Western Animation: JoJo's Circus
JoJo and Goliath
Hey, everyone, it's time for JoJo's Circus JoJo! JoJo's Circus! / Get on your feet, we're gonna have some some fun!JoJo's Circus
was a stop-motion animated series that aired in its original run on Playhouse Disney
from 2003-2007. The series was created and otherwise worked on by many of the same people who created shows like Doug
and PB&J Otter
, including Jim Jinkins and Eric Weiner. The series revolved around a young clown girl named JoJo who attended clown school with her pet lion Goliath. In each episode, she learned various aesops that might be of interest to children while also learning how to be a good clown. The show had a heavy focus on promoting exercise and physical activity. This focus was further emphasized in the briefly-lived spin-off short-form series Feelin' Good with JoJo
. The show was popular enough to spawn two music albums and some of the other songs were released on a Playhouse Disney music album. There were only two DVD releases, but repeats of the program are now aired daily on Disney Junior, the 24/7 network that replaced Playhouse Disney. The main character's name is officially spelled in CamelCase
. Which, yes, requires extra formatting to display properly on this wiki, but it's important to be correct.
to be confused with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
JoJo's Circus features examples of
- An Aesop: In each episode, and at the end, JoJo is pulled in the "Spotlight Moment" and asked to say what she learned.
- Anthropomorphic Food: The Spudinskis, who are sentient potatoes
- Argument of Contradictions: In "Hop Hooey," Trina and Croaky have a rapid-fire series of these over a trivial problem in a game before doing the "infinity times a kazillion and one" thing and then squaring off against each other and not talking to each other. JoJo, however, solves things by teaching them a trick she learned from her parents to calm herself down when she's angry.
- Baths Are Fun: In one installment, there was a song called "Bathtime" (also released on one of the show's soundtrack albums) in which the star character and her pet lion Goliath sing about how much fun bathtime is.
- Cartoon Juggling: Skeebo is shown juggling in the show's opening sequence.
- Christmas Episode and Halloween Episode: Both of these were done - "A Circus Town Christmas" and "The Legend of Clownfoot".
- Circus Brat: JoJo is the daughter of two famous clowns, and is a clown herself.
- Edutainment Show: With a focus on promoting exercise and physical activity, but also including aesops, pro-social values and general learning
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: One of the show's stories had the characters chasing a rainbow and dancing a rainbow dance.
- Expressive Ears: Dinky the elephant has these.
- Fake Interactivity: One of the show's main thrusts is trying to get kids up and moving, and this is done by having JoJo and sometimes Goliath as the designated Fourth Wall Observers directly encourage the viewers to move along with the exercises or dances the characters were doing. This was continued in the short series follow-up Feelin' Good with JoJo.
- Friendly Tickle Torture: JoJo's family's surname is "Tickle," this is played with in one episode when she's trying to get Goliath to go to bed and she sings "Little Goliath's going to sleep / Let's tickle his ears and the tops of feet..."
- Hiccup Hijinks: This was done with Skeebo in "Hiccup Helpers."
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: With various types of anthro characters - see Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism below.
- Nice Hat: Balboa and JoJo
- Non-Ironic Clown: JoJo and her family, and some of the other characters.
- Slice of Life: Generally slice of life, though with some attempt to work in a theme or morals
- Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: Most of the animal characters seem to fall somewhere between Funny Animal and Civilized Animal. Goliath the lion is more-or-less a Talking Animal and is even referred to by JoJo as her "pet lion," but he goes to clown school with her and seems to be generally sentient, even able to talk to a limited degree.
- Title Theme Tune: "JoJo, JoJo's Circus..."
- A Weighty Aesop: A big part of the show, but in one case the Spudinskis become literal couch potatoes (as in, rooted to their couches), and have to be encouraged to exercise.