Wouldn’t it be nice to be trapped on a desert island with your best friend and your crush? Would it be great if you could satiate all of your nerdly needs by exploring and researching the island? Why don’t we throw in a couple human eating monsters, just to keep your life interesting, like on Nerds and Monsters.
Target demographic: 6-12
Length: 11-minute segments
Style: 2D animated
Production Company: Slap Happy Cartoons Inc. (founded by the creators of this show!)
First aired: March 2014
Seasons: One currently out, just greenlit for a second.
Created by: Josh Mepham, Kathy A. Rocchio, Greg Sullivan and Vito Viscomi
- TVE (Spain)
- Canal+ Family (France and Africa)
- E-Junior (UAE)
- Noga (Israel)
- MBC Kids (Middle East)
The premise: Three nerds and a jock become stranded on a monster-ridden island. The humans use their brains (and the jock’s brawn) to outsmart the relentless monsters each day.
The Humans: three super nerds and a misplaced jock.
Dudley (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) – The OCD, egotistical, self-proclaimed leader with a short man complex.
Irwin (voiced by Vincent Tong who also voices the main character, Dan from Packages from Planet X, check out my previous blog post) – He is an allergy-ridden perv who tries to woo Becky.
Becky (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) – She is always looking to collect new data on the island. She is also the only girl on the island and Irwin’s crush.
Stan (voiced by Ty Olsson- also played Troll in Packages from Planet X) – A dumb football player with unlimited enthusiasm. (My favourite kind of combo.)
Some of the monsters:
Zarg (voiced by Brian Dobson) – The chief of the monsters who wants to either eat or overthrow the humans on his island.
Lyle (voiced by Brian Drummond) – The only nerdy monster of the group. He tries to learn “how to human” but only makes matters worse for the nerds and Stan.
Vink (voiced by Michael Daingerfield) – A giant pink child-like monster who thinks with his stomach. There are many adventures to be had with his digestive tract alone.
What I like about this show:
- The theme song explains premise
- Love the poop/fart humour
- The difference in what the nerds and monsters find normal is hilarious. What is disgusting to the monsters is perfectly healthy food for the humans.
Stan the jock and Vink the dumbest monster are my favourite. They both live such blissfully ignorant lives. They are so enthusiastic, love to eat and love to play. Both eager to go along with anything they are instructed to do.
A monster trying to become human is a beautiful tale! *Sniff* Will Lyle ever be as nerdy as the humans? Will he ever understand why humans do all those weird things like tickling, swimming and what the heck is ‘writing’? I’m excited to see how this will develop in Season 2!