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The Animal Shelf is an animated children's television series produced by Cosgrove Hall Films and based on the books written and illustrated by British writer Ivy Wallace. Aimed at a pre-school audience, the show first aired on ITV running for four seasons and fifty-two episodes and ran from 1997 to 2000.

The Animal Shelf
Created byIvy Wallace
Written byChris Allen
Julia Allen
Directed byEllen Menske (Series 1 and 2)
Andy Joule (Series 3 and 4)
Susan Roman (voices, United States/Canada)
Voices ofJimmy Hibbert
Sue Ryding
Susan Sheridan
Narrated bySusan Sheridan (UK)
Theme music composerErnie Wood
Opening themeFive Soft Toys on the Little Blue Shelf
Ending themeFive Soft Toys on the Little Blue Shelf (Reprise)
Composer(s)Ernie Wood
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52
Executive producer(s)Mark Hall
Producer(s)Jackie Cockle (Series 1 and 2)
Francis Vose (Series 3 and 4)
Production location(s)Unknown
Editor(s)Zyggy Markiewicz (audio pre-production)
Jereen Nadorp (audio and mixing)
Ronald Nadorp (audio and mixing, Series 1 and 2)
Flicks (edit)
Hullaballoo (audio) (Series 3 and 4)
Camera setupPatrick Reets (model, Series 1 and 2)
John Duffy (Series 3 and 4)
Running time10 minutes per episode (approx.)
Production company(s)Cosgrove Hall Films
Original networkCITV (UK)
Picture format4:3
Audio formatStereo
Original release1997 –

Characters and Voice CastEdit

  • Timothy the Human Being (voiced by Sue Ryding) is the owner of the animals, who is never really seen on-screen, just his shadow. This is the same with all of the other human being characters, including Timothy's parents and Mr Tompkins, the jumble sale's truck driver, (who only appears in Stripey To The Rescue) apart from the pet-shop owner, Mr Trigg, (whose face is never shown on screen).
  • Gumpa the Bear (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) is the leader of the group. Gumpa is quite lazy and he enjoys sleeping.
  • Woeful the Monkey (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) wears a red fez and coat. He often tells jokes, which are often found rude by the other animals. He enjoys getting his own way, and is quite bossy, which sometimes annoys the other four animals.
  • Stripey the Zebra (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert) is Getup's best friend. He seems to be quite wise, and it is revealed in the first episode, Stripey To The Rescue, that he and Getup are Timothy's two oldest animals.
  • Getup the Giraffe (voiced by Susan Sheridan) is Stripey's best friend who has brown curly hair on her long neck. Although Getup often falls over and speaks with a broad English accent, she is close friends with the other four animals. The material on her hooves is badly worn, which means that she often loses stuffing through them.
  • Little Mutt the west highland white terrier dog (voiced by Sue Ryding) is close friends with Gumpa. He wears a pink bow on his back, and often ends up getting into difficult situations.
  • Mrs Mole and her Baby Moles (vocal effects performed by Sue Ryding) are a family of moles who live underground. The moles themselves only squeak instead of talk.
  • Kinker the Mouse (vocal effects performed by Susan Sheridan) is the animals' friend who only sometimes visits the blue shelf. Like Mrs Mole and her baby moles, he always squeaks instead of talking. In the first episode, Stripey To The Rescue, Getup meets him at a travelling fairground, where he lives.
  • Jick the Jackdaw (vocal effects performed by Jimmy Hibbert) - is the animals' villain who takes residence in Timothy's garden. Jick does keep making things go haywire at times, but can sometimes be really useful as well, particularly when the animals have to get high up to reach things like acorns and nuts.
  • Squirrel (vocal effects performed by Susan Sheridan) - is the animals' second friend who is never even allowed in Timothy's house, hence why he lives in a tree in Bluebell Wood just outside Timothy's garden.

Episode GuideEdit

Every episode in The Animal Shelf series is 10 minutes long.

Series 1 (1997)Edit

  • 1. Stripey To The Rescue
  • 2. Gumpa and the Paint Box
  • 3. Getup Crusoe
  • 4. Kinker Visits The Animal Shelf
  • 5. The Treasure Hunt
  • 6. Music In The Woods
  • 7. The Animals' Garden
  • 8. Woeful and the Waspberries
  • 9. Gumpa Solves A Jigsaw Puzzle
  • 10. Tidying Timothy's Bedroom
  • 11. The Trail
  • 12. The Model Monster
  • 13. Little Mutt Goes Flying

Series 2 (1998)Edit

  • 1. Babysitting For Mrs Mole
  • 2. Timothy's Pet Balloon
  • 3. The Great Explorers
  • 4. The Alarm Clock
  • 5. The Wolf In The Wood
  • 6. Woeful Flies To The Moon
  • 7. Captain Gumpa
  • 8. The Hottest Day Of The Year
  • 9. The Mystery of the Pictures
  • 10. Timothy's Guest
  • 11. Little Mutt Finds An Egg
  • 12. Kinker's Camping Holiday
  • 13. Timothy's Homework

Series 3 (1999)Edit

  • 1. The First Snowflakes
  • 2. Getup The Skater
  • 3. Waiting For Santa Claus
  • 4. A Very Special Day
  • 5. Living In The Jungle
  • 6. Little Mutt's Long Rest
  • 7. Woeful And The Tooth Fairy
  • 8. The Art Gallery
  • 9. A Lazy Afternoon
  • 10. Woeful's Magic Wand
  • 11. Buckets and Spades
  • 12. Gumpa Reads A Story
  • 13. The Jam Factory

Series 4 (2000)Edit

  • 1. Animal Watch
  • 2. Timothy's Valentine's Cards
  • 3. Gumpa's Halloween Lanterns
  • 4. The Easter Egg Hunt
  • 5. Gumpa's Ark
  • 6. The Garden Sale
  • 7. Looking For Big Mutt
  • 8. A Night In a Tent
  • 9. The King of the Castle
  • 10. Timothy's Racing Car
  • 11. The Shooting Star
  • 12. Get Down, Getup
  • 13. Gumpa's Head

International BroadcastEdit

The series has also aired around the world including the ABC in Australia, KTV2 in Kuwait, RTÉ2 in Ireland as part of their children's block The Den, Dubai 33 in the United Arab Emirates, the children's television network K-T.V. World and M-Net (as part of their series of children's lineup blocks K-T.V.) in South Africa, Premiere 12 (as part of their children's block Kidz Blitz) and Kids Central in Singapore, PBS and Television Malta in Malta, TVB Pearl in Hong Kong, SVT and SVT Barnkanalen in Sweden and TVNZ 2 and TVNZ 6 in New Zealand as part of their children's block Kidzone.

It's Itsy Bitsy TimeEdit

The series was also seen on an American children's wrapper programme called It's Itsy Bitsy Time along with several TV series from overseas and aired on the Fox Family Channel in America and Treehouse TV in Canada in 1999 with the British voices being redubbed with American and Canadian voices. The voices were directed by Canadian voice actress Susan Roman who is best known for voicing Sailor Jupiter in the DIC and Cloverway Inc. versions of the English dubbed anime Sailor Moon. Roman also directed the American and Canadian voices for another British children's animated television series seen on It's Itsy Bitsy Time Tom and Vicky.


The series later had tie in story books from Ladybird Books and was also released on VHS and DVD.

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