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Moose and Zee is a short-form children's television series originally airing on Noggin from 2003 until 2009 and Nick Jr. 2009 until 2012. The series premiered on April 7, 2003.[5]

Moose and Zee
Noggin Nick Jr. Moose and Zee Logo.png
GenreChildren's television series
Voices ofPaul Christie
Opening theme"Fantastic Day"[1]
Ending theme"Done Day"[2]
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Japan
Original language(s)English
Japanese
Production
Running time1–3 minutes
Production company(s)Nickelodeon Productions
Bunko Studios Inc.[3]
Nelvana
9 Story Media Group
Spectra Animation
Echo Media
DistributorViacom Media Networks
Release
Original networkNick Jr.[4] (United States)
Treehouse TV (Canada)
TV Tokyo (Japan)
Picture format480i
Original releaseApril 7, 2003; 16 years ago (2003-04-07)[5] –
March 1, 2012; 7 years ago (2012-03-01)
External links
Website

PlotEdit

A yellow moose teacher named "Moose" and his best birdie buddy assistant "Zee" introduce preschoolers concepts such as math, reading and colors. Before he is introduced, he is most likely a friend of Noggin's former host, Feetface, whom gives request for Moose as host while announcing Feetface's departure from the network.

CharactersEdit

  • Moose A. Moose – A yellow-colored anthropomorphic and a very friendly moose who teaches lessons to viewers through questioning. He encourages curiosity and is very knowledgeable.
  • Zee D. Bird – A cute small mute bluebird who communicates through blinking, flapping her wings and staring. She acts as Moose's sidekick and assists viewers in figuring out answers to questions.

EpisodesEdit

Over 100 shorts were produced over the series' nine-year run. 46 of these shorts have been released as part of the Noggin subscription service as of November 11, 2015.[6]

Recurring segmentsEdit

  • Mighty Fine Art – Moose and Zee discuss a painting or artist at the art museum.
  • Puzzle Time – Moose asks the viewer to solve a puzzle by finding shapes, matching two images or spotting the difference in a group of pictures.
  • Music Video – Moose sings about a season, holiday or concept.
  • In Other Words – A specific word is introduced and explained to the viewer.
  • Class Pet Time – The life of an animated, hamster-like pet named "Chip-Chip" is presented. The shorts are narrated by Moose, with children's voices commenting on Chip-Chip's actions.
  • Story Time – A well-known story is read aloud, occasionally by Moose himself.
  • Little Green Fingers – A live-action segment featuring a type of plant. These shorts were only aired on Nick Jr. UK (until being added to the Noggin app under the title "Zee's Garden").
  • Zee's Bookshelf – Zee introduces an upcoming television program. Ebb and Flo was aired exclusively between these segments.

BroadcastEdit

Several weeks before the series' first airing, advertisements featuring Moose A. Moose and Feetface were broadcast on Noggin to notify viewers of upcoming schedule changes. The series premiered on April 7, 2003, as part of the Noggin channel redesign. Three other programs premiered alongside Moose and Zee: Tweenies, Miffy and Friends, and the first full-length episode of Oobi (Oobi shorts had aired since 2000).[7] Moose and Zee would continue to air daily on Noggin through the channel's rebranding as Nick Jr. on September 28, 2009, and would air its last episode on March 1, 2012. The series is not currently airing on television, but is available for viewing as part of Viacom's Noggin streaming app released in March 2015.[6] The original 2015 commercial for the Noggin app depicts a child viewing Moose and Zee episodes, marking the first time since 2012 that the characters have been seen on television.[8]

From 2008 until 2012, Moose and Zee shorts were added monthly to the "Preschool" folder included as part of the Nickelodeon On Demand service. During that time, all "Nick Jr. On Demand" promo videos featured Moose A. Moose.[9]

The series was dubbed into Spanish in late 2015,[10] with the dubbed episodes included as part of the Latin American Noggin application.[11] Select episodes were aired on Nick Jr. Latin America at the time of the app's release.

