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Animalia
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Created by Graeme Base (book)
Developed by Graeme Base
Tom Ruegger
Ewan Burnett
Doug MacLeod
Robyn Base
Bruce D. Johnson
Written by Sherri Stoner
John P. McCann
Deanna Oliver
Tom Ruegger
Nicholas Hollander
Mark Seidenberg
John K. Ludin
John Loy
Directed by David Scott
Voices of Brooke Anderson
Katie Leigh
Robert Mark Klein
Kate Higgins
Dean O'Gorman
Christopher Hobbs
Peta Johnson
Theme music composer Graeme Base
Yuri Worontschak
Composer(s) Christopher Elves
Country of origin Australia
United Kingdom
Canada
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Graeme Base
Tom Ruegger
Ewan Burnett
Murray Pope
Bruce D. Johnson
Producer(s) Ewan Burnett
Murray Pope
Editor(s) Tom Ruegger
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) Burberry Productions
Animalia Productions
PorchLight Entertainment
Lux Animation
Distributor Cyber Group Studios
Release
Original network Network Ten (Australia)
CBBC (United Kingdom)
PBS Kids (United States)
Kids CBC (Canada)
Picture format NTSC (480i)
720p
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 11 November 2007 (2007-11-11) – 11 May 2008 (2008-05-11)

Animalia is an animated children's television series based on the 1986 picture book of the same name by illustrator Graeme Base. The series premiered on Network Ten in Australia on 11 November 2007, airing two series before ending on 5 November 2008.

Plot

Animalia tells the story of two human children, Alex and his friend Zoe, who stumble into the magical library which transports them to the animal-inhabited world of Animalia. Strange events have undermined the Animalian civilization, and Alex and Zoe join forces with their new friends G'Bubu the gorilla and Iggy the iguana to save Animalia from evil and comical villains.

Characters

Humans

  • Alex (Brooke Mikey Anderson) – Alex is a natural artist and is hardly ever seen without a sketchbook and pencil. He keeps a cool level head and is rather enthusiastic with a sense of adventure; he's also athletic and can jump very well. His ability to see forgotten portals that can transport anyone anywhere in Animalia is what makes him special.
  • Zoe (Katie Leigh) – A sassy, smart-mouthed girl, Zoe met Alex by accident where she followed him to the world of Animalia. Despite a few grudges, she manages to find a friend in Alex, who she refers to as "Sketch Boy." She is a very good story teller, as evidenced in "Over and Beyond".
  • Stanley – Stanley is the Librarian of the Metro Library. He made his appearances in "Hello, We must be Going", "Goodbye, We Must Be Staying", He is like Livingstone's human counterpart.
  • Emma – Emma is Zoe's friend. Although she's not shown on-screen, she is heard in Zoe's PDA when she's calling her. Emma is heard in "Goodbye, We Must Be Staying". She often doesn't believe Zoe that Animalia exists.

Animalians

Note: In a nod to the book, the names of all the Animalians begin with the first letter of their species name.

