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|Created by||Robert Stainton|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||20|
|No. of episodes||400 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)|| Claude Berthier|
James Clayton (1995-2014)
Britt Allcroft (2012-present)
|Running time||5-3 Minutes, half hour (20th season)|
|Production company(s)|| For a full list of the companies that have produced Greeny Phatom, click here.|
GreenyWorld Television (1995-present)
Clearwater Animation (2018-present)
|Distributor||Clearwater Animation (2018-present)|
|Original channel|| Fox (USA)|
TV Nova (Czech Republic)
RTL Televizija (Croatia)
Novyi Kanal (Ukraine)
Star Channel (Greece)
Seven Network (Australia)
BBC One/CBBC (UK)
Fuji TV (Japan)
FOUR (New Zealand)
SBS (South Korea)
|Original run||August 13, 1995 – present|
|Spin-offs/Related Shows||Dr. Beanson|
Greeny Phatom is a Canadian-American-British animated television series created by Robert Stainton. It first premiered on Fox's Fox Kids block on August 13, 1995. It has quite a long run. Greeny Phatom was part of the Fox Kids block. It wasn't part of any Fox blocks, just on Fox from 2002-2005, then moved to Fox's Animation Domination block from 2005 - 2014. It moved to Fox's new Sunday Funday block in Fall 2014 that replaced Animation Domination. It will be on the children's Saturday morning Fox Kids block owned by Stainton Enterprises on FOX in 2016. A spin-off series, Dr. Beanson, premiered on September 27, 1996.
- August 13th, 1995: Sundays 10/9c
- June 17th, 1999: Mondays 7/6c
- September 8th, 2006: Thursdays 7/6c
- November 7th, 2009: Mondays 10/9c
- November 8th 2009: Sundays 7/6c
- September 17th, 2014: Sundays 7:30/6:30c (after launch of 22nd season, new episodes only)
- January 5, 2015: Mondays 8:30/9:30c (some reruns only)
- January 20, 2015: Every 5th day per month (e.g: April 20/25, 2015, also some reruns only.) Same time as original schedule
- January 1, 2016: Multiple episodes a month.
- January 18, 2017: New episodes every other Saturday
HistoryStainton conceived Greeny Phatom in 1989 with his idea with two characters, Big Guy and Dr. Benson. They wore red instead of pink, and Dr. Benson had no mustache (their final designs were quickly created afterwards). Stainton's father had previously tried pitching the show in the early 80's, but animation studios considered it "too extreme". In 1990, Dr. Benson changed his name to Dr. Beanson, and Big Guy was subsequently renamed as Little Guy. The show first appeared as a original unaired pilot and the comic in 1994. In 1995, 20th Century Fox Television and Sony Wonder adapted Greeny Phatom into a half-hour television series on Fox. The pilot episode was originally aired on August 13, 1995. The show's popularity resulted in a feature-length theatrical film produced, titled Greeny Phatom The Movie, which was released on July 21, 2002, and its sequel titled Greeny Phatom The Movie 2, which was released on August 23, 2013. In 2014, Former Mock Reviewers for Hire Productions of Newhouse, North Lanarkshire purchased some of the rights to Greeny Phatom for the equivalent of $99,000 (in US dollars). New episodes will be made, but using a mixture of Adobe Flash, GoAnimate, MSPaint, paint.net, Scratch, Sony Vegas, WMM, Bandicam, Audacity, Blender and Cinema 4D, mostly for season 22.
- Main article(s): How episodes are produced
To see more about the production, see Production of Greeny Phatom
The show's first characters were first conceived by Robert Stainton, while working at Pizzeria Due in the late 80's-early 90's. The idea hit him after he came up with two characters, Big Guy, and Dr. Benson. They did not exactly look like Little Guy or Dr. Beanson. They wore red instead of pink, and Dr. Benson had no mustache. But when the year 1990 came, Dr. Benson changed his name to Dr. Beanson, and Big Guy to Little Guy (then had their final designs then). Then Robert came up with a Sing-Along Songs segment with Dr. Beanson's cousin, Dr. After that more characters came along such as Gree Guy, Geo Guy, Green Bob, Dr. PBS, and more. Now the creators had came up an idea for the name of the show, Greeny Phatom. "It was a weird name," said Robert, the creator, developer, and director of the series. Robert Stainton and James Clayton pitched the series to various companies and FOX, who greenlit it. Apple Entertainment, Inc. provided (and still does provide) financing and licensing. Robert and his ragtag team of animators and others got the okay.
