Oswald (TV series)

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Oswald
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Created byDan Yaccarino
Developed byLisa Eve Hubman
Dan Yaccarino
Directed byFredrick Stroppell
Debra Bronzon
Henry Lenardin-Madden
StarringFred Savage
Debi Derryberry
David Lander
Crystal Scales
Laraine Newman
Daran Norris
J. Grant Albrecht
Mel Winkler
Dan Yaccarino
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1[1][2][3]
No. of episodes26 (52 Segments)[3] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Dan Yaccarino
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)HIT Entertainment
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Original releaseAugust 20, 2001 (2001-08-20) –
September 19, 2003 (2003-09-19)
External links
Website

Oswald is an American children's animated television series originally airing on Nickelodeon as part of the Nick Jr. block. It first aired on August 20, 2001 in the United States.[3] The show was created by Dan Yaccarino and was co-produced by HIT Entertainment and Nickelodeon. It was also broadcast on Noggin and CBS (during the Nick Jr. on CBS programming block) in reruns.

Plot[edit]

The series is set in Big City, a colorful world populated by a cast of anthropomorphic animals, mythological creatures, and humanoid beings. Each episode follows the daily experiences of a blue octopus named Oswald (voiced by Fred Savage), accompanied by his beloved pet hot dog Weenie, and their life in the cheerful and whimsically-designed community of Big City. Commonly, the program concentrates on Oswald's experiences with friends, acquaintances, and neighbors, including Henry, a penguin and Daisy, a flower, among others - and his patient methods of coping with or tolerating different situations and dilemmas, along with his thoroughly optimistic outlook on life.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Title character Oswald
  • Oswald (voiced by Fred Savage) – Oswald is a large blue octopus (four arms, four legs) who lives in an apartment complex with Henry the Penguin and several other animals including a turtle named Buster. A very gentle, polite and big-hearted octopus, Oswald is always willing to go out of his way to help his friends. His favorite hobby is playing the piano and singing.
  • Weenie (voiced by Debi Derryberry) – Weenie is Oswald's pet. Weenie bears a strong resemblance to a hot dog and only communicates in "bark-speak". Weenie accompanies Oswald everywhere he goes, and her favorite food is vanilla dog biscuits.
  • Henry the Penguin (voiced by David Lander) – Oswald's downstairs neighbor and best friend. Henry is a creature of habit in every way and usually shuns the idea of trying different things, though he can sometimes be persuaded otherwise. He does his best to maintain a rigid schedule, which includes taking care of his extensive spoon collection, ending every evening watching "Penguin Patrol", his favorite TV show, and doing the Penguin Polka before bedtime. Most of Henry's favorite foods are fish-flavored and he is a proven expert on snow. He has an identical cousin from the frozen north named Louie (voiced by Michael McKean), and on occasion speaks of an Aunt Arctica. His motto is "slow and steady". He always takes two (used to be three) marshmallows in his hot cocoa, saying "No more, no less." He is also hates getting wet.
  • Daisy (voiced by Crystal Scales) – Daisy is a tall orange/yellow/green daisy. Free-spirited and energetic, Daisy participates in sports and other activities. She is a close friend of both Oswald and Henry, the three of them often go on sojourns together. Daisy loves sunflower sundaes, riding her unicycle, has large leaf collection and loves peppermint tea. Daisy is very excitable and often has to be shushed by Oswald when she speaks too loudly.

Recurring[edit]

  • Johnny Snowman (voiced by Mel Winkler) – A laid-back snowman who operates an ice cream shop and also has an ice cream truck. Johnny wears a black hat, sports a carrot nose, and has a deep baritone voice. Johnny Snowman has a brother in the frozen north named Phil.
  • The Egg Twins – They are two identical twin eggs, named Egbert (voiced by Daran Norris) and Leo (voiced by J. Grant Albrecht). Leo always responds in conversations with an enthusiastic "Yes, yes!" while Egbert refers to everyone as "old boy".
  • Catrina (voiced by Debi Derryberry) – A baby caterpillar that is just learning how to speak. She is the only child of Madame Butterfly. Like other babies, Catrina is highly curious about everything around her, but is always attended by her mom or others to keep her curiosity in check.
  • Madame Butterfly (voiced by Laraine Newman) – The mother of Catrina and the proprietor of the local diner, a favorite lunch stop for Oswald and his friends.

