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Wonder Pets
Genre Animated series
Created by Josh Selig
Directed by Jennifer Oxley
Voices of Sofie Zamchick
Teala Dunn
Danica Lee
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 42
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Nick Jr. on Nickelodeon (2006-2009)
Nick Jr. (2009-present)
Original run March 4, 2006 (2006-03-04) – present
Chronology
Related shows 3rd & Bird

Wonder Pets is an American animated children's television series. It debuted on March 3, 2006, on the Nick Jr. block of the Nickelodeon cable television network and Noggin on August 31, 2006. It won an Emmy Award in 2008 for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition.

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History and format

The Wonder Pets television series was created by Josh Selig for Little Airplane Productions. The show was first seen as a short Nick Jr.'s film series called Linny the Guinea Pig, in which a guinea pig named Linny traveled into space and under the ocean. Ming-Ming Duckling and Turtle Tuck were created when the show was expanded and called The Super Singing Power Pets!. The title was later shortened to Wonder Pets. The show's main characters are three elementary school classroom pets — Linny the Guinea Pig, Turtle Tuck, and Ming-Ming Duckling. They are presented as a trio of heroes who rescue baby animals as they demonstrate the benefits of teamwork.

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.

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.[1] Completing each episode takes thirty-three weeks from script to final delivery.[2]

Characters and voice cast

Main characters

Wonder Pets

Linny the Guinea Pig
Linny the Guinea Pig
The Wonder Pets! character
First appearance "Save the Dolphin" (series)
Created by Josh Selig
Portrayed by Sofie Zamchick, Meisha Kelly
Information
Gender Female

Linny is a five-year-old guinea pig[3] and the leader of the Wonder Pets. Linny is voiced by Sofie Zamchick in the United States version and Meisha Kelly in the UK version. As a superhero, she wears an orange-yellow cap and a blue cape. Linny appears to be the most educated of the group, often providing different zoological and geographical information to the others. She is usually the one to remind the group about teamwork or other values and offer praise. She leads Ming-Ming and Tuck in most of the show's primary songs and usually has the responsibility of starting the "Flyboat". Linny's catch phrase is "This calls for some celery!", usually declared at the conclusion of each adventure. Before Wonder Pets, Linny starred in a few three-minute shorts on Nick, Jr. titled Linny the Guinea Pig, where Linny would explore different environments such as the ocean and outer space.

Tuck the Turtle
Tuck the Turtle
The Wonder Pets! character
First appearance "Save the Dolphin" (series)
Created by Josh Selig
Portrayed by Teala Dunn, Catherine Holden
Information
Gender Male

Tuck is a four-year-old Red Eared Slider terrapin. He is described as sensitive with an emotional connection to living things and the heart of the group. As a superhero, he wears a white French sailor's cap, blue Aquasocks, and a red cape. He is voiced by Teala Dunn in the United States version (Catherine Holden in the UK Version). Tuck is empathetic, often desiring to give the rescued animals a hug or keeping them company while Linny and Ming-Ming put their rescue plan into action. He also has keen observational skills, spotting things from a distance, which often garners him the compliment, "Good eye, Tuck!".

Ming-Ming the Duckling
Ming-Ming the Duckling
The Wonder Pets! character
First appearance "Save the Dolphin" (series)
Created by Josh Selig
Portrayed by Danica Lee, Kaya Alexander
Information
Gender Female

At age 3,[3] Ming-Ming is an overconfident young duckling. As a superhero, she wears a leather pilot's helmet, goggles, and a green cape. Unlike the other Wonder Pets, she has the ability to fly. She can also speak "bird", allowing her to talk to other birds that the Wonder Pets encounter. Ming-Ming also believes that her great-grandfather was an eagle. Ming-Ming sometimes tries to take on big problems by herself and in one episode ("Save the Duckling") she even becomes the animal that needed rescuing. Ming-Ming often provides comic relief in the show. Ming-Ming is voiced by Danica Lee in the United States version (Kaya Alexander in the UK Version). When Lee auditioned for the role, she pronounced "R" sounds as "W" sounds (as in "This is Se-wious!"). The producers said that Lee's speech impediment had an endearing quality and that young children commonly mispronounce certain sounds.[citation needed] Some parents have criticized Ming-Ming's speech pattern, but consultants for the show point out that many characters in children's programs have childlike speech patterns. [4] Danica Lee has been nominated twice, in 2007 and 2008, for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program. [5]

