Western Animation: Rolie Polie Olie

A Canadian television program airing since 1998, aimed at children that was created by William Joyce. It once aired on the Playhouse Disney block of Disney Channel on the United States and is currently seen in repeats on the 24/7 Disney Junior network, the successor of Playhouse Disney.

Rolie Polie Olie centers on the title character, who by all appearances is a robot made out of spheres, and his family. His best friend is his next door neighbor, made out of cubes. He has a robot dog, and several inanimate objects have faces.

A Nelvana program.


Provides Examples of:

  • All-CGI Cartoon
  • All Just a Dream: "The Lie". Olie has a bizarre dream about the brussel sprout he lied to his mother about eating, which leads him to admit that he was wrong to lie.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Everything that has a face often have the ability to move and perform action of their own accord, even having personalities. At one point, the house the Polies live in even catches a cold.
  • Animation Bump: The animation is noticeably more Uncanny Valley in the earlier seasons.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Mrs. Ethel Triangle
  • Beach Episode: "Beach Blanket Gizmo". It doesn't actually take place at the beach, though; Olie and Zowie are feeling down because Billy got to go to the beach and they didn't, so Uncle Gizmo helps them throw a beach party in their backyard.
  • Big Damn Movie: Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun
  • Birthday Episode: The entire Great Defender of Fun movie is about Zowie trying to have a birthday party, while Gloomius Maximus tries to stop it.
  • Blue Boy Pink Girl: Coo and Coochie
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In "Dingliedangliedoodle", when Zowie hears the word "Dingliedangliedoodle", she starts dancing around singing it.
  • Clueless Aesop: In the episode "Dingliedangliedoodle", Zowie learns that mentioned word is bad. They meant to teach us kids that you should not do profanity, but do they really think kids are gonna get the message from a nonsense word? Also, a few kids misinterpreted the lesson as "Do not use the word dingliedangliedoodle, cuz it's a bad word, although it is a made up word".
  • Christmas Episode: A few episodes feature "Jingle Jangle Day", this world's equivalent of Christmas.
  • Expressive Mask: Like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, faces turn up in some unusual places, like Olie's teapot house.
  • Extendable Arms: The robots can stretch their arms and legs to any length they want.
  • Freudian Excuse: Gloomius Maximus's motivation to be bad comes from the fact that he never had fun in his life.
  • Halloween Episode: "The Legend of Spookie Ookie", "Oooh Scary", and "Zowie, Queen of the Pumpkins".
  • Happily Adopted: The Polies adopt Coochie and Coo at the end of Baby Bot Chase, partially due to the fact that the twins had come to love the Polies as much as the Polies loved them.
  • Homemade Inventions: Olie's father built a shrink ray at one point. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Impact Silhouette:
    • In "Roll the Camera" a mishap with the lawn polisher sends Olie's dad through a hedge.
    • In "Zowie's Harmonica" Spot rolls through the same hedge leaving a circle shaped hole.
    • Olie does this partially in "Where O Where Did Olie Go?" when he (in his shrunken form) crash lands into a cake.
    • Olie and Billy do this together with a tree in an episode when their soap box racer goes haywire.
    • In "Spot That Hero" a giant dog's bark sends Spot crashing into a hedge in the park leaving a clean impression of his body.
  • Innocent Swearing: In one episode, Zowie unknowingly repeats a bad word (Dinglie Danglie Doodle) to the point of singing it. Interestingly, the episode is named after the "bad word."
  • Kid Detective: Olie and Zowie become these in the episodes "Detective Polie's Cookie Caper" and "House Detectives".
  • Mind over Matter: In one episode, Olie and his friend Billy gain psychic powers when they press a button on their father's invention.
  • Mind Screw: Everything has a face. ''Everything.'' Even the silverware.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Most of the robots. The objects with eyes, however, often have pupils.
  • Mundane Utility: Said shrink ray is used to shrink all of the clutter in the garage.
    • At one point, a time machine is used to stop the dog from breaking a bowling trophy.
    • The characters often travel into space as easily and regularly as driving to the store.
  • Odd Name Out: The babies on the Mothership in Baby Bot Chase include Cuddley, Wuddley, Googie, Gaga, Pookie, Babby, Giggley, and...Fred. It was also the former home of Coochie and Coo.
  • Overly Long Title: "The Best Doggone Show In The World", "Showdown At the Ol' Polie Corral", "Scruba-dub-dubby-A Spot In The Tubby" (yes, that's the name of an episode), "Lady Bug Lady Bug Fly Away Home", and so on.
  • Precision F-Strike: In "Dingliedangliedoodle", After Olie's dad gets hurt while fixing the lawn mower, he yells "Dingliedangliedoodle!" By the way, the word he said was apparently an in universe curse word.
  • Puppy Love: Olie and his friend Polly Pi seem to have this.
  • Retro Universe: One that seems to be equal parts 1920s, 1940s and 1950s.
  • Robot Antennae: All the robots have antennae on top of their heads, often accompanied by Robot Hair.
  • Skyward Scream: In "It's a Roundi-ful life" WHAT ABOUT MEEEE?
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World:In the episode "We Scream for Ice Cream", though it's actually made of ice cream.
  • Space Pirates: Gloomius Maximus and the Baddies.
  • Stop Copying Me: Once, the little Zowie begins to parrot Olie, much to his annoyance. He eventually exploits this to make her go to bed.
  • Three Shorts
  • Villain Song: Gloomius Maximus gets one in The Great Defender of Fun.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: similar to Samus' Morph Ball — Olie can roll up into a sphere to travel somehow.
    • Olie's dog Spot can do this as well.