I Spy
Based onI Spy written by Jean Marzollo and photographed by Walter Wick
Voices ofTara Jayne
Ellen Lee
Cindy Creekmore
Big Al
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (52 segments)
Production
Executive producerDeborah Forte
ProducersJean Marzollo
Walter Wick
Running time22-24 minutes (2 11 minute segments)
Production companiesThe Ink Tank (Season 1)
JWL Entertainment Productions (Season 2)
Scholastic Media
Original release
NetworkHBO Family
ReleaseDecember 14, 2002 (2002-12-14) –
September 21, 2003 (2003-09-21)

I Spy is an American stop-motion/claymation television series that aired on the HBO Family digital pay-TV channel in the United States from December 14, 2002 to September 21, 2003, based on the children's book series created and written by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick.[1] Produced by The Ink Tank in season 1 and JWL Entertainment Productions in season 2 and Scholastic Media, the show lasted for two seasons and 52 episodes.

Synopsis

I Spy follows a young boy, Spyler, and his pet dog and best friend, CeCe. Each episode starts off similar, with Spyler and CeCe performing an activity or playing a game, only to discover that they need other items to perform their task. Their friend, Duck, arrives and asks the two what they're up to only to start a game of I Spy with them upon hearing that they need to find things. She proceedes to give Spyler and CeCe four (or sometimes three) items to find, which she says in a riddle, before driving off. Spyler and CeCe then start finding for the items, and after each item is found, they sing their "Whoop! We Found It!" song.

After two items are found, Spyler calls for their friend, Wheeler, to take the heavy items they found back home. Duck then appears again and tells them what they have found and the remaining two items they need to find in riddle. After all the items are found, Spyler and CeCe do their activity or game, using every item they found. Each episode also starts with a super challenge game, announced after the episode’s title, involving finding a certain number of a specific object throughout the episode, such as four wingnuts or six triangular blocks.

Characters

Episode guide

Season 1 (2002-2003)

  1. A Mumble Monster Mystery/CeCe’s Special Scrapbook - (December 14, 2002)
  2. A Bike I Like/A Tick-illy Hiccup - (December 15, 2002)
  3. A Broom, a Whistle, and a Drum/Sky High - (December 21, 2002)
  4. A Runaway Robot/A Little Lost Lamb - (December 22, 2002)
  5. A Starry Sky/Circus Things in Three Rings - (December 28, 2002)
  6. A Mumble Monster Picture Day/Clouds Rolled By - (December 29, 2002)
  7. A Thing That Flings/Seashells by the Seashore - (January 4, 2003)
  8. Home Run Fun/A Race in a High-Flying Place - (January 5, 2003)
  9. A Mumble Monster Mid-Day Snack/A Polka-Dot Puppet Princess - (January 11, 2003)
  10. A Rockin' Bronco/A Wish for a Fish - (January 12, 2003)
  11. A Bird I've Heard/A Super Silly Pizza - (January 18, 2003)
  12. An Out of Luck Truck/A Kite in Flight - (January 19, 2003)
  13. A Campfire Light Night/Freewheelin' Fun - (January 25, 2003)

Season 2 (2003)

  1. A Mumble Movie/A Book Wherever I Look - (June 29, 2003)
  2. A Surprise Before Your Eyes/Something Nice for the Mice - (July 6, 2003)
  3. A Marble Maze Craze/Toys That Roam - (July 13, 2003)
  4. A Rhyme Just in Time/A Toe-Tapping Talent Show - (July 20, 2003)
  5. Red She Said/One Quick Magic Trick - (July 27, 2003)
  6. A Superhero/A Silly Sleepover - (August 3, 2003)
  7. The Case of the Missing Truck/Something Really Cool - (August 10, 2003)
  8. The Best Car by Far/Something Fit for a Queen - (August 17, 2003)
  9. A Very Merry Musical/A Sled up Ahead! - (August 24, 2003)
  10. A Rundown Robot/A Game That's Not the Same - (August 31, 2003)
  11. A Dinosaur with a Scritch-Scratch Itch/Fun and a Hole-in-One! - (September 7, 2003)
  12. A 'Moo' in Act Two/A Train Back on Track - (September 14, 2003)
  13. Fun in the Jungle/A Squeeze For a Sneeze - (September 21, 2003)

Broadcast

The show originally aired on HBO Family on December 14, 2002 as part of its Jam (now HBO Kids) preschool block in the United States until it was removed in July 2011, along with the TV show Harold and The Purple Crayon. Qubo later aired this show from May 18, 2013 until September 25, 2015 along with other Scholastic shows the network aired. The show was also on Hulu until 2017. The show aired on Nick Jr. in the UK in 2003 until 2007. The show aired on ABC, as part of its ABC Kids block in Australia from 2003 to 2004.

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 425. ISBN 978-1476665993.