Thursday, May 04, 2017

The Three Friends And Jerry | The Splat | #TBT | Nickelodeon UK

This week for Throwback Thursday, NickALive! looks back with great fondness at The Three Friends... & Jerry! Check out the original theme tune and opening credits for Nickelodeon UK's popular '90s animated comedy series below!:

De tre vennene og Jerry (Hungarian title)

About The Three Friends & Jerry:

The Three Friends and Jerry is a Swedish animated television series (Swedish: De tre vännerna och Jerry) which premiered on Nickelodeon UK in 1998. The series follows the hilarious everyday adventures of four ten year old boys who are trying really hard to grow up. Frank, Thomas and Eric are the three friends and Jerry is the new boy in town. Amongst the characters are "the girls" - Linda, Mimmi and Tess -
with whom the Friends are eternally fascinated, led by Frank’s cousin Linda, the stuff that the boys’ dreams are made of!! However, the girls refuse to date them and refer to the boys as Ponks. There is also Jerry’s Dad, who is the new PE teacher at the big school; and he crushes the kids’ heads with medicine balls – well, that’s what they’ve heard anyway! The teenage years may be beckoning, but life is still really about dares, wild exaggerations, showing off and how many gears your bike has got. Sadly for the Friends and Jerry, their ten year old wings are always getting burnt. Its tough being ten!

Created by Swedish director, illustrator and animator Magnus Carlsson (Paramount Comedy Channel UK's Robin), The Three Friends and Jerry is a Swedish/German/United Kingdom co-production, produced by Fontana Pictures, Happy Life and TMO Films/TV Loonland, in association with Nickelodeon UK and Nickelodeon Germany, and ran for 39 episodes over one season. The Three Friends… & Jerry aired on Nickelodeon UK in the later nineties and early noughties, as well as on Nickelodeon Latin America (Latinoamérica).

For the houses featured in the show, the creators of the series likely took inspiration from the architecture of Sweden and the United Kingdom, since the series was a Swedish/British co-production.

Born in Sweden, Magnus has been involved in animation for as long as he can remember, he even created the music video for Radiohead's "Paranoid Android". Before all that, he worked at MTV before going on to be a founder member of Happy Life Animation.

In the United States, The Three Friends & Jerry aired on Fox Family (alongside Stickin' Around, Freaky Stories, The Gogs, and Lava-Lava!), and made a brief reappearance through Sprout's video on demand service in 2005. The show also aired on TG4 in Ireland and Fox Kids in Spain.

Watch the The Three Friends... & Jerry episode "Country Cousin" (featuring the North American narrator (the UK had a British narrator)) in full in the fantastic video here on Vimeo!

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Additional sources: Wikipedia (I, II), HIT Entertainment Limited 2005/2006 Catalogue, m4e: Made For Entertainment, Internet Archive.
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