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The Arachnid Friends
Television show information

Genre

Comedy

Created by

Phil Lord
Christopher Miller

Voices of

Greg Cipes
Charlie Adler
Tara Strong
Cree Summer

Country of
origin

United States

Original
language(s)

English

Production

Executive
producer(s)

Phil Lord
Christopher Miller
For Cartoon Network Studios:
Brian A. Miller
Jennifer Pelphrey
For Cartoon Network:
Robert Sorcher

Running time

22 min. (approx.)

Production
company(s)

Cartoon Network Studios
Lord Miller Productions

Distributor

Warner Bros. Television Distribution

Broadcast

Original
network

Cartoon Network

Original release

November 5th, 2004 - September 14th, 2007

The Arachnid Friends is an American animated series created by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller that aired on Cartoon Network from November 5th, 2004 to September 14th, 2007.

Synopsis

After an evil duo, Ciller the Centipede and Midder the Millipede, kidnap King Bee and attempt to take over Bug City, four friends have to save the city and rescue King Bee. Later, they deal with various other situations, whether it involves Ciller and Midder or not.

Characters

Main

  • Kevin the Red-Legged Tarantula (voiced by Greg Cipes) - a red-legged tarantula who is the leader of his gang.
  • K.R. the Emperor Scorpion (voiced by Charlie Adler) - an emperor scorpion who is the tough one.
  • Miley the Mite (voiced by Tara Strong) - a mite who is the hyperactive and ditzy one.
  • Tashy the Tick (voiced by Cree Summer) - a tick who is the smart, but easily annoyed one.

Supporting

  • King Bee (voiced by Billy West) - a honeybee who is the king of Bug City.
    • Princess Bee (voiced by Ashley Johnson) - a beautiful and sweet honeybee who is King Bee's daughter.
  • Fred the Firefly (voiced by TBD) - a firefly who is part of a sports' club.
  • Dave (voiced by Thomas F. Wilson) - a goliath beetle who was K.R.'s old friend.
  • Ellen (voiced by TBD) - a moth who used to be a member of S.T.I.N.G. until she got onto a fight with them and eventually left the band, as she became distant from other people since. She did eventually helped out Kevin and his band defeat S.T.I.N.G.
  • Brianna (voiced by Hynden Walch) - a monarch butterfly scientist who gave Kevin temporary wings as part of an experiment.
  • Bailey and Max (voiced by TBD and TBD, respectively) - TBD
  • Cinnamon (voiced by TBD) - a dragonfly who likes hanging around. He also has a huge fear of pine cones.

Antagonists

  • Ciller the Centipede (voiced by Tom Kenny) - a centipede who wants to overthrow King Bee so he can be king, and is the main antagonist.
  • Midder the Millipede (voiced by Rob Paulsen) - a millipede who is Ciller's assistant, but is somewhat an idiot.
  • Lucy the Scorpion (voiced by TBD) - a scorpion who worked for Ciller and Midder to kidnap K.R. and the others and bring them to Ciller and Midder.
  • The Birds of Prey, consisting of:
    • Ed (voiced by Doug Lawrence) - an eagle who is the leader of his gang.
    • Henry (also voiced by Thomas F. Wilson) - a hawk who is the toughest of the gang.
    • Francis (voiced by TBD) - a falcon who is the craziest of the gang.
    • Val (voiced by TBD) - a vulture who is the wise one of the gang.
  • Ashley the Assassin Kissing Bug (voiced by TBD) - an assassin kissing bug hired by Ciller and Midder to make the Arachnid Friends unconscious by kissing them with a special fluid on her lips.
  • Kumbang (voiced by TBD) - a beetle who is the leader of his tribe that kidnapped K.R.
  • The Grub (vocal effects by Frank Welker) - a giant grub-like monster that tried to eat Miley.
  • Larry (voiced by Scott Menville) - an annoying louse that invaded Tashy's house and treated it like it's his own.
  • Termitis the Tick King (voiced by TBD) - a gigantic tick who is cruel and control every tick in form of a hive mind.
  • Mia (voiced by [female]) - a vampire mosquito who likes to suck blood out of male insects and arachnids.
  • Lily the Leech (voiced by TBD) - a leech who gets jealous at other females in Bug City due to them being more pretty than her and tries to suck the "beauty" out of them.
  • S.T.I.N.G., consisting of:
    • Wyatt (also voiced by Thomas F. Wilson) - a tailless whip scorpion who is the leader of the band and plays the bass.
  • The Young Menaces, consisting of:
    • Manny the Mantis (voiced by TBD) - TBD
    • Tony the Flea (voiced by Shane Haboucha) - TBD
    • Sammy the Stinkbug (voiced by TBD) - TBD
    • Randall the Roach (voiced by Eric Bauza) - a teenage roach who loves stealing food, yet he sometimes gets himself squashed, making him the laughingstock of the Young Menaces.
  • The Alien from Area 49 (vocal effects by Fred Tatasciore) - an alien insect who escaped from Area 49 and attacked Bug City.
  • The Flytrap (voiced by "Weird Al" Yankovic) - a giant Venus Flytrap who wants to eat every bug in Bug City.

Episodes

See List of The Arachnid Friends episodes.

Crossover

See The Face Paint'nimal Gang and... The Arachnid Friends!?

Specials

2015 Special

See The Arachnid Friends in: Bugged Off!

HBO Max Special

See The Arachnid Friends: Myriapoda-strophe.

On April 27th, just a month before the launch of HBO Max, it was confirmed by Lord and Miller that if The Face Paint'nimal Gang Forever proves to be a success, then they would consider doing a TAF HBO Max special.

On May 27th, when The Face Paint'nimal Gang Forever premiered and became a success, it's been confirmed that due to that, they are now making plans for the special, though it should be expected to release around Spring of 2021.

On June 3rd, the title has been confirmed to be The Arachnid Friends: Myriapoda-strophe, with a synopsis also confirmed, being: "Kevin and his gang face their biggest challenge (even bigger than the one in Last Stand) when Ciller and Midder reunite all of the centipedes and millipedes just like them to sabotage Bug City, in which they call... The Myriapoda-strophe!"

Tropes

See The Arachnid Friends/Tropes.

Gallery

Merchandise

See List of The Arachnid Friends merchandise.

Trivia

  • The series contains human-sized/oversized anthropomorphic insects and arachnids.
  • It's animation would resemble Phil and Christopher's previous TV series, Clone High.
  • Somewhat, this show shares some similarities with the other Cartoon Network cartoon, The Face Paint'nimal Gang because:
    • Both air on Cartoon Network (obviously).
    • Both revolve around a group of friends.
    • Both aired from 2004 to 2007.
  • In a few episodes, characters from different Cartoon Network shows make a cameo. For example...
    • In TBD, when Midder the Millipede was messing with Ciller's portal invention, he exits, carrying Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls, who was screaming in fear, in his legs.
      • In the same episode, Ed from Ed Edd n Eddy appears in some part of the episode, though as a picture.
  • The four main characters made cameo appearances on other Cartoon Network shows:
    • (The Face Paint'nimal Gang-related cameo trivia)
  • VARIANT:
    • Cartoon Network Studios: The custom animation is Kevin, Miley, and Tashy watching K.R. about to sting the camera, only for his stinger to get stuck once the Cartoon Network Studios logo closes.
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