Fanboy & Chum Chum

Fanboy & Chum Chum
Genre Comedy
Cartoon series
Created by Eric Robles
Directed by Pilot:
Shaun Cashman
Season 1:
Brian Sheesley
Jim Schumann
Russell Calabrese
Season 2:
Eddie Trigueros
Brandon Kruse
Tom King
Ken Mitchroney
Voices of David Hornsby
Nika Futterman
Jeff Bennett
Wyatt Cenac
Jamie Kennedy
Josh Duhamel
Candi Milo
Steve Tompkins
Dyana Liu
Estelle Harris
Theme music composer Brad Joseph Breeck
Opening theme "Fanboy & Chum Chum" Performed by The Mae Shi
Ending theme "Fanboy & Chum Chum" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Brad Joseph Breeck
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (100 segments, 4 half hours) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Fred Seibert
Steve Tompkins
Eric Robles (co-executive producer)
Producer(s) Shaun Cashman
Jason Meier
Running time 22 minutes (consisting of two 11 minute cartoons)
Production company(s) Frederator Studios
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Original network Nickelodeon
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 12, 2009 (2009-10-12) – July 12, 2014 (2014-07-12)
Preceded by Random! Cartoons
External links
Production website

Fanboy & Chum Chum is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by Eric Robles for Nickelodeon. It is based on Fanboy, an animated short created by Robles for Nicktoons and Frederator Studios, which was broadcast August 14, 2009 to July 12, 2014 on Random! Cartoons. The series was first broadcast October 12, 2009 on Nickelodeon as a preview, then officially premiered November 6, 2009 after SpongeBob's Truth or Square.

The series premiere drew 5.8 million viewers.[1] The second episode was watched by 5.4 million viewers.[1]

Though the majority of the produced episodes had aired by November 2, 2012, the final episode to be broadcast, "Brain Freeze" did not air on television until July 12, 2014[2] (yet was released on DVD in 2011).

The theme song was written by Brad Joseph Breeck and performed by experimental punk band The Mae Shi.[3]

No third season was announced at Nickelodeon's upfront for the 2013-2014 season.[4]


The series centers around Fanboy and Chum Chum, a pair of hyperactive, odd, energetic, and slow-witted best friends enthusiastically obsessed with superhero comics, particularly those featuring their favorite superhero Man-Arctica, who also apparently seems to double as a holiday figurehead parodying Santa Claus within the series. Many episodes are based around comical parodies of famous films or contain countless references to popular culture, chronicling Fanboy and Chum Chum's exaggerated, surreal daily experiences and misadventures relating to dilemmas in which they have entangled themselves or the surrounding characters' utter infuriation with their irritating antics.


Main characters

Supporting characters

Minor characters


Reception and achievements


Aaron H. Bynum of Animation Insider called Fanboy & Chum Chum "a fun show that deserves a good look. The quality animation helps counterbalance the immense amount of dialogue from the series' chatty characters, and the sheer comedy of marginally competent comic-loving kids helps outweigh what might otherwise be a binge of geeky annoyance. But overall, Fanboy & Chum Chum is a lot of fun."[7] Variety praised the series' "bright, energetic look and even an appealing premise in theory".[8] David Hinckley of NY Daily News gave the series three stars out of five, and said that "it's good [but] might not be the next SpongeBob".[9]

A negative review came from KJ Dell'Antonia of Slate, who found the main characters irritating, and thought the whole concept was unoriginal, with "many tired jokes and not enough of that kind of mild satire to make this play in our house".[10]


The series premiered on November 6, 2009, after the SpongeBob SquarePants film Truth or Square.[1] The broadcast ranked number three of cable programs that week and number two of the night.[1][11] The premiere was watched by a total of 5.8 million viewers. The second episode was broadcast on November 7, 2009 and garnered 5.4 million viewers, ranking fifth of all cable broadcasts that week.[11]

The third episode was broadcast a week later, on November 14, 2009, with 3.8 million viewers.[12] A broadcast on November 28, 2009 was viewed by 3.9 million viewers.[13] In February 2010, the episode "Moppy Dearest" was viewed by 4.27 million viewers, an improvement over the last few episodes.[14]

A second season was announced on Nickelodeon's upfront of 2010-2011.[15]

Home media

Paramount Home Entertainment is the DVD distributor for the series.


Episodes on other DVD's

NOTE: The episode A Very Brrr-y Icemas along with Christmas episodes of The Fairly OddParents and T.U.F.F. Puppy were supposed to be on the It's a SpongeBob Christmas! DVD, but they were dropped from the actual release.[16] However, the Target exclusive of It's A SpongeBob Christmas! included the Christmas episodes of those shows.


A sneak preview of Fanboy & Chum Chum was aired in the United States October 12, 2009. The official US debut of the series was November 6, 2009. In Canada, the series premiered on YTV November 1, 2009 and on Nickelodeon (Canada) November 2, 2009.[17] In the UK and Ireland, the series premiered on Nickelodeon (UK and Ireland) February 16, 2010. The series debuted on Nickelodeon (Australia and New Zealand) April 19, 2010.. Nickelodeon (Africa) began airing the series June 2010.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 Gorman, Bill (2009-11-10). "Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants "Truth or Square" Grabs 7.7 Million Viewers, Tops Basic Cable". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on August 7, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  3. "Brad Breeck and Fan vs Wild Music". Retrieved 2011-01-17.
  7. Bynum, Aaron H. (2009-10-21). "Fanboy & Chum Chum Review". Animation Insider. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
  8. Lowry, Brian (October 30, 2009). "Fanboy and Chum Chum Review". Variety. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
  9. Hinckley, David (2009-11-06). "Fanboy and Chum Chum Review". NY Daily News. New York. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
  10. Dell'Antonia, KJ (2009-11-09). "Boys Will Be Boys". Double X. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
  11. 1 2 Seidman, Robert (2009-11-10). "Cable ratings: NFL Football, SpongeBob and Fanboy & Chum Chum top weekly cable charts". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  12. Seidman, Robert (2009-11-18). "Nickelodeon's "iCarly" Ranks as Basic Cable's Number-One Entertainment Show with Total Viewers for the Week". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  13. Seidman, Robert (2010-12-02). "Cable ratings: NFL & College Football, Monk and iCarly top weekly cable charts". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  14. Seidman, Robert (2010-02-09). "Cable ratings: WWE RAW, SpongeBob, Penguins of Madagascar and iCarly Top Weekly Cable Charts". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  15. "Top-Ranked Nickelodeon Announces its 2010–11 Season Programming". Nick Cannon Archives. 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2010-05-09.
  16. Lambert, David (August 6, 2012). "SpongeBob SquarePants - 'It's a SpongeBob Christmas! this Fall, on DVD...AND on Blu-ray Disc!!". TV Shows on DVD. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
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