What's the story, Wishbone?
PBS series in which Wishbone, a well-read Jack Russell Terrier, would dream and imagine himself as the hero of various stories and novels.
Wishbone was a real dog whose thoughts were expressed as a running voice-over.
All of the other characters in the stories being dramatized are humans. For instance, kids would get to see an otherwise dead-serious dramatization of Pride and Prejudice
in which Mr. Darcy is a cute little dog in a suit
. And everyone else is human. And everyone
acts as if the fact that Mr. Darcy is a talking dog
is absolutely nothing at all out of the ordinary
. Then again said dog is the one re-telling the stories and placing himself as certain characters.
In between the story-telling, there was typically a scenario in the real world that would mirror the events of the story, usually involving Wishbone's owner Joe and his friends David and Samantha. Sometimes, Joe's mother Ellen and their next-door neighbor/gardener/historical society member Wanda get involved, as well as other residents of their generic suburban settlement of Oakdale, Texas. Whether it is supposed to be the real
Oakdale is unknown.
In 1998, the TV movie, 'Wishbone's Dog Days of the West' was released.
Several book tie-in series were made, including The Adventures of Wishbone
(a series in the parallel-plots style of the show), Wishbone Classics
, which omitted the Joe et. al. plots in favor of less compressed
adaptations. This was the first of the tie-in novels series to be released, noticeably due to not being under the "Big Red Chair Books" label, Wishbone Mysteries
, which were mysteries involving Wishbone, Joe, and his friends, removing the classic story, and Wishbone: The Early Years
, which was a Spin-Off Babies
series about Wishbone as a puppy, in smaller stories such as Hansel and Gretel
, Jack and the Beanstalk
, etc., and were for younger readers.
Tropes in this series include: