The Wuzzles

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Disney's The Wuzzles
The Wuzzles.PNG
FormatAnimated series
Developed byWalt Disney Television Animation
StarringAlan Oppenheimer
Jo Anne Worley
Henry Gibson
Sarah Melton
Bill Scott
Brian Cummings
Country of originUSA
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Running timeapprox 22–26 mins
Broadcast
Original channelCBS (1985–1986)[1]
ABC (1986–1987)
Audio formatStereo
Original runSeptember 14 – December 7, 1985 (1985-12-07)
 
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Disney's The Wuzzles
The Wuzzles.PNG
FormatAnimated series
Developed byWalt Disney Television Animation
StarringAlan Oppenheimer
Jo Anne Worley
Henry Gibson
Sarah Melton
Bill Scott
Brian Cummings
Country of originUSA
No. of episodes13 (List of episodes)
Production
Running timeapprox 22–26 mins
Broadcast
Original channelCBS (1985–1986)[1]
ABC (1986–1987)
Audio formatStereo
Original runSeptember 14 – December 7, 1985 (1985-12-07)

Disney's The Wuzzles is an animated television series created for Saturday morning television, and was first broadcast on September 14, 1985 on CBS. An idea of Michael Eisner for his new Disney television animation studio. The premise is that the main characters are hybrids of two different animals.[2] The original thirteen episodes ran on CBS for their first run.[3]

With only 13 episodes of The Wuzzles, it was one of the shortest running animated series produced by Disney.[4] One season later, Wuzzles moved to ABC (which was eventually sold to Disney) for reruns, and disappeared from network television after that.

Premise[edit]

The Wuzzles features a variety of short, rounded animal characters (each called a Wuzzle, which means to mix up). Each is a roughly even, and colorful, mix of two different animal species (as the theme song mentions, "livin' with a split personality"), and all the characters sport wings on their backs, although only Bumblelion and Butterbear are seemingly capable of flight. All of the Wuzzles live on the Isle of Wuz. Double species are not limited to the Wuzzles themselves. From the appleberries they eat to the telephonograph in the home, or a luxury home called a castlescraper, nearly everything on Wuz is mixed together in the same way the Wuzzles are. The characters in the show were marketed extensively. The characters were featured in children's books, as poseable figures and plush toys (similar to Care Bears), and in a board game.

Disney premiered two animated series on the same day, The Wuzzles and Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, but on different networks. The Wuzzles was on CBS, and The Gummi Bears was on NBC. Although The Gummi Bears was a successful series, The Wuzzles was not, at least in the US. However, it does have a fan base today. It was a much bigger success in the United Kingdom where the pilot episode aired as a theatrical featurette in 1986 alongside a re-release of Disney's Bambi. In the United Kingdom, The Wuzzles and Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears were originally screened on the same channel (ITV) in 1985/1986, therefore both series enjoyed high popularity, and The Wuzzles was also repeated on the Children's BBC (now called CBBC) in 1987. Reruns of the show were aired on both The Disney Channel and Toon Disney. Lead vocal on the theme song for The Wuzzles is performed by songwriter Stephen Geyer.

Characters[edit]

Minor or one-shot characters[edit]

Characters that appeared in books and as plush toys, but not on TV[edit]

Baby Wuzzles[edit]

These characters appeared only as plush toys.

Episode list[edit]

TitleDirected by:Written by:Air date
1"Bulls of a Feather"Carole BeersMark EvanierSeptember 14, 1985
Eleroo adopts a baby bullfinch and is reluctant to part with it, especially when the other Wuzzles wish to return it to its original mother. Meanwhile, Crocosaur plans to get wealthy with the baby bullfinch. 
2"Hooray for Hollywuz"Carole BeersKen Koonce,
David Weimers
September 21, 1985
Hoppo attempts to reach her dream of becoming a star in Hollywuz. 
3"In the Money"Fred WolfKen Koonce,
Bob Rosenfarb,
David Weimers
September 28, 1985
Bumblelion finds money on the ground, which was stolen money from the bank, and becomes rich, which puts a crimp in his friendship with the other Wuzzles. 
4"Crock Around the Clock"Fred WolfKen Koonce,
David Weimers
October 5, 1985
The stormy weather gets bad in Wuz, and with Crocosaur's house destroyed, he takes up residence with Butterbear, conning her of her food supply. 
5"Moosel's Monster"Fred WolfTed PerryOctober 12, 1985
Moosel's imagination goes out of control when he accuses everything of being a monster or an omen, and believes a real and friendly monster is all in his head. 
6"Klutz on the Clutch"Fred WolfKen Koonce,
David Weimers
October 19, 1985
Due to Rhinokey's crazy driving, he is banned from driving and therefore banned from the upcoming race. 
7"Bumblelion and the Terrified Forest"Fred WolfKen Koonce,
David Weimers
October 26, 1985
Bumblelion and Hoppo go deep into the Terrified Forest to rescue Butterbear from an evil witch. 
8"Eleroo's Wishday"Fred WolfMark EvanierNovember 2, 1985
Eleroo wishes to fly using the wishing well. 
9"Ghostrustlers"Fred WolfKen Koonce,
David Weimers
November 9, 1985
With a plague in Wuz Town, the Wuzzles move to a ghost town that really is inhabited by ghosts. 
10"A Pest for a Pet"Fred WolfMark EvanierNovember 16, 1985
The Wuzzles get revenge on Rhinokey by playing a joke on him that makes him depart from Wuz. 
11"The Main Course"Fred WolfKen Koonce,
David Weimers
November 23, 1985
After being attacked by Pirats (part parrot, part rat), the Wuzzles sail to an island where Hoppo is mistaken for a god by a tribe of Pig-Mice (part pig, part mouse) who intend to throw her into a volcano. 
12"Class Dismissed"Fred WolfKen Koonce,
David Weimers
November 30, 1985
When Butterbear is hired to make invitations to a ball, the other Wuzzles decide to get invited by bettering their class. Also, Crocosaur makes a bet with Butterbear about turning Brat into a sensible and polite Wuzzle. 
13"What's Up, Stox?"Fred WolfKen Koonce,
David Weimers
December 7, 1985
After visiting the new neighbor, zillionaire Tycoon (part tiger, part raccoon), the Wuzzles are given a money tree which they obsess over. Crocosaur plans to obtain it for himself. 

International broadcast[edit]

Playhouse Disney (UK & Ireland) (2000-2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Disney-flying High In Burbank - Page 4 - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. September 22, 1996. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "'Whats' Wuzn'T 'Wuzzles,' Federal Judge Determines - New York Times". New York Times. September 19, 1987. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Wuzzles Episode Guide (1985)". BCDB. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Disney Enters Saturday's Cartoon Fray". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 19, 2010. 

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