News Archives: 2001
Playing thanks to Dan
Dmytryshyn and Chris.
Well, as you can see, we now have a
new hosting provider, and a new domain name, gilsinan.com. The move
went pretty smoothly, but I'm sure I missed updating a link or two
somewhere, so if you see anything that looks broken, don't hesitate
to let me know. Our
new provider has much better support for scripting and databases and
the like, so there are some good possibilities, the first of which
will be converting my kludgy episode guide to a nice database-driven
system. :) More soon.
Ron Broadfoot submits the following for consideration:
[T]aken from the book "Cartoon
Capers - The Misadventures of Canadian Animators":
In 1990, Raccoons co-creator
Sheldon Wiseman helped create and finance an animated Christmas
film called "The Nutcracker Prince", which starred the voices of
Kiefer Sutherland and Megan Follows [mmm,
-ed]. Kevin Gillis, I believe, didn't have any hand
whatsoever in the film. It also featured the voices of
Marvin Goldhar, Liz Hanna, Susan Roman and other actors/actresses
who had lent their voices to the Raccoons series.
Unfortunately, it was a box-office disappointment. Wiseman's
plans to take his animation work to the big screen led to an
argument between him and Gillis. In 1991, when the final
episode of The Raccoons was scheduled to air, Wiseman stole a
videocassette copy of the episode and slept with it under his bed
as an act of revenge against Gillis. As soon as the episode
aired and the series ended, the partnership between Wiseman and
Gillis ended too, bitterly. Gillis went on to form Catalyst
Entertainment and Wiseman helped to finance two animation studios
in Ottawa, Paragon and Lacewood, both of which went belly-up in
the late 1990.
Updated Now Playing info, thanks to
Duy Cuong Nguyen:
APTN finally straightened out their Raccoons schedule:
Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun @ 08:00 CST (09:00 EST)
Also, APTN also airs the French version, "Les Amis Ratons"
which they list as "Les Ratons Lavers", the first one being the
official title. The Raccoons family are the Laveurs, Bert is
Benoit Laveur, etc. "Les Amis Ratons" airs:
Sat, Sun @ 07:00 and 13:00 CST (08:00 and 14:00 EST) [all
It's too bad that the French schedule has the same episode
repeated 4 times for a given weekend.
Fixed Catalyst's USPS mailing address,
thanks to Marque Guilbeault.
Updated the Now Playing page thanks
to Duy Cuong Nguyen,Ron
Broadfoot, and Michael StŘber.
Added a transcription of Teach Meby
Aaron Perrott to
the Songs Page.
Let us address the problem of the Pigs' names for a moment.Here's
take on the issue(which he actually gave me a year and a half ago,
but there you are):
I think I have solved one of the greatest Raccoon mysteries. I
think the third pigs name is Boyd. Ever hear of the famous hot rod
guy, Boyd Coddington? Anyways, I came to this conclusion by
listening to one of the pigs in "The Games People Play". When they
say they would like to do thier next reminiscence to music, one of
the pigs is heard saying what I first thought was, "Hit it,
booyyz"; but, alas, I don't believe it was slurred speech. After
listening to it over and over again, I believe pig three is Boyd.
Makes sense, too, Lloyd, Floyd and Boyd.
And Justin weighs in with:
As for the pigs, they do indeed have names, although scarcely
The ringleader as you might have guessed is Lloyd. He is often
designated as such by his other two siblings whenever he comes up
with some brilliant scam quote: "Oooo, Lloyd has a plan."
I am confused as to which is pig number two. However, our mild,
meek and sometimes childish persona is Boyd, as refered to in what
I believe was Join the Club, or whichever episode portrayed him as
a shoplifter at Mr. Willow's.
Although I can't remember excatly where I heard his name, Floyd
is the final overly caffinated counterpart of the trio.
Lloyd, Boyd and Floyd. I can't excatly unravel the mystery as
to why their names were never formally used by the other
characters. Perhaps to emphasize their self-confinement? Or maybe
because the trio have almost always been portrayed as a unison. I
suppose this is a question best left to the viewer.
Couldn't have said it better.
Removed the BBC listing for
the Raccoonsfrom the Now Playing
section, as they don't appear tobe broadcasting it any more. Thanks
forpointing that out. If anyone has any more information,
let me know.
This report in from one of our agents in the field,Mike
"Rocky Raccoon" McLain:
Being the resident mascot costume performer of all the Raccoons
fans out there,I thought you might be interested in seeing this. I
got some public relations info aboutthis company... Seems they
have the rights to the costumed characters of "The Raccoons".
Check out the Lisa, Cyril, and Bert suits. Very cool.
And yes, take it from me. It's hot in there.
Removed A-Channel from
the Now Playing section,since they
appear to no longer be showing the Raccoons, as a couple of people
Added Meerkat's scans of
a great promotional poster(front
and back), signed byKevin Gillis
himself, to the Images Page.
Added an excellent drawing,
Comrade Ralph, by Meerkat
to the Images Page. Yes,Meerkat, you are the
undisputed Ralph fan.
Added a drawing of Ralph and
one of Ralphand Melissa by
Mike McLain to the
Images page. Also updated
Now Playing info with regards to BBC2
thanks to Ellie.
Added a link to
Lisa Lougheedinformation at The Canadian Music Encyclopedia to
Lisa's page herethanks to
Angus Johnston. Added anotherremix
of the Run With Us MIDI,this time by
Added a little sketch of Ralph
Images Page. Updated Raccoons air times onBBC2
on the Now Playingpage, thanks to
Ellie. Also, some
newinformation on voice actor Rory Dodd has come to light (via
Ron Broadfoot),namely, that
he was the male backup singer on Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler's 1983
hit "Total Eclipse of The Heart."That was a good song, actually, and
Nikki French's dance remake wasn't at all bad either. Had a five of
sixsecondary dominant that resolved to a major four, and any song
that does that has to be given some credit.Eheu. I added the info to
the Actors Page.
