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
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
Release
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 release April 4, 2009 (2009-04-04) – May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17)
External links
Official website

Special Agent Oso is an American CGI-animated series for pre-school audiences series created by Ford Riley.[1] The series premiered on April 4, 2009 as part of Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney block, and was one of the charter series that was part of the replacement Disney Junior block which started on February 11, 2011, and later, the Disney Junior channel.[2]

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 helping 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]

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 (between 3 and 20 seconds).
  • The training exercises are Oso's training task. They are given by Wolfie, Dotty or Bufo. Oso usually fails on his first attempt such as falling, getting drenched and destroying stuff, but in the course of completing the special assignments he refers to 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.

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)
Preceded by
Imagination Movers
Playhouse Disney Shows
2009
Succeeded by
Jungle Junction