Recurring characters

Ollie the Bunny

Ollie the Bunny
The Wonder Pets! character
First appearance "Save the Skunk" (series)
Last appearance "The Amazing Ollie!"
Created by Josh Selig
Portrayed by T.J. Stanton (2006-2008)
Cooper Corrao (2008-2009)
Information
Gender Male

He first guest stars in the series in the episode, "Save The Skunk!" At age 4, Ollie is revealed as a visiting bunny by a child when his mother inquires, "Who's Ollie?" Ollie begs to go with the Wonder Pets when a baby skunk is stuck under a rosebush. The Wonder Pets tunnel into Ollie's cage to get him out. He boasts and brags a bit. For instance, at the line, "To help a baby (animal) and save the day..." Ollie interrupts after "To help a baby skunk..." and says, "And I'll save the day!" Then, when Tuck usually says, "And we're not too tough," Ollie changes it himself into, "And I'm really tough!" At first, Ollie wants to save the skunk himself, without using teamwork, but ends up scaring the skunk and getting sprayed. His digging skills are eventually determined by the Wonder Pets to be necessary in freeing the skunk. When the Wonder Pets return home, Ollie goes into the sink to wash off the skunk spray.

Ollie is currently voiced by Cooper Corrao in the United States version ("The Amazing Ollie").[6] The first four Ollie appearances ("Save The Skunk!", "Ollie to the Rescue", "Here's Ollie!") were voiced by T.J. Stanton, however the role was later recast.

Episode structure

Each episode follows a similar structure, with some variation, in terms of the storyline and the musical form.

As each episode begins, viewers hear the school children, off-screen, leaving school at the end of the day. They say goodbye to the classroom pets. Once the classroom is vacant, a pencil holder rattles to create the ringing of a tin can telephone. Often, the classroom will be decorated with student artwork or other items related to the storyline, particular animal or geographic location of that episode.

One by one, the classroom pets wordlessly notice the ringing phone. Up to this point in the episode, they have acted like normal animals and not said a single word. But as the phone rings, the Wonder Pets get dressed (Linny in an orange-yellow cap, Ming-Ming in a leather pilot's helmet, Tuck in a white French sailor's cap and blue water shoes on his back feet) and make their way towards the phone (Linny dropping through a hole hidden under her food bowl and landing on a toy relating to the animal the pets will be saving, Ming-Ming opening a hidden door in the wiring of her cage and then flying out, Tuck diving into the water in his tank and emerging in the classroom sink) while singing their opening verses.

The Wonder Pets answer the phone and find that an animal is in trouble somewhere. Linny explains the situation to the other two. They all jump into a box filled with fabric scraps and jump back out, wearing various different outfits, often alluding to the area of the world they will be visiting. They make a quick joke then jump back into the box and emerge in their Wonder Pets capes.

Once dressed, they assemble a flying toy sailboat called "The Flyboat" from classroom objects: a frisbee for a body, magic marker caps as rocket exhausts, a marble, wheels, the mast, and a sheet of paper for the sail. Usually, the Wonder Pets encounter some sort of 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 often fail on the first few attempts. Then the danger escalates, prompting Ming-Ming to once again sing, "This is se-wious!" Suddenly, the Wonder Pets remember how they solved the problem in the classroom and realize that the rescue has the same solution. Then they have to work together to achieve the rescue.

Once the animal is saved, a parent or other relative often comes out of nowhere to give grateful thanks to the Wonder Pets for saving its baby. The Wonder Pets celebrate with a celery snack, which the rescued animal's parent sometimes adds to with a bit of regional food, or they insist on a regional preparation. Then they fly back to the classroom. They wordlessly return to their cages until the next episode. The Flyboat smoothly disassembles by itself. Linny is always the last one to get back in her cage, and her cape and cap come off. The music style that has to do with the saving that day is played, as Linny takes a bite out of the celery in her cage and winks towards the camera as the closing credits begin.

Episode list

Each "episode" generally consists of two short episodes, however there have been a number of double-length episodes created.

