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Ollie & Scoops is an animated web series created by Nico Colaleo. It stars a 9-year-old girl named Ollie, described by the creator as "the only human on earth who can secretly talk to cats," and her pet cat Scoops. The two of them go on misadventures in Ollie's neighborhood, whether it be at home, school, or in "Catlifornia" a secret underground city for cats.

The show is notable for having a cast consisting of both up and coming voice actors and some more well known ones, including Kimmy Robertson as Ollie, Eric Bauza as Scoops, Grey Griffin as Julia Goldberger, and more.

You can watch the show on YouTube here, and support the show on Patreon here.


Ollie & Scoops contains examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight:
  • Alpha Bitch: Julia Goldberger, the most popular girl in school, often talks down to Ollie.
  • Animal Talk: Ollie is known to be the only human to understand cats and so the cats that she (and of course the audience) can hear talking only come out as meows to another human's perspective.
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  • Artistic License – Education: No one says anything about Ollie bringing Scoops to school, even though bringing pets to school usually isn't allowed.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: The mostly apathetic babysitter from the first episode becomes this at the end when she gets trampled by a stampede of stray cats.
  • Beneath the Earth: In the third episode, Scoops introduces Ollie to Catlifornia, a secret city-esque society for cats that can be accessed via a garbage can with a chute that leads to the place located underground.
  • The Cat Came Back: In "Tutor Suitor", Miss Bivvins tries to get away from Ollie and Scoops after the disastrous date they set up for her. But no matter where she goes — her apartment, a movie theater, a deserted island — Ollie, Scoops and Miss Whippleworth are there for another try
  • Cats Are Mean: With the exception of Scoops, many other cats exhibit this. Since the show features a lot of cats, however, some are less mean than others.
  • Cool Teacher: Miss Bivvin, and to a lesser extent Miss Whippleworth. They’re both teachers who love binge-watching shows and are good to their students.
  • Clam Trap: Hoagie gets swallowed by a giant clam in "Tutor Suitor".
  • Creator Cameo: Series creator Nico Colaleo voices Mayor Scrumpy.
  • Creepy Jazz Music: "Old Crumplecranks" mostly uses jazz music in the background, because it was inspired by certain Fleischer Studios cartoons which used similar music. Crumplecranks himself even sings a Villain Song in this style.
  • Cute Kitten: There are many cute cats in the series, but Scoops stands out with how affectionate he is towards Ollie.
  • Expy:
  • Gonky Femme: Julia Goldberger has a balding head and an odd, long, curled nose, but she's the most popular girl in school, and acts the part.
  • Here We Go Again!: In "Gimme a Hand," Scoops goes to Dr. Toodles to get (large, disturbing) human hands grafted over his paws. The hands come to life and jump off of Scoops' paws, terrorizing Catlifornia. Ollie and Scoops defeat the hands, only for the audience to learn immediately after that Dr. Toodles has put another pair of hands on himself.
    Scoops: Looks like everything is back to normal!
    Dr. Toodles: "Normal?" Well, now... I wouldn't say that! (Evil Laugh)
  • Luminescent Blush: Exaggerated with Miss Bivvins in "Tutor Suitor", whose blush is so bright Ollie and Scoops have to wear sunglasses.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Toodles, a scientist cat who conducts strange experiments, lives alone in a creepy laboratory building, and has a very Evil Laugh.
  • Medium Blending: "Old Crumplecranks" has a shot of Poopsie and Rudy walking inside a live-action miniature set, as part of the episode's Fleischer Studios homage.
  • Mock Meal: Scoops claims to be serving linguini with clams in "Tutor Suitor", but the actual dish appears to be just a mess of noodles, clams and cat food. The less said about the brown "breadstick", the better.
  • Name and Name: Ollie & Scoops.
  • Nerd: Ollie, although downplayed. She has the glasses, the reedy voice, and somewhat frumpy clothing but she's pretty normal despite her whole deal with being able to talk to cats, and isn't really ostracized by anyone (apart from Sitcom Arch-Nemesis, Julia Goldberger) though one classmate does refer to her as weird. A boy classmate also has a crush on her.
  • Nerd Glasses: Ollie wears a round pair. We also see her father in episode 4 who wears a square pair, so it's clear where she inherited them.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Scoops' voice is modeled after Gobo from Fraggle Rock.
  • Nutritional Nightmare: The first episode has the "Bacon Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza", with "4 times the bacon, bacon cheese, bacon crust, and don't forget the grease dippers!"
  • Opaque Lenses: Miss Whippleworth had these for most of episode 7.
  • Picture Day: The second episode, "Funny Face", revolves around this with Ollie vying for a more visible spot in the class photo because she's always been in the back .
  • Prematurely Bald: Julia Goldberger is of the receding hairline variant. She used to have a full head of hair as seen in "Student of the Month" but it got fewer and fewer every month. It's implied that the stress she puts on herself (and her ponytail) might be the cause.
  • Sanity Slippage: Julia Goldburger does not take losing Student of the Month to Ollie well, to say the least. Her first plan is to give the whole school makeovers by shaving everyone's heads, which only gets her labeled Worst Student of the month; then she disguises herself as Ollie to ruin her reputation, giving students and teachers wedgies and "doing one through two" in the principal's car.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Villain Song: In "Old Crumplecranks," the titular character sings a jazz number introducing himself to Poopsie and Rudy, with lyrics about how dangerous he is, and how he plans to kill the two cats.
  • Wedgie: In "Student of the Month", Julia Goldburger gives Carl and Miss Bivvins atomic wedgies while disguised as Ollie.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "Old Crumplecranks" is based on certain Fleischer Studios cartoons, especially Minnie the Moocher and The Old Man of the Mountain. Poopsie and Rudy decide they don't like living in the city and decide to run away to Mount Cattywumpus. The other cats warn the two about an evil, murderous cat named Old Crumplecranks who lives there, but the two cats ignore the warnings and go to Mount Cattywumpus anyway. Old Crumplecranks shows up and sings a Villain Song introducing himself, . To hammer it in, the Inkblot Cartoon Style and jazz music are used frequently in the episode, and some direct quotes, like the Old Man of the Mountain's "[I'm] gonna do the best I can," are used in the episode.
  • Wild Teen Party: In the first episode, the alley cats take over Ollie's home and start a rave.


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