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Moose and Zee

Animated characters created for the Noggin brand

Moose and Zee
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First appearanceApril 7, 2003
Created byTeri Weiss
Voiced byPaul Christie (Moose)
SpeciesMoose and bird
OccupationTeachers and guides

Moose and Zee are a pair of fictional characters created for the Noggin brand. They debuted as the on-air hosts of the Noggin cable channel on April 7, 2003.[1] Moose is an anthropomorphic yellow moose voiced by Paul Christie, and his sidekick Zee is a silent blue bird who communicates by blinking and flapping her wings. The character of Moose was created to act like a teacher, providing information and education between shows on Noggin. Zee was created as a stand-in for the preschool audience.

In addition to television, Moose and Zee have appeared in books, live performances, and a variety of merchandise. In 2015, Noggin was relaunched as a mobile subscription app, and Moose and Zee were reintroduced as hosts of the app. They continued to host the app until 2019, when the app was redesigned and their presence was limited to a single folder on the app.

Description[edit]

Moose A. Moose is a yellow-colored anthropomorphic moose who teaches lessons to viewers through questioning. He encourages curiosity and is very knowledgeable. He is voiced by Paul Christie.

Zee D. Bird is a small silent blue bird who communicates through blinking, flapping her wings, and staring. She is Moose's best friend and assists viewers in figuring out answers to questions.

Segments[edit]

Over 100 animated shorts were produced featuring Moose and Zee. Most of them originally aired with wraparound segments announcing upcoming shows on Noggin's schedule. 46 of these shorts have been released as part of the Noggin subscription service as of November 11, 2015, with the wraparound segments removed.[2] Most of these shorts also still aired on the Nick Jr. channel until 2012 when the hosts were temporarily abandoned, though some segments that didn't include them were still airing on the channel after 2012, albeit repackaged. The segments aired until 2015.

Recurring segments[edit]

  • Mighty Fine Art – Moose and Zee discuss a painting or artist at the art museum.
  • Puzzle Time – Moose asks the viewer to solve a puzzle by finding shapes, matching two images, or spotting the difference in a group of pictures.
  • Music Video – Moose sings about a season, holiday, or concept.
  • Move to the Music – Music videos from Laurie Berkner or a different Nick Jr. show. It used to air on Noggin from 2003 until 2009, when it still aired when Noggin was relaunched as Nick Jr. in 2009, until March 1, 2012.
  • In Other Words – A specific word is introduced and explained to the viewer.
  • Show and Tell
  • Critter Corner
  • Field Trip
  • Class Pet Time – The life of an animated, hamster-like pet named "Chip-Chip" is presented. The shorts are narrated by Moose, with children's voices commenting on Chip-Chip's actions.
  • Story Time – A well-known story is read aloud, occasionally by Moose himself. He said what happens next, and is responded to by the kids. Originally, the segment was named And Then What Happened?, first airing in 2002, a year before Moose and Zee, when Feetface was hosting. It was renamed a year later. In 2012, the shorts were repackaged and put to the Nick Jr. Bedtime segment.
  • Little Green Fingers – A live-action segment featuring a type of plant. These shorts were only aired in the United Kingdom (until being added to the Noggin app under the title "Zee's Garden"). The shorts started airing on the Nick Jr. channel in 2012, packaged as a science segment. These still aired until 2015.
  • Zee's Bookshelf – Zee introduces a then-upcoming television program. Ebb and Flo was aired exclusively between these segments.

History[edit]

Several weeks before Moose and Zee debuted as Noggin's hosts, advertisements featuring Moose A. Moose and Zee were broadcast on Noggin to notify viewers of upcoming schedule changes, as well as to introduce the characters to replace the former mascot, Feetface. They officially debuted on April 7, 2003, as part of the Noggin channel redesign. Moose and Zee's first day also introduced Tweenies, Miffy and Friends, and the second season of Oobi (the first season of Oobi shorts had aired since 2000).[3] Moose and Zee continued to appear daily on Noggin throughout its run. After the channel was replaced with a 24-hour version of Nickelodeon's long-running Nick Jr. block, segments with Moose and Zee were temporarily shown to ease the transition, but all of the characters' branding was removed by February 29, 2012. Moose and Zee were reintroduced as hosts of the Noggin mobile app in March 2015.[2] The original 2015 commercial for the Noggin app features Moose and Zee, marking the first time since 2012 that the characters have been seen on television.[4]

From 2008 until 2012, Moose and Zee were featured in wraparound segments on the NickelodeonOn Demand service.[5]

Several of Moose and Zee's segments were dubbed into Spanish in late 2015,[6] with the dubbed segments included as part of the Latin American Noggin app.[7] Moose and Zee appeared in commercials on Nickelodeon's Latin American feed at the time of the app's release.

In other media[edit]

Online[edit]

Moose and Zee were prominently featured on Noggin.com from 2003 to 2009, and again from 2015 onward. About one hundred online printables and crafts were created to coincide with Moose's on-air activities.[8][9] Recipes such as character cakes and meals inspired by the shorts were accessible through the websites for several years.[10] Many digital games were made with Moose and Zee as characters, such as "Doodle Pad," "What's the Word, Bird?", "What's Different", "Little Letter Playground" and "Balloon Math".[11][12][13] Video clips of Moose and Zee included as part of the "Nick Jr. Video" service were live on NickJr.com until early 2012.[14]

Moose and Zee were also the hosts of two defunct online learning programs. The first was titled "MyNoggin" and was available at www.mynoggin.com in 2008 through 2009.[15] MyNoggin subscriptions were available for online purchase, as well as through several prepaid game cards sold at most major retailers.[16] The service was advertised in many issues of the Parents' Choice Award-winning children's publication Nick Jr. Magazine.[17] In early 2010, a mobile application featuring the characters titled "A to Z with Moose and Zee" was made available for purchase in the iOSApp Store worldwide.[18] The game, aimed at preschoolers, was designed to teach children the letters of the alphabet. The app was compatible with updated iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices at the time and was sold for $1.99 in U.S. dollars. It has since been removed from the App Store.

