Created byGraeme Base (book)
Based onAnimalia
by illustrator Graeme Base
Developed by
Written by
Directed byDavid Scott
Voices of
Theme music composer
ComposerChristopher Elves
Country of origin
  • Australia
  • United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes40 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Graeme Base
  • Tom Ruegger
  • Ewan Burnett
  • Murray Pope
  • Bruce D. Johnson
  • Ewan Burnett
  • Murray Pope
EditorTom Ruegger
Running time24 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseNovember 11, 2007 (2007-11-11) –
November 7, 2008 (2008-11-07)

Animalia is an animated children's television series based on the 1986 picture book of the same name by illustrator Graeme Base. The series premiered on Network Ten in Australia on November 11, 2007, airing two seasons before ending on November 7, 2008.


The series tells the story of two human children, Alex and his friend Zoe, who stumble into the magical library which transports them to the animal-inhabited world of Animalia. Strange events have undermined the Animalian civilization, and Alex and Zoe join forces with their new friends G'Bubu the gorilla and Iggy the iguana to save Animalia from evil and comical villains.[2]




Note: In a nod to the book, the names of all the Animalians begin with the first letter of their species name.

Corespore types

There have been many different types of Corespores throughout the series, each causing a wide variety of adverse effects on Animalia and its inhabitants when they blast off from the Core (with the exception of the Superspore).


Note: All episodes of the series were directed by David Scott.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
118AustraliaNovember 11, 2007June 20, 2008
U.S.January 5, 2008August 2, 2008
222AustraliaJune 27, 2008 (2008-06-27)November 7, 2008 (2008-11-07)
U.S.January 17, 2009January 30, 2010

Season 1 (2007–08)

