Fishtronaut

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Fishtronaut
Fishtronaut T.V. show logo
Also known as 'Peixonauta'
Genre Children's television series, Educational entertainment, Educational television
Created by Célia Catunda
Kiko Mistrorigo
Directed by Célia Catunda
Kiko Mistrorigo
Rick Jones (voice)
Voices of Fábio Lucindo as Fishtronaut (Brazil)
Dawn Ford as Fishtronaut (USA)
Angela Galuppo as Marina (USA)
Terrence Scammell as Zeek and Happy Plumb (USA)
Rick Jones as Dr. Green (USA)
Justin Bradley as Mac and Billy (USA)
Holly Gauthier-Frankel as Rosy Barb (USA)
Composer(s) Paulo Tatit
Country of origin Brazil
Original language(s) Portuguese
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 108 (each season contains 26 pairs of episodes) (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Celia Catunda
Kiko Mistrorigo
Ricardo Rozzino
Running time 11 minutes (two episodes in a pair fill a 30 minute block)
Production company(s) TV PinGuim
Tooncan
Yoopa!
Distributor Dandelooo
Release
Original network Discovery Kids (Latin America)
Qubo (USA English dub)
Original release April 20, 2009 (2009-04-20) – April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)
External links
Official website (in English)
(in Portuguese) Production website

Fishtronaut (Portuguese: Peixonauta) is a Brazilian animated children's television series created by Celia Catunda[1] and Kiko Mistrorigo and produced by TV PinGuim, in association with Discovery Kids (Latin America).[2] The series tells the story of Fishtronaut, a fish in a spacesuit, similar to reverse scuba gear, which allows him to fly and breathe out of water. He is a secret agent who, along with his friends Marina and Zeek, unravel the mysteries occurring in the Smiling Trees Park. They solve the mysteries with the help of a P.O.P. (Primary Objective Pod), a magical multicolored ball containing clues vital to the mission. Viewers are invited to dance along with the heroes to a tune, so that the P.O.P. will open and release the clues inside. The series is aimed at children ages 3–7 and debuted successfully on Discovery Kids in Latin America on April 20, 2009. [3]

In the international market, the series is marketed by the names of Peztronauta (Spanish) or Fishtronaut (English). After success on TV, Peixonauta was produced as a play called Peixonauta to TV Theatre, which premiered on January 9, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro. On November 9, 2012, a movie titled Peixonauta – Agente Secreto da O.S.T.R.A. (in English: Fishtronaut - Secret Agent of O.Y.S.T.E.R.) was released. As of March 30, 2015, the series also airs on the Qubo network, owned by Ion Media Networks.[4]

The show has been noted for its success in teaching kids to care for the environment.[5]

Location[edit]

The show is set in the Smiling Trees Park, where elephants, monkeys and other animals from around the world roam free. Children are welcome to explore the forest and climb the trees, or ride a sub to the bottom of the cove and its colorful reef. In the park is Quiet Lake, which is fed by a long river. The river also extends beyond the lake into a sandy cove along the ocean.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Fishtronaut – An anthropomorphic big goldfish. He wears a Bubblex suit that allows him to fly out of water. It also has numerous tools useful during missions. He is always watching his friends Marina and Zeek, and investigating the problems of the Smiling Trees Park in order to solve them. He lives at the bottom of Quiet Lake, though he spends more time out on the surface with his friends. He is also an aspiring inventor, creating machines generally useful to the park. He usually communicates through a video screen fitted into his suit.
  • Marina – A bright and curious brown-haired 8-year-old human girl who is also Fishtronaut's best friend. Every day, she proves to be a valuable member of the park's spy team. Whenever she and Fishtronaut happen to be apart, she can always use her trusty Aquawatch to stay in touch.
  • Zeek (Portuguese: Zico) – A tween-age monkey who may love to monkey around, but his awesome tree-climbing abilities and finely-tuned sniffer make him invaluable to the team. Though he does come up with the most implausible of theories and even cause the occasional mix-up, his intentions are nothing but the best.

Supporting[edit]

  • The Twins – Billy and Mac (Portuguese: Pedro e Juca) are Marina's rascal cousins. Their shenanigans tend to get them (and the park) in a heap of trouble, but they are harmless and have only the best intentions.
  • Dr. Green (Portuguese: Dr. Jardim) – Marina and the twins’ grandfather who is also the wise vet/caretaker of Smiling Trees Park. He runs the park's Animal Hospital, which was built in a pod of a giant beanstalk. Whenever Marina's stuck, she knows Grandpa can help her find the answer.
  • Rosy Barb (Portuguese: Agente Rosa) – S.E.A. agent who loves color and enjoys decorating the ocean bottom until it's just right. She knows the cove inside out and whenever Fishtronaut's on dry land, he can always check in with Rosy via the Web Clam.
  • Happy Plumb (Portuguese: Chumbo Feliz) – A wise old fish who likes living quietly at the bottom of the cove and knows just about all there is. No one knows how long he's been around, but it's a very long time, indeed. He remembers the very beginnings of Smiling Trees Park. Whenever Fishtronaut is stumped, he knows Happy Plumb can point him in the right direction, that is, if he can decipher Plumb's riddle of an answer.