Toys and merchandising

Fisher Price began distributing a line of official Wonder Pets toys in the U.S. in March 2008.[7] 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. Nickelodeon Universe, a theme park inside Minnesota's Mall of America, also has a children's ride dedicated to the Flyboat.[8]

Media

Broadcast history

United States

  • Nick Jr. (pilots: 1993 / series: March 3, 2006-February 2, 2009)
  • Nickelodeon (February 2, 2009-present)
  • Noggin (March 3, 2006, August 31, 2006-September 28, 2009)
  • Nick Jr. (September, 28, 2009-present)
  • Qubo (Coming Soon)

United Kingdom

Canada

Netherlands Belgium

Malaysia

  • TV9 (2008-present)
  • TV3 (late 2008-present)
  • Nickelodeon (Nick Jr. time slot, 2007-present)

Colombia

Mexico

  • Nick Jr. (2008-present)

Philippines

Indonesia

Brazil

Singapore

  • okto (2009-present)

South Korea

DVD compilations

  • Save the Wonder Pets! (a.k.a. Save the Blowfish) DVD, released April 24 2007. Includes: "Save the Wonder Pets! (aka Save the Blowfish)", "Save the Caterpillar!", "Save the Crane!", "Save the Sea Lions!", "Save the Kangaroo!", "Save the Hedgehog!", and "Save the Crocodile!" [9]
  • Save The Unicorn! DVD, released September 11, 2007. Includes: "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!" [10]
  • Save the Reindeer! DVD, released October 2, 2007. Includes: "Save the Reindeer!", "Save the Goldfish!", "Save the Baby Birds!", "Save the Camel!", "Save the Ants!", "Save the Egg!", and "Save the Flamingo!" [11]
  • Save the Dinosaur! DVD, release February 12, 2008. Includes: "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!" [12]
  • Save the Beetles! DVD, released April 22, 2008. Includes: "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!"[13]
  • Save the Nursery Rhyme! DVD, release June 3, 2008. Includes: "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!" [14]
  • Save the Bengal Tiger! DVD released September 9, 2008. Includes: "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!" [15]
  • Save the Nutcracker! DVD released October 7, 2008. Includes: "Save the Nutcracker!", "Save the Old White Mouse", "The Adventures of Bee and Slug!", "Save the Kangaroo", "Save the Cricket", "Save the Cow", and "Save the Skunk" [16]
  • Join the Circus! DVD released February 24, 2009. Includes: "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" [17]
  • Ollie's Slumber Party DVD released 2009. Includes: "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!", "Save the Dalmatian!"

References

  1. ^ Lynne Heffley, "Unchained melodies; In scoring the kids' show 'The Wonder Pets!,' top-notch composers get a warm and fuzzy feeling," Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif.: Mar 3, 2006. pg. E.29.
  2. ^ Jennifer Oxley, "Meet the Creators of Wonder Pets!"
  3. ^ a b Robert Lloyd, "'Wonder Pets!' to the rescue", Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif.: Mar 3, 2006. pg. E.29.
  4. ^ Want to write for Wonder Pets? Here’s a tip: Stay away from moths., Laura Brown Interview, Smart Television Alliance, September 9, 2008
  5. ^ Edward Wyatt, "Nickelodeon's 'Wonder Pets' Offers Operetta for Preschoolers", New York Times, March 28, 2006. pg. E.1.
  6. ^ Morton, Rebecca, Youngster, 7, racks up acting, modeling credits , Great Media News, gmnews.som, August 20 2008
  7. ^ Video, Toys R Us television commercial
  8. ^ "New attraction spotlight: Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America", March 11, 2008
  9. ^ Freisen, Eric, DVD Review:Save the Wonder Pets!, BlogCritics Magazine, April 21, 2007
  10. ^ Save the Unicorn Wonder Pets DVD, Amazon.com
  11. ^ Save the Reindeer!, Wonder Pets, Amazon.com DVD
  12. ^ Save the Dinosaur!, Wonder Pets DVD, Amazon.com
  13. ^ Save the Beetles Wonder Pets DVD, Amazon.com
  14. ^ Save the Nursery Rhyme, Wonder Pets DVD, Amazon.com
  15. ^ Save the Bengal Tiger, Wonder Pets DVD, Amazon.com
  16. ^ "Wonder Pets! Save the Nutcracker!": Saving A Nutcracker Is Sewious, Review, Toon Zone, October 10, 2008
  17. ^ Wonder Pets Join the Circus, Wonder Pets DVD, Amazon.com

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Wonder Pets is a TV series for pre-school children.

Season One, Episode 6: "The Wonder Pets Save the Cow!"

Tuck: [It's] A baby cow, stuck in a tree!

Ming-Ming: This is sewwious!

wonder pets, wonder pets, we're own our way..

to help out a friend and save the day..

we're not too big, and we're not too tough.. but when we work together, we've got the right stuff..

go, WONDER PETS! yey!!


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