ActiMates (partially found animatronic voiceovers for VHS, TV and PC content; 1997-2000)

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Status: Partially Found

In 1997, Microsoft introduced a series of licensed interactive dolls known as ActiMates. These dolls were able to interact with many episodes of their respective television series from 1997-2000 (this includes both old and new episodes) or on special ActiMates-compatible VHS tapes and special CD-ROM games, using a special TV pack and PC pack.[1]

History

Most of the Barney and Arthur VHS releases from before the shows became ActiMates compatible were also made ActiMates compatible around the time (with a few exceptions). The dolls could also interact with taped recordings of the television programs recorded onto a blank VHS. There were seven ActiMates characters in all: Barney was the first to be introduced in 1997 (which became a success during that holiday season), followed by Arthur and D.W. in 1998,[2] and then the Teletubbies in 1999. The Teletubbies were the only ActiMates characters that didn't interact with the PC. Also, the Teletubbies required a special radio cartridge to interact with the TV. The dolls were educational tools and gave positive affirmations for correct answers from the user.

The dolls were discontinued in 2000, and Microsoft lost the patent rights to the characters not too long afterward. However, despite the dolls and technology being discontinued in 2000, new Teletubbies episodes were ActiMates compatible until 2001, the ActiMates characters still interacted with reruns of their respective shows (from the ActiMates compatible years) during that time for a few more years, and Arthur and D.W. could still interact with Arthur VHS releases from 2000-2005 that feature episodes from seasons 1-4 of the show (this includes some releases by Reader's Digest). ActiMates Barney could also interact with airings of seasons 4-6 of Barney & Friends on PBS Kids Sprout.

Status

Most ActiMates-compatible VHS releases have been uploaded to YouTube and Internet Archive with voiceover audio from the respective characters. While not very many TV episodes have surfaced with any voiceover audio, some recordings of episodes of Barney & Friends, Arthur, and Teletubbies have surfaced on the internet with the barcode on the left side of the video frame. Still, they do not contain the voiceover audio from any of the characters. As such, if no ActiMates character's voiceover audio is known to have been recovered for a VHS or television recording, but the VHS video or episode has been uploaded with the barcode being visible, that item will be marked as Lost. However, a link will be provided to the video upload. If there is a video file and it does contain some or all of the voiceover audio, then the status will be updated to Partially Found, Partially Lost, or Found accordingly.