A conception for the pilot had came, and the team was given a modest $150,000 to produce a pilot. Greeny Phatom first appeared on February 13, 1994 as an original unaired pilot and the comic. As a result, the show was financed as an independent production by 20th Century Fox Television, with the aid of the chain of American family entertainment centers known as Chuck E. Cheese's, Canadian film and animation company Cinar, the entertainment conglomerate Apple Entertainment, Inc., and Robert's company Greetastic. The unaired pilot is the early prototype version of "Pilot". In 1995, 20th Century Fox Television and Sony Wonder adapted Greeny Phatom into a half-hour television series on Fox. The series was originally set to premiere on April 24, 1995 with the pilot they showed to Fox earlier that year, Pilot Pitch, but the episode was declined to be used by Fox (until it was finally preserved on various DVD's). The producers of the show then decided to "go ahead" and air another first episode, "Pilot" on August 13, 1995. Robert took out ads in newspapers saying "It's now time to see Robert Stainton, son of Adolf Gunther, animator on The Holy Adventures of Jesus Christ, to bring his new creation, Greeny Phatom, to TV, appearing every Saturday and Sunday morning on Fox Kids, for 5-3 minutes each day. So you've just got time to make sure your set's in good working order — check below for time and station — and prepare the whole family and friends to have a ball!" The entire franchise was acquired by Fox in 1996, but not before Fox and the show's foreign salespeople Erika Clayton and John Hartford put the series up for sale at the October 1996 MIPCOM in France, where it sold to 150 broadcasters successfully.
The show turned Robert Stainton and his crew into millionaires and sold 700,000,000 products worldwide a month. In 1998, Robert Stainton hired Wendy Brown (who as a fourth grader created Mr. Yuk) as a storyboard artist and character designer. In 1999, Robert Stainton hired American writer and illustrator David Shannon as the executive story editor. During 2002 and 2003, reruns of older episodes were broadcast on The N (back then a nighttime programming block on Noggin (both channels are now TeenNick and Nick Jr.), and the show was promoted at Jillian's locations as part of their sponsorship of Noggin and The N. At Jillian's locations was the Greeny Zone, which contained of a Greeny Arcade machine, a animatronic show (called the Greeny Phatom Band, which were retrofitted and downsized Rock-afire Explosion animatronic shows with Greeny Phatom character cosmetics), a food and drink bar serving foods such as the Bananas in Pyjamas bananas, burgers, crunchy munchy honey cakes with yellow jelly, and more, a Greeny Phatom-themed bowling alley, and a walkaround Little Guy or Little Girl. All Greeny Zones except for the ones at the Jillian's restaurants in Boston and Worcester are closed. Later in 2008, TCFTV sold Greeny Phatom to Fox Television Studios but Sony Wonder still owns the rights.
Then on December 4th, the 6th birthday of the last episode of Keegan's favorite show (Monk), Fox Television Studios shut down along with Fox 21 and created Fox21 Television Studios, so then when they shut down, 20th Century Fox Television retained the rights to the series. Former Mock Reviewers for Hire Productions, as well as Apple Entertainment, Inc. are the current copyright holders and the current co-owners of the franchise, Former Mock Reviewers For Hire owning some of the rights since the restart of this wiki itself. TCFTV, Keegan Ltd., and Sony Wonder still own the rights to help produce and distribute episodes. In 2014, Mill Creek Entertainment issued the Greeny Phatom DVD Pack. A year later, Mill Creek issued the 20th Greeny Years version of the DVD pack. The executive producer James Clayton died in a car accident on December 29th, 2014. The next episode (which was Return to 123 Greeny Phatom) was dedicated to him. The series has been a successful idea and thousands of Greenytoons have been created (or series have become Greenytoons).
