Wimzie's House

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Wimzie's House
Wimz sign.gif
Starring Sonja Ball
Tyrone Benskin
Liz McRae
Thor Bishopric
Holly Gauthier-Frankel
Bruce Dinsmore
Jennifer Seguin
Jane Woods
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes 112
Broadcast
Original channel YTV
CBC Television (1997)
This TV (November 1, 2008-2009) (Canada)
PBS (October 1, 1997-August 31, 2001)
MiTelemundo (2012-present)
Original run March 4, 1995 – August 31, 1996

Wimzie's House is a half-hour Canadian preschool television program which ran on YTV from 1995 to 1996, and in the United States on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) from October 1, 1997 to September 28, 2001.[1] The show has also aired at least as early as 1995 and through the late-1990s on CBC Television, and on Radio-Canada (as La Maison de Ouimzie). Reruns of the show aired in Canada on the Cookie Jar Toons block on This TV and in syndication as part of the Cookie Jar Kids Network block.[2] The series was produced by Cinar (now Cookie Jar Entertainment), with the PBS telecasts presented by Maryland Public Television from 1997 – 2002. The show's puppetry is in the style of Sesame Street, which led to some legal troubles with The Jim Henson Company, in 1999.

Plot[edit]

Wimzie is a little girl monster who lives with her parents (Rousso & Graziella),grandma (Yaya),and baby brother (Bo). The basic plot was that Wimzie's friends would always come over for the day and they would play together. This usually resulted in a problem eventually that would lead to the moral of the episode.

Main characters[edit]

(Voices listed here are for the English-language version.)

  • Wimzie (performed by Brigitte Brideau, voiced by Sonja Ball) - The main character of the show, she is a dragon/bird hybrid with a unique appearance, with yellow-orange skin, purple hair tied in pigtails decorated in baby blue bows and red wing-like antlers on the top of her head. She is five years old, and also introduces the episodes in the beginning of the series. In musical numbers, she performs a few of her solo songs which are titled "When There's A Job To Do", "Turtles", "Be Exactly Who You Are", "Something In My Head", and "I Love You". She has a baby brother named Bo. Horace possibly has a crush on her.
  • Rousso (performed by Michel P. Ranger, voiced by Tyrone Benskin) - Wimzie's father. He is a calm dragon with orange skin and blond hair. He works as a firefighter. When not on the job, Rousso likes to relax. He's a little slow but very kind-hearted. It has been revealed that he has a sister named Alice who is (of course) Wimzie's aunt.
  • Graziella (performed by Michel Ledoux, voiced by Jennifer Seguin) - Wimzie's mother. She has pink skin and blond hair in a beehive hairdo. When not on the job, Graziella will spend time with children, often giving them advice. She works as a pilot and is often away from home for extended periods. She has the same voice as Doris from Caillou.
  • Bo (performed by Lucie Beauvais, voiced by Liz MacRae) - Wimzie's baby brother. Being still a baby, he often gets most of Yaya's attention, and the others keep tabs on him as well. He mostly resembles his father and is completely dragon and not a hybrid like his big sister. He is still learning to talk, so he mostly communicates in gibberish. He is around the age of 12–18 months.
