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Oswald
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Genre: Children's series
Created by: Dan Yaccarino
Developed by: Lisa Eve Hubman
Dan Yaccarino
Directed by: Fredrick Stroppell
Debra Bronzon
Henry Lenardin-Madden
Starring: Fred Savage
Debi Derryberry
David Lander
Crystal Scales
Laraine Newman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons: 2[1]
No. of episodes: 26
Production
Executive producer(s): Dan Yaccarino
Producer(s): HIT Entertainment
Running time: 22–24 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel: Nick Jr.
Original run: August 20, 2001[2] – November 11, 2003[1]

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.[2] The show was created by Dan Yaccarino and co-produced by HIT Entertainment. It was also broadcast on Noggin and CBS (during the Nick Jr. on CBS programming block) in reruns.

PlotEdit

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 an anthropomorphic 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 talking penguin and Daisy, an anthropomorphic flower, among others—and his patient methods of coping with or tolerating different situations and dilemmas, along with his thoroughly optimistic outlook on life.

CharactersEdit

Main charactersEdit

  • Oswald (voiced by Fred Savage) – Oswald is a large, round, blue octopus (with four arms and four legs) who lives in an apartment complex with Henry the Penguin and a lot of other animals. A very gentle, smart, friendly, 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 (usually to comfort himself or to encourage a friend). He has a habit of saying "Oh, my gosh!" when something goes wrong and something astonishing happens. Oswald always wears a life preserver when he is around water and loves Swizzleberry Swirl Ice Cream.
  • Weenie (voiced by Debi Derryberry) – Weenie (sometimes referred to by Oswald as "Weenie-girl" or just "girl") is Oswald's pet dog; a "wiener-dog", very similar to a Dachshund. Weenie bears a strong resemblance to a hot dog and only communicates in "bark-speak" (similar to Blue in Blue's Clues and Mel in Jack's Big Music Show). Weenie accompanies Oswald everywhere he goes, and her favorite food is vanilla dog biscuits.
  • Henry (voiced by David Lander) – Oswald's best friend. A talking penguin who 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 tight schedule, which includes taking care of his extensive spoon collection, ending his days watching "Penguin Patrol", his favorite TV program, 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 North named Louie (voiced by Michael McKean), and on occasion speaks of his aunt, Antarctica. His motto is "slow and steady". He always takes two marshmallows in his favorite beverage, hot cocoa, saying "No more, no less". He also doesn't like it whenever his feathers get wet.
  • Daisy (voiced by Crystal Scales) – A tall flower with green leaves and stem. 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 a large leaf collection and loves peppermint tea. Daisy is very excitable, often needing to be hushed by Oswald whenever she speaks too loudly. She also has an aunt whose name and flower is Marigold and her catchphrase is "Golly Tamale!". She is the only character in Big City who wakes up with the sun.

Recurring charactersEdit

  • Johnny the 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 – 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".
  • Madame Butterfly (voiced by Laraine Newman) – The mother of Catrina and the owner and proprieter of the local diner, a favorite lunch stop for Oswald and his friends.
  • 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 surrounded by her mom or others to keep her curiosity in check.
  • Steve Tree (voiced by Fred Stoller) – A walking, talking tree. Occasionally, his pet Woodrow the woodpecker pecks on him.
  • 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. He frequently sighs when sad and says "Oh drat!"
  • 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.
  • Louie (voiced by Michael McKean) – Henry's cousin from the Arctic. He looks just like his cousin, except for the fact that he wears a bright red bow tie.

Minor charactersEdit

  • Cactus Polly (voiced by Laraine Newman) – Polly is a helpful cactus lady who carries a lasso and talks like a cowgirl 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.
  • Bingette Bunny (voiced by Kathy Najimy) – A ditsy rabbit who runs the gardening store where Oswald buys his tomato plants or flowers. She is usually very unhelpful but usually says "Just doing my job!" when Oswald leaves the store.
  • Laverne (voiced by Debi Derryberry) – A white elephant with a pink bow and loves peanuts and also being nice. Pongo wants to be with her but, he is too shy.
  • Roderick Robot – A silent 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 news paper store from which Henry buys his news paper. He only talks in the episodes "The Naughty Cat" and "Henry Needs a Haircut".
  • Flippy – A goldfish 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. He often is a pest to Steve by pecking on his wood.
  • Tinsel (vocal effects by Debi Derryberry) – Roderick's mechanical, naughty pet cat.
  • Fish – Fish who appear in the episode "Goin' Fishing".
  • Maestro Bingo (voiced by Michael McKean) – He runs a store of various musical instruments and appears in the episodes "Daisy Plays an Instrument" and "Fixing the Piano".

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Oswald – Season 2 episodes" . TV Guide. Retrieved on November 28, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Oswald – Season 1 episodes" . TV Guide. Retrieved on November 28, 2016.


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