Freaky Stories (partially found animated/live-action series; 1997-2000)


Freaky Stories
The show's title card.
The show's title card.
Status Partially found

Freaky Stories is a Canadian animated/live-action horror TV series for kids, produced by Decode Entertainment (now known as DHX Media) and developed by creator Steve Schnier and executive producer John A. Delmage, that ran from 1997 to 2000, with its pilot episode premiering on YTV's 1995 "Dark Night 3" Halloween block.[1][2]

The show's 35 episodes each consist of 4 animated shorts (of varying artistic styles), based on various urban legends, with each short running roughly 5 minutes and opening with the show's trademark phrase, "This is a true story, it happened to a friend of a friend of mine." The shorts are interspersed with live-action segments hosted by two animatronic puppets, Larry de Bug and Maurice the maggot, although, notably when aired in some countries, said segments were withheld from the broadcast.

Schnier first pitched the idea of an urban legends based kids show to YTV in 1991; in 1994, he teamed up with Delmage and produced the aforementioned 1995 pilot, resulting in the full series being put into production 2 years later.

Of the show's 140 shorts, roughly 50 of them have surfaced online (along with a handful of the aforementioned live-action segues), with the majority remaining unaccounted for. As of this writing, the show is seldom aired anymore. Both English and French dubs of the show are known to exist (the latter which went under the alternate title Frissons - the word 'frisson' being the French equivalent of 'shiver') as well as a Spanish dub; the bulk of the found episodes have been sourced from the English dubbed version, with one or two only being currently available in other languages.[3]

On September 12, 2015, lostmediawiki.com creator/admin Dycaite released eight episodes he found on a VHS entitled Freaky Stories: Pickled Brains for Found Media Week. They can be downloaded here.


The first episode of Freaky Stories (sans live-action segments).
The second episode of "Freaky Stories" (sans live-action segments).

References

  1. Wikipedia article on Freaky Stories. Last retrieved 01 Jul 2014.
  2. Official Freaky Stories page on DHX Media's website. Last retrieved 01 Jul 2014.
  3. Freaky Stories YouTube playlist. Last retrieved 01 Jul 2014.

External links

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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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I remember seeing Freaky Stories as part of the three friends and jerry show on Fox Family back then!
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
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apples are

good
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Anonymous user #3

4 months ago
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They need to put this series back on the air
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Xcriteria4lyfe

4 months ago
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These are the tales, the freaky tales

The tales that I tell so well
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Anonymous user #4

4 months ago
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The concept reminds me of Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids.
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Anonymous user #5

3 months ago
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Used to watch this show on Australian tv all the time
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DawnShadow

24 days ago
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In mid-October, every episode was added to iTunes Australia. https://itun...id1155563723 https://itun...id1155570809

https://itun...id1155572132
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Anonymous user #6

13 days ago
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i remember watching this in Brazil. it use to air during breaks on Cartoon Network. never found any on the internet, but there was a Portuguese dub at some point.
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