Timothy Goes to School
GenreChildren's television series
Comedy
Slice of life
Preschool
Based onBooks written by Rosemary Wells
Developed byKate Barris
Directed byGary Hurst
Voices ofAustin Di Iulio
Lisa Yamanaka
Alyson Court
Max Morrow
Mag Ruffman
Darren Frost
Rob Stefaniuk
Tracy Ryan
Laurie Elliott
Joanne Vannicola
Linda Kash
Fiona Reid
Jamie Watson
Theme music composerStan Meissner
Opening themeIt's a Brand New Day
Ending themeIt's a Brand New Day (instrumental)
ComposerStan Meissner
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Hong Kong
Original languagesEnglish
Chinese
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (52 segments)
Production
Executive producers
Running time26 minutes (2 13-minute segments)
Production companiesNelvana Limited
Animation Services (Hong Kong) Limited
Silver Lining Entertainment Ltd.
Original release
NetworkTVOntario (Canada)
Knowledge Network (Canada)
Access (Canada)
Saskatchewan Communications Network (Canada)
PBS Kids (U.S.)
ReleaseSeptember 30, 2000 (2000-09-30) –
January 26, 2002 (2002-01-26)

Timothy Goes to School is a preschool children's animated television series based on books written by Rosemary Wells, but is titled after the book of the same name.[1] The series is a co-production with Nelvana Limited and Animation Services (Hong Kong) Limited, in association with Silver Lining Entertainment Ltd. and produced in association with PBS and TVOntario with the participation of Knowledge Network, Access and Saskatchewan Communications Network.

The show premiered on September 30, 2000, and aired its final episode on January 26, 2002. The show aired on PBS Kids as part of the PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch block from 2000 until 2004.

Premise

Timothy Goes to School primarily focuses on a young enthusiastic anthropomorphic raccoon named Timothy (voiced by Austin Di Iulio), who attends kindergarten at a fictional place called "Hilltop School" along with ten other students (each of which are of different animals except for the Frank Twins and Claude). The kindergarten class is taught by Mrs. Jenkins, a comforting teacher who enjoys educating and helping her students.[2]

Characters

Below are the characters split up into three groups, children, adults, and others.

A majority of the characters were taken from other Rosemary Wells stories such as Shy Charles, Fritz and the Mess Fairy, Noisy Nora, and the Yoko and Friends: School Days book series.

Children

Adults

Others

There are several notable adults and relatives, though many only appear in a couple of episodes (Yoko's mother, Doris' brothers Horace, Morris and Boris, Nora's baby brother Jack, Charles' Auntie Bea, and the other children's parents (Timothy's mother and father, Doris' mother and father, Nora's mother and father, Charles' mother and father, Lilly's mother, Fritz's mother, Claude's father, Grace's mother and father, and Juanita's mother and father)). Yoko, Fritz, and Lilly do not appear to have their fathers while the Franks and Claude do not appear to have a mother, however, these situations are never stated in the show.

Episodes

Season 1 (2000)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [3][4]Original air date [3][4]
11"Timothy Goes to School/Yoko"September 30, 2000 (2000-09-30)

"Timothy Goes to School" – It's Timothy's first day of School, but one of Timothy's new classmates, Claude, questions him on his clothing choices.

"Yoko" – Yoko feels like an outcast when she is teased about her Japanese lunches. Mrs. Jenkins decides to sort this out by holding an "International Food Day".
22"On the Fritz/The Great Obstacle Course"October 7, 2000 (2000-10-07)

"On the Fritz" – Fritz makes a big mess and blames all of it on "the mess fairy". However, once the Franks find out about it, Fritz must own up.

"The Great Obstacle Course" – The children at Hilltop School run a Sports Day, but Claude and Grace are the only ones who care about winning.
33"Small Change/Shy Charles"October 14, 2000 (2000-10-14)

"Small Change" – Nora is reluctant to change her room or any change for that matter.

"Shy Charles" – Charles' shy nature proves to be problematic at times, but when he ends up in a problem that he needs to solve on his own, it's Charles to the rescue!
44"Don't Lose It Lilly/Frankless Frank"October 21, 2000 (2000-10-21)

"Don't Lose It Lilly" – The children respectfully show Lilly how she can remember everything.

"Frankless Frank" – Frank #1 has a fever and has to stay at home, and Frank #2 feels lonely.
55"Paint by Numbers/The Sleepover"October 28, 2000 (2000-10-28)

"Paint by Numbers" – Doris likes to paint abstract art, but the only person that she knows who appreciates it is Charles.

"The Sleepover" – After hearing that the mischievous Frank twins are coming over for a sleepover, Timothy hides his favorite stuffed toy penguin as he thinks that the Franks will make fun of him.
66"The Music Tree/Team Project"November 4, 2000 (2000-11-04)

"The Music Tree" – When Mrs. Jenkins plans to construct a Music Tree and plans a spring symphony with Yoko as the lead cast, Yoko gets stage fright.

