Special Agent Oso

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Special Agent Oso
Special Agent Oso Title Card.jpg
Opening title logo
Voices of Sean Astin
Meghan Strange
Gary Anthony Williams
Phill Lewis
Amber Hood
Cam Clarke
Theme music composer Ford Riley
Country of origin United States
United Kingdom
Canada
New Zealand
Australia
Mexico
Peru
Argentina
Original language(s) English
Spanish
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 61 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 12 minutes
Production company(s) Walt Disney Television Animation
Broadcast
Original channel Disney Channel
Playhouse Disney (2009-2011)
Disney Junior
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
First shown in United States
Original run April 4, 2009 (2009-04-04) – July 6, 2015 (2015-07-06)
External links
Official website

Special Agent Oso is a American Disney Channel interactive computer animated series created by Ford Riley. It's aimed at preschoolers. [1] Special Agent Oso hit the air on April 4, 2009 with a six episode block, and the companion 15-episode series Three Healthy Steps first aired from February 14 to February 27, 2011.[2] The program was originally part of the Playhouse Disney block intended for preschoolers. On February 14, 2011, it was moved to the Disney Junior block that served as Playhouse Disney's replacement. It is shown on Mini CITV and ITV1 at 06:35am Sundays. The show will stay on Disney Junior because it is one of the main shows shown on Playhouse Disney.

Cast and Characters[edit]

Character's name Voiced by in the English version Character description
Special Agent Oso Sean Astin The colorful special agent teddy bear who predominantly works on counter intelligence and counter terrorism matters also helps children perform tasks such as blowing bubbles, making a card or cleaning their rooms; he is the main character of the series. His name 'oso' is Spanish for 'bear'. He and his friends work for U.N.I.Q.U.E. (The United Network for the Investigation of Quite Usual Events).[3]

The show was designed for encouraging and educational purposes.

Paw Pilot Meghan Strange Oso's computerized assistant who guides Oso through the "three special steps" he needs to accomplish his current mission. Her name is a reference to the Palm Pilot series of handheld computers.
Mr. Dos Gary Anthony Williams Oso's boss, a mysterious figure that assigns Oso missions. Mr. Dos is never actually seen; only his voice is heard on Oso's watch-communicator.
Special Agent Wolfie Phill Lewis A blue stuffed wolf; one of the special agent animals that regularly oversee Oso's training.
Special Agent Dotty Amber Hood A spotted orange stuffed cat with a Southern accent; the other special agent animal that regularly oversees Oso's training. It's hinted that she may have feelings for Oso.[citation needed]
Professor Buffo Brad Garrett, later voiced by Jess Harnell A slightly clumsy and excitable Italian-speaking buffalo who is the inventor of Oso's gadgets. Introduced in the Season 2 episode, "From China with Love".
Special Agent Musa N/A A silent, dark brown squirrel ninja, the "master of stealth and speed." Introduced in the Season 2 episode, "Table Manners are Forever".
Whirly Bird Cam Clarke Oso's talking bird-shaped autogyro, who takes Oso to wherever someone needs help. He doesn't hear very well and often misunderstands what Oso tells him, which usually leads to Oso's ejection at inopportune moments and places.
R.R. Rapide Cam Clarke Oso's French-speaking train. Though his French accent would suggest a TGV, he is likely a reference to the Fastech 360, based on his shape and retractable speedbrake ears.
Shutterbug N/A A ladybug-shaped robotic camera, who keeps an eye out for children who need help. She doesn't speak. Appears only in the English and Russian versions.

Guest Voices[edit]

Additional Voices[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Components[edit]

Each episode is composed of four components:

  • The Three Special Steps are the steps that Paw Pilot gives Oso to follow when he is on his special assignments. Oso has a matter of time to finish the three special steps. The third step is usually timed.
  • The training exercises are Oso's training task. They are given by Wolfie or Dotty. Oso usually fails on the first try such as falling and breaking stuff, but in the course of completing the special assignments he remembers something about the training exercise, thanks to the person he is helping. He tries a second time and completes the training exercise, then earns a "Digi-Medal.
  • Audience participation or interaction with Oso. Sometimes, Oso will ask the audience to help him find something hidden or missing on the screen. Other times, Oso will ask the audience to try something physically demanding that he is doing.
  • The special assignments are missions that Oso is requested to complete by the mysterious Mr. Dos, in order to help a child in need. Oso tries to complete the Three Special Steps that Paw Pilot gives him. Then he earns a "Digi-Medal".

