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Trivia / Adventures from the Book of Virtues
aka: Book Of Virtues

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  • Adored by the Producers: Well, this was a Cash Cow Franchise for PorchLight Entertainment.
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  • Celebrity Voice Actor: The story segments have a lot of them, making the show a big case of "Sesame Street" Cred.
  • Creator Breakdown: The plotline of the "Courage" episode (see Real Life Writes the Plot on the main article).
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Zach in the first two seasons. For the rest of the series starting with season two's second half, he was voiced by a boy.
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  • Doing It for the Art: Despite having the series air on PBS prime time, series conceiver William Bennett had a strong hatred towards PBS because he felt the network raises money from the government. This is apparently the main reason why he decided the series won't be funded through federal money, but instead it will be funded through sales of an interactive CD-ROM series, home videos, and a series of books.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: In the 2000s, the first 26 episodes were redubbed in Singapore with local English speaking actors. According to Chuck Powers (who did additional voices in the Singapore-dubbed versions), the reason the redubs were made is because it was too expensive to keep paying royalties to the celebrity voices. These are the versions available on DVD, qubo, and BYUtv. Because TV reruns and DVDs of the series are nothing more than the Singapore dubbed versions, the original PBS versions are easier to find on either official VHS releases by PBS Home Video and later Chik-Fil-A or tape recordings of the old airings. The official KidMango/YouTube versions of season 1 had the original voices, but KidMango has since blocked them, and "Loyalty" was never uploaded. Season 2 is even harder to find, because the VHS tapes were only available to schools, libraries, churches and other institutions, and fewer and fewer of these still have VHS. (Season 3 was never redubbed, because the voices were done in Vancouver, not Hollywood, so there's no celebrity VAs to pay royalties to.)
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  • Network to the Rescue: The show was saved by Bruce D. Johnson and backed through his startup production company, PorchLight Entertainment, because he loved the original book.
  • The Other Darrin: Everybody is entirely recast in season three after the series returned from its two-year hiatus, with the voices being done in Vancouver instead of Hollywood. For example, in the first two seasons, Zach was voiced by Pamela Adlon, but in the third season, he was voiced by Andrew Francis.
  • The Other Marty: In the 2000s the first two seasons were redubbed in Singapore (because it was too expensive to keep paying royalties to the celebrities), giving us a whole new set of voices.
  • Recursive Adaptation: The series has spawned several paperback picture books when it first aired... while being based on a moral-focused anthology.
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  • Similarly Named Works: Most of the episodes in the third and fourth seasons have the same titles as the ones from the first two seasons.
  • Talking to Herself: Kath Soucie voices both Annie and Aurora.
  • Write What You Know: Because of his species, Plato is inspired by Bennett's nickname, "Buffalo Bill".

Alternative Title(s): Book Of Virtues


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