Panwapa

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Panwapa
Genre Family Entertainment
Written by Annie Evans
Directed by Lisa Simon
Starring Kevin Clash
Joey Mazzarino
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph
Carmen Osbahr
Voices of Boitumelo Betty Maretle
Nigel Plaskitt
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Kevin Clash
Liz Nealon
Producer(s) Frank Campagna
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Sesame Workshop
The Merrill Lynch Foundation
Broadcast
Original channel PBS Kids Sprout (beginning in 2008)
Original run January 2008  – Present
External links
Website

Panwapa is a Puppet television show from Sesame Workshop. The show premiered on the digital cable/on demand channel, PBS Kids Sprout in January 2008.

Plot[edit]

A Panwapa Kid card, depicting a Kid from Canada whose interests are: tacos, cats, scooters, doumbek, cooking and Mexican masks.

It takes place on a giant island called Panwapa Island, a fictional place with a premise that Panwapa Island can freely float across planet Earth's oceans. This allows the residents of the island to visit freely with children from many lands, and explore differing cultures.[1]

Characters[edit]

  • Azibo the Monster (performed by Kevin Clash) - The main character of the series. He loves soccer and his favorite food is noodles with spice. When he first arrived on Panwapa Island, the other characters were afraid of him until Athena managed to convince him to keep trying to make friends with them which actually worked. In return, Azibo's new friends build him a palm frond shack on the beach.
  • Bill the Insect (performed by Joey Mazzarino) - A bug who tracks the location of Panwapa Island on the community globe. Bill is the inventor and go-to guy for gadgets and information. Bill lives in a tree house crammed full of objects he’s collected over the years. He is a recycled version of Bug from The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.
  • Koko the Penguin (performed by Leslie Carrara-Rudolph) - A female penguin that wears pink sunglasses and enjoys badminton. Koko lives in a quaint cottage near the community area with a garden that she tends with great love and attention. After meeting Azibo and finally becoming friends with him, Koko helped Azibo to build his house.
  • Athena the Owl (performed by Fran Brill, voiced by Boitumelo Betty Maretle) - A female owl who acts the guide of Panwapa Island. Athena lives in a tree in a comfortable nest near the community area. She is the niece of the Sesame Street character Hoots the Owl.
  • Tungar the Tiger (performed by Martin P. Robinson, voiced by Nigel Plaskitt) - A tiger who coaches the new sheep players in the art of football including his specialty...the subtleties of head passing. Tungar lives in a cave near the stream. His puppet resembles a modified version of Butch the Tiger from The Muppet Show.
  • Baabra Sheep (performed by Carmen Osbahr) - Baabra Sheep and her two children came to Panwapa Island to live there and can only speak sheep language. Baabra and her family were displaced by a circus until they came to Panwapa Island. They live in a modest house on the football field where they help by eating the grass. Baabra and her children have a habit of baaing to the sun each month.

Episodes[edit]

Cast[edit]

Puppeteers[edit]

Voices[edit]

Later appearances[edit]

  • The puppet for Tungar the Tiger appeared in some episodes of Sesame Street as a normal tiger with one of these appearances being in the "Wild Animals" episode of "Elmo's World." Some of the recent instances had Tungar the Tiger's puppet performed by Matt Vogel.
  • For the week of 14-21 October 2008, Koko appeared with Abby Cadabby on the Sesame Street website, to mark Wild Animal Day. Abby was trying to summon a tiger only for Koko to appear stating that Tungar is unavailable.

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