The Annoying Orange

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Annoying Orange
Annoying-orange-logo.png
Current logo of Annoying Orange
GenreComedy
Joke
Humour
Suspense
Pun
Off-color humor
Animation
10 year old animation
Adult animation
Created byDaneboe
Written bySpencer Grove
Daneboe
Robert Jennings
Directed byDaneboe
Robert Jennings
Kevin Brueck
Voices ofDaneboe
Robert "Bobjenz" Jennings
Kevin Brueck
Aaron Massey
iJustine
Kevin "Nalts" Nalty
Toby Turner
Various guest stars
Composer(s)Dane Boedigheimer
The Convictions
Emma Kenny
Event Banditt
Kevin McLeod
iLife Sound Effects
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes277 (the list of episodes are incomplete) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Daneboe
Aaron Massey
Kevin Nalty
Producer(s)Kevin Brueck
Production company(s)Gagfilms
DistributorGoogle
Broadcast
Original channelYouTube
Original runOctober 9, 2009 – present
Chronology
Related showsThe High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange
The Misfortune Of Being Ned
External links
Website
 
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Annoying Orange
Annoying-orange-logo.png
Current logo of Annoying Orange
GenreComedy
Joke
Humour
Suspense
Pun
Off-color humor
Animation
10 year old animation
Adult animation
Created byDaneboe
Written bySpencer Grove
Daneboe
Robert Jennings
Directed byDaneboe
Robert Jennings
Kevin Brueck
Voices ofDaneboe
Robert "Bobjenz" Jennings
Kevin Brueck
Aaron Massey
iJustine
Kevin "Nalts" Nalty
Toby Turner
Various guest stars
Composer(s)Dane Boedigheimer
The Convictions
Emma Kenny
Event Banditt
Kevin McLeod
iLife Sound Effects
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes277 (the list of episodes are incomplete) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Daneboe
Aaron Massey
Kevin Nalty
Producer(s)Kevin Brueck
Production company(s)Gagfilms
DistributorGoogle
Broadcast
Original channelYouTube
Original runOctober 9, 2009 – present
Chronology
Related showsThe High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange
The Misfortune Of Being Ned
External links
Website

The Annoying Orange is an American comedy web series created by former Minnesota film student and MTV production assistant Dane Boedigheimer in 2009. It stars its creator as an anthropomorphic orange who annoys other fruits, vegetables, and various other objects by using insulting, rude, and sometimes crude-humored jokes. The YouTube channel "Annoying Orange" has over 3 million subscribers.

Despite the show's negative critical reception, the show's popularity after its first episode led it to become the subject of a TV series, a video game, a range of toys, and a t-shirt line. Other accessories, such as costumes of the series characters, have also appeared on the market for the company.

Plot[edit]

The show is centered on Orange (voiced by Dane Boedigheimer), who resides on a kitchen counter with other objects such as his best friend Pear, a Bartlett pear (also voiced by Boedigheimer). Other fruits include Passion, a (female) passion fruit played by iJustine, a grapefruit (voiced by Bobjenz), a tiny apple known as Midget Apple (though he prefers the name Little Apple), a small marshmallow and an elderly lemon named Grandpa Lemon, all of whom were not main characters until later episodes. Most episodes consist of Orange heckling other characters until they meet a sudden and gruesome end, usually by evisceration with a chef's knife (although the implements used to cut them up range from a blender to a toy pinwheel). Usually, Orange tries to "warn" them before it happens, blurting out the weapon-in-use, such as "Knife!" [1]

Orange has several recurring mannerisms. He often begins an episode by repeatedly yelling "Hey, (name of character)!" until the character responds. Orange also often refers to the character as something that plays on the object's name or appearance (such as calling Grapefruit "Apefruit"). If he does not like an object, he will often say "You're an apple!", even if the object is not (e.g., a tomato). Orange uses various tactics, such as telling rude and offensive jokes, burping and making childish noises with his tongue, to get attention.

