The Oblongs is an American animated television program loosely based on a series of characters introduced in creator Angus Oblong's picture-book entitled Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children. The show was produced by Film Roman, Random House, Jobsite Productions and Mohawk Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, and the theme song for the show was composed and performed by They Might Be Giants. The show was created by Angus Oblong & Jace Richdale. The show originally aired on the WB from April 1, 2001 - May 20, 2001 and was cancelled. On August 2002, The Oblongs began airing on Adult Swim.
The show focuses on the antics of a family who live in a poor valley community and as a result of pollution and radiation exposure are all disabled or deformed. The pollution is the direct result of the lavish lifestyle of the rich community known as "The Hills", whose residents exploit and harm the valley residents with absolutely no regard for their safety or well-being.
On July 22, 2008 Angus Oblong revealed, on his myspace blog, that he was working on a special 2 part straight to DVD Halloween episode of The Oblongs, and also said that he will ask Will Ferrell to reprise his role as the voice of Bob Oblong, but does not expect him to return. It's presently unknown if he will or not. Recently Angus Oblong said new episodes of The Oblongs will return to Cartoon Network's late night programing block, Adult Swim. Adult Swim stated on July 4th, 2010 that they asked studios to produce new episodes and "some said yes, some said no".
The Oblongs Television airing
The show premiered on April 1, 2001 on The WB but failed to find an audience. On May 20, 2001, The WB aired Disfigured Debbie, the second episode produced, as the season finale, leaving five episodes unaired. A fan of the series who was writing an episode guide at TV Tome informed creator Angus Oblong of the show's cancellation and rallied fans of the series to petition and encourage the network to renew the show. Ultimately, the petition was unsuccessful.
In August 2002, the series found a home on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim evening program schedule, where it received high ratings when many fans discovered the series for the first time. In Australia, the show premiered on the Nine Network on December 8, 2001, however due to insufficient ratings, it was withdrawn after one episode (but was later shown in a late night/early morning time slot). In 2005, the show began airing on TBS and was released on DVD. New episodes are expected to return, but the time and date are unknown.
The Oblongs characters
The Oblong family
- Bob Oblong (voice: Will Ferrell), was born without arms or legs and works at a poison factory called Globocide. Despite his deformities he is very chipper and sunny, and is modeled after various fathers from 1950s TV shows. He is married to Pickles and is the father of Biff, Chip, Milo, and Beth.
- Pickles Oblong (voice: Jean Smart) is a chain smoking alcoholic who was originally a Hill resident but moved to the valley after marrying Bob. All her hair has since fallen out due to the hazardous atmosphere of The Valley, and she is now regarded as an outcast by her former Hill friends. While not bitter about losing her privileged life, she often expresses disdain towards her self-centered former neighbors in the Hills. She is married to Bob, and is the mother of Biff, Chip, Milo, and Beth.
- Chip and Biff Oblong (voices: Randy and Jason Sklar) are 17-year-old conjoined twins who are attached at the waist and share a middle leg. Biff is a hard worker obsessed with sports, while Chip is more laid back. It is frequently implied
- that Biff is gay and attracted to their coach, though other timesthe two are seen lusting after girls together. Biff and Chip each occasionally go into "trances" to give the other brother privacy (as seen in the episode "Get Off My Back").
- Milo Oblong (voice: Pamela Segall Adlon),is the youngest son and the series' protagonist.Often referredto by other kids as a “psycho”, he is afflicted with numerous mental and social disorders and is on "everything from Ritalin to Rogaine." Despite his afflictions, he is a very forthright and benevolent boy, though he envies the Hill lifestyle and wishes to rise above his economicstatus. He has a single hair sticking up on his head, a squint in one eye and wears a shirt that says "NO." at most times.
- Beth Oblong (voice: Jeannie Elias) isthe youngest child and only daughter, and has a warty, elongated growth growing out of her head. Despite her appendage, she appears to be significantly better adjusted than the rest of her family. In the episode "Pickles' Lil' Amazons", it is revealed that the growth on her head is the result of eating meat containingbovine growth hormones.
- Grammy Oblong, Bob's vegetative state mother, resides in a motorized wheelchair and is unable to speak. Instead, she communicates using a green light which means yes, a red light which means no, and a flashing red light which means she has soiled herself.
- Lucky, the one-lunged family cat who chain-smokes cigarettes and wears an uninterested, dea
- dpan expression.
