True and the Rainbow Kingdom
Created by
Based onArtworks by FriendsWithYou (Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III)
Developed by
  • Mary Bredin
  • Frank Falcone
Directed by
  • Mark Thornton & Todd Kauffman
  • Harold Harris
  • Jamie Whitney
Creative directors
  • Brandon James Scott (design)
  • Yurie Rocha (production)
Voices of
Music by
  • Lorenzo Castelli
  • Joe Coupal
  • For Eggplant:
  • Steve D'Angelo
  • Terry Tompkins
Opening theme"She's True!"
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3 (including 2 standalone series)
No. of episodes29 (including 10 additional episodes)
Executive producers
  • Erin Mackie
  • Jiro C. Okada
  • Supervising producers:
  • Christina Rotsaert
  • Nora Keely
  • Tom Berger
  • Kelly Carlson
  • Rajo Zakic
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkNetflix (US)
CBC Television (Canada)
ReleaseAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11) –
August 30, 2019 (2019-08-30)

True and the Rainbow Kingdom is an animated children's television series produced by Home Plate Entertainment and Guru Studio in collaboration with American artist duo FriendsWithYou and Pharrell Williams' I Am Other. Based on the artwork by FriendsWithYou,[1][2][3] it aired on CBC Television in Canada and streamed exclusively on Netflix everywhere else.

The 10-episode first season of the series was released on Netflix on August 11, 2017,[4] which led to two five-episode spin-off series, Season 2, titled True: Magical Friends and True: Wonderful Wishes, both of which debuted on June 15, 2018.[5] The series was renewed for a 4-episode second season of the series, titled Mushroom Town, which was released on Netflix on May 3, 2019.[6] True Tunes was released on July 12 on Netflix, with 8 new tracks. The series finale, titled Wild Yetis, was released on August 30, 2019.

The series was broadcast in the UK as a TV show on Tiny Pop from April 4, 2020 until March 2023.[7][failed verification]


True and the Rainbow Kingdom follows True and her best friend Bartleby the Cat, as they help the whimsical citizens of the Rainbow Kingdom, a wondrous, colorful universe filled with delightful and fantastical citizens. True is the only one with the ability to activate the magical powers of The Wishes of the Wishing Tree, solve problems in the Rainbow Kingdom, and empower viewers with her imagination, mindfulness, and empathy.

Development and production

The series was originally announced in March 2013. Titled Wish Come True at that time after the eponymous designer toys by FriendsWithYou, it was planned to have 10 half-hour episodes in a season, as produced by Home Plate Entertainment.[8]

In June 2015, TVO has announced 5 new titles for their line-up of preschool series. Among them was True and the Rainbow Kingdom, and this time, it was announced to have ten 22-24-minute episodes in a season and slated to be released in 2017. In the announcement, Pharrell Williams' I Am Other was also included in the list of companies.[1][2][3]


Other characters

Rainbow citizens


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)January 26, 2018 (2018-01-26)
210June 2, 2018 (2018-06-02)June 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)
39May 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)August 30, 2019 (2019-08-30)

Season 1 (2017)

The first season of the series, entitled The Rainbow Kingdom, was released on Netflix on August 11, 2017.[4]

No. in
TitleWritten byHigh-Tech Channel air date
11"Super Duper Dance Party"John SlamaAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
True and Bartleby team up to get a dejected DJ back in the groove after Grizelda shakes his confidence on the day of the Rainbow King's dance party. Bingo Bango is a little more impatient with Grizelda and he does not like Grizelda doubting him in the grand hall in her castle.
22"Frookie Sitting"Doug SinclairAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
True and Bartleby get more than they bargained for when they agree to castle-sit for the Rainbow King and watch Frookie while Grizelda's away.
33"Zappy Cling!"John SlamaAugust 18, 2017 (2017-08-18)
After mishandling Zee's powerful Zingy Zapper, an increasingly bulky Bartleby can't seem to stop objects from sticking to him.
44"Zip Zap Zooooom!"Tom K. MasonAugust 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)
Grizelda is determined to win the kingdom's first Great Rainbow Rally, but her self-centred driving throws the rest of the racers off course.
55"A Royal Stink"Doug SinclairSeptember 22, 2017 (2017-09-22)
It's up to True to rid the kingdom of a horrible smell when the Rainbow King goes away on family business and makes her Queen for a Day.
66"Great Grizmos!"MCM & Craig YoungSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
Following Grizelda's orders, the Grizmos build the most dazzling tower in the kingdom, but due to so many crystals, her castle starts to sink.
77"Little Helpers"Carolyn HayOctober 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)
The little helpers are so busy doing small jobs for everyone that some of the big tasks are falling between the cracks.
88"Wishing Heart Hollow"Dave DiasJanuary 12, 2018 (2018-01-12)
The Rainbow King needs True's help with a situation involving water and giant plants but his Face Bubble message keeps breaking up.
99"The Kittynati"Diana MooreJanuary 19, 2018 (2018-01-19)
Led by a message mouse, Bartleby goes to the Black Tabby Dojo for ninja training so that he can earn his Red Tabby Belt.
1010"A Berry Big Mystery"Diana MooreJanuary 26, 2018 (2018-01-26)
Someone has been snatching up all the nummie berries in the Rainbow Valley so True and Bartleby search for the culprit.

