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Rolie Polie Olie
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Also known asWilliam Joyce's Rolie Polie Olie
GenreComic science fiction
Science fantasy
Created byWilliam Joyce
Written by
  • Nadine van der Velde
  • Scott Kraft
  • Carol Commiss
  • Melissa Clark
    Ben Joseph
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Brent Barkman
  • Pete Coulman
Opening theme"Rolie Polie Olie" by Brent Barkman and Pete Coulman
Ending theme"Rolie Polie Olie" (instrumental)
Composers
  • Brent Barkman
  • Pete Coulman
  • Tim Thorney
  • Tom Thorney
  • Carl Lenox
  • Eric Schenkman (season 6)
Country of originFrance
Canada
Original languagesEnglish
French
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes78 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Corinne Kouper (seasons 1-5)
  • Pamela Slavin (season 1)
  • Pamela Lehn (seasons 2-5)
  • Susie Grondin (season 6)
Running time24 minutes
Production companiesNelvana
Métal Hurlant Productions (seasons 1-5)
Sparx* (seasons 1-5)
Sparkling Animation (season 6)
DistributorBuena Vista Television (United States)
Nelvana International (International)
Release
Original networkCBC Television (Canada)
La Cinquième/France 5 (France)
Disney Channel (United States)
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseOctober 4, 1998 (1998-10-04)[1] –
April 28, 2004 (2004-04-28)

Rolie Polie Olie is a computer-animated children's television series produced by Nelvana and created by William Joyce. The show focuses on a little robot who is composed of several spheres and other three-dimensional geometric shapes.[2] The show was one of the earliest series that was fully animated in CGI. Rolie Polie Olie ran from October 4, 1998, to April 28, 2004. It aired on reruns on Disney Junior from March 23, 2012, until September 28, 2014. Two straight-to-video films based on the series (The Great Defender of Fun and The Baby Bot Chase) were released in 2002 and 2003 respectively.

Rolie Polie Olie won a Gemini Award in Canada for "Best Animated Program" in 1999. The show also won a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Special Class Animated Program" in 2000 and 2005. William Joyce won a 1999 Daytime Emmy for Best Production Design for this series.[citation needed] The show has a vintage atmosphere, with futuristic elements.[3]

The first five seasons were made available on Disney+ in the United States on September 29, 2021.

Synopsis

The show focuses on the Polie family, who live in a teapot-shaped house in a geometric world (Planet Polie) populated by robot-based characters. The stories revolve around a young robot named Olie learning life lessons and going on wacky adventures (either real or imaginative) while growing up. These often include his younger sister Zowie, his inventor father, his hard-working mother, his fun-loving grandfather Pappy, and his dog Spot. Although most of the main cast consists of circular bots, other characters are featured in other shapes, such as Olie's friend Billy Bevel and his family, who are square-shaped bots from Planet Cubey.

Characters

Voice cast

Episodes

Main article: List of Rolie Polie Olie episodes

Season Episodes Original
First Last
1 13 October 4, 1998 December 30, 1998
2 13 June 8, 1999 November 27, 1999
3 13 January 11, 2000 March 1, 2001
4 13 July 4, 2001 October 25, 2001
5 13 December 11, 2001 June 14, 2002
6 13 September 21, 2002 April 28, 2004
Movies 2 August 13, 2002 June 3, 2003


References

  1. ^ Animation World Magazine, "Tooning in the 1998 Fall Season"
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 517. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 687. ISBN 978-1476665993.