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Maximum Bo power!

"Hi Bo buddies! This is Dezzy, and I'm Bo! (Wizard!) Are you ready to go?"

Bo on the Go! is a Canadian children’s show created by Jeff Rosen, produced by Halifax Film and distributed by WildBrain for CBC.

Running from September 3, 2007 to March 1, 2011 with three seasons, it follows the young, positive, super-energetic Bo and her dragon best friend Dezadore (or Dezzy for short) as they go on adventures while promoting physical activity for kids at home.

Bo on the Go! contains examples of:

  • All Women Love Shoes: Played with in The Silly Stomper's case, actually takes others' shoes to find the loudest pair and not solely because of the shoes themselves.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Some of the animals Bo and Dezzy end up coming across happen to be in rather unnatural colours.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: "Antagonists" who suffer from a sticky finger issue often have this custom as well.
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  • Bears Are Bad News: The very first door in "Bo and the Glimmer Critter" has a ship of pirate panda bears behind it, tickling pirate panda bears for that matter.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The friendly flowers turn out to be not-so-helpful, if friendly, as they grab onto Bo and Dezzy and refuse to let go.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Bluebird, The Ding-A-Ling, Unwrpping Chappy, Ick'em Stick'em, Berrygrabber, Copy Critter, Neat Freak, Super stacker, Balance Beasty, Doodlebug, Knotty Noodler, Float Fairy, Hug-a-Bug, Glimmer Critter, Fuzzyflump, Blockhead, Eager Beaver, Litterbug, Pull-Aparter, and Coolster all have them, as well as the portrayals of the animals Bo and Dezzy must move like to get past their obstacles.
  • Blow You Away: The Blowhard. And enough to cause winds to blow everything in the world.
  • Blue Means Cold: The Coolster. Before he got the super sun-warmed blanket, he was blue and so cold, he couldn't get warm no matter how high he raised the furnace.
  • The Bus Came Back: The poodles have made quite an amount of appearances since they're debut in "Bo and the Nothing-Fits-Him".
    • The kitty-cats from return in “Bo and the String Snatcher”.
  • Butt-Monkey: The Nothing-Fits-Him, considering that, well, nothing fits him.
  • Catchphrase: Bo tends to shout "Maximum Bo Power!" when the viewer moves enough along with her.
  • Cats Are Mean: The kitty-cats from "Bo and the Fuzzyflump", as they just stick their tails out in front of Bo and Dezzy when they try to pass.
  • Cartoon Creature: The Melody Maestro, somewhat resemblent of a snail made entirely of musical instruments.
    • The Blockhead, a creature with a head shaped like a block.
    • The Red Rosy, a red lady thing with hair resembling horns.
    • The Glimmer Critter, a blue, glittery sphere with golden teeth and a multicoloured mohawk.
    • The Costume Collector, a green, thin, tall bug-like thing that's somewhere between a frog and a snail.
    • The Copy Critter, a red and white bug-like thing with six arms and a blue body.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Each episode is titled "Bo and the (Insert one-time character's name).
  • The Collector: The Costume Collector, Jewelled Mermaid, Red Rosy, Ding-A-Ling, Glimmer Critter, Melody Maestro, and String Snatcher each collect something different (which their names imply).
  • Constantly Curious: Dezzy. Justified since he’s younger than Bo.
  • Crystal Ball: The Wizard uses one to see the eponymous characters (or objects)
  • Cuddle Bug: The Hug-A-Bug. So much so that he would’ve taken every stuffed animal in the world if it wasn't for that nonstop hugging teddy bear.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Bo has blue hair, and blue eyes to match.
  • Delinquent Hair: The Glimmer Critter, as he possesses a mohawk.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: The reason the Toy Buster breaks every toy he touches.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: The Jewelled Mermaid loves and Jewellery and is perfectly willing to take everyone else's to have as much as her heart desires.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The eponymous, one-time characters and the objects Bo and Dezzy receive near the end to give to them tend to play out like this.
  • Eye Glasses: Wizard's glasses move and act like his real eyes.
  • Fake Interactivity: Bo tends to refer to the audience as her "Bo buddies" and will regularly interact with them, telling them to move with her and asking where the doors are located.
