Out of the Box (TV series)

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Out of the Box
Opening title logo used in Season 2 of Out of the Box.
Created by Douglas Love
Presented by Tony James
Vivian Bayubay McLaughlin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 82
Production
Executive producer(s) Douglas Love
Running time 22-24 minutes
Production company(s) Disney Channel
OOTB Inc.
Broadcast
Original channel Disney Channel
Playhouse Disney
Disney Junior
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run October 10, 1998  – September 27, 2004

Out of the Box is a American children's series which premiered on Playhouse Disney but now that channel has been re-named Disney Junior.The series takes place in a playhouse made entirely of cardboard boxes, where two hosts, Tony James and Vivian Bayubay McLaughlin, make crafts, sing songs, and act out plays.

Two special episodes were released on VHS by Walt Disney Home Video, Out of the Box: Trick or Treat, and Out of the Box: Happy Holidays. Trick or Treat is also available on the DVD entitled Rolie Polie Olie: A Spookie Ookie Halloween.[1]

The series was created and executive produced by Douglas Love and was based on his series of books from HarperCollins. Three seasons were filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York City. The series earned three Parents' Choice Awards for excellence in television and an Emmy nomination.[2][3]

Overview[edit]

Every day, a small group of neighborhood children come and play in "The Box". Tony James and Vivian Bayubay McLaughlin play games, do crafts, sing songs, and act out stories in the box. The singing is usually in the beginning of the episode, while the crafts are in the middle, and the stories are at the end. The show ends with either Tony or Vivian walking the kids home, then coming back to sing the Goodbye Song.

Episode list[edit]

The series comprises 82 episodes in total.[4][5] One production number in Season 1 was skipped, as the 24-episode season starts with 101 and ends with 125.

Unless otherwise stated, the source of production codes and airdates is the United States Copyright Office.[6]

Season 1 (1998-2000)[edit]

No in
Series
No in
Season
Title Airdate Production code
1 1 "Feet First" December 3, 1998 (1998-12-03) 101
2 2 "Playhouse Mouse" October 7, 1998 (1998-10-07) 102
3 3 "Doctor Octor" November 23, 1998 (1998-11-23) 103
4 4 "The Fuzzy Worm" March 9, 2000 (2000-03-09)[7] 105
5 5 "Hats Off" November 17, 1998 (1998-11-17) 106
Unknown Unknown "Let's Eat Out" Unknown (not listed in copyright registry)
7 7 "Sticky Icky" December 1, 1998 (1998-12-01) 108
8 8 "Really Wheely" November 27, 1998 (1998-11-27) 109
9 9 "Yes and Nose" March 23, 2000 (2000-03-23)[7] 110
10 10 "Pick-a-Pet" March 29, 2000 (2000-03-29)[7] 111
11 11 "Ships Ahoy" March 30, 2000 (2000-03-30)[7] 112
12 12 "Animal Antics" October 27, 1998 (1998-10-27) 113
13 13 "Tube Town" October 23, 1998 (1998-10-23) 114
14 14 "High Fliers" July 17, 2000 (2000-07-17)[7] 115
15 15 "Campout Kids" November 9, 1998 (1998-11-09) 116
16 16 "Tall and Small" November 13, 1998 (1998-11-13) 117
17 17 "Day at the Beach" October 14, 1998 (1998-10-14) 118
18 18 "A Place Called Space" November 3, 1998 (1998-11-03) 119
19 19 "Box Full of Boxes" October 30, 1998 (1998-10-30) 120
20 20 "Hands On" November 18, 1998 (1998-11-18) 121 '(typo'd as "1-12" in copyright registry)'
Unknown Unknown "The Gift" October 10, 1999 (1999-10-10)[4] (not listed in copyright registry)
Unknown Unknown "Treasures" October 16, 1999 (1999-10-16)[4] (not listed in copyright registry)
23 23 "Circle Circus" October 20, 1998 (1998-10-20) 124
24 24 "Seeds of Imagination" July 27, 2000 (2000-07-27)[7] 125

Season 2 (1999-2000)[edit]

