64 Zoo Lane

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64 Zoo Lane
Also known as Zoo Lane
Genre Fantasy
Supernatural
Educational
Created by An Vrombaut
Written by An Vrombaut, Keith Brumpton, John Grace, Jill Brett, Gillian Corderoy
Directed by An Vrombaut, Albert Pereira Lazaro, Julien Cayot
Starring Lara Wollington
Keith Wickham
Lewis McLeod
Matt Wilkinson
Adrienne Posta
Bob Saker
Anna Bentinck
Dan Russell
Theme music composer Rowland Lee (music)
An Vrombaut (lyrics)
Opening theme 64 Zoo Lane theme song
Ending theme 64 Zoo Lane theme song instrumental
Composer(s) Rowland Lee
Country of origin United Kingdom
France
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 104
Production company(s)
  • Millimages S.A.
  • Zoo Lane Productions, Ltd
  • La Cinquième
[1][2]
Distributor Itel[2]
Release
Original network
Nick Jr.
CBBC
Sprout
Original release 18 February 1999 (1999-02-18) – 28 February 2013 (2013-02-28)

64 Zoo Lane is a British–French children's cartoon created by Belgian-born English author An Vrombaut. The series was produced by Millimages S.A., Zoo Lane Productions, and La Cinquième.[1] The series premiered in 1999.

Synopsis[edit]

The series follows a 7-year-old girl named Lucy who lives next door to a Zoo at 64 Zoo Lane. Each night, she is told a story by the animals. Characters include Georgina the Giraffe, Nelson the Elephant, Tickles and Giggles the Monkeys, Boris the Bear, and Molly the Hippopotamus. The programme emphasizes friendship and responsibility. At the story's end, friendly morals are discussed, then bedtime is declared. Georgina deposits Lucy into bed via the bedroom window (later episodes show Lucy yawning and then sleeping soundly in bed; in the original episodes she would be lulled to sleep by the storytelling itself). The programme has shown on CBBC, CBeebies and CBeebies Bedtime Hour, Noggin, ABC For Kids and lots more Opportunities for learning: exploring language and vocabulary are enhanced by the use of intonation and expression in the character's voices and the themes of the animals' stories support social and emotional issues, including friendships and helping and caring for others.[3] The creator of the TV series, An Vrombaut, also wrote and illustrated six 64 Zoo Lane picture books based on stories from the TV series.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

African characters[edit]

  • Nathalie the Antelope (voiced by Megg Nicol)
  • Audrey the Ostrich (voiced by Megg Nicol)
  • Reginald the Lion (voiced by Lewis McCleod) – A lion whose naps would often get disturbed.
  • The Snip Snip Bird (voiced by Bob Saker) – A green bird
  • King Snake (voiced by Keith Wickham)
  • Victor the Crocodile (voiced by Keith Wickham)
  • Kevin the Crocodile (voiced by Dan Russell) – A miniature green crocodile who is friends with Toby and Doris. He has a completely actual male voice and He speaks with an Gain Southern Drawl.
  • Doris the Duck (voiced by Adrienne Posta)
  • Toby the Turtle (voiced by Bob Saker)
  • Isabel the Flamingo (voiced by Adrienne Posta)
  • Mirabelle the Flamingo (voiced by Anna Bentinck)
  • Annabelle the Flamingo (voiced by Anna Bentinck)
  • Herbert the Warthog (voiced by Keith Wickham) – A warthog who has a fond of watermelons.
  • Zed the Zebra (voiced by Lewis McCleod)
  • Alan the Aardvark (voiced by Keith Wickham)
  • Ronald the Rhinoceros (voiced by Keith Wickham)
  • The Tic Tic Bird (voiced by Bob Saker)
  • William the Weaverbird (voiced by Bob Saker)
  • Pauline the Pelican (voiced by Adrienne Posta)
  • Nigel the Elephant Calf (voiced by Anna Bentinck)
  • Harry the Hyena (voiced by Lewis McCleod)
  • Edna the Hyena (voiced by Adrienne Posta)
  • Holly and Johnnie the Hyena Pups (voiced by Anna Bentinck and Bob Saker)
  • Seamus the Stork (voiced by Jonathan Guy Lewis)
  • Eddie the Hippopotamus (voiced by Lewis McLeod)
  • Henrietta the Hairy Hippopotamus (voiced by Anna Bentinck) – A furry hippotamus who is one of Molly's relatives.
  • Cleopatra "Patsy" the Porcupine (voiced by Anna Bentinck)
  • Casper the Chameleon – (voiced by Matt Wilkinson) – Casper is a cheeky chameleon who likes to camouflage. Ignoring Granddad Chameleon's warning, he gets into trouble.
  • Granddad Chameleon (voiced by Keith Wickham)
  • Dennis the Dromedary (voiced by Keith Wickham)
  • Gary the Dromedary (voiced by Lewis McCleod)
  • Dr. Gordon Gorilla (voiced by Keith Wickham) – Dr. Gordon Gorilla is Africa's physician and the uncle of Giggles and Tickles.
  • Esmerelda the Snake (voiced by Adrienne Posta)
  • Cousin Chuckles the Monkey (voiced by Lewis McLeod)
  • Lily the Ostrich (voiced by Adrienne Posta)
  • Doogal the Ostrich (voiced by Anna Bentinck)
  • Rosie the Rhinoceros (voiced by Anna Bentinck)
  • Petula the Parrot (voiced by Adrienne Posta)

