Time Warp Trio

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This article is about the television series. For the original book series, see The Time Warp Trio.
Time Warp Trio
Voices of Mark Rendall
Darren Frost
Scott McCord
Sarah Gadon (episodes 2–14)
Tajja Isen (episodes 20–26)
Sunday Muse
Laurie Elliott
Annick Obonsawin
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Jim Rapsas
Running time 22 minutes
Original network Discovery Kids
Original release July 9, 2005 (2005-07-09) – September 2, 2006 (2006-09-02)

Time Warp Trio is an American/Canadian animated television series based on the children's book series of the same name by Jon Scieszka. Produced by Soup2Nuts in association with WGBH Boston, the show aired on Discovery Kids and The Hub in the United States and on CBBC in the United Kingdom. It also aired as part of a two-hour Discovery Kids block on NBC until September 2, 2006.

The last new episode of Time Warp Trio aired on Discovery Kids on July 15, 2006 (during a marathon featuring six other new episodes) and on NBC on September 2 (also marking the end of the "Discovery Kids on NBC" block).[citation needed]


For his tenth birthday, Joe receives a mysterious blue book from his magician uncle and namesake, "Joe the Magnificent," known only as "The Book". Using an often unpredictable number of voice and print clues, The Book transports Joe and his friends Fred and Sam to a variety of places in history, like Ancient Egypt, the Old West and to the year 2105, where they meet their own great-granddaughters, Jodie, Samantha and Freddi. The only way they are able to return present-day Brooklyn, New York is to find The Book again within whatever time period they are in. Later in the series, Joe's evil uncle, Mad Jack, makes several attempts to capture the children and The Book with his crafty tricks, whether stranding them in Antarctica (where The Book doesn't work) or trying to make their new home in China (during the Tang Dynasty).


  • Joseph "Joe" Arthur (voiced by Mark Rendall) – An up-and-coming magician and the present-day owner of The Book, Joe is the unofficial leader of the Time Warp Trio. While his penchant for carrying The Book around with him and experimenting with it often results in many of their adventures, his talent for magical tricks also helps them out of many tough situations. Joe is at one point awarded the title of Time Page (which Jodie says she hasn't since she was five, despite not receiving The Book herself until her tenth birthday) and is said to eventually become a Warp Wizard. According to Freddi and Jodie, Joe will fight his uncle, Mad Jack, in a great battle that will determine the fate of time itself. He lives in Brooklyn with his archeologist father, his mother, and his little sister Anna.
  • Sam (voiced by Darren Frost) – A friend of Joe and Fred who contributes his intelligence and historical knowledge to the group's problems. He wears thick glasses (he is self-conscious about being a nerd) and is lactose intolerant. Sam is also very wary of time travel, convinced their doom is imminent every time they open The Book. An amateur inventor, he is told by Freddi that he will invent something very important in the future (though it is not revealed what).
  • Fred (voiced by Scott McCord) – A friend of Joe and Sam who is a sports fan and known for being headstrong, sometimes to the point of idiocy. Fred is known for being the one of the group most interested in using The Book for material gains, whether hunting for treasure or patenting future technology (although in 'Dude, Where's my Karma?' he decides to use the book in order to save Joe). He has a bullying older brother named Mike.
  • Jodie Arthur (voiced by Sarah Gadon until ep. 14; voiced by Tajja Isen starting with ep. 20) – Joe's great-granddaughter from the year 2105, who occasionally cross the paths of the trio with her friends Samantha and Freddi (all three have a great mastery of The Book). She is known for being bossy, complaining, loving fashion, and allergic to cats. Jodie is also a third-level warper.
  • Samantha (voiced by Laurie Elliott) – Sam's great-granddaughter from the year 2105, who occasionally cross the paths of the trio with her friends Jodie and Freddi (all three have a great mastery of The Book). She is known for being teasing, daring, and klutzy, the exact opposite of Sam. Samantha owns a robot cat named Rivites and a time-traveling pocket watch that belonged to Sam.
  • Freddi (voiced by Sunday Muse) – Fred's great-granddaughter from the year 2105, who occasionally cross the paths of the trio with her friends Jodie and Samantha (all three have a great mastery of The Book). She is usually shy, timid and seems to be the exact opposite of Fred.
  • Anna Arthur (voice by Annick Obonsawin) – Joe's annoying younger sister, who shows having more knowledge of The Book than her brother.
  • Joe the Magnificent (voiced by Tony Daniels) – Joe's uncle, a would-be magician who fails at live performances. He originally sent his nephew Joe The Book, which he didn't know how to use, and instead traverses time and space with an enchanted pocket watch. He believes in the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny.
  • Mad Jack (voiced by Tony Daniels) – A character created for the TV series, Mad Jack is the evil brother of "Joe the Magnificent" and Mrs. Arthur. He is intent on getting his hands on The Book so that he can be the sole ruler of eternity, shadowing the trio in many of their travels and even once facing his nephew Joe down. Mad Jack travels through time and space with a scepter with an hourglass on top.
  • Mrs. Arthur (voiced by Susan Roman) – Joe and Anna's mother. She understands how to use The Book, originally giving it to her brother (Joe's uncle).
  • Mr. Arthur (voiced by Tom Arnold) – Joe and Anna's father. He is a world-famous archeologist, whom Joe was talking about in the episode "Jinga All The Way".
  • Mike (voiced by Dan Petronijevic) – Fred's mean older brother who appears in "See You Later, Gladiator" and "Viking It and Liking It".