# Title Original airdate Production code
1 "Rules Rule!" July 20, 1999 (1999-07-20)[6] / September 5, 1999 (1999-09-05)[8] 201
The kids learn the importance of rules as they play different games with balls in the clubhouse. They also act out a version of Cinderella.
2 "We're Cooking!" July 21, 1999 (1999-07-21) 202
The kids pretend to cook their favorite foods. They also act out a version of the story Stone Soup.
3 "Zip, Button, Snap" July 18, 1999 (1999-07-18) 203
Tony and Vivian help teach the kids how to button, snap, buckle and zipper using songs and play-acting. Nick also visits the Little Red Hen.
4 "Scrub-a-Dub" July 22, 1999 (1999-07-22) 204
Tony and Vivian teach the importance of bathing as the kids make pretend bathtubs and bath toys, and act out a version of Rub a Dub, Dub, Three Men in a Tub.
5 "Disguise Surprise" July 23, 1999 (1999-07-23) 205
The kids dress up in disguises and act out a version of The Little Red Riding Hood.
6 "Good Clean-Up Fun" July 26, 1999 (1999-07-26) 206
The kids learn about sorting and organizing items while cleaning up the clubhouse. They also act out a story called "Neat Nick".
7 "Mirror, Mirror" July 27, 1999 (1999-07-27) 207
The kids play with different kinds of mirrors, including a hand mirror, a hubcap and a metal tray. They also act out a version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
8 "Blowin' in the Wind" July 28, 1999 (1999-07-28) 208
The kids celebrate the wind by playing wind instruments, listening to wind chimes, making pinwheels and playing out a version of The Three Little Pigs.
9 "Rock-a-Bye Baby" July 29, 1999 (1999-07-29) 209
The kids take care of pretend babies by diapering them, making their cribs and singing to them. They also act out a version of There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Sheep.
10 "Feathered Friends" July 30, 1999 (1999-07-30) 210
The kids craft paper birds and make bird sounds after Vivian brings in a bird feeder to hang outside the playhouse. They also act out a version of the Emperor and the Nightingale.
11 "Eye Spy" August 16, 1999 (1999-08-16) 211
The kids explore how their eyes work by playing an "Eye Detective" game, looking at a picture with hidden objects and helping Vivian complete a jigsaw puzzle.
12 "We Got the Beat" August 23, 1999 (1999-08-23) 212
The kids learn about beats and rhythms by playing and making different instruments. They also act out a version of Hansel and Gretel.
13 "Shadow Play" August 30, 1999 (1999-08-30) 213
The kids make a shadow puppet theater and put on a play featuring a bird, a worm, and a spider.
14 "Goin' Buggy" September 6, 1999 (1999-09-06) 214
The kids learn about bugs by making a grasshopper, a spider, and an ant out of pipe cleaners and egg cartons.
15 "Make 'Em Laugh!" September 13, 1999 (1999-09-13) 215
The kids have a "Make 'em Laugh" day by telling jokes, walking funny and doing other silly things. They also talk with a court jester and turn Vivian into a backwards person.
16 "Mon-stir It Up!" September 20, 1999 (1999-09-20) 216
The kids sing a song about not being afraid and make a "Super Monster" puppet.
17 "Whose Home?" September 27, 1999 (1999-09-27) 217
Vivian brings a hermit crab to the clubhouse and teaches the kids about different animal homes.
18 "Unicornucopia" October 6, 1999 (1999-10-06) 218
The kids create their own magical kingdom, complete with a unicorn. They also act out a version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
19 "Tooth or Consequences" October 11, 1999 (1999-10-11) 219
The kids learn about the dentist and caring for teeth. They also act out a version of Little Red Riding Hood.
20 "Happy Holidays!" December 6, 1999 (1999-12-06) 220
Tony and Vivian host a winter holiday party and learn about the kids' different holiday traditions. They also make a holiday gift book containing photographs and drawings, and perform a skit about the gift of love.
21 "Down on the Farm" November 12, 1999 (1999-11-12) 221
The kids pretend to live on a farm.
22 "Pajama Party" November 15, 1999 (1999-11-15) 222
The kids throw a pretend pajama party.
23 "Treasure Hunt" October 26, 1999 (1999-10-26) 223
The kids make treasure chests and go on a treasure hunt. They also act out a version of King Midas to learn about nonmaterial kinds of treasure.
24 "Out to Lunch" November 1, 1999 (1999-11-01) 224
The kids pretend to go out to lunch and practice their restaurant behavior.
25 "Whodunit?" September 27, 1999 (1999-09-27) 225
The kids use their problem-solving skills to solve a mystery.
26 "Goin' to the Grocery" December 8, 1999 (1999-12-08) 226
27 "Sing a Song" December 13, 1999 (1999-12-13) 227
28 "Rainbow Colors" December 16, 1999 (1999-12-16) (no production code given in copyright registry)
29 "Trick or Treat" October 21, 1999 (1999-10-21) 229
30 "Family Fare" December 29, 1999 (1999-12-29) (no production code given in copyright registry)
31 "Happy Birthday to Us!" January 7, 2000 (2000-01-07)[6] / February 12, 2000 (2000-02-12)[4] (no production code given in copyright registry)
The kids pretend that it's everyone's birthday by putting on dress-up clothes, playing musical chairs and making party decorations.
32 "Revealing Feelings" January 11, 2000 (2000-01-11) (no production code given in copyright registry)
The kids talk about feelings after they express to Vivian that they feel "bad, sad, and a little mad" because Tony isn't at the clubhouse because he's sick.

