|Genre||Children's television series|
|Created by||Trevor Ricketts|
|Written by||Craig Carlisle
P. Kevin Strader
|Directed by||Morgan Francis|
|Voices of||Janet James
Dee Bradley Baker
|Narrated by||Janet James|
|Opening theme||Peter Lurye|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||47 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Erica Darby|
|Production company(s)||Spider Eye Productions|
|Original channel||Playhouse Disney
|First shown in||Spain|
|Original run||October 5, 2009 – October 26, 2012|
Jungle Junction is a current CGI animated children's television series created by Trevor Ricketts. It airs on Disney Junior in the United States and in the Netherlands, as well as Playhouse Disney in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and on Playhouse Disney in Asia. It is produced in the UK by animation company Spider Eye Productions. In the United States, the programme was originally part of the Playhouse Disney daily block intended for preschoolers. On February 14, 2011, it was moved to the Disney Junior block, serving as Playhouse Disney's replacement.
A second series of 26 episodes has been ordered by Disney.
- Zooter (voiced by Janet James) – An energetic pink pig scooter with a English accent, who is the jungle messenger.
- Ellyvan (voiced by Billy West) – A blue elephant van with an American accent, who carries the deliveries around the jungle. He is the biggest animal in the jungle and Zooter's best friend. His name is a made up compound word of elephant and van. He is able to suck improbable quantities of liquids up his trunk and spray them distances of up to half a mile or more.
- Bungo (voiced by Keith Wickham) – A rabbit with an English accent, who loves to make signs and put them all over the jungle. He is very good at Geography, and knows the jungle better than anyone. He is also the only wheeler that is good at jumping, being able to leap many times his own height into the air.
- Taxicrab (voiced in the UK by Tyrone Benskin, and in the US by Jess Harnell) – A crab with a Caribbean accent that loves to dance and makes the greatest smoothies in the jungle. His name derives from a Taxicab and he is the only wheeler that is able to drive sideways (possibly because of the sideways walk attributed to crabs). Despite the fact that Toadhog is often impatient, Taxicrab tolerates him the most.
- Carla (voiced by Laraine Newman) – An orange koala bear who owns a grocery shop. Her name seems to be a simple rhyming alliteration based upon the car stem.
- Crocker (voiced by Keith Wickham) – A crocodile fire chief with a lisp who wears a yellow helmet with a red flashing light on top. He has some skill at gardening and knows how to make compost. His name comes from the phrase which is UK slang used to describe many second hand cars.
- Hippobus (voiced by Amanda Symonds) – A yellow hippopotamus school bus, which usually carries The Beetlebugs to school. Her name derives from a Hippie Bus – usually a redecorated Volkswagen Bus.
- The Beetlebugs – The junior wheelers. Their name and shape derives from a Volkswagen Beetle – cars that were nicknamed bugs.
- Lance (voiced in the UK by Tabitha St. Germain, and in the US by Dee Bradley Baker) – A purple rhinoceros ambulance. His name is both a contraction of ambulance and a reference to a weapon used by lancers who attacked with it at a full charge – much like a rhino attacks things by charging at them.
- Bobby (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) – A toucan police chief. His character may be derived from a Bubble car – he even has the same three-wheeled chassis. His name is derived from the British slang word for police officers. He is the only Wheeler that can fly.
- Dozer (voiced in the UK by Jimmy Hibbert, and in the US by Keith Wickham) – A bull construction worker. His name and shape derive from a Bulldozer. His talent is digging and repairing roads with his dozer blade.
- Miss Jolly (voiced in the UK by Carrie Rodriquez, and in the US by Amanda Symonds) – A zebra school mistress. She is one of the oldest and wisest of the Wheelers. She is also the only one to wear glasses.
- Toadhog (voiced in the UK by Danny Wells, and in the US by Ron Orbach) – A grumpy toad who likes worms and Fifi flies. He has a long, sticky tongue that can shoot out a long way to grab things. His name derives from Road Hog – an inconsiderate or selfish motorist. He seems to be responsible for Jungle Junction's power supply – his water wheel powers the generator for all of the lights (including the traffic lights) (see Hiccup Power) and he has a supplementary generator that is used to power the Zipsmas lights. He loses his patience with almost everyone except Taxicrab, mainly because Taxicrab is the most tolerant of him.
A Christmas Special called "The Night Before Zipsmas" aired 5 December 2009 showing the wheelers getting ready for Christmas and trying to get to read the book "The Night Before Zipsmas". The other Christmas special was called "A Gift For Zooter" and aired the same day. It shows Ellyvan trying to find a gift for Zooter.
|Title||Release date||Episodes included||Other features|
|Region 2||Region 1||Region 4|
|Play-Time Free-Time||May 11, 2010||TBA||TBA||
The show airs in several countries around the world.
