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At the top: Scrap. At the bottom, from left to right: London, Zigzag, Yorky, Pump, and Mimi
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The Big Garage is a Canadian puppet show aimed at preschoolers, which aired from 1995 to 1996 on Family Channel and Global Television Network in Canada.

The setting of this show is Taxitown, where the eponymous Big Garage is. Said garage is home to four taxi cabs, London, Yorky, Zigzag, and Mimi, who are always under the watchful eye of Pump, a gas pump who serves as their mentor. Close to the Big Garage is Scrapland, a scrapyard serving as the home of an anthropomorphic trash compactor named Scrap who wants to destroy the taxis. Scrap's helper, a tow truck named Rusty, alternates back and forth between being an enemy of the taxis and a friend.


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Provides examples of the following tropes:

  • A Dog Named "Dog": A gas pump named Pump. A stop sign named Stop. A set of tools (Hammer, Saw, Oil Can, Ruler, Nuts & Bolts) named after the objects they're supposed to be.
  • An Aesop: There's an aesop in every episode. It is a preschooler-aimed show, after all.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Any character that isn't the taxis or Rusty is still a sentient object in some way. Pump, the taxis' mentor, is an anthropomorphic gas pump. Scrap, the enemy of the taxis, is a trash compactor. Other characters include Tooly, a toolbox, the Spanners, the wrenches that Tooly works with, Flash, a traffic light, Stop, an animated stop sign who stars in her own short segments in the show, and various animated tools who have short segments of their own as well.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Mimi, who even has a pacifier.
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  • Bad Boss: Scrap is not particularly kind to Rusty.
  • Berserk Button: Scrap hates singing.
  • Big Applesauce: Yorky, who looks like New York taxicab, speaks with a New York accent, and is even named after New York City.
  • Catchphrase: Zigzag’s “Zip, zap, zoom! Zigzag’s away!”
  • Chained Heat: In "First Things First", London and Rusty get stuck together after a button activating a magnet Rusty is towing gets stuck, sucking London into the magnet.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Flash, a traffic light that forces other characters to stop for random reasons, and only allows them to go past her once they say or do something ridiculous for me.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Applies to the vehicles. London is blue, Zigzag is purple, Yorky is yellow, Mimi is red and Rusty is green.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In the episode "Welcome to the Big Garage", Rusty tries to teach Scrap how to make friends, and he pretends to be a stranger so that Scrap can have someone to practice with. After Rusty tells him that saying "Go away, I'm busy!" in a mean tone is not a good way to make friends, Scrap proceeds to try again... by saying "Go away, I'm busy!" in a nice tone.
  • The Comically Serious: Tooly is by far the least goofy character, but still finds himself in rather humorous situations despite that.
  • Every Episode Ending: Every episode ended with Pump saying that things should quiet down now that the taxis are done with their adventure, followed by Scrap calling for Rusty to come home to Scrapland.
  • Exposed Eyeballs as Eyes: In the segments featuring the various animated tools, the hammer and oil can have exposed eyeballs.
  • Floating Limbs: Stop the stop sign has hands that are not connected to her body in any way.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: The four taxis, consisting of two males (London and Yorky) and two females (Zigzag and Mimi).
  • The Ghost: "Number 5", the unnamed fifth taxi that Tooly is supposed to build but never gets to.
  • Insistent Terminology: The team of wrenches that assist Tooly and appear in one of the toolbox animated shorts are always referred to as "spanners".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the episode "An Eensy Weensy Lie", London lies about having a flat tire to enter Scrapland and find a taxi sign to give Rusty. Scrap, who believes the lie, actually asks for help from the other taxis to aid London!
  • Medium Blending: A minor example. There are two 2D animated segments (the Stop the Stop Sign segments and the segments featuring the tools) in what is otherwise a puppet show.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Rusty is supposed to be Scrap's minion, but he tends to visit the Big Garage anyway and acts completely friendly towards the taxis, much to Scrap's dismay.
  • No Mouth: Stop the sentient stop sign does not have a visible mouth.
  • No Song for the Wicked: Scrap is the only character who doesn't get a song number. Justified as he hates singing.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In addition to Scrap's above-mentioned change of heart in "An Eeensy Weensy Lie", he also doesn't mind London singing in his presence as he waits for the other taxis, despite his hatred of singing. Lampshaded by Yorky.
    Yorky: Huh? You're not gonna stop us?
  • Once per Episode: Every episode had a song in it, which would get a reprise near the end of the episode.
  • The Place: Named after the main setting, the Big Garage.
  • Premiseville: Taxitown is so named because it's populated by Sentient Vehicles.
  • Sentient Vehicle: The show's main characters are taxis. There's also Rusty, a tow truck.
  • Shout-Out: One episode is named "What About Mimi?", which is also the name of a Canadian cartoon.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: Or some variation thereof:
  • Super Speed: Zigzag's gimmick, which London briefly assimilates into his own character in "Lickety Split".
  • Title Theme Tune: "Time to get those wheels a-rollin'! Big, Big, Big Garage! Time to get those horns a-blowin'! Big, Big, Big Garage!"
  • Verbal Tic: London’s “I say”
  • Welcome Episode: "Welcome to the Big Garage" is the episode that introduces Mimi, and by the end of the episode she is firmly established as a member of the Big Garage.
  • Wrap-Up Song: Every episode ends with a reprise of the song unique to it.
  • You Look Like You've Seen a Ghost: Said word-for-word by Yorky in "Boo! Who?" when he notices the other taxis look scared (which actually is because they saw what they assumed to be a ghost).

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