No. in
TitleWritten byAustralian air dateU.S. air date
11"Hello, We Must Be Going"Tom RueggerNovember 11, 2007 (2007-11-11)January 5, 2008
In the Metro Library, human kids Alex and Zoe enter a strange portal that carries them to the talking-animal world of Animalia, where they are mistaken for invading monsters by the general population. They meet Animalia's ruler, Livingstone, who befriends the kids and asks for their help in repairing the core, the magic orb that is at the center of Animalia's well-being. Alex and Zoe are taken under the wing of gentle but strong G'Bubu Gorilla and his best pal, the boastful Iggy. We also meet the librarian, Reenie Rhino, the Elephants, the Zebras, the Hogs, the Media Mice, and the series' two significant trouble-makers: Allerga Alligator and Tyrannicus Tiger, who take an immediate dislike to the human arrivals.
22"Goodbye, We Must Be Staying"Nicholas Hollander & Tom RueggerNovember 18, 2007 (2007-11-18)January 12, 2008
When several Corespore blast off, Alex and Zoe must track them down and restore them to the Core or the Animalian population will return to its feral, uncivilized state. Zoe is torn between her fascination with Animalia and her need to return home.
33"The Mist of Time"Tom RueggerNovember 25, 2007 (2007-11-25)January 19, 2008
After the Corespore of time blasts off, G'Bubu is swept back in time, to an ancient era when his gorilla ancestors fought for control of the trees against their mortal enemies, the tree frogs...big, big tree frogs. G'Bubu demonstrates acts of selfless heroism to save his friends.
44"Catcher In The Rhyme"Sherri Stoner & Tom RueggerDecember 2, 2007 (2007-12-02)January 26, 2008
During a poetry recital, Allegra expresses her disinterest in "rhymes" by throwing a tantrum that sends a Corespore flying. The result: all Animalians are compelled to speak only in rhyme. If they fail to come up with a rhyme, they become "frozen" in place. Zoe and Alex must recover the Corespore before the Animalians are stuck forever.
55"Forget Me Not"Nicholas Hollander & Tom RueggerDecember 16, 2007 (2007-12-16)February 2, 2008
When Erno and Elni Elephant, who never forget anything, suddenly forget everything, Alex and Zoe go on a search for Corespore in a place where lost Animalian memories go: Memory Canyon. The kids discover ancient catacombs where records of Animalia's long lost history are stored. They find the Corespore in time to restore the elephants' lost memories, and in time to thwart Tyrannicus' latest plan to take over the kingdom.
66"Long Story Short"Mark SeidenbergDecember 23, 2007 (2007-12-23)February 9, 2008
An important message is incorrectly communicated and the kids must find the truth about Livingstone's disappearance. Livingstone tells Reenie he's leaving Animalia for the day to visit his Uncle Leo, but Reenie does not listen attentively, and she relays the wrong information to others. This Animalia-wide version of the game "Telephone" results in pandemonium, and Tyrannicus takes advantage of the situation by arranging to have G'Bubu banished and having himself proclaimed king.
77"Righting The Writing"John P. McCannDecember 30, 2007 (2007-12-30)February 16, 2008
When a Corespore blasts off from the Core, words go missing all over Animalia. Tyrannicus uses this situation to evict G'Bubu from his tree house, while Allegra and her gator-gal pals search for the thief who allegedly stole the mammoth "Allerga" sign that she just installed on the roof of her home.
88"Butterfly Winter"John K. LudinMarch 21, 2008 (2008-03-21)February 23, 2008
Tyrannicus seizes control of the Fluttervision population and becomes the purveyor of multi-channeled television viewing, and hooks most Animalians in the process. But the control of the butterflies sends nature in Animalia into a tailspin, and the kids must free Animalia's nature spirits to save the day.
99"Speechless In Animalia"Sherri StonerApril 4, 2008 (2008-04-04)March 1, 2008
