Wildboyz

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Wildboyz
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FormatComedy/Reality
Created byJeff Tremaine
Dimitry Elyashkevich
Steve-O
Chris Pontius
StarringSteve-O
Chris Pontius
Opening theme"The Age Of Pamparius" by Turbonegro
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes32
Production
Running time20 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelMTV (2003–2004)
MTV2 (2005–2006)
Original runOctober 26, 2003 (2003-10-26) – February 24, 2006 (2006-02-24)
External links
Website
 
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Wildboyz
Wildboyzmtv.png
Logo
FormatComedy/Reality
Created byJeff Tremaine
Dimitry Elyashkevich
Steve-O
Chris Pontius
StarringSteve-O
Chris Pontius
Opening theme"The Age Of Pamparius" by Turbonegro
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes32
Production
Running time20 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelMTV (2003–2004)
MTV2 (2005–2006)
Original runOctober 26, 2003 (2003-10-26) – February 24, 2006 (2006-02-24)
External links
Website

Wildboyz is an American spin-off television series and follow-up to Jackass, which debuted in 2003 on MTV and moved to MTV2 in its third season. Steve-O and Chris Pontius are the stars of the show, who perform stunts and acts with animals, often putting themselves in situations for which they are not trained. The two are both stars in the hit movies Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two and Jackass 3D. They travel to different parts of the globe, performing their stunts in exotic environments while educating their audience on wildlife and local culture. Season 4, the show's final season, made its debut on January 6, 2006, at 9 pm EST as a part of Sic 'Em Fridays on MTV2.

Format[edit]

Wildboyz follows the antics of Chris Pontius and Steve-O, as they travel all around the globe. Over the course of 4 seasons, Pontius and Steve-O have traveled to 19 different locations. At each location the pair would both interact with the wild as well as learn the culture of the natives. Some of their antics include dressing up and running with the animals they encounter, subjecting themselves to the defense mechanisms of the animals, and eating the food of the countries' cultures.

The dangerous nature of the stunts arguably outstrips that of either Jackass or another similar spin-off, Viva La Bam. In the course of the show, Steve-O has purposely subjected himself to the relatively mild sting of the Emperor scorpion on more than one occasion, and Chris Pontius has nearly been attacked by a wild jaguar and has been bitten by a Black Bear. One of their most dangerous stunts showed the boys attracting a great white shark while disguised as seals, then later jumping into the open water just 10m away, as well as placing dangling meat attached to a hammock to attract wild lions. In another dangerous stunt, the pair dressed up as fake zebras in the Sahara near a lion den. The noble sport of Hyena Football also made its debut, which in its earliest form was nothing more than a game of keep-away with a pack of spotted hyenas using smoked ham as a ball. The "sport" according to its founders, "deserves Olympic status".

Despite the crude humor, the show has educational value, as it features accurate narrations of various animals and indigenous cultures. What separates Steve-O and Chris Pontius from their animal show-host colleagues is their complete fearlessness despite their lack of training. This recklessness is also seen in their willingness to interact with the various cultures that they come in contact with. Steve-O and Chris seem open to any new experience, which has given them a chance to experience rituals and partake in events that a typical visitor or tourist may not be privy to. This has made them very popular with both animal and comedy lovers alike.

Several members of the Jackass cast and crew have contributed assistance to the show. The director of Jackass, Jeff Tremaine, returns as director and Executive Producer of Wildboyz. Cameraman Dimitry Elyashkevich also serves as the Director of Photography as well as Executive Producer for the show. Manny Puig, a wild animal expert who appeared on Jackass several times, occasionally joins the Wildboyz on their adventures. Fellow Jackass cast members Johnny Knoxville and Wee-Man also make occasional appearances on the show.

End[edit]

The show ended in 2006, after 4 seasons. The reason for not making a fifth season came after the death of Steve Irwin, on which Pontius and Steve-O commented, saying "If this could happen to him, and he's a professional, we've got to look out for our own safety."[this quote needs a citation] Steve-O's memoir, Professional Idiot, makes no reference to Steve Irwin's death as factor leading to the end of Wildboyz. Steve-O writes instead that,

"...Wildboyz probably could've kept going after Season 4. It just didn't seem like there was a point. Over time it had essentially evolved back into Jackass. During our final trip to Russia there were no stunts that wouldn't have fit in just as easily on Jackass. Knoxville came along on that trip too, which contributed even more to that vibe."[1]

In all 32 episodes were produced, more than its predecessor Jackass.

Though no proper series finale was created, the concept of Wildboyz was somewhat revisited during Jackass Number Two, which was filmed after Wildboyz had ended. Jackass 2.5, director Jeff Tremaine says, "We shot some of the most amazing stuff [for Wildboyz] we've ever made. And so one of the ideas with Number Two was to recreate some of the best things we ever shot for Wildboyz. Unfortunately, it didn't always work out."

Additional footage captured during the filming of "Jackass Number Two" also followed a "Wildboyz" style format. These sketches can be seen in Jackass 2.5.

Other sketches in Jackass 3.5 similar to Wildboyz include:

Cast and crew[edit]

Starring[edit]

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DVD releases[edit]

Season releases[edit]

DVD NameEp #Release DateAdditional Information
The Complete 1st Season8October 26, 2004Commentary by Chris Pontius, Steve-O and creators Jeff Tremaine and Dimitry Elyashkevich, Deleted scenes, "Making of Wildboyz" featurette, A "bite list", A "Wildboyz encyclopedia", Music videos, Bios, Interviews, Photo gallery.
The Complete 2nd Season8April 26, 2005Commentary featuring Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Johnny Knoxville, Wee-man and co-creators Dimitry Elyashkevich and Jeff Tremaine, Never-before-seen bonus segments, Outtakes, Bloopers, Behind-the-scenes featurette: "Wildboyz Unclothed", "Bite list", Photo gallery, Wildboyz encyclopedia & trivia game, Easter Eggs.
The Complete 3rd and 4th Seasons16September 12, 2006Commentary featuring Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Wee-Man, and More!, Outtakes, Unaired Segments, Top 10 Wildboyz Moments, Wildboyz featurette "Over & Out", Photo Gallery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glover, Stephen "Steve-O" (2011). Personal Idiot: A Memoir. New York: Hyperion. p. 205. ISBN 9781401324339. 

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