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Series / The Chica Show

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"There's a little shop I know, you'll find it on The Chica Show!"note 

The Chica Show is an American live-action animated children's television series based on thepuppetry segments from The Sunny Side Up Show on Universal Kids, but features Chica going on episodic live-action and animated adventures rather than the traditional continuity of said programming block. It premiered on November 24, 2012 on Sprout.

This show provides examples of:

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal:
    • Mom (AKA Mrs. C) wears a necklace.
    • Dad (AKA Mr. C) wears glasses, a vest, and a necktie.
  • An Aesop: The show teaches basic concepts of friendship, cooperation and kindness.
  • And Starring: Chica, Kelly, Stitches, Bunji, Mrs. C, and Mr. C.
  • Catchphrase: Kelly has two, "How May I Help You Play Today?" when she calls someone and "Time to Dress up and play!" when she and her friends become animated.
  • Cheerful Child: Chica.
  • Christmas Episode: "Dance of the Sugar Cluck Chica
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  • Clucking Funny: Chica is a kazoo-voiced puppet who interacts with those who speak, which includes her parents, are also LargeHams (or chickens as the case may be).
  • Free-Range Children: Mr. and Mrs. C, Chica’s parents, are shown in the live-action segments, but they don’t appear in the cartoon segments.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Mrs. C made occasional appearances on "The Sunny Side Up Show" prior to The Chica Show started.
  • Ensemble Cast:
    • Kelly, Chica, Stitches, and Bunji in the cartoon segments.
    • Chica, Mrs. C, Mr. C, and Kelly in the live-action segments.
  • The Eponymous Show: The Chica Show.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Kelly
  • Good Parents: Mr. and Mrs. C. They’re more realistic than the parents on most preschool shows.
  • Imaginary Friend: Stitches (a stuffed boy) and Bunji (a real-life rabbit) only come to life in the cartoon segments, which could only be in Chica's imagination.
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  • Living Toys: Stitches
  • Master Actor: In the cartoon segments, Kelly, Chica, Stitches, and Bunji can play well with whatever role that Chica's adventures might take them. These include "Cowboys, dancers, astronauts, and much more."
  • More Popular Spin Off: This to "The Sunny Side Up Show"
  • Mr. Imagination: Chica, as well as Kelly, Stitches, and Bunji.
  • Musical Chores: Mr. and Mrs. C sing "Closing the Shop" as they clean and lock up The Costume Coop.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: Mrs. C briefly interrupts "Closing the Shop" with "Did someone say one more time?"
  • No Antagonist: For obvious reasons.
  • Outofthe Ghetto: Chica’s dress-up adventures therein have her in roles varying from princess to ringmaster to pirate to Wild West sheriff. (The secondary lead, Kelly, is also female.)
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Elliot Moose IN A COSTUME SHOP!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Mrs. C is often calm and patient, compared to Kelly's aggressiveness.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Chica
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: Mario Lopez voices Stitches.
  • Sleep Mask: Chica and her parents have this in "Tweet Dreams, Chica"
  • Spin-Off: This to the Sprout block "The Sunny Side Up Show." Kelly Vrooman even hosted the block in its first six years.
  • Title Theme Tune: There's a little shop I know, you'll find it on The Chica Show!
  • The Danza: Kelly Vrooman. She even voices herself in the cartoon segments!
  • The Nicknamer: Mr and Mrs. C call each other "Cluckums" and call their daughter Chica "Tweetpea".
    • A few of their other nicknames for her include "Tweetheart" and "Tweety."
  • The Unintelligible: Chica. Her voice is provided by a kazoo and she never appears without someone who can handle Repeating Sothe Audience Can Hear duties. This hasn't stopped her from getting her own series (The Chica Show), in which everyone else understands her perfectly. It's implied that she's a child, and since her parents Mr. and Mrs. C speak perfect English she would likely become intelligible if she were to mature. It's come to the point that not everything she says on her starring show and the original Sunny Side Up Show block is "translated" outright by others.
  • Toon Transformation: Happens with Kelly, Chica, Stitches, and Bunji once the Costume Coop closes.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: In "Bock-a-Toodle-Loo Chica," Kelly mentions Chica's favorite snack being popcorn.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Chica's world is littered with these.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Chica certainly seems to be. The lesson of the day is done at least twice in each episode: once at the Costume Coop and once during the cartoon segment.
  • Wrap-Up Song: This is not heard at the end of each episode, but Mr. and Mrs. C sing "Closing the Shop" as they clean the Coop.