Minor[edit]

  • Pongo (voiced by Richard Kind) – Pongo is a large yellow and red dragon with a long, thin, green mustache and is quite similar to the dragons in chinese culture and folklore. He lives in a Chinese-style home in Big City. In sharp contrast to his otherwise intimidating size, Pongo is very shy and soft-spoken, and known for his occasional clumsiness.
  • Buster – A very slow moving turtle living in the same apartment building as Oswald. He appears in several episodes.
  • Cactus Polly (voiced by Laraine Newman) – Polly is a helpful cactus lady who carries a lasso and talks like a cowboy from the wild west.
  • Sammy Starfish (voiced by Tony Orlando) – Oswald's musical idol, Sammy is a jazz singer. Oswald's dream is to play piano for Sammy Starfish, which becomes a reality when Sammy's show comes to Big City and the tickets are all sold out.
  • Steve Tree (voiced by Fred Stoller) – Steve is a walking talking tree. Sometimes his pet Woodrow the woodpecker pecks on him, usually on his head.
  • Andy Pumpkin (voiced by Eddie Deezen) – Steve Tree's loopy best friend. He is a happy-go-lucky pumpkin person and works at a candy shop. He tends to speak in hyper tones when working in the candy shop.
  • Bingette Bunny (voiced by Kathy Najimy) – A ditsy rabbit who runs the gardening store where Oswald buys his tomato plants. She is usually very unhelpful but usually says "Just doing my job!" when Oswald leaves the store.
  • Roderick Robot - A mechanical man with a mechanical cat named Tinsel. Oswald cat-sits for Roderick, and it turns out Tinsel is a very naughty cat.
  • Bingo (voiced by Mac Davis) – Big City's barber, a quiet rabbit who also runs a newspaper store from which Henry buys his newspaper. He only talks in the episodes "The Naughty Cat" and "Henry Needs a Haircut".
  • Louie (voiced by Michael McKean) – Henry's cousin from the Arctic.
  • Flippy – A fish who Oswald bought at the pet store but had to give to the Big City Aquarium as the fish grew too large.
  • Paper People – Silent humans made of paper who appear in several episodes as cameo characters.
  • Woodrow – Steve Tree's pet woodpecker.
  • Tinsel – Roderick's mechanical pet cat.
  • Fish – Fish who appear in the episode "Goin' Fishing".
  • Maestro Bingo – He runs a store of various musical instruments and appears in the episodes "Daisy Plays an Instrument" and "Fixing the Piano".

