The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack

The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
Genre Adventure
Fantasy, Comedy
Created by Thurop Van Orman
Directed by Thurop Van Orman
John Infantino (assistant director)
Creative director(s) J.G. Quintel
John Infantino
Voices of Thurop Van Orman
Brian Doyle-Murray
Roz Ryan
Jeff Bennett
Steve Little
Daran Norris
Jackie Buscarino
Richard McGonagle
S. Scott Bullock
Kent Osborne
Kevin Michael Richardson
Opening theme "The Misadventures of Flapjack", written by Thurop Van Orman & Dan Cantrell; performed by the cast
Composer(s) Dan Cantrell
Country of origin United States, Canada, Ireland
Original language(s) English and others
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 46 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Thurop Van Orman
Producer(s) Pernelle Hayes
Supervising Producer:
Jennifer Pelphrey
Editor(s) Kent Osborne
Dave Tennant (story editors)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Cartoon Network Studios
Screen Novelties (stopmotion segments)
Original network Cartoon Network
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release June 5, 2008 (2008-06-05) – August 30, 2010 (2010-08-30)
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The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack is an American animated television series created by Thurop Van Orman for Cartoon Network that premiered in North America on June 5, 2008.[1] It stars creator Thurop Van Orman as the voice of Flapjack, a naive young boy who was raised by a whale named Bubbie and is mentored by a salty sea pirate called Captain K'nuckles. Together the trio they spend their days in Stormalong Harbor, where most of the show takes place, whilst on the search for the elusive Candied Island.

Van Orman, who pitched the idea to Cartoon Network as early as 2001, incorporated his own dreams of marine adventures, acquired while living in Florida as a boy, into the series. After three seasons and 46 episodes, the series concluded on August 30, 2010. During its run, Flapjack received one Primetime Emmy Award, two Annie Award nominations, and one Golden Reel Award nomination. On April 20, 2012, reruns of the series returned to Cartoon Network on the revived block, Cartoon Planet.[2]


The series revolves around best friends Flapjack and Captain K'nuckles. Flapjack is a young boy who was raised by a talking whale named Bubbie. Flapjack leads a peaceful life until the duo rescues a pirate by the name of Captain K'nuckles, who tells Flapjack of a place called Candied Island, which is made completely of candy. Inspired by the adventurous pirate, Flapjack, Captain K'nuckles and Bubbie get into strange predicaments and "misadventures" in search of candy, Candied Island and the coveted title of "Adventurer". The three spend most of their time in Stormalong Harbor, their place of residence, and home to many strange characters.


As a child, show creator Van Orman lived in Panama City, Florida, and "used to fantasize about living near the dock and having adventures all the time." When he was 13, his family moved to Utah, but Van Orman still dreamed of adventure. He worked after school as a janitor, saving money for a plane ticket back to Florida. There, he packed some rice and potatoes, and paddled a surfboard to Shell Island. He planned to live off sea urchins and "even speared a manta ray," but things soon went sour. Eventually he became badly sunburned and began to starve. He returned to the mainland, but later tried again: he "went to Mexico and lived in the jungles and found [himself] eating out of dumpsters." Orman took his failures in stride, chalking all these bad circumstances up as "part of the adventure".[3]

The original extended theme song for the show was used only once, for a musical special titled 'All Hands On Deck'. Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock, a fan of the series, provided vocals for the version in the special.

Van Orman attempted to pitch the concept to Cartoon Network in 2001. He created a short and incorporated many childhood favorites, with visual inspiration from older adventure novels. His first pitch was rejected, but he received a lot of feedback and re-pitched the concept in 2003.[3]

The series works with Screen Novelties to produce the stop-motion and title card portions of the show.[3]

Paul Reubens was originally selected to be the voice of Flapjack, but when Reubens did not show up on the day of recording, Van Orman himself decided to voice Flapjack.[3]

The series came to an end on August 30, 2010, after 46 episodes. The final episode entitled "Fish Out of Water" included live action sequences and featured an appearance by creator Thurop Van Orman, and his son Leif, who played Flapjack.


Most characters live in the fictional city of Stormalong Harbor. The city is built on a series of docks in the middle of the ocean with little surrounding land. It is possible to actually swim underneath the city, which is often done by Bubbie. The wealthier citizens live on more elevated piers, which have vegetation-growing land attached to it, while the lower class lives lower in the city. Stormalong also has a sewer system and a series of underground tunnels. Most inhabitants are sailors of some sort, and sailors and/or pirates are constantly visiting from other lands. Stormalong has a great variety of (often bizarre) shops, including a bar that serves candy instead of alcohol (The Candy Barrel). The city appears to be relatively dystopian, with a large level of crime and loitering, with the only forms of law enforcement being the Dock Hag and a relatively small police force.


Main characters

The lead characters, Captain K'nuckles and Flapjack

Recurring characters


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Shorts5July 27, 2007 (2007-07-27)August 24, 2007 (2007-08-24)
Pilot1 (2 segments)May 7, 2007 (2007-05-07)
120 (40 segments)June 5, 2008 (2008-06-05)July 23, 2009 (2009-07-23)
220 (38 segments)July 30, 2009 (2009-07-30)June 21, 2010 (2010-06-21)
36 (12 segments)July 5, 2010 (2010-07-05)August 30, 2010 (2010-08-30)

Other media

DVD release

The volume 1 DVD was released on September 15, 2009. It contains the first five episodes and four bonus featurettes.[4] Originally, an interstitial (often falsely referred to as the pilot) that never aired on TV, Captain and ToeNeil, was intended as a bonus feature on the DVD, but was not included for unknown reasons. A volume two DVD was announced for a December 2010 release, but was canceled by the show's looming ending in August 2010.

DVD Title Region 1 Discs Episodes Extras
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Vol. 1 September 15, 2009 1 1-5 Adventures in: voice acting and animation, Misadventures in song, Meet Thurop

Video games

A Flapjack video game was confirmed by series creator Thurop Van Orman in Spring 2010 for the Nintendo DS system. When the show was cancelled, the game was cancelled with it. Flapjack and Captain K'nuckles appeared as playable characters in Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion; Peppermint Larry and Candy Wife will act as assist characters, while one of the stages will be set within Bubbie's Mouth. Eight-Armed Willy appears as part of Flapjack's special attack.



Year Award Category Nominee Result
2009 Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing – Television Animation[5] Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation[6] Chris Roszak
(for "Sea Legs")
2010 Annie Awards Best Animated Television Production for Children[7] Nominated
Annie Awards Best Directing in a Television Production[7] John Infantino
J. G. Quintel
(for "Candy Cassanova")



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