Timothy Goes to School

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Timothy Goes to School
Genre Cartoon series
Created by Rosemary Wells
Directed by Gary Hurst
Campbell Morton
Voices of Austin Dilulio
Lisa Yamanaka
Alyson Court
Max Morrow
Mag Ruffman
Darren Frost
Rob Stefaniuk
Tracy Ryan
Laurie Elliott
Joanne Vannicola
Linda Kash
Fiona Reid
Jamie Watson
Theme music composer Stan Meissner
Opening theme It's a Brand New Day
Ending theme It's a Brand New Day (instrumental)
Composer(s) Unknown
Country of origin Canada
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Stephen Ching
Michael Hirsh
Patrick Loubert
Diana Manson
Tina Peel
Clive A. Smith
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Silver Lining Entertainment
Animation Services Hong Kong Limited
PBS
Nelvana
Broadcast
Original channel PBS Kids
Original run September 30, 2000 – December 28, 2001

Timothy Goes to School is a cartoon series based on the series of Yoko and the other individual books by Rosemary Wells such as "Shy Charles", "Fritz and the Mess Fairy" and "Noisy Nora", but is titled after the book of the same name.

It features a young raccoon, Timothy, who attends a fictional primary school. The series aired on PBS Kids as part of the PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch (the sixth and last show after Corduroy, Elliot Moose, George Shrinks, Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse, and Seven Little Monsters. Timothy Goes to School was the fourth and last show after George Shrinks, Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse, and Seven Little Monsters when Corduroy and Elliot Moose were cancelled) from 2000 until 2004. Reruns were later broadcast on Discovery Kids in the US until 2006. This show airs on YTV, Treehouse TV, and TVO Kids in Canada, and also Tiny Pop, a digital TV channel in the UK. In Brazil was aired on TV Cultura (2003–2007). In Mexico and Latin America, was broadcast on ZAZ (in Latin America, episode #22 wasn't aired, but it did air in Brazil). The series premiered on September 30, 2000 and aired its last episode on December 28, 2001.

Characters[edit]

Below are the characters split up into three groups, children, adults, and others.

Children[edit]

  • Timothy[1] (voiced by Austin Dilulio) - Although he is a raccoon and the main character of the show, not all episodes are centered on him. He is a well-meaning young boy and the most warm hearted child in the school, generally trying to be a friend to everyone. Occasionally he can be impulsive. He wears a blue and white striped shirt.
  • Yoko (voiced by Lisa Yamanaka) - A cat from Japan. She is typically sweet and she is good at the violin and seeing the best in people. Yoko enjoys many Japanese things such as sushi and origami which has occasionally caused problems for her and her classmates. She is the best friend of Timothy, and they are often seen together. She wears a yellow dress with a red shirt over it.
  • Nora (voiced by Alyson Court) - A Bole-brown mouse who is sometimes bossy and sulky. She is known for making a lot of noise which has earned her the nickname Noisy Nora. She owns an iguana called Norman who lives in the school. She has an eight-year old sister, who is in the third grade, named Kate who has not appeared in the show other than as a picture Nora drew of her, and an extremely messy baby brother named Jack who occasionally appears. She wears a purple dress.
  • Charles (voiced by Max Morrow) - A gray mouse who is shy about his aunt Beezus and he likes to play by himself at recess but is often found around Timothy, Lilly or Yoko, being the quieter members of the class. He engages in very creative and imaginative play, as he built a make-believe rocket to the stars. As he is the smallest member of the class, he tends to not be good at sports, but he is not bothered by this. He wears a red shirt and blue overalls.
  • Lilly (voiced by Mag Ruffman) - A fox who is forgetful and sometimes scatterbrained, and she often ties a string around a finger in order to remedy this. Lilly has a pet goldfish named Treasure. She is generally extremely absent-minded, but she remembers the most vital things. Her forgetfulness can often be a source of annoyance to the other characters, but they quickly forgive her. She wears a sea green dress with an orange shirt over it and a pair of red tennis shoes.
  • Frank #1 & Frank #2 (voiced by Darren Frost and Rob Stefaniuk) are French bulldog twin brothers who love sports and often speak in unison. The brothers speak in stilted, dull voices which suggest they are not too bright. They are known for fighting, telling jokes, and trying to do their things simultaneously and their signature jolly laughter. They are unable to stand being separated and can sometimes be a bit reckless. Their favorite food is franks and beans. Frank #1 is black and wears a blue jersey, Frank #2 is orange and wears a green jersey.
  • Doris (voiced by Tracy Ryan) - A beaver who is a boisterous tomboy. She is a talented soccer player who seems to have entomophobia (fear of insects). Doris has three older brothers: Horace, Morris and Boris. Doris is clearly the tallest student in her class, though at home, she is teased by her brothers as she is much smaller than they are. Doris appears to be the most avant-garde artist in class, as she believes her abstract art does not look like anything else, as long as it makes her happy. Most of the other characters are impressed by her size and strength. She wears a pink dress with a darker pink bow in her hair.
  • Fritz (voiced by Laurie Elliott) - A skunk who is very fond of science. He leaves for another school in "Fritz on the Move" and returns soon after in "Many Happy Returns". Fritz is also the most clever in the class, and occasionally knows more than the teacher about a particular subject. Fritz reacts poorly to the failure in his experiments. He also has a tendency towards messiness. He originally wore a yellow shirt with a green necktie, but, upon returning in "Many Happy Returns", he wears a green multipocketed vest over a yellow undershirt.
  • Claude (voiced by Joanne Vannicola) - A raccoon who tries to be the best in the school though he comes off arrogantly in some cases. Because of this, there is some rivalry between him and Timothy. However, they appear to become good friends after Timothy secretly teaches Claude to swim, in which Claude credits Timothy. He wears a dark green polo shirt and is most often seen with Grace.
  • Grace (voiced by Linda Kash) - An upper-class cat who likes things her way. Her interests include dance, especially ballet, and figure skating. She has a quick temper and gets quickly annoyed when mistakes are made and her silly questions that are asked from the other people in the class. She is seen playing with Claude most of the time. She wears a blue dress.
  • Juanita (voiced by Susan Laney Dalton) - A cat originally from Mexico. Upon joining the school, she is very nervous, anxious and feels insecure without her mother, but eventually she overcomes her nerves. A new pupil to the school, she sees the best in people like Yoko. She has a doll named María and a gecko named Pablo. She only appears in the final episode of the show.

