Horrid Henry is a British children's animated television series, based on the book series of the same name by Francesca Simon. It is produced by Novel Entertainment, broadcast from 31 October 2006 on CITV and from 28 May 2018 on Nicktoons in the United Kingdom. The animation style differs from the Tony Ross illustrations in the books. The series has also aired on Starz Kids & Family in the United States, Cartoon Network in Australia, New Zealand, India, South-East Asia, South Korea and Taiwan, and Disney XD in Africa, Germany and Poland.
Henry is a self-centered, naughty prankster whose life just isn't fair. Wormy little brothers, slimy parents, irritating teachers, snotty girls, double detentions and that's just the average day in the life of Horrid Henry. So he retaliates in the most interesting of ways.
Why It Rocks
- Decently smooth animation, which fits well with the different art style.
- Splendid voice acting, especially with Lizzie Waterworth as Horrid Henry and Aiden Cook as Miss Battle-Axe.
- Unique and visually-appealing background designs.
- Amazing, enjoyable soundtrack that is based around the rock genre, with some of the best songs being the theme songs, ("I'm Horrid Henry" and "Nah Nah Ne Nah Nah".)
- Stays very faithful to the Horrid Henry book series, with only a few minor changes done to some of the stories.
- A considerable range of likable characters, such as Horrid Henry, Rude Ralph, Aerobic Al, Beefy Bert, Sour Susan, Dizzy Dave and Greedy Graham.
- Although Henry is known for being a selfish, bratty troublemaker, he is just a typical British troublemaker who is desperately trying to make use of his torturous life by causing mischief and trying to have as much fun as possible, which isn't easy considering the circumstances he repeatedly gets stuck in, making him the most relatable and realistic character in the show, mostly to the young male population.
- Henry even breaks the 4th wall to talk to the viewers about what's going on in the episode and how unfair it might be, and he treats the viewers in a very respectable way, as if the viewer is his friend. And in the rare situation where he might pause for the viewer to respond, the question and response is usually funny, such as "You'd help me if you could, wouldn't you? ... What do you mean 'no'? Thanks a lot."
- It's one of the most famous animated kid shows in the UK, just like Thomas & Friends.
- Characters who act mean-spirited, annoying or torture another character in an episode usually get retaliated in the most unique ways, such as Moody Margaret getting set up and busted for putting Peter in the trash can and attempting to send him to the dump and Bossy Bill getting set up and busted for printing copies of his own backside.
- It shows the consequences of being a horrid and misbehaved child.
- It uses childhood nostalgia very well, like the refreshing scenes of Henry meeting up with his friends on the playground and chaotic birthday parties being held at Henry's house.
- Some of the episodes are genuinely educational and important, like calming dealing with spiders (specifically harmless British spiders) and debating on the different meanings of the word "love".
- It had a (kind of) musical episode called "It's All Your Fault", with enjoyable musical numbers with the likes of "Rude Ralph" and "We Don't Know".
- Some animation errors can be common in the earlier seasons.
- The majority of characters in the show are very unlikable.
- While somewhat likable and relatable, Henry can be a bit unlikable sometimes, as he hates the opposite sex and treats his family badly. Also, some of the deeds Henry commits are too rough for a typical troublemaker, like when he strapped Peter to a tree when they were younger.
- Perfect Peter is a huge Gary Stu with an ear-piercing voice and treats Henry badly, especially when he tells on him for dumb reasons and even tried to tempt Henry into doing something horrid when Henry decided to be good for a day. And his catchphrase "MUUUUUUUUM!" is extremely irritating.
- Mum and Dad blame Henry for everything (even when it's not his fault) and they almost never punish Peter.
- Miss Battle-Axe sometimes unnecessarily picks on Henry, and once even gave him double detention for having an unpopular opinion on a TV show.
- Moody Margaret is a common spoiled brat who shouts a lot and hates boys.
- Stuck-Up-Steve is Henry's rich and spoiled cousin who always rubs his toys in Henry's face and Henry's parents are blind to Steve's behavior towards Henry.
- Some of the episodes felt like the main message was "misbehave all the time", with the biggest offender being a scene where Henry looks at a book signed by his favorite author, and he found out that the author wrote a message saying "Never stop being horrid, Henry", then the episode ends. Although, this could be easily overlooked.
- Some bad episodes, such as "Horrid Henry Takes The Biscuit" and especially "Horrid Henry: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa".
- Henry's catchphrase "NOOOOOOO!" can get annoying.
- Overuse of toilet humor and gross-out humor, such as the old lady's dog constantly trying to pee on Henry's shoe as a running gag.
Although the show is somewhat infamous, especially in America, the show is loved in the UK and is usually considered a classic. Most parents love the show solely because one of its purposes is to teach kids how not to behave, and children love the show because of some of the enjoyable characters and the great music.
- The first episode of the series ("Horrid Henry: Tricks and Treats") is actually a Halloween special, similar to how the first Simpsons episode was a Christmas special.