"Team Project" – It's Team Project day at Hilltop School, and Timothy partners himself with Claude, but Claude refuses to let him to do any of the work.
77"Cherry Blossom/Talent Show"November 11, 2000 (2000-11-11)

"Cherry Blossom" – Yoko grows a Japanese Sakura plant, but soon starts to grow impatient. She learns that patience can make things grow faster than you think.

"Talent Show" – When Mrs. Jenkins holds a Talent Show, Grace is excited to perform her dances. However, after revealing that she has sprained her ankle, she is distraught about not performing. However, she realizes that her replacement role as director ends up being the most important role of them all.
88"Scary Monsters/Lifesaver Lilly"November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)

"Scary Monsters" – Nora is scared of Dinosaurs, which proves to be problematic when the class go on a field trip to the museum to see the dinosaurs.

"Lifesaver Lilly" – Hilltop School borrows the library's Goldfish while it is closed. Lily wants to look after the fish, but her classmates are skeptical about her remembering to look after it. However, when a snowstorm closes the school and freezes the water supply, Lily comes to the rescue.
99"Red Thunder/Putting It All Together"November 25, 2000 (2000-11-25)

"Red Thunder" – Timothy uses his new Red Thunder in a School Safety Day, but after experiencing Doris' brothers doing BMX skills afterwards, he learns why safety is important.

"Putting It All Together" – The children have to put together a jigsaw puzzle for a picnic in an hour, can they complete it in time?
1010"The Big Snowfall/Forever Friends"December 2, 2000 (2000-12-02)

"The Big Snowfall" – Doris unsuccessfully tries to show responsibility while looking after Lilly on her first snowfall.

"Forever Friends" – Timothy's friendship with Yoko becomes strained as Yoko has to practice her ballet recital with Grace.
1111"Taking the Plunge/Timothy's Way"December 9, 2000 (2000-12-09)

"Taking the Plunge" – It's the summer, and Claude is finding excuses not to swim. When Timothy finds out he can not swim, he takes it upon himself to teach Claude how to.

"Timothy's Way" – Timothy cannot think of anything to teach the children at school. Can his marble games help?
1212"The Treefort and the Sandcastle/Get Well Soon"December 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)

"The Treefort and the Sandcastle" – The children at school split themselves into a boys-only Treefort club and a girls-only sandcastle club. However, they soon get bored.

"Get Well Soon" – When Mrs. Jenkins has an injury, Miss Appleberry fills in as their substitute teacher. While everyone makes a get well soon card, Fritz is making something different with bugs, leftovers and worms. What unusual thing is he making?
1313"In the Spotlight/Fritz on the Move"December 23, 2000 (2000-12-23)

"In the Spotlight" – It's Charles' turn In the Spotlight, but his shy nature proves problematic, and he needs Timothy's help.

"Fritz on the Move" – When Timothy finds out that Fritz is moving away, he is very upset. Everyone shows him many ways to make him feel better and see Fritz again.

Season 2 (2001–02)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [3][4]Original air date [3][4]
141"Many Happy Returns/You're Invited"November 3, 2001 (2001-11-03)

"Many Happy Returns" – The students at Hiltop School remember the times they spent with Fritz, while Timothy finds out that Fritz has an even bigger surprise for him.

"You're Invited" – Everybody gets an invitation to Lilly's spring party except Doris. Thinking she is left out, Doris tries to be friendly to Lily, but her attempts prove to be problematic.
152"The Greatest/Rocky Friendship"November 10, 2001 (2001-11-10)

"The Greatest" – Because he found Nora's pet iguana, Timothy is forced to help all the children.

"Rocky Friendship" – When Charles and Fritz argue over a rare red rock, Timothy has to decide who should have it.
163"Two for Tea/Abracadabra"November 17, 2001 (2001-11-17)

"Two for Tea" – Yoko's mother comes to the school in order to demonstrate the Japanese tea ceremony called "Sado". However, Nora's conflicts with her ideas of parties, not understanding the differences between how Yoko does things and how she does things.

"Abracadabra" – When Grace peeks into Fritz's magic book and steals Fritz's magic talent, Fritz blames Timothy for supposedly telling her. Grace must admit to what she did before it's too late.
174"The Taketombo/Having a Wonderful Time"November 24, 2001 (2001-11-24)

"The Taketombo" – Yoko receives a Japanese toy called a Taketombo. However, when the Franks accidentally break it, they must find a way to repair it. They learn how they can turn a mistake into something even better.

"Having a Wonderful Time" – The students of the school visit Hilltop Park and Grace becomes ultra-prepared, but Lilly worries that she is not having fun.
185"The Shutterbug/The Friendship Stone"December 1, 2001 (2001-12-01)

"The Shutterbug" – Timothy brings a camera to the school, but when he takes his pictures, he thinks that none of the photographs are precise enough to be put in an album.