Adults[edit]

  • Mrs. Jenkins (voiced by Fiona Reid) - A fox and the teacher of the class. Her name was "Miss Abercrombie" before she married Mr. Jenkins as she was mentioned in the episode "Just in Time". She can play the piano and she enjoys watching birds. She wears a green coat, a purple dress, and some glasses.
  • Big Frank - The father of the Frank twins. He is a French bulldog and speaks in a gentle voice and sounds much more clever than his sons. He is seen as good with the machinery and repairs, as he is easily able to fix the bicycle of Timothy and he also helps the Franks fix the taketombo of Yoko after they accidentally break it. He wears a blue business shirt.
  • Henry (voiced by Jamie Watson) - The janitor, bus driver, and beaver who is quite cheerful. He wears a blue uniform and he was once the student of the Mrs. Jenkins back when she was the Mrs. Abercrombie. Despite his appearance, he is not that old, being only thirty years old.
  • Miss Appleberry - The student teacher at Hilltop School. She is a skunk and usually wears a blue dress. When Mrs. Jenkins sprained her arm in "Get Well Soon", the miss Appleberry was the substitute teacher.
  • Mrs. Lightfoot - The librarian who gives the children their first library cards. She only appears in "Read Me a Story".
  • The Mailman - A skunk who delivers the mail in the neighborhood. His real name is never revealed.

Others[edit]