As part of the revival of the Noggin brand as an app in 2015, Moose and Zee were reintroduced.[19]

Live shows[edit]

In late 2009, Nickelodeon partnered with Key Brand Entertainment to produce "Storytime Live!", a theatrical performance featuring preschool characters.[20] Moose and Zee were featured as the hosts of the production, with a full-size Moose costume and Zee puppet created by Geppetto Studios.[21]

Noggin created a different mascot-style costume of Moose A. Moose for "meet-and-greet" event appearances, taking place at locations such as the Nebraskan "Kidz Explore" festival.[22] The meet-and-greet costume design differed greatly from the Storytime Live! version, with the Moose costume being much larger and more similar to his square shape as seen in the show.

Merchandise[edit]

In November 2005, Noggin released products such as clothing, notebooks, holiday ornaments and greeting cards featuring Moose, Zee, and the Noggin logo.[23] These products were available through the Noggin.com online store. In 2010, plush dolls, figures, shirts, and "crazy straws" featuring the characters were sold at Nickelodeon's Storytime Live! performance and at Nickelodeon Universe.[24] Several of these items are currently available at Nickelodeon Universe's online store.[25]

A series of short stories and paper activities featuring the characters titled "Learn with Moose and Zee!" was produced in 2011. The individual stories and activities were included at the ends of many Dora the Explorer books released that year, such as "Dora Saves the Enchanted Forest," "Dora and Diego Help the Little Wolf," and a reissuing of "At the Carnival."[26][27][28] No full-length books were released with the characters.

Moose and Zee were also included as mascots on several DVDs. These include the 2010 DVD Let's Hear It For the Laurie Berkner Band! (which includes the shorts "Everywhere I Go," "Music Makes Me," "We're Goin' on a Trip," and "Words of Wonder") and the Dora the Explorer DVD Explore the Earth! (which includes the shorts "In My Neighborhood" and "Explore the Seashore").[29][30] In addition to physical DVD releases, some segments featuring Moose and Zee are available for digital download on the US iTunes Store. The music video "I Don't Like Candy Corn" is available as part of the collection Nick Jr. Haunted Halloween, Vol. 3[31] and the music video "Winter Wonderland" is available as part of Nick Jr. Wintertime Adventures.[32]

Several products given to attendees of "Club Noggin" (an interactive hour-long program taking place at General Growth Property malls across the United States) featured Moose and Zee.[33] These products included posters, cut-out crafts and "badges" made of fabric. Club Noggin distributed them from 2004 until 2006.[34]

Moose and Zee are the hosts of a Nintendo-produced game for the Wii console, "Nickelodeon Fit."[35] Players cannot play as Moose or Zee.

References[edit]

  1. ^NOGGIN (March 25, 2003). "NOGGIN Reinvents Itself - It's Like Preschool on TV!". prnewswire.com. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. ^ ab"Nickelodeon Launches Noggin--New Mobile Subscription Service for Preschoolers - Business Wire". businesswire.com. February 25, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  3. ^NOGGIN (March 25, 2003). "Noggin Introduces 'Oobi' - The Friend Who's Always With You!". prnewswire.com. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  4. ^"Noggin App TV Commercial, 'Play and Learn'". iSpot.tv. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  5. ^"VOD Program - Moose and Zee 'Make Music'". LocateTV.com. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  6. ^MundoNick Latin America (November 21, 2015). "MundoNick Noggin Promo". mtvnimages.com.
  7. ^Google Play (November 18, 2015). "Noggin Latin America". Play.Google.com.
  8. ^"Moose and Zee Crafts- Kids Crafts". Archived from the original on January 6, 2012.
  9. ^"Moose and Zee Activities and Printables". Archived from the original on 2012-01-06.
  10. ^"Moose and Zee Recipes". Archived from the original on January 5, 2012.
  11. ^"Noggin Games & More: Doodle Pad". noggin.com. Archived from the original on February 17, 2004.
  12. ^"What's the Word, Bird?". nickjr.com.
  13. ^"Moose's What's Different Game". nickjr.com.
  14. ^"Nick Jr. Video - Moose and Zee". Archived from the original on December 13, 2009.
  15. ^"MyNoggin". nickjrboost.com. Archived from the original on March 27, 2009.
  16. ^"MyNOGGIN 3-Month Subscription Card - Best Buy". Best Buy.
  17. ^"Nick Jr. Magazine". Parents' Choice Foundation.
  18. ^"Nick Jr's A to Z with Moose and Zee". nickjr.co.uk. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  19. ^Noggin.com as of January 30, 2017
  20. ^"Storytime Live!". nicklivetour.com. Archived from the original on March 6, 2010.
  21. ^"About Geppetto Studios". geppettostudios.com.
  22. ^"Kidz Explore". kidzexplorekearney.com.
  23. ^NOGGIN (November 9, 2005). "NOGGIN Teams up With CafePress.com to Announce First-Ever Merchandising Agreement". prnewswire.com. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  24. ^"Moose and Zee Products". Nickelodeon Universe. Archived from the original on April 8, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  25. ^"Other Nickelodeon Characters at ShopNickU.com". shopnicku.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  26. ^Barnes & Noble. "Dora Saves the Enchanted Forest (Dora the Explorer Series)". Barnes & Noble.
  27. ^Barnes & Noble. "Dora and Diego Help the Little Wolf". Barnes & Noble.
  28. ^Barnes & Noble. "At the Carnival (Dora the Explorer Series)". Barnes & Noble.
  29. ^"Amazon.com: Lets Hear It For the Laurie Berkner Band!: Movies & TV". amazon.com.
  30. ^Barnes & Noble. "Dora the Explorer: Explore the Earth!". Barnes & Noble.
  31. ^"iTunes - TV Shows - Nick Jr. Haunted Halloween, Vol. 3". iTunes.
  32. ^"iTunes - TV Shows - Nick Jr. Wintertime Adventures". iTunes.
  33. ^"NOGGIN Partners: Club Noggin". noggin.com. Archived from the original on November 1, 2005.
  34. ^"Head for fun at Club Noggin". Gainesville.com.
  35. ^"Nickelodeon Fit". nintendo.com.

