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|Created by||Brian Paterson|
|Country of origin||Australia
|No. of episodes||52|
|Running time||7 mins|
|Production company(s)||Avrill Stark Entertainment
Media Development Authority
|Original network||ABC Kids (Australia)
Treehouse TV (Canada)
|Picture format||480i (4:3 SDTV)|
|Original release||April 6, 2009– March 19, 2013|
Zigby the zebra is an anthropomorphic children's fictional character created by Scottish-born English author Brian Paterson. Zigby appears in a series of picture books and board books as well as in a 3D animated television series. The show currently airs on Treehouse TV, and was previously aired on Playhouse Disney and CBeebies.
Zigby lives in a tree house in Mudwater Creek, on a lush tropical island. In a typical book or episode, the enthusiastic zebra "trots into trouble" through his slightly eccentric behaviour. He is followed by his friends McMeer the meerkat and Bertie Bird the anxious guinea fowl. The show was canceled due to low ratings
The following picture books for ages approximately 2–5 years were published by HarperCollins:
- Zigby Camps Out (2002)
- Zigby Hunts for Treasure (2002)
- Zigby and the Ant Invaders (2003)
- Zigby Dives In (2003)
- Zigby and the Monster (2005)
Four board books (Go-Kart, The Picnic, The Birthday Party, Toy Box) appeared in 2004 with the same publisher. As of early 2005, 350,000 copies had been sold in 15 countries.
The development of an animated series based on the character was announced in 2005. 52 3D animated episodes of 11 minutes each were coproduced by companies in Australia, Singapore and Canada. The series specifically targets 4 to 5 year olds with a wider target audience of 3 to 6 year olds. The series shown on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (25 March 2009 - 3 January 2015) and Canadian Treehouse TV. It was also acquired by German ZDF, BBC-produced CBeebies and by France 5 also Univision's Planeta U.
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