Ep # Episode Air date Plot Time Place
1 The Not-So-Jolly Roger July 9, 2005 Fred wishes for buried treasure and the boys find themselves facing down the infamous pirate Blackbeard. Based on the book of the same name. 1718 North Carolina
2 2105 July 16, 2005 A class trip to the Natural History Museum ends up transporting the boys one hundred years into the future. The Trio run into ray gun-toting robots and meet three mysterious girls who turn out to be their own great-granddaughters. Based on 2095. 2105, the future Brooklyn, New York
3 You Can't, But Genghis Khan July 23, 2005 Fred, Joe and Sam travel back to experience life and culture in Mongolia in the 12th century, and pair up with 9-year-old Temüjin — the future Genghis Khan. 1170 Outer Mongolia
4 Tut Tut July 30, 2005 The Trio accidentally warps to Ancient Egypt where they meet a 10-year-old Thutmose III. Based on the book of the same name. 1470 BC Ancient Egypt
5 Sam Samurai August 6, 2005 An accidental haiku sends Sam, Joe and Fred back to Japan in the middle of the Tokugawa Shogunate. They meet a samurai named Honda and the evil Owatabut of Yomama who attempts to get rid of the great leader Tokugawa Ieyasu. Based on the book of the same name. 1615 Japan
6 See You Later, Gladiator August 13, 2005 The Book transports Joe, Sam, and Fred back to Ancient Rome in the 2nd century AD— and face-to-face with one gladiator. Based on the book of the same name. 120 AD Rome, Italy
7 Lewis and Clark... and Jodie, Freddi, and Samantha August 20, 2005 The girls' wish for a camping trip transports them back to join Lewis and Clark on the first U.S. overland expedition to the Pacific Coast where they meet Sacagawea. 1805 Rocky Mountains
8 Viking It and Liking It August 27, 2005 The boys want to play Vikings Football Smashfest, but instead find themselves in AD 1001 amidst real Vikings, including Leif Ericson. The boys accompany Ericson on his voyage to North America. Based on the book of the same name. 1001 AD Greenland
9 Hey Kid, Want to Buy a Bridge? September 3, 2005 Joe, Fred and Sam transport back to New York City near the late 19th century and meet Emily Roebling, the woman who helped with the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, and Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park lab. Based on the book of the same name. 1879 Brooklyn, New York
10 Me Oh Maya October 1, 2005 The boys transport to Chichen Itza, Mexico in the middle of a Maya ringball court a thousand years ago, where they must compete in the game. Based on the book of the same name. 960 AD Chichen Itza, Mexico
11 The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy October 8, 2005 The Trio travel back to the Old West where they must survive a stampede, a band of Cheyenne with their leader Black Kettle, and a full-blown charge of Custer's Seventh Cavalry. Based on the book of the same name. 1868 Western United States
12 Able Was I Ere I Saw Elba January 7, 2006 Fred and Joe transport to 1815 Paris and meet Napoleon Bonaparte. Samantha is also there with pioneering aeronaut Sophie Blanchard. 1815 Paris, France
13 The Seven Blunders of the World January 14, 2006 Joe, Fred and Sam warp to Babylon to figure out who stole their magic book. Along the way, they meet King Nebuchadnezzar II and Queen Amyitis, the creators of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. 580 BC Iraq
14 Jinga All the Way January 21, 2006 Jodie, Sam and Fred land in 17th century Angola. They join the fierce Queen Jinga and battle warring tribes in a trek along the Kwanza River on their way to a historic meeting with the Portuguese governor. 1624 Angola, Africa
15 Birdman or Birdbrain? February 4, 2006 When The Book's pages transform into rongorongo script, Freddi, Samantha, and Fred transport back in time to Rapa Nui (a.k.a. Easter Island). Eventually, Freddi must jump off a cliff and, swim through shark-infested waters to the Birdman's Island (Motu Nui). 1765 Rapa Nui
