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|Created by||Martin Handford|
|Developed by||Rowby Goren|
|Written by||David Schwartz
Evelyn A-R Gabai
|Creative director(s)||Mike Gornall|
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Martin Handford
|Editor(s)||Richard S. Gannon
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Sei Young Animation Co., Ltd.
The Waldo Film Company
The Children's Channel
|Original release||September 14 – December 14, 1991|
Where's Wally?: The Animated Series (called Where's Waldo? in North America) is a joint venture between American/Canadian/British animated television series production, distributed by DIC Entertainment and The Waldo Film Company. The television series aired on CBS Kids for one season (1991–92) and later reaired on Nickelodeon. The program's opening song "Where's Wally?" was composed by Michael Tavera. It was later followed by a couple of straight-to-video films which had a different voice cast except for Julian Holloway. The distribution rights to the show are currently held by HIT Entertainment.
The show follows the adventures of Wally/Waldo and his dog Woof, who were already established stars of the Where's Wally? picture book series. The Where's Wally? TV Show brought the gangly man in the striped shirt and ski cap to Saturday morning TV. The cartoon Where's Waldo? went beyond the books' original concept, giving the characters depth and giving reasons for their adventures.
Wally/Waldo and his dog Woof travel to distant lands, solving mysteries and lending a helping hand wherever they could. With the help of his magic walking stick, Wally/Waldo could travel through space and time or travel to far off magical lands. Often sent by Wizard Whitebeard to help solve a puzzle, or mysteries, Where's Waldo? was a 1/2 hour puzzle of clues and riddles. The evil Waldo lookalike Odlaw was the show's villain, constantly plotting to steal Waldo's magic stick. In each episode Odlaw would team up with the other villains from the far-off lands to help get the magic stick, while Waldo and Woof teamed up with other land's "good-guys" to help with their problems. Waldo stayed true to the books' premise by means of the "Waldo's Minutes," during which the screen froze for a full minute so the viewer at home could try to find Wally. This kind of segment aired twice per episode.
The Where's Wally? cartoon was nominated for the "1992 annual Young Artist Award" for Outstanding New Animation Series but lost the award to Back to the Future: The Animated Series (also on CBS). The show lasted only one season on CBS airing 13 episodes between September 14, 1991 and December 14, 1991, before being cancelled because of low ratings (as a result of direct competition from NBC's juggernaut Saved by the Bell). Reruns of the episodes aired on CBS until September 5, 1992.
In 1992, Little, Brown and Company released two Waldo books based on the adventures and characters from the Where's Waldo? TV Show. Fun with Waldo and More Fun with Waldo, featured print versions of many of the "Waldo Minute" freeze-frame scenes, along with new puzzles and things to spot in each picture.
To meet the needs of international viewers in the US and Canada, a second audio track was recorded using the same vocal actors – the name "Wally" was replaced entirely with "Waldo", the name of the books' character in the US and Canada. Other international versions were produced dubbed in entirely in German, French, Italian, Japanese and other languages (many times with Wally's name being changed to match that country's name from the original books).
The animated show was released in Australia on the May 7, 2009 with Where’s Wally? Vol.1 – My Left Fang. As of February 3, 2013, HIT Entertainment has yet to announce any plans for a US DVD release of the show. However, episodes were previously released on videocassette in the 1990s by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Fox Kids Video and CBS Video.
|VHS title||Release date||Episodes|
|Where's Waldo? My Left Fang||1992||My Left Fang, Forest Women, The Great Ball Game.|
|Where's Waldo? It's a Gruel, Gruel World||1993||It's A Gruel, Gruel World, Draining The Deep, 'The Underground Hunters.|
|Where's Waldo? The Land of the Carpet Flyers||1993||The Land of the Carpet Flyers|
|Where's Waldo? The Land of the Lost Pyramid||1994||The Land Of The Lost Pyramid, Ahead Of The Future, The Unfriendly Giant|
|Where's Waldo? The Biggest Ever Video||1994||A Stone Age Story, Viking Fling, The Living Exhibits, It's A Gruel, Gruel World, Draining The Deep, The Underground Hunters, My Left Fang, Forest Women, The Great Ball Game|
|Where's Waldo? The Unfriendly Giant||1994||The Unfriendly Giant, The Land Of The Lost Pyramid|