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Cartoons have come a long ways since Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny.
This is wonderful creation of Janice Burgess with a team of directors, music and song composers and even a choreographer and team of dancers. The setting is in the communal backyard of the five main characters and their role playing takes them to all different places and scenarios to include fairytale worlds with knights and dragons, pirate treasure hunting, secret agent mission and futuristic Star Trek garbage collecting.
The choreographed musicals are quite brilliant and use various genres of music and dance.
Pablo is an energetic, enthusiastic and excitable penguin. He thinks, speaks, acts and reacts quickly. But because he's wrapped just a little too tight, sometimes his excitement can overwhelm him--making him the character most likely to run in a circle flapping his flippers and squawking. He may not be the most agile or graceful of the friends, but he's probably the most determined and enthusiastic.
Tyrone is an easy-going, sensible young moose, who is also Pablo's best friend. Tyrone is a deep thinker, which may make him seem a master of the obvious sometimes. But he always enjoys a challenge because he knows, in his heart, that he is equal to it and he'll find a way to figure it out.
Uniqua is a one-of-a-kind character with an adventurous nature--Uniqua is not only her name, it's also her species. With her purple skin, pink spots and dainty antennae, she doesn't look like any other creature on the planet. She is sweet and graceful, but she can also be funny, a little mischievous and quite the daredevil.
Tasha is a deceptively sweet and girlish hippo who wears red Mary Janes and a flowered dress. A favorite playmate of Uniqua's, Tasha looks sweet as pie, but underneath her girly exterior beats a heart that's tough-as-nails. She is rational, skeptical and highly motivated to get her own way. Tasha and Uniqua are always giggly, silly and full of fun when they are together.
Austin is a shy boy kangaroo. Sometimes he's a little hesitant to join in, but in the end his natural bounciness usually comes through.
Go Diego Go
This is a very simply cartoon that revolves around Diego Mαrquezthe Animal rescuer. He travels to various places in the world from high altitude alpine areas to he deep sea and rescues animals. He has a pet Jaguar, a rescue pack that can turn into any type of rescue device (not limited to rafts, kayaks, personal helicopter, bicycle, etc) and drives all sorts of recue vehicles.
Animals, adventure with lots of running, a boy main character, cool vehicles and rescue equipment and a cute Latino sister - it's the perfect cartoon for any male toddler.
Diego is an 8-year-old Latino action-adventure hero with a heart. His goal is to save and protect the animals and their environment. Athletic and fearless, he is always at the ready no matter what the situation. Diego loves learning new things. He takes a scientific approach to problem solving and also uses a variety of high-tech gadgets and gizmos to save the day.
Alicia is Diego's 11-year-old sister and resident computer whiz. She adores her younger brother and is amazed at his natural gift for communicating and bonding with animals. Alicia is also protective of Diego and warns him of approaching dangers via his video watch from her monitoring position at the Rescue Center.
Baby Jaguar is the animal closest to Diego's heart, and he appears in every episode. His physical abilities have not quite caught up to his youthful eagerness, so Baby Jaguar sometimes finds himself in precarious situations. But underneath his inexpert physicality lies a strong adventurer with a cool head, and a fierce roar!
Part animal locator, part telescopic camera, Click is the most important piece of equipment in the Rescue Center, and she knows it! In every episode, Click asks the viewer to play an sound matching game to zero in on the animal that needs to be rescued.
Rescue Pack can transform into anything Diego needs once he says "Activar!" From flotation device to parasail, Rescue Pack can always be counted on to help Diego out of a tricky situation.
|The Bobo Brothers
A mischievous pair of capuchin monkeys whose cute and innocent faces belie their naughty intent. The Bobos love to get into trouble and cause confusion and mayhem throughout the forest.
Dora The Explorer
This is the original cartoon series where Go Diego Go was a spinoff from. Dora targets young preschool girls and is evident with everything from the main character being a 7 year old preschool girl, to the colors used, to the music of the backpack. Dora is also entertaining to preschool boys as Dora is their age, goes on adventures and has Boots the Monkey.
A new teenage Dora will target 5 year olds, while allowing for a sexier look which should attract more young consumers in the multi-billion dollar tween market to a new line of Dora dolls and accessories by Mattel.
Dora is a true heroine--an Indiana Jones for the preschool set. She is a born explorer, always eager for the next adventure. Though she's only seven, she serves as something of a big sister to her best friend, Boots, and to the viewer as well. With her pride in being bilingual, her respect for her elders, her growing understanding of her culture and heritage, and her love for storytelling and music, Dora embodies the Latina spirit.
Boots is a 5 year old furry monkey and Dora's best friend. He's like a worshipful younger brother. Sweet and loving, he likes to hold Dora's hand. Unlike Dora, Boots sometimes makes wrong choices and gets discouraged. When he is feeling down, he always bounces back quickly with one of his flips. No one can make Dora laugh the way Boots can. He's the best friend you always wanted.
Backpack is a friend who accompanies Dora on all her adventures. Just like Dora, Backpack can speak both Spanish and English. Backpack is a real go-getter with a can-do spirit. As Backpack says in her signature song, "Anything that you might need, I've got inside for you." From binoculars to sticky tape, Backpack's loaded up with everything Dora might need for her quest--though it's up to the viewer to pick out the item that will solve the problem at hand.
