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Bubble Guppies is a Canadian-American children's television series produced for Nickelodeon and created by Jonny Belt and Robert Scull, the previous writers for The Backyardigans.[3] The series is a combination sketch comedy, educational, and musical show revolving around the underwater adventures of a group of merperson preschoolers named Gil, Molly, Deema, Goby, Oona, Nonny, and Zooli and their pets.[4] The program premiered on Nickelodeon on January 24, 2011. The series is produced by using Autodesk Maya 3D software.

Bubble Guppies
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GenreAnimation[1]
Pre-school
Musical
Comedy
Sketch comedy
Created byJonny Belt
Robert Scull
Voices ofBrianna Gentilella
Zachary Gordon
Jelani Imani
Angelina Wahler
Reyna Shaskan
Eamon Pirruccello
Abriella Bierer
Harriet Perring
Lewis Dillon
Theme music composerTerry Fryer
Opening theme"Bubble Guppies!"
Ending themeVarious ending themes
Composer(s)Nick Balaban
Michael Rubin
John Angier
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes81 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jonny Belt
Robert Scull
Running time22–23 minutes
Production company(s)WildBrain Entertainment (Season 1)
Nelvana
(Seasons 2–4)
Brown Bag Films (Season 5)
Nickelodeon Animation Studio
DistributorMTV Networks (United States)
Corus Entertainment (International)
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Picture formatHDTV (1080i)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1 (NTSC)
Original releaseJanuary 24, 2011 (2011-01-24) –
October 21, 2016 (2016-10-21) (original run)
September 27, 2019 (2019-09-27)-present (revived run)[2]
External links
Website

On June 4, 2019, almost three years after the original series' cancellation and the final episode of the fourth season had aired, the series was revived for a fifth season scheduled to begin September 27, 2019.[5][6]

FormatEdit

The Guppies live in the fictional underwater city of Bubbletucky.[7]

All episodes follow a similar format. The episode starts with an introduction by Molly, saying 'Hi: it's me: Molly: and it's time for—' only to be stopped by Gil performing an act related to the episode's subject. One or both of the two then state 'It's time for Bubble Guppies!', and the theme song plays. After the theme song, the Little Fish say the episode's name.

An event may occur when one or more characters is proceeding to school. For example: Avi breaks his tail in "Call a Clambulance!" when Oona was going to school. Afterwards, the school day begins with all the Bubble Guppies saying "Good morning, Mr. Grouper!" Later, a Guppy tells Mr. Grouper about the earlier experience. He suggests, "Let's think about it," and the characters discuss the topic. A song follows, focusing on the episode's main topic. Usually, Molly or Gil sing this song, but there are episodes where Deema or Mr. Grouper sing it instead.

One of the Guppies may go to a shop that mostly focuses on the topic (example: a doctor's office in "Call a Clambulance!"). The owner of the shop (usually played by Deema) will ask questions about what he or she needs. Jokes and silly responses will eventually lead to the correct necessity. Mr. Grouper usually ends this segment by asking, "Excuse me, what time is it?" in a call-and-response pattern, with the Guppies responding, "It's time for lunch!" three times.

At lunch, three of the characters make a food joke about the subject of the episode (example: Molly gets pizza and a banana, Oona gets a sandwich and a cookie, and Deema gets a sandwich and an ice cream "sun"-dae in "The Moon Rocks!"). (Note: In almost every episode after the lunch segment, the little fish say the transition quote "That's silly!" or "That's ridiculous!" after saying the lunch joke.) After lunch, another Gil and Molly sketch is shown.

After the sketch, some classroom activity is shown further reinforcing that episode's theme, or Mr. Grouper talks more about the topic. This is often ended when Mr. Grouper says, "Line up everybody. It's time to go outside," followed by the "outside song". Outside the classroom, the Guppies act out a story about the topic, interfused with Adobe Flash-animated graphics. Once back inside, a second song is typically performed. Afterward, Gil and Molly do another sketch.

The Guppies may then go on a field trip that focuses on the topic. This may focus on a problem shown earlier and involves the key characters. The episode concludes with a final sketch by Gil and Molly, followed by a shorter version of the theme song. The credits then roll which include a song played earlier in that episode.

The voice cast is based in New York and California and the dialogue is recorded at New York-based Dubway Studios and Rhumba Recorders and Burbank-based Nickelodeon Animation Studio.

