Lizzie McGuire

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Lizzie McGuire
Lizzie McGuire (intertitle).jpg
Title screen featuring the show's cast members
FormatTeen sitcom
Created byTerri Minsky
StarringHilary Duff
Lalaine
Adam Lamberg
Jake Thomas
Hallie Todd
Robert Carradine
Theme music composerElliot Lurie
Opening theme"We'll Figure It Out"
Composer(s)Sam Winans
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes65 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Stan Rogow
Susan Estelle Jansen
(episodes 1–3 and 5–65)
Terri Minsky
(episode 4)
Location(s)Ren-Mar Studios, Hollywood, California
(filming location)
Camera setupFilm; Single-camera
(videotape used sporadically)
Running time22-24 minutes
Production company(s)Stan Rogow Productions
Disney Channel Original Productions
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Channel (USA)
Disney Channel UK and Pop Girl (UK)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original runJanuary 12, 2001 (2001-01-12) – February 14, 2004 (2004-02-14)
Chronology
Followed byThe Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
 
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Lizzie McGuire
Lizzie McGuire (intertitle).jpg
Title screen featuring the show's cast members
FormatTeen sitcom
Created byTerri Minsky
StarringHilary Duff
Lalaine
Adam Lamberg
Jake Thomas
Hallie Todd
Robert Carradine
Theme music composerElliot Lurie
Opening theme"We'll Figure It Out"
Composer(s)Sam Winans
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes65 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Stan Rogow
Susan Estelle Jansen
(episodes 1–3 and 5–65)
Terri Minsky
(episode 4)
Location(s)Ren-Mar Studios, Hollywood, California
(filming location)
Camera setupFilm; Single-camera
(videotape used sporadically)
Running time22-24 minutes
Production company(s)Stan Rogow Productions
Disney Channel Original Productions
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Channel (USA)
Disney Channel UK and Pop Girl (UK)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original runJanuary 12, 2001 (2001-01-12) – February 14, 2004 (2004-02-14)
Chronology
Followed byThe Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

Lizzie McGuire is an American live-action teen sitcom, which features an animated version of the title character performing soliloquy. The animated sequences were interspersed with the show's live-action sequences. It premiered on the Disney Channel on January 12, 2001 following the premiere of Zenon: The Zequel and ended February 14, 2004. A total of 65 episodes were produced and aired. Its target demographic was preteens and adolescents.

The series won Favorite TV Show at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 2002 and 2003.

Production[edit]

The series was created by Terri Minsky. The show's working title was What's Lizzie Thinking? before being changed to Lizzie McGuire. The show's producer Stan Rogow says the visual look of the show was partly inspired by Run Lola Run.[1] The show's pilot, "Pool Party", was filmed in March 2000 and once the series was picked up, production resumed in September 2000. Production was completed in June 2002 after the show fulfilled its 65 episode order. The first several episodes were aired out of production order.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Recurring/Minor characters[edit]

Animated Lizzie[edit]

Animated Lizzie is an animated character who represents the title character's inner thoughts, addressing the audience directly in the manner of a Greek chorus. The show was not the first series to use animation to reflect a live-action character's innermost thoughts. McGee and Me and Student Bodies, two syndicated programs about the struggles of a cartoonist for a school newspaper, often used the artist's surrealistic caricatures of himself and his friends to visually illustrate his interior monologues. Animated Lizzie was voiced by series star Hilary Duff.

Spin-offs[edit]

The show was completed after 65 episodes. Disney considered continuing the franchise in further films and a prime-time television series with Lizzie, Miranda and Gordo attending high school, which was to be broadcast on ABC, but the plans were never implemented due to contract disagreements with Duff's representatives.[3]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
Season premiereSeason finale
131January 12, 2001 (2001-01-12)January 18, 2002 (2002-01-18)
234February 8, 2002 (2002-02-08)February 14, 2004 (2004-02-14)
FilmMay 2, 2003

Film[edit]

A film based on the show, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, debuted on May 2, 2003 at number two at the box office behind X2: X-Men United. It earned $42.7 million at the American box office.[4] and eventually grossed $55.6 million worldwide.[5] It received mixed reviews with one critic calling it, "an unabashed promotion of Duff's image, just as Crossroads was for Britney Spears."[6] Other reviews were generally positive and encouraging.[7][8][9]

Merchandising[edit]

The character of Lizzie continues to be merchandised by Disney, especially through a large set of Lizzie McGuire books, which include novelizations of the episodes, original Nancy Drew-style stories in the Lizzie McGuire Mysteries series, and "Cine-manga" pictorial adaptations (published by TOKYOPOP) with still shots from the show presented in manga style.

A Lizzie McGuire doll was released in 2002 by Dakin Toys. The 10" doll featured many of Lizzie's outfits. A plush doll of the Cartoon Lizzie was made by Dakin in 2002.

Fortune magazine estimated in 2003 that Lizzie McGuire merchandise had earned the Walt Disney Co. nearly $100 million.[10] In the show's heyday, Radio Disney continually promoted Lizzie McGuire and regularly gave away the show's CD.

The Volume One DVD set of Lizzie McGuire. The only full-length DVD release to date, in the U.S.