Season 3 (2001–2004)[edit]

# Title Original airdate Production code
1 "Pattern Pattern" December 2, 2003 (2003-12-02) 301
2 "Leap Frog Leap!" November 25, 2002 (2002-11-25)[6][9] 302
3 "Join the Parade" December 2, 2002 (2002-12-02)[6] / September 22, 2001 (2001-09-22)[8] 303
4 "Winning the Gold" December 9, 2002 (2002-12-09)[6][9] / September 20, 2001 (2001-09-20)[8] 304
The kids hold their own Olympics.
5 "Brick by Brick" December 4, 2003 (2003-12-04)[6] / December 16, 2002 (2002-12-16)[9] / September 20, 2001 (2001-09-20)[8] 305
The kids build a town as pretend construction workers.
6 "Dinosaur Romp" May 3, 2004 (2004-05-03)[6] / December 23, 2002 (2002-12-23)[9] 306
Tony, Vivian, and the kids explore dinosaurs.
7 "Topsy Tempo" December 30, 2002 (2002-12-30)[6][9] 307
8 "Weather or Not!" May 6, 2004 (2004-05-06) 308
Different kinds of weather.
9 "It's Mother's Day!" May 5, 2003 (2003-05-05)[6][9] 309
The kids rehearse their performance and make personalized invitations to their mothers. note:This episode is the first to have Tony play his guitar at the end while he sings with Vivian. In "Campout Kids" he played his dad's guitar
10 "Listen Up!" March 3, 2003 (2003-03-03)[6] / September 25, 2001 (2001-09-25)[4] 310
The differences between loud and soft sounds.
11 "Thinkin' Lincoln" December 16, 2002 (2002-12-16) 311
12 "Horsing Around" March 10, 2003 (2003-03-10) 312
Pretending to be horses.
13 "Making Mistakes" March 17, 2003 (2003-03-17) 313
The group makes up mistakes.
14 "Tickets Please!" March 24, 2003 (2003-03-24) 314
Playing carnival games. They also act out a story about the Three Billy Goats Gruff getting stopped by a competitive troll on the way to a carnival.
15 "Pop to It!" May 10, 2004 (2004-05-10)[6] / May 15, 2004 (2004-05-15)[9] 315
A make-believe trip to the movies.
16 "Read the Signs" May 14, 2004 (2004-05-14)[6][9] 316
The kids learn how to read signs and follow directions.
17 "First Things First" May 17, 2004 (2004-05-17)[6][9] 317
The importance of order.
18 "A One and a Two" May 21, 2004 (2004-05-21)[6][9] 318
The kids learn how to have fun playing alone.
19 "Bendy Stretchy" August 2, 2004 (2004-08-02)[6][9] 319
The importance of bending and stretching.
20 "Alike and Different" December 23, 2002 (2002-12-23) 320
21 "Happy New Year!" January 1, 2003 (2003-01-01)[4][9] 321
(not listed in copyright registry or aired on Disney Junior Canada)
22 "It's Father's Day" June 9, 2003 (2003-06-09)[6][9] 322
The kids play games with their dads and pretend to be fathers themselves.
23 "Surprise, Surprise" September 20, 2004 (2004-09-20)[9] 323
The kids learn the importance of friends and sharing.
24 "Wonderful Words! (*)" August 4, 2004 (2004-08-04)[6][9] 324
The kids act out a rhyming story. (*) (misspelled in the copyright registry as "Wonderful World")
25 "Kids Are Kids" September 27, 2004 (2004-09-27)[6][9] 325
The kids learn about accepting differences.
26 "Nutcracker Sweet" August 10, 2004 (2004-08-10)[6][9] 326
The kids act out the story The Nutcracker.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ McClintock, Pamela; Oei, Lily (2004-03-04). "Ellen the talk of Emmys". Variety. Retrieved 2011-07-12. "Directing In a Children's Series: ... "Out Of The Box" (Dis)" 
  3. ^ "World Book Classroom: Dramatic Learning". Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
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  5. ^ "Out of the Box - Episode Guide - LocateTV". Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
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