Animal Shelf

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The Animal Shelf
Genre Children's
Voices of Susan Sheridan
Jimmy Hibbert
Sue Ryding
Theme music composer Ernie Wood
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52
Production
Executive producer(s) Mark Hall
Producer(s) Jackie Cockle
Production company(s) Cosgrove Hall Films
Broadcast
Original channel Children's ITV/ABC Television
Original run 1997 – 1999

Animal Shelf is a children's model animation series that airs on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in Australia, and Kidzone on TVNZ 6 in New Zealand. It used to air on Playhouse Disney (UK & Ireland), now on CITV (Children's ITV) there. The concept for the program was initially taken from the book series written and illustrated by British writer Ivy Wallace. In the UK, it was released on videos in 1997-1999 from Disney Videos and in early 2000s by Carlton Home Entertainment and VCI. Animal Shelf is aimed at a pre-school audience.

The Animal Shelf was made by Cosgrove Hall Films.

Main Characters[edit]

  • Timothy is a young boy who is the owner of the animals. He is never actually seen on-screen, just his shadow. This is the same with all of the human characters apart from the pet-shop owner.
  • Gumpa is a bear who often acts as the leader of the group. He is quite lazy and enjoys sleeping.
  • Woeful is a monkey who wears a red fez and coat. He often tells jokes, which are often found rude by the other animals. He enjoys getting his own way, and is quite bossy, which sometimes annoys the other animals.
  • Stripey is a woolen zebra and Getup's best friend. He seems to be quite wise, and it is revealed in the first episode, Stripey To The Rescue, that he and Getup are Timothy's oldest animals.
  • Getup is a giraffe who often falls over, and is close friends with Stripey. The material on her hooves is worn, which means that she often loses stuffing through them. She speaks with a broad English accent.
  • Little Mutt is a west highland white terrier dog. He wears a pink bow, and often ends up getting into difficult situations. He seems to be close friends with Gumpa. Some children may often mistaken Little Mutt as a girl due to the colour of the bow and his shrill voice.

Episode Guide[edit]

Series 1[edit]

  1. Stripey To The Rescue
  2. Gumpa and the Paintbox
  3. Getup Crusoe
  4. Kinker Visits The Animal Shelf
  5. The Treasure Hunt
  6. Music In The Woods
  7. The Animal's Garden
  8. Woeful and the Waspberries
  9. Gumpa Solves a Jigsaw Puzzle
  10. Tidying Timothy's Bedroom
  11. The Trail
  12. The Model Monster
  13. Little Mut Goes Flying

Series 2[edit]

  1. Babysitting For Mrs Mole
  2. Timothy's Pet Balloon
  3. The Great Explorers
  4. The Alarm Clock
  5. The Wolf In The Wood
  6. Woeful Flies To The Moon
  7. Captain Gumpa
  8. The Hottest Day of the Year
  9. The Mystery of the Pictures
  10. Timothy's Guest
  11. Little Mut Finds an Egg
  12. Kinker's Camping Holiday
  13. Timothy's Homework

Series 3[edit]

  1. The First Snowflakes
  2. Getup The Skater
  3. Waiting For Santa Claus
  4. A Very Special Day
  5. Living In The Jungle
  6. Little Mut's Long Rest
  7. Woeful and the Tooth Fairy
  8. The Art Gallery
  9. A Lazy Afternoon
  10. Woeful's Magic Wand
  11. Buckets and Spades
  12. Gumpa Reads a Story
  13. The Jam Factory

Series 4[edit]

  1. Animal Watch
  2. Timothy's Valentine's Cards
  3. Gumpa's Halloween Lanterns
  4. The Easter Egg Hunt
  5. Gumpa's Ark
  6. The Garden Sale
  7. Looking For Big Mut
  8. A Night In a Tent
  9. The King of the Castle
  10. Timothy's Racing Car
  11. The Shooting Star
  12. Get Down Getup
  13. Gumpa's Head

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