  • G'Bubu (Chris Hobbs) – G'Bubu is a large, green American gorilla who lives in his tree house home with his best friend Iggy. Still a teenager himself, G'Bubu is fun-loving and enjoys monkeying around. Despite this, he still has a sense of acumen, be it about Animalia or his family tree. He was shown to have a fear of frogs in "The Mists of Time", but conquered it when Alex, Zoe and Iggy were eaten by giant frogs (saying that "sometimes, you can't let the fear get in the way of what you've got to do!").
  • Iggy (Robert Mark Klein) – Iggy D'Iguana is a Castilian iguana with a slightly excitable personality. He thinks himself to be bigger than anyone else, but always gets ahead of himself. He and G'Bubu were the first to befriend Alex and Zoe when they first arrived and are always on hand to help their new friends with any problem. He also has romantic feelings for Zoe. Later in the series, his voice has been changed. In "Don Iguana", he tries to prove his bravery to Zoe by disguising himself as Don Iguana, D'Avenger of Animalia. He can camouflage and change the color of his body.
  • Livingstone T. Lion (Chris Hobbs) – Livingstone T. Lion is the youthful leader of Animalia and the Keeper of the Core. He is one of the main protagonists of the TV series. He has a vast knowledge of the Core itself and just about everything and everyone in Animalia. He can be gentle, helpful and is always up for a game, but sometimes he is rather self-deprecating, wondering whether he can manage to bring Animalia back on track with its unstable Core.
  • Reenie (Peta Johnson) – Reenie Rhino is a Scottish Black Rhino. She works at Animalia's Great Library and helps Livingstone with keeping the Core stable whenever something goes wrong. Almost as smart as Livingstone and just as friendly, Reenie has a big heart with room for everyone, but also claims to have a "love friend" named Rumble.
  • Allegra (Kate Higgins) – A teenage Alligator who lives in the swamps, Allegra is a self-loving and snappy creature who is very protective of her land. Sometimes, she is a villainess of the TV show. She dreams of being a singer, but the others find that unlikely due to her terrible voice, except for her two gal pals, Bitzy and Snitzy, who constantly follow Allegra and admire her thoughts. Her singing improved when Zoe taught her in "Animalia's Talent-o-Topia" and she's been better ever since. Her catch phrase is "dang-a-lang!", which she utters at some point in almost every episode.
  • Tyrannicus (Dean O'Gorman) – A sly smooth-talking Tiger who serves as the main antagonist, Tyrannicus feels he should be ruler of Animalia rather than Livingstone. He finds ways of getting ahead by the use of various get-rich-quick schemes. He despises Alex and Zoe, who he refers to as "stink bugs" and especially wants to get rid of them. He is known also trying to get G'Bubu and Iggy out of Animalia. He is assisted by Fuchsia the fox.
  • Fuchsia (Katie Leigh) – Fuchsia is a French Red Fox with pink fur and Tyrannicus's assistant; always sent to help him arrange or develop plans, she is very intelligent. She serves as a secondary antagonist in the TV series. Fuchsia is often reluctant to help Tyrannicus carry out his plans. She respects her boss, even though she often seems amused by Tyrannicus' actions, she also gets slightly annoyed at him. "Sorry Tyrannicus, but there's nothing illegal about eating bananas."
  • Elni & Erno (Peta Johnson & Chris Hobbs) – The two friendly Australian Elephants who run the Elephants Eatery, the local restaurant for all Animalians. Elni's warm personality makes her lovable by all, while Erno's cooking is something worth trying, despite his tendency to panic.
  • Herry & Horble (Dean O'Gorman and Robert Mark Klein) – Herry and Horble (known as the "Horrible Hogs") are Cockney Warthogs who are a little crass at times. They are a duo of criminals. They are mostly seen riding on their large motorcycles, specially equipped with loud speakers that play music (usually Wagner) wherever they go. Most of the time, they normally did deeds or followed orders for either Allegra or Tyrannicus. Sometimes, they were arrested and jailed.
  • Melba & Melford – Melba and Melford Mouse are the main news reporters on Animalia News, broadcasting all of the current news and happenings on Fluttervision. Melba is more level-headed and calm, whereas Melford is slightly more neurotic and rather slow thinking Klein]])
  • Zee and Zed – Zee and Zed are Texan Zebras who ride in their large zeppelin-like balloon, giving the low-down on Animalia from a bird's eye view. While Zed has a level head on his shoulders, Zee is very excitable and sometimes can't stop herself talking excitedly.
  • Bitsy & Snitzy – Bitzy and Snitzy are Allegra's two female friends who do whatever she says. They're the only ones who respect Allegra's singing before Zoe taught her how.
  • Victor & Verbal – Introduced in "Forget Me Not", they are a vulture comedy double act: Victor, a Jewish sounding comedian, and his wise-cracking partner, Verbal, who acts as his ventriloquist dummy for the bit. They're hugely popular not for the fact that they're vegetarians, unlike normal vultures, but for the fact that their years of hilarious stand-ups have made them an unforgettable duo.
  • Rombolt – Rombolt is a Black Rhino and the head boss of the Fluttervision Office. Rombolt made his first appearance in "Animalia's Talent-O-Topia".
  • The Giraffe - A giraffe has appeared as a character in several episodes of Animalia. However the Giraffes appearances are all background and brief with no speaking lines at all, it is currently unknown what gender the Giraffe is.
  • The Creeper (Joey Lotsko) – An antagonist who was once part of the Community Team until he was banished for using the secret portals to steal from the Animalians' homes. During the series' run, the form of the Creeper turns out to be a long-tailed weasel, who ended up lost in his own portals. Alex comes across him one day and, masquerading as "TC", the Creeper is freed without Alex realizing who he is. The Creeper, whose real name is Wooster Q. Weasel, plans to overthrow Animalia by taking control over the Core. The Creeper is a main character in all of his appearances, except "Iggy's Quest" because he only appeared in Iggy's nightmare. At the end of the series, he is defeated when Livingstone touches the Core, which the Creeper was still inside of, causing him to be shot out like a Core-spore, into the Wind of No Return. He was an associate of Tyrannicus (who often refers to him as Wheez) early in the series.
  • The Toucans (Robert Mark Klein) – A colorful band of birds who, whenever they talk, speak only one word in every sentence (the reason behind this is never revealed or discussed). Sometimes they get the words mixed up and confuse their sentences, sometimes having disastrous results; this was especially evident in "Long Story Short".
  • Butterflies – In the world of Animalia, rather than television sets, the residents watch Fluttervision. Large beautiful butterflies fly from home to home and arrange themselves as a large screen where the Animalians can watch the latest happenings from the Animalian news. They only do this for a short time as they do get worn out if watched for too long. They were seized by Tyrannicus Tiger in the episode "Butterfly Winter".
  • Peter Applebottom (Chris Hobbs) – Peter Applebottom is a mad gorilla scientist. He is mentioned in "Righting the Writing" by G'Bubu. He made his first appearance is "Being Peter Applebottom". Unfortunately for G'Bubu, Applebottom is from the past, and because G'Bubu got hit on the head by a bongo berry nut, he was brainwashed into thinking he's Peter Applebottom (through "Bongobeania", an amnesia-like condition in which not only do you forget who you are, you think you are someone else) so it's true that it's his first appearance.
  • Dagmont Dragon – A protagonist who first appears in the episode "Over and Beyond" who captured Zee and Zed Zebra.
  • Whim Unicorn (Peta Johnson) – Whim is a unicorn in Over and Beyond. She made her first appearance in "Over and Beyond". When Zoe and Iggy touched her horn, they got transferred back to Animalia, which she didn't know.