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboard byOriginal air date [3]
1"Chasing the Ice-Cream Truck
The Camping Trip"
Nelson Recinos
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Annie Evans
Suzanne Collins
Jim Schumann
Kelly James
August 20, 2001 (2001-08-20)
Oswald and Weenie chase after an ice cream truck. / Oswald, Weenie, Henry and Daisy go camping in the park but it begins to rain so they rush back to Oswald's apartment and camp there instead.
2"The Polka Dot Umbrella
One More Marshmallow"
Nelson Recinos
George Chialtas and Henry Madden
Gary AppleDiane Kredensor
Mike J. Smith
August 21, 2001 (2001-08-21)
Oswald finds a polka dot umbrella and though he tries many times to get rid of it, it keeps finding him. But in the end, it really comes in handy. / Oswald hosts a tea party for Henry and Daisy but when Weenie eats one of the marshmallows for Henry's hot cocoa Oswald goes to the candy store and encounters many adventures in trying to make his way back to the tea party.
3"Daisy Plays an Instrument
The Ball of Yarn"
George Chialtas
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Annie Evans
J-P Chanda
Jim Schumann
Mike Smith
August 22, 2001 (2001-08-22)
After listening to Oswald play his piano Daisy wishes she could play an instrument so Oswald takes her to the music store where she tries out different instruments. / A ball of red yarn is Weenie's favorite toy. When it begins to bounce, Oswald accidentally grabs a string of the yarn, making it unravel out of his apartment all the way out through the city. Oswald and Weenie chase after it as it entangles several of their friends along the way.
4"Down in the Dump
The Birdhouse"
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Christine Kolosov
Gary Apple
Suzanne Collins
Kelly James
Jim Schumann
August 23, 2001 (2001-08-23)
Oswald cleans his apartment, but it did not turn out good. So Oswald decided to put the things he no longer needs in a wagon to take to the dump, but several Big City denizens find uses for them. / Oswald builds a birdhouse, added some color, and some flowers. But a rain advisory washed away the color, making the birdhouse look plain, in which the birds like.
5"Henry Needs a Haircut
Flippy the Fish"
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Nelson Recinos and Ken Kessel
Fred Stroppel
Annie Evans
Mike Smith
Karen Heathwood
August 24, 2001 (2001-08-24)
Henry has a feather sticking out on top of his head but is scared to go to the barber since he has never had a haircut before. / Oswald buys a pet fish that he names Flippy because of the flip that she does, jumping out of her bowl and splashing back in it. Unfortunately, Flippy keeps overeating and growing bigger and bigger. So Oswald and Weenie take her to the Big City public aquarium, where she becomes a big star at the dolphin show.
6"Rollerskating
I Guess You Never Know"
Henry MaddenFrederick Stroppel
Gary Apple
Kelly James
Mike Smith
August 27, 2001 (2001-08-27)
Oswald learns to roller-skate. / It is Henry's birthday, and Oswald tries to teach Henry to try new things on this special day.
7"Sleepover
Big Banana"
Henry Madden
Nelson Recinos
Jeff Kindley
Dan Yaccarino
Diane KredensorAugust 28, 2001 (2001-08-28)
Oswald and Weenie have a sleep over at Henry's apartment. / Oswald plants a banana seed and the next morning finds that it has grown into a colossal banana overnight. It is so big that he decides to have a Big Banana Day and share it with everyone, resulting in a new holiday with a festival in the park.
8"Leaky Faucet
Catrina's Birthday Cake"
George Chialtas
Nelson Recinos
Frederick Groel
Annie Evans
Jim Schumann
Diane Kredensor
August 29, 2001 (2001-08-29)
Oswald's kitchen sink has sprung a leak causing Big City to flood and he and Weenie to get separated. / Oswald bakes a huge birthday cake for Catrina's birthday party.
9"Cloud Collecting
Pongo the Friendly Dragon"
George Chialtas
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Dan Yaccarino
Fredrick Stroppel
Diane Kredensor
Jim Schumann
September 10, 2001 (2001-09-10)
Daisy collects leaves and Henry collects spoons so Oswald wants to collect something too so he tries to collect clouds. / Oswald meets a friendly dragon named Pongo, who wants to help, but only makes things worse.
10"A Nice Quiet Picnic
The Big Parade"
Ken KesselSuzanne Collins
Kate Long
Kelly James
Mike Smith
September 17, 2001 (2001-09-17)
Oswald, Henry, and Weenie set out to have a picnic and are soon joined by many of their friends. / Oswald hears parade music and thinks that a big parade is headed his way so he convinces Henry and Daisy to go with him to watch the parade.
11"The Go-Kart Race
Autumn Leaves"
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Ken Kessel
Annie Evans
Frederick Stroppel
Karen Heathwood
Diane Kredensor
September 24, 2001 (2001-09-24)
Oswald and his friends compete in a go-kart race. / Henry tries to rake the leaves but Oswald and Weenie keeps jumping on them which made him frustrated.
12"A Day at the Beach
The Sand Sculpture Contest"
Henry Lenardin-MaddenFrederick Stroppel
Geoff Stevenson
Karen Heathwood
Kelly James
February 15, 2002 (2002-02-15)
