|With the success of Eek! And the Terrible Thunderlizards, Fox Children’s Network and producer Savage Steve Holland decided to launch yet another supporting segment for that frantic purple feline, Eek! The Cat. The newest element on Eek! Stravaganza was Klutter, starring a living pile of junk underneath a bed in the Heap family home. Ryan and Wade brought Klutter to life when they realized their severely allergy-prone father would never let them have a "real" pet.
The Klutter segments were joined by new episodes of Eek! The Cat and The Terrible Thunderlizards. The title character of Eek! The Cat was a trouble-prone cat with a simple motto: “It never hurts to help.” But hurt it did. Despite his good intentions, Eek! was a feline landmine, and his good deeds always ended in disaster. Usually on the receiving end of Eek!’s “help” was Elmo the Elk, who somehow managed to stay best friends with the catastrophic kitty. Eek! lived with a human family—Mom, who studied bizarre foreign languages, and siblings J.B. and Wendy Elizabeth, who cooked up plot after plot to torment poor Eek! Brightening up his otherwise troublesome life was next-door neighbor Annabelle, a hugely overweight pink cat who had a pet “sharkdog” named Sharky. Other regular characters included the Squishy Bearz, stars of J.B. and Wendy Elizabeth’s favorite TV cartoon. The Bearz, down and out versions of the Care Bears, were usually blown up or otherwise mangled by the show’s end.
The Terrible Thunderlizards—Day Z. Kutter, Doc Tari, and Bo “Diddly” Squatt—were a group of “New Age” dinosaurs, freed from prison to serve General Galapagos as a special force. Their mission: to wipe out the human race. Of course, at the time (135 million years in the past), the human race consisted of two people—Scooter and Bill. Scooter was an inventor, and Bill was the one suckered into testing the inventions, which ranged from the wheel to electricity to the talk show. Despite the cavemen’s apparent incompetence, the dinosaurs never managed to catch them.
Fox apparently had plenty of confidence in the new Eek! Stravaganza, running it both on Saturday mornings and on weekday afternoons. The network’s confidence paid off, as Eek! and company continued their successful run for another two seasons.