Several home video and DVD versions of the show have been released in various countries. In the United States, some thematic episode collections were first released and later a DVD box set consisting of 22 episodes from the first season (mostly, but not entirely, corresponding to the first 22 episodes in production order). It is designated as "Volume 1", but no plans are known for the release of volumes 2 and 3 of the series, and poor sales of the first box set may prevent further releases. As of April 2006, a box set of 12 DVDs with all the 65 episodes of the show is available in Spain, and box sets (grouped into three 22-episode "seasons") Ireland TG4 are available in Australia and the UK.

Lizzie-themed toys were included in a 2004 McDonald's Happy Meal series, which included CD-ROM discs containing Lizzie-related games and graphics and audio versions of Lizzie (not voiced by Duff) reading stories based on episode plots of her show.

There is a Lizzie McGuire bedroom set offered by furniture stores as one of several Disney-themed children's bedrooms and a What Would Lizzie Do? board game where players must judge Lizzie's likely response to various situations. Three Lizzie McGuire video games have been released for the Game Boy Advance: Lizzie McGuire: On the Go (2003), Lizzie McGuire 2: Lizzie Diaries (2004), and Lizzie McGuire 3: Homecoming Havoc (2005).

DVD releases[edit]

TitleEpisodesDVD release datesDiscs
Lizzie McGuire: Fashionably Lizzie4[11]December 9, 2003[11]1
Lizzie McGuire: Growing Up Lizzie4[12]December 9, 2003[12]1
Lizzie McGuire: Star Struck4March 16, 20041
Lizzie McGuire: Totally Crushed4[13]March 16, 2004[13]1
Lizzie McGuire: When Moms Attack6December 31, 20091
Lizzie McGuire: Misadventure In Babysitting5December 31, 20091
Lizzie McGuire: Come Fly With Me5December 31, 20091
Lizzie McGuire - Whats Lizzie Thinking5December 31, 20091
Box Set (Volume 1)22[14]November 23, 2004[14]4
Season 121[15]September 4, 20044
Season 2 (Contains some Episodes from Season 1)22[16]November 8, 20044
Season 3 (Contains the rest of Season 2's Episodes)22[17]March 20, 20064

Awards and Nominations[edit]

2002 - Outstanding Children's Television Programming (Nominated)
2002 - Best International - Susan Estelle Jansen & Neal Israel (Nominated)
2004 - Outstanding Children's Program (Nominated)
2003 - Outstanding Children's Program (Nominated)
2003 - Best Supporting Actress in Television - Lalaine (Nominated)
2005 - Favorite TV Actress - Hilary Duff (Nominated)
2005 - Favorite TV Show (Nominated)
2004 - Favorite TV Actress - Hilary Duff (Nominated)
2004 - Favorite TV Show (Nominated)
2003 - Favorite TV Actress - Hilary Duff (Nominated)
2003 - Favorite Television Actor - Adam Lamberg
2003 - Favorite TV Show (Won)
2002 - Favorite TV Actress - Hilary Duff (Nominated)
2002 - Favorite TV Show (Won)
2004 - Favorite Television Star - Hilary Duff (Won)
2003 - Choice TV — Comedy (Nominated)
2003 - Choice TV Actress — Comedy - Hilary Duff (Nominated)
2002 - Children's Script - Terri Minsky for the "Pilot" (Nominated)
2004 - Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Supporting Young Actor - Jake Thomas (Nominated)
2003 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Guest Starring Young Actress - Amy Castle (Won)
2003 - Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Hilary Duff, Lalaine, Jake Thomas & Adam Lamberg (Nominated)
2003 - Best Family Television Series (Comedy or Drama) (Nominated)
2003 - Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Supporting Young Actor - Jake Thomas (Nominated)
2002 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress - Hilary Duff (Nominated)
2002 - Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Supporting Young Actress - Lalaine (Nominated)
2002 - Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Hilary Duff, Lalaine, Jake Thomas & Adam Lamberg (Nominated)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Producer Stan Rogow". LukeFord.net. 2002-01-16. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  2. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2005-09-20/features/0509200325_1_lizzie-mcguire-fan-miranda
  3. ^ "Cable Tv talk". Retrieved December 11, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Yahoo!Movies". Retrieved December 11, 2007. 
  5. ^ Box Office Mojo. "Lizzie McGuire Movie". Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  6. ^ "Filmcritic.com Review". Retrieved December 1, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Roger Ebert review". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved December 11, 2007. 
  8. ^ McCarthy, Todd (May 1, 2003). "Variety.com review". Retrieved December 11, 2007. 
  9. ^ "BBC review". Retrieved December 11, 2007. 
  10. ^ 'Disney's 'Tween Machine: How the Disney Channel became must-see TV--and the company's unlikely cash cow.' Fortune, September 29, 2003, accessed April 19, 2009
  11. ^ a b "Lizzie McGuire - Fashionably Lizzie DVD information". Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  12. ^ a b "Lizzie McGuire - Growingup Lizzie DVD information". Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  13. ^ a b "Lizzie McGuire - Totally crushed Lizzie DVD information". Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  14. ^ a b "Lizzie McGuire - Box Set Volume 1 DVD information". Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  15. ^ Lizzie McGuire: Complete Series 1 (Box Set)
  16. ^ Lizzie McGuire - Complete Series 2 (Box Set)
  17. ^ "Buy Lizzie McGuire: Complete Season 3 (4 Discs) online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!". Play.com. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 

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