Season 2 (2018)

The second season of True and the Rainbow Kingdom, entitled True: Magical Friends and True: Wonderful Wishes, was released as a standalone series on Netflix on June 18.[5]

No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal release date
True: Magical Friends
111"Princess Grizbot"Doug SinclairJune 15, 2018
Grizelda's Grizmos build her a giant robot so she can keep the people of Rainbow Kingdom safe, but she's doing it for all the wrong reasons.
122"Hino Tari Hullabaloo"Tom K. MasonJune 15, 2018
Big problems arise when a too-busy True offers to watch a valuable egg for the Rainbow King, then puts Bartleby in charge of baby-sitting.
133"Queens of the Day and Night"Amy BenhamJune 22, 2018
The Rainbow Kingdom comes to a standstill when the Day Queen and the Night Queen decide to stick the sun and moon together.
144"True Switcheroo"Doug SinclairJune 29, 2018
After digging up a powerful crystal that smells like peppermint, True and Bartleby switch places and get trapped inside each other's bodies.
155"Fee Fi Fo Frookie"MCM & Craig YoungJuly 6, 2018
When Frookie and Bartleby get stuck inside a troll's twisty maze, True and Grizelda must work together to rescue them.
True: Wonderful Wishes
166"The Living Sea"John SlamaNovember 9, 2018
A day at the beach goes awry when sea blubbs begin beaching themselves due to the warming sea water, prompting True and Bartleby to investigate.
177"Cosmic Sneeze"MCM & Craig YoungNovember 16, 2018
Whenever the Rainbow King sneezes, everything in the kingdom changes colour. True and Bartleby must go on an epic journey to find the cure.
188"Woo-Woo Sky Blubbs"MCM & Craig YoungJanuary 11, 2019
True helps Bartleby overcome his anxiety about sky blubbs as they help guide the family of the flying creatures back to their distant home in the chilly north.
199"Wish Gone Wild"Tom K. MasonJanuary 18, 2019
The kingdom is in danger of being completely erased when a fledgling Wish named Goway gets loose before he has learned to control his powers.
2010"Big Mossy Mess"Jamie WhitneyJanuary 25, 2019
When Bartleby brings home some special Zazoony Moss, it suddenly starts to grow like crazy, and it's up to True to stop its spread before the moss covers the entire Rainbow Kingdom.

Season 3 (2019)

The third season of True and the Rainbow Kingdom, entitled Mushroom Town and Wild Wild Yetis, was released on Netflix on May 3 and August 30, 2019.[6]

