Zoobilee Zoo

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Zoobilee Zoo
Zoobilee Zoo cast photo.gif
Format Children's
Developed by Hallmark
Opening theme by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 65 (plus 14 direct-to-video episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Steve Binder
Jean Chalopin
Andy Heyward
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
SFM Entertainment
BRB Productions
Broadcast
Original channel first-run syndication
Original run September 22, 1986 – March 27, 1987

Zoobilee Zoo is a children's television series featuring costumed performers dressed as animal characters. It originally aired from 1986–1987, then in syndication until 2001 on several television channels including commercial network television stations, public television stations, The Learning Channel, and the Hallmark Channel. Only 65 episodes of the original incarnation of the show were made. While it was in syndication for 15 years, it was no longer airing on television as of July 2011. The original 65 episodes are currently owned by Hallmark Properties and were produced by WQED Pittsburgh.

Generally the plot of each episode consists of the main characters, called Zoobles, encountering difficulties usually common to young children (though some adults can relate to them) and then learning a moral lesson about dealing with such problems, such as being apprehensive of going to a doctor or learning to appreciate others. Each character has a certain gimmick in his behavior or interests that gives him a unique view on each problem faced. (Examples: Bravo Fox is a showman and encourages the talents of acting; Talkatoo Cockatoo enjoys reading, writing and speech; Van Go Lion enjoys art; Whazzat Kangaroo encourages kids to enjoy music and dance; Lookout Bear enjoys adventuring and travel; and Bill Der Beaver likes to invent and fix stuff.) Mayor Ben, who usually appears at the beginnings and ends of each episode, calls the fans and viewers of the show Zoobaroos.

The show is still available on a wide array of VHS videocassettes, the most recent series released in 1997, though it has not been released to DVD. However, in 2000, 14 new direct-to-video episodes and soundtracks were released, and a stage show, "Zoobilee Zoo Live!" toured briefly, with several of the cast members reprising their roles. As of August 2009, a book was spoken of as being in the works,[citation needed] with input from all cast members and some of the crew, with a projected release in 2007. As of July 2011, however, this book wasn't known to have been published.

The website Zoobileezoo.com gives readers a brief history of the show's production, and episodes to watch for free. It also features Facebook profiles for each of the Zoobles. Whazzat Kangaroo even has her own YouTube page (WhazzatKangaroo), with episodes of the show, and clips from various shows where Louise Vallance appeared.

A completely different alternate version of the Zoobilee Zoo theme song which is featured on Shuki Levy's Official website has an upbeat tune similar to the Back to the Future song "Back in Time".

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Sandey Grinn as Bill Der Beaver (except for 5 episodes where Michael Sheehan took his place)
  • Forrest Gardner as Van Go Lion
  • Karen Hartman as Talkatoo Cockatoo
  • Michael B. Moynahan as Lookout Bear
  • Gary Schwartz as Bravo Fox
  • Louise Vallance as Whazzat Kangaroo
  • Ben Vereen as Mayor Ben (a leopard)

Minor Characters:

  • Roger Behr as Limerick Leprechaun
  • Roger Peltz as Rhymin' Simon
  • Crosby the Dog as Crosby

Episodes[edit]

  • 1. A Star is Born
  • 2. A Time for Laughs
  • 3. Blue Ribbon Zoobles
  • 4. Bravo Come Home
  • 5. The Land of Rhymes
  • 6. The Genie
  • 7. When You Wish Upon a Tooth Fairy
  • 8. The Robot Zoobles
  • 9. Trading Places
  • 10. The Great Trash Mystery
  • 11. Strike Up the Band
  • 12. Mystery in Zoobilee Zoo
  • 13. Bill Sees Stars
  • 14. The Cockatoo Fox Report
  • 15. Grown Up for a Day
  • 16. Winter Wonderland
  • 17. Fox in Wolf's Clothing
  • 18. Vaudeville Star
  • 19. Is There a Doctor in the House?
  • 20. Backwardville
  • 21. Speak to Me, Bill
  • 22. A Sticky Situation
  • 23. To See or Not to See
  • 24. Just in Time
  • 25. The Cave Zoobles
  • 26. Bear Behind the Badge
  • 27. One Touch of Van Go
  • 28. Job Hunting
  • 29. The Great Game #1
  • 30. Lookout, Super Zooble
  • 31. Invisible Zooble
  • 32. Lookout's Dog
  • 33. Endangered Zoobra
  • 34. Bravo's Puppets
  • 35. The Witch's Spell
  • 36. Talkerella
  • 37. The Great Game #2
  • 38. Van Go, Master Painter
  • 39. The Ghost of Zoobilee Woods
  • 40. Pigment Puzzle
  • 41. Whazzat the Clown
  • 42. The Great Zooble Tryouts
  • 43. Gotta Dance
  • 44. Close Encounters of a Zooble Kind
  • 45. Laughland
  • 46. Lady Whazzat
  • 47. The Zooble Book of Records
  • 48. Sing Along #1
  • 49. The Magic Ring
  • 50. A Trip to Memoryland
  • 51. The Zooble Hop
  • 52. Attack of the Giant Potatoes
  • 53. Popular Bill
  • 54. Simon and Leprechaun
  • 55. Pictures to Remember
  • 56. Smart Dummy
  • 57. The Zoobadoobas
  • 58. Sing Along #2
  • 59. A Camping We Will Go
  • 60. Bravo's Party
  • 61. Two's a Crowd
  • 62. Piano Man Bill
  • 63. Surprise, Surprise
  • 64. Teleportation
  • 65. Without a Sound

See also[edit]

New Zoo Revue

External links[edit]