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'''''Oobi''''' is a puppet TV series that was co-produced by Sesame Workshop and Nickelodeon. From 2003 to 2005, it ran for two seasons of 26 half-hour episodes on Nickelodeon and its sister channel Noggin. It became a staple of Noggin, and achieved higher Nielsen ratings than any other show on the channel by season two.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20081006214728/http://www.medialifemagazine.com/News2005/jan05/jan03/5_fri/news4friday.html Media Life Magazine, January 2005] Retrieved 24 Feb '19.</ref> All of the full episodes are widely available and have been released on several different platforms, including Amazon Video, YouTube, and Noggin's mobile app.
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The Nick Jr. show ''Oobi'' began as a series of two-minute shorts featuring the same characters.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20041227045328/http://www.worldscreen.com:80/print.php?filename=selig Interview with Little Airplane's Josh Selig] Retrieved 24 Feb '19.</ref> These shorts were titled '''''Noggin Presents: Oobi''''' and aired during commercial breaks on Noggin and Nickelodeon, beginning in 2000. They were shown regularly until April 2003, when the first season of half-hour ''Oobi'' episodes started. Nickelodeon stopped airing the shorts on their main network in 2003, but sparse airings continued on Noggin until 2007.
  
The show was based on a series of two-minute shorts featuring the same characters.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20041227045328/http://www.worldscreen.com:80/print.php?filename=selig Interview with Little Airplane's Josh Selig] Retrieved 24 Feb '19.</ref> They were filmed in the late 1990s and pitched to Noggin while it was jointly owned by Nick and Sesame Workshop. They started airing in 2000 during commercial breaks. They continued to air alongside the full episodes from 2003 to 2007, albeit much less frequently. Noggin pulled the plug on its relationship with Sesame Workshop on September 10th, 2007, causing the shorts and several other Sesame Workshop programs to be removed from the schedule.
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The half-hour series is widely distributed; all of its episodes have been released by Nickelodeon in "Complete Series" collections on Amazon Video and YouTube. However, the full set of ''shorts'' hasn't seen an official release. Many of them have been found in home-recorded tapes of Noggin and Nick Jr., but some are not currently available online.
 
 
==Premise==
 
The show is set in a neighborhood populated by bare-hand puppets, and is shown from the perspective of a 4-year-old boy named Oobi. The puppets tend to interact with the audience and encourage them to join in on whatever they are doing. The puppets speak in clipped sentences (ex. "Uma, school, first day!" instead of "It's my first day of school!").
 
 
 
Oobi lives in an old-fashioned single-story home with his excitable little sister, Uma, and somewhat hapless grandfather, Grampu. Oobi's best friend, Kako, lives right across the street and visits often. Each episode focuses on Oobi discovering or learning more about a particular concept, such as a game or sport. Uma and Kako provide comic relief, often misunderstanding Oobi's discoveries in a comical way.
 
 
 
In each full-length episode, the puppets leave their world to interview human children, usually to ask them questions relating to the episode's topic. At the end of each episode, the puppets play a game and encourage the viewer to join in. When the show was renewed for a 2nd season, the game segments were dropped in favor of longer storylines. The interview segments were retained, though they were shortened and used as intermissions between scenes instead.
 
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
The shorts were pitched to Noggin in the late 1990s under the working title ''Pipo''.<ref name="kidscreen">[http://kidscreen.com/content/pdf/51180.pdf#page=32 Kidscreen article - "The Name Game: Deconstructing the fine art of kids show titling"] Retrieved 24 Feb '19.</ref> Josh Selig has indicated that there was some kind of pilot presentation with "Pipo" as the main character's name,<ref name="kidscreen"/> but no images have been found.
 
 
 
In the United States, the shorts were shown on Noggin and Nickelodeon during its Nick Jr. block. Like its other interstitial programming, Nickelodeon had no specific schedule for airing them and played the shorts at random intervals. On Noggin, one short was played before each 30-minute show from 6 AM to 6 PM.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.noggin.com:80/activities/oobi/home.swf?feature=1 Archive of Noggin's Oobi homepage] Retrieved 24 Feb '19.</ref> After the full episodes started airing on April 7th, 2003, Noggin stopped airing the shorts as frequently and adopted the same randomized schedule as Nick Jr.
 
In the United States, the shorts were shown on Noggin and Nickelodeon during its Nick Jr. block. Like its other interstitial programming, Nickelodeon had no specific schedule for airing them and played the shorts at random intervals. On Noggin, one short was played before each 30-minute show from 6 AM to 6 PM.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.noggin.com:80/activities/oobi/home.swf?feature=1 Archive of Noggin's Oobi homepage] Retrieved 24 Feb '19.</ref> After the full episodes started airing on April 7th, 2003, Noggin stopped airing the shorts as frequently and adopted the same randomized schedule as Nick Jr.
  