Episodes[edit]

The show has 62 episodes; 24 in the first season and 38 in the second. The episode names are usually references to the names of James Bond films, such as "Three Wheels Are Not Enough" and "The Boy with the Golden Gift". The first two seasons contain at least one episode title that parodies all 24 of the existing Bond films with the exception of "Skyfall" which was released after Season 2 was originally concluded. Some episode titles also parody the Carly Simon song "Nobody Does it Better" which is the popular theme song to "The Spy Who Loved Me."

Three Healthy Steps[edit]

Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps is a short series that airs in the United States and the United Kingdom during the Disney Junior programming block. It encourages children to use "three healthy steps" regarding eating, being heathly and exercising.

Characters that are featured in the short series are Special Agent Oso, Paw Pilot, Special Agent Wolfie, Special Agent Dotty, and Professor Buffo.

Broadcast[edit]

Country / Region Channel Title
 United States Disney Junior Special Agent Oso (English), Oso: Agente Especial (Spanish)
 United Kingdom Disney Junior Special Agent Oso
 Ireland Disney Junior Special Agent Oso
 Turkey Disney Junior Özel Ajan Oso
 Bulgaria Disney Junior Специален агент Осо
MexicoArgentinaPeru Latin America Disney Junior Oso: Agente Especial
 Brazil Agente Especial Urso
 Southeast Asia Playhouse Disney Special Agent Oso
 Poland Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney Agent Specjalny OSO
 South Korea Playhouse Disney 특수요원 오소
DenmarkSwedenNorwayFinland Scandinavia Playhouse Disney Special-agent OSO, Erikoisagentti Oso (Finnish)
 Arab League Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney Morning Special Agent Oso
 South Africa Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney special agent OSO
 Portugal Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney Agente Especial Oso
 Spain Playhouse Disney
 France Playhouse Disney Agent Special OSO
 Italy Playhouse Disney
Rai Due
Agente Speciale OSO
 Greece ET1
Disney Channel's Disney Junior
Ειδικός Πράκτορας ΟΣΟ
 Japan Disney Channel's Disney Junior きんきゅうしゅつどう隊 OSO
 India Disney Channel's Disney Junior Special Agent Oso
 The Netherlands Playhouse Disney Special Agent Oso
 Germany Playhouse Disney
Super RTL
Spezialagent Oso
 Australia Playhouse Disney Special Agent Oso
 New Zealand Playhouse Disney Special Agent Oso
 Canada Disney Junior Special Agent Oso
 China Playhouse Disney Special Agent Oso (特别代理Oso)
 Taiwan Playhouse Disney 特務歐寶
 Israel Disney Junior Israel סוכן מיוחד אוסו
 Russia Disney Channel (Russia) Спецагент ОСО
 Iceland Disney Channel Iceland Special Agent OSO
 Hungary Disney Channel Hungary OSO különleges ügynök
 Philippines Disney Junior Asia
TV5
Special Agent OSO
 Serbia Disney Channel Serbia Special Agent OSO
 Indonesia Disney Junior Asia Special Agent OSO
 Malaysia Disney Junior Asia Special Agent OSO

Controversy[edit]

The show has been accused of attempting to portray government surveillance to children in a positive light.[4] The character "Shutterbug", a flying ladybug with a mounted video camera that "helps" children by filming them and beaming the footage to a network of satellites, bears a resemblance to surveillance drones.[5] The character is often seen filming children inside their own homes or in otherwise private situations, and some view this as an attempt to desensitize children to the idea of domestic spying.

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/42239
  2. ^ "Special Agent Oso". www.bcdb.com, May 13, 2012
  3. ^ Special Agent Oso. Disney Junior Canada. . URL:http://www.disneyjunior.ca/en/shows/special-agent-oso. Accessed: 2014-05-11. (Archived URL:https://web.archive.org/web/20130306121009/http://www.disneyjunior.ca/en/shows/special-agent-oso)
  4. ^ http://elitedaily.com/music/disneys-shutterbug-time-teaches-kids-that-drones-will-protect-them-video/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=disneys-shutterbug-time-teaches-kids-that-drones-will-protect-them-video
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hLowmoU5nU
Preceded by
Imagination Movers
Playhouse Disney Shows
2009
Succeeded by
Jungle Junction