Dave the Barbarian

Dave the Barbarian

Promotional poster
Genre Adventure
Created by Doug Langdale
Directed by Howy Parkins
Voices of
Narrated by Jeff Bennett
Composer(s) Shawn Patterson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 21 (40 segments) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Doug Langdale
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Walt Disney Television Animation
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Original network Disney Channel
Picture format 1080i (16:9) (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
First shown in United States
Original release January 23, 2004 (2004-01-23) – January 22, 2005 (2005-01-22)

Dave the Barbarian is an American animated television series created by Doug Langdale for Disney Channel . The show centers on a barbarian named Dave and his friends and family, who go on surreal Medieval-themed adventures. The series premiered on January 23, 2004[1] and ended on January 22, 2005, with a total of one season and 21 episodes. Reruns aired from January 23, 2005 to December 28, 2009. Reruns have also aired on Toon Disney until February 13, 2009 when the channel shut down.


The series takes place in the kingdom of Udrogoth during the Middle Ages. It centers on Dave (voiced by Danny Cooksey), a powerful yet cowardly barbarian who lives with his older sister Candy (Erica Luttrell) and younger sister Fang (Tress MacNeille). His parents, Throktar and Glimia, are the King and Queen, but are away "fighting evil" across the world (though they sometimes communicate via a magic crystal ball or cauldron), and have left Candy in charge of the kingdom as Princess Regent while Dave is supposed to defend the kingdom (since he is the biggest). Together the three siblings, along with their "wizard" uncle Oswidge, are left to run and protect the kingdom.

There is a Narrator, referred to either as "the Narrator" or "the Storyteller." He is able to talk to the characters of the show, and vice versa, which breaks the fourth wall. In fact, he was once captured by The Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy, and was forced to tell the story from his kidnapper's commands.


The show was created and written by Doug Langdale. After premiering on Disney in 2004, it began broadcasting on Toon Disney a year later. In Latin America, the show was broadcast on Jetix.

Much like its predecessors Hagar the Horrible, The Flintstones and the short-lived The Roman Holidays, Dave the Barbarian juxtaposes both the ancient and modern. Candy, for example, shops in the local mall and uses the crystal ball for online shopping sprees. Occasionally, the series even breaks the fourth wall with a character directly addressing the audience or even communicating to the narrator.


Main characters

Secondary characters



# Title Written By US Air Date Production Code
1"The Maddening Sprite of the Stump / Shrink Rap"The Maddening Sprite of the Stump Mark Drop
Shrink Rap David Warick, Amy DeBatrolemis
January 23, 2004 (2004-01-23)108

The Maddening Sprite of the Stump: Lula gets stuck in a tree stump during Dave's attempt to guard the Enchanted Forest against a giant man-eating muffin. When the royal family is unable to free Lula, a tiny, winged sprite establishes himself as the ruler of Udrogoth.

Shrink Rap: Dave believes helping others is his whole purpose in life and starts giving out advice as a "psychofloobicologist", later giving advice to Quosmir.
2"Pet Threat / Lula's First Barbarian"Pet Threat Tom Minton
Lula's First Barbarian Evan Gore, Heather Lombard
January 23, 2004 (2004-01-23)103

Pet Threat: Faffy is sad because the family forgot to get him anything during Dragon Appreciation Week, so Dave buys Faffy a diseased weasel for a pet. The diseased weasel gets all of Dave's attention, so Faffy runs away. The weasel turns out to be Chuckles The Silly Piggy, who wants to steal a magical fruit hidden in Faffy's room.

Lula's First Barbarian: Lula's old owner, Argon The Ageless, comes to town and Lula wants to find some way of getting him to come back to her.
3"Girlfriend / Ned Frischman: Man of Tomorrow"Girlfriend Ralph Soll
Ned Frischman: Man of Tomorrow Evan Gore, Heather Lombard
January 23, 2004 (2004-01-23)111

Girlfriend:Dave begins dating Princess Irmaplotz, but breaks up with her when he learns that she is evil. Irmaplotz is upset about the breakup and sends an army of filthy pixies to attack Udrogoth.

