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Oswald (2001-2003) is a 26-episode British-American cartoon that aired on Nick Jr.

Taking place in Big City, Oswald follows the life of a talking blue octopus named Oswald (voiced by Fred Savage) and his pet hot-dog Weenie. Amongst Oswald's friends are the cynical penguin Henry (voiced by David Lander), the sporty sunflower Daisy (voiced by Crystal Scales), the ice-cream shop owner Johnny the Snowman (voiced by Mel Winkler, and the large-but-shy dragon Pongo (voiced by Richard Kind).

Has nothing to do with a certain lucky rabbit.


Oswald contains examples of:

  • Alliterative Title: Henry loves watching Penguin Patrol, a Show Within a Show that repeats the letter "P" in its title.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Henry likes having things set in specific patterns and gets upset when things go wrong. He is also an expert on all things snow related, and an avid spoon collector.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: The egg twins.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Oswald has "Oh my gosh!".
    • Henry's motto "Slow and steady".
    • Daisy often shouts "Golly tamale!", or some other variant of it.
  • Carnivore Confusion:
    • Anthropomorphic sunflower Daisy loves eating sunflowers.
    • Steve is a tree with a woodpecker for a pet. Said woodpecker often pecks him.
  • A Dog Named "Dog":
    • Subverted with Daisy, who is a sunflower.
    • Cactus Polly is a cactus.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Oswald is friends with everyone in Big City, even the non-anthro animals, who he always goes out of his way to make happy. In one notable instance, he managed to satisfy some garden pests going after his tomato plants rather than resort to using poison.
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  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Oswald’s daschund is named Weenie.
  • Informed Species: Oswald doesn’t look much like an octopus.
  • Irony:
    • Oswald is an octopus who needs to wear a life-jacket to swim. This was mercilessly mocked in a Robot Chicken sketch, in which Daisy calls him out on this, and shoves Oswald off the boat they and Weenie were in, causing Oswald to drown.
    • Henry the penguin hates getting wet,
  • Licensed Game: The series had a few web-games on the Nick Jr website in the 2000s, such as one where you give characters their food orders and another where you play with a baby Oswald.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Egbert is a talking egg. Subverted with his twin Leo.
  • Never Bareheaded: Oswald near constantly wears his hat.
  • Nice Hat: Oswald always wears his black top hat.
  • The Oner: The theme song is done in one continuous shot.
  • Show Within a Show: Henry loves watching Penguin Patrol.
  • Species Surname: Steve Tree is a tree, Andy Pumpkin is a pumpkin, Bingette Bunny is a rabbit, and Roderick Robot is a robot.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Henry's cousin Louie is just Henry with a bow-tie. They even have the exact same mannerisms, preferences, and interests.
  • Three Shorts: The Nick Jr. airings pair two 11 minute episodes together.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Oswald has Swizzleberry-Swirl ice cream.
    • Weenie loves vanilla dog biscuits.
    • Henry enjoys eating fish and fish-flavored foods. He also always drinks his hot cocoa with two marshmallows (it used to be with three marshmallows, but he found two was acceptable, much to Oswald's consternation as he had gone to Andy Pumpkin's candy store just to get another marshmallow to satisfy him).
    • Daisy loves peppermint tea and sunflower sundaes.
  • Two-Timer Date: The episode "The Double Date" has Oswald agreeing on going to both Daisy's pool and watching "Penguin Patrol" with Henry. The conflict gets resolves as the three friends decided to place the pool inside Henry's apartment so they can both play in the pool and watch TV.
  • Verbal Tic: Leo has "yes, yes!" while his identical twin brother often calls people "old boy".

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