Episodes[edit]

Except for a few episodes, they usually begin with Fishtronaut, Marina and Zeek playing around until a problem occurs in the Smiling Trees Park. Soon they are greeted by a P.O.P. coming up from the lake bottom. Following Fishtronaut's lead, Marina and Zeek clap their hands and stomp their feet until the P.O.P. opens up and delivers two clues. The characters try to uncover more clues, going to places related to the sites. On some occasions, when the characters doubt Fishtronaut knows the way back to the lake, they ask for help from Happy Plumb. At the end, the trio manage to find all the clues and solve the case. Then, another P.O.P. appears, to thank the trio for their victory.

The original Portuguese title is given after the English title.

List of Fishtronaut episodes
No. Title Reward to the characters Written by Original air date
1 "The Case of the Disappearing Picnic Baskets"
"O caso do sumiço da cestas de pic-nic"
squid-ink sundaes Fernando Salem March 30, 2015 (2015-03-30)
2 "The Case of the Lost Critter"
"O caso da criatura perdida"
The Big Book of Mammals Fernando Salem March 30, 2015 (2015-03-30)
3 "The Case of the yucky slime"
"O caso do lodo nojento"
volleyball Fernando Salem March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)
4 "The Case of the mysterious honk"
"O caso do misterioso buzinadela"
Whistles Fernando Salem March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)
5 "The Case of"
"O caso do sumiço do Zico"
TBA Fernando Salem April 1, 2015 (2015-04-01)
6 "The Case of the strange smell"
"O caso do cheiro estranho"
badges Fernando Salem April 1, 2015 (2015-04-01)
7 "The Case of the oily rainbow"
"O caso do arco-íris oleoso"
water lily Fernando Salem April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02)
8 "The case of the disappearing friends"
"O caso dos amigos que desaparecem"
Baby pictures Fernando Salem April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02)
9 "The Case of the gopher frenzy"
"O caso do frenesi gopher"
deck of cards Fernando Salem April 3, 2015 (2015-04-03)
10 "The case of the quaking park"
"O caso do tremor no parque"
sea shells Fernando Salem April 3, 2015 (2015-04-03)
11 "The Case of the crabby birthday"
"O caso do aniversário crabby"
seaweed/chocolate birthday cake Fernando Salem April 6, 2015 (2015-04-06)
12 "The Case of the missing honey"
"O caso do mel faltando"
honey Fernando Salem April 6, 2015 (2015-04-06)
13 "The Case of the" TBA Fernando Salem April 7, 2015 (2015-04-07)
14 "The Case of"
"O caso do dia de sol"
trash can Fernando Salem April 7, 2015 (2015-04-07)
15 "The case of the spooky night"
"O caso da noite assustador"
bag full of fruit Fernando Salem April 8, 2015 (2015-04-08)
16 "The case of zeek's dissaperance"
"O caso de dissaperance de zeek"
fruit candies Fernando Salem April 8, 2015 (2015-04-08)
17 TBA TBA TBA April 9, 2015 (2015-04-09)
18 TBA TBA TBA April 9, 2015 (2015-04-09)
19 TBA cleaning supplies TBA April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)
20 "The case of happy plumb"
"O caso de feliz prumo"
A book of fables TBA April 10, 2015 (2015-04-10)

Movie[edit]

The film Peixonauta – Agente Secreto da O.S.T.R.A. was released in theaters on November 9, 2012, in commemoration of three years of the series. The film was planned for two years and was released months before the premiere of season 2 of the TV series.[6] The film is a compilation of some episodes of the first season.

A second film was released in January 2018, with an original story.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La mujer que crea dibujos animados para fomentar la ciencia en las niñas" [The woman who creates cartoons that promote girls in science]. Pipakid (blog) (in Spanish). Chile. Retrieved 2018-06-10. 
  2. ^ "Brazil's TV PinGuim opens US arm". Kidscreen. September 20, 2017. Retrieved 2018-05-08. 
  3. ^ ""Peixonauta" reafirma sucesso no Discovery Kids". O Tempo (Magazine) (in Portuguese). Brazil. April 25, 2013. Retrieved 2018-05-09. 
  4. ^ "Fishtronaut". Qubo. Retrieved 2018-05-09. 
  5. ^ "SerPadres.com: Peztronauta les enseña a los pequeños a cuidar el medio ambiente" [Fishtronaut teaches children to take care of the environment]. Ser Padres (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-05-29. 
  6. ^ "Peixonauta – Agente Secreto da O.S.T.R.A." [Fishtronaut – Secret Agent of O.S.T.R.A.], AdoroCinema (in Portuguese), retrieved 2018-05-09 
  7. ^ "Crítica: 'Peixonauta - o filme'". O Globo (in Portuguese). 2018-01-25. Retrieved 2018-05-09. 
  8. ^ "11 curiosidades sobre Peixonauta" [11 Curiosities about Fishtronaut]. Universo Estendido (in Portuguese). January 22, 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-29. 

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