The Mighty Jungle (Canadian TV series)

The Mighty Jungle is a Canadian puppet series for preschoolers created by Jeff Rosen and Jason Hopley. The narrative of the story is largely crafted by a group of preschoolers who appear in live-action segments interspersed between puppet-acted scenes. It is co-produced by Halifax Film[1] and Decode Entertainment,[2] both DHX Media Companies;[3] it is produced in association with CBC Television.[4] The program is broadcast in Canada on CBC Television, a Canadian television network owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the national English-language public broadcaster, in the Kids' CBC programming block,[5] and in the United States on Sprout.

The Mighty Jungle
Created byJason Hopley
Jeff Rosen
StarringFrank Meschkuleit
Mike Petersen
Wendy Welch
Emilie-Claire Barlow
Jamie Bradley
Cheryl Wagner
Opening themeThe Mighty Jungle
Ending themeThe Mighty Jungle (Instrumental)
Composer(s)John Welsman
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes46
Production company(s)Decode Entertainment
Halifax Film
DistributorDecode Entertainment
Release
Original networkCBC Television
Picture format480p
Original release2007 
2008

Plot

Babu, along with his friends Bruce and Rhonda, explore many of the same issues that very young children face, such as wanting to win, feeling silly, or not knowing how much is "too much" of a good thing. As the story illustrating the day's theme is played out, the narrative occasionally pauses so that the live-action preschoolers can suggest a course of action for the puppet characters to take, and often the puppets will react to the advice they receive.

Characters

  • Babu (performed by Frank Meschkuleit) – Babu is a meerkat who isn't scared of anything. He is yellow and he has brown stripes on his body, brown hair, and a short bushy tail.
  • Bruce (performed by Mike Peterson) – Bruce is a gorilla who is always nervous. He is always having fun with the help of his friends and his safety helmet.
  • Rhonda (performed by Wendy Welch) – Rhonda is a rhinoceros that enjoys playing dress-up. She likes playing by the rules including the ones she makes up. She is orange. She has four hooves, an orange saddle, a long tail, and two tusks.

Cast

Puppeteers

  • Jamie Bradley – Wendall the Sloth, Mr. Bristle the Warthog, Pizza Monkey, Steven the Elephant, Baby Kico the Meerkat, Rainbow Unicorn, Dragon Dentist, Winter Wizard, Glinda the Stinky Flower, Eric the Baby Lion, Chocolate Marshmallow Monkey, Magical Unicorn, Chucky the Cheetah, Friendly Octopus, Baby Dinosaur, River Pigs.
  • Frank Meschkuleit – Babu the Meerkat
  • Mike Peterson – Bruce the Gorilla
  • Cheryl Wagner – Lala the Lion Cub
  • Wendy Welch – Rhonda

Episodes

  1. Planet Crazy November 3 2007
  2. Babysitting Kico November 10 2007
  3. Tag that Sloth November 17 2007
  4. The Magic Hat November 24 2007
  5. The Ice Cream Castle December 1 2007
  6. Dress-Up Tea Party December 8 2007
  7. Baby's Missing Ball December 15 2007
  8. Watch That Egg! December 22 2007
  9. Bruce's First Sleepover December 29 2007
  10. The Mighty Jungle Club January 5 2008
  11. Bananas for Bananas January 12 2008
  12. Queen Rhonda January 19 2008
  13. Spot the Giraffe January 26 2008
  14. It's Not Easy Being Stinky February 2 2008
  15. All That Sparkles February 9 2008
  16. Mighty Juice February 16 2008
  17. Jungle Picnic February 23 2008
  18. Jungle Snow Day March 1 2008
  19. Beehive Boogie March 8 2008
  20. Flower Picking Rules March 15 2008
  21. Jungle Campout March 22 2008
  22. Chocolate Marshmallow the Monkey March 29 2008
  23. Rhonda's Candy April 5 2008
  24. Wand-a-Rhonda April 12 2008
  25. Rhonda's Birthday April 19 2008
  26. Silly Day in the Jungle April 26 2008
  27. Babu and the Giant May 3 2008
  28. The Wishing Star May 10 2008
  29. Bruce's Surprise Party May 17 2008
  30. Rhonda's New Friend May 24 2008
  31. Bruce Loses His Helmet May 31 2008
  32. Friends for Life June 7 2008
  33. Mighty Jungle Safari June 14 2008
  34. Babu and the Tooth Fairy June 21 2008
  35. Cindergorrila June 28 2008
  36. Mighty Jungle Time Machine July 5 2008
  37. Space Pig July 12 2008
  38. Mighty Jungle Unicorn July 19 2008
  39. Mighty Jungle Parade July 26 2008
  40. Mighty Fast Babu August 2 2008
  41. Babu and the Itch August 9 2008
  42. Super Babu August 16 2008
  43. Under the Mighty Sea August 23 2008
  44. Rhonda's Makeover August 30 2008
  45. Monster Tea Party September 6 2008
  46. Mighty Banana Shortage September 13 2008

References

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