Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

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Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
FHFIFLogo.png
GenreFantasy
Dramedy
FormatAnimated series
Created byCraig McCracken
Developed byCraig McCracken
Lauren Faust
Mike Moon
Voices ofKeith Ferguson
Sean Marquette
Grey DeLisle
Tom Kenny
Candi Milo
Phil LaMarr
Tom Kane
Tara Strong
Theme music composerJames L. Venable
Composer(s)James L. Venable
Jennifer Kes Remington
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes74 (episodes)
79 (shows) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Craig McCracken
Producer(s)Vincent Aniceto (Season 3–5)
Ryan Slater (Season 5–6)
Mike Moon (co-producer, Season 1–3)
Lauren Faust (supervising producer, Season 3–4)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Cartoon Network Studios
Nelvana Limited
DistributorWarner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channelCartoon Network
Kids' WB
Boomerang
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original runAugust 13, 2004 (2004-08-13) – May 3, 2009 (2009-05-03)
External links
Website
 
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Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
FHFIFLogo.png
GenreFantasy
Dramedy
FormatAnimated series
Created byCraig McCracken
Developed byCraig McCracken
Lauren Faust
Mike Moon
Voices ofKeith Ferguson
Sean Marquette
Grey DeLisle
Tom Kenny
Candi Milo
Phil LaMarr
Tom Kane
Tara Strong
Theme music composerJames L. Venable
Composer(s)James L. Venable
Jennifer Kes Remington
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes74 (episodes)
79 (shows) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Craig McCracken
Producer(s)Vincent Aniceto (Season 3–5)
Ryan Slater (Season 5–6)
Mike Moon (co-producer, Season 1–3)
Lauren Faust (supervising producer, Season 3–4)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Cartoon Network Studios
Nelvana Limited
DistributorWarner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channelCartoon Network
Kids' WB
Boomerang
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original runAugust 13, 2004 (2004-08-13) – May 3, 2009 (2009-05-03)
External links
Website

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (or simply Foster's for short) is an American animated television series created and produced at Cartoon Network Studios[1] by animator Craig McCracken (creator of The Powerpuff Girls). It first premiered on Cartoon Network on August 13, 2004, at 7:30 pm E/P as a 90-minute television movie, which led to a series of half-hour episodes. The series aired on Cartoon Network and its affiliates worldwide, except in Canada where it aired on English and Francophone Teletoon networks. The show finished its run on May 3, 2009 with a total of six seasons and seventy-nine episodes.

Overview[edit]

The series is set in a world where childhood imaginary friends coexist with humans and is set in an orphanage designed for outgrown or abandoned imaginary friends in which they may reside until adoption by another child. In the Foster's universe, imaginary friends take physical form and become real as soon as children think them up. Once the children outgrow them, the friends move to Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, where they stay until other children come to adopt them. The home is run by the elderly Madame Foster, its lovable, elderly founder; her imaginary friend Mr. Herriman, the strict rule-abider and business manager; and her 22-year old granddaughter Frankie, who handles day-to-day operations.

After being forced to abandon his imaginary friend Bloo, a young boy named Mac bargains with the caretakers and employees working at Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends; that they guard Bloo from adoption so long as Mac continues to visit the center daily. The series focuses on the escapades experienced by the mischievous Bloo, Mac, and the array of eccentric, colorful characters inhabiting Foster's Home, or the obstacles with which they may be challenged.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]

Recurring Imaginary Friends[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season# of
Eps
Originally airedDVD release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 4
113August 13, 2004October 22, 2004March 6, 2007March 6, 2007
213January 11, 2005July 15, 2005September 11, 2007September 11, 2007
314July 22, 2005March 24, 2006N/AMay 5, 2010
413April 28, 2006November 23, 2006N/AN/A
513May 4, 2007March 7, 2008N/AN/A
613March 13, 2008May 3, 2009N/AN/A
Shorts18June 9, 2006August 7, 2007N/AN/A

The show spanned seventy-nine episodes and six seasons; it has also aired 18 shorts.