- Scottie is Milo's narcoleptic dog, a result of perfume used on him during his tenure as a test animal at Globocide. Scottie was based on the short story "Narcoleptic Scottie" in Creepy Susie.
Milo's friends, "The Clubhouse Kids"
- Helga Phugly (voice: Lea DeLaria) is an overweight, toad-like girl who will eat virtually anything. She livesin a fantasy world, believing that she is pretty and popular and that the "Debbies'" actually like her. At times she seems to have a crush on Milo, leading to her kidnapping him in one episode. When her parents went on vacation and never returned, Helga was forced to live at home by herself, eating only wedding cakes and the occasional animal that she spotted. Milo eventually locates her parents when Mrs. Hubbard, a Bible-thumping, gun-toting old woman tries to adopt Helga. When have you seen episode ("Flush, Flush Sweet Helga").
- "Creepy Susie" (voice: Jeannie Elias) is a Goth girl who speaks with a deadpan French accent and appears to float instead of walk, as her legs are never shown. She is obsessed with death, and has a problem with pyromania, but it has been revealed she does enjoy hula hoops (even though her stiff movements make it physically impossible for her to use one).
- Peggy (voice: Becky Thyre) is a one-breasted girl who lacks a lower jaw, causing her to spit and talk with a lisp. Despite her deformities, Peggy is incredibly cheerful and upbeat. The daughter of a gay couple, she dreams of being president and marrying a handsome doctor.
- Mikey (voice: Jeannie Elias) is a boy saddled with a dangling, doubled posterior. Standard underwear will not fit him, so he wears his grandmother's old bra like backwards suspenders. He is also known to habitually probe his nose and ears with his finger. Because of his larger deformed posterior, he takes jokes about the area more literally especially since they often come true soon after. As a running gag, he is inflicted with severe misfortune in almost every appearance, ranging from being stung by bees to attacked by dogs.
The Hill Residents
- George Klimer (voice: Billy West) is Bob's rich and snobby boss. He represents the power and arrogance of the people of the Hills. He is very condescending to his employees, especially Bob and James. He is husband to Pristine and father of Jared and Debbie Klimer.
- Pristine Klimer (voice: Becky Thyre) is the wife of George and mother to Jared and Debbie. Pristine? ? as good friends with Pickles before she married Bob, but abandoned her once she went to live in the valley.
- Jared Klimer (voice: Pamela Segall Adlon) is the arrogant son of George and Pristine and brother to Debbie. He likes to taunt The Clubhouse Kids, along with his equally snobbish best friend Blaine (voice: Billy West). He calls Milo "Oblong". In one episode Milo retorts with the information that a rumor of Jared and Blaine claims the two have had sex with each other.
- Debbie Klimer (voice: Becky Thyre, Pamela Segall Adlon) ? ? in some episodes) is the daughter of George? and? Pristine Klimer and sister of Jared Klimer. Debbie is the most popular girl in school and is the ring leader of "The Debbies". She is fabulously wealthy and is depicted as girly and a stereotypical popular girl. She hates The Valley Kids along with all The Hill Kids, and is very cruel to them. Once she was elected school president she was accidentally pushed into a woodchipper when she was being hugged by The Debbies. Her parents faked her funeral to hide Debbie's now ugly face, after plastic surgery didn't work they sent to The Oblongs house. After befriending The Valley Kids and trying to committ suicide, she was taken to the school nurse where she was made beautiful again. She then became the most popular girl at school again and hates the Valley Kids.
- The Debbies (voices: Becky Thyre, Pamela Segall Adlon in some episodes) are a popular clique of girls at school who's leader is Debbie Klimer. They're each named Debbie and they're identical to one another. Each Debbie is wealthy, considered beautiful, and are popular but cruel. They each wear a pink dress with a pink bow in their big hair. As Hill residents, they resent The Valley Kids and ridicule them on a daily basis for their bizarre mental disorders, mutations, and the fact that they're poor.
- Mayor Johnny "The Mayor" Bledsoe (voice: Billy West) is the town's mayor and a masked pro wrestler, a parody of pro wrestlers-turned-elected officials, such as Jesse Ventura. He is corrupt, and his daughter is a Debbie.
- Mr. Leland Bergstein (voice: Billy West) is the kids' homeroom teacher, who seems weak and is easily cowed by the Debbies and the rich residents of the town. It is revealed that he lives in the Hills as seen in the episode "Milo, Interrupted".
