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Fanboy & Chum Chum 
Fanboy logo 
Inter title 
Genre: Slapstick comedy
Surreal comedy
Gross-Out Comedy 
Creator: Eric Robles 
Director: Brian Sheesley
Jay Lender 
Starring: David Hornsby
Nika Futterman
Jamie Kennedy
Jeff Bennett
Wyatt Cenac
Josh Duhamel
Candi Milo
Steve Tompkins
Dyana Liu
Estelle Harris 
Theme composer: Brad Joseph Breek 
Opening theme: "Fanboy & Chum Chum" 
End theme: "Fanboy & Chum Chum"
(Instrumental) 
Number of seasons:
Number of episodes: 30 (List of episodes
Executive producer: Fred Seibert
Steve Tompkins
Eric Robles 
Producer: Shaun Cashman
Jason Meier 
Runtime: approx. 22-26 minutes (consisting of two 11 minute cartoons) 
First aired: November 6, 2009 
Last aired: July 12, 2014

Fanboy & Chum Chum is an American CGI animated television series produced by Frederator Studios. It is based on a first episode/short from Frederator's Random! Cartoons called "Fanboy". The series is created by Eric Robles and directed by Brian Sheesley and Jim Schumann. It premiered on November 6, 2009 on Nickelodeon after the SpongeBob SquarePants special "Truth or Square". A sneak peek of the show was shown on October 12, 2009. The series surrounds Fanboy and Chum Chum, two energetic "super fans" of science fiction and fantasy. They have super hero costumes with underwear outside the costumes and their world is full of comic adventures and misadventures. The series premiere drew 5.8 million viewers. The second episode was watched by 5.4 million viewers. On the Nickelodeon's Upfront for 2013-2014 season, it did not announce a third season for the show.


Plot

See also: List of Fanboy and Chum Chum characters and List of Fanboy and Chum Chum episodes


Animated short

The animated short "Fanboy" aired as part of Frederator Studio's Random! Cartoons, and led to the creation of the animated series.

Worldwide release

Country Network Premiere Date
USA Nickelodeon / Nick Too October 12, 2009 (sneak peek)
November 6, 2009 (series premiere)
NickToons October 23, 2009
Latin America Nickelodeon April 10, 2010
Brazil Nickelodeon April 4, 2010
Canada YTV September 1, 2010
Nickelodeon November 2, 2009
Netherlands Nickelodeon April 5, 2010
UK
Ireland
Nickelodeon February 16, 2010 (Sneak Preview)
April 2, 2010 (Series Premiere)

Reception and achivement

Reviews

Critical reception was generally mixed. Aaron H. Bynum of Animation Insider called Fanboy & Chum Chum "a fun show that deserves a good look. The quality animation helps counterbalance the immense amount of dialogue from the series' chatty characters, and the sheer comedy of marginally competent comic-loving kids helps outweigh what might otherwise be a binge of geeky annoyance. But overall, Fanboy and Chum Chum is a lot of fun." Variety praised the series' "bright, energetic look and even an appealing premise in theory". David Hinckley of NY Daily News gave the series three stars out of five, and said that "it's good, but might not be the next SpongeBob".

A negative review came from KJ Dell'Antonia of Slate who found the main characters irritating, and thought the whole concept was unoriginal, with "many tired jokes and not enough of hat kind of mild satire to make this play in our house".

Ratings

The series premiered on November 6, 2009, after the SpongeBob SquarePants special Truth or Square The broadcast ranked number three of cable programs that week and number two of the night. The premiere was watched by a total of 5.8 million viewers. The second episode was broadcast on November 7, 2009 and garnered 5.4 million viewers, ranking fifth of all cable broadcasts that week.

The third episode was broadcast a week later, on November 14, 2009, with 3.8 million viewers. A broadcast on November 28, 2009 was viewed by 3.9 million viewers. In February 2010, the episode "Moppy Dearest" was viewed by 4.27 million viewers, an improvement over the last few episodes.

Awards

Award Category Nominee Result
2010 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program Jim Schumann
Brian Sheesley
Ginny McSwain
Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Caesar Martinez
For "Chimp Chomp Chumps"
Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Steve Lambe
For "The Janitor Strikes Back"
Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Main Title and Graphic Design Nominated

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