Core Spore Types

There have been many different types of Corespores throughout the series, each causing a wide variety of adverse effects on Animalia and its inhabitants when they blast off from the Core.

  • Memory spore: This makes all Animalians lose their memories. Seen in Forget Me Not. Symbolized by a compass.
  • Rhyme spore: This makes all Animalians have to speak in rhyme. Seen in Catcher in the Rhyme. Symbolized by a ring.
  • Time spore: Causes time to randomly loop, slow down, or stop. Seen in The Mist of Time. Symbolized by a pocket watch. A recurring gag in that episode is the sweet aroma in the past.
  • Nature spore: Causes all nature to slowly dry up and get rotten. Seen in Iggy's Quest. Symbolized by a shell. The Nature Spirits flew all around Animalia because that spore caused Mother Nature to be trapped in a portal, so the Nature Spirits couldn't get home.
  • Cooperation spore: Causes Animalians to become uncooperative towards one another. Seen in The Call to Action. Symbolized by gears.
  • Generosity spore: Causes Animalians to become greedy. Seen in Alex's Treasure Island. Symbolized by a rainbow. This Corespore wasn't figured out until the very end (as generosity is the opposite of greed).
  • Truth spore: Causes Animalians to lie and written truth to disappear. Seen in Nothing But The Truth. Symbolized by a snowflake.
  • Writing spore: This makes all the writing in Animalia disappear. Seen in Righting The Writing. Symbolized by a bill of rights book.
  • Deep thought spore: This corespore causes all Animalians to not think clearly. It is seen in The Ballad of the Creeper, and is symbolized by an orange light bulb. This is the only corespore to be corrupted by the Creeper's Corespore Contaminator, which made a fake blue light bulb (which is a rock and vines). According to Peter Applebottom it can be changed in many ways like making everyone yodel, non-stopping hopping around, or turn animalia into babbling ninnies including Alex and Zoe and even the Creeper (except G'bubu's species).
  • Hope spore: Causes Animalians to lose hope. Appears in Whistling in the Dark. Symbolized by seeds of hope.
  • Portal spore: A spore lost long ago that lets all Animalians see the portals. Mentioned in Tunnel Vision.
  • Word spore: This makes all Animalians forget words. It appears in From A-Z. Symbolized by the sounds of words.
  • Origin spore: This gives all Animalians the ability to speak in their original animal languages. Appears in Alex's Secret Code. Symbolized by a chain.
  • Speech spore: Causes Animalians to lose their ability to speak. Appears in Speechless In Animalia. Symbolized by a mouth that switches people's voices.
  • Stability spore: This causes earthquakes. Appears in Being Peter Applebottom. Symbolized by measuring scales.
  • Peace spore: This causes turmoil amongst Animalians. Appears in What's The Good Word. The only spore symbolized by something other than what was found in it (Zoe's apology letter to Tyrannicus, which she wrote with a pen that was found in the spore).
  • Agreement spore: Causes Animalians to disagree with each other. Appears in The Dragon and The Night. Symbolized by an agreement contract.
  • Intelligence spore: This causes Livingston and Allegra to switch intelligence. Appears in Brain Drain. Symbolized by tiny orbs.
  • Superspore: Also known as the miracle spore. Completely heals the Core.

Broadcast

The series began running on U.S. cable channel Animania HD on 2 November 2007. In Australia it aired on Network Ten at noon on Sundays beginning on 11 November 2007; also on Nickelodeon since the start of May 2008. In the United Kingdom it aired on CBBC on BBC One beginning on 19 November 2007. The series also aired on PBS Kids in the United States on 5 January 2008.

As of 3 November 2008, the show is also running on NRK in Norway. In Latinoamerica, the series began running on Animal Planet and later in Venezuela on Tves. In India, the shows is broadcast on Cartoon Network India.

The other broadcast partners and investors in the series have not yet announced their broadcast schedules. The international networks involved in the production are: the BBC in the United Kingdom and CBC in Canada. The series will also be broadcast by SABC 2 in South Africa, Al Jazeera and in Israel.

International

Other merchandise

In 2008, BBC Children's Books and the Penguin Group published four books by Mandy Archer based on the series: the Animalia Colouring Book, the Animalia Sticker Activity Book, plus two storybooks, Animalia: Hello, we must be going and Animalia: Goodbye, we must be staying which were based upon the first and second episodes of the same name and adapted from the scripts by Tom Ruegger. All four books have text and design by Children's Character Books and all but the colouring book are heavily illustrated with colour screenshots from the series.

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