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The Forest Friends is a show by Manta-bee. Originally created in 2007, the writer decided to shed light on it yet again.

The Forest Friends
Writer(s)
Manta-bee, KnownFireball2, LittleMermaid1819

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Director(s)
Manta-bee

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Run time
30 minutes

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English Network
Right Stuf Network, then later WebNetwork

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First aired
2007 then 2013

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Last aired
2009, later revived

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Left to right: Lucy, Roseanna, Betty, "Static", Nicky, Dale and Gerald.

Orgins

While the creator was into animated comedy shows and was fascinated with the Sonic the Hedgehog characters, she had thought up an idea that would combine the two, only with the characters resembling those characters. There are similarities between the characters of the show and the characters of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, as well as differences; for example, the male characters are fully clothed.

Thinking of the names for the characters proved not to be very difficult, as she started with names that were almost similar sounding to the ones they were based off of, then thought of more names that sounded different in comparison.

The idea was shelved for a few years, then resurfaced in 2009, when more episodes were written. As of recently, the creator redesigned the characters to look less like the Sonic the Hedgehog characters.

Revival

It is said the show would be revived for new episodes, but be drawn in a different style that would be a departure from the Sonic the Hedgehog style. This has been confirmed, along with the supporting characters from The Lindsay Analougue Show and Eva and Cece's Chop Suey being added to the cast as soon as the latter series ends.


Characters

Main

  • Jonathan "Static" Hedgehog - Age 15. He is shown to be a slacker, but at times can successfully help out when needed. Static is nicknamed for how he gets static cling in his quills from doing his own laundry to prove he could do so on his own.. In the show, he will make pop-culture references as well as fourth-wall breaks (as will the rest of the cast). But if times get tough, he will step into action. In the RPG, Martella 5000, he can use the element of ice. His laziness can hinder him at times. Has a crush on Roseanna Mouse. He may appear laid-back and even lazy at times and can get distracted easily, which often leads him to be a lazier than his friend.
  • Dale Coyote - He is 14 years old and Static's best friend. Like Static, may be seen as a slacker at times too, but will be willing to help at given moments. He is very intelligent, if not high-strung (as shown in "Pop Quizzed"). Other times he will be seen as laid back when hanging with his friends. His powers include the element of wind in the RPG Martella 5000, and can make power waves with the wind he controls. Subsequently, his name was originally "Gale", but a producer of the series thought it sounded too feminine.
  • Nichols P. "Nicky" Badger - Age 16. He is the quickest to remind Static and Dale of their slacking, as he feels he's the more responsible one. His only known relative is his mom, who's first name is revealed to be Michelle. In the RPG Martella 5000, he can extend claws and can shoot them and can also turn into his mutant form and also with the abilities such as iron head, detect and head smash. Does like fighting, but does not like bugs. It is once shown in an episode, that he wears the cliche heart-print boxers. In "Something Ahoy!", it shows that he suffers from seasickness. The episode was also the first basis for a pairing between him and Lucy Rabbit, as Lucy tries to help him feel better.
  • Gerald Mole - Timid, dark and usually tries to make things go his own way. Even sometimes he can be friendly though. In the RPG Martella 5000 shoot energy, power claws and can cause eclipse in the sky.
  • Roseanna May Mouse - She is on the volleyball team, and may or may not be captain. Usually cheerful, but can be stern. Though she likes spending time with Static, his slacking off can get her frustrated sometimes.
  • Betty Bat - Betty can be a bit of a downer, but she has shown that she's honest and does care for her friends. Seems to be interested in Nicky Badger, but doesn't show it on the surface. Other times, it is hinted she is interested in Gerald. After choosing Gerald, Nicky has seemed to gravitate towards Victoria Mongoose.
  • Lucy Rabbit - The gang met her when she was looking for her lost pet. Lucy is usually a nice person. She is also quite sensitive and has a crush on Dale.


Secondary

  • Alex Runbanks - Age 12-13. He is a quiet shy boy. He was the token human, but it's unknown whether or not he'll keep that status in the revival.
  • Pixo the Crocodile - He runs a dry-cleaning business with his comrades, Clammy and Pixo.
  • Clammy Bee - Age 9. He interns, but dreams of working at the business, though he is hyper and clumsy.
  • Stag the Chameleon - Usually calm and collected. It is once mentioned in an episode that he is lactose intolerant.
  • Lawrence "Lightning" Ferret - He seems eager and means well, but can wear on one's nerves at times. Can control lightning when storms are near in the RPG Martella 5000. He seems to be interested in Melissa Cat, and he worries about her in secret for the first few episodes he is featured in.
  • Melissa Cat - She seemed standoffish in her first appearance. It is shown she doesn't like cherry soda, which Dale offered to have her give it to him, and drank it after he had finished his soda, which led to him having to use the bathroom really badly later on. She is revealed to be Finley's cousin, whom she lends her house during her time at art school.
  • Finley - He will be brought over from Eva and Cece's Chop Suey, where he has significantly aged from then.
  • Ricky Cat - He will be brought over from Eva and Cece's Chop Suey.
  • Victoria Mongoose - She will be brought over from The Lindsay Analougue Show, with a new haircut and red catsuit.
  • Allison Kane - She will be brought over from The Lindsay Analougue Show, as her family will move to the forest town due to seeing a video brochure advertising real estate there.
  • Bill - A duck and the new kid.
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A black-and-white picture of Bill.