Reception[edit]

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends was named the 85th best animated series by IGN, which called it very funny and endearing.[2] Mike Pinsky, in a review on DVD Verdict, praised the art design and the characterizations,[3] particularly singling out Cheese as possibly “the quintessence of Foster's surreal charm" in his season two review.[4]

Awards[edit]

Annie Awards[edit]

The show was nominated for four Annie Awards in 2004,[5] and 5 more in 2005, winning two awards that year for Best Original Music in a Television Series (James L. Venable and Jennifer Kes Remington for "Duchess of Wails") and Production Design in an Animated TV Series (McCracken with Mike Moon, David Dunnet and Martin Ansolabehere for the Christmas episode "A Lost Claus").[6] Five more nominations came in 2006, with three wins as Best Animated Television Production, Best Original Music in a TV Series (Venable and Remington winning again for "One False Movie") and Production Design in a TV Series (Ansolabehere by himself for the one-hour "Good Wilt Hunting" episode).[7] Venable and Remington teamed up for the show's lone Annie nominee in 2007, for their original music in a TV series for "The Bloo Superdude and the Magic Potato of Power".[8] The show was able to garner 2 more nominations in 2009 for the categories Character Design in a Television Production and Production Design in a Television Production with the nominees being Janice Kubo and Ben Balistreri respectively.

Emmy Awards[edit]

The show has won a total of seven Emmy Awards. The episode "House of Bloo's" won two Emmy Awards for art direction (Mike Moon) and character design (Craig McCracken). "World Wide Wabbit" won an Emmy for best storyboard (Ed Baker). The show's theme song (described by McCracken as "psychedelic ragtime" and written by Venable) was nominated for Best TV Show Theme in 2005, but lost to Danny Elfman's theme to Desperate Housewives. The episode "Go Goo Go" was nominated for Best Animated Program Under One Hour in 2006, and Character Design supervisor Shannon Tindle won an Emmy that same year for that same episode. The 2006 episode "Good Wilt Hunting" was nominated in 2007 for Best Animated Program One Hour or Longer, but lost to the Camp Lazlo TV movie "Where's Lazlo?". However, David Dunnet won an Emmy for his background key design for said episode. The 2008 television movie "Destination Imagination" won another Emmy in 2009 for Best Animated Program One Hour or Longer.[9]

Merchandising[edit]

Other than in-house items such as Cartoon Network's internet shop (t-shirts, a Bloo plush, etc.), there has not been much as far as major products. As of 2006, there has been a statue series with Bloo, Mac, and Eduardo featured in the first statue. A second statue features Frankie, Madame Foster, and Mr. Herriman released in December 2006, and the third in the series featuring Wilt and Coco was released in January 2007. Two limited edition inkjet (giclée) cels – one with the cast posing for a picture, the other styled like a cross-stitch — were also created. Since then, the merchandising has begun to pick up steam. DVD season boxsets have been released with seasons one and two being released in Region 1 and Region 4 during 2007 by Warner Home Video and Madman Entertainment. About three years later, Season three was released in Region 4 in May 2010. Seasons four, five, and six have not been released on DVD yet, however all seasons have been released on iTunes, the PlayStation Network, and Google Play in the US.

Scholastic Books has printed game and story books based on episodes, as well as a Game Boy Advance game created by CRAVE Entertainment, which was released in the fall of 2006. Called Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, the player controls Mac or Bloo while collecting items to complete objectives. Another game for Nintendo DS debuted in November 2007 titled "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Imagination Invaders". It is based on the episode "Make Believe It or Not" where Goo imagines the Evil Space Nut-Boogies. The player controls Bloo using the buttons on the Nintendo DS console. The main objective of the game is to rescue Madame Foster who has been kidnapped by Space Nut Boogies. To do this the player must earn the cooperation of different characters from the television series by performing tasks for them in order to gain their help. Both games have received generally less than satisfactory reviews.