MerchandiseEdit

In November 2005, Noggin released products such as clothing, notebooks, holiday ornaments and greeting cards featuring the Moose and Zee logo and its characters.[12] These products were available through the Noggin.com online store. In 2010, Moose and Zee plush dolls, figures, shirts and "crazy straws" featuring the characters were sold at Nickelodeon's Storytime Live! performance and at Nickelodeon Universe.[13] Several of these items are currently available at Nickelodeon Universe's online store.[14]

A series of short stories and paper activities based on Moose and Zee titled "Learn with Moose and Zee!" was produced in 2011. The individual stories and activities were included at the ends of many Dora the Explorer books released that year, such as "Dora Saves the Enchanted Forest," "Dora and Diego Help the Little Wolf," and a reissuing of "At the Carnival."[15][16][17] No full-length Moose and Zee books were released.

Although the series was never given a DVD release of its own, Moose and Zee shorts were attached to several Nick Jr. DVDs. These include the 2010 DVD Let's Hear It For the Laurie Berkner Band! (which includes the shorts "Everywhere I Go," "Music Makes Me," "We're Goin' on a Trip," and "Word of Wonder") and the Dora the Explorer DVD Explore the Earth! (which includes the shorts "I'm In Neighborhood" and "Explore the Seashore").[18][19] In addition to physical DVD releases, some episodes of the series are available for digital download on the US iTunes Store. The episode "I Don't Like Candy Corn" is available as part of the collection Nick Jr. Haunted Halloween, Vol. 3[20] and the episode "Winter Wonderland" is available as part of Nick Jr. Wintertime Adventures.[21]

Several products given to attendees of "Club Noggin" (an interactive hour-long program taking place at General Growth Property malls across the United States) featured Moose and Zee.[22] These products included posters, cut-out crafts and "badges" made of fabric. Club Noggin distributed them from 2004 until 2006.[23]

The Moose and Zee characters are the "hosts" of a Nintendo-produced game for the Wii console, "Nickelodeon Fit."[24] Players cannot play as Moose or Zee.

Online mediaEdit

The series' title characters were prominently featured on Noggin.com (and NickJr.com, to a lesser extent) from 2003 onward. About one hundred online printables and crafts were created to coincide with new shorts.[25][26] Recipes such as character cakes and meals inspired by the shorts were accessible through the websites for several years.[27] Many digital games based on the series were made available, such as "Doodle Pad," "What's the Word, Bird?" and "What's Different".[28][29][30] Video clips from Moose and Zee episodes included as part of the "Nick Jr. Video" service were live on NickJr.com until early 2012.[31]

The Moose and Zee characters were also the focal point of two (now defunct) online learning programs. The first was titled "MyNoggin" and was available at www.mynoggin.com in 2008 through 2009.[32] MyNoggin subscriptions were available for online purchase, as well as through several prepaid game cards sold at most major retailers.[33] The service was also advertised in many issues of the Parents' Choice Award-winning children's publication Nick Jr. Magazine.[34] After the Noggin network was rebranded as Nick Jr. in late 2009, MyNoggin was replaced by "Nick Jr. Boost." Nick Jr. Boost was very similar to MyNoggin and continued to use Moose A. Moose as its mascot until its close in 2013.[35] The Boost program was a premium subscription service like its predecessor, with paid membership (stickers valid for a free month of Boost were attached to early releases of Nickelodeon's "The First Day of School" DVD).[36]

In early 2010, a mobile application based on the show titled "A to Z with Moose and Zee" was made available for purchase in the iOS App Store worldwide.[37] The game, aimed at preschoolers, was designed to teach children the letters of the alphabet. The app was compatible with updated iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices at the time and was sold for $1.99 in U.S. dollars. It has since been removed from the App Store.

As part of the revival of the Noggin brand as an app in 2015, Moose and Zee were reintroduced.[38]

Live showsEdit

In late 2009, Nickelodeon partnered with Key Brand Entertainment to produce "Storytime Live!", a theatrical performance featuring Nick Jr. characters.[39] Moose and Zee was one of the several Nick Jr. programs showcased as part of the production, with a full-size Moose costume and Zee puppet created by Geppetto Studios.[40]

