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This oddball animated offering sprang from the twisted minds of animator Bill Kopp and director Savage Steve Holland (Better Off Dead, One Crazy Summer). The star and title character was a tubby, frantic purple cat named Eek!, who had 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 trouble-prone 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.
In the second season, a gang of supporting characters were given their own 11-minute segments, and the program was retitled Eek! And the Terrible Thunderlizards. The Thunderlizards—Day Z. Cutter, Doc Tari, and Bo “Diddly” Squatt—worked under the command of General Galapagos to rid the world of humans. This should have been an easy task, since at the time (135 million years in the past), there were only two—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.
In the 1995 fall season, Eek! got a new supporting segment, and the show’s name was again changed, this time to Eek! Stravaganza. The new addition 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 retooled show aired on both Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons, evidence of Eek!’s sizeable fan club. Eek! Stravaganza ran for another two seasons, giving the panicky cat a total of five years on the air.