|Genre||Slice of life|
|Created by||Noah Z. Jones|
|Developed by||Alex Hirsch|
|Written by||Noah Z. Jones|
|Directed by||Maxwell Atoms (supervising director)|
C. H. Greenblatt
Noah Z. Jones (art director)
|Creative director(s)||Alex Hirsch|
|Opening theme||"Ring the Bell" performed by Jeremy Fisher|
|Ending theme||"Ring the Bell" (Instrumental) (season 3)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||59 (110 segments) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Maxwell Atoms|
Noah Z. Jones
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Disney Television Animation|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||September 3, 2010 –|
April 4, 2014
|Related shows||Almost Naked Animals|
Fish Hooks is an American animated television series created by Noah Z. Jones that originally aired on Disney Channel from September 3, 2010 to April 4, 2014. Twenty-one episodes were ordered for the first season. The first season premiered on September 24, 2010.
On September 23, 2013, Mr. Warburton announced that the third season would be the last, as they had finished the final episode.
The series revolves around a fun-personified fish named Milo, his nervous brother Oscar, and their "overly dramatic" best friend Bea Goldfishberg, with whom Oscar is infatuated. They attend a school known as Fresh Water High, submerged in an aquarium in a pet store named Buds Pets. The series chronicles their daily lives as they deal with typical teen problems, such as romance and homework, as well as havoc conjured with other animals in the pet store.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||40||21||September 3, 2010||October 21, 2011|
|2||42||22||October 7, 2011||May 17, 2013|
|3||28||16||June 7, 2013||April 4, 2014|
- Milo (voiced by Kyle Massey) is an adventurous Siamese fighting fish who is a self-proclaimed "party guy". He attempts to have fun in any situation and is very loud and often dangerous. He is best friends with Bea and his older brother Oscar. In "Fail Fish", Milo is shown to have an attention disability and only learns by absorbing knowledge in near-death situations.
- Oscar (voiced by Justin Roiland) is a nervous, socially awkward catfish with an afro and Milo's older brother. He is an avid video game player and regularly serves as the voice of reason and justice between the main cast. He is often very stressed throughout the series, mostly because of Milo's misadventures and wild behavior. Oscar has been secretly in love with Bea until mid-Season 2, where he gets a crush on angelfish named Angela, a gamer girl on a rival debate team, who becomes his girlfriend for the remainder of the season. He is shown as a neat-freak, as well as despite being brothers with Milo, they are the opposite of each other (along with being an entirely different species). For the first season of the series, a clam named Clamantha was Oscar's stalker and regularly followed him in secret, roughly until he met Angela. After Angela spends nearly all of prom playing video games, Oscar accidentally calls her Bea, as well as then subsequently they break up. Afterward, Oscar goes back to loving Bea, with Bea harboring feelings for him as well leading in the two becoming a couple in the series finale.
- Bea Goldfishberg (voiced by Chelsea Kane) is a goldfish who is very "overly dramatic", as well as dreams to be an actress in the future. For most of the series, her friend Oscar had a huge crush on her, to which she was completely oblivious. She is extremely self-centered and tends to boast about her acting abilities and various talents, but she is nice at heart. She has great interests in drama and theatre and constantly enrolls in various school plays. She has a stoic, regularly monotonic best friend named Shellsea, who usually has to snap Bea out of her dramatic tantrums or provide solutions to her problems. At the end of the series, Bea finally gets in a relationship with Oscar.
- Shellsea (voiced by Kari Wahlgren) is a jewelfish who is Bea's best friend. She loves fashion and is concerned about looking good. She is usually negative and pessimistic and talks in a famous "valley girl" voice. She supports Bea and is also good friends with Finberley, Koi, and Esmargot though she regularly and constantly talks behind Oscar's back. Like most of the other female cast, she has a huge crush on Steve Jackson.
- Albert Glass (Atticus Shaffer), a nerdy glass fish who is very intelligent and diligent. He is abnormally pale and, as a result of being transparent, his brain can be seen through his head. He is best friends with Jumbo Shrimp and is good friends with Milo, Oscar and Bea. Albert is very shy and quiet and he and Jumbo are the main targets of bullying from Jocktopus and his gang. He is shown to play the trumpet. He starts dating Esmargot in "Chicks Dig Vampires". In the season 3 episode "Glass Man Standing", Albert's voice gets lower and he grows a mustache.
- Jumbo Shrimp (Steven Christopher Parker), an awkward shrimp who is best friends with Albert Glass. Jumbo is a science nerd and loves figuring out and solving problems, finding and correcting errors in textbooks, as well as researching various topics in his spare time. Like Albert, Jumbo is an easy target for bullies. Along with Albert, he occasionally plays the tuba. After his robot date for prom leaves him, Angela and he begin dating.
