Western Animation / Special Agent Oso

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Left to right: Wolfie, Oso and Dotty.

"HE'S OH SO SPECIAL!"

Special Agent Oso (2008) is a children's animated television series currently airing on Disney Junior and seen for a couple of years when that programming block was still known as Playhouse Disney. It's about Oso, a "unique stuffed bear" who is a secret agent working with some kind of nondescript agency, along with his training helpers, Wolfie and Dottie, and his trusty talking map Paw Pilot. Other characters include Mr. Dos, a deep-voiced man who only talks through Oso's watch, and Rapide and Whirlybird, a talking train and a talking helicopter, respectively.

Basically, it's James Bond meets Dora the Explorer meets Winnie-the-Pooh.

The new Disney Junior block includes a short show called Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps in which Oso observes as real-life children take three healthy steps to complete some sort of physical activity, such as jumping rope, swinging on a swing or fixing a salad.


Special Agent Oso contains examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: The adults on the show don't seem to help their children but rely on Oso to help them. In many cases, though, it's not so much that they're useless so much as that they have a good excuse. They may be sick, busy with a sibling, or the child simply didn't ask them for help because they wanted to try to accomplish the task without the parents' help. In certain cases, the adult was about to help the child until they got called away by something else.
  • Artistic License Geography: Pay attention to the two different locations on the globe that are shown when the camera zooms out of a shot of a kid in need of help, then zooms in on where Oso is. Then ask yourself, "how did he get from Europe to North America in just a couple of minutes BY CAR?!" Or better yet, how is it that Oso makes it from the moon to help a kid in a matter of minutes?
  • Artistic License Physics: Oso is in a rocket when it collides head-on with a huge rock. Instead of the rocket crashing, it shoots halfway through the rock.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Oso being Spanish for bear.
  • Captain Obvious: Guess what the third step of petting a llama is? Petting a llama.
  • Catch Phrase: "It's all part of the plan! More or less."
    • And, to a lesser extent, "Sounds like a plan."
    • "I want to do X, but I don't know how."
    • "Sounds tricky. Can you lend a paw... or a hand?"
    • From Agent Wolfie : "Outstanding, Oso ! AWOO Otstanding !"
  • Chekhov's Classroom "Your special assignment for today, Oso..."
    • Blatantly toyed with, in that he always forgets the lecture in question when it's actually INTENDED to be used, and only remembers it when something only vaguely related comes up.
  • Christmas Episode: "The Living Holiday Lights," which also covers Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
  • Crossover: "The Manny with the Golden Bear" had Handy Manny and his tools show up to help out when Oso has to help a kid who has a broken bike. Presumably relatively easy to finagle, since not only do both shows air on Disney Junior, but both are produced by Disney Television Animation. They're also both CGI and have reasonably similar looks.
    • And "The Doc with the Golden Bed" features Doc Mc Stuffin and her friends.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: A lot of the songs diverge into this.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: A curiosity with this one. The human characters on the series are normally depicted as having the normal number of fingers. In "The Manny With the Golden Bear," (Handy Manny crossover) however, they sport four-fingered hands. This is presumably because the human characters on Handy Manny have only four fingers and it would have been odd to have to draw Manny with five.
    • In "From China from Love," Oso is helping a kid to use chopsticks and there's a lot of talk about the fingers being used to hold them. Oso notes that he himself has only four fingers and one of the kids tells him that that's okay: he's a stuffed bear. Out of the mouths of babes.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Oso works for an organization called "U.N.I.Q.U.E.", though just what that stands for is anybody's guess.
  • Grand Finale: "Thundersmall," potentially, in which Oso manages to solve the problem after everyone is shrunk by Wolfie's shrink ray and he is promoted to a full agent.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode title is a parody of a James Bond film title.
  • Idiot Hero: Arguably, Oso. He's supposed to the special agent helping the kids out... only every time it ends up being the opposite way around (because Oso forgets all of his instructions and struggles in the most basic tasks... like turning on a flashlight).
    • Well, he is "Oh so special" after all.
    • He does get a bit better (YMMV on this one) in a few more recent episodes.
  • I Meant to Do That: See Oso's Catch Phrase.
  • On the Next: As "The Living Holiday Lights" was presented in two parts, this was used at the end of the first part. This special case was the only time it was used on the series.
  • Out of Order: The episode "Thundersmall" has a definite feeling of a season finale if not a series one, yet it was aired in January 2012 with other episodes following, with the final one not airing until May in the United States.
  • Parental Bonus: One of the show's songs, released on the CD "Playhouse Disney: Let's Dance," (the final CD before they became Disney Junior) is a parody of the main theme of the original Shaft.
  • Punny Name: Oso. He's "Oso special."
    • Although, oso is also Spanish for bear.
  • Race Against the Clock: EVERY episode, to the point where completion of the given 'task' must be done in less than twenty seconds.
    • Magic Countdown: These scenes tend to take a fair bit longer than expected, even with Paw Pilot counting down throughout. The countdown is in sight, it just seems to work in magical molasses time in order for Oso to finish Just in Time.
  • Running Gag: As Oso is riding Whirlybird and approaches his destination, he makes some comment which Whirlybird misinterprets, causing him to suddenly drop Oso, resulting in Oso having to use his parachute.
  • Samaritan Syndrome: A mild example - Oso often receives invitations to dinner or such from the parents of the kids he just helped, but he can't stay because he has to go back and finish his training exercise.
  • Santa Claus: In "The Living Holiday Lights," when Whirlybird appears to ferry Oso across the sea to the United States, he asks if Oso was expecting Santa Claus.
  • Sentient Vehicle: Rapide the train and Whirly Bird the helicopter.
  • Shout-Out: Many, many James Bond references, all the way up to hilariously bad titles (ex: Live and Let Dry, Carousel Royale, Goldenfly, A View to a Kitten00, etc.) complete with Ear Worm Homages to the original Bond movies' Title Theme Tunes...
    • There was a bonus one at the end of the double-episode For Your Nice Bunny and For Pancakes With Love. "That's not a bunny, it's a stack of pancakes!"
    • In "License to Clean," one of the books that Oso puts back on the kid's shelf when helping to clean his room has a cover design that looks distinctly like that which was used for the A Series of Unfortunate Events books.
    • In "License to Dress," Oso gets to wear a tuxedo and drinks water that is "fizzy, not flat."
  • Shrink Ray: "Thundersmall"
  • So Proud of You: The kid who was helped in the episode may get this from their parent or parents after successfully completing whatever it was Oso was helping them to learn.
  • Strictly Formula: Oso does a training assignment and fails. He is then called away to help a child by Mr. Dos and Paw Pilot assigns Oso "three special steps" to complete the task. Paw Pilot then starts singing about the mission as a strange music video is shown. When he arrives, Oso follows the steps carefully when helping the child, needing the audience's help for very simple tasks. As the final step is completed in the nick of time, Oso returns to complete his training exercise, using the knowledge he got from his mission to earn his training award. Oso then receives a special assignment digi-medal for helping the child. The episode finishes off with a corny one-liner.
  • Talking Animal: And talking trains, and talking planes... Let's just say "it's childrens' television" and leave it at that.
  • Title Theme Tune: Combined with an Incredibly Lame Pun.
  • Toilet Humor: "Potty Royale".
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot: Whether Oso is halfway across the country or on the moon, you can be sure that as soon as he's informed of a child in trouble, he will arrive in time to help that child before it's too late, then return in time to finish his training exercise without inconveniencing anyone.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Oso himself. Both children and parents alike always recognize him for who he is, and know why he's there.
  • The Voice: Mr. Dos.

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