Robert Stainton cast himself as Little Guy, and a character he created as a result of a boat-ride, Santed Sailor. He later casted various actors, union and non-union, as the characters, and the voices got recorded in various studios and countries.
- Main article(s): Greeny Phatom merchandise
- Main article(s): How the music is made
John Maxwell Anderson, a television producer best known for his work on shows such as Diff'rent Strokes and Married with Children, who did music for two closing logos, composed the first theme song. He also composed the 4th ending theme. Later music was done by David Newman along with John and a Swedish composer named Olaf Henderson along with Canadian actor and musician Jake Wrzesiński.
- Main article(s): Greeny Phatom/Animation cels
The character list was like it always was. This is the list:
- Little Guy
- Little Girl
- Dr. Beanson
- Gary's Mother
- Gary's Father
- Santed Sailor
- Dr. Mother
- Bob Beanson
- Dr. Clown
- Green Bob
- Dr. PBS
- Dr. Beanclownson
- Mudd Thomas
- Gangster Sailor
- Little Guy 2
- Geo Guy
- Earthy Guy
- Dr. Clown
- Rainbow Geo Guy
- The Little Guy Clones
- Robert Stainton as Little Guy, Santed Sailor and Little Guy 8
- Billy Crystal as Doctor, Dr. Father, and Rainbow Little Guy
- Jason Lee as Dr. Beanson, Fabritsio, Magic-Mario, and Beanson
- Melissa Altro as Gary's Mother
- Susan Roman as Walter
- Michael Sinterniklaas as Bob Beanson
- Gree G. as Gree Guy
- Little Girl as
- Garry Chalk as Gangster Sailor
- Shiela Reid as Dr. Mother
- Erik Walters as Dr. Beanclownson and Dr. Clown
- James Cromwell as Gary's Father
- Graham Greene as Fetus Grandpa
- John Cleese as Monty Python
- Robert Tinkler as Little Guy 2
- Alex Harvey as Magic-Little Guy
- Timothy Ryan Cole as Wombidy
- Owen Wilson as Little Guy 2 (alt. voice)
- Mellow G. as Mellow Guy
- Geo G. as Geo Guy
- Tony Daniels as Little Guy 3, Pella Guy, Gum, Jakelsm, and Greenie-Mario
- Earthy G. as Earthy Guy
- Hugo Del Rosario as Little Guy 4
- Jesse Gieser as Little Guy 5
- Snoop Dogg as Himself
- Taylor Robinson as Little Guy 6
- Frank Welker as Little Guy 7
- Sebastian Koch as Sergente Beanson
- Doug Lawrence as Pube Beanson
- Tom Kenny as Panted Pirate, Lucas Guy, Dr. Geo Cortex, and Green Bob
- Ringo Starr as Ro-Workshop
- Russi Taylor as Geo Girl and Moctor
- Rick Jones as Little Guy 9
- Denis Akiyama (seasons 1-23) as Dr. PBS and Dr. Viacom
- Amir Sám Nakhjavani (season 23-present) as Dr. PBS and Dr. Viacom
- Sergio Di Zio as Greeny Michael
- Stary G. as Stary Guy
- Alina Withers and Denise Oliver as Little Girl 2
- Nancy Lenihan as Little Girl 3
- Syo G. as Syo Guy
- Andrew Garfield as Stink Guy
- Les Claypool as Satin Guy
- Tara Strong as Dr. PBS-son
- Martin Sherman as Green Bob 2
- Lyon Smith as Super Guy
- Barūn Kameyama as Pinky Robot GX
- Crystal Stainton as Little Guy 11
- Glaceon Waterflower, Jr. as Glaceon
- Nadjib M. as Davey Guy
- Bryn McAuley as Gary
- Gilbert G. as Gilbert Guy
20th Century Fox, Sony Wonder and Paramount Pictures (even though Robert Stainton put that logo at the end of the movie) produced Greeny Phatom The Movie, a film adaption of the Greeny Phatom animated series which was released on July 21, 2002 and re-released on February 18, 2005 and got positive reviews. The film was directed by series creator, Robert Stainton. A sequel was released in 2013.