Mateo Rojoto the
Images page. Also updated
Now Playing infothanks to
Added an excellent article on
The Raccoons and the Lost Star byJames
Redesign implemented in most sections. Enjoy. Also, some
information from Mike
McLain that I've sat on for long enough. Apologies. From
here (note the heinous misspellings of "Raccoons," "Cyril,"
Toronto-based Catalyst Entertainment's kids' property Christmas
Racoonsis celebrating its 20th birthday but remains as popular as
during itsoriginal launch.
In 1986, the special was developed into The Racoons series,
which hasbeen broadcast in over 160 countries, including on Disney
Channel.Rights on the 65 episodes have recently been renewed by
Germandistributor Ravensberger, Italy's Rete Italia, cbc in Canada
and the bbcin the u.k., and the show has now been sold to
With interest in the property remaining high, Catalyst has
joined withFrench producer and distributor Teleimages in Paris to
produce a newRacoons direct-to-video title called The Knight
In the holiday tale, Bert Racoon tries to save the spirit of
Christmaswhen Cyryl Sneer, the mean, entrepreneurial pink aardvark
who will doanything to make some money, decides to tax Christmas.
Production onthe $2.8 million, 45-minute film will begin this
Catalyst's subsidiary company Phoenix Animation will handle
most of theanimation work in Toronto, with some shipped to
Teleimages' studio inFrance. Catalyst's exec vp Kevin Gillis
describes the animation assimple in approach, with stylized heavy
lines in keeping with theclassical animation look of the original
Racoons. The broadcastersaround the world which have aired the
previous Racoons shows are allinterested in coming aboard the new
project, says Gillis, and dealsshould be closed at natpe.
The official treaty coproduction is weighted 75% Canadian and
25% fortheFrench producer. Catalyst holds international sales
rights, excludingFranceand several other European territories.
Following a similar path taken from The Christmas Racoons to
The Racoonsseries, the direct-to-video title will serve as a pilot
for a new13-part Racoons series spin-off - The Adventures of Sir
Bert. Thestories will be set in a medieval world and follow the
well-meaning SirBert - who somehow always ends up in all sorts of
scrapes, and palSquire Cedrick, his sidekick from the original
Teleimages and Catalyst are coproducing, and Gillis plans to
drum upinterest from European partners at natpe. Broadcasters have
not beenbrought on board. The per episode budget is $550,000.
Well, I've finally graduated, and have some semblance of internet
access back, so here we are in our new (and permanent for the
foreseeable future) webspace.Redesign coming up shortly. While I was
at it, I added a link to
A-Channel to the Now Playing page,
thanks toRojo Mateo.
Also, updated Who's Who in the Evergreen
Forest (whew, that's been a while), thanks to fellow Manxman
I'm in the process of moving all of my webpages off of the
Harvard fas server, so that they don't get toasted when I graudate.
This includes The UnOfficial Raccoons Home Page, which I'm also
going to redesign, because the 1997 design is beginning to annoy me.
Thus, things might get a bit sketchy around here for a while,
starting with the icons at the bottom of the pages. More soon.
Updated Now Playing information thanks
Added a new fanart of
Bentley byMax Artemev
to the Images page. Also,Max found some new
Kevin Gillis information at
http://www.ott.igs.net/~nunnery/convhst.htm.Quoting the relevant
part (talking about the "nunnery"):
...In 1972, Sally and Kevin Gillis bought the house and began
the slow process of remodelling and modernizing. The Gillis family
insulated the attic, remodelled the kitchen and began stripping
the woodwork in the living room to show the beauty that lay hidden
under too many coats of paint. Kevin became a television star,
first appearing as the guitar player in the background on Bruno
Gerussi's "Celebrity Cooks" show then later had his own show
called "Bang Bang You're Alive". This latter show began with an
opening scene of Kevin riding through Chesterville on a farm wagon
while singing for some kids and prominently showed a good shot of
the house. During this time, Kevin created the Raccoon series of
shows for the CBC ("Raccoons on Ice" etc) so the Raccoons were
conceived and born in this house.
In 1981, the Gillis family decided to move into Ottawa to be
closer to Kevin's work...
Added some fan artwork to the Images page:
excellent stylistic Bert, Ralph,
and Melissa by
Aryanna,and sketches of Lisaand
the Characters, both by
Updated Now Playing information thanks
Morleyand Duy Cuong
Nguyen. Also added fan artwork:
and Melissa,Cyril Sneer,
and Bert as Wizard,all
by Max Artemev.
Added some new info on Bob Dermer to the Actors
and Voices page thanks toRon
Broadfoot. Updated Now Playing
infothanks to Maxim Artemev
and Anthony Thomson. Also
added an excellent sketch of
Bert and Lisa Camping and a screenshot of
Bert experiencing what happens when
you get obsessed with potato chip contests to the
Images page. Thanks to
Kung Pao and
Yes, the fabled Bert Raccoon
plush exists. Thanks to
for the image. Best bet if you're looking for 'em is probably
Morley andSpencer Bayles
both noted a change in the BBC schedule for the Raccoons,namely that
it is now on BBC2 rather than BBC1, and every weekday at 10:50
rather than just Saturday. Thus,updated the
Now Playing page.
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