There are several notable adults and relatives, though many only appear in a couple of episodes (the mother of Yoko, the brothers of Doris, the baby brother Jack of Nora, the Auntie Bee of Charles, and the parents of the other children). Fritz, Yoko and Lilly do not appear to have their fathers while the Franks and Claude do not appear to have a mother, however, these situations are never explained on the series.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Air Date
1 "Timothy Goes to School (Pilot) / Yoko" September 30, 2000
  • "Timothy Goes to School" - Timothy is concerned about the clothes that he needs to wear on his first day of the school since Claude always tells him what not to wear.
  • "Yoko" - Yoko feels like an outcast because all the other students make fun of her Japanese lunches.
2 "On the Fritz / The Great Obstacle Course" October 6, 2000
  • "On the Fritz" - Fritz makes a lot of mess and blames all of it on "the mess fairy".
  • "The Great Obstacle Course" - The children at Hilltop School run a Sports Day, but Claude and Grace are the only ones who care about winning.
3 "Shy Charles / Small Change" October 7, 2000
  • "Shy Charles" - Charles is very shy when he sees his Auntie Bea, but he has to make a decision when Timothy gets locked in the janitorial closet.
  • "Small Change" - Nora is reluctant to the change of her room and she feels very moody and stern, until she finds out that the change of her room is a good thing.
4 "Don't Lose It Lilly / Frankless Frank" October 13, 2000
  • "Don't Lose It Lilly" - The children respectfully show Lilly how she can remember everything.
  • "Frankless Frank" - Frank #1 has a fever and has to stay at home, and Frank #2 feels lonely.
5 "Paint by Numbers / The Sleepover" October 14, 2000
  • "Paint by Numbers" - Doris likes to paint her abstract art, but the only person that she knows who appreciates it is Charles.
  • "The Sleepover" - After hearing that the mischievous Frank twins come over for a sleepover, Timothy hides his favorite stuffed toy penguin as he thinks that the Franks will make fun of him.
6 "The Music Tree / Team Project" October 20, 2000
  • "The Music Tree" - Yoko is chosen to be the lead cast of the Hilltop School Orchestra and gets her fright on the stage.
  • "Team Project" - Timothy chose Claude for a team project in order to win a silver star, but Claudius will not let him do any of the work.
7 "Cherry Blossom / Talent Show" October 21, 2000
  • "Cherry Blossom" - Yoko grows a Japanese Sakura plant. She becomes impatient and she learns that the trees take a long time in order to grow.
  • "Talent Show" - Grace accidentally breaks her ankle and she is unable to perform her ballet at the talent show of the school, so she ends up being the director of the show by pulling a curtain when Timothy presents the actors.
8 "Scary Monsters / Lifesaver Lilly" October 27, 2000
  • "Scary Monsters" - Nora has a strong fear of dinosaurs that prevent her from going on the school trip. The children help her fear by showing her that not all the dinosaurs are extremely scary.
  • "Lifesaver Lilly" - Lilly is not chosen to look after the class goldfish, Goldie. On a day with a heavy snowstorm, Lilly goes to the school and quickly grabs the goldfish and she looks after it at her home.
9 "Red Thunder / Putting It All Together" October 28, 2000
  • "Red Thunder" - Timothy gets a new bicycle for his birthday. After riding a safety day about the bicycles at the school, he copies the brothers of Doris with their BMX bicycle tricks at the house of the Franks.
  • "Putting It All Together" - The children have to put together a jigsaw puzzle for a picnic in an hour.
10 "The Big Snowfall / Forever Friends" November 3, 2000
  • "The Big Snowfall" - Doris unsuccessfully tries to show responsibility while looking after Lilly on her first snowfall.
  • "Forever Friends" - The friendship of Timothy with Yoko strains as Yoko has to practice her ballet recital with Grace.
11 "Taking the Plunge / Timothy's Way" November 4, 2000
  • "Taking the Plunge" - Claude cannot swim, so Timothy secretly teaches him how to.
  • "Timothy's Way" - Timothy cannot think of anything in order to teach the children at school, until he discovers that he is an expert at playing with the marbles.
12 "The Treefort and the Sandcastle / Get Well Soon" November 10, 2000
  • "The Treefort and the Sandcastle" - The children at school split themselves into the clubs by gender.
  • "Get Well Soon" - Mrs. Jenkins has an injury, so Miss Appleberry acts as substitute teacher. Everyone makes a get well soon card, but Fritz makes a present after hearing that the bird feeder had been damaged.
13 "In the Spotlight / Fritz on the Move" November 11, 2000
  • "In the Spotlight" - Charles enjoys the leaves but he is too shy to talk publicly about them.
  • "Fritz on the Move" - Fritz moves to far away so he is unable to attend Hilltop School anymore. Timothy feels upset, so the children show him many ways in order to make him feel better.
14 "Many Happy Returns / You're Invited" September 30, 2001
  • "Many Happy Returns" - Timothy finds out that Fritz has a surprise for him. Timothy discovers that his surprise is not a delivery, but that Fritz moves back to the hometown of Timothy and attends Hilltop School again.
  • "You're Invited" - Everybody gets an invitation to the spring party of Lilly except Doris. She tries to be a friendly girl but later she sees that her brothers left the invitation outside.
15 "The Greatest / Rocky Friendship" October 7, 2001