North American characters[edit]

  • Melanie the Moose (voiced by Adrienne Posta) – A female moose with antlers.
  • Beverley the Beaver (voiced by Anna Bentinck) – A beaver that is often trying to perfect her dam and She speaks with an American accent.
  • Randolph the Raccoon (voiced by Dan Russell) – A raccoon who grows a crop of mushrooms and He speaks with an Gain Southern Drawl accent.
  • Barbara the Bison (voiced by Anna Bentinck) – A baby bison is a found her family.
  • Alfie and Charlie the Chipmunks (voiced by Bob Saker and Matt Wilkinson)
  • Mr. and Mrs Bison (voiced by Anna Bentinck and Dan Russell)

South American characters[edit]

  • Adam the Armadillo (voiced by Keith Wickham) – An armadillo who likes to be a ball.
  • Jazz the Jaguar (voiced by Dan Russell)
  • Leopoldo the Llama (voiced by Lewis McCleod)
  • Taco the Toucan (voiced by Jim Cummings)
  • Annie the Anaconda (voiced by Lily Tomlin)
  • Duddley the Sloth (voiced by Bob Saker)
  • Itchy Quatzel the Mysterious Mountain (voiced by Jim Cummings)
  • Tallulah the Toucan

Australian characters[edit]

  • Joey the Kangaroo (voiced by Keith Wickham)
  • Jimmy the Kangaroo (voiced by Lewis McLeod and Matt Wilkinson)
  • Janet and Elvis the Kangaroos
  • Janice the Kangaroo (voiced by Adrienne Posta)
  • Wally the Wombat (voiced by Keith Wickham)
  • Mr. Platypus (voiced by Lewis McLeod)
  • Julie the Kangaroo
  • Ribbit the Frog
  • Phoebe the Koala (voiced by Adrienne Posta)
  • Carrie the Cockatoo (voiced by Adrienne Posta)

North Pole characters[edit]

  • Snowbert the Polar Bear (voiced by Dan Russell) – A polar bear who is Boris' northern cousin. He used to live alone until he met Sidney the Seal.
  • Sidney the Seal (voiced by Keith Wickham) – A seal that befriended Snowbert.

Mossy Bay island characters[edit]

  • Jamie the littlest Puffin (voiced by Anna Bentinck)
  • Thomas, Sharon and Lewis the Puffins (voiced by Lewis McLeod (Thomas), Bob Saker (Lewis), and Anna Bentinck (Sharon))
  • Hercule Moustache the Walrus (voiced by Jim Cummings)
  • Thelma the Whale (voiced by Anna Bentinck)
  • Gunnar the Seagull (voiced by Dan Russell)
  • Jack Big Claw the Crab (voiced by Frank Welker)

Asian characters[edit]

  • Bao Bao the Giant Panda
  • Gertie the Goat
  • Cassandra the Crane (voiced by Anna Bentinck)
  • Horace the Hare (voiced by Keith Wickham)
  • Confuse-us the Carp

Episodes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Preschool TV series". Millimages. Millimages. Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Georgina the Giraffe". 64 Zoo Lane. Season 1. Episode 9. 11:00 minutes in. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "64 Zoo Lane". Retrieved 10 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "64 Zoo Lane". Retrieved 5 February 2014.  "Meet Lucy, a 7-year-old girl..."

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