- Finberley (voiced by Kimberly Mooney), a small, energetic, kind fish who is one of Bea's friends. Finberley is often seen with Esmargot and has a notable crush on Steve Jackson, more so than the rest of the cast. A running gag on the show is that she is injured on a regular basis and recovers in the next scene. She also appears to have a notable crush on Milo.
- Esmargot (voiced by Rachel Dratch), a strange slimy sea slug. Esmargot appears to be constantly sick with a stuffed nose, as well as she leaves a trail of slime behind wherever she goes. Esmargot is one of Bea's friends, and like the other girls has a crush on Steve Jackson. She plays the saxophone at school. She starts dating Albert Glass in "Chicks Dig Vampires".
- Jocktopus (John DiMaggio) an octopus who bullies those smaller than him and refers to himself in third person. He is part of the football team
- Mr. Baldwin (Dana Snyder), Milo, Oscar and Bea's homeroom teacher, a seahorse, at Freshwater High. Baldwin despises Milo and seems to hate his job. He is always bored, unenthusiastic and lazy and is constantly trying to find a way to quit his job as a teacher. He is pregnant for the majority of the series until "Labor of Love" where he gives birth to 100-200 baby seahorses.
- Principal Stickler (Jerry Stiller (Season 1), Jeff Bennett (Season 2)) is Freshwater High's principal. Principal Stickler is a sea urchin who shouts orders to his assistant, Nurse Fishington. He is very strict and careful about sanitation and is an obsessive clean-freak similar to Oscar - which leads to overreactions which quickly get out-of-hand. In "Principal Bea", Stickler gives the position of principal to Fishington, as well as pilots a robotic walker, apparently leaving the pet shop for good. However, he returns afterward in "Get a Yob!"
- Randall "Randy" Pincherson (Josh Sussman), a fiddler crab. Randy comes from a rich family and is extremely spoiled and is able to afford practically anything so he has anything he wants. He loves provoking, blackmailing, gossiping and threatening students for varying reasons. He is very sarcastic, lazy, but ultimately tragic. Early on he is a bully to Milo, although he devolves to more of a pest as the series progresses. Randy has a one-sided crush on Bea, which becomes one of his main concerns after Oscar starts dating Angela.
- Pass, Punt and Fumble (Dave Wittenberg, Roger Craig Smith and Alex Hirsch, respectively), a lake trout, gar and grouper trio of football players who are Jocktopus's friends and assist him with his bullying. Punt is the tallest and apparent leader of the trio, Pass is the shortest and most intelligent and Fumble is the least intelligent. Although it seems Jocktopus just uses them for that sole purpose, they are still loyal to him almost all of the time.
In 2009, Disney Channels Worldwide's President of Entertainment Gary Marsh said of the show, "The Fish Hooks team has created one of the most original, inventive animated series on television – bringing an ingenious twist to the classic archetypes of high school life." The series will be produced using a mix of 2D digital animation and photo collages. The series is created and co-executive produced by children's book illustrator Noah Z. Jones and developed for television by Alex Hirsch and Bill Reiss. Main and recurring cast were announced in a Disney Channel press release on August 26, 2010.
The series airs worldwide on Disney Channel. An 11-minute preview was shown on September 3, 2010, following the Disney Channel Original Movie, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. It also premiered on ABC Family on January 15, 2011, at 7/6c. The show premiered in the United States on Disney Channel on September 24, 2010 and on Disney XD on January 14, 2011.
The show previewed in Canada on September 3, 2010 and premiered on September 25, 2010. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it premiered on November 6, 2010. It previewed in Australia and New Zealand on October 2, 2010 and premiered on November 23, 2010. In Southeast Asia, the show premiered on April 1, 2011. It previewed on January 15, 2011 and premiered on February 12, 2011 in South Africa.
In The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows, David Perlmutter writes, "While this program started out well, given the veteran talent involved, it quickly faltered, becoming so obsessed with plotting the minutiae of its own self-created fishbowl universe that it abruptly lost its creative touch." He criticizes the voice acting as "incredibly shrill; loud; and, above all, hammy," and says that the show "was a shotgun wedding between the typically hyperspace-paced narrative approaches of Cartoon Network... and the more measured and balanced style typical of Disney."
Awards and nominations
|2011||Environmental Media Awards||Children's Television||"Legend of the Earth Troll"||Nominated|||
|2011||BAFTA Awards – International||Favorite TV Show||Fish Hooks||Won|||
|2012||Annie Awards||Writing in a Television Production||Blake Lemons
(for "Fish School Musical")
|2012||Kids' Choice Awards Argentina||Best Animated Series||Fish Hook||Nominated|
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