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moose_and_Zee
Moose and Zee
Noggin Nick Jr. Moose and Zee Logo.png
Genre Children's television series
Created by Teri Weiss
Written by Sarah Feldman

Matt Perreault

Voices of Paul Christie
Opening theme "Fantastic Day"
Ending theme "Done Day"
Composer(s) Frank Burrows
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Naree Song
Running time 1–3 minutes
Production company(s) Noggin Originals

Bunko Studios

Distributor Viacom Media Networks
Release
Original network Noggin
Picture format

480i (4:3 SDTV) (2003–2011)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (2012–present)

First shown in March 8, 2003
Original release April 7, 2003 – present
External links
Website

Moose and Zee is an American short-form children's television series on Noggin. The series premiered on Monday, April 7, 2003.

Plot[]

A yellow moose teacher named "Moose" and his best birdie buddy assistant "Zee" introduce preschoolers concepts such as math, reading and colors.

Characters[]

  • Moose A. Moose – A yellow-colored anthropomorphic moose who teaches lessons to viewers through questioning. He encourages curiosity and is very knowledgeable.
  • Zee D. Bird – A cute small mute bluebird who communicates through blinking, flapping her wings and staring. She acts as Moose's sidekick and assists viewers in figuring out answers to questions.

Episodes[]

Over 100 shorts were produced over the series' nine-year run. 46 of these shorts have been released as part of the Noggin subscription service as of November 11, 2015.

Recurring segments[]

  • Mighty Fine Art – Moose and Zee discuss a painting or artist at the art museum.
  • Puzzle Time – Moose asks the viewer to solve a puzzle by finding shapes, matching two images or spotting the difference in a group of pictures.
  • Music Video – Moose sings about a season, holiday or concept.
  • In Other Words – A specific word is introduced and explained to the viewer.
  • Class Pet Time – The life of an animated, hamster-like pet named "Chip-Chip" is presented. The shorts are narrated by Moose, with children's voices commenting on Chip-Chip's actions.
  • Story Time – A well-known story is read aloud, occasionally by Moose himself.
  • Little Green Fingers – A live-action segment featuring a type of plant. These shorts were only aired on Nick Jr. UK (until being added to the Noggin app under the title "Zee's Garden").
  • Zee's Bookshelf – Zee introduces an upcoming television program. Ebb and Flo was aired exclusively between these segments.

Puzzle time episodes[]

Letter R

M sounds

3 Dogs

OG rhyming

L sounds

Sun matching

Letter B

Apple matching

3 Elephants

Plane matching

3 Chicks

3 Cats

Broadcast[]

Several weeks before the series' first airing, advertisements featuring Moose A. Moose were broadcast on Noggin to notify viewers of upcoming schedule changes. The series premiered on April 7, 2003, as part of the Noggin channel redesign. Three other programs premiered alongside Moose and Zee: Tweenies, Miffy and Friends, and the first full-length episode of Oobi (Oobi shorts had aired since 2000). Moose and Zee would continue to air daily on Noggin through the channel's rebranding as Nick Jr. on September 28, 2009, and would air its last episode on March 1, 2012. The series is not currently airing on television, but is available for viewing as part of Viacom's Noggin streaming app released in March 2015. The original 2015 commercial for the Noggin app depicts a child viewing Moose and Zee episodes, marking the first time since 2012 that the characters have been seen on television.

From 2008 until 2012, Moose and Zee shorts were added monthly to the "Preschool" folder included as part of the Nickelodeon On Demand service. During that time, all "Nick Jr. On Demand" promo videos featured Moose A. Moose.

The series was dubbed into Spanish in late 2015, with the dubbed episodes included as part of the Latin American Noggin application. Select episodes were aired on Nick Jr. Latin America at the time of the app's release.

Merchandise[]

In November 2005, Noggin released products such as clothing, notebooks, holiday ornaments and greeting cards featuring the Moose and Zee logo and its characters. These products were available through the Noggin.com online store. In 2010, Moose and Zee plush dolls, figures, shirts and "crazy straws" featuring the characters were sold at Nickelodeon's Storytime Live! performance and at Nickelodeon Universe. Several of these items are currently available at Nickelodeon Universe's online store.

A series of short stories and paper activities based on Moose and Zee titled "Learn with Moose and Zee!" was produced in 2011. The individual stories and activities were included at the ends of many Dora the Explorer books released that year, such as "Dora Saves the Enchanted Forest," "Dora and Diego Help the Little Wolf," and a reissuing of "At the Carnival." No full-length Moose and Zee books were released.

Although the series was never given a DVD release of its own, Moose and Zee shorts were attached to several Nick Jr. DVDs. These include the 2010 DVD Let's Hear It For the Laurie Berkner Band! (which includes the shorts "Everywhere I Go," "Music Makes Me," "We're Goin' on a Trip," and "Word of Wonder") and the Dora the Explorer DVD Explore the Earth! (which includes the shorts "I'm In Neighborhood" and "Explore the Seashore"). In addition to physical DVD releases, some episodes of the series are available for digital download on the US iTunes Store. The episode "I Don't Like Candy Corn" is available as part of the collection Nick Jr. Haunted Halloween, Vol. 3 and the episode "Winter Wonderland" is available as part of Nick Jr. Wintertime Adventures.