  • Genki Girl: The eponymous character Bo. She's super-positive, energetic, and inquisitive.
  • Giant Spider: One lies behind the first door in "Bo and the Twinkle Toed Twirler".
  • Girlish Pigtails: Bo has them to empathize her young age.
  • Green and Mean: Averted with Dezzy, and downplayed with the Knotty Noodler, Blockhead, and other obstacles the two protagonists have to face that happened to be green in colour.
  • In-Series Nickname: Dezzy's real name is Dezadore (the former is just a nickname).
  • Height Angst: The Teeny-Tiny suffers from this. He's so upset with his small size to the point that he'll shrink everything around him just to feel bigger.
  • Horned Hairdo: The Red Rosy, as the long curly things sticking out of her head aren't actually horns, they're her hair.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: See Character name and the noun phase.
  • Iconic Item: Bo has a bracelet she calls her "power band" that glows whenever the viewer does exercise along with her.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The Gobsobber. And the reason he would never stop crying.
  • Irony: "Bo and the Nothing-Fits-Him" revolves around Bo trying to get her clothes back from the titular character, despite the fact that she's never seen wearing any of it.
  • Lazy Bum: The Lazy Bug. He’s so lazy, he makes everyone around him lazy too.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Bo's never seen without her purple shirt and red pants every episode. Wizard also always wears the same blue turban and gold pant-suit.
  • Market-Based Title:
    • In Latin America, the show is known as "Bo en acción" and "Bo em Ação" in Spanish and Portuguese respectively (Bo in Action).
    • In Spain, the show was titled "Bo energía al máximo" (Bo: Maximum Energy).
    • In France, it's known as "Un, deux, trois Bo !" (1, 2, 3, Bo!).
    • In Italy, it's "Il formidabile mondo di Bo" (Bo's Formidable World).
    • In Finland, it's called "Touhukkaat".
  • Meaningful Name: Every one-shot character is completely described by simply reading their name.
  • Mega Neko: In “Bo and the Fuzzyflump”, one of their doors is filled with gigantic kitty-cats that stick their tails in front of them, leaving them to find out how to get across.
  • Monster of the Week: Downplayed. The "villains" in each episode aren't so much villains or even antagonists for that matter. They often don't do whatever they're doing intentionally or while knowing the consequences.
  • Nasal Trauma: The Stuffy Sniffler originally had a nose so stuffed up, he couldn't smell a thing, causing him to take every flower he could in a desperate attempt to find one he could.
  • Nervous Wreck: The Worrywart. And he has nothing against interfering with others’ fun to keep himself safe.
  • Ocular Gushers: The Gobsobber. And he can cry enough tears to form puddles everywhere on the surface of the Earth.
  • Opaque Lenses: We don't know how the Drinking Flink's eyes really look like since he wears there.
  • The Prankster: The Hokum Jokum, kick starting the events of his respective episode.
  • Sticky Fingers: Several of the eponymous characters, each of something different. The Red Rosy for example, takes everything red she can find, while the Glimmer Critter steals all things shiny or glittery. The Melody Maestro with musical instruments, the Polka Dot and String Snatcher with, well, you can already guess, and and so on. Played literally in the case of the Snick, who'll stick to anything that moves.
  • Shrinking Violet: The Fuzzyflump. This causes Bo and Dezzy a problem while asking it for fuzz for a new sweater.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Inverted with Bo.
  • Strictly Formula: Most episodes go by the same storyline: Something goes wrong around the castle, Bo and Dezzy make Wizard (with your help) appear, he tells them who's behind it and where the three doors required to find them, they go through each door, getting past the obstacles (also with your help), the final door turns out to be unlocked already, they find the culprit (as well as what required to stop them from whatever they're doing), give it to them, and Bo-boogieing. Even the characters' lines are impacted by this.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The Wrong-Side Uppy bears quite a resemblance to the Switcheroo from 19 episodes ago.
  • Towering Flower: "Bo and the Stinky Snork" involves the protagonists coming across a garden of giant flowers, and friendly ones for that matter.


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