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Normadeus

"Normadeus" is Episode 24 of Freakazoid! It was the series finale. It was written by Paul Rugg and directed by Rich Arons and Dave Marshall.

It aired on June 1, 1997, on Cartoon Network. It was one of two episodes never to air on Kids' WB!

Synopsis Edit

The Lobe has designed the Lobe Finestra 3000, a wooden weapon which can resonate at specific frequencies to destroy matter. However, in order to execute the design, he needs the help of the greatest carpenter alive: Norm Abram. He then invites all of Freakazoid's enemies over to witness the demise of the Freak.

CharactersEdit

Other Edit

Main Title Version: chimp with cowboy hat version

Gag Credit: Freakazoid has left the building

Finale Credit: The producers wish to thank the many musicians who contributed their amazing talents to Freakazoid!

Tag: Norm Abram says, “You’re an evil man!”

Voice Credits Edit

Paul Rugg as Freakazoid

Edward Asner as Sgt. Cosgrove

Jonathan Harris as Professor Jones

Norm Abram as Himself

David Warner as The Lobe

Ricardo Montalban as Guitierrez

Maurice LaMarche as Longhorn

Jeff Glen Bennett as Cave Guy

Tress MacNeille as Cobra Queen

Larry Cedar as Oblongata

Clive Revill as Hermil Sioro

John P. McCann as Douglas Douglas

Joe Leahy as Our Announcer

Trivia Edit

  • The title and the opening scenes parody the 1984 film Amadeus, which tells a largely fictional account of composer Antonio Salieri's jealousy-induced attempt to kill Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and to take credit for his Requiem Mass. The opening scenes of the episode copy Amadeus almost exactly, with Lobe in the role of Salieri and Norm Abram in the role of Mozart.
  • The episode had its origin in the fact that Paul Rugg and Jean MacCurdy were both regular viewers of Norm Abram's PBS series This Old House. MacCurdy met Abram in New York and recruited him to guest star on the show, and Rugg began writing a script called "This Old Freakalair," wherein Abram would renovate the Freakalair. Unfortunately, the script "went nowhere." One night, while writing, Rugg happened to be listening to Mozart's Requiem Mass, and suddenly re-conceptualized the episode as an Amadeus parody.[1]
  • Rugg was writing the episode on a tight deadline in his office on a Saturday night when he wrote the ending with the song "We'll Meet Again." The song, which was written during World War II, is most famous for appearing over the ending of Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb), which Rugg considers the greatest ending of all time.[2]
  • Lobe watches Abram's New Yankee Workshop. Abram repeats his typical safety glasses warning from this series near the end of the episode.
  • Among the conspiracy theories listed for Abram's disappearance is the "Bob Vila/Dean Johnson Conspiracy." Vila was the host of This Old House, and Johnson hosted the competing series Hometime.
  • Detective Hermil Sioro is a parody of Agatha Christie's character Hercule Poirot.
  • The exterior shot of a spooky mansion which introduces the Sioro scene is a reused painting from Dracula's castle in "Statuesque."
  • The use of Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" over the Pixie People sequence parallels its use in the Lawn Gnomes segment.
  • "Hank," the man who has his wood signed by Norm Abram, is the mascot for Home Depot. The two stick figures arrested in the UK were appearing in an Office Max ad at the time.
  • This is the only Freakazoid! episode to have the producer credits run over the beginning of the episode, instead of in the closing credits.

References Edit

  1. Liebeslied für Normadeus Feature.
  2. Liebeslied für Normadeus Feature.

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