Despite what other fruits and objects think, Orange often cannot control his tendency to be "annoying", and rarely intentionally tries to spite others; he usually means well for most fruits and objects. In one episode of the web series, a "life coach", Mango, suggests that Orange uses his annoying nature to try to cope with the destruction of the fruits he tries to make friends with. Regardless of his seemingly anti-social behavior, Orange can almost always find comfort in the company of his friends, and sometimes makes new ones.

Characters[edit]

From left to right: Midget Apple, Pear, Orange, Grapefruit, Passion Fruit, Marshmallow and Grandpa Lemon.

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Background[edit]

Creator Dane Boedigheimer (right).

Before The Annoying Orange, Boedigheimer had done many talking food videos for his channel and other sites including JibJab. He said in an interview that the idea for The Annoying Orange was a combination of the talking food videos, puns and special effects he came up with and did before.[2] The original video was planned to be title The Annoying Apple, but when he started animating the video he found it easier to put features on an orange than an apple and make it clear.[3]

The Annoying Orange video was initially meant to be the only one on YouTube. However, many viewers requested more videos,[1][4] and after the 4th one, Boedigheimer decided to make a full-time series. Following the success of the series, he created a channel dedicated to The Annoying Orange under the name "Annoying Orange" on January 11, 2010.

Reception[edit]

The series was rated as the most viewed web series of February and March 2010 by Mashable, with over 52 million views.[5][6] On April 26, 2010, the series had over 108 million views on YouTube.[1][7][8] In June 2010, the channel had received 137 million views.[4] By August 13, 2010, it had received 1 million subscribers. On June 2011, the channel was ranked as the eighth most subscribed and 30th most viewed, with more than 2,000,000 subscribers.[9][10] On January 13, 2012, the series hit 1 billion channel views and 2.3 million subscribers.[11][12]

Despite the show's popularity, it was universally panned by critics. Liz Shannon Miller considered the show to be "annoying for many reasons."[13] In the web series column Pass the Mustard, Ned Hepburn called the show "pure, pure unfunny, highly concentrated, in droplet form, just purely nonsensical riffing from an Annoying Orange." Hepburn concluded, "the Annoying Orange series is one of the few that I had a physically bad reaction to. It was horrible."[14] 411mania.com called the show "idiotic" and "creepy as hell",[15] while other publications have referred to it as "third grade humor."[1] However, among internet audiences, the show has garnered generally positive reviews, as opposed to the unanimously negative ones.

Lawsuit[edit]

The success of the series had received attention of Fargo advertising agency H2M, who, in 2006, created its own “Talking Orange”, which is the spokesman for an ad campaign for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Both of the two characters were two anthropomorphic oranges with ties to the Fargo-Moorhead area. Despite only slightly resembling the “Talking Orange”, the Annoying Orange was looked into by H2M’s attorneys as an intellectual property matter. Boedigheimer stated he had not watched the “Talking Orange” videos before he was told about the disagreement, also believing that the characters weren’t very similar.[16] Boedigheimer and Grove were later sued by H2M in May 2013 for allegedly copying the character.[17] The case has been settled as of November 2013.[citation needed]

Merchandise[edit]

Since late 2011, The Collective has produced many accessories, toys and clothing with toymaker The Bridge Direct and clothing retailers such as JCPenney, Shopko and rue21.[18] On November 10, 2011, GeekDad announced a giveaway for an Annoying Orange T-shirt from JCPenney and a toy from Toys R Us. GeekDad started taking entries through Friday at 11:59 PM.[19] The Collective also announced a partnership in December of that year with costume manufacturer Rubie's Costume Company to produce children and adult Halloween costumes and accessories featuring characters such as Orange, Pear, Marshmallow, and Midget Apple from the web series.[20]

Comics[edit]

Annoying Orange comics are publish by Papercutz.