16 Dude, Where's My Karma? February 11, 2006 When Joe realizes that he's slowly disappearing, the kids find a malfunction in his family tree in The Book and follow it to India during the Gupta Empire. Sam, Fred, Samantha and Freddi have to help Joe's ancestor Prince Karna win the hand of Princess Lakshmi to save the entire family line. 720 AD India
17 My Big Fat Greek Olympics February 18, 2006 A wild warp at the Olympia Diner sends Fred and Samantha to Ancient Greece during the Olympic games where they must team up with philosopher Plato to help avoid a historical disaster. Based on It's All Greek to Me 404 BC Greece
18 Wushu Were Here February 25, 2006 Sam gets trapped inside The Book, and Anna, Fred and Joe travel back to the Tang dynasty in China in 621 AD to figure out how to get him out. En route they help the Shaolin Monks rescue General Li Shimin from prison, travel past the beginnings of the Great Wall, learn about the teachings of Chan Buddhism, and confront Mad Jack. 621 AD Baigu Shu China
19 What's So Great About Peter? March 18, 2006 Sam's Grandpa Dima tells some big stories to Sam, Fred and Samantha about his ancestor, Alexander Kikin, but the crew is skeptical. Fred and Samantha convince Sam to travel back to Russia, where they save Kikin (a member of the Russian guardsmen, the Streltsy), from the wrath of Peter the Great. 1698 Moscow, Russia
20 The Caveman Catastrophe July 15, 2006 When the kids warp back to the Stone Age, they manage to decipher some cave paintings and find The Book in the camp of the Neanderthals. However, when they trade Jodie's binoculars to get it back, something goes wrong, and the kids become hairy. 51,000 BC Germany
21 Nightmare on Joe's Street July 15, 2006 Frankenstein's Monster has escaped from Mary Shelley's imagination and is wreaking havoc in Joe's apartment in Brooklyn. Joe, Sam, and Jodie transport the monster to 1816 Switzerland. 1816 Switzerland
22 Breaking the Codex July 15, 2006 Jodie and Freddi unexpectedly grab Joe and transport him to 1503 in Italy at the height of the Renaissance. They must rescue the artist, scientist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci from Mad Jack who has gotten the idea that Da Vinci can help Mad Jack create his own time-traveling book. Based on Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci. 1503 Florence, Italy
23 Break an Egg July 15, 2006 Joe, Sam and Fred transport to 1911 Antarctica where they encounter Robert Falcon Scott at the Terra Nova Expedition. They endure extreme cold, eat hoosh (seal liver), and discover that Mad Jack has brought them to the one place on Earth that's too cold for The Book to work. 1911 Antarctica
24 The High and the Flighty July 15, 2006 The girls hear a mysterious radio transmission, which Freddi recognizes as the voice of her heroine, pilot Amelia Earhart, who is broadcasting a distress message on her last flight. The girls transport to 1937 and try to solve the mystery of Amelia's disappearance on her attempted around-the-world flight. 1937 Miami, Florida
25 Harem Scare'm July 15, 2006 Jodie, Sam and Fred travel to the Ottoman Empire, where they meet Selim II, Suleyman the Magnificent's son, and his wily monkey, Dimples. 1540 Istanbul, Turkey
26 Plaid to the Bone July 15, 2006 Joe, Jodie, and Anna are flung from a trebuchet and hurtling towards Castle Dunbar in Scotland during a siege in 1338 led by William Montagu, 1st Earl of Salisbury. However, when the kids meet Agnes Randolph and Uncle Joe in the dungeon, they realize much more is at stake. Joe watches Uncle Joe and Mad Jack battle it out over the fate of the universe and it's up to the kids to save the timeline. 1338 Medieval Scotland



  • Nightmare on Joe's Street
  • The Seven Blunders of the World
  • Plaid to the Bone
  • Meet you at Waterloo (Able Was I, Ere I Saw Elba)

Chapter books[edit]

  • You Can't, But Genghis Khan
  • Lewis and Clark...and Jodie, Freddi, and Samantha
  • Wushu Were Here

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