Wishbone (TV series)

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Wishbone
Wishbone logo.png
FormatChildren's television series
Created byRick Duffield (Executive producer)
StarringSoccer
Jordan Wall
Adam Springfield
Christie Abbott
Mary Chris Wall
Angee Hughes
Voices ofLarry Brantley as Wishbone
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes48
Production
Running time30 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channelPBS
Picture format480i SDTV
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original runSeptember 10, 1995 (1995-09-10) – August 31, 2001 (2001-08-31)
 
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Wishbone
Wishbone logo.png
FormatChildren's television series
Created byRick Duffield (Executive producer)
StarringSoccer
Jordan Wall
Adam Springfield
Christie Abbott
Mary Chris Wall
Angee Hughes
Voices ofLarry Brantley as Wishbone
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes48
Production
Running time30 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channelPBS
Picture format480i SDTV
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original runSeptember 10, 1995 (1995-09-10) – August 31, 2001 (2001-08-31)

Wishbone is a half-hour children's television show that aired from 1995 to 1998 (though it aired in reruns until August 31, 2001) in the United States on PBS. The show's title character is a Jack Russell Terrier of the same name. Wishbone lives with his owner Joe Talbot in the fictional modern town of Oakdale, Texas. He daydreams about being the lead character of stories from classic literature. He was known as "the little dog with a big imagination". Only the viewers and the characters in his daydreams can hear Wishbone speak. The characters from his daydreams see Wishbone as whatever famous character he is currently portraying and not as a dog. The show won four Daytime Emmies, a Peabody Award, and honors from the Television Critics Association. Wishbone's exterior shots were filmed on the backlot of Lyrick Studios's teen division Big Feats! Entertainment in Allen, Texas, and its interior shots were filmed on a sound stage in a 50,000 square foot (4,600 square meter) warehouse in Plano, Texas.

The theme song was written by Tim Cissell and Lynn Adler.

This show garnered particular praise for refusing to bowdlerize many of the sadder or more unpleasant aspects of the source works, which usually enjoyed a fairly faithful retelling in the fantasy sequences.

The show also inspired several book series. Altogether, there are more than fifty books featuring Wishbone, which were published even after the TV series ended production. The show continues to air reruns by some PBS affiliates. In 2006 when a PBS Kids GO! digital channel was announced, PBS planned to air Wishbone on the channel. However, when the digital channel was canceled, Wishbone returned in reruns on the PBS national program service. Wishbone clips came to the PBS Kids Go! website. The return to PBS lasted a short time, though some PBS affiliates continued to air Wishbone until their license to do so ran out.

Episodes[edit]

A standard episode of Wishbone consists of an opening scene, introducing Wishbone's and his family's current situation (for example, Arbor Day planting a tree, or Joe catching a lunch lady trying to donate food to a homeless shelter). When one of the main characters decides to get involved in the noble act, Wishbone flashes to a famous work of literature it reminds him of, usually with him playing the lead role, in costume. Wishbone may not play the lead role if the character is difficult to relate to (he plays Sancho Panza in Don Quixote) or is female (in the show's "Joan of Arc" episode, he plays Louis de Conte). By the end of both stories, the real-life situation usually follows the work of literature closely (such as the King saving Robin Hood at the last minute, and the Principal saving Joe at the last minute). The last 2 minutes of nearly every episode feature Wishbone narrating some background description of how the episode was made, such as showing how stunts were done, how costumes were made, or how the visual effects were created.

One 90-minute movie was released, Wishbone's Dog Days of the West, based on O. Henry's Heart of the West.

The series also featured a clip show episode called Picks of the Litter.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Other characters[edit]

Cast[edit]

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Other[edit]

Only a handful of the Wishbone episodes have been released to VHS and DVD. There were also a few computer games in 1996, such as Wishbone Activity Center and Wishbone and the Amazing Odyssey. Wishbone has also inspired several book series: Wishbone Classics, Wishbone Mysteries, and The Adventures of Wishbone, which is similar to the TV series. Wishbone also appeared in a segment in the video called "Kids for Character: Choices Count" a sequel to the 1996 video Kids for Character.

On February 15, 2011, Lionsgate released the Wishbone DVD, The Little Dog With a Big Imagination.

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