Several products given to attendees of "Club Noggin" (an interactive hour-long program taking place at General Growth Property malls across the United States) featured Moose and Zee. These products included posters, cut-out crafts and "badges" made of fabric. Club Noggin distributed them from 2004 until 2006.

The Moose and Zee characters are the "hosts" of a Nintendo-produced game for the Wii console, "Nickelodeon Fit."Players can't play as Moose or Zee.

Online media[]

The series' title characters were prominently featured on Noggin.com, to a lesser extent from 2003 onward. About one hundred online printables and crafts were created to coincide with new shorts.Recipes such as character cakes and meals inspired by the shorts were accessible through the websites for several years.Many digital games based on the series were made available, such as "Doodle Pad," "What's the Word, Bird?" and "What's Different". Video clips from Moose and Zee episodes included as part of the "Noggin Video" service were live on Noggin.com.

The Moose and Zee characters were also the focal point of two (now defunct) online learning programs. The first was titled "MyNoggin" and was available at www.mynoggin.com in 2008. MyNoggin subscriptions were available for online purchase, as well as through several prepaid game cards sold at most major retailers. The service was also advertised in many issues of the Parents' Choice Award-winning children's publication Nick Jr. Magazine.

In early 2010, a mobile application based on the show titled "A to Z with Moose and Zee" was made available for purchase in the iOS App Store worldwide. The game, aimed at preschoolers, was designed to teach children the letters of the alphabet. The app was compatible with updated iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices at the time and was sold for $1.99 in U.S. dollars. It has since been removed from the App Store.

As part of the revival of the Noggin brand as an app in 2015, Moose and Zee were reintroduced.

Live shows[]

In late 2009, Nickelodeon partnered with Key Brand Entertainment to produce "Storytime Live!", a theatrical performance featuring Nick Jr. and Noggin characters.Moose and Zee was one of the several Noggin programs showcased as part of the production, with a full-size Moose costume and Zee puppet created by Geppetto Studios.

Nickelodeon created a different mascot-style costume of Moose A. Moose for "meet-and-greet" event appearances, taking place at locations such as the Nebraskan "Kidz Explore" festival.The meet-and-greet costume design differed greatly from the older Storytime Live! version, with the Moose costume being much larger and more similar to his square shape as seen in the show.

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Wonder Pets!

American animated children's television program

Wonder Pets! is an American animatedchildren's television series created by Josh Selig for Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. block. It centers on a trio of classroom pets—Linny the guinea pig, Tuck the turtle, and Ming-Ming the duckling—who use teamwork to help animals in need. Much of the characters' dialogue is sung in the style of operetta.[4] Each episode is set to original music by a 10-member live orchestra.

Selig developed the idea for Wonder Pets! in between the production cycles of his previous Nickelodeon show, Oobi. The series began with two animated shorts called "Linny the Guinea Pig," which acted as a pilot episode. They featured Linny going on adventures set to classical music.[5] Selig first screened the shorts at the wrap party for Oobi's first season. The crew of Oobi was impressed with them and urged Selig to pitch them to a broadcast network. He eventually decided to send the shorts to Nickelodeon executives. Selig called Nickelodeon "a great partner," saying "They're really the company that first believed in us when we pitched Oobi, and then they believed in us again on Wonder Pets!."[6]

The two original shorts were completed and aired in 2004.[7] The characters of Tuck and Ming-Ming were added to form a team of hero pets for the full-length series. The first long-form episode debuted on March 3, 2006,[2] as part of the Nick Jr. block on Nickelodeon. On December 27, 2006, the series started airing on Nickelodeon's sister channel Noggin. It ran for three seasons and 62 episodes. The first two seasons aired on Nickelodeon, while the majority of season three aired exclusively on the Nick Jr. channel.

Format[edit]

Each episode follows a similar structure, with many hallmarks and repeated elements. As each episode begins, schoolchildren are heard from off-screen, leaving school at the end of the day. They say goodbye to the classroom pets. The classroom is always decorated with student artwork and other items related to a given episode's particular storyline, featured animal, or geographic location. Once the classroom is empty, a pencil holder rattles to create the ringing of a telephone.

One by one, the classroom pets notice the ringing phone. As the phone rings, they put on their accessories (a cap for Linny, shoes and sailor's hat for Tuck, and aviator goggles for Ming-Ming) and make their way towards the phone while singing their opening verses. The Wonder Pets answer the phone and find that an animal is in trouble somewhere. Linny, the guinea pig, explains the situation to the other two: Tuck the turtle and Ming-Ming the duckling. They all jump into a box filled with fabric scraps and jump back out wearing different outfits, often alluding to the area of the world they will be visiting. They make a quick joke and jump back into the box, emerging again in superhero capes.

Once dressed, they assemble a flying vehicle called the "Flyboat" In some episodes, the Wonder Pets opt for a different mode of transportation by adjusting the Flyboat. Usually, the pets encounter an obstacle before leaving the classroom. The solution is invariably similar to the action they will need to take to save the animal in trouble.

When saving the animal, the Wonder Pets always fail on the first few attempts. The danger escalates, prompting Ming-Ming to sing, "This is se-wious!" Suddenly, the Wonder Pets remember how they solved the problem in the classroom and realize that the rescue has a similar solution. They have to work together to achieve the rescue. Once the animal is saved, its parent or other relative appears to give grateful thanks to the Wonder Pets. The pets celebrate with a celery snack. The rescued animal's parent sometimes adds a bit of regional food or insists on a regional preparation. The pets fly back to the classroom and wordlessly return to their cages as their hats and capes come off. The Flyboat automatically disassembles upon landing. Ming-Ming is always the first one to get back in her cage, Tuck is the second, and Linny is the last. A musical riff relating to the episode's rescue is played as Linny takes a bite out of the celery in her cage and winks at the camera or another pet winks at the camera including Tuck in Save The Rhino Ming-Ming in Back to Kalamazoo and In The Land Of Oz and Ollie in Ollie To The Rescue and The Amazing Ollie. Another episode or the end credits then begin.