A funny, bouncy rolled-up Map that lives inside Backpack's side pocket and peeks out whenever we call "Map!" Map speaks English and is an incredibly useful helper for our young explorers because he always knows where to go and how to get there. Whenever Dora asks us to check the Map for directions, he plots out our journey with a simple graphic that shows our route.
|Swiper the Fox
Swiper is a quick, sneaky fox who tries to swipe things that Dora needs to complete her quest. From delicious cookies to Boots' boot - if it's valuable, Swiper wants to swipe it. Then he hides it. Swiper serves an important curriculum role, as he always sets up our hidden picture games. Swiper is also a master of disguise and it isn't easy to catch him. In fact, the only way to stop Swiper before he swipes something is for Dora, Boots and the audience to call out, "Swiper, no swiping!" three times.
A four-year-old Spanish-speaking squirrel and a good friend to Dora. While Tico is young and playful, he can also be brave and heroic. Since Tico can operate any vehicle--everything from a bicycle-powered plane to a Super Spy boat-car--he has been known to save the day in a crisis. He is often found driving in his little yellow car or in his tree at the Nutty Forest.
A lovable six-year-old bull with a big heart. He is a loyal buddy to the rest of the gang. Benny speaks English and lives with his grandma in Benny's Barn. Benny is also a bit accident-prone. He once got stuck in a wall and his loud hiccups are famous. But Benny can always count on the viewer to get him out of a scrape.
A smart six-year-old iguana who is very cool and quite mature. She makes her way through the forest slowly and thoughtfully. Always a step ahead of the game, she is ready to provide essential information that Dora and Boots need to complete their journey.
|The Fiesta Trio
A cymbal-playing snail, an accordion-playing grasshopper and a drum-playing frog make up this festive musical combo, who pop up to play a celebratory riff every time Dora and Boots make it past an obstacle
Bob the Builder
ewBob is a construction foreman and the main builder. He has a fleet of construction vehicles, all of which are basically young children in intellect who tackle various challenges each day which help them grow.
Here is the main crew:
Recurring human characters
Minor human characters
Recurring vehicle characters
Minor vehicle characters
Thomas and Friends
Thomas and Friends was originally made with real model trains, tracks and scenery. The plastic faces with fixed expressions and moving eyes were really creepy and looked like possessed toys. Now animation is CG which allows for more animation and facial expressions which are a bit more human or lifelike and a whole lot less creepy.
Thomas and Friends have childlike intellect and tackle many of the social challenges that young folks and adults alike face on a daily basis.
There are many characters, all with unique personalities and voices. It seems very real for talking trains.
A PBS special featuring a Pteranodon family with a foster T-rex child. The travel through time, continents and even underwater to visit various prehistoric creatures. This is quite educational and entertaining. This is a great intro to dinosaurs.
|Buddy, a curious, funny, and intelligent T-Rex is the star of the show. He is cautious, but always ready to jump into action and start asking questions. While on the DINOSAUR TRAIN, Buddy makes a hypothesis and begins searching for the answers to his questions with the help of his Mom, the Conductor, and the new dinosaurs he meets on the train. When Buddy isn't taking exciting trips on the DINOSAUR TRAIN, he is playing with his siblings, Don, Tiny, and Shiny and anticipating their next adventure.|
|Tiny, who loves to make rhymes, is quite clever and very brave. Tiny approaches every dinosaur she meets with the confidence of a news reporter trying to get the full scoop. Tiny is so brave that she often wanders a little bit too far; but, Buddy is always there to help her get back on the right track. And in return, Tiny is fiercely protective of her brother Buddy. Tiny also has two Pteranodon siblings: Don and Shiny.|
|Shiny is more "girly" than Tiny and proud of her shiny exterior, but can become shy in social situations. Shiny is outgoing with her siblings and acts as if she is the "wisest." She can be a bit of a show-off and loves role playing with her brothers and sister. Shiny is happiest at home in Pteranodon Terrace hanging out with Dad and Don, while her Mom, Buddy, and Tiny take trips on the DINOSAUR TRAIN.|
|Don is a sweet, mellow little Pteranodon. Although he has a goofy streak, he is steady as a rock and very focused on the task at hand. Don is loyal to all his siblings and graciously waits his turn. Once his mind is made up, though, Don goes enthusiastically head-first into every challenge.|
|Mrs. Pteranodon: teacher, companion, and tour guide extraordinaire. But, first and foremost, she is "Mom" to Buddy, Don, Tiny, and Shiny. She is always there to listen to Buddy's questions about being an adopted member of the Pteranodon family. Mrs. Pteranodon is intent on a good education, but she is also always looking for ways to let her kids explore their world.|
|Mr. Pteranodon is the kids' devoted, hands-on "sports dad," Mr. Pteranodon loves to approach parenting like coaching a team. He can even make a squawk that sounds like a whistle when he needs to call "time out!" He exhorts his kids to work together towards their goals, often calling out, "Go Team Pteranodon!" He is fun, can be a little silly, and encourages the kids to "be adventurous."|
|The Conductor is a Troodon and a special friend to Buddy and his family. He becomes one of Buddy's heroes because he is the Conductor of one the most awesome trains of all, the DINOSAUR TRAIN! The Conductor is very intelligent and is happy to explain facts about dinosaurs, the places they visit and even how the DINOSAUR TRAIN works.|
|Scott Sampson is a Canadian dinosaur paleontologist who received his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Toronto. Sampson is the paleontology consultant on DINOSAUR TRAIN and is featured in the live action segments on the show.|
Jane and Dragon
This is a not so bad "safe" cartoon with a female knight as the main character. The setting is in medieval fairytale lands with kings, castles and dragons. It's a safe intro into the King Arthur genre for toddlers.
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