  • Yaya (performed by Johanne Rodrigue, voiced by Jane Woods) - Wimzie's grandmother and Graziella's mother. She runs a daycare in Wimzie's house for Wimzie and her friends while their parents are working. She has lavender skin and her hair is a stack of orange, blond and purple. She occasionally gives the children advice when they need it. Despite her old age, she is full of energy, often being more than a match for a houseful of children, daughter and son-in-law. She also silences everyone during an argument by making a foghorn blowing noise and sound, and, nobody knows how she does it, and, every time she does it, someone usually asks "How does she do that?". Not even Rousso and Graziella know how she does it! She has a bedroom that is only seen in the intro.
  • Jonas (performed by Andre Meunier, voiced by Thor Bishopric) - This goblin is five years old and loves science. He collects dirt and has a surprisingly large collection. His skin is green with purple hair and he wears eyeglasses and a propeller cap. Often in his explanations, he would include his catch phrase "It's very scientific." Lou Lou is his little sister. Wimzie possibly has a crush on him, and, in the one of the episodes, when Jonas was looking for a map he made to remember where his special dirt was during spring cleaning (his parents wouldn't let him hide it in their house), they thought Rousso vacuumed it up by accident when Loulou found it before he started, and, when Jonas decided they could get it out, Wimzie gave Jonas a kiss on the cheek for that brilliant idea. He, Loulou, and, Horace are absent in one episode but mentioned.
  • Loulou (performed by Sylvie Comtois, voiced by Holly Gauthier-Frankel) - Jonas' three and a half-year old sister. She wants to be like the bigger kids, yet isn't quite ready to make the jump. She is capable of understanding Bo's baby-jabber. Her complexion is yellow-green. She wears eyeglasses and has purple hair like her brother, tied in a high ponytail decorated in a bow. She, Jonas, and, Horace are absent in one episode but mentioned. Her solo songs are titled "When I'm Scared", "I wanna be Big Right Now", "Left Out", and "What's so good about being big?".
  • Horace (performed by Richard Lalancette, voiced by Bruce Dinsmore) - A four-year old troll, Horace isn't as smart as the other kids, but is always asking questions and learning things. He is the strongest of all the children, but angers easily and can sometimes be rough. He gets along best with Bo and Wimzie. His skin is light blue and his hair is reddish-blonde and very straight. He has a cousin named Morris that only appeared in one episode that looks a lot like him, and, he is voiced by the same voice actor as Horace. A running gag throughout the show shows always saying, "Uh/um...question." and then another character, like Yaya, Graziella, Wimzie, or Rousso would usually respond by saying, "Yes, Horace?" He, Jonas, and, Loulou were absent in one episode but mentioned. He has the same voice as Binky Barnes from Arthur.

