Created by (but not directly based on the cartooning
of) John Callahan, Pelswick
was a show that was produced by Nelvana
, and was shown on CBC
Television and Nickelodeon
starting in 2000 (it was originally aired alongside As Told by Ginger
) , and ran for two seasons. The show was about Pelswick Eggert, a teenage boy who struggled with the average problems that teenagers have, such as trying to decide between impressing a girl and going with his gut feelings, and dealing with bullies, while also being in a wheelchair.
In most episodes, Pelswick would have to learn An Aesop
from his Guardian Angel, Mr. Jimmy. No matter what the Aesop was, Pelswick would usually not get it until the very end of the episode.
In 2004, FUNimation
decided that they wanted to release Pelswick on DVD, but were unable to because of the low fanbase.
This show contains examples of:
- Accidental Aesop: In-universe: Mr. Jimmy did not intend the Aesop, "You are taking something that is not that bad and covering it up with a lot of things that are worse" in the dance episode; he just really wanted to cover his bald spot.
- Adults Are Useless
- Ambiguously Gay: Vice Principal Zeigler.
- An Aesop: Every episode.
- Black Best Friend: Sandra.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: After being confused by his dad speaking words he doesn't even know, Pelwick adds that if he talks like that, "they're gonna need subtitles." Cue a shot of Pelswick "translating" Dad's language on a reality show.
- Buccaneer Broadcaster: One episode focuses on Pelswick starting up a pirate radio station after his favorite station was bought out by a car salesman just to advertise his dealership. Pelswick's dad was a literal one during his youth, too.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Goon and Vice-Principal Zeigler.
- Cool Old Lady: Gram-Gram.
- Erudite Stoner: Mr. Jimmy.
- Evil Redhead: Boyd.
- G.I.R.L.: Pelswick's friends warn him about the dangers of online dating, and say that the "girl" could be a guy; in this particular case, Vice Principal Zeigler.
- Gag Nose: Almost every character.
- Guilty Pleasure: N*Talented is this for Pelswick until he finds out who is really playing.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Julie.
- Hype Aversion: N*Talented for the male students is an in-universe example.
- I Thought It Meant: Played with, when Boyd's toady mistakes the word "peculiar" for "perpendicular".
- Jerk Ass: Boyd.
- Lethal Chef:
- Pelswick's little sister, Kate. Justified though, because she's eight.
- Gram Gram counts, too. In one episode, she made chili so hot that Pelswick used it to make a wet cell battery for a science project, since he wasn't able to get sulfuric acid.
- Made In Country X: Pelswick remarks that his dad's radio equipment is so old that it was made in America.
- Meaningful Name: Goon, Ace to a lesser extent.
- My Beloved Smother: Technically a grandmother, but Agnes is this to Boyd.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: N*Talented.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: Sometimes played for laughs.
- Power Trio: Pelswick the ego, Goon the id, and Ace the superego.
- Revolving Door Band: N*Talented constantly changes their lineup, with Mitch being the only one still remaining.
- Self-Deprecation: Pelswick has been known to do this on occasion.
- Tastes Like Feet: Pelswick's response to Kate's lethal cooking, which was later verified by Mr. Jimmy.
- That Poor Car: Gram Gram was said to snore so loud that it set off all the car alarms on the street.
- The Danza: Julie is voiced by Julie Lemieux.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: N*Talented are actually just lip-syncing to an old band.
- Trap Door Fail: Because the trap door wasn't wheelchair-accessible.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Pelswick is this to Julie.