Oswald and the gang go to the beach, but Henry does not like swimming, but when Daisy gets stranded on an island, it's Henry to the rescue! / Oswald is the judge of the Annual Big City Beach Sand Sculpture Contest.
13"Fixing the Piano
Henry Wants to Fly"
Ken Kessel
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Justin Chanda
Fredrick Stroppel
Jim Schumann
Kelly James
March 8, 2002 (2002-03-08)
Oswald's piano is broken, and he takes it to Bingo to get it fixed. / Henry believes that he can fly.
14"Daisy and the Duckling
The Double Date"
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Ken Kessel
Alana Burgi Sanko
Susan Kim
Mike Smith
Karen Heathwood
March 15, 2002 (2002-03-15)
Oswald and Daisy find a duckling who has lost her mother. / Oswald schedules two events at the same time.
15"The Sniffles
The Broken Vase"
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Ken Kessel
Justin Chanda
Suzanne Collins
Diane Kredensor
Kelly James
March 21, 2002 (2002-03-21)
Oswald goes out into Big City to get some cocoa and a newspaper for Henry, who has a bad case of the Arctic Sniffles. But a rain cloud chases Oswald and Weenie until a rainstorm makes Oswald catch a cold. / Daisy accidentally breaks Henry's special vase. Oswald, Weenie and Daisy try to fix it before Henry gets back from his fly catching trip.
16"The Big Balloon Rescue
Snow to Go"
Robert Shellhorn
Christine Kolosov
Susan KimMike Smith
Jim Schumann
July 22, 2002 (2002-07-22)
Catrina flies away on a balloon and Oswald must save the day. / During a heat wave, Oswald, Weenie, Henry and Daisy go on a trip to find the sweetest snow.
17"Odd One Out
Goodbye Best Friend"
Henry Lenardin-MaddenDan YaccarinoMike Smith
Jim Schumann
September 16, 2002 (2002-09-16)
Oswald is excited to meet Henry's cousin, Louie. But the two penguins have a great time all by themselves. Oswald feels left out, but once Henry and Louie catch up on old times, they seek Oswald out. / After Henry decides to move back to the frozen north with his cousin, the others prepare a going away party for him. In the end, Henry decides to stay in Big City after saving them from being blown away.
18"The Tomato Garden
Bird Watching"
Ken Kessel and Robert Shellhorn
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Alana Burghi Sanko
Kate Long
Karen Heathwood
Kelly James
September 17, 2002 (2002-09-17)
Oswald eats his last tomato for breakfast, he decides to get more by planting tomatoes in the garden, Oswald was surprised when he saw one of the tomatoes have been bitten, he discovered the tomatoes were eaten by an entire group of snails. / Oswald finds a giant bird.
19"Friends Indeed
Sammy Starfish Live"
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Robert Shellhorn
Suzanne Collins
Dan Yaccarino
Mike Smith
Jim Schumann
September 23, 2002 (2002-09-23)
Oswald finds himself stuck in the middle of an argument between Henry and Daisy. / Tickets are sold out for Sammy Starfish's concert and Oswald must find a way to see the show.
20"The Pet Show
Going Fishing"
Robert Shellhorn
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Annie EvansDiane Kredensor
Mike Smith
September 24, 2002 (2002-09-24)
It's the grand pet show, but Weenie is behaving peculiarly. / Oswald, Weenie, Henry and Daisy go fishing.
21"The Naughty Cat
The Giant Egg"
Robert Shellhorn
Debbie Bonzon
Suzanne Collins
Geoff Stevenson
Karen Heathwood
Diane Kredensor
September 25, 2002 (2002-09-25)
Oswald pet-sits for Roderick Robot's pet cat, Tinsel. / Oswald tries to find an egg's owner.
22"A Sticky Situation
Tutti-Frutti Pie"
Robert Shellhorn
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Susan Kim
Suzanne Collins
Kelly James
Jim Schumann
September 26, 2002 (2002-09-26)
Oswald and Daisy make honey buns, but Daisy adds a lot of sticky honey, and they get stuck to each other, along with other friends. / Oswald takes Catrina to pluck some tutti frutti berries.
23"Job For A Day
The Perfect Match"
Robert Shellhorn
Debbie Bonzon
Alana Burghi Sanko
Frederick Stroppel
Mike Smith
Diane Kredensor
September 27, 2002 (2002-09-27)
Johnny is ill, so Oswald and Weenie go to make a special ice cream delivery. / Pongo wants to become friends with Laverne the elephant.
24"Catrina's First Snow
The Snow Festival"
Nelson Recinos
Christine Kolosov
JP Chanda
Susan Kim
Diane Kredensor
Karen Heathwood
September 17, 2003 (2003-09-17)
Oswald babysits Catrina on a snowy day. / Oswald hopes for snow to fall on the day of Big City's snow festival.
25"The Biggest Wish
The Stopped Clock"
Henry Lenardin-MaddenFrederick Stroppel
Story by: Jason Edward
Frederick Stroppel
Diane Kredensor
Karen Heathwood
September 18, 2003 (2003-09-18)
Oswald finds a firefly. / The clock in the Big City's bells somehow was not working and the entire city was still asleep, it was up to Oswald, Weenie, Henry and Daisy to figure out what was causing this stroking catastrophe.
26"Weenie Needs a Bath
Hide and Seek"
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Robert Shellhorn
Suzanne Collins
Alana Burghi Sanko
Diane Kredensor
Kelly James
September 19, 2003 (2003-09-19)
Weenie gets dirty before having her picture taken. / Weenie disappears during a game of hide and seek.