Episodes[edit]

  • 1. The Cookie Crisis
  • 2. BOO!
  • 3. The Magic Crayon
  • 4. I Want My Mommy
  • 5. Flower Power
  • 6. Babies Have It Made
  • 7. The Scaredy Cats
  • 8. The Treasure Hunt
  • 9. The Boy Who Cried Wolf
  • 10. What's the Matter with Horace?
  • 11. You're Not My Friend
  • 12. To Share or Not To Share
  • 13. The Play's the Thing
  • 14. The Lucky Pin
  • 15. Queen For A Day
  • 16. A Fishy Fish Story
  • 17. To Tell the Truth
  • 18. Jonas, The Actor
  • 19. All Alone
  • 20. You Just Gotta Keep Trying
  • 21. A Medal for Horace
  • 22. By the Numbers
  • 23. Mad at Dad
  • 24. AAHHCHOO!
  • 25. Wimzie's Hushabye
  • 26. The Tattletales
  • 27. I Dare You!
  • 28. We Want Toys!
  • 29. The Personal Trainer
  • 30. Jonas and All of His Hits
  • 31. Who Do You Trust?
  • 32. Jonas' Big Purple Map
  • 33. Wimzie's Three Wishes
  • 34. Who's The Boss?
  • 35. The Great Moving Day
  • 36. The Mighty Monster Power Piggies
  • 37. Wimzie's Scary Dream
  • 38. The Little Red Wimzie
  • 39. Friendship Day
  • 40. Bye Bye Birdie
  • 41. A Little Privacy, Please?
  • 42. I'm Scared for Daddy
  • 43. Bo Goes Bonkers!
  • 44. Identical Cousins
  • 45. The Hand-Me-Down Sweater
  • 46. I Think I Forgot Something
  • 47. Mommy's Afraid
  • 48. The Stuke-A-Piddleys
  • 49. The Tooth Fairy
  • 50. Wimzie's Late
  • 51. The Cookie Caper
  • 52. Wimzie's Big Trip
  • 53. The Lost Bone
  • 54. Official Backwards Day
  • 55. Doctor Wimzie
  • 56. The Assistant Grown-Up
  • 57. The Sore Winner
  • 58. To Each His Own
  • 59. The Contest
  • 60. Please Don't Say That!
  • 61. Be Yourself
  • 62. The Boys Against The Girls
  • 63. The Storm
  • 64. You Have to Learn the Trade
  • 65. Substitute Daddy
  • 66. Wimzie the Magician
  • 67. The Best Hiding Place on Earth
  • 68. The Jingle
  • 69. Mind Your Manners
  • 70. Picking a President
  • 71. We Can Do It!
  • 72. The Accident
  • 73. Happy Birthday, Yaya!
  • 74. The Dropsies
  • 75. Icky, Yucky and Goofy
  • 76. Cinderloulou
  • 77. LouLou Thinks Big
  • 78. Nicknames
  • 79. A Little Bit Testy
  • 80. Noises Night and Day
  • 81. Motherly Love
  • 82. I Don't Like Chores!
  • 83. Imagination in Action
  • 84. Promises, Promises, Promises
  • 85. The Telephone Call
  • 86. Am I Dreaming?
  • 87. What's the Truth?
  • 88. Wimzie the Prankster
  • 89. My Doll is for Sale
  • 90. The Show-Off
  • 91. Growing Up is Hard To Do
  • 92. From Dirt... to Ice Cream
  • 93. Shaggy's Visit
  • 94. Wimzie's Rainbow Wig
  • 95. Ants in My Pants
  • 96. The Silent Treatment
  • 97. Daddy's Girl
  • 98. Go for the Gold
  • 99. Wimzie's Family Career Day
  • 100. It's Bedtime!
  • 101. The Blackout
  • 102. Who Needs Yaya?
  • 103. All 'Round the World in a Day
  • 104. The Big Dinosaur
  • 105. The Gizmo-A-Gig-A-Bopper
  • 106. The Surprise That ... Wasn't
  • 107. The Ugly Scary Statue
  • 108. Horace Goes Whammer
  • 109. Wimzie Sees It All
  • 110. Wimzie the Interrupter
  • 111. The Magic Starfruit
  • 112. The Perfect Christmas

Songs[edit]

1. Wimzie's House Theme Song (sung in at the beginning of every episode)

2. Uh-Oh! (sung in "The Cookie Crisis", "The Boys Against the Girls", "What's The Truth?", "The Blackout" and "Horace Goes Whammer")

3. Always Tell the Truth (sung in "The Cookie Crisis" and "Ants in My Pants")

4. Best Of Friends (sung in "BOO!" and "The Silent Treatment")

5. I Don't Like That (sung in "BOO!", "The Show-Off", "The Silent Treatment", "Horace Goes Whammer" and "Wimzie The Interrupter")

6. They Are Mine! (sung in "The Magic Crayon")

7. It's Okay To Say What We Feel (sung in "The Magic Crayon" and "Nicknames")

8. Time to Relax (sung in "I Want My Mommy")

9. Pretending (sung in "I Want My Mommy" and "Wimzie's Family Career Day")

10. Some Things In Life Just Take Time (sung in "Flower Power")

11. Together (sung in "Flower Power")

12. I Wish I Were A Baby (sung in "Babies Have It Made")

13. I Rather Just Be Me (sung in "Babies Have It Made")

14. Frightened In the Night (sung in "The Scaredy Cats" and "Motherly Love")

15. Count On Your Friends (sung in "The Scaredy Cats")

16. Sometimes There Are Two of Me (sung in "The Treasure Hunt", "The Sore Winner" and "Wimzie Sees It All")

17. I Know What I Should Do (sung in "The Treasure Hunt" and "The Big Dinosaur")

18. Let's Laugh Together (sung in "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", "Mind Your Manners" and "Wimzie the Prankster")