Since January 2007, as part of an overall deal with Cartoon Network, Mattel has released items related to the mass marketing of the show. T-shirts and other merchandise featuring the characters made by clothing line Mighty Fine and accessories made by Loungefly have been appearing in popular teen stores such as Hot Topic, who have also produced a gift card featuring Mac and Cheese. Most of the merchandise sold at Hot Topic started to sell in late 2006, ceased selling in late 2008 with the show's hiatus, and began selling again in 2010 after the series ended.

In 2011 there was a Nintendo 3DS game including the Foster's crew called Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion.

Promotions[edit]

"Adoption" online[edit]

In 2005, Cartoon Network Latin America website gave viewers a chance to adopt an imaginary friend online, with Wilt, Coco, and Eduardo as their choices. Similar to Neopets, the players gave their friends food to eat (some good, some not so good) and games to play to keep their imaginary friend happy. At the end of the promotional period, the adopters got a certificate thanking them for participating.

In September 2005, a similar month long game was launched in the United States on Cartoon Network's official site, along with a separate link at FostersFriends.com. In addition to the three previously mentioned friends, players could adopt Uncle Pockets, Cheese, or Ivan. This updated version also used the voice actors associated with those characters, improved graphics, and increased use of Flash animation. Until December 10, 2005, those who made adoptions were able to keep an eye on them. Many of the character reactions have been incorporated into bumpers since May 29, 2006 on Cartoon Network. Through late 2006 and into 2007, this game was known as "Adopt An Imaginary Friend 2" on Cartoon Network's Latin American site. Mac, Bloo, and a few other characters from Foster's are also in the online game FusionFall.

Big Fat Awesome House Party[edit]

On May 15, 2006, Cartoon Network introduced a new online game, Big Fat Awesome House Party, which allows players to create an online friend to join Bloo and the others in a one-year game online, and earn points that would give them gifts, cards and other on-line "merchandise" for their albums. Their friend, made from one of over 900,000 possible characters, could wind up in a future episode of Foster's. The game became so popular that in May 2007 Cartoon Network announced that the game would continue for six more months, into November of that year.[10] In November 2007, the game officially ended. For a brief time after the ending of the game, a message would appear when the URL was typed saying "All parties must come to an end". Now, the URL redirects to the Cartoon Network home page.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade[edit]

From 2006 to 2009, Cartoon Network furnished a Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends float as part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The float was fashioned as a replica of the home.

Each year, the imaginary friends cover a pop song about friendship when the float arrives in front of Macy's Herald Square store. Bloo, Wilt, Coco and Eduardo performed the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends" in 2006; Cheese made a silent cameo at the end. The following year, Cheese covered Queen's "You're My Best Friend" and screamed his catchphrase, "I like chocolate milk!" at the end.

In 2008, the group began to sing "Best Friend"—originally recorded by Harry Nilsson as the theme song to The Courtship of Eddie's Father—when the song suddenly stopped, and Rick Astley came out of the house singing "Never Gonna Give You Up," effectively Rickrolling everyone watching the parade. At this time, Cheese exclaims, "I Like Rickrolling!"[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "10th Anniversary Interview With Creator Craig McCracken | Cold Hard Flash: Flash Animation News, Videos and Links". Cold Hard Flash. 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  2. ^ "85, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends". IGN. 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  3. ^ Pinsky, Mike (2007-03-21). "Case Number 11045: Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends: The Complete Season 1". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  4. ^ Pinsky, Mike (2007-11-28). "Case Number 12469: Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends: The Complete Season 2". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  5. ^ "Legacy: 32nd Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2004)". International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Legacy: 33rd Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2005)". International Animated Film Society: ASIFA-Hollywood. Archived from the original on 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  7. ^ "Legacy: 34th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2006)". International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  8. ^ "Ratatouille Cooks Up Most Annie Nominations". Animation World Network. 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  9. ^ "Foster's Home Wins Emmy over Afro Samurai: Resurrection". Anime News Network. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "BFAHP web site". Web.archive.org. 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  11. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (2008-11-27). "Thanksgiving parade gets a live 'Rickroll' | The Social - CNET News". News.cnet.com. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 

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