Western Animation / Jacob Two-Two


Jacob Two-Two is the central character in an animated TV series produced by Nelvana, which is loosely based on a series of children's books created by Mordecai Richler.

Jacob Two-Two is the youngest of five children and gets his nickname because he often says things twice since no one hears him the first time. The first book, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang has been filmed twice (pun not intended), and there are references to it in the animated series.

The animated series was put on hiatus in 2005, after running for 61 episodes.

The animated series provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Partly averted. Master spy X. Barnaby Dinglebat is helpful, at least. And Jacob's parents are pretty sharp.
  • Almighty Janitor: Leo Louse, Principal Greedyguts' omnipresent henchman.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Between the yarmulkes, the celebration of Jewish holidays, the episodes that specifically refer to Jewish folklore and the names, Jacob's family is significantly more obviously Jewish than is average for this trope.
  • The Ahnold: One-time Terminator parody Mr. D. Fender.
  • Brother-Sister Team: The Fearless O'Toole and the Intrepid Shapiro (twins Noah and Emma) of "Kid Power".
  • Canada, Eh?: To make this series more Canadian than it already is, you'd have to dress up the entire cast in RCMP uniforms.
  • Gratuitous French: As you'd expect, Renée does this all the time.
    • Sometimes qualify as Poirot Speak, when she uses simple phrases like "oui?" in the place of "right?"
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Gary is a gentle soul, and a bit of a chicken. However his wrestling persona, The Hooded Fang however is a pretty scary
  • Meaningful Name: Lots of the adult supporting characters: I.M. Greedyguts, Miss Sour Pickle, Mrs. Darling Sweetiepie, Auntie Goodforyou, Sergeant Law and Corporal Order, Mrs. Bountiful.
  • Police Are Useless: Jacob doesn't even try to call the cops on Greedyguts or Sour Pickle.
  • Sadist Teacher: Principal Greedyguts and Miss Sour Pickle, both of whom look and act like they're on loan from a Roald Dahl book.
    • However their science teacher Mr. Moleculus averts this, as he is a pretty decent guy.
  • Stronger Sibling: In a way. Principal Greedyguts' identical twin Y. B. Greedyguts, who, despite his goody-two-shoes introduction, turns out to be even more evil.