Higglytown Heroes

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Higglytown Heroes
Higglytown Heroes Poster.jpg
Promotional Higglytown Heroes poster
Created by George Evelyn
Holly Huckins
Denis Morella
Kent Redeker
Jeff Ulin
Starring Jonathan Bee
Taylor Masamitsu
Frankie Ryan Manriquez
Liliana Mumy
Rory Thost
Edie McClurg
Dee Bradley Baker
Kevin Michael Richardson
Mindy Sterling
Jim Wise
Rachel York
Alanna Ubach
Valyn Hall
Lara Jill Miller
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 65
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Wild Brain
Happy Nest Productions
Distributor Buena Vista Television Distribution (2004–07)
Disney-ABC Domestic Television (2007–08)
Original network Disney Junior
Original release September 12, 2004 (2004-09-12) – January 7, 2008 (2008-01-07)
External links

Higglytown Heroes is an American children's television series that used to air on the Playhouse Disney (now called Disney Junior) portion of the Disney Channel, or, on some cable networks, Playhouse Disney. The theme song of the show, Here in Higglytown, is performed by They Might Be Giants, which was also released on their second children's album Here Come the ABCs. Higglytown Heroes had reruns on Disney Junior on its cable and satellite channel replacing SOAPnet on March 23, 2012. The Higglytown Heroes TV series was made using Autodesk Maya which was used to design models and textures for the Higglytown Heroes Characters, and Photoshop which was used to create the 2D backgrounds and 2D props.[1]


Higglytown Heroes tells the story of four children (Eubie, Wayne, Twinkle, and Kip). Along the way, whose person and environment are modeled after Matryoshka nesting dolls, explore their city and the people in it. The main non-human character, who is almost always with them, is a red squirrel named Fran.

Higglytown heroes have ranged from firefighters to dentists to snow plow operators. Voice actors for these Higglytown heroes are frequently guest celebrities. The series encourages involvement in the community, and means to inspire children to consider the importance of individuals who contribute to the world and make it a better place. The show also teaches kids about jobs and may influence them about what they want to be when they grow up.


  • Eubie – A nesting doll with blonde hair, and a yellow shirt with red stripes. Voiced by Taylor Masamitsu.
  • Wayne – A nesting doll with brown hair, glasses, and a green shirt with green overalls. He is the brother of Twinkle. Voiced by Frankie Ryan Manriquez.
  • Twinkle – A nesting doll with brown braided hair, and a pink shirt with a pink duck hatching on it. She is the sister of Wayne. Voiced by Liliana Mumy.
  • Kip – A nesting doll with black hair, a blue shirt with a blue robot on it, and a blue jacket. Voiced by Rory Thost.
  • Fran – A nesting doll who is a squirrel with red fur and is the pet of Kip. Voiced by Edie McClurg.

Hero song[edit]

The lyrics to the first "Hero" song were written by Kent Redeker, one of the show's executive producers. The song was composed and produced by Mark Harrison, the show's senior songwriter.

Each episode contains two songs. An initial "dilemma" song which sets up the "problem" which needs to be solved followed by the "hero" song which introduces the hero who solves the problem, some of the heroes later appear in later episodes and renamed to Mr., Ms. or Miss or Mrs. (depending on their gender) like the Gardener Hero who first appeared in the episode "Flower Power" who later got renamed to Mr. Gardener in the episode "Look Who's Squawking" and Mr. Electrician who first appeared in "Electric Evening" later appeared in later episodes like "A Valentine For Ms. Fern".

While every hero song has the same basic melody as the initial hero song written by Harrison, he performed and produced each song with different lyrics and instrumentation to fit the episode's specific hero.

Brad Mossman, the other principal songwriter, composed lyrics and music for a number of dilemma songs in many episodes as well.


Season 1 (2004–05)[edit]

