The show revolves around a group of animals living in "The World Tree" in the rainforest along the Amazon River with the Pico da Neblina mountain background. The main character and host is Snook the sloth.
This series provides examples of:
- Animal Stereotypes: Played with—Snook has the sleepy, slow-moving demeanor typical of a sloth, but is depicted as an easygoing Nice Guy rather than a Lazy Bum.
- BrotherSister Team: Smooch and Winslow, the common marmoset twins.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Madge disappears from the show after Season 1. So does Ick the catfish.
- Cool Old Lady: Madge. She's the oldest and wisest creature in the World Tree, and the one everyone comes to when they have a problem to solve. She traveled all over the world and shares her experiences with everyone.
- Control Freak: Burdette. She sometimes seems like a controlling older sister, who thinks she knows more than everyone around her.
- Cousin Oliver: Riona, Snook's niece, joins the cast in Season 2 as a Token Mini-Moe and the co-host of the show. This came at the cost of Madge and Ick being removed.
- Crowd Song: In season 1, the first story was followed by a song, "Curve of the World", sung by all the characters. In Season 2, this song was removed.
- Edutainment Show: The show teaches children about discovery, geography, nature, music, taking care of the environment, and friendship.
- Extreme Doormat: Wartz the red-eyed tree frog desperately wants the approval of others, so he goes along with what anyone says.
- Friendly Tickle Torture: In one "Snook on the Road" segment, the students at Wainscott School tickle Snook's feet.
- Gentle Giant: Snook is the biggest resident of the World Tree and gentlest.
- Mischief-Making Monkey: Smooch and Winslow are playful, goofy prank-pulling monkeys. Smooch, the girl monkey, is always trying to figure out the mysteries of the world around her, and Winslow, the boy monkey, is the goofy creative thinker. With such different personalities, these two monkeys don't always see eye to eye, but their little disagreements frequently lead to great adventures
- Nephewism: Snook has a niece named Riona.
- Nervous Wreck: Bob is very nervous and worries a lot.
- Non-Mammalian Hair: Madge has hair on her head despite being a reptile.
- Recap Episode: The show had an unfortunate tendency to recycle a lot of material.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Bob is a southern tamandua, a type of anteater. Burdette is a resplendent quetzal bird.
- Shown Their Work: Burdette the Quetzal Bird lacks the long train of feathers her species is famous for. This is because she is female and those feathers are only found on male quetzals.
- Team Dad: Snook is this to all the residents of the tree.
- Title, Please!: Episode titles aren't displayed on screen.
- Title Theme Tune: It's a big world, it's a big big world.
- Two Shorts: Follows the unusual ABCAB format. The episodes (A) are packaged as 2 11-minute stories aired together. The B segment is a song - "Curve of the World" after the first story, and "Try to Touch the Sky" at the end. The "C" segment is an interstitial entitled "Snook on the Road", where Snook goes out into the real world and hangs out with children.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Madge suddenly disappears from the show with no mention after the first season.
- Wrap-Up Song: Every episode ends with the song "Try to Touch the Sky", as Snook sings to the audience that their time is through for now and will be waiting the next time they come to the World Tree.
- The world goes spinning round and round, it's true
We've had our time and now we're through
But you and I forever will be friends
Well try to touch the sky where clouds never endAnd we'll search for wonder all around
And you'll find me hanging upside down
And you and I together in a big, big world
Well try to touch the sky in a big, big worldYou have to go, I know it's time
So give me five
This whole world is yours and mine