List of home media releases[edit]

Paramount Home Media Distribution is the VHS and DVD distributor for the series in the US while HIT Entertainment is the VHS and DVD distributor for the series internationally.

Main releases[edit]

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
Best Buddies September 2, 2003 4
  • "Odd One Out" / "Goodbye Best Friend"
  • "Friends Indeed" / "Sammy Starfish Live"
Outdoors with Oswald September 2, 2003 4
  • "A Day at the Beach" / "The Sand Sculpture Contest"
  • "The Tomato Garden" / "Bird Watching"
Welcome to Big City! September 2, 2003 8
  • "Odd One Out" / "Goodbye Best Friend"
  • "Friends Indeed" / "Sammy Starfish Live"
  • "A Day at the Beach" / "The Sand Sculpture Contest"
  • "The Tomato Garden" / "Bird Watching"
On-the-Go Oswald January 27, 2004 8
  • "Daisy and the Duckling" / "The Double Date"
  • "Chasing the Ice-Cream Truck" / "The Camping Trip"
  • "Henry Needs a Haircut" / "Flippy the Fish"
  • "A Sticky Situation" / "Tuffi-Frutti Pie"

Episodes on Nick Jr. compilation DVDs (US only)[edit]

Name Release Date Number of Episodes Episode Titles
Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 1 May 24, 2005 2
  • "A Day at the Beach" / "The Sand Sculpture Contest"
Nick Jr. Favorites Holiday September 26, 2006 2
  • "Catrina's First Snow" / "The Snow Festival"

Broadcast history[edit]

Oswald first aired on the Nick Jr. block on Nickelodeon in the United States on August 20, 2001,[3] but was removed from the lineup on September 5, 2005, along with Little Bill, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast and Rubbadubbers.[citation needed] On April 7, 2003, Oswald started airing on Noggin and continued to air after September 28, 2009 when it was renamed as Nick Jr., but was removed on March 11, 2013.[citation needed] The show aired in reruns on Nick on CBS for one year from September 15, 2001, to September 7, 2002.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

The show generally received positive reviews – for example, the series received four out of five stars on Common Sense Media.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nickelodeon (September 5, 2000). "Nickelodeon and Hit Entertainment Join Forces for the Creation of New Animated Series Oswald". Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  2. ^ "Oswald, Season 1 on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Amazon.com List of Oswald Episodes". Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  4. ^ "Oswald". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2016-05-28.

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