- "I'd buy THAT for a dollar!"
- ―Newton (Out With the Old, In With the Newt)
Ned's Newt is a Canadian/German animated series produced by Nelvana and TMO Film GmbH. The program aired on Teletoon from 1997 to 1999 and its also aired in Canada. In the United States, the program aired on Fox Kids from 1998.
The series begins with Ned finally scraping up enough money to buy a pet. However, upon reaching the pet store, the only thing he can actually afford is a newt. Dubbing his new pet "Newton", Ned quickly tires of it, since Newton just lies on the rock in his bowl. Complaining to the pet store owner that his new pet is not very active, the owner gives Ned a can of "Zippo for Newt" pet food but warns Ned not to give his pet too much. Ned feeds Newton a little, but Newton does nothing. Ned leaves the can beside Newton's bowl and goes to bed.
That night, Newton crawls from his bowl and gulps down several mouthfuls of Zippo. Thus, the "too much" warning comes true: Newton grows 6 feet tall, can talk (voiced by Harland Williams/Ron Pardo for the final four episodes), and has the power to shapeshift, and at the same time, make a lot of pop cultural references. After Ned realizes this, he and Newton become the best of friends, but unfortunately, the effects of Zippo do not last forever. In fact, Newton often gets Ned into trouble, at which point the Zippo wears off and Newton shifts back to his smaller form, leaving Ned alone to bear the wrath of his elders.
The series recounts the misadventures of Ned attempting to live a normal life while trying to keep Newton from being discovered. Recurring plots involve Ned and Newton working to fix situations which Newton has helped go awry, Ned's hopeless crush on his neighbor, Linda Bliss (who reduces Ned to speaking in gibberish) and his rivalry with snobbish Rusty McCabe for Linda's affections. Some episodes end abruptly when they "run out of jokes." (Voyage to the Bottom of the Dump, New Years' Ned, 312 Angry Women and Remote Possibility end like this).
- Qubo sometimes cuts out some scenes that were deemed "too inappropriate" for Qubo standards, such as the "Gone with the Wind Ointment" scene in Home Alone with Frank.