Zou (TV series)

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Zou
Voices of Kannon Gowen
Country of origin France
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 156
Production
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Cyber Group Studios
Release
Original network Disney Junior (UK and Ireland)[1]
Original release May 2012 (2012-05)[2]

Zou is a popular, animated children's television series inspired by the books of French author Michel Gay. The show was produced by the French company, Cyber Group Studios, for Disney EMEA, and it premiered on Disney Junior (UK & Ireland) in May, 2012.

Premise and format[edit]

Zou is about the day-to-day life and adventures of a young anthropomorphic zebra, Zou (Bizou), and his family and friends. Most episodes contain Zou's name in the title and usually take place at Zou's house or in his backyard. Zou lives with his mother, father, grandparents, and great-grandmother. Each episode features some simple problem or issue that Zou must deal with, usually with the assistance of his family and friends.

Characters[edit]

  • Bizou David Stripeman (Zou): A young, grade school aged and fun-loving zebra Zou is generally clad in a white T-shirt under yellow overalls. He is the main protagonist of the show, and shows interest in many career paths. Neighbor Elzee. A running plot of the show is that Zou exits school at the beginning of the episode. Then Zou mentions interest in a certain career. He is then countered by neighbor Elzee stating "I thought you wanted to be a (other career path)." Zou responds by saying "That was last week, now I want to be a (new career path.)" Voiced in the U.S. version by Kannon Gowen.[3]
  • Poc: A Quaker parakeet, and Zou's constant companion. It is unclear whether he is considered a pet or a "person", since several signs of anthropomorphism are shown in his character, and yet he cannot talk. Also, it seems like the show's conception of "humans" is reserved to zebras only. He lives inside what looks like a cuckoo clock in Zou's bedroom.
  • Elzee Blackhoof: Zou's next door neighbor. The same age as Zou, Elzee is generally clad in a long purple dress. Her ears seem to be rather large, in comparison to the other characters, and even make her slightly taller than Zou. She is far more sensible than Zou and often contradicts his outrageous ideas, but still joins in. She seems to harbour a romantic attraction to Zou, often acting shy or giggling with rembarrassment when he compliments her. She is a bit more of a tomboy than Zinnia, and seems to enjoy soccer, often taking part in Zou's extravagant activities. In the English version of the show her voice is portrayed by Roisin Gadd (Seasons 1&2) and Maisie Jack (Season 3).
  • Zinnia: Zou's cousin. She's a budding ballerina who sometimes tends to be snooty and stuck-up. She is never seen without dance clothes on and is more feminine in comparison to Elzee who is a bit more tomboyish. It seems that she is an unofficial antagonist of the show. Zou does not seem to like her very much and often makes excuses to avoid having to play with her. She often tries to engage Zou in girlish pastimes such as playing princesses or playing with dolls / stuffed toys, apparently unaware he has absolutely no interest in such things. Despite being a snob, Zinnia is sometimes shown to care for Zou.
  • Zak A. Zoey, Jr.: An eager and excitable young zebra, and another of Zou's friends. He is slightly younger than Zou and Elzee and is generally clad in a red T-shirt, with what appears to be a lime green letter "J" on it, and khaki shorts. His father is Mr. Zoey. No mother of Zak has ever been mentioned.
  • Dad: Zou's father. (David R. Stripeman, Jr.)
  • Mum ("Mom" in the U.S. version): Zou's mother, who often calls him by his full name, "Bizou." She works at a local hospital. (Elizabeth Stripeman)
  • Grandpa: Zou's paternal grandfather. He is a rather handy zebra, usually found in the garage, building something. (David R. Stripeman, Sr.)
  • Grandma: Zou's paternal grandmother. She is often found baking cakes and other confections. (Lillian Stripeman)
  • Nana: Zou's great-grandmother. She often gives Zou big, sloppy kisses on the cheek. She is talented on the piano, able to play the show's theme song among other songs, and also sings. (Flora Stripeman)
  • Uncle Zavier: Zinnia's father. He is a wealthy businessman and owns the largest house in the neighborhood. Though you never see this in the show.
  • Aunt Zelda: Zinnia's mother. She runs the family's high-end boutique alongside Uncle Xavier.
  • Mr. Zoey: The local shopkeeper/postman, and Zak's father. He is friendly and helpful. Zakary A. Zoey, Sr.
  • Mrs. Brenda Zolli: The school crossing guard.

