In every generation dawns a most auspicious day, the day when four elevens meet, and sleepers have their say. The day to which the fickle sands of time and tide have run. The day when fate and prophecy, reveal the chosen one.Shoebox Zoo
is a fantasy
children's show developed by The BBC
in conjuction with various Canadian television companies. The series is a 26-episode series which ran from 2004 to 2005. Seemingly profiting of the live action and CGI animated characters of fellow BBC-funded show Ace Lightning
, the show involves a Scottish-American 11-year old girl with major angst
issues becoming involved in a fantasy world.
The plot involves 11-year-old girl Marnie McBride moving to Edinburgh, Scotland
, with her father to live a new life after her mother, Rosemary, died of unknown causes
, and hasn't really gotten over her passing yet. On her 11th birthday, Marnie and her dad, Ross, visit an old junk shop
where the elderly bearded shopkeeper gives Marnie an old shoebox containing four toy animals
that are in no way alive. However, it turns out that they are alive and are over 1,100 years old.
The show's intricate backstory is revealed, that the four toys — Edwin
— are all scholars trapped within their toy forms after stealing the Book of Forbidden Knowledge
from their mentor, the great wizard Michael Scot (actually based on a real philosopher and mathematician). Only The Chosen One
has the power to awaken the toys from their slumber, and must find the Book to reverse the spell used on them. But stalking Marnie from the shadows is the evil, bald magician Toledo the Shapeshifter who plans to use the Book's dark magic to Take Over the World
. Marnie is quickly thrown into the deep end, dealing with the magical world she discovers, her school life and slowly developing trauma of losing her mother which lingers for quite some time.
A second season was commissioned after the success of the first, involving Marnie and pals going to the United States after the Book turns out to be a copy, and the real one is hidden in the USA
. Marnie's emotional journey continues as she looks for the Book as Toledo initiates a second prophecy with the coming of the Dawn Queen, using Demonic Possession
to control the Dawn Queen's avatar Aurora Dexter to find the Book. There are numerous casualties along the way, with Marnie taking a brief walk on The Dark Side
. The show eventually ends on a No MacGuffin, No Winner
, ending with the hint of future events beyond the show's end, although no one seems to have been bothered to continue the show's story.
The show appeared to have a rather decent fanbase which had circulated around its (now defunct) Web site, but now the 'whole fandom' has vanished without a trace
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