Bubble Guppies

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Bubble Guppies
BubbleGuppieslogo.png
Genre Kids' animation[1]
Created by Jonny Belt and Robert Scull
Opening theme "Bubble Guppies!"
Composer(s) Michael Rubin
Country of origin United States
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 80 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 22–23 minutes; Movies: 45-1hr minutes
Production company(s) Wild Brain (2011)
Nelvana (2011–present)
Special Agent Productions
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Distributor MTV Networks
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Picture format HDTV 1080i (2011–present)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1 (2011–present) (NTSC)
Original release January 24, 2011 (2011-01-24) – present
External links
Website

Bubble Guppies is an American/Canadian preschool children's television series produced for Nickelodeon and created by Jonny Belt and Robert Scull.[2] The series is produced by using Autodesk Maya 3D software and revolves around the underwater adventures of a group of merperson preschoolers.[3] The program premiered on Monday, January 24, 2011 as part Nickelodeon's block, The Play Date.

Season 3 of Bubble Guppies premiered on August 12, 2013, with an episode entitled, Bubble Guppies: Get Ready for School.[4][5]

Season 4 of Bubble Guppies premiered on May 21, 2015, with an episode entitled, The Glitter Games.

Format[edit]

The Guppies live in the fictional underwater city of Bubbletucky.[6]

All episodes follow a similar format. The episode starts with an introduction by Molly, saying 'Hi: it's me: Molly: and it's time for-' only to be stopped by Gil performing an act related to the episode's subject. One of the two then states 'It's time for Bubble Guppies!', and the theme song plays. After the theme song, the Little Fish say the episode's name.

An event may occur when one or more characters is proceeding to school. For example: Avi breaks his tail in "Call a Clambulance!" when Oona was going to school. Afterwards, the school day begins with all the Bubble Guppies saying "Good morning, Mr. Grouper!" Later, a Guppie tells Mr. Grouper about the earlier experience. He suggests, "Let's think about it," and the characters discuss the topic. A song follows, focusing on the episode's main topic.

One of the Guppies may go to a shop that mostly focuses on the topic (example: a doctor's office in "Call a Clambulance!"). The owner of the shop (usually played by Deema) will ask questions about what he or she needs. Jokes and silly responses will eventually lead to the correct necessity. Mr. Grouper usually ends this segment by asking, "Excuse me, what time is it?" in a call-and-response pattern, with the Guppies responding, "It's time for lunch!" three times.

At lunch, three of the characters make a food joke about the subject of the episode (example: Molly gets pizza and a banana, Oona gets a sandwich and a cookie, and Deema gets a sandwich and an ice cream "sun"-dae in The Moon Rocks!). (Note: In almost every episode after the lunch segment, the little fish say the transition quote "That's silly!" or "That's ridiculous!" after saying the lunch joke.) After lunch, another Gil and Molly sketch is shown.

After the sketch, some classroom activity is shown further reinforcing that episode's theme, or Mr. Grouper talks more about the topic. This is often ended when Mr. Grouper says, "Line up everybody. It's time to go outside," followed by the "outside song". Outside the classroom, the Guppies act out a story about the topic, interfused with Adobe Flash-animated graphics. Once back inside, a second song is typically performed. Afterward, Gil and Molly do another sketch.

The Guppies may then go on a field trip that focuses on the topic. This may focus on a problem shown earlier and involves the key characters. The show concludes with a sketch by Gil and Molly and a reprise of the theme song, before cutting to the credits which includes a song played earlier in that episode.

Heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne guest starred as Sid Fishy in the 2015 episode Super Guppies.[7]

List of characters[edit]

The main characters (Molly, Gil, Goby, Deema, Oona, and Nonny) are intentionally drawn to appear to mirror a wide range of human ethnic groups.[citation needed]

