1 9 9 6 – 1 9 9 9 (USA)
65 x 30 minute episodes
When Nickelodeon failed to renew the award-winning series Doug after 52 episodes had been produced, Disney picked up the franchise in early 1996 by acquiring Jumbo Pictures Inc. (the producers of the series) and produced new episodes under the titles Brand Spanking New! Doug and Disney’s Doug,
The likeable but often befuddled Doug Funnie was now voiced by Thomas McHugh, though several of the voice cast from the original series returned, including Becca Lish, Constance Shulman, Fred Newman and Bruce Bayley Johnson.
There were other changes too: The Funnies have a new baby called Cleopatra Dirtbike Funnie, Mayor White is now the Principal of Doug’s school (Mrs Dink is now the Mayor of Bluffington), Honker Burger has been bought out and turned into a French restaurant, and Doug’s favourite band, The Beets, have broken up.
The new series became one of the more popular entries on the ABC Saturday morning lineup, where it ran from September 1996 to September 2001.
In 1999 a big-screen cinema version – The First Doug Movie – was released.
Judy Funnie/Theda Funnie/Connie Benge
Bruce Bayley Johnson