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|Where's Wally?: The Animated Series|
|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||23 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Sei Young Animation Co., Ltd.
The Waldo Film Company
ITV Network (CITV)
The Children's Channel
|Original run||September 14, 1991 – December 14, 1991|
Where's Wally?: The Animated Series (redubbed Where's Waldo?: The Animated Series in the United States and Canada) 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 (1991–1992) and later reaired on Nickelodeon.
The show follows the adventures of Wally 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 Wally?" went beyond the books' original concept, giving the characters depth and giving reasons for their adventures.
Wally 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 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 Wally" was a 1/2 hour puzzle of clues and riddles.
The evil Wally lookalike Odlaw was the show's villain, constantly plotting to steal Wally'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 Wally and Woof teamed up with other land's "good-guys" to help with their problems.
Wally stayed true to the books' premise by means of the "Wally'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 distribution rights to the show are currently held by HIT Entertainment.
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. Unverifiable rumors appeared stating that the show's return was expected in the late 1990s with expectations of Morgan Freeman voicing Wally, however due to casting issues the project fell through.
In 1992, Little, Brown and Company released two Wally books based on the adventures and characters from the Where's Wally TV Show. Fun with Wally and More Fun with Wally, featured print versions of many of the "Wally Minute" freeze-frame scenes, along with new puzzles and things to spot in each picture.
To meet the needs of international viewers in the USA 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 USA 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.
|VHS title||Release date||Episodes|
|Where's Wally? My Left Fang||1992||My Left Fang, Forest Women, The Great Ball Game.|
|Where's Wally? It's a Gruel, Gruel World||1993||It's A Gruel, Gruel World, Draining The Deep, 'The Underground Hunters.|
|Where's Wally? The Land of the Carpet Flyers||1993||The Land of the Carpet Flyers|
|Where's Wally? The Land of the Lost Pyramid||1994||The Land Of The Lost Pyramid, Ahead Of The Future, The Unfriendly Giant|
|Where's Wally? 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 Wally? The Unfriendly Giant||1994||The Unfriendly Giant, The Land Of The Lost Pyramid|
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