"The Friendship Stone" – Nora and Lilly exchange a lucky penny for a painted stone as they are real friends. But when Lily loses the stone, she thinks Nora won't be her friend anymore.
196"New Found Franks/When I Grow Up"December 8, 2001 (2001-12-08)

"New Found Franks" – The Franks always do things together, but when they decide to split up and see what it's like doing things separately, they learn that it's as fun to do things with their classmates as much as they do things together.

"When I Grow Up" – When Henry gets recognition for five years of safe bus driving, Mrs. Jenkins asks the children to share what they want to be when they grow up.
207"The School Play/Full of Beans"December 15, 2001 (2001-12-15)

"The School Play" – Yoko is chosen to be a tooth with a cavity in the school play about dental care, but she is not very satisfied with her part. Can she find a way to make her part fun?

"Full of Beans" – The Franks go too far with their jokes which makes all of the children, including each other, angry and wound up.
218"Read Me a Story/The Gift"December 22, 2001 (2001-12-22)

"Read Me a Story" – When Nora's Mum tells her that she can read all by herself now, Nora fears that her beloved storytime with her mother could come to an end.

"The Gift" – Nora wants to get a special gift for Yoko's birthday party, so she eats her least favorite cereal because it has an emerald ballet slipper as a prize.
229"Measuring Up/Lost and Found"December 29, 2001 (2001-12-29)

"Measuring Up" – Charles finds out that he is the smallest in the class, but he finds out that Doris, who is the biggest in the class, is the youngest in her family.

"Lost and Found" – When Yoko's mother shows her a special set of netsuke figures made by Yoko's grandfather, she allows Yoko to take them in for In the Spotlight. However, they get stolen by somebody, and nobody knows who has taken them, leaving Yoko very sad.
2310"Professor Fritz/Two Tutu Friends"January 5, 2002 (2002-01-05)

"Professor Fritz" – Fritz develops a rocket experiment for an open house day, but after the experiment goes wrong, Fritz just gives up and loses his self-confidence.

"Two Tutu Friends" – Grace invites Doris to her ballet class. However, a quarrel over an accident Grace has causes them to split up.
2411"My Family/Just in Time"January 12, 2002 (2002-01-12)

"My Family" – Nora is tired of having her baby brother Jack, but she soon learns what fun an infant sibling can be.

"Just in Time" – Lilly puts her favorite doll Thumbelina in the time capsule box, but soon she begins to regret it.
2512"Charles the Athlete/Be My Valentine"January 19, 2002 (2002-01-19)

"Charles the Athlete" – When Charles finishes last in a race, The Franks want to teach Charles how to be an athlete, but he does not show any interest.

"Be My Valentine" – Lilly, Yoko, Charles and Timothy make Valentine's Day cards for each other, but Lilly mixes them up and puts them in the wrong cubbies.
2613"Mama Don't Go/Making New Friends"January 26, 2002 (2002-01-26)

"Mama Don't Go" – Juanita is new to Hilltop School. Timothy and Yoko help her manage without her needing her mother with her.

"Making New Friends" – Juanita struggles to make new friends, so Timothy, who becomes the Captain of the Ship of Friends of the class, shows her what fun she could discover.

Telecast

Timothy Goes to School was first premiered on September 30, 2000, and aired its final episode on January 26, 2002. The show aired on PBS Kids as a segment on the PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch block from 2000 until 2004. The show was aired in the U.S. on the channels PBS Kids, Discovery Kids, and Qubo.[5]

In Canada, the show has aired on various Canadian television stations, with reruns later airing on Treehouse TV.

In foreign countries, the show also aired on the United Kingdom's digital TV channel Tiny Pop, Israel on Hop! under the Hebrew title "טימותי הולך לבית הספר", in the Middle East on Almajd TV Network, and in Latin America on ZAZ. In Brazil, the show was aired on TV Cultura in 2003 until 2007.

As of 2022, the show is now streaming on Tubi.

Home Media

In the mid-2000s, KaBoom! Entertainment has released several DVD releases of the series in Canada.

A DVD titled "Lessons Learned" was released by the US distributor FUNimation Entertainment in 2004, under the Our Time Family Entertainment imprint.

A DVD of the series was released in the United Kingdom by Maverick Entertainment in 2004. Two more DVDs titled "New Friends" and "When I Grow Up" were released by FremantleMedia in 2008 and 2009.

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 643–644. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 850. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ a b c d "Timothy Goes to School – Episodes". TV Guide. Archived from the original on June 26, 2020. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "Timothy Goes to School – Episode Guide". Zap2it. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Timothy goes to school". qubo.com. 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-06-10.