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From left to right: Bang, Bing, Bo, Beep, and Boop.
Ask the StoryBots is a Netflix-original series and adaptation of the StoryBots brand released in 2016.

The show is set inside a computer and features StoryBot Answer Team 341B, made up of Beep, Bing, Bang, Boop, and Bo. The job of StoryBots is to answer questions for children about various topics. Given the stumper questions, Team 341B head out to the “Outer World”, meeting others to help answer the question.

The series features guest appearances by various celebrities, such as "Weird Al" Yankovic, Garfunkel and Oates, and Snoop Dogg.

A companion series, StoryBots Super Songs, was also released at the same time. This series features a single topic, with various songs that are about the topic.

2017 saw the release of a standalone Christmas special, “A StoryBots Christmas”. In 2018, the series was renewed for a second season. A third season released for August 2019, and the show was fully acquired by Netflix in May 2019 as its own property.


Ask the StoryBots provides examples of:

  • Art Shift:
    • Heading to the Outer World turns the traditionally animated StoryBots into CGI-animated ones.
    • The songs that are included from the original website have wildly varying art styles from the show itself.
  • Big Fun: Bo is a rare female. The tallest and widest of the StoryBots, she’s also ridiculously heartfelt and loves just about everything.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow:
    • Boop is the only member of the team to have a unibrow instead of two separate eyebrows, to heighten his grumpy nature.
    • Hap also has a thick black unibrow, also to heighten his grumpiness. He’s one of the few characters to have eyebrows that aren’t the same color as he is, which makes his stand out more.
  • Christmas Episode: “A StoryBots Christmas”, which was released as a separate video from the show in itself.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Twice the things that drop down the transfer tubes have caused Hap to devolve into squeeing. Once it was baby bunnies, the other time it was baby birds.
  • Different in Every Episode:
    • The material that falls out with Answer Team 341B to mess up Hap’s office is different every episode.
    • The hat that Bo wears before being sucked up the transport tube is a different one each time.
    • The Storybot fun fact number and the fun fact itself are different each time.
  • Driving Question: Each episode is themed around a specific question that needs to be answered, such as “why is the sky blue?” or “how does night happen?”. The episode then finds the elements to answer that question, and recaps it in the end with a song.
  • Erudite Stoner: Bang is ridiculously chill and calm, while speaking in the stereotypical “stoner voice”, but also admits to “having his moments” on the proper place to search for an answer.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: The series takes questions from real children as the subjects of the episodes.
  • Gender Flip: Beep was originally a male StoryBot in the “Beep & Boop” app, but was made female in the show.
  • Grumpy Bear:
    • Boop, in contrast to the other members of his team, is dour and pessimistic. He sometimes cracks smiles, but this is often when he’s alone.
    • Hap, in the sense of an “overworked boss”, is ultra-shouty and strict towards his workers.
  • The Hyena: Hub and Bub are almost always giggling, often at their own mischievous handiwork.
  • Inside a Computer System: The show has the StoryBots living inside a computer, using their abilities to answer questions, with the exception being Team 341B, who leave the computer to head to the Outer World. The episode "How Do Computers Work?" has Team 341B travelling into another computer to figure out computers themselves actually work.
  • Keet: Bing, he’s the smallest, but he’s a ridiculous livewire that is always running around and acting on impulse.
  • Mean Boss: Hap is ridiculously short-tempered, shouting at his workers and demanding them around.
  • Medium Blending: The show uses a variety of animation styles, from traditional to CGI to stop motion, depending on the character. This often leads to the StoryBots interacting with characters in a different art style than they are.
  • Noodle Implements: We never learn the questions that Hap’s answers are for.
  • Only Sane Woman: Beep is the logical and serious member of the team, and the one that stays focused on the mission at hand.
  • Pie-Eyed: StoryBots in their “in computer” designs have pupils with a slice cut out for highlights. Their designs in the Outer World change them into standard pupils with light highlights instead.
  • Pokémon Speak: Boop only speaks by saying “Boop”, a holdover from the “Beep & Boop” app, where both Beep and Boop only said their names, in the sense of a “correct answer, wrong answer” way.
  • Refugee from TV Land: StoryBots live inside computers, and heading to the Outer World brings them into reality.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: Going to the Outer World has the StoryBots interacting with live action humans.
  • Shifted to CGI: This happens in-show. The traditionally animated characters turn into CGI ones when they leave the computer.
  • Those Two Guys: Hub and Bub, two StoryBots that are constantly together, constantly giggling, and constantly pulling mischief. Their scenes preface the song breaks of the episodes, with small vignettes at their station that relate to the song in question.


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