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Henry's Amazing Animals (more commonly known as Amazing Animals) is an educational children's nature program originally broadcast on the Disney Channel from 1996-1999.

The show centers around the interactions of Henry the Lizard and an unseen, unnamed narrator. Each episode centers on a specific theme relating to its subject matter. In each episode, Henry faces a problem of some sort, which is resolved by the end of the episode.

This series includes examples of:

  • Adorkable: Henry himself is a lovable little reptilian doofus. Being a gecko helps.
  • Ambiguously Human: The caveman in "Prehistoric Animals", resembling the gorilla character, is the closest thing to a human character in the show, besides maybe the narrator.
  • The Board Game: Believe it or not. Also had a computer game version.
  • Carnivores Are Mean: Heavily averted. While scary at times, predators and scavengers are treated as just as dignified and worthy of respect as part of nature's complex ecosystems as the herbivores.
  • Catchphrase: Several.
    • "Excuse me, that's amazing!"
    • "And that's straight from the lizard's mouth! So did I get an A or what?"
      • "Even an 'or what' would be too good for that."
      • "Another Z for the collection."
      • "Didn't I even get one right?" "Not even one, Henry." "Rats."
    • "It's time for your report."
    • "And now, ladies and gentle-lizards, it's time for Henry's Amazing Golden Gecko Awards!"
    • "Oh, I do love when you're precise."
    • "Come on, Henry, you expect anyone to believe that?"
      • "Mmm... yeah!"
  • Children Are Innocent: In "Extinct Animals", human kids are allowed in Henry's museum for this reason.
  • Continuity Nod: In episodes aired after "Seashore Animals", Henry's crab Tuesday becomes an occasional recurring character, mostly in Henry's news report.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-Universe with Henry's reports.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Henry. And the narrator towards him sometimes.
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  • Different in Every Episode: When Henry does his report, he brings his backpack searching for it tossing a pencil case, a ball, and something related to the episode.
  • Excited Kids' Show Host: Henry falls under type 3 (the Informative Over Sixes Host).
  • F--: Henry usually gets a Z in his reports, sometimes even an "or what?" would be too good for them.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Henry interrupts the narrator when he is reading the title card for "Scaly Animals" and the rest of the episode proceeds in a form of role reversal in which the narrator does some of the segments Henry would normally do (such as the special report), and vice versa.
  • Interactive Narrator: The narrator and Henry consistently talk to each other and make a few jabs at each others' expense.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Henry.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: The way the narrator reacts to most of Henry's jokes.
  • Leitmotif: A Mickey Mousing-esque bass beat for when Henry is moving, as well as the intro theme during certain animal lectures.
  • Lovable Lizard: Henry is an Adorkable little lizard.
  • Medium Blending:
    • Most of the time, the scene is blank white, sometimes with CGI objects and scenery, alongside CGI Henry and live-action animals. However, every episode involves animated, comedic shorts involving cartoon animals that loosely tie in the episode's theme.
    • One of the few times Henry and the cartoon animals "crossover" is in "Prehistoric Animals", when a caveman walks pass a cave while dragging the rooster scientist, and Henry shows up a second later to explore the cave.
    • In "Seashore Animals", a live-action shore appears to be on the same island Henry's stranded on.
  • Not So Above It All: Downplayed, but occasionally the narrator does things that would be expected of Henry, like getting freaked out by a moray eel (and Henry's reflection) in "Scary Animals", or fighting with Henry over looking through a pair of binoculars in "Animal Eggs".
  • Once per Episode: Henry's report and "Henry's Amazing Golden Gecko Awards".
  • Parental Bonus: Henry and the Narrator make a lot of movie references that might fly over a lot of the kids' heads as a joke for the parents.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Henry. Especially with his museum dedicated to himself in "Extinct Animals".
  • Something Completely Different:
    • One episode ("Scaly Animals") had Henry saying the title card (interrupting the narrator in the process) and doing most of the narrating for the episode, while the narrator did the "special report" (even screwing it up intentionally to get back at Henry). The episode also ended in a musical number, unusual for the show.
    • The Golden Gecko Awards did not appear in "Underground Animals".
    • It's happened at least once where Henry's report actually wasn't wildly inaccurate.
    • "Around the World" revolved around revisiting places Henry had been to in previous episodes and also ended on a musical number.
  • Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying: The narrator refers to a snake that impersonates venomous coral snakes as a harmless milk snake with a ring pattern of red, yellow, and black. Unfortunately, the snake they show and the pattern he describes is of the actual coral snake.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The narrator is the straight man, and Henry is the wise guy.
  • Talking Animal: Henry.
  • Time Travel: Two episodes involves one: "Prehistoric Animals" (both Henry and the cartoon rooster) and "Extinct Animals" (just the rooster).
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: One of the cartoon animals.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The focus of an entire segment of each episode, where Henry clearly didn't do any research for his report and explains 'facts' about animals that are clearly false (such as passenger pigeons building flying saucers and leaving Earth, or basking sharks being island-eating, cold-blooded killers). The Narrator has to step in at the end to explain the truth.


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Alternative Title(s): Henrys Amazing Animals


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