Nickelodeon created a different mascot-style costume of Moose A. Moose for "meet-and-greet" event appearances, taking place at locations such as the Nebraskan "Kidz Explore" festival.[41] The meet-and-greet costume design differed greatly from the older Storytime Live! version, with the Moose costume being much larger and more similar to his square shape as seen in the show.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Moose and Zee "Fantastic Day" Song Lyrics". nickjr.com.
  2. ^ "Moose and Zee Song Lyrics - Nick Jr". nickjr.com.
  3. ^ "Bunko Presents Nick Jr. Moose and Zee". Bunko Studios, inc. NYC Animation Studio. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Known as Noggin from 2003–2009
  5. ^ a b NOGGIN (March 25, 2003). "NOGGIN Reinvents Itself - It's Like Preschool on TV!". prnewswire.com. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Nickelodeon Launches Noggin--New Mobile Subscription Service for Preschoolers - Business Wire". businesswire.com. February 25, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  7. ^ NOGGIN (March 25, 2003). "Noggin Introduces 'Oobi' - The Friend Who's Always With You!". prnewswire.com. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  8. ^ "Noggin App TV Commercial, 'Play and Learn'". iSpot.tv. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "VOD Program - Moose and Zee 'Make Music'". LocateTV.com. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  10. ^ MundoNick Latin America (November 21, 2015). "MundoNick Noggin Promo". mtvnimages.com.
  11. ^ Google Play (November 18, 2015). "Noggin: Presentada por Nick Jr". Play.Google.com.
  12. ^ NOGGIN (November 9, 2005). "NOGGIN Teams up With CafePress.com to Announce First-Ever Merchandising Agreement". prnewswire.com. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  13. ^ "Moose and Zee Products". Nickelodeon Universe. Archived from the original on April 8, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "Other Nickelodeon Characters at ShopNickU.com". shopnicku.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  15. ^ Barnes & Noble. "Dora Saves the Enchanted Forest (Dora the Explorer Series)". Barnes & Noble.
  16. ^ Barnes & Noble. "Dora and Diego Help the Little Wolf". Barnes & Noble.
  17. ^ Barnes & Noble. "At the Carnival (Dora the Explorer Series)". Barnes & Noble.
  18. ^ "Amazon.com: Lets Hear It For the Laurie Berkner Band!: Movies & TV". amazon.com.
  19. ^ Barnes & Noble. "Dora the Explorer: Explore the Earth!". Barnes & Noble.
  20. ^ "iTunes - TV Shows - Nick Jr. Haunted Halloween, Vol. 3". iTunes.
  21. ^ "iTunes - TV Shows - Nick Jr. Wintertime Adventures". iTunes.
  22. ^ "NOGGIN Partners: Club Noggin". noggin.com. Archived from the original on November 1, 2005.
  23. ^ "Head for fun at Club Noggin". Gainesville.com.
  24. ^ "Nickelodeon Fit". nintendo.com.
  25. ^ "Moose and Zee Crafts- Kids Crafts - Nick Jr. - NOGGIN - Nick Jr. Crafts". nickjr.com. Archived from the original on January 6, 2012.
  26. ^ "Moose and Zee Activities and Printables - Nick Jr". nickjr.com.
  27. ^ "Moose and Zee Recipes - Nick Jr. Recipes". nickjr.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2012.
  28. ^ "Noggin Games & More: Doodle Pad". noggin.com. Archived from the original on February 17, 2004.
  29. ^ "What's the Word, Bird?". nickjr.com.
  30. ^ "Moose's What's Different Game". nickjr.com.
  31. ^ "Nick Jr. Video - Moose and Zee". nickjr.com. Archived from the original on December 13, 2009.
  32. ^ "MyNoggin". nickjrboost.com. Archived from the original on March 27, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  33. ^ "MyNOGGIN 3-Month Subscription Card - Best Buy". Best Buy.
  34. ^ "Nick Jr. Magazine". Parents' Choice Foundation.
  35. ^ "NickJrBoost.com". nickjrboost.com. Archived from the original on March 15, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  36. ^ "Nick Jr. Boost DVD Promo". shop.nick.com. August 15, 2015.
  37. ^ "Nick Jr's A to Z with Moose and Zee - Nick Jr Grown Ups". nickjr.co.uk. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  38. ^ Noggin.com as of January 30, 2017
  39. ^ "Storytime Live!". nicklivetour.com. Archived from the original on March 6, 2010.
  40. ^ "About Geppetto Studios". geppettostudios.com.
  41. ^ "Kidz Explore". kidzexplorekearney.com.

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