- Main article(s): List of episodes
There was an episode that made fun of the UK that aired November 7th, 2009 and is the 2nd episode of the 15th season of the Greeny Phatom, named "I'm With British Stupid". In UK DVD releases, this episode was not put on the list. In the UK, the episode was cut, meaning that the episode was the shortest episode of the season. Also, the title was changed to "Little Guy V.S The UK". One peer-to-peer website included the original version, and was sued by Ofcom a few seconds after uploading, then it was available in the show's website. It will be available in the UK release of the Greeny Phatom DVD Pack as a special feature. Also, the season 5 episode, "Grow Greeny Spot" was banned in Germany, China, Taiwan, Hungary, Thailand, India, the Philippines, Bulgaria, the Middle East and North Africa, Malaysia, Poland, Spain, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Portugal, and Norway due to its content being offensive, but all of said countries later pulled their ban.
Greeny Phatom was heavily edited on Cartoon Everything; to see the edits click here.
- Main article(s): Greeny Phatom/International broadcast
Show in other languages
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Greeny Phatom|
|Portuguese (Portugal)||Verde Phatom|
|Dutch|| Greeny Phatom: Kerel Weinig|
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|Albanian||Krijesë e Gjelbër|
The series is tremendously popular in Japan, where it's main broadcaster, NHK Educational TV, airs a one-hour two-episode back-to-back slot of the show on Friday nights, and 3 episodes of the show in an after-school slot, seven days a week. Commercials for Greeny Phatom merchandise can last up to 5 minutes at random times, and the toys are abundant in the country. The translation is of extraordinary quality and full of intelligent and hilarious word play. The cast of voice actors is made of awesome as some of them are really famous Japanese star actors. The "Bailando En Tejas" song dubbings are recorded by a well-known singer. It even has marathons.
It's also popular along Scandinavians and Nordics as well, but not as extreme as in Japan. Like Japan, famous Scandinavian and Nordic star actors voice the characters, and it's broadcasters DR, NRK2, TV4, MTV3, and RUV get high ratings during broadcasts of the show. The decision to introduce the show to Scandinavians and Nordics was made by Erika Clayton shortly after discovering her country of birth in her first few days of being on the job. There is also a Greeny Phatom magazine in Finland, with Greeny Phatom stories, tasks and jokes.
It became incredibly popular in Jamaica, when it premiered during the block of cartoons shown on CVM-TV back when it premiered in 2002, and sometimes you could practically listen to children in cars after being picked up from school frantically begging their parents to get home quick so they wouldn't miss that day's episode.
Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, it and Ovide and the Gang were some of the most highest-rated shows on the Netherlands feed of The Greeny Channel Rainbow Satellite and national broadcaster NPO. It also has a very well done Dutch dub despite changing all the names to literal translations.
In India it is almost "the" definition of a comedy cartoon. Since 2001, the Doordarshan television network (a part of Prasar Bharati) has programmed Greeny Phatom on TV, especially when technical difficulties occur and they have to broadcast something of general interest to keep their audience watching (like how, in 2004, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe had to be taken off-air due because the tape of that week's episode jammed in the player, and Doordarshan had to put on Greeny Phatom instead).
In Greece, the show has been known to have a lot of translation mistakes, since it premiered on the Star Channel in early 1996 and the dub had no voice director at the time.
In the Bahamas, ZNS-TV's attempted time slot change was enough to drive Bahamian fans to the streets in protest.
In 2003, Malaysia's RTM TV2 took the show off the air after pre-empting the show and skipping episodes for three years. 8TV took the broadcasting rights at their launch in 2004 and now gives it a 3-episode back-to-back after-school block on weekdays and 5 episodes a day on weekends. It's also aired in Malay on TV9.
