(2007-2008) is an Australian children's television series based on the 1986 picture book of the same name by illustrator Graeme Base
The story involves two kids, Alex and Zoe, who happen to find a portal while visiting their town's library. This leads them to an alternate world named Animalia, populated with Talking Animals
who are able to live in peace and harmony thanks to an artifact called the Core
. However,the Core happens to suffer some kind of illness, resulting in it losing pieces regularly. Each piece has a specific function in Animalia's inhabitant's abilities to talk and act like humans, and losing a piece will inevitably provoke a weird side effect on everyone until the piece is put back in place. Being humans, Alex and Zoe are immune to those effects, resulting in them being in charge with collecting the pieces each time one is lost. They are assisted in this mission by G'bubu, a green gorilla, and Iggy, an Iguana.
The series mostly consist in a Piece of the week
scheme, each episode usually involving a losing piece of the Core and Alex and Zoe trying to find it. Season 2, however, goes for a slight Cerebus Syndrome
by introducing a new villain, the Creeper. Unlike all characters portrayed before, the Creeper was an actually evil character, and caused the series to get a bit darker.
- Adaptation Expansion: It was originally a picture book, after all.
- And the Adventure Continues: the series ends with a portail being now opened between Earth and Animalia, allowing both Zoe and Alex to go back home and the Animalians to visit Earth.
- All-CGI Cartoon
- Alliterative Name: EVERYONE.
- Big Bad: the Creeper, in season 1 finale and season 2.
- Cosmic Keystone: The Core.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Iggy the iguana.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: Ride of the Valkyries were used during action scenes.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: averted; the only reptilian major characters are Iggy, who is a Plucky Comic Relief but not evil in any way, and Allegra, who is a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
- Talking Animal: the whole population of Animalia, minus Alex and Zoe.
- Time Stands Still
- Trapped in Another World
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The human city's location. Is it in the US? Britain? Australia? Some fictional country altogether?
- White and Grey Morality: for most of the series, the only antagonist was Tigranicus, who is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold at worst. That is, until the Creeper shows up...