Heavy metal speaker Ozzy Osbourne guest starred as Sid Fishy in the 2015 episode Super Guppies.[8]

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Gil ("The Natural Born Turbo-Charged Leader")[9] (voiced by Zachary Gordon (Seasons 1—2 Episode 2), Jacob Bertrand (Seasons 2 Episode 3—Season 3), Jay Gragnani (Season 4) and Quinn Breslin (Season 5) (speaking voice), Teddy Walsh (singing voice) in US, Hayden Hunter in series 1–2, and John Campbell in series 2–4 in UK) is a guppy boy with a silly personality. He is the co-host of the show with Molly and is a natural leader of the group.[10] He has light skin, blue hair, blue eyes, and a green camouflage tail. Gil gets scared easily, and appears alongside Molly in the transitional segments. In those segments, Gil often attempts to do something but with unexpected results.
  • Molly ("The Natural Born Kind-Hearted Leader")[9] (voiced by Brianna Gentilella, Bailey Gambertoglio, and Taylor Kaplan (speaking for Seasons 1—5 US, and Abriella Bierer in UK) is a guppy girl with a caring personality. She is a co-host of the show with Gil and is a natural leader of the group.[10][11] She has medium skin, long pink hair, brown eyes, a swirly bikini top, and a blue swirly tail. Molly appears alongside Gil in the transitional segments, where she aids Gil in hopes that problems won't arise.
  • Bubble Puppy ("Their Rambunctious Pet")[9] (voiced by Frank Welker) is Gil's pet puppy and Gil's best friend.[10] He has orange and white fur and a green collar with a yellow fish license.
  • Goby ("The Make Believer") (voiced by Jelani Imani (Seasons 1—2), Christopher Borger (singing for Season 1), Marleik "Mar Mar" Walker (Season 3), Johntae Limpscomb (singing for The Puppy and the Ring!), Issac Ryan Brown (Season 4) and Caleb Clark (Season 5) in US, and Will Matthews in UK) is a guppy boy with an imaginative personality.[10] He has dark skin, indigo hair, brown eyes, and a purple/blue wavy tail.
  • Deema ("The Drama Queen") (voiced by Angelina Wahler (Season 1), Selena Gonzalez (singing for Season 1), Grace Kaufman (Seasons 2-4) and Catherine Bradley (Season 5) in US, and Harriet Perring in series 1–2 and Amba Bierer in series 3–4 in UK) is a guppy girl with a zany personality, and a sweet side. She has light skin, orange/yellow curly hair, blue eyes, orange earrings, which she did wear in "Temple of the Lost Puppy," and an orange/yellow spotted bikini top and tail. Deema has a wild imagination and often plays the role of shopkeeper in the "store" segments.
  • Oona ("The Sweetie Pie") (voiced by Reyna Shaskan (Seasons 1—2) and Tori Feinstein (Seasons 3—4) and Colby Kipnes (Season 5) in US, and Lauren Reichwald in UK) is a guppy girl with a sweet personality.[10] She has yellow skin, purple hair in two pigtails with a pink star shaped clip, brown eyes, and a purple/pink striped tail. Oona is the first female Bubble Guppy whose tail is attached to her top.
  • Nonny ("The Neutral One")[9] (voiced by Eamon Pirruccello (Seasons 1—2), and Jet Jurgensmeyer (Season 3—4) and AJ Kane (Season 5) and Eason Rytter (singing for "The Puppy and the Ring!" in US, Lewis Dillon in series 1–2, and Edward Cross in series 3–4) is an intelligent guppy boy.[10] He has light skin, orange hair, green eyes, a blue scuba mask (his glasses), and a green striped tail. Despite not smiling a lot, he is the most polite and mature member of the group. He is smart and helps Deema pronounce words and helps his friends answer their questions.
  • Zooli (voiced by Leah Javier in US, and [[]]in UK) is a new guppy girl introduced in Season 5. She has dark skin, indigo curly hair in a bun, brown eyes, and a pink spiral tail. Zooli is the second Bubble Guppy whose tail is attached to her top. She is spunky and smart character, animal expert and fin-tastic friend to the guppies school class.
  • Mr. Grouper ("The Teacher") (voiced by Tino Insana (speaking voice), Fred Tatasciore (speaking for 2013—15, 2019-present) and (Chris Phillips (singing voice) in US, and Andy Turvey in series 1–3 Ozzy Osbourne in series 4-onwards) in UK) is the Guppies' teacher. He is an orange and yellow fish. (although most of his body is orange) Mr. Grouper respects the kids' imaginations, ideas, and suggestions. Mr. Grouper can also change his body into different colors.

RecurringEdit

  • Little Fishes (voiced by Skai Jackson (seasons 1, 2 and 5), Mia Vavasseur (seasons 3), Kayla Erickson (seasons 4), and Jordan Friedman (season 5) in US, Tracy-Ann Oberman in series 1–4 and Emma Tate in series 5) in UK) are a group of small goldfish who appear throughout the series. They announce the episode's name and shout out the answers to viewer-response questions, as well as provide commentary in some scenes.
  • Clam (voiced by Chris Phillips in US) is a clam who lives in a fish tank in the Bubble Guppies' classroom.
  • Mr. Grumpfish (voiced by Glenn Leopold) is a green fish known for never liking anything and is always grumpy.

