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Higglytown Heroes
Higglytown Heroes Poster.jpg
Promotional Higglytown Heroes poster
Format Animated series,Children's television series
Created by George Evelyn
Holly Huckins
Denis Morella
Kent Redeker
Jeff Ulin
Starring Taylor Masamitsu
Frankie Ryan Manriquez
Liliana Mumy
Rory Thost
Edie McClurg
Dee Bradley Baker
Kevin Michael Richardson
Mindy Sterling
Jim Wise
Rachel York
Alanna Ubach
Valyn Hall
Lara Jill Miller
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 39
Production
Producer(s) Wildbrain
Running time half-hour
Broadcast
Original channel Playhouse Disney
Original run September 12, 2004 (2004-09-12) – January 7, 2008 (2008-01-07)

Higglytown Heroes is a children's television series currently airing on the Playhouse Disney portion of the Disney Channel, or, on some cable networks, the Playhouse Disney channel. The theme song of the show, Here in Higglytown, is performed by They Might Be Giants.

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Plot

The characters, who are modeled on Matryoshka nesting dolls, explore their city and interact with the people in it. Along the way, they meet "Higglytown heroes", the people in their community who make it a better place. The main human characters include Eubie, Wayne, Twinkle, and Kip; Fran, who is almost always with them, is a red squirrel. Pizza Guy also appears in almost every episode.

Higglytown heroes have ranged from firefighters to dentists to snow plow operators. Voice actors for these characters are frequently guest celebrities. The series encourages involvement in the community, and means to inspire children to consider the importance of individuals who contribute to the world and make it better place. This show also teaches kids about jobs and will influence them what they want to be when they grow up.

Hero Song

The lyrics to the first "Hero" song were written by Kent Redeker, one of the show's executive producers. The song was composed and produced by Mark Harrison, the show's senior songwriter.

Each episode contains two songs. An initial "dilemma" song which sets up the "problem" which needs to be solved followed by the "hero" song which introduces the hero who solves the problem. While every hero song has the same basic melody as the initial hero song written by Harrison, he performed and produced each song with different lyrics and instrumentation to fit the episode's specific hero.

Brad Mossman, the other principle songwriter, composed lyrics and music for a number of dilemma songs in many episodes as well.

Episodes

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Series 1

"First"/"Snow Dazed"

"Flappy's not happy"/"Electric Evening"

"All Tire'd Out"/"Great Un-Expectations"

"Smooth Operator"/"Stinky Situation"

"Weather or Not"/"Green in the Gills"

"Higgly Halloween"

"Smells Like a Mystery"/"Ship Ahoy!"

"Soup With Stars"/"The Happy Friendly Sparkly Toast Club"

"Catch Up With Ketchup"/"Star Struck"

"Twinkle's Star"

"Twinkle's Masterpiece"/"The Egg-cellent Adventure"

"Wayne's Ripping Adventure"/"Meet Eubie's Cousin"

"Say What?"/"Higgly Harmonies"

"Wayne's Good Guess"/"Wayne's 100 Special Somethings"

"Patty Cake"/"Havin' A Ball"

"Big City"/"Kip's Shadow"

"Fran Takes a Hike"/"Mystery at Kip's House"

"Kip Joins the Circus"/"Baby Boom"

"Twinkle's Favorite Author"/"Don't Fence Me In"

"Higgly Hoedown"/"Eubie's Turbo Sled"

"Kip's Dad Gets a Strike"/"A Really Hot Day"

"Kip's Sweet Tooth"/"Wayne's Lollipop"

"Eubie's Pink Dots"/"Two Bees or not Two Bees"

"Higgly Frog Day"/"Eubie's Movie-Fantastic Adventure"

Series 2

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Fish"/"All the Wrong Moves"

"Kip Gets Swing Fever"/"Wayne's Pieces of Gold"

"All Warm Inside"/"Calling All Ducks"

