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I think what this situation needs is some imagination!note 

Imagination Movers (2008-2013) is a television show that has been aired on Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, and Disney Junior. The show is made up of four guys who were friends and decided to make a band together as well as help people solve problems. (The band has actually been around since 2003.) The show originated in New Orleans on public access television, before being picked up by Disney.

The guys are still very active in New Orleans in the parenting community and helping to repair the damage after Hurricane Katrina. Members of the band were directly affected by Katrina right before they began production on their Disney show.

The series is available for streaming on Disney+.



  • Good Ideas (2003)
  • Calling All Movers (2004)
  • Stir It Up (2005)
  • Eight Feet (2006)
  • Juice Box Heroes (2008)
  • For Those About to Hop (2009)
  • In a Big Warehouse (2010)
  • Rock-o-Matic (2012)
  • Back in Blue (2013)
  • Licensed to Move (2015)
  • 10-4 (2018)
  • Happy To Be Here (2021)

This show incorporates the following tropes:

  • Artificial Outdoors Display: Several rooms of the Idea Warehouse simulate outdoor environments, from the jungle to the beach to the moon itself. There's even a room that contains an entire sky!
  • Bag of Holding: Dave's hat sure can hold a lot...
  • Bigger on the Inside: Hell yes. This is played up to eleven with the rooms in the warehouse.
  • Birthday Episode: "The Un-Party" for Knit Knots.
  • The Bore: Knit Knots, Nina's uncle, wears beige and loves anything considered boring and plain, such as office work.
  • Advertisement:
  • Broken Aesop: In "Award to the Wise", the intended moral is that you don't need a trophy to know you're special, but this gets undermined when Dave does get a trophy in the end.
  • Captain Superhero: Captain Terrific.
  • Catchphrase: The Movers have several.
    • This isn't just a problem, this is an Idea Emergency!
    • A customer!
    • Let's Brainstorm!
    • Another Idea Emergency solved!
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Knit Knots. He was a regular character in Season 1, but suddenly disappeared in seasons 2 and 3 (not counting his appearance in the "Imagination Movers In Concert" special).
  • Christmas Episode:
    • Season 1: "Present Problem"
    • Season 2: "Happy Ha-Ha-Holidays"
    • Season 3: "A Little Elf Esteem"
  • Clingy Costume: There was an episode where Mr. Knit Knots is stuck into a colorful costume, which is something he didn't like at all. He needs to take it off before the time he had to meet with his "Boring Club".
  • Clip Show/Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: "Mouse Scouts Clip Show," in which the Movers remind Warehouse Mouse of various great things he's done in the past and clips of those things are shown.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The Imagination Warehouse has a room for everything.
  • Company Cross References: During the episode "Imagination Movers in Concert," during the scene where Nina calls EVERYONE about the big concert, scenes from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Special Agent Oso, and Handy Manny (showing the title characters answering the phone) can be seen.
  • Cuckoo Clock Gag: In "Clock Shock", one of the Where is Warehouse Mouse? shorts, Warehouse Mouse is trying to sleep, but his cuckoo clock keeps chirping and waking him up. He manages to silence it by nailing an X of boards over the cuckoo doors, but only briefly, as the cuckoo bird suddenly chirps out of the clock's case. After unsuccessfully trying to hide the clock in his toy chest to silence it, Warehouse Mouse puts on some earmuffs so he can't hear the clock chirping.
  • Dramatic Irony: In the "Body Language" episode, a foreign guest appears at the warehouse and repeatedly asks for "Nee Nohtz". The character is clearly looking for Knit Knots, a regular character on the program, but the Imagination Movers can't understand and resort to body language to solve the problem.
  • The Dreaded: The Wind Room is this to the Imagination Movers, as the door is extremely difficult to close once it's been opened.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Rich's scribble sticks looked different, Scott donned a pair of white gloves, Dave's hat was orange instead of red.
  • Fairy Tale Free-for-All: One of the many rooms is a fairy tale themed room that appears in the episode "A Fairy Tale Ending".
  • Five-Man Band: Rich is The Hero, Dave is The Lancer, Smitty is The Smart Guy with his notebook that knows everything, Scott is The Big Guy, and Nina is The Chick.
