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Rolie Polie Olie
Also known asWilliam Joyce's Rolie Polie Olie
GenreComic science fiction
Science fantasy
Retrofuturism
Created byWilliam Joyce
Written by
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Brent Barkman
  • Pete Coulman
Opening theme"He's Rolie Polie Olie" by Brent Barkman and Pete Coulman
Ending theme"He's 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 episodes75 (228 segments) (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 (8 minutes for each individual episode)
Production companiesNelvana
Métal Hurlant Productions (seasons 1–5)
Sparx* (seasons 1–5)
Sparkling Animation (season 6)
Original release
NetworkCBC Television (Canada)
La Cinquième/France 5 (France)
ReleaseOctober 4, 1998 (1998-10-04)[1] –
April 28, 2004 (2004-04-28)

Rolie Polie Olie is an animated television series created by William Joyce, and is produced by Nelvana in co-production with French broadcaster La Cinquième/France 5, and was produced in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Disney Channel/Playhouse Disney in the United States. The show focuses on a little robot and his family who are 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. The series was broadcast from October 4, 1998, to April 28, 2004, and was followed with two straight-to-video films titled The Great Defender of Fun and The Baby Bot Chase, 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 and it is speculated that it may be set in the 1950s, while being influenced by 1930s rubber hose cartoons like Fleischer Studios.[3]

Synopsis

The show focuses on the Polie family, who live in a teapot-shaped house named Housey 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 Percy, his hard-working mother Polina, 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

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113October 4, 1998 (1998-10-04)December 30, 1998 (1998-12-30)
213June 8, 1999 (1999-06-08)November 27, 1999 (1999-11-27)
313January 11, 2000 (2000-01-11)March 1, 2001 (2001-03-01)
413July 4, 2001 (2001-07-04)October 25, 2001 (2001-10-25)
513December 11, 2001 (2001-12-11)June 14, 2002 (2002-06-14)
613September 21, 2002 (2002-09-21)April 28, 2004 (2004-04-28)
Movies2August 13, 2002 (2002-08-13)June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03)

Broadcast

The series reran in the United States on Disney Junior from March 23, 2012, until September 28, 2014.

In the United Kingdom it aired on the children's block of Channel 5, Milkshake!, from when it first aired all the way up until late 2007.

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

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.