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Moose and Zee
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Genre: Children's television series
Created by: Teri Weiss[1]
Written by: Sarah Feldman[2]
Matt Perreault[3]
Voices of: Paul Christie
Opening theme: "Fantastic Day"[4]
Ending theme: "Done Day"[5]
Composer(s): Frank Burrows[6]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s): Naree Song[7]
Running time: 1–3 minutes
Production company(s): Nickelodeon Productions
Bunko Studios[8]
Distributor: Viacom Media Networks
Broadcast
Original channel: Noggin (2003–2009)
Nick Jr. (2009–2012)
Picture format: 480i (4:3 SDTV)
First shown in: March 8, 2003
Original run: April 7, 2003[9] – March 1, 2012
External links
Website

Moose and Zee is an American short-form children's television series originally airing on Noggin from 2003 until 2009, and Nick Jr. from 2009 until 2012. The series premiered on April 7, 2003.[9]

PlotEdit

A teacher and his bluebird assistant introduce preschoolers concepts such as math, reading and colors.

CharactersEdit

  • Moose A. Moose – A yellow-colored anthropomorphic moose who teaches lessons to viewers through questioning. He encourages curiosity and is very knowledgeable.
  • Zee D. Bird – A small mute blue-bird who communicates through blinking, flapping its wings and staring. It acts as Moose's sidekick and assists viewers in figuring out answers to questions.

EpisodesEdit

Over 100 shorts were produced over the series' nine-year run.[10] 46 of these shorts have been released as part of the Noggin subscription service as of November 11, 2015.[11]

Recurring segmentsEdit

  • Mighty Fine Art – Moose and Zee discuss a painting or artist at the art museum.
  • Puzzle Time – Moose asks the viewer to solve a puzzle by finding shapes, matching two images or spotting the difference in a group of pictures.
  • Music Video – Moose sings about a season, holiday or concept.
  • In Other Words – A specific word is introduced and explained to the viewer.
  • Class Pet Time – The life of an animated, hamster-like pet named "Chip-Chip" is presented. The shorts are narrated by Moose, with children's voices commenting on Chip-Chip's actions.
  • Story Time – A well-known story is read aloud, occasionally by Moose himself.
  • Little Green Fingers – A live-action segment featuring a type of plant. These shorts were only aired on Nick Jr. UK (until being added to the Noggin app under the title "Zee's Garden").
  • Zee's Bookshelf – Zee introduces an upcoming television program. Ebb and Flo was aired exclusively between these segments.

BroadcastEdit

Several weeks before the series' first airing, advertisements featuring Moose A. Moose were broadcast on Noggin to notify viewers of upcoming schedule changes. The series premiered on April 7, 2003, as part of the Noggin channel redesign. Three other programs premiered alongside Moose and Zee: Tweenies, Miffy and Friends, and the first full-length episode of Oobi (Oobi shorts had aired since 2000).[12] Moose and Zee would continue to air daily on Noggin through the channel's rebranding as Nick Jr. on September 28, 2009, and would air its last episode on March 1, 2012. The series isn't currently airing on television, but is available for viewing as part of Viacom's Noggin streaming app released in March 2015.[11] The original 2015 commercial for the Noggin app depicts a child viewing Moose and Zee episodes, marking the first time since 2012 that the characters have been seen on television.[13]

From 2008 until 2012, Moose and Zee shorts were added monthly to the "Preschool" folder included as part of the Nickelodeon On Demand service. During that time, all "Nick Jr. On Demand" promo videos featured Moose A. Moose.[14]

The series was dubbed into Spanish in late 2015,[15] with the dubbed episodes included as part of the Latin American Noggin application.[16] Select episodes were aired on Nick Jr. Latin America at the time of the app's release.

MerchandiseEdit

In November 2005, Noggin released products such as clothing, notebooks, holiday ornaments and greeting cards featuring the Moose and Zee logo and its characters.[17] These products were available through the Noggin.com online store. In 2010, Moose and Zee plush dolls, figures, shirts and "crazy straws" featuring the characters were sold at Nickelodeon's Storytime Live! performance and at Nickelodeon Universe.[18] Several of these items are currently available at Nickelodeon Universe's online store.[19]

A series of short stories and paper activities based on Moose and Zee titled "Learn with Moose and Zee!" was produced in 2011. The individual stories and activities were included at the ends of many Dora the Explorer books released that year, such as "Dora Saves the Enchanted Forest," "Dora and Diego Help the Little Wolf," and a reissuing of "At the Carnival."[20][21][22] No full-length Moose and Zee books were released.

