My Gym Partner's a Monkey (lost pitch pilots of Cartoon Network animated series; 2003/2004)

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The show's logo.

Status: Lost

My Gym Partner's a Monkey is an animated series co-created by Tim Cahill and his wife Julie McNally Cahill that ran on Cartoon Network from 2005-2008. The series revolves around a boy named Adam Lyon who was accidentally transferred to Charles Darwin Middle School, a school for anthropomorphic animals due to his last name being misspelled as "Lion" and is partnered with a Spider monkey named Jake who they both go on various hijinks in each episode with their other animal classmates.


There were 2 pilots developed for the show that were never aired on TV, one made in 2003 titled "My Gym Partner's a Monkey" and another in 2004 titled "A Troubled Lion." The 2003 pilot's characters in it allegedly had different designs while the plot's about Adam being transferred to Charles Darwin Middle School, while the characters from the 2004 pilot also allegedly looked more similar to the final show with currently no info on its plot. Although no actual footage of either pilot had resurfaced, one image from it shows a scene that was later reused in the episode "Shark Attack," along with some presentation art from Tim Cahill's Instagram account when it was under the title The Zoo,[1] and an early logo that came from one of the show's storyboard artists Kelsey Mann's blog. No further information on the pilot was available until 2021 when a production reel from 2010 was rediscovered on Vimeo with footage speculating to be from the pilot, but this has yet to be verified by an official source.



The aforementioned production reel.


See Also

Anthology Series

Bumpers and Interstitials



Other Cartoon Network Series

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