What-a-Mess

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What-a-Mess
Created byFrank Muir
Written byTimothy Forder
Frank Muir
Directed byTimothy Forder
Voices ofFrank Muir
Ryan O'Donohue
Dana Hill
Jo Ann Harris Belson
Joe Nipote
Theme music composerBarrie Guard
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes36
Production
Executive producer(s)Claire Derry
David Hamilton
Producer(s)Mary Swindale
Running time10 minutes (Season 1)
30 minutes (Season 2)
Production companiesBevanfield Films (Season 1)
DIC Entertainment (Season 2)
Broadcast
Original runMarch 26, 1990 (1990-03-26) – 1996
 
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What-a-Mess
Created byFrank Muir
Written byTimothy Forder
Frank Muir
Directed byTimothy Forder
Voices ofFrank Muir
Ryan O'Donohue
Dana Hill
Jo Ann Harris Belson
Joe Nipote
Theme music composerBarrie Guard
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes36
Production
Executive producer(s)Claire Derry
David Hamilton
Producer(s)Mary Swindale
Running time10 minutes (Season 1)
30 minutes (Season 2)
Production companiesBevanfield Films (Season 1)
DIC Entertainment (Season 2)
Broadcast
Original runMarch 26, 1990 (1990-03-26) – 1996

What-a-Mess is a series of children's books written by British comedy writer Frank Muir and illustrated by Joseph Wright.[1] It was later made into an animated series in the UK in 1990 and again in 1995 by DIC Entertainment[2] and aired on ABC in the United States. The title character is a disheveled (hence his nickname), accident-prone Afghan Hound puppy, whose real name was Prince Amir of Kinjan. Central Independent Television, the Independent Television contractor for the Midlands, created following the restructuring of ATV and commencing broadcast on 1 January 1982, Link Licensing & Bevanfield Films produced the first series and DIC Entertainment produced the second series. Both of them were narrated by Frank Muir.[2]

Character list[edit]

Books list[edit]

Large Books[edit]

  1. What-a-Mess
  2. What-a-Mess The Good
  3. What-a-Mess at the Seaside
  4. What-a-Mess Goes to School
  5. Prince What-a-Mess
  6. Super What-a-Mess
  7. What-a-Mess and the Cat Next Door
  8. What-a-Mess and the Hairy Monster

Small Books[edit]

Four Seasons

  1. What-a-Mess in Spring
  2. What-a-Mess in Summer
  3. What-a-Mess in Autumn
  4. What-a-Mess in Winter

Four Square Meals

  1. What-a-Mess has Breakfast
  2. What-a-Mess has Lunch
  3. What-a-Mess has Tea
  4. What-a-Mess has Supper

Mini Books

  1. What-a-Mess has a Brain Wave
  2. What-a-Mess and Little Poppet
  3. What-a-Mess and a trip to the Vet
  4. What-a-Mess the Beautiful
  5. What-a-Mess Goes to Town
  6. What-a-Mess Goes on Television
  7. What-a-Mess Goes Camping

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (Bevanfield Films / UK series)[edit]

  1. What-a-Mess Goes to the Seaside / 1990.03.26
  2. What-a-Mess Goes to School / 1990.04.02
  3. Prince What-a-Mess / 1990.04.09
  4. Super What-a-Mess / 1990.04.16
  5. What-a-Mess Keeps Cool / 1990.04.30
  6. What-a-Mess and Cynthia the Hedgehog / 1990.05.14
  7. What-a-Mess Has a Brain Wave! / 1990.05.21
  8. What-a-Mess and the Cat Next Door / 1990.06.04
  9. What-a-Mess and Little Poppet / 1990.06.18
  10. What-a-Mess Goes Camping / 1990.07.02
  11. What-a-Mess The Beautiful / 1990.07.09
  12. What-a-Mess Goes to Town / 1990.07.16
  13. What-a-Mess Goes to the Vet / 1990.07.23

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Season 2 (DIC Entertainment / US series)[edit]

  1. Talkin' Trash (September 16, 1995)
  2. A Bone to Pick
  3. Midnight Snack
  4. Schoolin' Around
  5. The Legend of Junkyard Jones
  6. It's Raining Cats and Dogs
  7. Home Alone...Almost
  8. Super What-A-Mess
  9. The Recliner
  10. Afghan Holiday
  11. The Bone Tree
  12. Just Four More Left
  13. The Ropes
  14. What-A-Mess Has Breakfast
  15. Prize Puppy
  16. The Great Eascape
  17. The Scarecrow and Prince Amir
  18. Shampooed
  19. Show and Tail
  20. I Spy, I Cry, I Try
  21. What-A-Mess and the Hairy Monster
  22. Trick Or Treat
  23. My Teatime with Frank
  24. Out With the Garbage
  25. Dr. What-A-Mess
  26. Ultimate What-A-Mess
  27. This Hydrant Is Mine
  28. His Majesty, Prince What-A-Mess
  29. Trash's Wonderful Life
  30. Snowbound
  31. The Thanksgiving Turkey
  32. Santa What-A-Mess
  33. Here Come Santa Paws
  34. All Around the Mallberry Bush
  35. What-A-Mess At the Movies
  36. His Royal Highness, Prince What-A-Mess
  37. Party at Poppet's
  38. Take Me Out to the Dog Park
  39. The Watch Out Dog
  40. Molenapped!
  41. Pound Pals
  42. Taste Test
  43. Slobber on a Stick
  44. Scout's Honor
  45. Seein' Double
  46. Luck on His Side
  47. What-A-Mess Keeps the Doctor Away
  48. There's No Business like Shoe Business
  49. Joy Rider
  50. Baldwin's Family Reunion
  51. Do the Mess Around
  52. On Vacation
  53. Messy Encounters
  54. Dog Days of Summer
  55. Fetch!
  56. Real Puppies Don't Meow
  57. Invasion of the Puppy Snatchers
  58. The Ballad of El Pero
  59. What-a-Mess Has Lunch
  60. Walking the Boy

References[edit]

  1. ^ Russell Williams, Imogen (4 July 2007). "Whatever happened to What-a-mess?". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "IMDB What-a-mess". Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  3. ^ 1990 series episode guide at the Big Cartoon DataBase