  • Genki Girl: Nina, in spades. On the other hand, you can also make a case for the Movers being a group (mostly) comprised of Keets, especially Scott. Hilarity Ensues when they're placed opposite of Nina's dull and dreary uncle Knit Knots, whose idea of a birthday party is equally drab music (instead of a traditional Happy Birthday song), eating a loaf of bread (as opposed to cake), and doing office work (in place of opening presents).
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Scott's "Wobble Goggles", which allow him to see things from a variety of hypothetical perspectives.
  • Halloween Episode:
    • Season 2: "A Monster Problem"
    • Season 3: "Haunted Halloween"
  • Hammerspace: Dave's hat appears to be bottomless, and holds an infinite number of things.
  • I Am Not Weasel: In "A Little Elf Esteem," Carol, who is aspiring to be one of Santa's elves, can't remember names and refers to Warehouse Mouse as "Factory Gerbil." Later, when the Movers and Nina correct her, she ends up on "Warehouse Gerbil" and then "Factory Mouse."
  • Indubitably Uninteresting Individual: Knit Knots is a dull man who is wary of anything too exciting, contrasting with the eccentric and active Imagination Movers and his niece, Nina.
  • Mr. Fanservice: There's a Mover for everyone! Rich is your typical pretty guy. Dave's the handy man who can solve all of your problems. Smitty's smart and adorable. Scott's a big, cuddly teddy bear.
  • Noodle Implements: Dave says he needs a herring and a colander for his workout.
  • Once an Episode: The "Brainstorming" song.
  • One-Steve Limit: Smitty's real name is Scott, but due to there already being a Scott he got his nickname.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Nina!"
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Nina wears pink, and the Movers wear blue.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Nina's main color is pink.
  • Rock–Paper–Scissors: In "Shall We Dance?," Nina has an extra ticket to the ballet, so the Movers and Warehouse Mouse play rock-paper-scissors to determine who gets it. Mouse throws down cheese and everyone tries to figure out whether or not that beats Smitty's rock, they are then interrupted when the ballet's two big stars show up with a problem, and the game is eventually rendered moot when the entire group receives an invite to be guests of honor once they solve the problem.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Wendy Calio aka Nina departed from the series to go back to Hawaii, her native home.
  • Running Gag: Poor Dave has only landed one high five.
  • Santa Claus: "A Little Elf Esteem" features an aspiring elf named Carol who wants to join the team that delivers presents with Santa. She has to study hard, but with the help of the Movers, she gets her wish.
  • Scout-Out: "Mouse Scouts Clip Show" has Warehouse Mouse trying to get into the Mouse Scouts.
  • Serious Business: "Baker Ben, the world needs your muffins."
  • Shout-Out:
    • In "Knight Time," Sir Fearsalot and the Movers don't have horses — only coconuts.
    • A good majority of their albums are named after famous albums/songs, and sometimes even have album covers made in homage to the originals.
    • In "Award to the Wise", Smitty says "Warehouse, we have a problem!", a reference to the quote "Houston, we have a problem!".
  • Stock Animal Diet: In "Shall We Dance?," the Movers get some bananas from one of their rooms and are seen running out of the room, accompanied by the sounds of chattering angry monkeys. Oh, and Warehouse Mouse loves his cheese. There's even a song about it.
  • Team Pet: Warehouse Mouse - this mouse gets actual storylines.
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: Smitty's my friend he's playing his guitar! Scott's got his goggles that help him see far. Dave's over there underneath the red note  hat! My name is Rich, I go a rat-a-tat-tat!
  • Token Minority: Nina is Hawaiian, while the others are white.
  • Truncated Theme Tune: Seasons 2 and 3 cut out a portion of the first verse and the ending, shortening the theme song to a minute rather than 1:15.
  • Twinkle Smile: Captain Terrific, the guest of the day on one episode, listed this as one of his superpowers, along with Super Strength, Super Speed, and Flight.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Knit Knots seems to be at least somewhat afraid of Warehouse Mouse, telling the Movers to keep the "furry, woodland creature" away from him.
  • Wrap-Up Song: Every episode ends with the song "Mover Music".
  • Writing Lines: The poster sent to fans who joined the fan club depicted the four movers, Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty against a blackboard on which they had written several times "I will think big! I will reach high! I will work hard! I will have fun!", which was essentially a variation of their Catchphrase, "Reach high, think big, work hard, have fun."


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This theme tune roll calls Smitty, Scott, Dave, and Rich. Unnamed are Nina and Warehouse Mouse.

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