Imagination Movers (TV series)
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|Developed by||Rick Gitelson|
|Directed by||Jim Menendez|
Scott "Smitty" Smith
Douglas Fisher (Season 1)
|Voices of||Kath Soucie|
|Opening theme||"Imagination Movers Theme Song"|
|Ending theme||"Mover Music (Jump Up!)"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||75 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production companies||Penn/Bright Entertainment |
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original release||September 6, 2008 –|
April 14, 2013
Imagination Movers is an American live-action preschool television series based on the format & music of the New Orleans music group of the same name that premiered its first 2 episodes consecutively on September 6, 2008 on Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney daily block intended for preschoolers. On February 14, 2011, it was moved to the Disney Junior block, which served as Playhouse Disney's replacement.
Each episode of the series features songs written by and performed by the aforementioned music group whose Official Members both starred & were co-executive producers on the show.
On May 24, 2011, it was announced that the series would not be renewed for a fourth season (which meant a loss of several months of steady employment for the 100 local members of the mostly local crew that worked on the show) and that it would end after the remaining episodes of the third season have aired, though the band itself can continue and is open to doing other projects.
After the final episode originally aired on April 14, 2013, reruns continued to air on Disney Junior until May 16, 2014, & the series was made available on the Disney+ streaming service on February 28, 2020.
The series focuses on the Imagination Movers: Dave (bass, vocals), Rich (drums, percussion, lead vocals), Smitty (guitars, keyboards, vocals), and Scott (vocals, mandolin, keyboards, percussion), who dwell in the "Idea Warehouse," with doors leading to rooms such as a "Jungle Room", a "Wind Room", a "Beach Room", a "Farm Room", a "Water Room", a "Super Secret Spy Room", a "Very Far Away Room", a "Sun Room" and a "Tropical Island Room". In every episode, they aid many clients in problems (dubbed "Idea Emergencies") and think up creative ways to solve said problems. They are often aided by Warehouse Mouse, the freeloading, wall-dwelling anthropomorphic mouse, Nina, their spirited and ever-cheerful neighbor, and Knit Knots, Nina's stoic uncle who harbors a dislike for things he deems too "exciting." He appears in the first season, a flashback in the episode from Season 3, "Mouse Scouts", and the movie, "Imagination Movers in Concert". Nina now works as a photographer, often visiting the Movers to take pictures for the local newspaper. In Season 3, Nina owns and operates the Idea Cafe. It is also revealed in the episode from Season 2 "Trouble in Paradise" that Nina is Hawaiian (much like Wendy Calio is in real life).
The Movers have special equipment to help them in their tasks. Rich has special "Scribble Sticks" that he can use to draw pictures and write words on the TV screen, Scott has "Wobble Goggles" that allow him to see things from a variety of perspectives, and Dave has a special baseball cap that can store a variety of objects, and Smitty has a special journal.
Each episode ends with the Movers singing “Jump Up” while brief montages of the episode’s events play. In Season 1, the End Credits roll after this, but for Seasons 2 & 3, the End Credits roll during it.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||26||September 6, 2008||August 15, 2009|
|2||25||September 5, 2009||November 18, 2010|
|3||24||February 14, 2011||April 14, 2013|
- Dave (played by Dave Poche) – Bass, Vocals
- Rich (played by Rich Collins) – Drums, Percussion, Lead Vocals
- Smitty (played by Scott "Smitty" Smith) – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
- Scott (played by Scott Durbin) – Vocals, Keyboards, Mandolin, Percussion
- Warehouse Mouse (voiced by Kevin Carlson)
- Nina (played by Wendy Calio)
- Princess Florrie (played by Lara Wollington)
- Knit Knots (played by Douglas Fisher) – Manager (Main: Season 1, Guest: Imagination Movers Live In Concert)
- Voicemail (voiced by Kath Soucie)
- Princess Dee (played by Tania Gunadi)
Where Is Warehouse Mouse? shorts
Shorts were produced with viewers watching Warehouse Mouse during his daily life.
- "Disney won't renew 'Imagination Movers' for fourth season". Nola.com. May 24, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
- "Movers on Disney Plus". Imagination Movers. February 4, 2020. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
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