Audio List

Barney

Tape/Episode Title Voiceover Audio Status Notes
Waiting for Santa Found
Waiting for Santa (Canadian Release) Lost This version uses the 1996 print master, but with the Groundling Marsh trailer at the end.
Waiting for Santa (1998 release) Found
Barney's Campfire Sing-Along Found
Barney Goes To School Found
Barney in Concert Found
Barney in Concert (2000 release) Found
Rock with Barney Found
The Queen Of Make-Believe Lost
My Family's Just Right For Me Lost
Playing It Safe Lost
Hop To It! Lost
Eat, Drink And Be Healthy! Lost
Four Seasons Day Lost
The Treasure Of Rainbow Beard Lost
Going Places! Lost
Caring Means Sharing Lost
Down On Barney's Farm Lost
What's That Shadow? Lost
Happy Birthday, Barney! Lost
Alphabet Soup! Lost
Our Earth, Our Home Lost
Let's Help Mother Goose! Lost
Be A Friend Lost
"I Just Love Bugs" Lost
When I Grow Up... Lost
1-2-3-4-5 Senses! Lost
Practice Makes Music Lost
Hi, Neighbor! Lost
A Camping We Will Go! Lost
A Splash Party, Please Lost
Carnival Of Numbers Lost
A World Of Music Lost
Doctor Barney Is Here! Lost
Oh, What A Day! Lost
Home Sweet Homes Lost
Hola, Mexico! Lost
Everyone Is Special Lost
Barney's Magical Musical Adventure Found
Falling For Autumn! Lost
Grandparents Are Grand! (Season 2) Lost This copy of the episode is incomplete.
May I Help You? Lost
Red, Blue And Circles Too! Lost
Honk! Honk! A Goose On The Loose! Lost
Hoo's In The Forest? Lost
I Can Do That! Lost
Grown-Ups For A Day! Lost
Picture This! Lost
Look At Me, I'm 3! Lost
The Exercise Circus! Lost
My Favorite Things Lost
The Dentist Makes Me Smile Lost
Stop, Look And Be Safe! Lost
An Adventure In Make-Believe Lost
The Alphabet Zoo Lost
Having Tens Of Fun! Lost
A Very Special Delivery! Lost
Barney's Alphabet Zoo Found
Barney's Alphabet Zoo (1999/2000 release) Found
Barney Live! in New York City Found
Barney's Imagination Island Found
Barney's Imagination Island (1999/2000 release) Found
Shawn & The Beanstalk Lost
If The Shoe Fits... Lost
Room For Everyone Lost
I Can Be A Firefighter! Lost
Shopping For A Surprise! Lost
Any Way You Slice It Lost
Twice Is Nice! Lost
On The Move Lost
A Welcome Home Lost
Classical Cleanup Lost
Our Furry Feathered Fishy Friends Lost
Gone Fishing! Lost
At Home With Animals Lost
It's Raining, It's Pouring... Lost
Camera Safari Lost
Who's Who On The Choo Choo? Lost
Are We There Yet? Lost
Ship, Ahoy! Lost This copy is split into three parts.
Hats Off To BJ! Lost
Up We Go! Lost
Barney Safety Found
Barney's Making New Friends Found
Riding In Barney's Car Found
Barney Songs Found
Barney's All Aboard For Sharing Found
Barney's Talent Show Found
Barney's Talent Show (UK release) Lost
Barney's Talent Show (2000 release) Found
Barney's Fun & Games Lost
Barney's Fun & Games (UK release) Lost
Barney's Fun & Games (2000 release) Found
Barney's 1-2-3-4 Seasons Found
Barney's Once Upon A Time Found
Barney's Once Upon A Time (1999/2000 release) Found
Barney's Sense-Sational Day Found
Barney's Sense-Sational Day (1999/2000 release) Found
Barney's Musical Scrapbook Found
Barney's Musical Scrapbook (2000 release) Found
Camp Wannarunnaround Found
Barney's Adventure Bus Found
Barney's Adventure Bus (UK release) Lost
Barney's Adventure Bus (2000 release) Found
Barney's Stu-u-upendous Puzzle Fun Found
Barney's Stu-u-upendous Puzzle Fun (UK release) Lost
Barney's Good Day, Good Night Found
Barney's Good Day, Good Night (Canadian Release) Found This version contains the Groundling Marsh trailer at the end.
Barney's Good Day, Good Night (UK release) Lost
First Day of School Lost
Is Everybody Happy? Partially Found
Pennies, Nickels, Dimes Lost
We've Got Rhythm Lost
Tick Tock Clocks! Lost
Waiting For Mr. MacRooney Lost
Let's Build Together Lost
It's Tradition Lost
A Picture of Health Lost
Play Ball! Lost
A Different Kind of Mystery Lost
Going On A Bear Hunt Lost
Let's Eat Lost
Tree-Mendous Trees Lost
Good, Clean Fun! Lost
Easy, Breezy Day! Lost
All Mixed Up Lost
Oh, Brother... She's My Sister Lost
Once A Pond A Time Lost
E-I-E-I-O Lost
It's Time For Counting Found
It's Time For Counting (UK release) Lost
Barney In Outer Space Found
Barney In Outer Space (UK release) Lost
Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage Found
Barney's Big Surprise! (UK release) Lost
Barney's Big Surprise! Live on Stage (2000 release) Lost
Barney's Halloween Party Found
Barney's Halloween Party (1999 release) Found
Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie Found There was another version where a few parts of ActiMates Barney's speech were different from this version.
Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie (UK release) Lost
Barney Bonus 2 Pack (Good Clean Fun and Oh Brother, She's My Sister) Found
Play and Learn with Barney Lost This was a Blockbuster exclusive release, featuring "Good, Clean Fun!", "Oh, Brother... She's My Sister" and "Barney's Best Manners."
Books Are Fun! Lost
Trading Places Lost
Safety First! Lost
Circle of Friends Lost
The One And Only You Lost
Barney's Band Lost
Try It, You'll Like It! Lost
Colors All Around Lost
Howdy, Friends! Lost
Seven Days A Week Lost
Hidden Treasures Lost
A Royal Welcome Lost
Sweet As Honey Lost
First Things First! Lost
Aunt Rachel Is Here! Lost
It's A Rainy Day! Lost
Easy Does It! Lost
What's In A Name? Lost
A Very Special Mouse Lost
A Package Of Friendship Lost
Sing And Dance With Barney Found
Sing And Dance With Barney (UK release) Lost
Sing And Dance With Barney (2000 release) Found
What A World We Share Found
Around The World With Barney (UK release) Lost
Walk Around The Block With Barney Found
Let's Play School Found
Let's Play School (UK release) Lost
Barney's Time for School Found This was a Blockbuster exclusive release, featuring "Let's Play School" and "It's Time For Counting."
Barney's ABC's and 123's Found
Barney's Night Before Christmas Found
Barney's Night Before Christmas (UK release) Lost
Barney's Night Before Christmas (2000 release) Found
Stick With Imagination! Lost
Itty Bitty Bugs Lost
Grandparents Are Grand (Season 6) Lost
Snack Time! Lost
A Sunny, Snowy Day Lost
You've Got To Have Art Lost
Five Kinds Of Fun! Lost
Count Me In! Lost
Who's Who At The Zoo? Lost
Birthday Olé Lost
More Barney Songs Found
Barney's Rhyme Time Rhythm Found
Excellent Exercise! Lost
Brushing Up On Teeth Lost
A "Little" Mother Goose Lost
Good Job! Lost
It's Home To Me Lost
How Does Your Garden Grow? Lost
You Can Do It! Lost
Here Comes The Firetruck! Lost
Ready, Set, Go! Lost
You Are Special Lost
Barney's Super Singing Circus Found
Barney's Big Top Fun Found This was a Blockbuster exclusive release, featuring "Barney's Super Singing Circus" and "Barney's Exercise Circus," but Super Singing Circus was the only program on this tape that was ActiMates compatible.

