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Western Animation / Yvon of the Yukon

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De-frosted for you and for me!
Exploring new worlds he dreamed was his fame
But reading a map was not his forte
So poor Yvon was soon cast away!
Yvon (Yvon) of the Yukon!
Sailing the stormy seas!
Yvon (Yvon) of the Yukon!
No one could hear his pleas!"

17th-century France: rugged explorer Yvon Ducharme embarks on a voyage to conquer North America on behalf of King Louis XIV. Unfortunately, Yvon's poor navigation skills sends him far off his intended course, into the frigid waters of Canada's north coast, and he is knocked overboard when his boat rams into an iceberg. Yvon is cryogenically frozen in a block of ice for 300 years, until his body is 'revived' by a sled dog owned by Inuk teenager Tommy Tukyuk. He settles in the town of Upyermukluk, Yukon ("the hottest cold town in the Arctic, midway between Shivermetimbers and Frostbottom Falls") and attempts to adjust to life in the Yukon alongside his colourful new neighbours.

A Canadian animated series created by voice actors Ian James Corlett and Terry Klassen and animation studios Studio B Productions and Dong Woo Animation. Airing between 1999 and 2005, the show ran for three seasons, won several awards, and can perhaps serve as an example of quintessentially Canadian animated programming.


Yvon of the Yukon provides examples of:

  • Consolation World Record: The entire town tries to break a world record in order to get back on the map (it had been removed due to being a small town with a long name), but their repeated attempts drive the records guy insane until he gives them the world record for "Craziest Town in the World".
  • Disney Acid Sequence: In the Musical Episode mentioned below where Yvon's visit to Easter Island get's warped compared to other areas he visited. Complete with an living Chocolate Bunny and Maoi statues shaped like the Duke.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Duke's actual name was never given. One episode implied that his title may be fake.
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  • Exposed to the Elements: Yvon never wears any pants, only having his underwear on. Despite living in the tundra.
  • F--: One episode saw the title character do so badly in an exam that he gets a G. He's so haunted by it that he becomes determined to get an F...except he starts doing so well in everything that he only gets A grades.
  • Fake Crossover: With Being Ian during YTV's "Big BBQ Blowout", though they only interact during the bumpers rather than than either show.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Yvon, one example is that he still thinks that "King Louis" still runs France.
  • G-Rated Drug: One episode had Yvon addicted to coffee when a Starbucks Expy moved into town.
  • Indian Burial Ground: One of the main characters brings a visitor on a tour of his town, noting a ridiculous amount of buildings built upon an 'ancient Indian burial ground.' The one thing that wasn't was the modern Indian burial ground, which uses the latest in technology to ensure nobody can build on top of it.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: An exaggerated case with Tommy (A 21st-Century Teen) and Yvon (A 17th-Century Frenchman).
  • Instant Ice: Just Add Cold!: "Yvon's navigation would soon cost a price / He was knocked overboard and turned into ice!"
  • Missing Mom: Tommy's mother is never so much as mentioned.
  • Mushroom Samba: The side-effect of eating fondue made with three-hundred year old cheese Yvon brought to the pot luck dinner in one episode.
  • Musical Episode: "A Beautiful Day to be French." An episode which chronicles Yvon's trip from France to Upper Mukluk.
  • My Beloved Smother: Willy Tidwell's mother, Babs Tidwell is a rather dark example. In the only episode she appeared in, she tried to kill Yvon after hearing how much a pain Yvon had been to Willy.
  • Royally Screwed Up: King Louis the XIV, portrayed as an arrogant drunkard.
  • Start My Own: Yvon had started his own restaurant serving French cuisine, after Bill barred him from the Mad Cossack for Yvon's complaining.
  • Shaming the Mob: One episode had Tommy calling out the townspeople for trying to destroy a Woolly Mammoth. Just to be interrupted by Luba (the town cop) to point out there is a rule saying to destroy what they do not know.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: Harland and the Duke find themselves lost in the middle of the arctic tundra when they come across a set of train tracks. Wondering if a train is coming, Harland gives the sage advice: "If you stick your tongue to the train track and it doesn't stick, then a train has gone by, and if it does stick, then a train is coming". The Duke tries this, and naturally gets his tongue stuck to the tracks.
  • Urine Trouble: Tellingly, this is how Yvon is accidentally thawed out in the present day.


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