19. Playing Hide and Seek (sung in "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "The Best Hiding Place on Earth")

20. Why Do We Need Friends? (sung in "What's The Matter With Horace?" and "Am I Dreaming?")

21. Even If We Fight (sung in "What's The Matter With Horace?")

22. Left Out (sung in "You're Not My Friend" and "Cinderloulou")

23. Making Our Friendship Grow (sung in "You're Not My Friend")

24. It's My Turn (sung in "To Share Or Not To Share")

25. If It's Mine (sung in "To Share Or Not To Share" and "My Doll is for Sale")

26. We Want To Have Fun (sung in "The Play's The Thing")

27. Dilemma (sung in "The Play's The Thing")

28. I Do Well When I Feel Good (sung in "The Lucky Pin" and "The Show-Off")

29. Rousso's Recipe (sung in "The Lucky Pin")

30. Sick Of Being Sick (sung in "Queen For A Day")

31. Animal Friends (sung in "A Fishy Fish Story" and "Shaggy's Visit")

32. Goldfish Goldfish (sung in "A Fishy Fish Story")

33. Love Makes Life Worth Living (sung in "To Tell The Truth")

34. True Or False (sung in "To Tell The Truth" and "What's The Truth?")

35. When It Hurts (sung in "Jonas, The Actor" and "I Think I Forgot Something")

36. Sometimes Everyone Feels Afraid (sung in "Jonas, The Actor")

37. All Alone (sung in "All Alone")

38. Number 1 (sung in "All Alone")

39. Try Try Try Again (sung in "You Just Gotta Keep Trying" and "We Can Do It!")

40. Practice Makes Perfect (sung in "You Just Gotta Keep Trying")

41. Forgetting Is Okay (sung in "A Medal For Horace" and "Wimzie the Prankster")

42. The Things You Miss (sung in "A Medal For Horace")

43. One Two Three (sung in "By the Numbers")

44. There's Only One Me (sung in "By the Numbers")

45. Lullaby for Bo (sung in "Mad At Dad" and "It's Bedtime!")

46. That Makes Me Mad! (sung in "Mad At Dad")

47. Darn These Allergies (sung in "AAHCHOO!")

48. Things That I Don't See (sung in "AAHCHOO!")

49. I Have A Secret (sung in "Wimzie's Hushabye" and "Shaggy's Visit")

50. When I Have A Friend (sung in "Wimzie's Hushabye" and "To Each His Own")

51. The One Color Crayon Blues (sung in "The Tattletales")

52. Tattletale (sung in "The Tattletales" and "The Surprise That... Wasn't")

53. Green Grape Funk (sung in "I Dare You!")

54. Don't You Dare (sung in "I Dare You!")

55. Everybody Must Have Toys (sung in "We Want Toys!" and "Imagination in Action")

56. There Are Ways To Say I Love You (sung in "We Want Toys!", "Motherly Love" and "The Telephone Call")

57. You Gotta Get Physical (sung in "The Personal Trainer" and "The Big Dinosaur")