Arthur

* - Reader's Digest tape

Tape/Episode Title Voiceover Audio Status Notes
Arthur's Eyes/Francine's Bad Hair Day Lost
Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn/Arthur's Spelling Trubble Lost
D.W. All Wet/Buster's Dino Dilemma Lost
D.W.'s Imaginary Friend/Arthur's Lost Library Book Lost
Arthur's Pet Business/D.W. the Copycat Lost
Locked in the Library!/Arthur Accused! Lost
Arthur Goes to Camp/Buster Makes the Grade Lost
Arthur's New Puppy/Arthur Bounces Back Lost
Arthur Babysits/Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe Lost
Arthur's Birthday/Francine Frensky, Superstar Lost
Arthur's Baby/D.W.'s Baby Lost
Arthur Writes a Story/Arthur's Lost Dog Lost
So Long, Spanky/Buster's New Friend Lost
Arthur the Wrecker/Arthur and the True Francine Lost
Arthur's Family Vacation/Grandpa Dave's Old Country Farm Lost
Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest/D.W. Flips Lost
Meek for a Week/Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper Lost
Arthur's Chicken Pox/Sick as a Dog Lost
D.W. Rides Again/Arthur Makes the Team Lost
Arthur's Almost Boring Day/The Half-Baked Sale Lost
Sue Ellen Moves In/The Perfect Brother Lost
D.W.'s Snow Mystery/Team Trouble Lost
Bully for Binky/Misfortune Teller Lost
Arthur's Tooth/D.W. Gets Lost Lost
D.W. Thinks Big/Arthur Cleans Up Lost
My Dad, the Garbage Man/Poor Muffy Lost
D.W.'s Blankie/Arthur's Substitute Teacher Trouble Lost
I'm a Poet/The Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club Lost
My Club Rules/Stolen Bike Lost
Arthur's First Sleepover/Arthur's New Year's Eve Lost
Arthur's Baby (VHS) Found
Arthur's New Puppy (VHS) Lost
Arthur Makes the Team (VHS) Found
Arthur Meets Mister Rogers/Draw! Lost
Binky Barnes, Art Expert/Arthur's Lucky Pencil Lost
D.W, the Picky Eater/Buster And The Daredevils Lost
Arthur Makes a Movie/Go to Your Room, D.W. Lost
Arthur's Underwear/Francine Frensky, Olympic Rider Lost
Buster Baxter, Cat Saver/Play it Again, D.W. Lost
Arthur's TV-Free Week/Night Fright Lost
Arthur vs. the Piano/The Big Blow-Up Lost
Lost!/The Short, Quick Summer Lost
D.W. Goes to Washington/Arthur's Mystery Envelope Lost
D.W.'s Deer Friend/Buster Hits the Books Lost
Arthur's Faraway Friend/Arthur and the Square Dance Lost
Water and the Brain/Arthur the Unfunny Lost
Sue Ellen's Lost Diary/Arthur's Knee Lost
Grandma Thora Appreciation Day/Fern's Slumber Party Lost
Love Notes for Muffy/D.W. Blows the Whistle Lost
Francine Redecorates/Arthur the Loser Lost
Arthur vs. the Very Mean Crossing Guard/D.W.'s Very Bad Mood Lost
D.W.'s Name Game/Finders Key-pers Lost
How the Cookie Crumbles/Sue Ellen's Little Sister Lost
Arthur's Tooth (VHS) Found
D.W., the Picky Eater (VHS) Found
Buster's Back/The Ballad of Buster Baxter Lost
D.W, All Fired Up/I'd Rather Read It Myself Lost
Arthur Goes Crosswire/Sue Ellen and the Brainasaurous Lost
Background Blues/And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids Lost
The Chips are Down/Revenge of the Chip Lost
Binky Rules/Meet Binky Lost
Arthur Rides the Bandwagon/Dad's Dessert Dilemma Lost
Popular Girls/Buster's Growing Grudge Lost
Arthur's Treasure Hunt/The Return of the King Lost
Attack of the Turbo Tibbles/D.W. Tricks the Tooth Fairy Lost
Double Tibble Trouble/Arthur's Almost Live Not Real Music Festival Lost
What Scared Sue Ellen?/Clarissa is Cracked Lost
Arthur's Dummy Disaster/Francine and the Feline Lost
Mom and Dad Have a Great Big Fight/D.W.'s Perfect Wish Lost
Arthur and D.W. Clean Up/The Long, Dull Winter Lost
Arthur's Birthday (VHS) Found
Arthur's TV-Free Week (VHS) Found
Arthur's Computer Adventure (VHS) Found
Arthur's Family Vacation (VHS) Lost
D.W.'s Library Card/Arthur's Big Hit Lost
Hide and Snake/Muffy's New Best Friend Lost
Buster's Breathless/The Fright Stuff Lost
The Contest/Prove It Lost
The Blizzard/The Rat Who Came to Dinner Lost
D.W. Tale Spins/Prunella Gets it Twice Lost
Binky Barnes, Wingman/To Beat or Not To Beat Lost
1001 Dads/Prunella's Prediction Lost
What is that Thing?/Buster's Best Behavior Lost
My Music Rules/That's a Baby Show! Lost
