I Am Weasel
|I Am Weasel|
|Created by:||David Feiss|
|Distributor:||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release:||July 15, 1997—September 16, 1999|
|Run time:||22 minutes|
|Executive producer(s):||Sherry Gunther|
Louis J. Cuck
|Music composed by:||Bill Fulton|
Kris Zimmerman (voices)
|Animation director(s):||Scott Morse|
I Are Weasel is an American animated slapstick comedy TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera for Cartoon Network. It is a spin-off from Cow and Chicken, where it was a secondary segment during its run from 1997 to 1999, airing 52 episodes. When it became its own independent series in 1999, those segments were packaged together along with 27 new ones.
I.M. Weasel is praised and worshipped as a hero by everyone all around the world, except for the jealous I.R. Baboon, who constantly tries to one-up I.M., but always manages to fail and cause some catastrophe due to his own stupidity, which has to be cleaned up by I.M., further enraging I.R.
When David Feiss was creating Cow and Chicken, Cartoon Network wanted it as a half hour show with something different in the middle of two seven minute Cow and Chickens. The title of I Am Weasel came from one of Feiss's favorite books growing up called I Am Legend. I.M. was chosen to be a weasel to play with the idea of him being a hero instead of the traits usually associated with a weasel, which are being sneaky and bad. The enemy to the weasel was I.M., the baboon with the funny red butt, patterned after the second verse in the song "Pop Goes the Weasel:" Every night when I go out, the monkey's on the table."
Feiss originally wanted James Earl Jones for the voice of I.M., but instead went with Micheal Dorn, at the recommendation of Van Partible. Charlie Adler was cast as I.R., after having already been the voices of the titular Cow and Chicken.
The theme song was composed by Bill Fulton, with lyrics written by Richard Pursel, which were performed by April March. Fulton also composed the score for each episode. Bodie Chandler was the director of music production.
The lyrics of the theme song were patterned after "Pop Goes the Weasel."
- Theme song lyrics
You don't need pants for the victory dance
Cuz Baboon's better than Weasel
I.R. Baboon big star of cartoon
I.M. Weasel: I am Weasel!
I.R. Baboon reigns king in his mind
He's just as good as the weaselly kind
But 'round every corner he's likely to find
I.M. Weasel: I am Weasel [repeat 2x]
In popular culture
- In the OK KO Let's be Heroes special "Crossover Nexus", he's one of the Cartoon Network characters turned to stone.
- Aguilar, Carlos (July 15, 2022). "25 Years Of ‘Cow & Chicken’: A Conversation With Creator David Feiss". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved July 21, 2022.