58. Healthy Habits (sung in "The Personal Trainer" and "LouLou Thinks Big")

59. Hands Are Not For Hitting (sung in "Jonas and All of His Hits")

60. Time-outs (sung in "Jonas and All of His Hits", "Be Yourself" and "Wimzie the Interrupter")

61. On TV! On TV! (sung in "Who Do You Trust?")

62. Not Too Much TV (sung in "Who Do You Trust?" and "The Blackout")

63. I Love My Dirt (sung in "Jonas' Big Purple Map" and "From Dirt... to Ice Cream")

64. Permission First (sung in "Jonas' Big Purple Map", "The Telephone Call" and "Wimzie's Rainbow Wig")

65. The Wishing Song (sung in "Wimzie's Three Wishes" and "Wimzie Sees It All")

66. Families and Friends (sung in "Wimzie's Three Wishes" and "Am I Dreaming?")

67. I Was Born To Lead (sung in "Who's The Boss?")

68. Life Is Simply Grand (sung in "Who's The Boss?")

69. When I Miss Someone I Love (sung in "The Great Moving Day")

70. To Help A Friend (sung in "The Great Moving Day", "Substitute Daddy" and "The Gizmo-A-Gig-A-Bopper")

71. The Mighty Monster Power Piggies (sung in "The Mighty Monster Power Piggies")

72. Find Your Own Dream (sung in "The Mighty Monster Power Piggies", "Picking A President" and "I Don't Like Chores!")

73. The Monster Mask (sung in "Wimzie's Scary Dream")

74. I Like To Dream (sung in "Wimzie's Scary Dream")

75. On Lazy Days (sung in "The Little Red Wimzie")

76. When There's A Job To Do (sung in "A Fishy Fish Story", "The Little Red Wimzie", and "I Don't Like Chores!")

77. Are You My Friend? (sung in "Friendship Day")

78. Even If We're Friends (sung in "Friendship Day" and "The Contest")

79. It's Okay To Cry (sung in "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Promises, Promises, Promises")

80. We All Need Taking Care Of (sung in "Bye Bye Birdie")

81. Yaya's Diary (sung in "A Little Privacy, Please?" and "Who Needs Yaya?")

82. Tape Recorder Rap (sung in "A Little Privacy, Please?" and "All 'Round the World in a Day")

83. Turtles (sung in "I'm Scared for Daddy" and "Go for the Gold")

84. I'm A Fireman (sung in "I'm Scared for Daddy" and "Promises, Promises, Promises")

85. Where Is Bo? (sung in "Bo Goes Bonkers!" and "The Ugly Scary Statue")

86. Taking A Nap (sung in "Bo Goes Bonkers!")

87. Stand Up and Speak Out (sung in "Identical Cousins")

88. I Like To Be Me (sung in "Identical Cousins")

89. Brand New Again (sung in "The Hand-Me-Down Sweater" and "The Gizmo-A-Gig-A-Bopper")

90. What Makes Something Special (sung in "The Hand-Me-Down Sweater", "You Have to Learn the Trade"

and "My Doll is for Sale")

