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Stanley
Format Animated series
Starring Jessica D. Stone
Charles Shaughnessy
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 65
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Playhouse Disney
Original run September 15, 2001 (2001-09-15) – November 26, 2004 (2004-11-26)

Stanley is an animated television series that was aired on Playhouse Disney, based on the series of children's books written by Andrew Griff. It was produced by Cartoon Pizza, Inc., and was developed for television by Jim Jinkins (the creator of Doug) and David Campbell.

Stanley teaches a wide variety of issues preschool children face, including change, growth, rules, and dealing with others. Each episode centers around an animal that deals with or helps explain the issue Stanley is grappling with. Baha Men recorded a song for the show titled "My man Stanley" and can be heard at the beginning of some episodes.

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Synopsis

Each episode shows Stanley (voiced by Jessica D. Stone) in a situation he does not fully understand. He discusses it with his pet goldfish Dennis before consulting the Great Big Book Of Everything, a remarkably complete zoology book aimed at young children. By observing how an animal copes with the same situation Stanley faces, or how it can overcome a similar difficulty, Stanley learns to deal with the situation himself.

Throughout the show Stanley and all his preschool aged friends are able to talk to his pet cat and dog as well as Dennis. Other animals also seem to occasionally respond, but never talk or give a definite indication they truly understood what was said. Stanley and his friends actively try to keep the adults, and by extension Stanley's older brother, from realizing this.

The Great Big Book Of Everything appears to be magical in nature, able to either let the animals out of the pages or allow the children to enter, sometimes changing them into animals in the process. This does not appear to be imaginary since occasionally adults do notice the noise, and Stanley works hard to hide the animals. There is also an episode where Stanley's brother sees a T-Rex in the yard, but dismisses the memory when it disappears back into the book.

The Halloween special features Stanley's grandmother who, it is implied, is a witch. She reveals that she too can work the book, and in fact was the one who gave it to Stanley.

When someone says the "Great Big Book Of Everything" the cat and dog (named Elsie and Harry, respectively) will wake up or find their way into the scene and start singing. This usually annoys Dennis, who after the introductory verse, says something like "Oh not again!" As of May 2008, Stanley no longer airs in the US, but DVD's and books are still available.

In Little Dog Lost, It is revealed that Stanley's friend Lester is Jewish. Because he does not celebrate Christmas and he celebrates Hanukkah.

The episodes, "Growing Pains," "Time for Toolfish," and "Pearls of Wisdom," show Harry, Stanley's pet dog in a swimsuit.

Episodes

"Up The Apple Tree"/"Kangaroo Clean Up"

"Daddy Pride"/"Show And Tell Shark"

"Bearly Awake"/"The Eagle Has Landed"

"Watch Out For Lionels"/"Growing Pains"

"Froggy Legs"/"Who's Afraid Of The Dark"

"Tiger Hunt"/"Monkey Bar Business"

"Camel Commotion"/"Theres Snow Place Like Home"

"A Whale Of A Song"/"Sloth For A Day"

"Busy Busy Octopus"/"Honest Ostrich"

"Dolphin Talk"/"Whole Lotta Snakin' Going On"

"Platypus Problems"/"Rabbit Habit"

"Savanna-Speeders!"/"Tyrannosaurus Wrecks"

"Hippo Helpers"/"Where's Stanley"

"Penguin Party"/"Leave It To Beavers"

"The Joker"/"Baby Pictures"

"You've Got Pigeon Mail"/"It's a Prairie Dog's Life"

"Remembering With Elephants"/"The Garbage Can Bandit"

"Little Dog Lost"

"Snow Monkey See. Snow Monkey Do"/"Sick Day Stanley"

"The Big Spill"/"Peekaboo Parrot"

"Gorilla Sleepover"/"Sea Lion Slip-Up"

"Worm at Work"/"Caterpillar Countdown"

"In a While, Crocodile"/"The Color of Stanley"

"Searching for Spring"/"Save the Blue Bird!"

"The Pond Couple"/"Who's Afraid of Walter Wolf?"

"Valentine's Day: A Little Squirrel Music"/"A Boy's Best Friend is His Fish"

"Ant Picnic"/"The Tooth About Teeth"

"Eel-ectricity"/"Roller Rhino"

"Keep 'Em Flying"/"Guess What's Coming for Dinner"

"The Really Real Dragon"/" A Billy Goat for Dad"

"Bloohound Blues"/"Clock-A-Doodle-Do!"

"Mistaken Mermaid"/"It Pays to Be a Pelican"

"Grandma Griff's"/" Mystery Guest"

"Woodpecker Woes"/"P.U . pup"

"Mockingbird Scat"/"Horsepower"

"Proud as a Peacock"/" Dances With Flamingos"

"Sunburn Stanley"/"Time for Toolfish"

"Web Weavers"/"Muddy Buddies"

"The Robbing Raven"/"Flashlight Fireflies"

"Mysterious Moes"/"Spelling Bee Situation"

"Follow The Lemur"/"Zebra Jigsaw"

"Hummingbird Humdinger"/"Koala Cuddles"

"Double-Duty Dad"/"Look Who's Helping"

"Tasmanian Tanrum"/"Sea Otter Safety"

"Going-Away Goose"/"Time To Climb!"

"Stanley's Super Spectacles"/"The Ugly Griffing"

"Doing Like Ducks"/"Speedy Does It"

"X-Ray X-tra!"/"The Birds-Eye Boys"

"I Scream For Ice Cream!"/"Snack Savers"

"A Little Nightingale Music"/"Super Squirrel"

"Outfoxing Lionel"/"Jackrabbit Hide-And-Seek"

"Me And My Pal Fish"/"At The Zoo!"

"Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up"

"To Catch A Hamster"/"Pearls Of Wisdom"

"Living With Leopards!"/"A Happy Chinese New Year"

"The Way Of The Buffalo"/"Follow The Falcon"

"Shell Game"/"Sheep and a Hair Cut"

"No News Like Shoes News"/"Lady Bug, Lady Bug"

"Curse of the Angry Coral"/"A Little Bird Told Me"

"Mountain of the Cats"/"Swimming swimming, swim"

"Antlerapalooza"/"How to Round Spiny"

"Thyalcine's more"/"Flap Flock"

"Fishy Weirdly"/"Bird's Beaks

"There's Me of Day"/"Dangerous whales"

"Trick or Treat On you"/"Happy Autumn-party Day"

"Shuffle of Nose Weapons"/"A Seal Oddities

"Deerstruction"/"How This Scaly

Holiday Shorts

"A Turkey of a Thanksgiving"

"A Spooky Halloween Party"

"Christmas Short-Day"

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