Episodes[edit]

Main article: List of Wonder Pets! episodes

The series debuted on March 3, 2006, on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. block.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Linny (voiced by Sofie Zamchick) is a guinea pig[8] who is the leader of the Wonder Pets and the oldest of the three. As a superhero, she wears an orange cap and a blue cape. Linny is the most educated of the group, often providing information about the different animals and environments that the pets encounter. Linny is usually the one to remind the group about teamwork and offer praise. She has the responsibility of starting and driving the Flyboat. Linny's catchphrase is "This calls for some celery!", said at the end of each adventure. She always carries some celery with her and brings it out to celebrate after every successful mission.
  • Tuck (voiced by Teala Dunn) is a red-eared sliderturtle and the second oldest of the Wonder Pets.[8] He is sensitive with an emotional connection to living things and the heart of the group. As a superhero, he wears a white sailor's cap, blue Aquasocks, and a red cape. Tuck is empathetic, often wanting to give the rescued animals a hug or keeping them company while Linny and Ming-Ming put their rescue plan into action. He has keen observational skills and can spot things from long distances, which Linny compliments him, "Good eye, Tuck!". He has an older cousin named Buck, whose cool demeanor and many skills make Tuck jealous.
  • Ming-Ming (voiced by Danica Lee)[9] is an overconfident duckling and the youngest of the three.[8] As a superhero, she wears a leather pilot's helmet with goggles and a green cape. Unlike the other Wonder Pets, she can fly and speak "bird," allowing her to connect with other birds that the Wonder Pets encounter. Ming-Ming often provides comic relief in the show and is the Wonder Pet mostly likely to use irony and mild sarcasm. Her family comes from a petting zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and she visits them on occasion. She speaks with a prominent rhotacism, pronouncing "r" sounds as "w”. She is known for saying "This is sewious!" whenever there is trouble. In the episode, "Help the Monster!", when the Baby Monster got their Flyboat, not just Ming-Ming, but all three of them sang, "This is serious!"

Recurring[edit]

  • Ollie (voiced by T.J. Stanton and Cooper Corrao)[10] is a gray rabbit who considers himself the fourth Wonder Pet. He is self-centered and often unintentionally annoys the Wonder Pets when he visits their classroom. He has his own superhero team, the "Thunder Pets," consisting of himself and his toys. He is a terrible rescuer and invariably needs help from the Wonder Pets whenever he tries to save something and he lives in a burrow outside of the Wonder Pets' schoolhouse with his mother, sister, and baby brother.
  • Ginny (voiced by Anne Meara) is Linny's grandmother. She lives in a nursing home with a white mouse named Bernie. Like Linny, she is self-confident, a natural leader, and loves celery.
  • The Visitor is an extraterrestrial being who lives on a far-away planet. He resembles a purple frog-like creature with two antennae and one foot. He knows a few English phrases but can only speak in short fragments. He crash-lands on Earth in "Save the Visitor" and needs the Wonder Pets' help to fly back to space. He becomes a good friend of theirs and invites them to his party in "Save the Visitor's Birthday Party".
  • Little Bee and Slug are a pair of bug friends. Little Bee is a young bumblebee who is just learning how to make honey for her hive. Slug is a green garden slug who wears the top of an acorn as a hat. Little Bee first appears in "Save the Bee" and "Save the Glowworm". She and Slug appear as the main characters of "The Adventures of Bee & Slug!" and "Bee & Slug Underground!".
  • Baby Dragon and Uni are two magical creatures who live in a storybook in the Wonder Pets' classroom. Baby Dragon is a wingless dragon, and Uni is his best friend, a unicorn. They first appear in "Save the Unicorn," in which the Wonder Pets try to help Uni when her horn is stuck in a tree. After freeing Uni, the Wonder Pets try to flee from Baby Dragon, but they discover that he is Uni's best friend. They make a second appearance in "Save the Dragon," in which the Wonder Pets return to the storybook land to save Baby Dragon after he gets stuck on a cloud.

Production and history[edit]

Wonder Pets! was created by Josh Selig at his New York studio, Little Airplane Productions. Before Wonder Pets! started, he had only produced live-action works: Oobi and a short film titled The Time-Out Chair.[11] After Oobi became a breakout success for his company, he expressed interest in producing another television show at Little Airplane.[12] He produced two animated shorts called "Linny the Guinea Pig." At the time, he wanted the cartoon to focus on a silent guinea pig who left her classroom to go on fantastic adventures, each set to classical music. Jennifer Oxley, who had joined Little Airplane as an animator, signed on as the director of the two shorts.[13]

Josh Selig first screened the shorts at the wrap party for Oobi's first season. The crew of Oobi was impressed with them and encouraged Selig to pitch them to a television channel. Selig waited until Oobi finished production to start focusing on the shorts. He eventually decided to send the shorts to Nickelodeon executives. Selig called Nickelodeon "a great partner," saying "They're really the company that first believed in us when we pitched Oobi, and then they believed in us again on Wonder Pets!."[6]

Nickelodeon picked up Wonder Pets! for a season of 20 episodes in 2005. Tuck and Ming-Ming were added to the cast to form a team of superhero pets, and the characters were given voices; the dialogue-free nature of the original shorts did not translate well to half-hour episodes. At the time, Selig wanted to call the show The Super Singing Power Pets!, but it was renamed Wonder Pets! because the former name was too long.[11] Selig turned to various former crew members of Oobi to help him develop the show, including writers Chris Nee and Sascha Paladino and composers Larry Hochman and Jeffrey Lesser.[14]