"A Valentine For Miss Fern"/"A Totally Secret Valentine"

"Cry Baby Pookie"/"Wait for Me"

"Balloon-a-Palooza"/"Wayne's Day Out"

"A Fran In The Moon"

"Me and My Shadow"/"Out to Sea"

"Don't Wayne on My Parade"/"Twinkle's Terrific Twirl"

  • Nicole Parker - Window Washer Hero
  • Peter Siragusa - Ice Resurfacer Hero

"Wayne's Big, Big Discovery"/"Dirigible Day"

"The Legend of Higsquatch"

"Eubie's Big Boat Float"/"A Slippery Situation"

"Kip's Rocket Rescue"/"Let's Get Moving"

"Corn to be Wild"/"Overnight Moose"

"Higgly Island"

"Shear Luck"/"Big Night Out"

"Kip Hits the Road (Calling All Cars)"/"Amazing Museum"

"Frozen Fish Follies"/"Look Who's Squawking"

"Wayne's Day to Shine"/"Wayne Listens Up"

"A Hoppin' Poppin' Problem"/"Hay Hay Hay!!"

  • Lesley Boone - Mechanic Hero, Farmer Lulu the Dairy Farmer

Series 3

"Happy Campers"/"All Washed Out"

"Hat's All Folks"/"Hop Hop Hooray"

"Shuffleboard Buddies"/"All Mapped Out"

  • Debi Mae West - Physical Therapist Hero
  • David Jeremiah - Mapmaker Hero

"12-Pie Abe"/"The Day the Diner Stood Still"

"Saturday Night Higgly"/"Monster Sandwiches"

"The Big Pink Elephant Sale"/"Higglies on Horseback"

"Buki-Buki Boo-Boo"/"Signs of Spring"

"Easy to Get Sneezy"/"Unlock the Magic"

  • Jon Curry - Allergist Hero
  • J. Grant Albrecht - Locksmith Hero

"Wayne's Cycle Recycle"/"Wayne's Wet Pet"

"X Marks the Spot"/"Eubie's View"

  • Scott McShane - Bridge Builder Hero
  • Lesley Boone - Dump Truck Driver Hero

"Whing-A-Ding Whirly Box"/"Windy Watchers"

"Choo-Choo Zucchini"/"Something Ducky Going On"

"Fripp's Flip-Flap Flop"/"Say Cheese"

"Canyon Capers"/"High-Country Hiccups"

"Calling All Heroes"

"Happy Flappy Birthday"/"The Cuckoo County Caw-Caw Contest"

  • Wes Brown - Telephone Repairman Hero
  • Leanza Cornett - Airplane Pilot Hero

"A Little Big Fish "/"Good Sports"

"'Tis the Season to be Snowy"/"Bingo Bongos"

"Wayne's Toasty Invention"/"Spell it Safe"

Trivia

  • In the episode "Twinkle's Favorite Author", a small tribute to the video game series, "Metal Gear Solid", appears in that the two places they visit in one song are Zanzibar Island and Hudson Bay, both important locales in the series.
  • In the episode "Kip Joins the Circus", circus billboards feature JoJo and Goliath from "JoJo's Circus", another Playhouse Disney show.
  • In the original press release for the show's debut, Jane Krakowski was mentioned as one of the guest voices for Season 1, but her episode has not been shown.
  • A garden gnome can be found in every episode.
  • The show is discussed in Thomas L. Friedman's book The World Is Flat, describing how the show is created in a way where many people in different physical locations can work on the project at the same time.
  • This show is redubbed for the UK. Fran is voiced by veteran actress Sue Johnston (The Royle Family, Brookside), and she is joined by youngsters Africa Nile, Amira McCarthy, Jonathan Bee and Matthew Thomas Davies.
  • In the UK, Pizza Guy is called Pizza Man instead, causing minor lip-synch issues, most of which would probably not be noticed by the show's target audience.

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