When Tyrannicus' promotional campaign for Allegra's concert becomes too boisterous to tolerate, Livingstone calls out for "Quiet!" and he gets it, in spades, when a Corespore blasts off, rendering Animalians incapable of speech. The animals can make nothing but feral sounds. Alex and Zoe must recover the Corespore in hopes of restoring verbal communication to Animalia. This episode establishes that language in Animalia began with laughter.
1010"Don Iguana"Mark SeinderbergApril 11, 2008 (2008-04-11)March 8, 2008
To prove his bravery to Zoe, Iggy follows the lead of his literary hero Don Quixote and dons a disguise to become "Don Iguana - the Venger of the Night" and Animalia's hero.
1111"Over & Beyond"Sherri StonerApril 18, 2008 (2008-04-18)March 15, 2008
Zoe travels to the land of Over and Beyond, a realm populated by fictional characters, to rescue Zed and Zee who have been captured by a fire breathing dragon named Dagmont. To ransom the zebras, Zoe must stay behind and entertain the dragon with her stories, like a latter day Sheherazade.
1212"Being Peter Applebottom"Deanna Oliver & Tom RueggerApril 25, 2008 (2008-04-25)March 22, 2008
When G'Bubu is hit on the bead by a bongo nut, he assumes the personality of Peter Applebottom, a brilliant but pompous and seriously unfriendly scientist who claims to know how to permanently fix the Core. Now if only he could fix his own personality.
1313"Animalia's Talent-O-Topia"Deanna OliverMay 2, 2008 (2008-05-02)March 29, 2008
When Allegra shows her vulnerability to Zoe and admits that she can't read, Zoe helps the gator write a song for her big solo in Animalia's talent contest. Iggy and G'Bubu also perform in the music competition.
1414"Brain Drain"John P. McCannMay 9, 2008 (2008-05-09)July 5, 2008
Livingstone is feeling overworked and under-appreciated. But he gets to take the day off when a Corespore blast results in Livingstone and Allegra exchanging intellects: Allegra becomes a bona fide genius, and Livingstone turns into a happy-go-lucky twit. But while their brain power may be flopped, their personalities remain true to their natures: Allegra is all about Allegra, while Livingstone ultimately puts aside his own worries and fears to save the day and help Animalia.
1515"Save Our Swamp"John P. McCannMay 16, 2008 (2008-05-16)July 12, 2008
Zoe and Tyrannicus, join forces to shut down and drain the swamp. They are opposed by Alex and Allegra, who want to spare the swamp. When Alex is struck with a swamp fever that can only be cured by a flower found deep in the swamp, Zoe puts aside her aversion to the bog and teams up with Allegra to track down the elusive plant.
1616"Tunnel Vision"Sherri StonerMay 23, 2008 (2008-05-23)July 19, 2008
Alex explores Animalia's tunnel system where he becomes trapped along with an Animalian he has never met before. A weasel named T.C. that Alex helps T.C. escape from his tunnel trap. But in the end, we learn that Alex's new friend is not benign. T.C. is actually The Creeper, the long-lost scourge of Animalia and Livingstone's nemesis.
1717"Iggy's Quest"Deanna OliverMay 30, 2008 (2008-05-30)July 26, 2008
On a visit to his grandfather's home, Iggy must come to terms with the fact that he is not a full-blooded iguana, but rather, is part Chameleon. With the help of his grandfather Carmine, Iggy gets in touch with his "inner chameleon" and overcomes his fear of a recurring nightmare involving the dreaded "Creeper."
1818"What's the Good Word?"Tom Ruegger & Deanna OliverJune 6, 2008 (2008-06-06)August 2, 2008
Tyrannicus starts his own nation of Tyrannia and teams up with The Creeper (who remains in the shadows) to declare "war" on Animalia with the goal of driving Alex and Zoe out of the kingdom. "War" is an unknown word in Animalia. The battle is ultimately averted when the kids learn the meaning of "the pen is mightier than the sword."