The animation style used to create Wonder Pets! is called "photo-puppetry," and was created for the series to allow animators to manipulate photographs of real animals. It also uses drawn objects (not characters), so the total presentation could be considered animated mixed-media. Jennifer Oxley considers this technique her own invention and first used it to create lifelike transitions for Little Airplane's previous works.[12]

A good deal of the dialog is sung, so the show has been likened to operetta or singspiel. A 10-member live orchestra performs each episode, sometimes including other instrumentalists skilled in music from the region to which the pets are traveling during the episode.[15] Completing each episode took thirty-three weeks from script to final delivery.[16]

DVD compilations[edit]

NameRelease DateEpisodes
Save the Wonder Pets!April 24, 2007"Save the Wonder Pets!", "Save the Caterpillar!", "Save the Crane!", "Save the Sea Lions!", "Save the Kangaroo!", "Save the Hedgehog!" and "Save the Crocodile!" [17]
Save The Unicorn!September 11, 2007"Save the Unicorn!", "Save the Penguin!", "Save the Swan!", "Save the Puppy!", "Save the Three Little Pigs!", "Save the Owl!", "Save the Bullfrog!" and "Save the Poodle!" [18]
Save the Reindeer!October 2, 2007"Save the Reindeer!", "Save the Goldfish!", "Save the Baby Birds!", "Save the Camel!", "Save the Ants!", "Save the Egg!" and "Save the Flamingo!" [19]
Save the Dinosaur!February 12, 2008"Save the Dinosaur!", "Save the Pigeon!", "Save the Dragon!", "Save the Beaver!", "Save the Bee!", "Save the Squirrel!", "Save the Dolphin!" and "Save the Chimp!" [20]
Save the Beetles!April 22, 2008"Save the Beetles!", "Three Wonder Pets and a Baby!", "Save the Duckling!", "Save the Kitten!", "Save the Chameleon!", "Save the Platypus!", "Save the Sheep!" and "Save the Hermit Crab!"[21]
Save the Nursery Rhyme!June 3, 2008"Help the Cow Jump Over the Moon!", "Save the Itsy Bitsy Spider!", "Save the Griffin!", "Save the Rooster!", "Save Little Red Riding Hood!", "Save the Turtle!", "Save the Panda!" and "Save the Mouse!" [22]
Save the Bengal Tiger!September 9, 2008"Save the Bengal Tiger!", "Save the Ladybug!", "Save the Sea Turtle!", "Save the Gecko!", "Save the What?", "Save the Goslings!" and "Ollie to the Rescue!" [23]
Save the Nutcracker!October 7, 2008"Save the Nutcracker!", "Save the Old White Mouse", "The Adventures of Bee and Slug!", "Save the Pangaroo", "Save the Cricket", "Save the Cow" and "Save the Skunk" [24]
Join the Circus!February 24, 2009"Join the Circus", "Save the Rat Pack", "Fiddler Crab on the Roof", "Save the Armadillo", "Save the Visitor", "Save the Tree" and "Save the Elephant" [25]
Ollie's Slumber PartyJune 9, 2009"Here's Ollie", "Save the Hound Dog", "The Amazing Ollie!", "Help the Monster!", "Save the Cool Cat and the Hip Hippo!", "Tuck and Buck", "Save the Dancing Duck!", and "Save the Dalmatian!"[26]
The First RescueApril 5, 2010"How It All Began", "Happy Mother's Day!", "Save the Sun Bear!", "Save the Mermaid!", Save the Pony Express!", "Help the Easter Bunny!", "Save the Visitor's Birthday Party!", " Save The Humpty Dumpty!", "Save the Meerkats!", "A Job Well Done!", and "Save the Rhino!"[27]Save The Skunk RockerDecember 18, 2013"Save The Skunk Rocker!", "Save The Lady Bug", "Save the Lovebugs!", "Save The Rock Lobster!", Save The Cool Cat & The Hip Hippo Save The Hound Dog ",Save The Beetles","Help the Houseguest!", "The Bigger the Better!", "Save the Three Pigs", "Save Little Red Riding Hood", Help The "Cow Who Jump Over The Moon", "Help Little Bo Peep!", "In The Land Of Oz", "Adventures in Wonderland", "Save The Genie", "Help the Groundhog!", "Help The Lion Cub!", "Save The Owl", "Save The Rooster", "Save The Bat!", "Save The Donkey!", "Save The Honey Bears!", "Save The Sun Bear", "Save the Stinkbug!", "Save the Moose in the Caboose!", "Climb Everset!", " Save The Rhino!" "Save the Raccoon!", Help The Monster "Save the Loch Ness Monster!", "Save the Vixen!", "Save The Chimp", "Save The Visitor", "Save The Visitor's Birthday Party", "The Amazing Ollie", "Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!", "Kalamazoo", "Back to Kalamazoo!", "Save The Bee",

"Adventurers Of Bee And Slug", "Bee and Slug Underground", "Save the Pirate Parrot!", "Save The Kitten", "Save The Puppy", "Save the Black Kitten!, and "Save the Yak, The Pig, and the Dancing Bear!, "How It All Began", "Save The Duckling", "Save The Turtle", "Ollie To The Rescue", "Save The Wonder Pets", A Job Well Done

Season 1October 26, 2015"Save the Dolphin!", "Save the Chimp!", "Save the Unicorn!", "Save the Penguin!", "Save the Sea Lions!", "Save the Kangaroo!", "Save the Caterpillar!", "Save the Crane!", "Save the Duckling!", "Save the Kitten!", "Save the Pigeon!", "Save the Dinosaur!", "Save the Cow!", "Save the Skunk!", "Save the Swan!", "Save the Puppy!", "Save the Tree!", "Save the Elephant!", "Save the Panda!", and "Save the Mouse!"[28]

In other media[edit]

Books (Wonder Pets! series)[edit]