Arthur Learns Responsibility* Lost On this tape, "Arthur's Pet Business" and "Arthur Bounces Back" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Learns About Growing Up* Lost On this tape, "Arthur's Tooth" and "D.W.'s Blankie" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Goes on Vacation* Lost On this tape, "Arthur Goes to Camp" and "D.W. Goes to Washington" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Learns to Get Along with Others* Lost On this tape, "D.W.'s Name Game" and "The Big Blow-Up" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Learns About Confidence* Lost On this tape, "Arthur's Eyes" and "Stolen Bike" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Discovers Nature* Lost On this tape, "Hide and Snake" and "Binky Barnes, Wingman" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Faces His Fears* Lost On this tape, "Lost!" and "The Fright Stuff" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Goes On A School Trip* Lost On this tape, "My Dad, the Garbage Man" and "The Return of the King" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Learns About Honesty* Lost On this tape, "How the Cookie Crumbles" and "Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Learns To Cope With Anger* Lost On this tape, "Mom and Dad Have a Great Big Fight" and "D.W., the Picky Eater" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
On Stage Adventures* Lost On this tape, "Arthur vs. the Piano" and "Francine Frensky, Superstar" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Discovers His Creativity* Lost On this tape, "Arthur Makes a Movie" and "Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Learns Teamwork* Lost On this tape, "Arthur and D.W. Clean Up" and "Sue Ellen and the Brainasaurus" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
New Baby Adventures* Lost On this tape, "Arthur's Baby" and "D.W.'s Baby" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Pet Problems* Lost On this tape, "Buster Baxter, Cat Saver" and "Sick as a Dog" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Get Well Soon* Lost On this tape, "Buster's Breathless" and "Arthur's Knee" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Scary Stories Lost On this tape, "Night Fright" is compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Mystery Files Found On this tape, "Arthur Accused!" and "Fern's Slumber Party" are are compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Storybook Found On this tape, "Buster Hits the Books" is compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Celebration Found All of the episodes on this tape are compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W. except for "D.W.'s Perfect Wish."
Arthur's Best School Days Found All three episodes on this tape are compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Goes to the Doctor Found On this tape, "Arthur's Knee" and "Buster's Breathless" are compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Family Feature Starring Arthur and Friends! Lost
Arthur Goes On A Field Trip Found On this tape, "The Return of the King" and "D.W. Goes to Washington" are compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Makes A Movie (VHS) Found All three episodes on this tape are compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Great Summer Lost On this tape, "Arthur Goes to Camp" and "The Short, Quick Summer" are compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur The Good Sport Found On this tape, "Francine Frensky, Olympic Rider" is compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Family Fun Lost
Arthur's Snow Day Lost On this tape, "The Rat Who Came to Dinner" and "The Blizzard" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Best Friends Found All three episodes on this tape are compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Tasty Treats Found All three episodes on this tape are compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Cracks the Case Lost On this tape, "D.W.'s Snow Mystery" and "Finders Key-pers" are known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Gets Spooked Lost On this tape, "The Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club" is compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Pet Follies Found All three episodes on this tape are compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur Saves The Day Found All three episodes on this tape are compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
D.W. Thinks Big (VHS) Lost On this tape, the episode of the same name is known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Parents Are From Pluto Lost On this tape, "Mom and Dad Have a Great Big Fight" is known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Double Dare Found On this tape, "Arthur's Dummy Disaster" is compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's School Of Hard Knocks Found All three episodes on this tape are compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Music Medley Lost On this tape, "To Beat or Not to Beat" is compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Terrible Teasers Lost On this tape, "Arthur's Underwear" and "Stolen Bike" are compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.
Arthur's Money Matters Lost On this tape, "Arthur Bounces Back" is known to be compatible with ActiMates Arthur and D.W.