Season 2 (2008)

No. in
TitleWritten byAustralian air dateU.S. air date
191"Alex's Secret Code"Nicholas Hollander & Tom RueggerJune 13, 2008 (2008-06-13)January 17, 2009
When the Core suffers a major eruption it loses a vital Corespore, the Origin Corespore, without which the future of Animalia is in serious jeopardy. In searching for the missing Corespore, Alex discovers a cave painting, with some symbols that help him learn that the Origin Corespore first brought language to Animalia. But now, with language and all communication skills limited or eroded, Animalia is under assault as TC and Tyrannicus plot to destroy the Core once and for all.
202"Whistling in the Dark"Tom Ruegger & Deanna OliverJune 20, 2008 (2008-06-20)January 24, 2009
The search for the Creeper leads Alex and Zoe to the Chamber of Legends, a dusty room filled with Animalian relics. This room is connected to both the human world and to Animalia. Alex reveals to all that he helped a weasel escape from the tunnels, and only now does Alex learn that the weasel is none other than the notorious Creeper. The Core is in deep trouble, but Livingstone reveals there is new hope if they can find the whereabouts of the Superspore. (The Superspore is currently in the possession of the Creeper, who is unaware of its power and value.) The serious trouble facing our heroes is offset by the joyous arrival of Erno and Elni's new baby.
213"The Call to Action"Deanna OliverJune 27, 2008 (2008-06-27)January 31, 2009
Livingstone calls an Animalian meeting to reveal that The Creeper is back. Livingstone, Alex and Zoe journey into the tunnels to find the Creeper. However, the Creeper uses the Wind of No Return to foil our heroes' attempts.
224"The World According to Iggy"Deanna OliverJuly 4, 2008 (2008-07-04)February 7, 2009
Iggy has been asked to baby-sit Echo, the baby elephant, while the baby's parents, Erno and Elni, handle their portal guarding shift. To entertain Echo, Iggy tells the baby elephant tales of Animalia in which Iggy casts himself as the hero. But the Creeper manages to sweep Elni and Erno into the tunnels, to take them out of the picture, in order to achieve his goal: to elephant-nap Echo, whom the Creeper believes stands in his way for control of Animalia.
235"Nothing But the Truth"John P. McCannJuly 11, 2008 (2008-07-11)February 21, 2009
Tyrannicus plants a story that Livingstone is going to retire. Livingstone refutes the rumor, but many Animalians believe Tyrannicus. When the Truth Corespore blasts off, Animalians can only speak in lies. The kids must find the Corespore before Tyrannicus tricks Livingstone into quitting.
246"The Dream Weavers"Tom RueggerJuly 18, 2008 (2008-07-18)February 28, 2009
When nightmares plague Animalians, Alex and Zoe go to "Over and Beyond" where, they must find the dream-weaver and rescue Animalia from its dream troubles.
257"Getting Over the Glums"John P. McCann & Tom RueggerJuly 25, 2008 (2008-07-25)March 7, 2009
Livingstone and Reenie are struck by The Gluma, a rare Animalian version of what we call "the blues." If not treated properly, "the Glums" can are irreversible! There is only one cure for "the Glums", a good long laugh. But there's one problem in achieving that laughter: those affected with the Glums don't find anything the least bit funny! Alex, Zoe, G'Bubu and Iggy, in order to save Livingstone and Reenie, must crisscross the kingdom and search everywhere and everyone for... ...The funniest joke in Animalia!
268"Tunnel King"John P. McCannAugust 1, 2008 (2008-08-01)October 3, 2009
The Creeper's been stealing from the Animalians. However, without any hard evidence, Livingstone refuses to automatically blame The Creeper. Encouraged by Tyrannicus, the enraged Animalians rush into the tunnels, but it's a trap, and the Animalians are stuck in the tunnels. Meanwhile, the Creeper tries to sabotage the Core but is thwarted by Allegra (the only Animalian not in the tunnels).
279"The Day Zoe Listened"Deanna OliverAugust 8, 2008 (2008-08-08)October 10, 2009
Alex bets Zoe that she cannot resist talking for one full day. It's a vow of silence. So, Zoe spends the day this amazing and magical world of Animalia, and she makes some new friends and some huge discoveries. In this episode, Zoe learns how to communicate with the sentient creatures of Animalia: the butterflies, the wasps, the crickets, the frogs, the fish, and other non-speaking creatures... including the plants and trees.
2810"Alex's Treasure Island"John P. McCann, Tom Ruegger & Bruce JohnsonAugust 15, 2008 (2008-08-15)October 17, 2009
Alex and the gang put on a production of Treasure Island, but mid-performance, a Corespore blows sending Animalia into a treasure hunt frenzy. Alex and Zoe journey to "Over and Beyond" to find the missing Corespore, while trying to figure out what type of Corespore it is.
2911"Taking a Guilt Trip"John LoyAugust 22, 2008 (2008-08-22)October 24, 2009