No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal release date
Mushroom Town
211"Where's Cumulo?"Heather JacksonMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
True didn't want to hurt Cumulo's feelings, but now the small cloud is hidden, and it's nowhere to be found when the Rainbow Kingdom needs it.
222"A Snoozy Sleepover"John SlamaMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
When True invites her friends to a slumber party, the Rainbow King accidentally "sleeps-floats"; True's wishes have to help bring him back.
233"True's Birthday Party"Tom BergerMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
Everyone is preparing thoughtful surprises for True's birthday, including Grizelda, but a difficult situation leaves everything out of control.
244"The Big Green Bounce"Tom BergerMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)
On the day of the Maker Shaker Expo, Grizelda's machine goes crazy and turns the citizens of the Rainbow Kingdom into inflatable green glitters. During a big warning, True continues to say that Grizelda's machine drinks water, and citizens are splashed by it, then they become dotted with moles, then they inflate and then bounce a lot. The Rainbow King also becomes an inflatable green bling. The inflatable green bling bling are white balls with green spots.
Wild Wild Yetis
255"Itty Bitty Yeti"Steve WestrenAugust 30, 2019 (2019-08-30)
A Birdaloo tells True and Bartleby that a Yeti baby is about to be born, but when the word spreads, the kingdom goes crazy, and only a wish can fix it.
266"Yeti Sitting"Ashley LanniganSeptember 5, 2019 (2019-09-05)
True, Bartleby and Grizelda agree on "yeti sitting" the triplets, but it is more difficult than they thought.
277"Mount Huffinpuff"John SlamaSeptember 12, 2019 (2019-09-12)
The Yetis bring True and Bartleby to their secret splash park and accidentally altered the volcano, Mount Huffinpuff.
288"Scratch and Share"Emer ConnonSeptember 19, 2019 (2019-09-19)
Two Yetis tribes get into a big argument about who should get the Great Scraper of the Endless Forest.
299"The Ni Ni Tree"Tom BergerSeptember 26, 2019 (2019-09-26)
Citizens do not understand the Yeti traditions and destroy their special lights. Meanwhile, Snik, True and Bartleby travel deep into the forest to find the magical Ni Ni tree.

Related productions

Dance and Sing with True (2018)

A collection of songs featuring characters from the show.

True Tunes (2019)

On July 12, 2019,[9] a collection of 8 original True and the Rainbow Kingdom-themed music videos were released on Netflix under the title True Tunes, featuring re-imagined versions of classic kids' songs based around the world and characters of the show.

True: Terrific Tales (2020)

A fairy-tale inspired spin-off series.[10]

Specials (2017)

A number of additional specials were released: the Valentines Day special TRUE: Happy Hearts Day, the Easter special TRUE: Wuzzle Wegg Day, the Halloween Special TRUE: Tricky Treat Day, the Christmas special TRUE: Winter Wishes, the Thanksgiving special TRUE: Grabbleapple Harvest,[11] the special TRUE: Rainbow Rescue,[12] and the special TRUE: Friendship Day.


A sneak peek screening of the series was held on July 10, 2017 at a Pacific Theatres venue at The Grove at Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Among the attendees and guests were Frank Falcone, Bill Schultz, Pharrell Williams, the FriendsWithYou duo, Kelly Rowland, Christina Milian, and Tyga.[13][14] The series was premiered on Netflix on August 11, 2017.[4]

The second season began in production in 2017, slated to premiere in 2018.[14][15] Later, Netflix announced that the second season would be released two standalone titles, True: Magical Friends and True: Wonderful Wishes, on June 15, 2018.[5][16][17]

On September 28, 2017, another season of the series, which was scheduled to debut in 2019, was announced.[14][18] The season, entitle Mushroom Town, was released on Netflix on May 3, 2019.[6]

On May 18, 2018, Netflix launched Dance and Sing with True, a collection of music videos for remixes of songs from the show. On October 2, 2018, Netflix announced they will release specials and shorts.[19] Shortly after, they confirmed another season.[20]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2019 Kidscreen Awards Best New Series[21][22] Nominated
Best Animated Series[21][22] Nominated
YMA Awards Best Program, Animation – Preschool[citation needed][23] Nominated
2020 8th Canadian Screen Awards Best Pre-School Program or Series True and the Rainbow Kingdom Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Preschool Animated Program Nominated[24][25]
2021 9th Canadian Screen Awards Best Pre-School Program or Series True and the Rainbow Kingdom Nominated
Shaw Rocket Fund Kids' Choice Award True and the Rainbow Kingdom Nominated
Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series Mark Thornton, Todd Kauffman - "Friendship Day" Nominated

Merchandises and other media

As announced in February 2017, Home Plate Entertainment has appointed Brand Central in Los Angeles as the licensing agent of True and the Rainbow Kingdom.[26] In August 2017, it was announced that Toy State has become the master toy licensee of the property, with first products to be released in fall 2018.[15] In May 2018 announcement, more licensees, as brokered by Brand Central, were added. One of the newly named license holders was Chouette, which was given master publishing rights. The announcement stated that the products would be launched in fall 2018 in the United States, and in 2019 the rest of the world.[27][28]


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