Teletubbies

Tape/Episode Title Voiceover Audio Status Notes
Emily and Jester Lost
Ned's Bicycle Lost
Music with Debbie Lost
Ice Skating Lost
Washing Up Lost
Jumping Lost
Bubbles Lost
Shadows Lost
Flamenco Guitar Lost
Numbers - 2 Lost
Rolling Lost
Music with Debbie 2 Lost
Feeding the Chickens Lost
Numbers - 3 Lost
Carnival Lost
Making Flowers Lost
Emily and the Cart Lost
Amy's Pasta Lost
Little Baby Lost
Looking for Rabbits Lost
Numbers - 1 Lost
Washing the Car Lost
Our Dog Alice Lost
Basketball Lost
Stone Wall Lost
Twirlers Lost
Delilah Packing Lost
Numbers - 4 Lost
Herding Sheep Lost
Playing in the Rain Lost
Orange Picking Lost
Swimming Lost
Cows and Calves Lost
Mandir Temple Lost
Rollerblading Lost
Colors - Blue Lost
Samira's Gymnastics Lost
Eid's New Clothes Lost
Numbers - 6 Lost
Photo Faces Lost
Here Come the Teletubbies Lost
Dance with the Teletubbies Lost
Christmas Tree Lost
Making Christmas Cards Lost
Christmas Crackers Lost
Christmas Carols Lost
Snowy Story Lost
Flamenco Dancing Lost
Pebbles Lost
Funny Walks Lost
Boom Boom Dance Lost
Dirty Dog Lost
Painting with Hands and Feet Lost
Drumming with Norris Lost
Statues Lost
Colors - Orange Lost
Becky and Jed Find Eggs Lost
Dad's Portrait Lost
The Gingerbread Boy Lost
Numbers - 8 Lost
Hair Braiding Lost
The Beach Lost
Squeezy Painting Lost
Harp Lost
Brennan's Moonwalk Lost
Handy Hands Lost
Colors - Pink Lost
Kathak Dancing Lost
Numbers - 5 Lost
Sand Sailing Lost
Handshapes: Turkey Lost
Stop and Go Lost
Christmas in South Africa Lost
Christmas in Finland Lost
Christmas Gospel Singing Lost
Christmas in Spain Lost
Nativity Play Lost
Nursery Rhymes Lost
Favorite Things Lost
Funny Day Lost
Merry Christmas, Teletubbies! Lost
Big Hug! Lost
Bedtime Stories and Lullabies Lost
The Magic Pumpkin Partially Found The current upload only has audio from Po.
Christmas in the Snow Lost
Fancy Dress Lost
Circles Lost
Ball Games with Debbie Lost
Colors - Green Lost
Game Drive Lost
Crazy Golf Lost
Colors - Yellow Lost
Cable Car Lost
Tropical Fish Lost
Becky's Chocolate Treats Lost
Numbers - 10 Lost
Chameleon Lost
Joining the Band Lost
Making Salad Lost
Crawling Lost

Gallery

Videos

Commercial for ActiMates Barney.

Commercial for ActiMates Arthur and D.W.

Commercial for the ActiMates Teletubbies.

Images

References

External Links

Wikipedia page on Actimates