Snorks is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera which ran on NBC from September 15, 1984 to May 13, 1989. Although not as popular as the animated series The Smurfs, the program continued to be available in syndication from 1986 to 1989 as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera's 3rd season, on USA Network in the late-1980s and early-1990s. The series aired in reruns on Cartoon Network from 1992-2000, when it moved to sister channel Boomerang. Snorks began airing again on Boomerang in 2012.
All episodes from the first three seasons and part of season four consisted of two separate episodes that ran 12 minutes each. The last 22 episodes of the fourth season consisted of a single 24 minute episode.
The Snorks are a race of small, colorful beings that live happily in the (saltwater) underwater world of Snorkland. They have snorkels on their heads, which are used to propel them swiftly through the water. As evidenced by the cartoon series, when a Snork becomes excited their tube makes a "snork" sound. They have much of the same technology as contemporary humans, adapted to their own aquatic environment. The Snorks use clams as currency ("clams" is also a slang term for money).
According to the Snork back-story, which was described in the show's first opening theme, a few ventured to the surface (which the Snorks believe is "outer space") in 1643, and watched a Royal Navyship of the Spanish Armada being attacked by pirates. The captain wound up in the water, and that was the first contact between the species when the Snorks saved his life, to which the captain then expressed his gratitude by writing a book about the Snorks, although very few humans believe in the existence of the Snorks. Since then, Snorks have adopted several human habits, such as wearing clothes.
There are a few episodes which have human encounters with the Snorks. In the episode "Allstar's Freshwater Adventure", the Snorks (who are saltwater Snorks) meet freshwater Snorks. Freshwater Snorks have two snorkels on their head and a distinctive biochemistry different from saltwater Snorks.
- René Auberjonois – Dr. Strangesnork
- Michael Bell – Allstar Seaworthy, Bigweed, Elder #4
- Nancy Cartwright – Daffney Gilphin
- Brian Cummings – Dimmy Finster
- Roger DeWitt – Jo-Jo
- Joan Gardner – Mrs. Wetworth
- Joan Gerber – Mrs. Kelp
- Barry Gordon – Junior Wetworth, Governor Wetworth (2nd voice)
- Bob Holt – Mr. Seaworthy
- Gail Matthius – Smallstar Seaworthy
- Mitzi McCall – Auntie Marina
- Edie McClurg – Ms. Seabottom, Mrs. Seaworthy
- Frank Nelson – Governor Wetworth (1st voice)
- Rob Paulsen – Corky
- Clive Revill – Dr. Galeo Seaworthy
- B.J. Ward – Casey Kelp, Lil' Seaweed
- Fredricka Weber – Willie Wetworth
- Frank Welker – Tooter Shelby, Occy, Grandpa Wetworth, Great Snork Nork, Finneus