|The Blues Brothers Animated Series|
|the logo for the series|
The Blues Brothers: The Animated Series is an unaired, 1997 animated series that would have aired on UPN. The series takes the name of the critically-acclaimed 1980 musical film. The series was set to star the brothers of the original movie actors (Peter Aykroyd in Dan's place, and Jim Belushi in John's place), but for unknown reasons, the series has never aired, and has yet to be leaked to the public.
In 1997, actor Dan Aykroyd sold to the TV network UPN the rights to the film The Blues Brothers, which he starred in 1980 with the late John Belushi. Film Roman, the animation company that produced The Simpsons, animated eight of the thirteen episodes ordered by the network. However, later in 1997 the series was canceled because of unknown reasons, and the eight episodes made were never aired.
The fansite Blues Brothers Central provides not only an episode list, but a cast list as well. The Blues Brothers themselves, Elwood and Jake, were not voiced by their original actors (due to John Belushi's death in 1982). However, Aykroyd and Belushi's brothers, Peter Aykroyd and James Belushi, offered to take up the roles, and were cast as the "new" Blues Brothers. The site also says that the eight episodes were shown at MIPCOM (a TV entertainment market/festival of sorts, held once a year in Cannes).
The series still has yet to be released in any form.
"Mama's Day" (featuring Laurel Aitken)
"The People's Party" (the 1st episode)
- The People's Party
- The Strange Death of Betty Smyuthe
- Gigolo Jake
- Piano Movin' Blues
- True Lies
- Can't Buy Me Love
- Don't Know Much About History
- Dancing in the Dark
- Mama's Day
- Brother, Can You Spare A Billion?
The Bluesmobile was renamed "The Bluescruiser."
Many songs were featured, including Soul Man, Hard To Handle, It's Too Late, Ooh Baby Baby, Shout, Sleepwalk and a parody of "Hello Mary Lou" called "Hello Mama Lou."
Some Saturday Night Live actors voiced several new characters. For example, the late Sheldon Berman did the main villain, Alderman J. Alderman.
EG Daily from "The Powerpuff Girls" and "Rugrats" voiced a character named Tracy Dawn.
Nell Carter from "Gimme A Break" and "Blue's Clues" voiced Betty Smythe on "The Strange Death of Betty Smythe."
Alaina Reed Hall from Sesame Street voiced the Blues Grill's waitress, Mama Lou.
Laurel Aitken voiced himself on the episode, "Mama's Day."
Amanda Gentry was voiced by Debi Derryberry, children's performer.
Cameron Gentry's voice was played by BJ Ward.
Robert Picardo was Mr. Gentry.
Tim Curry played a character named Principal Interest.
April Winchell (the late Paul Winchell's daughter,) famous for being Disney's "Clarabelle Cow" since 1996, voiced a clerk and teacher on the show.
Lauren Tom from "Friends," Futurama and Clifford's Puppy Days did a character named Soon-He and a Korean-American woman named Mrs. Fun.
Timothy Dang was a Korean-American named Mr. John Fun.
Mark Hamill from Batman, Danger Rangers, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Star Wars fame played Alderman's sidekick, Detective Armbrister.
"Piano Movin' Blues" (animatic)
- Blues Brothers Central page on the animated series. Retrieved 07 Sep '13.