by Tom Kenny)
- Nurse Penny (voiced by Mary Kay Bergman)
- Renée Amour (Janice Kawaye
- Sir Greg (voiced by Janice Kawaye)
- Main article: The Misadventures of Gecko/Episode Guide
|#||Season||Episodes||Years||Originally aired||DVD Release|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2|
|1||10||1994||February 17, 1994||July 30, 1994||TBA||TBA|
|2||14||1995||May 13, 1995||August 12, 1995||TBA||TBA|
|3||12||1995-1996||October 21, 1995||January 7, 1996||TBA||TBA|
|4||19||1996-1997||November 16, 1996||April 20, 1997||TBA||TBA|
|5||19||1997-1998||November 15, 1997||March 21, 1998||TBA||TBA|
|6||19||1998-1999||October 10, 1998||February 13, 1999||TBA||TBA|
|7||13||1999||August 7, 1999||December 4, 1999||TBA||TBA|
Pitching and broadcasting
In the US, the series was given the TV-Y7 rating, sometimes with the (FV) sub rating, but changed to a TV-G and TV-PG rating during reruns. It only aired on Kingson for its entire run. Reruns began airing from 2000-2004 and later to 2008-2012 on the channel. The show began airing on syndication in 2003 on Featherman Network.
- Main article: Gecko's Million Dollar Movie
- Main article: Gecko (2004 film)
The film, Gecko was released as a television movie, which premiered on Kingson on June 6, 2004. The film was a tenth anniversary dedication to the series, and stared the original cast in their character roles.
Merchandise and toys
2005 reboot series