MinorEdit

  • Big Blue Fish (voiced by Chris Phillips) is a big blue fish.
  • Bubble Kitty is a purple kitten.
  • Bubble Kitty's Owner (voiced by Kari Wahlgren) is the African lobster.
  • Buddy is a bottle nose dolphin.
  • Scuba Lobster (voiced by Chris Phillips) is a diver.
  • Mia is Molly's little sister.
  • Stylee (voiced by Keke Palmer) is a world-famous pop star.
  • Officer Miranda (voiced by Wendie Malick) is a police officer.
  • Witch (voiced by Wanda Sykes) is a mean witch.
  • Night Wizard (voiced by Jeffrey Tambor) is a long beard wizard who loves the nighttime.
  • Mr. Claws (voiced by Beau Bridges) is a red lobster like santa claus.
  • Sid Fishy (voiced by Ozzy Osbourne) is a smelly green fish who's a bad guy.
  • Jimmie (voiced by Jimmie Johnson) is a host of neighborhood condition show.
  • Major Bummer (voiced by George Takei) is a big mean robot.
  • Mrs. Peekytoe (voiced by Kari Wahlgren) is an adult crab who is the owner of a bulldog Bud.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
120January 24, 2011 (2011-01-24)October 24, 2011 (2011-10-24)
220November 4, 2011 (2011-11-04)May 1, 2013 (2013-05-01)
326August 12, 2013 (2013-08-12)June 19, 2015 (2015-06-19)
414[12]May 21, 2015 (2015-05-21)October 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)[13]
526September 27, 2019 (2019-09-27)TBA (TBA)

Home releasesEdit

DVD title Season(s) Episode count Release date Episodes
Bubble Puppy's Fin-Tastic Fairy Tale 1–2 4 May 1, 2012 3 ("Bubble Puppy"), 19 ("Bubble Bites") and 24–25 ("Bubble Puppy's Fin-Tastic Fairy Tale")
On the Job 6 February 5, 2013 1 ("Call a Clambulance"), 4 ("Build Me Building"), 6 ("The Grumpfish Special"), 10 ("Fishketball"), 27 ("Firefighter Gil to the Rescue") and 28 ("A Tooth on the Looth")
Sunny Days May 28, 2013 11 ("The Legend of Pinkfoot!"), 12 ("Gup, Gup, and Away!"), 31 ("The Beach Ball!"), 32 ("The Sizzling Scampinis!"), 35 ("Bubble Duckies!") and 39 ("Bring on the Bugs!")
Animals Everywhere 1–3 March 11, 2014[14] 5 ("Ducks In A Row!"), 14 ("Boy Meets Squirrel!"), 23 ("The Lonely Rhino"), 43 ("The Elephant Trunk-A-Dunk!"), 46 ("The Arctic Life!") and 47 ("Puppy Love!")
Get Ready for School! July 29, 2014 7 ("The Moon Rocks!"), 30 ("Check It Out!"), 33 ("Construction Psyched!"), 40 ("Good Hair Day!"), 41 ("Get Ready for School!") and 51 ("Good Morning, Mr. Grumpfish!")
The Puppy and the Ring 2–3 5 June 2, 2015 34 ("Bubble-Cadabra!"), 38 ("Sir Nonny The Nice!"), 45 ("The Wizard Of Oz-tralia!") and 48–49 ("The Puppy And The Ring")
Fun on the Farm 1–3 May 10, 2016 13 ("The Spring Chicken Is Coming!"), 15 ("Have A Cow!"), 26 ("The Cowgirl Parade!"), 55 ("The Bubble Bee-athlon!") and 63 ("Bubble Kitty!")
Super Guppies May 16, 2017 20 ("Haunted House Party!"), 21 ("X Marks the Spot!"), 42 ("The Police Cop-etition!"), 53 ("The Unidentified Flying Orchestra!") and 64 ("Super Guppies!")
Bubble Puppy's Awesome Adventures 3–4 May 8, 2018 45 ("The Wizard of Oz-tralia!"), 63 ("Bubble Kitty!"), 69 ("The New Doghouse!"), 72 ("The Temple of the Lost Puppy!") and 75 ("Sheep Doggy!")
We Totally Rock! 1, 3–4 4 May 14, 2019 9 (“We Totally Rock!”), 16 (“Super Shrimptennial Celebration!”), 53 (“Party At Sea!”), and 77–78 (“Guppy Style! Parts 1 and 2”)

Changes in seasons 2–5Edit

  • The dance song comes after the outside sketch instead of before.
  • There is no second "Let's think about it" sketch.
  • All seven guppies say "Field trip!" before the said segment happens. This did not happen in season 1.
  • The bubble pop transition goes from the classroom to a location based on the topic in the shop and lunchtime segments. In season 1, the topic's location is already set up after the lunch song ends.

Mobile streamingEdit

  • In May and September 2017, 20 episodes of the show were made available for streaming on the NOGGIN video service as one of three shows with interactive playalong episodes. Season 3 has the linear TV episodes while Season 4 has the interactive episodes.

ProductionEdit

Season 3 of Bubble Guppies premiered on August 12, 2013, with an episode entitled, Bubble Guppies: Get Ready for School.[15][16] Season 4 of Bubble Guppies premiered on May 21, 2015. Season 5 of Bubble Guppies is set to premiere on September 27, 2019.[2]

ReferencesEdit

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