Zoobilee Zoo

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This article is about the children's television series. For the toyline by Spin Master, see Zoobles!. For the anime, see Zoobles! (anime).
Zoobilee Zoo
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Developed by Hallmark
Presented by Ben Vereen
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. 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 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. Mayor Ben, who usually appears at the beginnings and ends of each episode, calls the fans and viewers of the show Zoobaroos.

Episodes were released on a wide array of VHS videocassettes, the most recent series released in 1997, but not yet released to DVD. In 2000, 14 new direct-to-video episodes and soundtracks were released, and the stage show "Zoobilee Zoo Live!" toured briefly, with several of the cast members reprising their roles.[citation needed]

Cast and characters[edit]

Each Zooble character has a certain gimmick of behavior or interest that offers a unique view on each challenge they face.

  • Sandey Grinn as Bill Der Beaver, who likes to invent and fix stuff
  • Forrest Gardner as Van Go Lion, who enjoys art
  • Karen Hartman as Talkatoo Cockatoo, who enjoys reading, writing, and speech
  • Michael B. Moynahan as Lookout Bear, who enjoys adventuring and travel
  • Gary Schwart as Bravo Fox, a showman who encourages the talents of theatre and acting
  • Louise Vallance as Whazzat Kangaroo, who encourages kids to enjoy music and dance
  • 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

Awards and recognition[edit]

The series was awarded the 1987 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Costume Design.

See also[edit]

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