Freaky Stories

Freaky Stories
Developed by Steve Schnier
John A. Delmage
Starring James Rankin
Dan Redican
Stephen Brathwaite (puppeteer)
Jayne Eastwood
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 35 (13, 13, 9)
(140 five-minute stories)
Production company(s) Decode Entertainment
Big-Time Talking Pictures 1, 2, 3 Inc. (divisions of Decode)
Sound Venture Productions Ltd.
Funbag Animation Studios
J.A. Delmage Productions
Vujade Entertainment
Edward Sarson Productions
Original network YTV
Fox Family (1998-2001)
Canal Famille
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original release October 24, 1997 [1] – October 1, 2000
External links

Freaky Stories is a Canadian television series, which was originally broadcast by YTV in English and Canal Famille (now VRAK.TV) in French (5-minute versions using the French title Frissons). It is an animated show about urban legends hosted by two animatronic puppets, Larry de Bug, a cockroach, (voiced by James Rankin) and his gooey sidekick, Maurice the maggot (voiced by Dan Redican) in Ted's Diner - a 1940s era diner setting staffed by Rosie the waitress (voiced by Jayne Eastwood, but never seen - Season One only).

It was often part of The Three Friends and Jerry when it aired on Fox Family. This series, described as "a Twilight Zone for kids," centers on the kind of myths and legends that are told as scary campfire or bedtime stories. Every episode always starts with and finishes with the phrase: "This is a true story, and it happened to a friend of a friend of mine." and by the words of Larry, "Just because they never happened, doesn't mean they ain't true." Animation styles and musical scoring varied within each half-hour episode, incorporating 20 different looks in the first season alone. The short stories and changing styles were specifically designed to keep viewers' attention span.

Series creator Steve Schnier successfully pitched his concept of modern urban legends to YTV in 1991. In 1994, Steve teamed with executive producer John Delmage. The resulting Freaky Stories pilot premiered during YTV's "Dark Night 3" Halloween block on October 28, 1995,[2] and the series itself premiered as a one-hour special as part of "Dark Night 5" on October 24, 1997.[1] While most episodes were finished on digibeta,[3] the pilot was shot on film using traditional animation techniques but completed on video. The subsequent series was digitally inked, painted and composited.[4]

Some famous episodes of Freaky Stories tell the story of:


Additional narrator cast


  1. 1 2 Maddever, Mary (1997-10-06). "Freaky Stories a first on many fronts". Playback. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  2. Armstrong, Mary Ellen (1995-10-23). "Special Report on Merchandising and Marketing: The art (and benefits) of reaching kids". Playback. Retrieved 2011-08-23.
  3. "Telefilm Canada: Production Catalogues 2002 - Freaky Stories". Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  4. Strachan, Alex (1995-07-03). "Ontario Scene". Playback. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
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