  • Arranged in publication date order.
  1. Josh Selig (2008-01-08). Teamwork Saves the Day!: Book and Beanie Baby Gift Set. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  2. Little Airplane Productions; Jennifer Oxley (2008-07-29). Flyboat Adventures. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  3. Josh Selig (2008-07-29). Go, Wonder Pets!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  4. Josh Selig (2008-07-29). The Wonder Pets Save the Dinosaur!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  5. Jennifer Oxley; Little Airplane Productions (2008-07-29). Let's Count Baby Animals!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  6. Josh Selig (2008-07-29). Good Night, Wonder Pets!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  7. Melinda Richards (2008-07-29). The Wonder Pets Save the Hedgehog!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  8. Billy Lopez; Little Airplane Productions (2008-08-26). Save the Bengal Tiger!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  9. We Can Help!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. 2008-08-26. ISBN .
  10. Wonder pets!: save the reindeer!. 2008-10-07. ISBN .
  11. Heather R. Tilert (2008-10-21). Ming-Ming Saves the Day: Follow the Reader Level 1. Simon Scribbles. ISBN .
  12. Jennifer Oxley (2008-10-28). Let's Find Colors!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  13. Josh Selig; Little Airplane Productions (2008-12-16). The Wonder Pets Love You!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  14. Josh Selig; Melanie Pal; Little Airplane Productions (2008-12-23). Join the Circus. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  15. Kermit Frazier; Little Airplane Productions (2009-01-06). Save the Tree!: Little Green Nickelodeon. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  16. You Can Fly, Bumblebee!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. 2009-01-27. ISBN .
  17. Billy Lopez; Little Airplane Productions (2009-01-27). Save the Egg!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  18. Tone Thyne (2009-02-10). ABC Party. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  19. Josh Selig (2009-03-24). My Family Loves Me!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  20. Clark Stubbs (2009-06-23). Let's Discover Shapes!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  21. Save the Three Little Pigs!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. 2009-06-23. ISBN .
  22. Sascha Paladino; Little Airplane Productions (2009-06-23). Off to School!. Simon Spotlight. ISBN .
  23. Save the Visitor!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. 2009-06-23. ISBN .
  24. Baby Beaver Rescue. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. 2009-07-14. ISBN .
  25. Save Little Red Riding Hood!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. 2009-07-14. ISBN .
  26. Happy Halloween, Wonder Pets!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. 2009-08-04. ISBN .
  27. Save the Beetles!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. 2009-09-22. ISBN .
  28. The Wonder Pets Save the Nutcracker!: A Play-Along Storybook. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. 2009-10-06. ISBN .
  29. Billy Lopez (2010-01-26). Ming-Ming's Favorite Things. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  30. Laura Brown (2010-02-09). Let's Play Outside!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  31. Tone Thyne; Little Airplane Productions (2010-02-09). Let's Play the Opposites Game. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  32. The Baby Bird Rescue!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. 2010-02-09. ISBN .
  33. Floppy's First Sleepover. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. 2010-06-08. ISBN .
  34. Melinda Richards (2010-06-08). Flyboat to the Rescue!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  35. This Is Serious!: Recycling to the Rescue! / Little Green Nickelodeon. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. 2010-06-08. ISBN .
  36. Michael Scanlon (2010-08-31). How We Met!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .
  37. Josh Selig (2010-09-07). We Are Thankful!. Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon. ISBN .

Source:[29]

Soundtrack[edit]

In addition to the DVDs and books, the show's self-titled track, Wonder Pets!, was released on April 10, 2007.[30] The soundtrack features songs from the show itself, including the main self-titled theme song.

Track listing[edit]

All songs are performed by the Wonder Pets unless otherwise noted.

  1. The Wonder Pets
  2. Poor Baby Squirrel
  3. The Caterpillar's Song
  4. Oh Sheep-eee-hooo
  5. Tickle the Whale
  6. To Be Free
  7. Hold On Pigeon
  8. Fruit Salad
  9. City Garden Rap
  10. Hug a Hedgy
  11. The Oasis
  12. Hola Hermit Crab
  13. Wee-Wee Pee-Pee Tinkle
  14. Brown Cow Down
  15. Wonder Pets We Love You
  16. The Wonder Pets (Instrumental) (Wonder Pets Orchestra)

Source:[30]

Game[edit]

The show's only game was released on October 27, 2008, in the United States,

Mobile streaming[edit]

On July 6, 2016, the first 20 episodes were made available for streaming on the Noggin video service. The remaining episodes will most likely be added to the app in two years. The remaining two seasons(42 episodes) were released on the app on February 7, 2018. All three seasons of the series (62 episodes in total) are also available to buy on Amazon Video. In March 2021, the series was added to Paramount+.[31]

Toys and merchandising[edit]

In March 2008, Fisher-Price began distributing a line of official Wonder Pets! toys in the United States.[32] Toys include the Flyboat, figurine playsets, and plush animals. These figurine playsets have each Wonder Pet saving a different baby animal. These include Linny saving a baby penguin, Tuck saving a baby bluebird, and Ming-Ming rescuing a kitten. In addition, there is a whale playset for the tub.

