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The Misadventures of Gecko
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The series logo from season three to seven
Genre Animated series
Satire
Comedy-drama
Slapstick
Action/adventure
Slice of life
Created By Ralf Hat
Written By Ralf Hat
Thatstuff
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Directed By Ralf Hat
Thatstuff
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Voices Of Billy West
Tom Kenny
Richard Steven Horvitz
Ralf Hat
Joe Alaskey
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
Original Language(s) English
№ 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"
"The Sherry Show"
Network Kingson
The Misadventures of Gecko (shortened as Gecko) is an American animated comedy series, created by Ralf Hat and developed by him and Thatstuff. It follows the life and times of the titular character and his friends who live in a residential housing mansion in New York City. The friends embark on adventures throughout their area, encountering various friends and foes, and acknowledging themes including friendship, trustiness, and respect.

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. 

It is produced by Modern Media Entertainment and was deubt as the first animated series to be produced by it. Other production companies include: Warner Bros. Television, and Warner Bros. Animation

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.

Overview

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.

Characters

Main characters

  • 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.

Secondary characters

  • 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)

Minor characters

  • 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)

Recurring

Episodes

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

Trivia

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History

Early inspirations

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Pitching and broadcasting

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Production

Writing

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Cast

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Music

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Broadcast

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.

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Reception

Critical reception

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Media

Theatrical film

Main article: Gecko's Million Dollar Movie

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Television film

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. 

Home media

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Video games

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Merchandise and toys

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2005 reboot series

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Gallery

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