Although the series has never given a DVD release of its own, Moose and Zee shorts were attached to several Nick Jr. DVDs. These include the 2010 DVD Let's Hear It For the Laurie Berkner Band! (which includes the shorts "Everywhere I Go," "Music Makes Me," "We're Goin' on a Trip," and "Word of Wonder") and the Dora the Explorer DVD Explore the Earth! (which includes the shorts "I'm In Neighborhood" and "Explore the Seashore").[23][24] In addition to physical DVD releases, some episodes of the series are available for digital download on the US iTunes Store. The episode "I Don't Like Candy Corn" is available as part of the collection Nick Jr. Haunted Halloween, Vol. 3[25] and the episode "Winter Wonderland" is available as part of Nick Jr. Wintertime Adventures.[26]

Several products given to attendees of "Club Noggin" (an interactive hour-long program taking place at General Growth Property malls across the United States) featured Moose and Zee.[27] These products included posters, cut-out crafts and "badges" made of fabric. Club Noggin distributed them from 2004 until 2006.[28]

The Moose and Zee characters are the "hosts" of a Nintendo-produced game for the Wii console, "Nickelodeon Fit."[29] Players can't play as Moose or Zee.

Online mediaEdit

The series' title characters were prominently featured on Noggin.com (and NickJr.com, to a lesser extent) from 2003 onward. About one hundred online printables and crafts were created to coincide with new shorts.[30][31] Recipes such as character cakes and meals inspired by the shorts were accessible through the websites for several years.[32] Many digital games based on the series were made available, such as "Doodle Pad," "What's the Word, Bird?" and "What's Different".[33][34][35] Video clips from Moose and Zee episodes included as part of the "Nick Jr. Video" service were live on NickJr.com until early 2012.[36]

The Moose and Zee characters were also the focal point of two (now defunct) online learning programs. The first was titled "MyNoggin" and was available at www.mynoggin.com in 2008 through 2009.[37] MyNoggin subscriptions were available for online purchase, as well as through several prepaid game cards sold at most major retailers.[38] The service was also advertised in many issues of the Parents' Choice Award–winning children's publication Nick Jr. Magazine.[39] After the Noggin network was rebranded as Nick Jr. in late 2009, MyNoggin was replaced by "Nick Jr. Boost." Nick Jr. Boost was very similar to MyNoggin and continued to use Moose A. Moose as its mascot until its close in 2013.[40] The Boost program was a premium subscription service like its predecessor, with paid membership (stickers valid for a free month of Boost were attached to early releases of Nickelodeon's "The First Day of School" DVD).[41]

In early 2010, a mobile application based on the show titled "A to Z with Moose and Zee" was made available for purchase in the iOS App Store worldwide.[42] The game, aimed at preschoolers, was designed to teach children the letters of the alphabet. The app was compatible with updated iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices at the time and was sold for $1.99 in U.S. dollars. It has since been removed from the App Store.

As part of the revival of the Noggin brand as an app in 2015, Moose and Zee were reintroduced.[43]

Live showsEdit

In late 2009, Nickelodeon partnered with Key Brand Entertainment to produce "Storytime Live!", a theatrical performance featuring Nick Jr. characters.[44] Moose and Zee was one of the several Nick Jr. programs showcased as part of the production, with a full-size Moose costume and Zee puppet created by Geppetto Studios.[45]