  • Molly (Brianna Gentilella, Bailey Gambertoglio, Season 3–4), is a topless Latino guppy girl with a caring personality. She is a co-host of the show with Gil and is a natural leader of the group.[8][9] She has long pink hair, brown eyes, and a blue swirly tail. Molly appears alongside Gil in the transitional segments, where she aids Gil in hopes that problems won't arise.
  • Gil (Zachary Gordon, Jacob Bertrand, sung by Teddy Walsh, Jay Gragnani), is a American guppy boy with a silly personality.[8] He has blue hair, blue eyes, and a green camouflage tail. Gil gets scared easily, and appears alongside Molly in the transitional segments. In those segments, Gil often attempts to do something but with unexpected results.
  • Goby (Jelani Imani, Marleik Mar Mar Walker, 2013–2015, sung by Johntae Limpscomb, The Puppy and the Ring!; Isaac Brown, sung by Christopher Borger, Season 1–present), is a African American guppy boy with an imaginative personality.[8] He has indigo hair, brown eyes, and a purple/blue wavy tail.
  • Deema (Angelina Wahler, sung by Selena Gonzalez, Season 1–present; Grace Kaufman), is a topless Australian guppy girl with a zany personality.[8] She has long yellow curly hair, blue eyes, and an orange/yellow spotted tail. Deema has a wild imagination and often plays the role of shopkeeper in the "store" segments.
  • Oona (Reyna Shaskan, Tori Feinstein, Shayna Rose), is a topless Asian guppy girl with a sweet personality.[8] She has purple hair in two pigtails with a pink star shaped clip, brown eyes, and a purple/pink striped tail.
  • Nonny (Eamon Pirruccello, Jet Jurgensmeyer, sung by Eason Rytter, The Puppy and the Ring!), is an intelligent English guppy boy.[8] He has orange hair, green eyes, a blue scuba mask (his "glasses"), and a green striped tail. He doesn't smile as often as the others. He is the most polite and mature member of the group. He is smart and helps Deema pronounce words and helps his friends answer their questions. Nonny seems to not show a great difference between his feelings.
  • Mr. Grouper (Tino Insana), (Fred Tatasciore), 2013–2015, sung by (Chris Phillips), is the Guppies' teacher. He is an orange and yellow fish, and can change colors.[8] Mr. Grouper respects the kids imaginations, ideas, and suggestions. He always helps the kids understand the subject of each episode by "thinking about it."
  • Little Fish (Skai Jackson, Mia Vavasseur, 2013–2015, Kalya Erickson), are a trio of fish that look alike and frequently answer questions that are put to the home audience by the main characters.[8]
  • Bubble Puppy (Frank Welker) is Gil's pet puppy.[8] He has orange and white fur and a green collar with a yellow fish license.
  • Bubble Kitty is Bubble Kitty's Owner's pet kitty.
  • Bubble Kitty's Owner (Kari Wahlgren).
  • Molly's Mom is Molly's mother.
  • Molly's Dad is Molly's father.
  • Mia is Molly's baby sister.
  • Crabs, Lobsters & Snails (Chris Phillips), (Candi Milo) are extra characters often seen doing activities in the background or making cameos.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes First aired Last aired
1 20 January 24, 2011 (2011-01-24) October 24, 2011 (2011-10-24)
2 20 November 4, 2011 (2011-11-04) May 2, 2013 (2013-05-02)
3 26 August 12, 2013 (2013-08-12) June 19, 2015 (2015-06-19)
4 14[10] May 21, 2015 (2015-05-21)[11] October 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bubble Guppies". commonsensemedia.org. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (January 23, 2011). "Splish Splash: Fantastical Fish Tales". New York Times. 
  3. ^ Bryson, Carey. "Bubble Guppies – TV Show Review for Parents". About.com:Kids, Movies & TV. About.com. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  4. ^ "Bubble Guppies – Bubble Guppies Printables, Crafts, Recipes, & Games – Nick Jr.". nickjr.com. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bubble Guppies - Show page - TV Listing - Zap2it.com". Zap2it. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bubble Guppies". TV.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne Will Play 'Sid Fishy' in New Show 'Bubble Guppies' – Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i "About the Cast". Archived from the original on November 30, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Character Descriptions". Bubble Guppies Press Site. Viacom International, Inc. Archived from the original on November 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ http://theofficialcharlieadler.com/charlie-adler-directing-resume/
  11. ^ "Shows A-Z - bubble guppies on nickelodeon - TheFutonCritic.com". thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/showatch/bubble-guppies/listings/

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