Archie's Weird Mysteries (French: Archie, mystères et compagnie) is a French/American animated television series based on the characters by Archie Comics. The series premise revolves around a Riverdale High physics lab gone awry, making the town of Riverdale a "magnet" for B movie style monsters. The series is distributed as meeting the FCC's educational and informational children's programming ("E/I") requirements, and is used by commercial stations in the United States to meet this guideline. Produced by Les Studios Tex and DIC Productions, L.P., the series was initially shown mornings on the PAX network, often with infomercials bookending the program. The series eventually premiered in France on M6 on January 19, 2000.
The following season in the US, its repeats were syndicated to television stations throughout the United States, as a way to comply with mandatory E/I regulations. The series would later be part of the syndicated DIC Kids Network block, also to comply with E/I regulations.
- Andrew Rannells as Archie Andrews, a redheaded student at Riverdale High, reporter for the school newspaper.
- America Young as Betty Cooper, a smart girl-next-door who is sweet, caring and in love with Archie and is best friends with Veronica.
- Camille Schmidt as Veronica Lodge, a beautiful, popular and rich cheerleader who is best friends with Betty, who she also shares a rivalry with for Archie's affection.
- Chris Lundquist as Jughead Jones, a funny, quirky and geeky guy who loves food and is Archie's best friend. He does not like girls except for Betty, Nicola and he and Veronica are usually at each other's throats.
- Paul Sosso as Reggie Mantle, a self-confident, popular, rich jock who has a crush on Veronica and is frenemies with Archie. He's the uncle of a girl named Amy who is revealed to be his niece.
- Ben Beck as Dilton Doiley, a nerdy genius who is friends with Archie, Jughead, Moose and Betty who usually helps the gang save the day.
- Tony Wike as Mr. Waldo Weatherbee, the Principal of Riverdale High.
- Lucinda - Practices voodoo magic; provides advice to Archie when he needs it regarding the supernatural; creates potions for those individuals in love.
- Ryle Smith as Pop Tate, the owner and operator of the "Pop Tate Chock'lit Shoppe" shop.
- Mr. Fisk - CEO of ZoomCo who, after discovering that his Zoom energy drink contains a mutant formula that causes some people to mutate into monsters, tries to bribe and stop Archie from telling the world on national TV. He convinces Archie not to go to press as doing so would destroy his company and many new jobs for Riverdale.
- Jerry Longe as Dr. Beaumont, the caretaker and owner of an odds/supernatural/curiosity store. Provides advice to Archie and friends as he solves Weird Mysteries.
- Longe also voices Smithers, Veronica's cynical butler. He is aware of the supernatural but only shows any interest in waiting on Veronica.
- John Michael Lee as Mr. Hiram Lodge, Veronica's father who is disapproving of Archie.
- Ms. Geraldine Grundy - Also known as "Ms. Grundy". The teacher of Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead and Reggie. She has feelings for Mr. Weatherbee.
Selected monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural characters
- a sea monster, who lives in an old Riverdale swimming hole
- a mummy in a museum exhibit
- werewolf sheriff
- mad scientists
- a 50-foot Veronica
- giant beetle
- "Stanley 9000" (a processor)
- mutant crocodile
- man-eating worm
- super smart rats
- super smart teen (in "Brain of Terror")
- giant cockroaches
- Tapioca Pudding Glob
- alien potatoes
- insane artificial intelligence in Archie's car alarm
- ancient wish-granting artifacts gone haywire
- Ghost of Quiet Violet - she used to be a very strict librarian when Jughead was young. She scared Jughead so much when he was young that he stopped going to the library. As a ghost, she haunts the library.
- monster "Archie" – Archie gets turned into a monster when he drinks a new energy drink called "Zoom".
- monster "Stevenson" – Stevenson, a health and workout advocate, gets turned into a monster when he drinks a new energy drink called "Zoom".
- genie - escapes from an urn in Dr. Beaumont's store into Archie's laptop. Reggie, in turn, uses the laptop and is granted three wishes; after which, the Genie is set free and begins to wreak havoc on the city.
- Reggie Droid
- Evil Trogs' Leader and his Trogs in "Virtually Evil"
- Mega-Mall of Horrors
- Maria Nacht - she haunted Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead in their dreams
- Arnie - haunted Big Ethel in her dreams
The theme song was written and performed by Mike Piccirillo. Musical underscore composers were Mike Piccirillo and Jean-Michel Guirao. The Riverdale vampires story arc episodes were put together and released on VHS as Archie and the Riverdale Vampires.
An ashcan comic book tie-in also titled Archie's Weird Mysteries, written by Paul Castiglia, pencilled by Bill Golliher, inked by Rick Koslowski and colored by Stephanie Cofell (née Vozzo) was published in 1999. This led into a February 2000 launch for an ongoing, regular-sized series (also titled Archie's Weird Mysteries) with the same creative team. "Weird" was dropped from the title with issue 25 (signaling the end of the tie-in with the television series) and the series was canceled with issue 34 after 10 issues of doing straight mystery stories with no supernatural or science-fiction components.
In 2000, Universal Studios Home Video released a VHS titled Archie and the Riverdale Vampires, which featured the episode Attack of the Killer Spuds, alongside the entire Riverdale Vampires story arc in a feature-length format. It was re-released on DVD in 2004 as part of a bundle with fellow DIC movie Monster Mash, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein and Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman as part of the Monster Bash Fun Pack, but the episodes are in the TV format, and not like the VHS.
In 2008, NCircle Entertainment released 2 DVDs containing 4 episodes each.
On July 22, 2011, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to release the series (under license from Cookie Jar Entertainment). They subsequently released Archie's Weird Mysteries - The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time on February 21, 2012. They also released a 10-episode best-of collection on the same day.
On June 6, 2017, Mill Creek re-released the complete series on DVD in Region 1.
In the United Kingdom, Anchor Bay UK released a single volume collection on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2004. which contains four episodes from the series. These releases have been discontinued and are now out of print. In 2005, Boulevard released two single-disc collections containing two episodes each.
In Region 4, MRA Entertainment released six-volume collections featuring 18 episodes of the series on DVD in Australia in 2005.
The Archies in Jugman
In 2002, DIC produced a Television Film as part of their DIC Movie Toons series, titled The Archies in Jugman. It originally premiered on television on Nickelodeon on November 3, 2002 and was released on DVD and VHS shortly afterward by MGM Home Entertainment, followed on with international airings on Disney Channel and Toon Disney. The movie features the same character designs (but with different clothes) as this series, as well as most of the same crew and voice cast, and the similar theme of weird events happening in Riverdale.