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==Availability==
 
==Availability==
Although the full episodes are widely available and can be watched for free [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCypysWGpVkHdEIloVy6yo-A| on YouTube], very few of the shorts have had an official release. Though shortened versions of "Dance!" and "Bubble Bath!" were released on Nick Jr. DVDs in 2003, that was it in terms of official releases. 48 shorts are confirmed to exist, but it is unknown how many were made in total.
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Shortened versions of "Dance!" and "Bubble Bath!" were released on Nick Jr. DVDs in 2003, but that was it in terms of official releases. 48 shorts are confirmed to exist, but it is unknown how many were made in total.
  
 
===Episodes===
 
===Episodes===

Revision as of 16:55, 13 June 2019

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A scene from the intro used for Noggin airings.

Status: Partially Found

The Nick Jr. show Oobi began as a series of two-minute shorts featuring the same characters.[1] These shorts were titled Noggin Presents: Oobi and aired during commercial breaks on Noggin and Nickelodeon, beginning in 2000. They were shown regularly until April 2003, when the first season of half-hour Oobi episodes started. Nickelodeon stopped airing the shorts on their main network in 2003, but sparse airings continued on Noggin until 2007.

The half-hour series is widely distributed; all of its episodes have been released by Nickelodeon in "Complete Series" collections on Amazon Video and YouTube. However, the full set of shorts hasn't seen an official release. Many of them have been found in home-recorded tapes of Noggin and Nick Jr., but some are not currently available online.

History

In the United States, the shorts were shown on Noggin and Nickelodeon during its Nick Jr. block. Like its other interstitial programming, Nickelodeon had no specific schedule for airing them and played the shorts at random intervals. On Noggin, one short was played before each 30-minute show from 6 AM to 6 PM.[2] After the full episodes started airing on April 7th, 2003, Noggin stopped airing the shorts as frequently and adopted the same randomized schedule as Nick Jr.

In Canada, TVOntario aired 46 of the shorts on a rotating schedule.[3] TVO's schedule catalogs are the source of official titles for many of the shorts. However, some of them ("Itsy Bitsy Spider!" and "Toys!") don't appear at all on their schedules, indicating that TVO didn't air the complete collection.

Availability

Shortened versions of "Dance!" and "Bubble Bath!" were released on Nick Jr. DVDs in 2003, but that was it in terms of official releases. 48 shorts are confirmed to exist, but it is unknown how many were made in total.

Episodes

# Episode Title Status Notes
1 "Dance!" Partially Lost The ending is missing.
2 "Tag!" Lost
3 "Flush!" Found
4 "On and Off!" Lost
5 "Share Pretzels!" Found
6 "Watermelon!" Partially Found The last 10 seconds only.
7 "Soup!" Partially Found Clips of this short are featured in the intro sequence.
8 "Hotdog and Ketchup!" Lost
9 "Prince Oobi!" Lost
10 "Bubbles!" Partially Found The last 15 seconds only.
11 "Empty and Full!" Found
12 "Popcorn!" Found
13 "Worm!" Partially Found A clip of this short is featured in the intro sequence.
14 "Apple Picking!" Found
15 "Pretend Wind!" Lost
16 "Tea!" Found
17 "Ice Cream!" Lost
18 "Water Games!" Lost
19 "Guess!" Lost
20 "Bird!" Partially Lost The first few seconds are missing.
21 "Cat!" Lost
22 "Puppy!" Lost
23 "Animal Cookies!" Lost
24 "Slide!" Partially Found A clip of this short is featured in a promo.
25 "Follow the Leader!" Lost
26 "Peekaboo!" Found
27 "Dig!" Lost
28 "Hide and Seek!" Partially Found A clip of this short is featured in the intro sequence.
29 "Nature!" Partially Found A clip of this short is featured in a promo.
30 "Pretend Catch!" Found
31 "Music!" Found
32 "Guitar!" Partially Found A clip of this short is featured in a promo.
33 "Bongo Drums!" Found
34 "Quiet Read!" Found Low-quality.
35 "Clap Hands!" Found
36 "Painting!" Lost
37 "Macaroni Jewelry!" Found
38 "Paint Shapes!" Lost
39 "Pinch Pot!" Partially Found A clip of this short is featured in the intro sequence.
40 "Drawing Game!" Found
41 "Neighborhood Art!" Lost
42 "Toothpaste!" Found Low-quality.
43 "Feelings!" Found
44 "Cake!" Lost
45 "Wet and Dry!" Lost
46 "Bubble Bath!" Found
47 "Itsy Bitsy Spider!" Found
48 "Toys!" Found

Photo Gallery

Screenshots

Production Photo

Videos

The intro sequence, which contains clips from some of the lost shorts.
A musical Noggin commercial, which contains a short clip from "Guitar!".
A musical Noggin commercial, which contains clips from "Nature!" and "Slide!".
Promos for the Noggin website, one of which contains a clip from "Dance!"'s missing scene.

External Links

References