Out of the Box (partially lost Playhouse Disney children's series; 1998-2004)

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The show's logo.

Status: Partially Lost

Out Of The Box is a children's television series that aired on Disney Channel from 1998 through 2004. The show was based on the works of Douglas Love and took place in "The Box," where the show's two hosts, Tony and Vivian, would have kids from the neighborhood video and do various activities, including craft-making, singing and performing plays.

Availability

The show had at least 79 episodes spread across 3 seasons, but only two of them, "Happy Holidays"[1] and "Halloween," [2] were released to home video. There were two VHS releases: the first was of the episode "Happy Holidays," and the second release had the episode "Halloween" on it. In addition, "Halloween" was released on the DVD Rolie Polie Olie: A Spookie Ookie Halloween and The Book Of Pooh: Just Say Boo![3] as a bonus feature. Besides this, 11 other episodes have been found in full, alongside clips of "Revealing Feelings."

On October 14th, 2019, it was confirmed that the show would be among the TV shows featured on Disney's new streaming service Disney+ which launches on November 12th, 2019.[4]

Possible Missing Episodes

For a brief time in late 1999 (while season 2 was premiering), three episode titles, “Let’s Eat Out”, “The Gift” and “Treasures” appeared in listings for the show. These titles weren’t used for any of the episodes shown in regular rotation, and none of the episodes on Disney+ have these titles.

According to the U.S. Copyright Database, however, there are gaps in the show’s production order where these titles would fit in. Specifically, the gaps appear in the first season, despite the titles only appearing during season 2’s run.

Based on the titles, it appears these were early versions of certain season two episodes. Further evidence of their existence comes from a clip shown in the opening for the first two seasons that isn’t from any of the regular episode and also doesn’t appear to have been filmed for the opening (see gallery below).

However, whether these rough versions of the more familiar season 2 storyline were actually aired is disputable. Firstly, there are conflicting sources in Newspapers.com about whether “The Gift” or “Unicornicopia” was the episode aired on 12/4/99. In addition to this, various sources on Newspapers.com claim that “The Gift” and “Treasures” aired on October 6 and 10 of 1999, respectively—-rather than “Unicornicopia” and “Tooth or Consequences” premiering on those dates, as the U.S. Copyright Database and Disney+ both say. So until a recording proving is found proving that the episodes were aired, it can be assumed that the inclusion of the titles was a misprint.

Episode List

See "possible missing episodes" for further information on episodes 6, 21 and 22.

On November 12th, 2019, Disney+ made the whole show available (aside from episodes 6, 21, and 22) on its streaming service on its launch day.[5]

# Episode Title Status
1 Playhouse Mouse Found
2 Doctor Octor Found
3 Feet First Found
4 The Fuzzy Worm Found
5 Hats Off Found
? Let's Eat Out Lost (possibly unaired)
7 Sticky Icky Found
8 Really Wheely Found
9 Yes and Nose Found
10 Pick-A-Pet Found
11 Ships Ahoy Found
12 Animal Antics Found
13 Tube Town Found
14 High Flyers Found
15 Campout Kids (1 | 2 | 3) Found
16 Tall and Small Found
17 Day at the Beach Found
18 A Place Called Space Found
19 Box Full of Boxes Found
20 Hands On Found
?? The Gift Lost (possibly unaired)
?? Treasures Lost (possibly in aired)
23 Circle Circus Found
24 Seeds of Imagination (1 | 2 | 3) Found
25 Rules Rule! Found
26 We're Cooking! Found
27 Zip, Button, Snap Found
28 Scrub-A-Dub Found
29 Disguise Surprise Found
30 Good Clean-Up Fun Found
31 Mirror, Mirror (1 | 2) Found
32 Blowin' In The Wind Found
33 Rock A Bye Baby Found
34 Feathered Friends Found
35 Eye Spy Found
36 We Got The Beat Found
37 Shadow Play Found
38 Goin' Buggy Found
39 Make 'Em Laugh Found
40 Mon-stir It Up! Found
41 Whose Home? Found
42 Unicornucopia Found
43 Tooth or Consequences Found
44 Happy Holidays! Found
45 Down On The Farm (1 | 2) Found
46 Pajama Party Found
47 Treasure Hunt Found
48 Out To Lunch Found
49 Whodunit? Found
50 Goin' To The Grocery Found
51 Sing A Song Found
52 Rainbow Colors Found
53 Halloween Found
54 Family Fare Found
55 Happy Birthday To Us! Found
56 Revealing Feelings (1 | 2) Found
57 Pattern Pattern Found
58 Leap Frog Leap! (1 | 2 | 3) Found
59 Join The Parade Found
60 Winning The Gold Found
61 Brick By Brick Found
62 Dinosaur Romp Found
63 Topsy Tempo Found
64 Weather or Not Found
65 It's Mother's Day! (1 | 2) Found
66 Loud and Soft (1 | 2 | 3) Found
67 Thinkin' Lincoln Found
68 Horsing Around Found
69 Making Mistakes (1 | 2 | 3) Found
70 Games! (1 | 2 | 3) Found
71 Pop To It! Found
72 Read The Signs Found
73 First Things First Found
74 A One And A Two Found
75 Bendy Stretchy Found
76 Alike and Different Found
77 Happy New Year! Found
78 It's Father's Day Found
79 Surprise, Surprise Found
80 Wonderful Words! Found
81 Kids Are Kids Found
82 Nutcracker Sweet Found

Gallery

See Also

Disney Channel

Playhouse Disney

Disney Junior

Toon Disney

Disney XD

Other

References