|Country||Channel||Airing Information||Title||English Translation|
|United Kingdom||Disney Junior||Airs from September 26, 2009||9.50am – 10.15am||New episodes on Saturdays. The episodes that air between September 26–25 October 2009 air on weekends. The episodes that air 26 October – 1 November and during December air daily. The following air weekends. No new episodes were broadcast between November 7, 2009 and January 3, 2010. An new episode which aired on 5 December 2009, aired at 10.15am, due to Playhouse Disney airing beforehand Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo Choo Express.||Jungle Junction|
|United States||Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney||Airs from October 5, 2009||10am – 10.25am||Airs Monday-Sunday with new episodes on certain days.|
|Canada||Playhouse Disney||Airs from November 3, 2009||9:15am –9:45am||Airs Tuesday-Monday with new episodes all day long.|
|India||Playhouse Disney India||Airs from November 6, 2009||6am-7am|
|Portugal||Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney||Airs from October 24, 2009||8am – 8.25am||New episodes Saturday-Sunday||Selva Sobre Rodas||Jungle On Wheels|
|Spain||Playhouse Disney||Airs from September 26, 2009||8.30am-8.55am||Airs weekends. First country to air "Jungle Junction".||Jungla Sobre Ruedas||Jungle On Wheels|
|Italy||Playhouse Disney||Airs from January 20, 2010||8.00pm-8.25pm||In giro per la giungla||Going around in the Jungle|
|Australia||Playhouse Disney||Airs from February 1, 2010||1–2 episodes a day, with many episodes on Wednesday.||Currently feeding new Series 2 episodes in amongst Series 1 reruns. Probably on Wednesdays (Jungle Junction day) and probably at 1 new show a week.|
|Czech Republic||Playhouse Disney||Airs from May 15, 2010||Daily||Středo-džungle||In the middle of the Jungle|
|Poland||Playhouse Disney||Airs from May 22, 2011||7.45am||Przystanek dżungla||Junction Jungle|
|Russia||Disney Channel (Russia)||Airs from April 24, 2011||07:40 – 08:05 MSK.||Airs on weekends.||Перекрёсток в джунглях.||Crossroads in the jungle.|
|Denmark||Playhouse Disney||Airs from May 26, 2011||Daily||Junglehjul||Jungle Wheels|
|Sweden||Playhouse Disney||Airs from June 4, 2011||Daily||Djungelhjul||Jungle Wheels|
|Bulgaria||Disney Channel||Airs from June 19, 2011||8:15am–8:30am||Кръстовище в джунглата||Crossroads in the jungle|
|Ukraine||Disney Channel||Airs from July 4, 2011||6:50am–7:15am||Перехрестя в джунглях||Crossroads in the jungle|
|Kazakhstan||Disney Channel||Airs from May 14, 2011||Daily||Перехрестя в джунглях||Crossroads in the jungle|
|Israel||Disney Junior||Daily||Daily||צומת ג'ונגל||Jungle Junction|
|South Korea||Disney Junior||Airs from July 12, 2011||7:00am–7:30am|
|Philippines||Disney Junior and TV5||Airs from 2012 and rebroadcast on 2013 replacing Jake and the Neverland Pirates||8:00am-8:30am after Good Morning Club||Jungle Junction|
This is a list of songs that play in the episodes.
|Song Name||Episode plays in||Written by||Composed by||Performed by||Other information|
|Jungle Junction Theme Tune||Every episode||Peter Lurye||Mark Blackledge||Peter Lurye, Steve O'Reilly, Janet James, Jimmy Hibbert, Amanda Symonds, Billy West and Keith Wickham|
|Gotta Zip||Seasons 1 and 2 Only||Peter Lurye||Mark Blackledge||Peter Lurye, Steve O'Reilly, Janet James, Jimmy Hibbert, Amanda Symonds, Billy West and Keith Wickham||When the song plays in Pinky Picnic there are two short intervals within it. Also known as The Zippy Song In Funny Fruit, Zooter sings the song throughout the episode.||season 2 only||
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- Voices of – Janet James, Billy West, Keith Wickham, Jess Harnell, Laraine Newman, Dee Bradley Baker, Jimmy Hibbert, Amanda Symonds and Ron Orbach
- Creator – Trevor Ricketts
- Writers – Craig Carlisle, Dan Chambers, Gillian Corderoy, Jill Cozza-Turner, Stan Cullimore, Paul Dawson, Jimmy Hibbert, Samantha Hill, Mark Holloway, Bridget Hurst, Paul Larson, Laura Beaumont, James Mason, Allan Neuwirth, Trevor Ricketts, Claudia Silver, P. Kevin Strader and Andy Yerkes
- Director – Morgan Francis, George Evelyn, Dave Unwin
- Opening theme – Peter Lurye
- Composer – Mark Blackledge
- Executive producers – Erica Darby,
- Editor – Mark Edwards
- Casting – Maria Estrada
- Art/Storyboards – Richard Nye
- Lead Prop & Environmental TD - Dave Usher
- Lead Environment Artist - Simeon Hankins
- Supervising Technical Director - Michael Faherty
- Animation Supervisor - Ruth Ducker
- Visual Effects/Digital Compositor – Fynn Tucker
- Animation – David Beer, Mariella Capasso and Rikki Knight-Trembath
- Animation Director – Stephen Cavalier
- Original Dialogue Mixer – David W. Barr
- Dubbing Mixer – Nick Harris
- Music and Lyrics, Theme by – Donald Hillenburg, Nick Jones, Paul Smith
|“||A group of adventurous animals on wheels – part animal, part vehicle – live and learn in an unexplored jungle that still somehow has roads. A cross between a pink pig and a scooter, Zooter serves as the jungle messenger, and Ellyvan, a cross between an elephant and a van, provides a delivery service. The denizens of the jungle have fun-filled adventures that help young viewers learn literacy skills and to care about the environment.||”|
- twice, Jungle Junction has started airing during 10.15am – 10.40am, due to Playhouse Disney airing feature-length episodes of before-hand programmes.
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- "Jungle Junction" at the Internet Movie Database
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