Ned Frischman: Man of Tomorrow: A nerd named Ned Frischman travels back in time and tries to take over the ancient world using video games. When everyone is hooked on the video games, Faffy, Lula, and Twinkle The Marvel Horse (being the only ones without thumbs) must face off against Ned. (" Ned Frischman: Man of Tomorrow" was nominated for an Annie Award for Writing in an Animated Television Production.[2])
4"Beef! / Rite of Pillage"Beef! Brian Palermo
Rite of Pillage Evan Gore, Heather Lombard
January 23, 2004 (2004-01-23)109

Beef! : Candy seeks instant muscle gratification, but the magic broccoli she eats to strengthen her muscles makes her dumber and wanting to eat more.

Rite of Pillage: Dave faces a dilemma, where he'll lose his barbarian title and disgrace his family if he cannot pass a pillaging test.
5"King for a Day or Two / Slay What?"King For a Day or Two Mark Drop
Slay What? Ralph Soll
January 23, 2004 (2004-01-23)105

King for a Day or Two : Dave in his capacity as temporary ruler of Udrogoth forces the citizenry to attend his musical production, "Oh, Pastry!", allowing Chuckles the Silly Piggy to invade.

Slay What? : Fang's barbarian idol, Strom the Slayer, arrives in town to slay an unsuspecting Faffy, so the barbarians must do whatever it takes to keep Faffy safe.
6"Civilization / The Terror of Mecha-Dave"Civilization Kevin Hopps
The Terror of Mecha-Dave John P. McCann
January 30, 2004 (2004-01-30)104

Civilization: Candy sets her sights on making Fang presentable in high society.

The Terror of Mecha-Dave: Dave fears he has been brainwashed to act like a bully by Chuckles the Silly Piggy when he hears rumors about himself ruining towns while on the way to the fabled 'Cliffs of Fabulous Shopping'.
7"The Way of the Dave / Beauty and the Zit"The Way of the Dave Doug Langdale
Beauty and the Zit John Behnke, Rob Humphrey
February 6, 2004 (2004-02-06)101

The Way of the Dave: Candy's quest for an ultra-trendy antler hat takes her outside of the kingdom and in direct conflict with Chuckles the Silly Piggy.

Beauty and the Zit: Candy demands Oswidge come up with a magic spell to remove a pimple from her face on the night of the Barbarian Ball, but the zit turns into a zit monster and he's bent on taking her back. However, as it turns-out the monster only wants to be her date to the dance and then the two perform a song that strongly parodies the song Beauty and The Beast. Candy and the Zit's song is called Candy And The Zit.
8"Band / Web"Band Doug Langdale
Web John Behnke, Rob Humphrey
February 13, 2004 (2004-02-13)110

Band: Fang unknowingly invents rock n' roll, causing she, Dave, Candy, Oswidge, Lula, Faffy and a donkey to form the wildly successful band 'The Barbarian Six+Donkey'. However, Chuckles the Silly Piggy disguises himself as a music producer and fools the band as part of a plan to destroy them for good.

Web:Candy has difficulty paying off an expensive spending spree when she discovers that online shopping is possible. She laters finds out that Chuckles and the Queen of the Mole People are also in debt for the same reason.
9"Sorcerer Material / Sweep Dreams"Sorcerer Material Doug Langdale
Sweep Dreams John Behnke, Rob Humphrey
February 20, 2004 (2004-02-20)102

Sorcerer Material: Uncle Oswidge has the "Hiccats" and need to go to Malsquando's, only to realize that Malsquando knew Oswidge back in the past and tells Dave and Fang that Uncle Oswidge worked in a cafeteria and never went to sorcery school in order to break Oswidge's confidence and get him out of Malsquando's path to way to world domination.

Sweep Dreams:The rest of the family run away from the castle to avoid cleaning. Dave uses Dusty, the magical cleaning broom and sweeps the castle. After months of cleaning, Dave is in need of one more thing, Castle Polish, causing him to be lured into Chuckles' lair, and he enslaves Dave, Fang, Oswidge and Faffy to clean for him.
10"Here There Be Dragons / Pipe Down!"Here There Be Dragons Doug Langdale
Pipe Down! Larry Spencer
February 27, 2004 (2004-02-27)106

Here There Be Dragons: Faffy's allegiance to his dragon brethren makes it tougher for Dave to reverse an unnatural heat wave that has struck Udrogoth. Guest starring James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

Pipe Down!: Dave's horrendous playing of a bagpipe-like instrument 'The Garglepipes' is enough to stir Quosmir from his subterranean resting place.
11"Termites of Endearment / Thor, Loser"Termites of Endearment: Kevin Hopps
Thor, Loser: Beth Fieger Falkenstein
March 19, 2004 (2004-03-19)107

Termites of Endearment: Vermites (termites that can eat anything) destroy Dave's boutique, causing Dave to embark on a quest to defeat the Vermites. He reaches the colony's mound, only to find out that they are controlled by The Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy.

