Wonder Pets! is an American television series for children. It aired on Nick Jr. The show is based on a series of short films, called Linny the Guinea Pig. The series won an Emmy Award in 2008 for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition.
|Created by||Josh Selig|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||42|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Little Airplane Productions|
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
|Original network||Nickelodeon (2007-2011)|
Nick Jr. (2006-2016)
|Original release||March 3, 2006 –|
July 20, 2013
|Related shows||Team Umizoomi|
Josh Selig developed the idea for Wonder Pets! while working on his previous show, Oobi. The series began with two animated shorts called "Linny the Guinea Pig", which acted as a pilot episode. They featured Linny going on adventures set to classical music. Selig first screened the shorts at the wrap party for Oobi's first season. The crew of Oobi was impressed with them and urged Selig to pitch them to a TV channel. He eventually decided to send the shorts to Nickelodeon executives. Selig called Nickelodeon "a great partner," saying "They're really the company that first believed in us when we pitched Oobi, and then they believed in us again on Wonder Pets!."
Each episode follows a similar structure, with many hallmarks and repeated elements. As each episode begins, children are heard from off-screen, leaving school at the end of the day. They say goodbye to the classroom pets. The classroom is always decorated with student artwork and other items related to a given episode's particular storyline, featured animal, or geographic location. Once the classroom is empty, a pencil holder rattles to create the ringing of a phone.
One by one, the classroom pets notice the ringing phone. As the phone rings, they put on their accessories (a hat for Linny, shoes and a sailor's cap for Tuck, and aviator goggles for Ming-Ming) and make their way towards the phone while singing their opening verses. The Wonder Pets answer the phone and find that an animal is in trouble somewhere. Linny, the Guinea Pig, explains the situation to the other two: Tuck Turtle and Ming-Ming Duckling. They all jump into a box filled with fabric scraps and jump back out wearing different outfits, often alluding to the area of the world they will be visiting. They make a quick joke and jump back into the box, emerging again in superhero capes.
- Sofie Zamchick (US) and Meisha Kelly (UK) as Linny the Guinea Pig
- Teala Dunn (US) and Catherine Holden (UK) as Tuck the Turtle
- Danica Lee (US) and Kaya Alexander (UK) as Ming-Ming the Duckling
- Cooper Corrao (US) and T.J. Stanton (UK) as Ollie the Bunny