Series / Amazing Animals

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Henry's Amazing Animals (more commonly known as Amazing Animals) is an educational children's nature program originally broadcast on the Disney Channel in 1996.

The show centers around the interactions of Henry the Lizard and an unseen, unnamed narrator. Each episode centers on a specific theme relating to its subject matter. In each episode, Henry faces a problem of some sort, which is resolved by the end of the episode.


This series includes examples of:

  • Ambiguously Human: The caveman in "Prehistoric Animals", resembling the gorilla, is the closest thing to a human character in the show, besides maybe the narrator.
  • The Board Game: Believe it or not. It didn't last that long, though.
  • Catch Phrase: Several.
    • "Excuse me, that's amazing!"
    • "And that's straight from the lizard's mouth! So did I get an A or what?"
      • "Even an 'or what' would be too good for that."
      • "Another Z for the collection."
      • "Didn't I even get one right?" "Not even one, Henry." "Rats."
    • "It's time for your report."
    • "And now, ladies and gentle-lizards, it's time for Henry's Amazing Golden Gecko Awards!"
    • "Oh, I do love when you're precise."
    • "Come on, Henry, you expect anyone to believe that?"
      • "Mmm... yeah!"
  • Continuity Nod: In episodes aired after "Seashore Animals", Henry's crab Tuesday becomes an occasional recurring character. Mostly in Henry's news report.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-Universe with Henry's reports.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Henry (and the narrator towards him sometimes).
  • Different in Every Episode: When Henry does his report, he brings his backpack searching for it tossing a pencilcase, a ball, and something related to the episode.
  • Excited Kids' Show Host: Henry falls under type 3 (the Informative Over Sixes Host).
  • Interactive Narrator: The narrator and Henry consistently talk to each other and make a few jabs at each others' expense.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Henry.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: The way the narrator reacts to most of Henry's jokes.
  • Leitmotif: A Mickey Mousing-esque bass beat for when Henry is moving, as well as the intro theme during certain animal lectures.
  • Medium Blending: Most of the time, the scene is blank white, sometimes with CGI objects and scenery, alongside CGI Henry and live-action animals. However, every episode involves animated, comedic shorts involving cartoon animals that loosely tie in the episode's theme.
  • Not So Above It All: Downplayed, but occasionally the narrator does things that would be expected of Henry, like getting freaked out by a moray eel (and Henry's reflection) in "Scary Animals", or fighting with Henry over looking through a pair of binoculars in "Animal Eggs".
  • Once per Episode: Henry's report and "Henry's Amazing Golden Gecko Awards".
  • Shout-Out: Henry manages to reference The Bee Gees in a spot about the jacana.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Henry.
    • Especially with his museum dedicated to himself in "Extinct Animals".
  • Something Completely Different: One episode ("Scaly Animals") had Henry saying the title card (interrupting the narrator in the process) and doing most of the narrating for the episode, while the narrator did the "special report" (even screwing it up intentionally to get back at Henry). The episode also ended in a musical number, unusual for the show.
  • Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying: The narrator refers to a snake that impersonates venomous coral snakes as a harmless milk snake with a ring pattern of red, yellow, and black. Unfortunately, the snake they show and the pattern he describes is of the actual coral snake.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The narrator is the straight man, and Henry is the wise guy.
  • Talking Animal: Henry.
  • Time Travel: Two episodes involves one: "Prehistoric Animals" (both Henry and the cartoon rooster) and "Extinct Animals" (just the rooster).
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: One of the cartoon animals.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The focus of an entire segment of each episode, where Henry clearly didn't do any research for his report and explains 'facts' about animals that are clearly false (such as passenger pigeons building flying saucers and leaving Earth, or basking sharks being island-eating, cold-blooded killers). The Narrator has to step in at the end to explain the truth.
  • The Voiceless: The characters of said cartoon shorts.


Alternative Title(s): Henrys Amazing Animals

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