Broadcast[edit]

The series airs on Disney Junior channels in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, and Disney Junior (Latin America), as well as Super RTL. The program premiered in France on December, 22, 2012 on France 5. It premiered in the U.S. on Universal Kids on September 2, 2013,[4] and has been shown on NBC Kids and is available on Hulu Plus.[5]

The series of episodes, lasting 11 minutes each, are generally transmitted two at a time, the second immediately after the first one, except on PBS Kids Sprout, where the episodes are shown individually.

Episode list[edit]

# Title[6] U.S. Airdate
1 "Zou the Chef" 4 May 2014 (2014-05-04)
Zou helps Grandma bake a cake for Mother's Day, but Dad accidentally eats it. Zou decides to make another cake on his own, with disastrous consequences.
2 "Zou Goes Camping" 2 September 2013 (2013-09-02)
Zou and Elzee prepare to go on a camping trip in Zou's back yard.
3 "Zou Goes Mountaineering" 8 September 2013 (2013-09-08)
Zou and Grandpa pretend that to mountaineers, and that the stairs are a mountain to climb.
4 "Zou's Ant Farm" 9 September 2013 (2013-09-09)
Zou decides he wants a pet and tries his luck at owning an ant farm.
5 "King Zou" 4 September 2013 (2013-09-04)
Zou declares the house "Zouland", and makes himself king. Mum and Dad set him some challenges before he can officially become king.
6 "Zou the Postman" 5 September 2013 (2013-09-05)
Zou tries his luck at delivering mail to his family and neighbours.
7 "Zou's Drum" 10 September 2013 (2013-09-10)
On his birthday, Zou gets a drum from his uncle Ziggy. Unfortunately, his loud playing disturbs the family.
8 "Zou's Teething Ring" 7 September 2013 (2013-09-07)
Zou tries to hide his old teething ring before Zinnia discovers it and makes fun of him.
9 "Zou Leaves Home" 3 September 2013 (2013-09-03)
Zou is told he's making too much noise, so he decides to leave home.
10 "Zou's Mission to Mars" 12 September 2013 (2013-09-12)
Zou and Elzee, with Grandpa's help, pretend they are astronauts on their way to Mars.
11 "Goldie the Sunflower" 11 September 2013 (2013-09-11)
Zou brings home his classes' sunflower, Goldie, to take care of over the weekend, but then he worries that Goldie is sad.
12 "Zou the Detective" 6 September 2013 (2013-09-06)
Inspired by his favorite TV show, Zou plays at being a detective, apart from Nana's missing dentures.
13 "Zou and the Camera" 26 October 2013 (2013-10-26)
Zou borrows his dad's camera to complete a school assignment.
14 "Elzee's Fashion Show" 23 June 2012 (2012-06-23)
When Elzee shows Zou her new dress, she and Zou decide to have a fashion show.
15 "Zou and the Doctor" 15 September 2013 (2013-09-15)
Poc is sick, and needs to go to the doctor. Zou tries to calm down the terrified bird, only to be scared himself when he learns he needs an injection.
16 "The Daily Zou" 14 September 2013 (2013-09-14)
Zou makes his own newspaper, but has trouble finding a good story.
17 "Zou the Artist" 13 September 2013 (2013-09-13)
Zou attempts to enter an art competition at the park, but when he copies his friends' arts, he makes his arts into a collage.
18 "Zou's Scarecrow" 16 September 2013 (2013-09-16)
Zou and Grandpa decide to make a scarecrow to protect his seeds, but when they do, they upset Poc by scaring him.
19 "Zou's Promise" 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)
Zou makes a number of promises, but finds it hard to keep them.