Ever since Alex helped the Creeper escape from the portal, the boy has been wracked with guilt. Alex has the naive and unrealistic hope that he can convince the Creeper to turn over a new leaf. The Creeper is willing to play along with Alex...and try to lure Alex over to his side. In order to thwart the Creeper, Alex pretends to join the Creeper's cause.
3012"The Animal Within"Deanna Oliver & Sherri StonerAugust 29, 2008 (2008-08-29)October 31, 2009
When Alex and Zoe share a meal with the Horrible Hogs at the Elephants' Eatery, the kids are appalled by the Hogs' awful table manners, crudeness and limited social skills. The Hoity-Toity toucan overhears, and puts a spell on Alex and Zoe, making them Neanderthal versions of themselves. The Hogs agree to help Alex and Zoe.
3113"The Mystery of the Missing Melba"John LoySeptember 5, 2008 (2008-09-05)November 7, 2009
Alex gets a video camera for his birthday and he ends up doing video research, which turns into a "hard-boiled detective documentary" about the "missing Melba" - who's not really lost, just out shopping for ice cream to bring to Alex's birthday surprise party.
3214"Scary Story Go Round"John Loy & Tom RueggerSeptember 12, 2008 (2008-09-12)November 14, 2009
Once a year, Animalia celebrates with the traditional story-telling game called "Scary-Story-Go Round". Everyone in Animalia takes a turn to tell (make up) one continuous and very scary story.
3315"The Ballad of the Creeper"Tom RueggerSeptember 19, 2008 (2008-09-19)November 21, 2009
Following the blueprints of the scientist Peter Applebottom, the Creeper has invents a device that can corrupt the Corespore. By corrupting the Corespore, the Creeper turns all Animalians including Alex and Zoe into ninnies. The only species not affected by the corruption is gorillas. Thus, G'Bubu must lead the quest to restore the Corespore and free Animalia from ninni-ness.
3416"From A to Z"Mark Seidenberg & Tom RueggerSeptember 26, 2008 (2008-09-26)November 28, 2009
When pages disappear from Animalia's Big Book of Words, Animalians lose the ability to use those words. As their vocabularies shrink, the chaos in Animalia grows. Alex and Zoe must find why the pages are disappearing and restore the words to Animalia.
3517"The Dragon and the Night"John P. McCann, Deanna Oliver & Tom RueggerOctober 3, 2008 (2008-10-03)December 5, 2009
A Corespore blasts off and flies to the land of "Over and Beyond", where fictional characters live. With this Corespore missing, Animalians seem not to be able to agree about anything. A Zebra Zeppelin reconnaissance mission reveals that the missing Corespore is now in the possession of Dagmont the Dragon, and Iggy is sent over to retrieve the missing Corespore and, he hopes, restore peace and tranquility to Animalia.
3618"Tomorrow"John LoyOctober 10, 2008 (2008-10-10)December 12, 2009
Alex and Zoe join forces to write an original sci-fi story entitled "Tomorrow." The story postures that "if the world is going to end tomorrow, what would you do?" Alex and Zoe learn that compromise is a big part of collaboration, even as the story gets out of control and Animalians believe they are doomed.
3719"Guardians of the Core"Deanna OliverOctober 17, 2008 (2008-10-17)December 19, 2009
Alex finds the Guardians of the Core Guidebook, which provides words and phrases that can help the Core. But when Alex isn't careful with the words he uses the Core becomes a musical jukebox causing Animalias to sing and dance uncontrollably. In the Catacombs, Alex and Zoe discover that they are the "Guardians of the Core" with special powers to help heal the Core. They restore peace to Animalia by singing the Core a lullaby.
3820"Paradise Found"John P. McCann, Deanna Oliver & Tom RueggerOctober 24, 2008 (2008-10-24)January 9, 2010
With the Creeper gone and peace restored to Animalia, Alex and Zoe decide it's time to go home. Livingstone also decides to take a much needed break, but before he can go, he must choose a new leader. Allegra and Tyrannicus vie for the position, but ultimately Livingstone knows that a good leader must lead with his heart and he gives the Coconut of Command to G'Bubu and Iggy.
3921"Back to the Present"John P. McCann, Deanna Oliver & Tom RueggerOctober 31, 2008 (2008-10-31)January 16, 2010
After a few days in the "real world," Alex and Zoe miss Animalia and want to return. But when they arrive, the city is in disrepair. They discover that time in Animalia moves at a different rate and a few days in their world is over a year in Animalia. Much to their surprise, G'Bubu and Iggy are no longer the leaders of Animalia, and instead King Tyrannicus is ruling the city. Alex and Zoe join the fight against Tyrannicus's oppressive rule and in a surprise write-in campaign become the rulers of Animalia themselves.
4022"What the World Needs Now"John P. McCann, Deanna Oliver & Tom RueggerNovember 7, 2008 (2008-11-07)January 23, 2010
The Creeper is back and he uses his knowledge of the Core to gain power and force the Animalians to do his bidding. Alex and Zoe are sent to "protective custody", while G'Bubu and Iggy are searching the portals for Livingstone. Livingstone is brought back to Animalia and must face a super-charged Creeper for the final rule of Animalia.