References[edit]

  1. ^Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. pp. 343–344. ISBN .
  2. ^ abWonder Pets - TVGuide.com
  3. ^"Wonder Pets! at Nick Animation". Nickelodeon Animation Studio. 2015. Archived from the original on November 13, 2019.
  4. ^Wyatt, Edward (28 March 2006). "Nickelodeon's 'Wonder Pets' Offers Operetta for Preschoolers". The New York Times.
  5. ^"Little Airplane Soars with 'The Wonder Pets!'".
  6. ^ ab"Kids' Corner Q&A: Wonder Pets!'s Josh Selig". Entertainment Weekly. April 22, 2007. Archived from the original on April 6, 2015.
  7. ^"Linny the Guinea Pig "Space and Ocean" | 2005 Tribeca Festival".
  8. ^ abchttp://www.nickjr.com/wonder-pets/about-wonder-pets/wonder-pets-characters_ap.html
  9. ^Robert Lloyd, "'Wonder Pets!' to the rescue", Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif.: Mar 3, 2006. pg. E.29.
  10. ^Morton, Rebecca, Youngster, 7, racks up acting, modeling credits , Great Media News, gmnews.som, August 20, 2008
  11. ^ ab"Little Airplane soars with Wonder Pets!". Animation World Network. April 18, 2007. Archived from the original on June 25, 2016.
  12. ^ ab"Animation Solo to Studio". Animation Magazine. February 23, 2007. Archived from the original on April 15, 2015.
  13. ^"Linny the Guinea Pig: Space and Ocean". Tribeca Film Festival. 2005. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016.
  14. ^"The Heartbeat of Little Airplane: An interview with Jeffrey Lesser". Kidscreen. March 24, 2009. Archived from the original on March 20, 2011.
  15. ^Heffley, Lynne. "Unchained melodies: In scoring the kids' show 'The Wonder Pets!,' top-notch composers get a warm and fuzzy feeling". Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA. 2006-03-03. Accessed: 2011-01-11. (Archived by WebCite at WebCitation.org)
  16. ^Jennifer Oxley, "Meet the Creators of Wonder Pets!"
  17. ^Freisen, Eric, DVD Review:Save the Wonder Pets!, BlogCritics Magazine, April 21, 2007
  18. ^Save the Unicorn Wonder Pets DVD, Amazon.com
  19. ^Save the Reindeer!, Wonder Pets, Amazon.com DVD
  20. ^Save the Dinosaur!, Wonder Pets DVD, Amazon.com
  21. ^Save the Beetles Wonder Pets DVD, Amazon.com
  22. ^Save the Nursery Rhyme, Wonder Pets DVD, Amazon.com
  23. ^Save the Bengal Tiger, Wonder Pets DVD, Amazon.com
  24. ^"Wonder Pets! Save the Nutcracker!": Saving A Nutcracker Is Mistewious, Review, Toon Zone, October 10, 2008
  25. ^Wonder Pets Join the Circus, Wonder Pets DVD, Amazon.com
  26. ^Wonder Pets!: Ollie's Slumber Party: DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video June 9, 2007
  27. ^Wonder Pets: The First Rescue | DVD Review | The Dirty Shirt June 23, 2010
  28. ^"Wonder Pets!: The Complete First Season". 26 October 2015.
  29. ^Wonder Pets! book page from Simon & Schuster
  30. ^ abWonder Pets: Wonder Pets!: Music Retrieved from Amazon.com on Nov. 26th, 2010.
  31. ^"Wonder Pets". Paramount+. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  32. ^Video, Toys "R" Us television commercial

External links[edit]

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Western Animation / Moose and Zee

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Zee on top of Moose.

Moose and Zeeare a pair of animated mascots who hosted program breaks on Nickelodeon's sister channel Noggin. They made their first appearance in 2003, when the channel relaunched as a preschool network (Noggin started out as a joint venture between Nickelodeon and Sesame Workshop, aimed at tweens and teens). Moose and Zee ushered in an age of much younger-skewing content on Noggin, as opposed to the weirder, more experimental content from its first few years.

Moose A. Moose is a talkative yellow moose while Zee D. Bird is a mute blue bird. The two are close friends and are always seen together. Together, Moose and Zee teach young children various things, tell stories, and sing songs.

The characters were seen on TV from 2003 to 2012. In 2015, the Noggin brand was revived as a mobile app, and Moose and Zee were temporarily brought back as the hosts. Some of their older shorts were also included in the app, edited to remove the wraparound segments that announced which shows came up next. Since 2019, Moose and Zee are no longer the hosts, but some of the shorts still remain. Occasionally, app users unfamiliar with the characters mistake them for a TV show of their own; it's important to note that Moose and Zee were just channel mascots and (unfortunately) never had their own show.

The main segments are:

  • Mighty Fine Art: Moose and Zee discuss a painting or artist at the art museum.
  • Puzzle Time: Moose asks the viewer to solve a puzzle.
  • Music Video: Moose sings about a song.
  • In Other Words: A specific word is introduced and explained to the viewer.
  • Class Pet Time: The life of a pet named "Chip-Chip".
  • Story Time: A fairy-tale is narrated by Moose.
  • Little Green Fingers ("Zee's Garden" internationally): A live-action segment featuring a type of plant.
  • Zee's Bookshelf: Zee introduces an upcoming show.

Moose and Zee also appear as hosts on the Wii game Nickelodeon Fit.


Moose and Zee's shorts contain examples of:

  • Halloween Episode: The music video "I Don't Like Candy Corn" takes place on Halloween, where Moose is a mummy and Zee is a vampire. Moose performs a song about how he doesn't like candy corn.
  • Interspecies Friendship:
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Zee D. Bird and Moose A. Moose both have them.
  • Not His Sled: Goldilocks and the Three Bears ends with Goldilocks befriending the bears.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Moose and Zee are best buddies who apparently live together.
  • Repetitive Name: Moose A. Moose and Zee D. Bird, with only a consistently used Mysterious Middle Initial keeping them from being even more repetitive.
  • Same Language Dub: A British dub was produced and aired on TMF, however, it is very hard to come by.
  • Species Surname:
    • Moose's surname is "Moose".
    • Zee's surname is "Bird".
  • Thanksgiving Episode: "We Are Thankful" is a song that would air every year during November, about family, food, and thankfulness.
  • True Blue Femininity: Since Zee couldn't speak and has blue feathers, she gave a lot of viewers a Viewer Gender Confusion. Nevertheless, a lot of fans knew that Zee is indeed a girl.
  • Vocal Evolution: While Paul Christie's performance as Moose is known for being lively and enthusiastic, his tone was a lot more relaxed in earlier shorts.
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