  • Sherman "Ace" Smith - A raccoon that was a background character who would later be promoted to a main character (and replace Finley).

Antagonists

  • Hunter Vivley - A human antagonist in the pilot. He has only been seen in silhouette.

Music

Most of the music featured is from a music library called Assosciated Music Productions. The Forest Friends will occasionally make use of licensed songs. The usage of these began with The creator and the staff writers started recording the animatics with copyrighted songs for the montage scenes. The network executives watched the animatic and asked the crew if the wanted to use some of the songs for the actual episodes. Bee has stated that which songs appear on the show depends on if they fit well with the scene, if they sound good and if they are affordable, she also stated that one of the reasons she enjoys using the songs in the episodes is that it might make an adult viewer remember it or make a younger viewer appreciate older music (Most of the music that is used is generally from the 1990s). Some of the songs that have been used include "Song 2", "Bittersweet Symphony", among others.

The show also produces their own original songs which are used on the episodes, or adding lyrics to an Associated Productions track.

Episodes

Episode number Episode name Written by Synopsis
0. Meet the Forest (Pilot) Meanfang Alex Runbanks explores the forest and finds the town where Static and friends live. Since Alex found the forest, a hunter has as well, and has plans for Static and company...

Season 1

Episode number Episode name Written by Synopsis
1. Pop Quizzed ??? The teacher hands out surprise pop quizzes, which isn't as bad until the scantron machine goes crazy, giving out random pop quizzes.
2. The Curse of the Evil Mattress Manta-bee Static and Dale bring in a mattress that turns out to be alive.
3. Something Ahoy! Manta-bee and LittleMermaid1819 The gang go for a boat ride. And everyone seems to be excited for an individual reason, except Nicky, who refuses any food offered to him by the others. When they get on the boat, it turns out Nicky gets sick, and Lucy tries to help him feel better. Also, Dale spots a whale.
4. Idiot Box Manta-bee and Meanfang A TV starts sucking things and people in.
5. Hall-o-wee Knownfireball2 The gang race go-carts through a haunted mansion.
6. Dino Attack Knownfireball2 Dinos attack
7. The Great Islands Explore:Part 1 Knownfireball2 Static and his friends start their adventure on the Great Islands.
8. The Great Islands Explore:Part 2 Knownfireball2 Static and his friends are almost done exploring the islands.
9. The Great Islands Explore:Part 3 Knownfireball2 Static and his friends are done exploring the Great Islands, and a storm happens. Will Static and his friends survive?
10. Another Round of Root Beer Sundaes Manta-bee Lightning tries to ask out Melissa, but she got into art school in another state.

Season 2

Episode number Episode name Written by Synopsis
11. Guess Who's Meeting the Forest? Manta-bee Four new citizens move into the forest town. Finley and Rick, along with two other characters.
12. Driving Test Manta-bee Static and Nicky take their driver's test, but a black hole opens and they end up having to drag race beings from another dimension.
13. Mortified Mallard Manta-bee Bill is the new kid in town, but Pixo and Clammy won't stop playing tricks on him.
14. Martella 5000 Manta-bee The guys play a Role-playing game called Martella 5000, but the game eventually turns real when the dice hits a certain number.
15. The Smell of Cotton Candy Manta-bee

The gang goes to the County Fair, where Static and Dale take Lightning to get his mind off of Melissa. Meanwhile, in one of the fair's restaurants, Finley encounters Beatrice and finds her retainer. An online poll will be held for fans to decide whether Finley and Beatrice should become an official couple.

16. Join the Deploy Scouts Manta-bee Victoria Mongoose rounds up the new gang for her roller derby team.
17. Virtual Insanity Manta-bee The gang gets sucked into a virtual reality game, which then finds itself outside.
18. Star Bores Manta-bee Ricky Cat won't let Beatrice play a video game because she is a girl. But when a dark space boss captures them, all three of them need to use their skills to get themselves out of this sticky situation. After it seems Betty is more interested in Gerald, Victoria seems to gravitate more towards Nicky.
19. Melissa Returns Manta-bee It's a new year, and Melissa returns to the school. Lightning is still standoffish about her rejecting him. Beatrice has moved back to the Mainland. Ricky is heard to have moved in with Ellie and Fred without Finley, whose current whereabouts are unknown since "Star Bores". (Ace is promoted to main character to fill the void created by Finley and Ricky leaving.)

Cast

  • Scott Menville as Static
  • Greg Ayers as Dale
  • Johnny Yong Bosch as Nicky
  • Rachel Lillis as Roseanna May
  • Stacey DePass as Betty
  • Terry McGurrin as Gerald
  • Sarah Gadon as Lucy
  • Elizabeth McGlynn as Melissa
  • Vic Mignonga as Lightning and Pixo
  • Joanne Vannicola as Clammy Bee
  • Steven Jay Blum as Stagg
  • Phil Parsons as Hunter Vivley
  • Aubrey Plaza as Victoria
  • Mila Kunis as Allison
  • Breckin Meyer as Ricky
  • J.G. Quientil as Finley and Ace

Additional

  • Kyle Hebert as Bill
  • Robert Naylor as Alex (2009)

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