Thor, Loser: Lula tries to impress her sister, Molly, by making Dave act like a brave hero, dressing Fang up as an elf, etc. However, after Lula tells her sister the truth, Thor comes to reclaim his magical hammer, which turns out to be Molly.
12"The Princess and the Peabrains / Horders & Sorcery"The Princess and the Peabrains: Earl Kress
Hordes and Sorcery: Billiam Coronel
March 26, 2004 (2004-03-26)112

The Princess and the Peabrains: Candy makes her friends princess while she haves fun and all. Meanwhile, Chuckles and his dim-witted but kind nephew Knuckles the Silly Piggy are planning to take over Udrogoth (not to mention that his nephew really wants to be a Harvest Hog).

Horders & Sorcery: Fang tricks Dave into thinking he's going to a hat show, only to realize that he's really in warrior boot camp. Fang wants to be a warrior, but she's too small. She fails tests like sword fights and amoeba wrestling, which makes her lure Malsquando to the Mongrel Hordes Boot Camp with an army of giant potato bugs to prove to the leader her talent for squashing bugs.
13"The Brutish Are Coming / The Lost Race of Reeber"The Brutish Are Coming: Kevin Hopps
The Lost Race of Reeber: John P. McCann
April 30, 2004 (2004-04-30)113

The Brutish Are Coming: Dave and Fang try to protect Udrogoth from invading monsters by turning Faffy into a monstrous guard dragon using Oswidge's magic; unfortunately they did not specify what Faffy should guard, so he goes on a rampage guarding everyone from everyone else.

The Lost Race of Reeber: Princess Candy must help the Lost Race of Reeber reclaim its land from Invisigoth invaders.
14"Lederhosen of Doom / Floral Derangement"Lederhosen of Doom: Ralph Soll
Floral Derangement: Earl Kress
October 2, 2004 (2004-10-02)114

Lederhosen of Doom: Fang gets some pants sent by her parents and doesn't bother to read the note that came with them. This is problematic, because the note explains that the pants are the evil trouser beast and will take control of anyone who wears them. Fang loves the pants at first because they give her fantastic strength — at last she's as strong as Dave! But soon the pants take her over, using her as a tool to get revenge on their hated foe... Oswidge.

Floral Derangement: When Fang messes with Dave's life, Dave threatens to send her to Ms. Bluelung's School for Really Cute Little Girls, an educationally evil punishment which Princess Candy suggested. In order to avoid being sent to Ms. Bluelung's, Fang must promise to stop messing with Dave's life, but she breaks her promise. She swipes some of Oswidge's magic and makes some of Dave's flowers—his prized Purple Winkies—grow huge. Surprisingly, gigantic ravenous flowers cause a few minor problems, which Fang struggles to conceal from Dave.
15"A Pig's Story"Paul Rugg & Doug LangdaleDecember 27, 2004 (2004-12-27)116
The Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy has a plan that can't fail; he kidnaps the Storyteller and forces him to read narration in which Dave loses! Chuckles soon finds himself not only Master of the World, but also the new star of "Dave the Barbarian", which has been renamed "The Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy Will Destroy You All Variety Hour." But when the Storyteller gets laryngitis, it looks like the winner will be whoever can find the best new narrator.
16"That Darn Ghost! / The Cow Says Moon"That Darn Ghost!: Evan Gore, Heather Lombard
The Cows Says Moon: Doug Langdale
December 28, 2004 (2004-12-28)118

That Darn Ghost!: Candy discovers that she is the only person in Udrogoth who does not have a ghost haunting her house. Caring for their sister, Dave and Fang go down to the local ghost shop, and hire a ghost. The ghost throws a huge ghost party, and everyone's ghost attends. After Candy tries to kick them all out, the ghosts get angry, and chase the gang around Udrogoth.

The Cow Says Moon: Evil Princess Irmaplotz summons forth a cow like something milky to bite Dave after he swims in the milk, thus in a month later when the moon is full, making Dave a Were-Cow.
17"Night of the Living Plush / I Love Neddy"Night of the Living Plush: Mark Drop
I Love Neddy: Evan Gore, Heather Lombard
December 29, 2004 (2004-12-29)119

Night of the Living Plush: Candy has bought too many plush animals. When her room explodes from being stuffed with too much fluff, she finally realizes that she needs to buy more. Chuckles discovers that Candy needs plush toys, and disguises himself as a piggy doll. After Candy buys him and takes him home, she immediately leaves and buys more. Meanwhile Chuckles, using his amulet, creates an army of plush animals, in an attempt to conquer Udrogoth.