91. Me and My Dad (sung in "I Think I Forgot Something" and "Wimzie the Magician")

92. Feeling Afraid (sung in "Mommy's Afraid")

93. Sometimes I'm Scared (sung in "Mommy's Afraid", "The Storm", "Growing Up is Hard To Do" and "Ants in My Pants")

94. Invisible Me (sung in "The Stuke-A-Piddleys" and "The Dropsies")

95. The Words You Say (sung in "The Stuke-A-Piddleys" and "All 'Round the World in a Day")

96. That's The Rule (sung in "The Tooth Fairy" and "Please Don't Say That!")

97. Stay Awake (sung in "The Tooth Fairy" and "It's Bedtime!")

98. Tick Tock Clock (sung in "Wimzie's Late")

99. Right On Time (sung in "Wimzie's Late")

100. Snacktime Is Fun (sung in "The Cookie Caper", "The Jingle" and "The Surprise That... Wasn't")

101. Privacy (sung in "The Cookie Caper")

102. It's Fun To Go Travelling (sung in "Wimzie's Big Trip" and "Who Needs Yaya?")

103. Disappointment (sung in "Wimzie's Big Trip" and "The Perfect Christmas")

104. Digging In The Dirt (sung in "The Lost Bone")

105. Bones (sung in "The Lost Bone" and "The Accident")

106. Let's Be Different (sung in "Official Backwards Day")

107. The Searching Song (sung in "Official Backwards Day", "Happy Birthday, Yaya!" and "Go for the Gold")

108. I'm Taking Care of Mommy (sung in "Doctor Wimzie")

109. Yaya's Good Tummy Soup (sung in "Doctor Wimzie")

110. It's Fun To Be Detectives (sung in "The Assistant Grown-Up")

111. Responsibility (sung in "The Assistant Grown-Up")

112. I Won (sung in "The Sore Winner" and "A Little Bit Testy")

113. I Like Painting Pictures (sung in "To Each His Own")

114. Playing Dress Up Is Such Fun (sung in "The Contest", "Wimzie's Rainbow Wig" and "Wimzie's Family Career Day")

115. Watch Your Words (sung in "Please Don't Say That!" and "Icky, Yucky and Goofy")

116. Shhhhh (sung in "It's Bedtime", "Be Yourself" and "Noises Night and Day")

117. Boys and Girls (sung in "The Boys Against the Girls" and "Daddy's Girl")

118. Scary Noises (sung in "The Storm")

119. Find A Better Way (sung in "You Have to Learn the Trade")

120. Our Dad (sung in "Substitute Daddy" and "Daddy's Girl")

121. Magic! (sung in "Wimzie the Magician" and "The Magic Starfruit")

122. Do The Right Thing! (sung in "The Best Hiding Place on Earth")

123. Trying To Figure Problems Out (sung in "The Jingle")

124. Good Manners (sung in "Mind Your Manners")

125. Presidents (sung in "Picking A President")

126. No Problem! (sung in "We Can Do It!")

127. Brothers and Sisters (sung in "Babies Have It Made" and "The Accident")

128. Imagination (sung in "Happy Birthday, Yaya!")

129. Better Be Careful! (sung in "The Dropsies", "Imagination in Action" and "The Ugly Scary Statue")

130. I'm Special (sung in "By the Numbers", "Icky, Yucky and Goofy" and "The Magic Starfruit")

131. What's So Good About Being Tall? (sung in "Cinderloulou" and "LouLou Thinks Big")

132. I Wanna Be Big Right Now (sung in "LouLou Thinks Big" and "Growing Up is Hard To Do")

133. The Nicknames (sung in "Nicknames")

134. We All Need Each Other (sung in "A Little Bit Testy" and "From Dirt to... Ice Cream")

135. Noisy Noises (sung in "Noises Night and Day")

136. I Love Snow (sung in "The Perfect Christmas")

137. Sometimes Friends Can Make You Mad (sung in "Queen For A Day")

Legal troubles[edit]

In 1999, The Jim Henson Company issued a lawsuit against the company, claiming the series' puppets and resultant merchandise violated its copyright and trademark rights on The Muppets. CINAR and its licensees Eden LLC and Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company denied and continue to deny any wrongdoing or liability for infringement.

A confidential settlement allowed CINAR to continue broadcasting the series, selling show merchandise, and a "mechanism for preserving the distinctive look of Jim Henson's Muppets in CINAR's future productions."

Ronald A. Weinberg, CINAR President and Co-CEO:

We are delighted that it's been settled and that the agreement leaves an open door between the two companies. It's also good news that WIMZIE'S HOUSE will continue to enjoy such a broad audience on PBS in the U.S. and on other channels in over 100 countries around the world. Furthermore, it means that the licensing initiative we launched last year will continue to flourish with both established and new licensee partners.

Media[edit]

Video releases[edit]

Five hour-long VHS tapes were released by Sony Wonder in 1999 to 2000.

  • Babies Have It Made (March 7, 2000)
  • Happy Holidays (September 12, 2000)
  • It's Magic Time (August 10, 1999)
  • Pet Tales (March 7, 2000)
  • You're Special (August 10, 1999)

PBS DVD Video[edit]

  • Season 1 (March 21, 2000)
  • Season 1: Part 2 (April 11, 2000)
  • Season 2 (October 24, 2000)
  • Season 3 (November 14, 2000)
  • Season 4 (June 19, 2001)
  • Season 5 (November 13, 2001)

DVD releases[edit]

On July 27, 2010, Mill Creek Entertainment released a 10 episode Best-of collection entitled Wimzie's House: A World of Enchantment on DVD in Region 1.[3]

References[edit]

  • "CINAR and Jim Henson Company Settle Wimzie Lawsuit", Business Wire, 18 January 2000.

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