What About Mimi? is an award-winning Canadian Animated Series created by Chris Bartleman and Blair Peters that first aired on Teletoon in 2000. Produced by Decode Entertainment and Studio B Productions (both now DHX Media), the series ran until 2002, for a grand total of 39 episodes over 3 seasons. While the first two seasons were full half-hour episodes, the third season changed the format to Two Shorts.
The show focuses on the everyday life of Mimi Morton, a redheaded 11-year-old girl with a highly active imagination, a knack for creative problem-solving, and a bright outlook on life. Mimi lives in the town of Starfish Bay, where she attends school, hangs out with her friends Elaine and Russell, and deals with a variety of everyday kid problems like bullies, rivals (including her former friend and Alpha Bitch Sincerity Travers), parents, and teachers. Mimi, being who she is, can almost always come up with imaginative solutions to any challenges at hand, but even then the best-laid plans of 6th graders can still go astray. Fortunately, Mimi always has her friends, family, and plenty of other people in her life and behind her back to ensure she can always find a way to make sure things turn out okay.
What About Mimi? contains examples of:
- Alliterative Name: Mimi and her dad, Marv, are both this.
- "Jokers Wild" introduces Jamie Jones.
- Alpha Bitch: Sincerity Travers.
- The Bully: Two, Brock and Buddy Wickersham.
- Catchphrase: "Mimi's got a plan."
- Eye-Obscuring Hat: Lodeman wears one.
- Expy: Mimi Morton's basically the Canadian equivalent to Pepper Ann.
- Free the Frogs: Mimi and Russell do this in "Leapfrog", thinking Mr. Petri brought in live frogs to dissect. However, it actually turned out that the frogs were Northern Spotted Swamp Toads, which are an endangered species. They spend the episode trying to track them down, and discover they've been procreating in the sewers.
- Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: Mimi and Sincerity were best friends as little kids, but they grew apart as they got older—by the start of the series, they're rivals/enemies.
- Friend to All Living Things: Elaine Pituskin. She even has a whole bunch of pets.
- Grumpy Old Man: Mr. Greely.
- Imagine Spot: Plenty, usually courtesy of Mimi.
- Nerd: Herbert Finkle.
- Only Sane Man: Mimi's younger brother Bradley is this when his big sister has a plan.
- Shout-Out: The bullies are called Brock and Buddy Wickersham.
- Upper-Class Twit: Sincerity's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Travers, are this.
- Vocal Dissonance: Jake Amore in "A Star Isn't Born" is a very big, muscular man—while he's portrayed with deep baritone-like voice in his movies, it's revealed that it's digitally altered, and that his natural is very high and squeaky.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Sincerity's hair is pink.
- Youthful Freckles: Mimi and Bradley.