20 "Zou's Walkie Talkie" 19 September 2013 (2013-09-19)
Zou gets a pair of walkie talkies, and uses them to communicate with his family members.
21 "Super Zou" 21 September 2013 (2013-09-21)
Zou becomes a superhero, even when he helps Nana who is stuck up the stairs in the middle of the night.
22 "Zou and the Rainbow" 17 September 2013 (2013-09-17)
Zou and Elzee try to find the end of a rainbow and create an original surprise when they attempt to find a pot of gold.
23 "Zou's Cherry Pie" 20 September 2013 (2013-09-20)
Zou bakes a cherry pie for a contest, but Grandpa loses his garage keys among the cherries.
24 "A Halloween Hunt" 27 October 2013 (2013-10-27)
Unable to go to the town's Halloween costume party because of rain, Zou, Elzee and Zinnia hunt for the ingredients for Grandma's Halloween cookies.
25 "Zou and the Caterpillar" 27 September 2013 (2013-09-27)
While helping Grandpa harvest potatoes, Zou and Zinnia find a caterpillar. Zinnia is scared at first, but Grandpa shows her how a caterpillar can become a butterfly.
26 "Zou and Zonk, the Giant Dinosaur" 24 September 2013 (2013-09-24)
Zou, Elzee and Grandpa build a dinosaur out of cardboard boxes, pillows and a sheet.
27 "Zou's Soccer Match" 25 September 2013 (2013-09-25)
When Zou, Elzee and Zak are playing a game of football in the park, Poc feels left out because he's been mixing up the players by whistling.
28 "Zou's Bicycle" 26 September 2013 (2013-09-26)
After seeing Elzee on her new bike, Zou asks for one too. Grandpa fixes up his old bike and gives it to Zou, who learns that new things aren't always better.
29 "Zou's Dance" 22 September 2013 (2013-09-22)
Zinnia talks Zou into a entering a dance contest. He partners up with Elzee, with surprising results.
30 "Zou's Pantomime" 28 September 2013 (2013-09-28)
After a pantomime in the park is cancelled, Zou decides to make one of his own, with a little help from his friends and family.
31 "Zou's Circus" 29 September 2013 (2013-09-29)
Zou, Elzee and Zak decides to make a circus. Zack has trouble finding an act that suits him, until he discovers his skill as a clown.
32 "Zou Up High" 14 October 2013 (2013-10-14)
Grandpa gets Zou and Elzee tickets for a hot-air balloon ride. Zou is scared at the idea of being up so high, until Grandpa helps him see otherwise.
33 "Zou's Bucket" 3 October 2013 (2013-10-03)
Zou suggests the family have a water-saving "bucket day", but things don't go quite as planned.
34 "Zou's Rainy Day" 18 October 2013 (2013-10-18)
When the family's trip to the seaside is cancelled due to rain, Zou must find another way to have fun.
35 "Zou and the Easter Bunny" 14 April 2014 (2014-04-14)
Zou and Elzee decide to go looking for the Easter Bunny.
36 "Zou and the Elephant Rescue" 1 October 2013 (2013-10-01)
After watching a news report about an escaped elephant, Zou sets out to trap the animal.
37 "Zou and the Stripey Things" 6 October 2013 (2013-10-06)
After learning about "stripey things" in school, Zou becomes scared of anything with yellow-and-black stripes.
38 "Zou the Clown" 15 October 2013 (2013-10-15)
After hearing about circuses from Mr. Zoey, Zou becomes a clown, and tries to cheer up a sad Elzee.
39 "The Big Race" 9 October 2013 (2013-10-09)
Zou's hopes for having a pedal-car race with Elzee are dashed when his dad twists his ankle, and Zou has to help look after him.
40 "Pirates and Fairies" 13 October 2013 (2013-10-13)