The series is computer-animated, and 40 half-hour episodes were produced by Animalia Productions, based at Village Roadshow Studios in Queensland, and visual effects companies Photon VFX, and Iloura Digital Pictures.[3] The animation was rendered by Autodesk Maya.


The series was first conceived in 1999 when Australian producer Ewan Burnett met with Base, and obtained the rights to an adaptation of the best-selling book. In early 2002, Burnett finalised the funding arrangements with Australian and international broadcast partners and investors, but the project was delayed when the British government revised the United Kingdom's taxation laws so that projects claiming special tax status had to be delivered in the financial year they were claimed. After three years of re-financing, Animalia began production in 2005.[4]

The book on which the series was based is a picture book with each spread depicting an elaborate illustration in which every animal and object begins with a particular letter of the alphabet. As there was no coherent narrative or central characters, these were developed with the concept of a fantasy world where animals of all kinds intermingled and interacted becoming the central theme.

As the series was to be broadcast internationally, the alphabetical theme central to the book was dropped, as it was based on the English language alphabet and would lose its meaning if the program were dubbed into other languages.


BBC Worldwide[5] initially handled distribution in all territories except for North America, where PorchLight Entertainment distributed the series.[5] In December 2009, Cyber Group Studios took over global distribution rights from both companies.[6]

The series began running in Australia on Network Ten at noon on Sundays beginning on November 11, 2007, and also on Nickelodeon since May 2008. In the United Kingdom it aired on CBBC on BBC One beginning on November 19, 2007. The series also aired in the United States on PBS Kids Go! beginning on January 5, 2008.

As of November 3, 2008, the show is also running on NRK in Norway. In Latin America, the series began running on Animal Planet and later in Venezuela on Tves. In India, the show is broadcast on Cartoon Network India.[citation needed]

The other broadcast partners and investors in the series have not yet announced their broadcast schedules. The international networks involved in the production are: the BBC in the United Kingdom and CBC in Canada. The series will also be broadcast by SABC 2 in South Africa,[7] Al Jazeera and in Israel.[4]

Home media releases


Critical response

A reviewer for The New York Times commented that the phrase "'based on the book by' may never have been stretched so far" in the creation of this TV series, while characterizing it as "weird" and "intermittently interesting."[10]


In 2008, Animalia was nominated for BAFTA Children's Kids Vote Award.[11]

In 2009, composer Christopher Elves won a Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for his work on Animalia's musical score.[12]


The annual Screen Music Awards are presented by Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC).


PorchLight Entertainment owned worldwide licensing and merchandising rights to the series while BBC Worldwide handled the UK, Australia and New Zealand.[5]

In 2008, BBC Children's Books and the Penguin Group published four books by Mandy Archer based on the series: the Animalia Colouring Book, the Animalia Sticker Activity Book, plus two storybooks, Animalia: Hello, we must be going and Animalia: Goodbye, we must be staying which were based upon the first and second episodes of the same name and adapted from the scripts by Tom Ruegger. All four books have text and design by Children's Character Books and all but the colouring book are heavily illustrated with colour screenshots from the series.


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  2. ^ Animalia prepares to launch on-air on Ten Archived 2 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Digital Media World.
  3. ^ Animalia Animation Series To Be Made Archived 15 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Photon VFX, 2 October 2006
  4. ^ a b Kalina, Paul: Series that (almost) never was, The Age, 8 November 2007
  5. ^ a b c "Animalia adds CBC to growing list of broadcasters".
  6. ^ "Cyber Group Studios Takes over Worldwide Distribution and Licensing of Emmy Award Winning Series "Animalia"". 5 October 2009.
  7. ^ TVSA Mini-Site
  8. ^ Lambert, David. "Animalia DVD news: Press Release". PorchLight Home Entertainment. Archived from the original on 8 February 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Animalia: Volume 1". 1 May 2012 – via Amazon.
  10. ^ NY Times staff (4 January 2008). "Boy and Girl Meet Beasts, Armadillo to Zany Zebra". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  11. ^ "CHILDREN'S AWARDS NOMINATIONS". BAFTA. Archived from the original on 31 October 2008.
  12. ^ Hurst, Brian: Qld composer hits the big time with Animalia score, Brisbane Times, 30 August 2009.
  13. ^ "2008 Winners – Screen Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 8 March 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2010.