- Sheriff Pepper (voice: Maurice LaMarche) is Hill Valley's inept, corrupt law enforcer.
- Dr. Hofschneider (voice: Billy West) is the Oblongs' condescending and uninterested doctor.
- Mrs. Hubbard (voice: Laraine Newman) is the town's bible-thumping, gun-toting old biddy who is appointed czar of child-services after a disturbance in the hills is blamed on valley kids. She is a spinster who never married or had children. She wears a chastity belt called "The Forni-Guard 2000".
The Valley Residents
- Anita Bidet (voice: Billy West) is the owner of the bar Pickles frequents, The Rusty Bucket. Her name is a play on the phrase "I need a bidet." It is implied that she is a pre-op transsexual, and though it is made obvious to viewers, none of the characters in the show seem to realize it.
- Nurse Rench (voice: Laraine Newman) is the school nurse. She is described by Peggy as "a godless butcher without a shred of legitimate medical training". She has a scary operating contraption in place of her right arm, has four breasts arranged in a pattern resembling a cow's udder, and a deformed left hand. Her name is perhaps intended to play on Nurse Ratched from the 1975 film version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Nurse Rench sounds exactly like Nurse Diesel (Cloris Leachman) from the Mel Brooks film, "High Anxiety".
- James (voice: Billy West) is Bob's hunchbacked co-worker. He is a people-pleaser and lacks self-esteem, buying friends on eBay to attend his bachelor party.
- Yvette (Deceased) (voice: Michelle Ruff) An additional member of the Debbies, the only one who does not carry the same name. An extraterrestrial masquerading as a human, she has long blonde hair in a ponytail. She takes an interest in Milo in the pilot episode, "Misfit Love", though only to experiment on his brain. When it appears that Milo has been killed, she is forced to self-destruct, as it is apparently more cost-effective than returning to her base of operations. (Appeared in episode 1, “Misfit of Love”)
- Principal Davis (voice: Debra Wilson) is the school principal. (Appeared in episode 8, “Disfigured Debbie”)
- Homeless Bill (voice: Billy West) is Hill Valley's resident street urchin. (Appeared in episode 2, “Narcoleptic Scottie” and briefly in episode 4, "Bucketheads")
- The Girl with a Beak (voice: Becky Thyre) is an aptly-named, bird-like classmate of The Clubhouse Kids. She often is spurned by the kids despite their own maladies. (Appeared in episode 4, “Bucketheads)
- Coach (voice: Will Ferrell) is Biff and Chip's school coach, with whom Biff has an unhealthy obsession. He also teaches the Sex Ed and Driving Instruction classes, though he seems to confuse the two. (Appeared in episode 4, “Bucketheads”)
- Verdelle Diver (voice: Lea DeLaria) is the regional coordinator of The Li'l' Amazons, a Girl Scouts-like troop. She and the organization in general are implied to be lesbian (hence her last name, referring to the slur "muff diver"). Verdelle hits on Pickles frequently during Pickles' court-ordered tenure as Beth's den mother. (Appeared in episode 9, “Pickles' Little Amazons”)
- Tommy Vinegar (voice: Maurice LaMarche) — a parody of Tommy Hilfiger — is Pickles's ex-boyfriend. He got rich after Pickles taught him how to be popular, and then promptly dumped her. (Appeared in episode 4, “Bucketheads”)
- Velva, the Warrior is the Oblongs' version of Xena, whom Beth adores. Her name is a pun on "vulva", and her show has heavy lesbian/anti-male overtones (all of the villains are male while all the heroes are female), not to mention blatant advertising of Velva merchandise and numerous genital references. Her sidekick is named Majora, she has a horse named Fallopious, and a pet bird named Placentor. (Appeared in episode 5, “Heroine Addict”)
- Dusty (voice: Becky Thyre) is Bob's one-time co-worker, and a lifeguard. It is heavily suggested that she has had a lot of cosmetic surgery (Appeared in episode 12, “My Name Is Robbie”)
the Oblongs won the Artios award in 2001 for Best Casting for Animated Voiceover - Television Mary V. Buck Susan Edelman.
Main article: List of The Oblongs episodes
The Oblongs Return
On July 22, 2008 Angus Oblong, on his Myspace blog, blogged that he was working on a straight to DVD Halloween episode, but Will Ferrell was unlikely to return. In a Youtube video dated October 16, 2009, Angus Oblong stated, "I got a deal with Adult Swim, were going to be making new episodes."