BBC One and CBBC just love the Greenytoons (excluding GTVHSR2W which airs on ITV and CITV). They get really high ratings. Greeny Phatom is also on BBC and ITV's BritBox service, even though it is a Canadian-American-British co-production, and not fully British.
The Polish version was first shown with lector translations (Polish term for voice over translation) on national television broadcaster TVP in 1996. Most episodes of season 2 had a lot of mistakes with translation and grammar. This voice-over only lasted 8 weeks before being replaced with a dubbed version from Nippol.
Greeny Phatom's movie was a box office success for it's Asian distributor, Media Asia Group.
It's massively popular in Albania, and is aired on Çufo and Bang Bang almost every day.
In Canada, the show made a simultaneous debut on the CBC Playground block on CBC and on The Zone block on YTV in 1996.
- In some GP media Dr. Beanson works at a place known as "The Greeny".
- When the characters were first created, their shirts were different, since Robert made them that way only to be changed twice.
- Some episodes were made to make fun of YouTube trolls on the Internet.
- Since December 2013, the show has had the "crappy animation" in 2012-2013 episodes criticized.
- In 2015, the show was renewed for a 20th season. Because the fans missed the show so much, they decided to do it. It aired on January 4th, 2015. Now, the show airs new episodes every Sunday.
- Keegan Ltd. and Former Mock Reviewers for Hire Productions announced the show's 20th Anniversary on 1/3/2015.
- The series was banned in Nigeria until 2007 after the president said it was too inappropriate for kids. The ban was lifted in 2007 after Olusegun Obasanjo was replaced by Umaru Musa Yar'Adua as president.
- The European theme song/intro was licensed out to a game called "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney", but the original was made in Mario Paint. The name of the song in the game is "Detention Center", from the Ace Attorney series. The American one is a original composition.
- Somehow in the Japanese version, during it's 1st sneak peak the announcer accidentally considered it as an anime.
- Some episodes have the non-union voice actors using pseudonyms. For example, the pilot pitch has Georgia Denney credited as "Jeanette Smithee".
- Greeny Phatom was airing on KTK Channel and Channel "Kazakstan" (Kazakh). It's called "Жасыл Фатом" (Zhasyl Futom)
- Greeny Phatom has had it's toy license change multiple times. The license first belonged to Remco, but then Remco was bought out by Jakks Pacific and the license was sold to the RC2 Corporation in 1997 after just a short stint. RC2 then gave the license to ERTL in 2002, who then sold the license to a little-known company called Panache Place in 2006. Panache gave up the license in 2009 to McFarlane Toys, who then sold the license to MGA Entertainment in 2012, who in turn gave the license back to ERTL in 2015. It has stayed with ERTL since.
The show was originally set to end in 2020, with Season 25, but some anonymous sources and even employees of The Greeny Channel Studios and GreenyWorld Studios themselves have said that the show will be passed on to the executive producer Michael Wildshill, and the show was said to be renewed until 2030. However, it was planned to end in 2027 after some negotiations.
(American TV Ratings) Greeny Phatom's rating depends on the episode's content. It's usually TV-Y7 on all airings.
(Canadian TV Ratings) Greeny Phatom is rated G (TV-G) and PG (TV-PG) on CBC and Radio-Canada airings.
(European TV Ratings) Greeny Phatom is rated with all ratings except for L and 18 on European airings.
(Australian TV Ratings) Greeny Phatom is rated G and PG on ABC3 airings.
(Philippine TV Ratings) Greeny Phatom is rated PG and SPG (on some/most episodes) on TV5 airings and PG on Cartoon Network airings.
(Polish TV Ratings) Greeny Phatom is rated BO, 7, and 12 (on some/most episodes) on TVP1, TVN, Puls 2, Canal+ Poland, and Polsat airings and BO and 7 on The Greeny Channel Rainbow Satellite Poland airings.
(Macedonian TV Ratings) Greeny Phatom is rated for kids (green circle) on MRT 1 airings.