I Love Neddy: Ned Frischman returns to the past attempting to conquer the world using jokes. He becomes the most beloved man in the world, and creates a sitcom called "I Love Neddy". In order to stop Ned's conquest of the planet, Dave and the gang create the world's first reality program, "Real Life Barbarians", which soon becomes more popular than "I Love Neddy". Ned comes to stop Dave and the gang with his jokes. All seems lost, when Dave grabs "Convenient Feathers", and tickles Ned back to the future.
18"Shake, Rattle, & Roll Over / Bad Food"Shake, Rattle and Roll Over: John Behnke, Rob Humphrey
Bad Food: Thomas Hart
December 30, 2004 (2004-12-30)121

Shake, Rattle, & Roll Over: While retrieving the magical Combat Rattle from an ancient temple, Faffy causing a statue to come to life and attack Dave and the others. Dave decides to get Faffy trained, so Chuckles disguises himself as a dragon trainer in order to steal the Combat Rattle.

Bad Food: Dave gets an ingrown toenail, so he quits being a barbarian and starts a restaurant. When the rest of family tries to ruin Dave's restaurant by stealing his cookbook, Dave starts making recipes from an evil cookbook, causing all of his cooking to come to life and attack.
19"Red Sweater of Courage / Dog of the Titans"Red Sweater of Courage: Brian Palermo
Dog of the Titans: Evan Gore, Heather Lombard
January 17, 2005 (2005-01-17)120

Red Sweater of Courage: To make Dave brave, Fang makes him wear the Red Sweater of Courage. Unfortunately, Dave becomes so brave that he insults Chuckles, Malsquando, and Quosmir, so the three villains team up to destroy Udragoth.

Dog of the Titans: Dave feels unappreciated at home, so he goes to Titan Meadows where he becomes the pet of a giant. Dave likes being a pet, so Fang competes against Dave in a pet show so the family can get him back.
20"Fiends & Family / Plunderball"Fiends and Family: Doug Langdale
Plunderball: Evan Gore, Heather Lombard
January 21, 2005 (2005-01-21)115

Fiends & Family: When her parents announce that they have to start their quest all over again, Fang is crushed and cheering her up is a Herculean task. Meanwhile, the Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy disguises himself as Fang's father as part of a plot to steal a magical artifact.

Plunderball: Dave finds himself coaching Udrogoth's Plunderball team in the big annual game, a job he knows nothing about. Things gets worse when the opposing team's coach is Dave's ex-girlfriend, Princess Irmaplotz.
21"Not a Monkey / Happy Glasses"Not a Monkey: Evan Gore, Heather Lombard
Happy Glasses: Doug Langdale
January 22, 2005 (2005-01-22)117

Not a Monkey: Fang gets an illness, so Uncle Oswidge and Dave take her to the doctor. The doctor says that Fang gets the illness that only monkeys get. Fang can only get the cure from the island far far away. The cure is berries. After a long cruise, they reached the island. Fang sets out to find the berries but she is taken away by a pack of monkeys that coincidentally look just like her, and Fang begins to wonder if she actually IS a monkey. They accept her at first but when she eats the berries and isn't cured, Fang realizes she is not a monkey. But she is in trouble when she gets chased by monkeys, Dave is chased by gorillas, and Faffy is chased by lemons. Lula, meanwhile, stays at the hotel.

Happy Glasses: In the series finale, when Chuckles sets to defeat Dave once again, he gives the gang fabled 'rose-colored' glasses that make whoever is wearing it see the world the way they really want it to be like. Chaos is started when the glasses are worn by Fang, Oswidge, Candy, Faffy, and Dave.

Awards and nominations

2005 - Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production - Wendy Grieb for episode "The Maddening Sprite of the Stump" (Won)
2005 - Writing in an Animated Television Production - Evan Gore & Heather Lombard for episode "Ned Frischman: Man of Tomorrow" (Nominated)


The series was broadcast internationally, including on the Family Channel in Canada.


  1. "Dave The Barbarian". www.bcdb.com, May 13, 2012
  2. "Dave the Barbarian". 23 January 2004. Retrieved 13 September 2016 via IMDb.

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