"Up A Tree"/"Missing Grandpop" September 12, 2004

"Twinkle Tooth"/"Flower Power" September 19, 2004

"First Snow"/"Snow Dazed" November 13, 2004

"Flappy's Not Happy"/"Electric Evening" November 16, 2004

"All Tire'd Out"/"Great Un-Expectations" November 28, 2004

"Smooth Operator"/"Stinky Situation. December 27, 2004

"Weather or Not"/"Green in the Gills" December 31, 2004

"Halloween Heroes" (aka "Higgly Halloween") October 19, 2004

"Smells Like a Mystery"/"Ship Ahoy!" October 15, 2004

"Soup With Stars"/"The Happy Friendly Sparkly Toast Club" November 1, 2004

"Catch Up With Ketchup"/"Star Struck" November 8, 2004

"Twinkle's Wish" December 12, 2004

"Twinkle's Masterpiece"/"The Egg-cellent Adventure" January 2, 2005

"Wayne's Ripping Adventure"/"Meet Eubie's Cousin" January 4, 2005

"Say What"/"Higgly Harmonies" January 6, 2005

"Wayne's Good Guess"/"Wayne's 100 Special Somethings" February 6, 2005

"Patty Cake"/"Havin' A Ball" February 6, 2005

"Bright Sights, Big City"/"Kip's Shadow" April 4, 2005

"Fran Takes a Hike"/"Mystery at Kip's House" April 4, 2005

"Kip Joins the Circus"/"Baby Boom" May 8, 2005

"Twinkle's Favorite Author"/"Don't Fence Me In" May 16, 2005

"Higgly Hoedown"/"Eubie's Turbo Sled" June 20, 2005

"Kip's Dad Gets a Strike"/"A Really Hot Day" August 19, 2005

"Kip's Sweet Tooth"/"Wayne's Lollipop" July 20, 2005

"Eubie's Pink Dots"/"Two Bees or Not Two Bees" July 22, 2005

"Higgly Frog Day"/"Eubie's Elly-Fantastic Adventure" August 15, 2005

Season 2 (2006)[edit]

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Fish"/"All the Wrong Moves" January 9, 2006

"Kip Gets Swing Fever"/"Wayne's Pieces of Gold" January 16, 2006

"All Warm Inside"/"Calling All Ducks" February 23, 2006

"A Totally Secret Valentine"/"A Valentine for Miss Fern" April 23, 2006

"Cry Baby Pookie"/"Wait for Me" April 29, 2006

"Balloon-a-Palooza"/"Wayne's Day Out" May 28, 2006

"The Fran in the Moon" June 23, 2006

"Me and My Shadow"/"Out to Sea" June 30, 2006

"Don't Wayne on My Parade"/"Twinkle's Terrific Twirl" July 7, 2006

"Wayne's Big, Big Discovery"/"Dirigible Day" July 23, 2006

"The Legend of Higgsquatch" August 23, 2006

"Eubie's Big Boat Float"/"A Slippery Situation" January 31, 2006

"Kip's Rocket Rescue"/"Let's Get Moving" August 26, 2006

"Corn to Be Wild"/"Overnight Moose" September 1, 2006

"Higgly Island" October 20, 2006

"Shear Luck"/"Big Night Out" October 30, 2006

"Calling All Cars"/"Amazing Museum" November 6, 2006

"Frozen Fish Follies"/"Look Who's Squawking" November 13, 2006

"Wayne's Day to Shine"/"Wayne Listens Up" November 20, 2006

"A Hoppin' Poppin' Problem"/"Hay Hay Hay!!" November 27, 2006

  • Leslie Boone – Mechanic Hero, Bessy the Cow, Farmer Lulu

Season 3 (2007–08)[edit]

"Happy Campers"/"All Washed Out" January 1, 2007

"Hat's All Folks"/"Hop Hop Hooray" January 2, 2007

"Shuffleboard Buddies"/"All Mapped Out" January 3, 2007

"12-Pie Abe"/"The Day the Diner Stood Still" February 5, 2007

"Saturday Night Higgly"/"Monster Sandwiches" February 12, 2007

"The Big Pink Elephant Sale"/"Higglies on Horseback" February 19, 2007

"Buki-Buki Boo-Boo"/"Signs of Spring" March 7, 2007

"Easy to Get Sneezy"/"Unlock the Magic" March 20, 2007

"Wayne's Cycle Recycle"/"Wayne's Wet Pet" April 22, 2007

"X Marks the Spot"/"Eubie's View" May 7, 2007

"Whing-A-Ding Whirly Box"/"Windy Watchers" May 27, 2007

"Choo-Choo Zucchini"/"Something Ducky Going On" June 25, 2007

"Fripp's Flip-Flap Flop"/"Say Cheese" July 23, 2007

"Canyon Capers"/"High-Country Hiccups" July 31, 2007

"Calling All Heroes" August 23, 2007

"Happy Flappy Birthday"/"The Cuckoo County Caw-Caw Contest" September 9, 2007

"Little Big Fish"/"Good Sports" October 20, 2007

"'Tis the Season to be Snowy"/"Bingo Bongos" December 1, 2007

"Wayne's Toasty Invention"/"Spell it Safe" January 7, 2008

Related studies[edit]

  • Victor C. Strasburger and Edward Donnerstein, 1999. “Children, Adolescents, and the Media: Issues and Solutions,” Pediatrics, volume 103, number 1: pp. 129–139: Open Access Copy


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