I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons. Scooby Doo, Sylvester and Tweety, Bugs Bunny and the Pink Panther were all mainstays at my house. Now, decades later, I’m adding a new one to my Saturday morning viewing: Wishfart.
Debuting this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT on Teletoon, the outrageous, hilarious Wishfart shakes up the airwaves in this country. After premiering in the UK, Italy, Africa and Belgium alreadyâ€”and headed to the Ukraine and Russia soonâ€”Wishfart finally bows in its home and native land. It’s about time.
Created and produced by John Hazlett, Lienne Sawatsky and Dan Williams, the founders of Wishfart Productions, each episode of the animated project focuses on Dez (voiced by Mac Haywood), a teen leprechaun who is just getting used to his wish-granting powers. Alongside his friendsâ€”a ghost named Akiko (Grojband‘sÂ Stephany Seki) and a puffin named, well, Puffin (Flashpoint‘sÂ Sergio Di Zio)â€”Dez tries to fix wishes that have gone horribly wrong, a.k.a. wishfarts.
In Episode 1, “Cartwheel, Cartwheel, Cartwheel,” Dez gets into major trouble when he grants Akiko her wish of becoming human again. She’s overjoyed to have feet and be able to feel thingsâ€”she’s positively giddy when she licks a cactus and studs her tongue with thorns because she can register painâ€”but Dez’ actions have a disastrous effect. The King of the Underworld emerges and commands Dez to reverse the wish before it brings an end to the world. Wishfart‘sÂ scripts are tight, the voice actors are stellar and the animation, while current, is definitelyÂ reminiscent of the classics I tuned in to. Check it out.
Wishfart airs Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT on Teletoon.
Image courtesy of Wishfart Productions.