While the friends are playing at the park, Zou and Zinnia disagree about what are "boy's games" and "girl's games".
41 "Zou's Garage Sale" 8 October 2013 (2013-10-08)
Zou dcides to sell some of his old toys at the family's garage sale, but regrets doing so afterwards.
42 "The Fancy Dress Party" 2 October 2013 (2013-10-02)
Zou's plans to win a fancy dress contest at Elzee's keep getting dashed, as each costume he tries is already being worn by someone else.
43 "Zou's Robot" 12 October 2013 (2013-10-12)
Zou rushes to gather enough cereal box tokens to win a toy robot.
44 "The Very Windy Day" 4 October 2013 (2013-10-04)
Zou and Grandpa use an old windcheater to fix Zou's kite.
45 "Zou's Magpie" 30 September 2013 (2013-09-30)
When one of Mum's silver earrings goes missing, Zou searches for the culprit.
46 "Zou's Trip" 12 October 2013 (2013-10-12)
Zou makes a pretend car of the new washing machine's box, and, together with Elzee, Zinnia and Zak, takes a pretend trip to the seaside.
47 "Zou's Comet" 5 October 2013 (2013-10-05)
Zou and his family prepare a party to celebrate the passing of the Zebra Comet, which only comes by once every eighty years.
48 "Zou's Aquarium" 10 October 2013 (2013-10-10)
Elzee gives up going to the aquarium in order to look for her lost bear, Gizmo. Zou & Grandpa make Elzee a pretend aquarium to cheer her up.
49 "Zou and the Power Outage" 16 October 2013 (2013-10-16)
Zou and Elzee cannot play video games due to no electricity and must find other things to entertain themselves with.
50 "Zou Owns Up" 17 October 2013 (2013-10-17)
Zou accidentally breaks Zak's red race car and is scared to tell him.
51 "Zou the Magician" 23 September 2013 (2013-09-23)
Zou accidentally makes Poc disappear.
52 "Zou Says Sorry" 7 October 2013 (2013-10-07)
Zou accuses Poc for breaking his plane, but forgets to say sorry.
53 "Tic Toc" TBA
Excited for his play date with Elzee, Zou changes the time on his clock one hour forward so she can come over, unaware that the rest of the family have important things to do at the same time, too, creating total confusion and chaos.
54 "Zou Plays Hide and Seek" 1 April 2015 (2015-04-01)
Zou, Elzee, and Grandpa play hide and seek, and Zou and Elzee are hiding. But Grandpa soon forgets they're playing when he helps Elzee's mom with a problem.
55 "Zou's Alien Hunt" TBA
56 "Zou the Inventor" TBA
57 "Zou and the Best Present" TBA
58 "Zou and Nanna's Hat" TBA
59 "Zou and the Mystery Box" TBA
60 "Zou the First Aider" TBA
61 "Zou's Igloo" TBA
62 "Zou the Waiter" TBA
63 "Zou and the Abominable Snowman" TBA
64 "Zou the Repairman" TBA
65 "Zou and the Football" TBA
66 "Zou and the Baby Bird" TBA
67 "Zou's Boat Race" TBA
68 "Zou and the Hermit Crab" TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CYBER GROUP STUDIOS’ PRESCHOOL HIT SERIES “ZOU” AWARDED IN THE USA". Cyber Group Studios. Cyber Group Studios. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Zahed, Ramin (July 25, 2013). "Sprout Adopts Cyber Group’s ‘Zou’". Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Kannon Gowen is the voice of Zou in the new PBS Sprout series". Double 19 Productions. August 28, 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "TV Program". sproutonline.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.hulu.com/zou
  6. ^ http://digiguide.tv/programme/Childrens/Zou/852684/season-all/

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