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Mischief City is a Canadian animated children's show based on the 1986 picture book of the same name by English–Canadian author children's author Tim Wynne-Jones. It was produced by the Canadian television company, Shaftesbury Films, who are better known for their live-action shows like Life with Derek and Murdoch Mysteries.

The series follows Winchell Adams (voiced by Austin Di Iulio, best known for Timothy Goes to School), an eight-year-old boy who is often whisked away to the fantastical world of Mischief City where he has misadventures with a girl named Maxine (Annick Obonsawin) and her two pet monsters, Hey Hey (Adrian Truss) and Mr. Cube (John Stocker). However, the four often run into conflict with Maxine’s nasty older brother Duane (Peter Oldring) and his pet monster/sidekick Mr. Square (Frank Welker).

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The show ran on YTV and lasted for a total of two seasons of twenty-six episodes from January 4 to January 18, 2005.


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  • Advanced Tech 2000: All of the devices Winchell brings out end in a number in the thousands. Duane once created a device and puts ten million at the end of the name to emphasize how great it is.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It’s unclear whether Winchell actually physically travels to Mischief City or if it is all just in his imagination. The fact that he often knows more about the setting than the inhabitants, how he just pulls impossible inventions seemingly out of nowhere and some of his actions near the end of the episode in his world implies that it might be the latter.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Winchell’s baby sister Cleo. She’s usually the cause of a lot of Winchell’s problems back in his world.
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  • Big Brother Bully: Duane. The guy has no problems with making his sister's life hell and often causes problems because of his extreme selfishness and gigantic ego.
  • Big Eater:
    • Hey Hey and Mr. Cube are capable of consuming mountains of food without breaking a sweat. Duane steals this trait from them in one episode so he can win an eating contest, but he ends up mutating into an insatiably hungry monster within a matter of hours.
    • One episode has Cleo consuming Winchell’s huge bag of Halloween candy all in one night, although she suffers from a huge stomach ache by the end of it.
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  • The Ditz: Hey Hey and Mr. Cube, which is putting it rather mildly.
  • Extreme Omnivore: The appetites of Hey Hey and Mr. Cube aren't limited to just food, they're capable of eating just about anything.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: One episode has Winchell and Maxine shrinking down and going inside Mr. Cube after the latter accidentally eats Maxine’s glasses in his sleep.
  • Gag Nose: Hey Hey sports a large bulbous nose in contrast to the noseless Mr. Cube.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Maxine sports these and can use them to fly in the air.
  • Helicopter Hair: Maxine can fly in the air using her pigtails as propellers.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Maxine has no shortage of sarcastic quips prepared for whenever Duane appears.
  • The Noseless: Mr. Cube in contrast to Hey Hey. Becomes a plot point in one episode when he becomes the one to deal with getting rid of a pair of Duane’s extremely smelly socks.
  • Strictly Formula: The episodes usually go like this: Winchell is confronted with a real-world problem, but before he can solve it, he is whisked away to the fantasy world of Mischief City. There he is immediately greeted by Maxine, Hey Hey and Mr. Cube. Maxine usually informs Winchell of some trouble or event occurring in Mischief City which the group attends to, resulting in an adventure. When the adventure concludes, Winchell returns to the real world and is able to deal with the initial problem.

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