  1. Secret Agent Orange (December 11, 2012)- Note: Reference to James Bond.
  2. Orange You Glad You're Not Me? (May 28, 2013)- Note: This is a reference to the joke orange you glad you're not me?
  3. Pulped Fiction (August 27, 2013)- Note: Parody of Pulp Fiction.
  4. Tales of the Crisper (January 14, 2014)- Note: Parody of Tales from the Crypt.
  5. Fifty Shades of Orange (April 8, 2014)- Note: Parody of Fifty Shades of Grey.
  6. My Little Baloney (August 5, 2014)- Note: Parody of My Little Pony.

Games[edit]

A video game developed by Bottle Rocket Apps named Kitchen Carnage was released for the iPod Touch and iPhone on April 7, 2011. The game was later released in HD for the iPad on May 6, 2011, and for Android devices on October 14, 2011. Players throw various produce items across the kitchen at a series of blenders and other kitchen utensils.

TV series[edit]

Country / regionSeries premiereNetwork
 United StatesMay 28, 2012Cartoon Network
 AustraliaJuly 15, 2013ABC3
 CanadaSeptember 5, 2013Teletoon
 BrazilSeptember 9, 2013Cartoon Network
 United KingdomTBACartoon Network (UK and Ireland)
 MalaysiaNovember 31, 2013Cartoon Network
 IsraelDecember 2013Arutz HaYeladim

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Geoffrey A. Fowler (April 26, 2010). "Now Playing on a Computer Near You: A Fruit With an Obnoxious Streak". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ The Annoying Orange Wants Nathan Fillion!. Interview with Dana Ward. October 27, 2011.
  3. ^ Harrison, Stacey (June 6, 2012). ""Hey, Apple!" The Annoying Orange is coming to Cartoon Network". Channel Guide Magazine. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Brown, Damon (June 28, 2010). "How 'Annoying Orange' is taking over the world". CNN. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ Samuel Axon (March 5, 2010). "The Top 10 Most Watched Web Series, February 2010". Mashable. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ Samuel Axon (April 8, 2010). "The Top 10 Most Watched Web Series, March 2010". Mashable. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Annoying Orange a certified YouTube citrus smash for Dane Boedigheimer". News Limited. April 27, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ Chantal Martineau (April 26, 2010). "Annoying Orange Seeks to Irritate a Wider Audience via Television". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Channels". YouTube. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ "realannoyingorange Channel". YouTube. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Annoying Orange hits 1 BILLION VIEWS! - DANEBOEVLOG". YouTube. January 13, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ Francich, Darren (January 25, 2012). "'Annoying Orange' hits one billion views... and gets roasted! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ Shannon Miller, Liz (May 10, 2010). "No. 1 Web Series Annoying Orange is Annoying for Many Reasons". Online Video News. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  14. ^ Hepburn, Ned (March 10, 2010). "‘Annoying Orange’, ‘Wiener’, ‘The Basement’, ‘Copy & Pastry’ Try to Pass The Mustard". Tubefilter News. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  15. ^ Diaz, Porfirio (November 22, 2011). "Movies/TV's 3R’s 11.22.11: Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, Twilight, Ricky Gervais, More". 411mania.com. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  16. ^ Benshoof, Sam (November 16, 2011). "Fargo Man Created Online Sensation 'Annoying Orange'". WDAZ. Accessed from December 26, 2012.
  17. ^ ND Ad Agency Sues Creators Of Cartoon Network Show. CBS Minnesota. May 22, 2013. Accessed from July 9, 2013.
  18. ^ Cohen, Joshua (December 16, 2011). "‘Annoying Orange’ Toys and Tees in Toys "R" Us and JCPenney". tubefittler news. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  19. ^ Cranford Teague, Jason (November 10, 2011). "Hey! Hey! It’s Annoying Orange — Exclusive Preview & Giveaway!". Wired. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  20. ^ Dickson, Jeremy (December 6, 2011). "Annoying Orange rolls into Halloween gear". Kidscreen. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 

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Achievements
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Most Subscribed Channel on YouTube
Ranked 8th as of April 2011
Succeeded by
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