Oswald (TV series)

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Oswald
Oswald the Blue Octopus.jpg
Format Children's television series, Animated television series
Created by Dan Yaccarino
Developed by Lisa Eve Hubman
Dan Yaccarino
Directed by Fredrick Stroppell
Debra "Debbie" Bronzon
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Starring Fred Savage
Debi Derryberry
David Lander
Crystal Scales
Laraine Newman
Country of origin United States
United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 29 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dan Yaccarino
Producer(s) HiT Entertainment
Running time 22-24 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Nick Jr. (US)
Tiny Living (UK)
Treehouse TV (Canada)
Original run August 8, 2001 (2001-08-08) – November 28, 2003 (2003-11-28)

Oswald is an American children's cartoon series on Nick Jr. about a blue octopus and his friends, that first aired August 20, 2001 and officially ended in early 2004. The show was created by Dan Yaccarino and was co-produced by HiT Entertainment. It was also shown on Noggin in reruns. The show aired on Nick Jr. on CBS on September 22, 2001, to September 7, 2002. Nick Jr. aired the original episodes until the network lineup changes on March 1, 2012 took effect. It also airs on the British channel "JimJam" which is shown in numerous countries including Israel. In addition, the Indian channel Zee TV currently airs a Hindi dubbed version. It is also telecast on Indian channel Pogo as a Hindi dubbed version.

Show summary[edit]

The series is set in a colorful world populated by a cast of anthropomorphic animals, mythological creatures, or humanoid beings resembling plants or vegetables and follows the daily experiences of an anthropomorphic blue octopus named Oswald,voiced by Fred Savage, accompanied by his beloved pet dachshund (designed as a hot dog) appropriately named Weenie and their life in the cheerful and whimsically-designed community of Big City. Commonly, the program concentrates on Oswald's experiences with friends, acquaintances, and neighbors—including Henry, a talking penguin and Daisy, a humanoid, anthropomorphic daisy, among others—and his patient methods of coping with or tolerating different average situations or dilemmas, along with his thoroughly positive, optimistic outlook on life.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Oswald (voiced by Fred Savage) - Oswald is a large, round, blue octopus (four arms, four legs making a total of eight limbs) who lives in an apartment complex with Henry the Penguin and several other animals. A very gentle, polite and big-hearted octopus, Oswald is always willing to go out of his way to help his friends. His favorite hobby is playing the piano and singing (usually to comfort himself or to encourage a friend). He has a habit of saying "Oh, my gosh!". Oswald always wears a life preserver when he is around water and loves Swizzleberry Swirl Ice Cream.
  • Weenie (voiced by Debi Derryberry) - Weenie (sometimes referred to by Oswald as "Weenie-girl" or just "girl") is Oswald's pet; a "wiener-dog", very similar to a Dachshund. Weenie bears a strong resemblance to a hot dog and only communicates in "bark-speak" (similar to Blue in Blue's Clues). Weenie accompanies Oswald everywhere he goes, and her favorite food is vanilla dog biscuits.
  • Henry the Penguin (voiced by David Lander) - Oswald's downstairs neighbor and best friend. A persnickety penguin, Henry is a creature of habit in every way and usually shuns the idea of trying different things, though he can sometimes be persuaded otherwise. He does his best to maintain a rigid schedule, which includes taking care of his extensive spoon collection, ending every evening watching "Penguin Patrol", his favorite TV show, and doing the Penguin Polka before bedtime. Most of Henry's favorite foods are fish-flavored and he is a proven expert on snow. He has an identical cousin from the North named Louie (voiced by Michael McKean), and on occasion speaks of his aunt, Arctica. His motto is "slow and steady". He always takes two (used to be three) marshmallows in his hot cocoa, saying "No more, no less". He also hates getting wet.
  • Daisy (voiced by Crystal Scales) - Daisy is a tall orange and yellow daisy with green leaves and stem. Free-spirited and energetic, Daisy participates in sports and other activities. She is a close friend of both Oswald and Henry; the three of them often go on sojourns together. Daisy loves sunflower sundaes, riding her unicycle, has a large leaf collection and loves peppermint tea. Daisy is very excitable, often needing to be hushed by Oswald when she speaks too loudly. She also has an aunt whose name and flower is Marigold and her pet expression is "Golly Tamale!". She is the only character in Big City not to get awakened by Big Alarm Clock.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Johnny Snowman (voiced by Mel Winkler) - Johnny is a laid-back snowman who operates an ice cream shop and also has an ice cream truck. Johnny wears a black hat, sports a carrot nose, and has a deep baritone voice. Johnny Snowman has a brother in the Frozen North named Phil.
  • The Egg Twins - They are two identical twin eggs, named Egbert (voiced by Daran Norris) and Leo (voiced by J. Grant Albrecht). Leo always responds in conversations with an enthusiastic "Yes, yes!" while Egbert refers to everyone as "old boy".
  • Madame Butterfly (voiced by Laraine Newman) - Madame Butterfly is the mother of Catrina and the owner and proprieter of the local diner, a favorite lunch stop for Oswald and his friends.
  • Catrina (voiced by Debi Derryberry) - Catrina is a baby butterfly or a caterpillar that is just learning how to speak. She is the only child of Madame Butterfly. Like other babies, Catrina is highly curious about everything around her, but is always surrounded by her mom or others to keep her curiosity in check.
  • Steve Tree (voiced by Fred Stoller) - Steve is a walking, talking tree. Sometimes his pet Woodrow the woodpecker pecks on him, usually on his head.
  • Pongo (voiced by Richard Kind) - Pongo is a large yellow and red dragon with a long, thin, green mustache and is quite similar to the dragons in Chinese culture and folklore. He lives in a Chinese-style home in Big City. In sharp contrast to his otherwise intimidating size, Pongo is very shy and soft-spoken, and known for his occasional clumsiness. He frequently sighs when sad and says "Oh drat!"
  • Andy Pumpkin (voiced by Eddie Deezen) - Steve Tree's loopy best friend. He is a happy-go-lucky pumpkin person and works at a candy shop. He tends to speak in hyper tones when working in the candy shop.

