Western Animation: Sheriff Callie's Wild West
Sheriff Callie's Wild West
is an All-CGI Cartoon
that premiered on Disney Junior
's website in December 2013, then began running on the cable channel in January 2014. It's billed as "the first Western
for preschoolers", and it's produced by DHX Media of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
and Littlest Pet Shop (2012)
In a World of Funny Animals
based on The Wild West
, Sheriff Callie (a calico cat voiced by Mandy Moore
) makes sure the town of Nice and Friendly Corners live up to its name. Along with her deputies Peck (a woodpecker) and Toby (a walking, talking cactus), Callie helps the townsfolk get along through pro-social lessons about The Power of Friendship
, with plenty of Western tropes and musical numbers along the way.The series has been renewed for a second season.
Sheriff Callie's Wild Tropes:
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Deputy Toby, whose only clothing is his cowboy hat.
- Badass Adorable/Badbutt: Callie, as noted by series co-creator George Evelyn in this interview: "She'll moralize and teach good social ethics, but when it's time to jump on a horse and lasso a tornado, she does it."
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Some characters, most notably the singing prairie dogs.
- Catch Phrase:
- Peck's "...on account of me being the deputy!" Used by him for anything from settling an argument to chasing bandits.
- And Callie's "Sweet Sassafrass." and "What in whiskers?!" whenever she gets surprised.
- Toby has "I'm a pokey cowpoke!"
- Cats Are Mean: Subverted with Callie. Not only is she kind and polite, her whole purpose is to teach the townspeople (and the audience) how to get along.
- Character Title
- City of Adventure: Nice and Friendly Corners.
- Creepy Monotone: Farmer Stinky.
- Crossdressing Voices: Toby was voiced by Jessica Di Cicco.
- Drunk with Power: When Callie appoints Peck as the substitute sheriff, the power goes to his head very quickly.
- Episode Title Card: Features the prairie dog trio singing the title of each story.
- Felony Misdemeanor: Peck invokes this in "Jail Crazy", throwing the townspeople into jail for every little thing.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: The characters enjoy "frosty glasses of milk."
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Callie and many of the townspeople. Callie borders on Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal as she doesn't wear a shirt and her vest doesn't cover her chest completely.
- Furry Confusion: Anthropomorphic birds and cattle are part of the cast, but there are also regular birds and cattle running around.
- Furry Reminder
- Callie keeps a basket full of yarn balls in her jailhouse, and even plays with them from time to time.
- In one installment, Toby gets a bump on his nose that blooms into a cactus flower. For him, this is essentially the plant version of a Furry Reminder, since he's a fully anthropomorphic cactus.
- Greek Chorus: The trio of singing prairie dogs who add musical commentary to each episode.
- Green-Eyed Monster: In "Calamity Priscilla", Priscilla becomes jealous of the attention Frieda Fox gets.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Deputy Peck and some other characters.
- The Hat Makes the Man: Invoked in "My Fair Stinky" when Priscilla gives Farmer Stinky a new, high-class wardrobe. Wearing the monocle transforms his voice and mannerisms to that of the gentleman Priscilla wanted him to become.
- Hot-Blooded: Peck is one of the more emotional members of the cast, losing his temper and getting annoyed more often than the others. He also relishes the idea of any trouble arising, becoming tense when he thinks things are too peaceful.
- Insult Backfire: In "Peck Takes It Back", Peck calls Toby a "pinecone." Toby takes this as meaning Peck has never seen a pinecone before, and goes off to find one for him.
- It's Quiet... Too Quiet: Peck declares this at the beginning of "Peck Takes it Back."
- Lethal Chef: Priscilla Skunk. Her "bellysinker biscuits" are so hard, Peck gets his beak bent trying to eat one. They can even crack stone when dropped.
- Lost Aesop: In "A Dirty Dusty Apology"; Despite Callie telling the feuding Dirty Dan and Dusty that they should apologise and put their disagreement behind them, it isn't until the two brothers find their lives in danger that they actually make up.
- The Pigpen: Dirty Dan and Dusty, the pig miner brothers. We first see them playing in mud—and having the time of their lives.
- Plant Person: Toby is a fully sentient and anthropomorphic cactus otherwise surrounded by Funny Animals.
- Playing Sick: Toby does this in "Toby's Untrue Achoo", in order to get attention.
- Poor Communication Kills: When Dr. Wolf, dishevelled to an already-intimidating degree from a bumpy stagecoach ride, tells the townspeople he's there to "straighten" Peck out, and "fix him but good" (referring to Peck's bent beak), they fear for Peck's safety.
- Recurring Extra: Banker Badger, who so far has no dialogue, but seems to be the only background character to not be a Palette Swap, and even takes part in some songs.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The entire cast.
- Smelly Skunk: Defied with Priscilla, but invoked with Stinky.
- Snap Back: In "Twist And Shout", the second spaghetti twister reverses the damage caused to the town by the first.
- Southern Belle: Priscilla Skunk.
- Stubborn Mule: Peck's steed, Clementine.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: The plot of "Horseshoe Peck". When Peck discovers he's great at playing horseshoes, his ego gets the better of him and he starts taunting the people around him until Callie brings him out of it.
- He does it again in "Jail Crazy", putting the townspeople in jail for breaking minor rules (and doing things he just didn't like).
- Two Shorts
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: In "The Train Bandits", the titular villains have no problem with sending the train's passenger cars towards a broken bridge, spelling certain doom for the passengers.
- Weather Dissonance: "Twist And Shout" features a pair of "spaghetti twisters".
- We Will Meet Again: When the titular "Train Bandits" force Callie to rescue her friends rather than go after them, she warns them that "You haven't seen the last of me!"
- The Wild West: A kid-friendly, gun-free version.
- World of Funny Animals: But they still ride horses. Oh, and one of them is really a Funny Plant.