you know that Stogie's original name in the show was going to be "Stoli?" --
he was supposed to be named after the vodka. The suits at The WB had trademark issues, so they went with Stogie instead.
|This show was one of, if not the last, traditionally animated primetime
shows. You see, hand-drawn animation used to be done using cels that
were photographed one at a time. These days, everything is drawn and
animated on the computer.
|The original name of the series was "The Downtowners", but then
MTV came out with an animated show called "MTV Downtown" which was
to premiere at around the same time. So, the name was changed to
"Mission Hill." Incidentally, I think "MTV
Downtown" was also a funny show with a unique look to it.
|Vicki Lewis's distinct, gaspy voice for Posey was kind of an accident.
The day of her audition, she had been to the dentist and her voice was still
affected. Apparently the producers liked her voice in that state they
wanted her to keep it for Posey.
|The theme song for 'Mission Hill' is a shortened, instrumental version of
the song 'Italian Leather Sofa' by the band 'Cake.' Apparently they
are Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein's favorite band.
|Stogie the dog, Andy's dog that drinks alcohol and eats whatever seems
edible, was apparently based on a real dog, according to Bill Oakley and
Josh Weinstein, creators of the show.
|Thirteen episodes were completed of the show, plus five scripts that were
finished but never animated. Four of them have now been released to
the internet, and you can read them on our Lost
|After the credits of each episode there was a short animated sequence
featuring the Mission Hill characters saying 'A Bill Oakley - Josh Weinstein
|The WB network, which originally commissioned the show, aired only two
episodes which scored extremely low ratings. Due to the high expenses
of the show, the WB decided it was best to relaunch the show later.
Unfortunately, they chose to air it during the summer with little promotion,
so even the original thirteen episodes were never seen on the network that
bought it. While it may sound strange, it's becoming an extremely
common occurrence these days, with networks canceling shows left and right
before they're even done airing their completed episodes (in the 2001/2002
season the list of such shows includes "Emeril", "Bob
Patterson", "Citizen Baines" and "Danny."
|The show was picked up by the Cartoon Network in the US and Teletoon in
Canada for the 'Adult Swim' and 'Teletoon Unleashed' programming blocks
respectively, long after the show's incomplete run on the WB had finished.