Nickelodeon created a different mascot-style costume of Moose A. Moose for "meet-and-greet" event appearances, taking place at locations such as the Nebraskan "Kidz Explore" festival.[46] The meet-and-greet costume design differed greatly from the older Storytime Live! version, with the Moose costume being much larger and more similar to his square shape as seen in the show.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. "Noggin.com – Moose and Zee "Explore the Seashore" Writer" . noggin.com. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  3. "I Don't Like Candy Corn Song Lyrics" . nickjr.com. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  4. "Moose and Zee "Fantastic Day" Song Lyrics" . nickjr.com. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  5. "Moose and Zee Song Lyrics – Nick Jr." . nickjr.com. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  6. "Frank Burrows" . ReverbNation. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  7. "About Bunko Studios" . Bunko Studios, inc. NYC Animation Studio. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  8. "Bunko Presents Nick Jr. Moose and Zee" . Bunko Studios, inc. NYC Animation Studio. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  9. 9.0 9.1 NOGGIN (March 25, 2003). "NOGGIN Reinvents Itself – It's Like Preschool on TV!" . prnewswire.com. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  10. "Moose & Zee – Video - Nick Jr." . nickjr.com. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Nickelodeon Launches Noggin--New Mobile Subscription Service for Preschoolers – Business Wire" . businesswire.com (February 25, 2015). Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  12. NOGGIN (March 25, 2003). "Noggin Introduces 'Oobi' – The Friend Who's Always With You!" . prnewswire.com. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  13. "Noggin App TV Commercial, 'Play and Learn'" . iSpot.tv. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  14. "VOD Program – Moose and Zee 'Make Music'" . LocateTV.com. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  15. MundoNick Latin America (November 21, 2015). "MundoNick Noggin Promo" . mtvnimages.com. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  16. Google Play (November 18, 2015). "Noggin: Presentada por Nick Jr." . Play.Google.com. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  17. NOGGIN (November 9, 2005). "NOGGIN Teams up With CafePress.com to Announce First-Ever Merchandising Agreement" . prnewswire.com. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  18. "Moose and Zee Products" . Nickelodeon Universe. Archived from the original on April 8, 2015. Retrieved on January 8, 2017.
  19. "Other Nickelodeon Characters at ShopNickU.com" . shopnicku.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. Retrieved on January 8, 2017.
  20. Barnes & Noble. "Dora Saves the Enchanted Forest (Dora the Explorer Series)" . Barnes & Noble. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  21. Barnes & Noble. "Dora and Diego Help the Little Wolf" . Barnes & Noble. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
  22. Barnes & Noble. "At the Carnival (Dora the Explorer Series)" . Barnes & Noble. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
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  26. "iTunes – TV Shows – Nick Jr. Wintertime Adventures" . iTunes. Retrieved on November 26, 2016.
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v - e - dNick Jr. original programming
Former
1980s debuts Eureeka's Castle (1989–1995)
1990s debuts Nick Jr. Rocks (1991) · Gullah Gullah Island (1994–1998) · Allegra's Window (1994–1996) · Little Bear (1995–1999) · Blue's Clues (1996–2006) · Franklin (1997–2004) · Maisy (1999–2001) · 64 Zoo Lane (1999–2013) · Phred on Your Head Show (1999–2002) · Little Bill (1999–2004)
2000s debuts Dora the Explorer (2000–2014) · Maggie and the Ferocious Beast (2000–2002) · Tiny Planets (2001–2002) · Oswald (2001–2003) · The URL with Phred Show (2001–2002) · Play with Me Sesame (2002–2007) · Miffy and Friends (2003–2007) · Oobi (2003–2005) · Moose and Zee (2003–2012) · Connie the Cow (2003–2005) · Whoopi's Littleburg (2004) · Blue's Room (2004–2007) · LazyTown (2004–2008) · Curious Buddies (2004–2005) · Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends (2004–2008) · The Backyardigans (2004–2010) · Cooking for Kids with Luis (2004–2005) · Pinky Dinky Doo (2005–2009) · Jack's Big Music Show (2005–2008) · Go, Diego, Go! (2005–2011) · Wonder Pets! (2006–2013) · Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! (2006–2010) · The Upside Down Show (2006–2007) · Yo Gabba Gabba! (2007–2015) · Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (2007–2011) · Toot and Puddle (2008–2009) · Olivia (2009–2011) · The Fresh Beat Band (2009–2013)
2010s debuts Team Umizoomi (2010–2015) · Bubble Guppies (2011–2016) · Franklin and Friends (2011–2012) · Mike the Knight (2011–2017) · Pocoyo (2011–2015) · Tickety Toc (2012–2015) · Peter Rabbit (2012–2016) · Lalaloopsy (2013–2015) · Julius Jr. (2013–2015) · Fresh Beat Band of Spies (2015–2016)
Current Max and Ruby (since 2002) · Peppa Pig (since 2004) · Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom (since 2009) · Dino Dan (since 2009) · Mia and Me (since 2011) · Play Along with Sam (since 2013) · PAW Patrol (since 2013) · Wallykazam! (since 2014) · Zack and Quack (since 2014) · Dora and Friends: Into the City! (since 2014) · Blaze and the Monster Machines (since 2014) · Hey Duggee (since 2014) · Little Charmers (since 2015) · Nick Jr. Puppies (since 2015) · Mutt and Stuff (since 2015) · Shimmer and Shine (since 2015) · Miffy's Adventures Big and Small (since 2015) · Teletubbies (since 2016) · Rusty Rivets (since 2016) · Nella the Princess Knight (since 2017)
Upcoming Sunny Day (August 21, 2017) · Rainbow Rangers (Fall 2017) · Butterbean's Café (2017) · Top Wing (2017) · Abby Hatcher (2017)
See also Nickelodeon on CBS · Nickelodeon

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