Minor characters[edit]

  • Cactus Polly (voiced by Laraine Newman) - Polly is a helpful cactus lady who carries a lasso and talks like a cowgirl from the wild west.
  • Sammy Starfish (voiced by Tony Orlando) - Oswald's musical idol, Sammy is a jazz singer. Oswald's dream is to play piano for Sammy Starfish, which becomes a reality when Sammy's show comes to Big City and the tickets are all sold out.
  • Bingette Bunny (voiced by Kathy Najimy) - A ditsy rabbit who runs the gardening store where Oswald buys his tomato plants or flowers. She is usually very unhelpful but usually says "Just doing my job!" when Oswald leaves the store.
  • Roderick Robot - A silent mechanical man with a mechanical cat named Tinsel. Oswald cat-sits for Roderick, and it turns out Tinsel is a very naughty cat.
  • Bingo (voiced by Mac Davis) - Big City's barber, a quiet rabbit who also runs a news paper store from which Henry buys his news paper. He only talks in the episodes "The Naughty Cat" and "Henry Needs a Haircut".
  • Flippy - A goldfish who Oswald bought at the pet store but had to give to the Big City Aquarium as the fish grew too large.
  • Paper People - Silent humans made of paper who appear in several episodes as cameo characters.
  • Woodrow - Steve Tree's pet woodpecker. He often is a pest to Steve by pecking on his wood.
  • Tinsel (voice effects by Crystal Scales) - Roderick's mechanical,naughty pet cat.
  • Fish - Fish who appear in the episode "Goin' Fishing".
  • Maestro Bingo (voiced by Michael McKean) - He runs a store of various musical instruments and appears in the episodes "Daisy Plays an Instrument" and "Fixing the Piano".

Broadcast history[edit]

Oswald first aired on the Nick Jr. block on Nickelodeon in the United States on August 21, 2001 and was removed from the lineup in 2004. In 2003, Oswald started airing on Noggin and continued to air after September 28, 2009 when it was renamed as Nick Jr.. Oswald was removed from the Nick Jr. lineup on February 29, 2012, but later returned.

In the UK, the show was aired on the Tiny Living strand on Living TV (now Sky Living) and on Five (now Channel 5).

In Canada, the show has been aired on Treehouse TV. In South East Asia and New Zealand it is aired on Nick Jr..

In Japan, A Japanese dubbed version of the show has aired on WOWOW.

In India the show was aired on Pogo.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 first aired August 21, 2001 with 12 episodes and ended on March 4, 2002. Season 2 began March 8, 2002 with another 12 episodes and ended on September 19, 2003 with the final episode, "Friends Indeed / Sammy Starfish Live".

Additional Guest Voices[edit]

Reception[edit]

The show generally received positive reviews, with a 7.0 rating from TV.com,[1] a 7.7 rating from IMDb,[2] and a four out of five stars on Common Sense Media.[3]

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