Skatoony is an British children's animation/live-action hybrid Game Show in which real child contestants compete against animated characters. The brainchild of James Fox and Brian Boyle, it was originally developed in 2001 as competition microsite on Cartoon Network UK's website (in co-production with FremantleMedia Animation), but became its own series in 2006 that ran for 3 seasons of 39 episodes.
The show's hosts are:
- Chudd Chudders - The bespeckled and diminutive Game Show Host. His Catchphrase is "Has anyone seen my glasses?"
- The Earl - Chudd's cool, Tom Jones-like co-host. He's there mostly to look cool.
- Tony Eagle Eyes (UK/Arabia)/ Charles La Puck (Canada) - Chudd and Earl's money-hungry boss.
The show's format is that three child contestants and three cartoon character contestants compete on a quiz show lasting three rounds. At the end of the first two rounds, the two lowest scoring contestants are eliminated. The first round is always "Bang On! or Bogus?", a rapid-fire true-or-false questioning round; with "Bang On!" meaning true, and "Bogus!" meaning false. The last two rounds vary between episodes. At the end of the third round, only 1 of the 2 remaining contestants gets eliminated, and the remaining contestant (who is always one of the children) takes on the Skatoony Quiz Champ Challenge, where they must answer ten questions correctly in 90 seconds. After 45 seconds, the clock will temporarily stop, and Earl's Halfway Deal will be offered, trading in time for correct answers (10 seconds per point to raise the contestant to a maximum of 7 points or 25 seconds for 3 points if fewer than five questions have been answered correctly at that point). If the contestant finishes with time remaining and gets ten questions right, the contestant wins a prize.
In 2010, a Canadian remake of the series premiered on Teletoon. Co-produced with Marblemedia, it has the same format as the British version, but different casting (the hosts' voice actors are changed while the Montreal and Toronto versions feature different child contestants). Additionally, characters from Teletoon's flagship series of the day, Total Drama and Jimmy Two-Shoes, appear as some of the animated contestants.
There's also a Middle Eastern version co-produced with Blink Studios that premiered on Cartoon Network Arabic in 2011. It is entirely identical to the British version except it guest stars characters from the Arabian animated series Freej.
Now has a Work-In-Progress Characters page.
This show provides examples of:
- Bowdlerise: The North American version of the episode where they go to a dystopian future cut the part where Chudd tries what he thinks is gruel but turns out to be some guy's ear wax collection.
- The Cameo: In the North American version, Sierra is present in some crowd scenes, but doesn't participate.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: The two losers of each round before the final are ejected from the quiz block into something gross or dangerous, even if they're currently in another universe or era in time and the quiz block is the only way to get back.
- The Dividual: The Super Smile Gang are treated as one contestant and share the same square. The same applies to Katie and Sadie in the NA version.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: One game is called "Draw What You Hear, And Shout Out When You Know What You've Drawn!"
- Executive Meddling: Tony/Charles does a lot of it in-universe.
- Extreme Omnivore: Izzy displays this trait here in her appearances, despite not doing so in her own show. In her first appearance, during a game of DangerBox, she happily drank a smoothie made from fish eyes (which she apparently makes all the time at home), and swallowed a live squid whole (however she puked him up after eating oatmeal cookies). In her second appearance, she found the smell coming from a living garbage can to be delicious and ate some of his garbage.
- Foregone Conclusion: None of the toon contestants ever win.
- Gainaxing: Chudd's female dinosaur disguise in "Dinosaur". Oddly, in the UK the Non-Mammal Mammaries only bounced when he jumped, which was about twice, but in NA they bounced with every movement he made.
- Gasshole: One of the toon contestants is a kid known by the nickname "Burp", and for good reason. He doesn't even speak, he communicates entirely by burping, and his sister had to translate for him.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- Skatoony is one of the few shows to literally get crap past the radar. There's a whole round call "Hoo Flung Dung".
- In "Invasion", we have the Earl bathing in a bathtub full of jello. You don't want to know what got in the jello.
- Lifelines: Earl's Halfway Deal. Halfway through the final round, Earl will offer to give the contestant some points in exchange for time off the clock. However, if the contestant is really good and only has 1 or 2 points to go before winning, Earl won't bother offering the deal.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: All the voices are done by just two guys (specifically, This guy and this guy), often resulting in Talking to Yourself.
- Misplaced Wildlife: One member of the audience is a Scottish kangaroo. Lampshaded in the episode in the La Puck Zoo.Chudd: Don't worry Dale, we'll soon have you back home to Australia.Dale: I'm from Scotland! What makes you assume I'm from Australia? Oh, it's just because I'm a kangaroo, and we're... indigenous to Australia... oh, I see your logic.
- Moral Guardians: Tony/Charles' grandmother in-universe, even objecting to T-Bone appearing naked even though he has no skin.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Chudd Chudders and The Earl are based on Ronnie Corbett and Tom Jones respectively.
- Princess Nebula is based on Paris Hilton.
- Goldie Pops is a family friendly parody of Amy Winehouse.
- No Smoking: Tony has a sausage in place of a cigar.
- Repetitive Name: Chudd Chudders and Fernando Fernando Fernando.Fernando: So good they named me three times!
- Santa Claus: One of the toon contestants.
- Special Guest:
- Speed Round: The Skatoony Quiz Champ Challenge (the final round)
- Stock Footage: The NA episodes are edited versions of the UK episodes. The side plots are the same and all that's changed is the voices, the contestants, the questions, and Tony is replaced with Charles. All singing by Earl is taken from the UK version.
- Studio Audience: They're all toons as well.
- Sweet Tooth: The Easter Bunny is constantly eating chocolate, has rotting teeth and is in a perpetual sugar high.
- Toilet Humour: One round is nothing but working out what a giant monkey's poop resembles.