  • "The Greatest" - Because he found the pet lizard of Nora, Timothy is forced to help all the children.
  • "Rocky Friendship" - Charles and Fritz argue over a rare red rock. Timothy has to decide who should have it.
16 "Two for Tea / Abracadabra" October 14, 2001
  • "Two for Tea" - The mother of Yoko comes to the school in order to demonstrate the Japanese tea ceremony called "Sado".
  • "Abracadabra" - Grace peeks in the book of magic tricks of Fritz then she steals his talent. Fritz thinks that Timothy told her and he blames him. Later, Grace admits her mistake, and she is very well again.
17 "The Taketombo / Having a Wonderful Time" October 21, 2001
  • "The Taketombo" - Yoko receives a Japanese toy called a Taketombo, which is accidentally broken by the Frank brothers and then it was repaired by the help of Big Frank.
  • "Having a Wonderful Time" - The students of the school visit Hilltop Park and Grace becomes ultra-prepared, but Lilly worries that she is not having fun.
18 "The Shutterbug / The Friendship Stone" October 28, 2001
  • "The Shutterbug" - Timothy brings a camera to the school, but when he takes his pictures, he thinks that none of the photographs are precise enough to be put in an album. Everyone ends up liking the photos after all with the butterfly Lilac of Lilly.
  • "The Friendship Stone" - Nora and Lilly exchange a lucky penny for a painted stone as they are the real friends. Lilly loses the stone that she receives and she is worried that their friendship would be over. Fortunately, Nora is not upset.
19 "New Found Franks / When I Grow Up" November 25, 2001
  • "New Found Franks" - The Franks learn to play with the other children, but they still want to play together.
  • "When I Grow Up" - Yoko helps Nora choose what job that she wants to have when she grows up.
20 "Full of Beans / The School Play" December 2, 2001
  • "Full of Beans" - The Franks go too far on their jokes that will make all of the children, eventually including each other, angry and wounded-up.
  • "The School Play" - Yoko is chosen to be a tooth with a cavity in the play of the school about the dental care, but she is not very satisfied with her part. She later finds a way in order to make her part more fun.
21 "Read Me a Story / The Gift" December 9, 2001
  • "Read Me a Story" - Because of learning how to read, Nora has the fear that the beloved time about her story with her mother could come to an end, but the mother of Nora still continues to read to Nora after all.
  • "The Gift" - Nora wants to get a special gift for the birthday party of Yoko, so she eats her least favorite cereal because it has an emerald ballet slipper as a prize. Nora finds out that it makes a pretty shoe for the porcelain doll Katana of Yoko and a necklace for Yoko as well.
22 "Measuring Up / Lost and Found" December 16, 2001
  • "Measuring Up" - Charles finds out that he is the smallest in the class, but he finds out that Doris, who is the biggest in the class, is the youngest in her family.
  • "Lost and Found" - When the mother of Yoko shows her a special set of netsuke figures made by the grandfather of Yoko who is given as a wedding gift to his wife, Yoko asks her to take them to the school for "In the Spotlight." When the figures were missing, it transpires that one of the students may have stolen them, and Yoko is very upset. Fortunately, the student who stole the figures returned them, along with a candy heart that shows empathy.
23 "Professor Fritz / Two Tutu Friends" December 22, 2001
  • "Professor Fritz" - Fritz develops a rocket experiment for an open house day, but after the experiment goes to be wrong, Fritz just gives up. Timothy helps Fritz through his problems and he increases his self-confidence.
  • "Two Tutu Friends" - Grace invites Doris to her ballet class. One day, Doris laughs at an embarrassing moment that happened to Grace. When Doris tells the other children, Grace does not want to play with Doris anymore. Later, Doris apologizes to Grace and they become friends again.
24 "My Family / Just in Time" December 23, 2001
  • "My Family" - Nora starts to be frustrated of her baby brother Jack, but not her older sister Kathleen. So, she later she grows to love him very much.
  • "Just in Time" - Lilly puts her favorite doll Thumbelina in the time capsule box, but soon she begins to regret it.
25 "Charles the Athlete / Be My Valentine" December 27, 2001
  • "Charles the Athlete" - The Franks want to teach Charles how to be an athlete, but he does not show any interest and he wants to be an astronaut instead. So, the Franks play with him.
  • "Be My Valentine" - Lilly, Yoko, Charles and Timothy make Valentine's Day cards for each other, but Lilly mixes them up and puts them in the wrong cubbies.
26 "Mama Don't Go / Making New Friends" December 28, 2001
  • "Mama Don't Go" - Juanita is new to Hilltop School. Timothy and Yoko help her manage without her needing her mother with her.
  • "Making New Friends" - Juanita struggles to make new friends, so Timothy, who becomes the Captain of the Ship of Friends of the class, shows her what fun she could discover. Perhaps on the next day, she can bring her pet gecko Pablo to the class in order to show Nora the friendship with her pet lizard Norman.

Broadcast[edit]

Timothy Goes to School was broadcast in the United States on the channels PBS Kids, Discovery Kids, and Qubo. In Canada, the series aired on stations YTV, Treehouse TV, and TVO Kids. The show Also in Israel on Hop! (טימותי הולך לבית הספר)

References[edit]

External links[edit]