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

As the show's last episode was almost 20 years ago and only had one season, it really Needs More Love.


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Oswald contains examples of:

  • Alliterative Title: Henry loves watching Penguin Patrol, a Show Within a Show that repeats the letter "P" in its title.
  • All-Loving Hero: Oswald.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Henry exhibits many autistic-spectrum traits as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder. He has an extremely rigid routine, 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. Oswald, being the person he is, tries his best to accommodate Henry while also gently encouraging him to try new things.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Leo and Egbert are twin anthropomorphic eggs.
  • The Bore: Henry dislikes unnecessary extravagance, preferring to stick to his safe, boring daily routines. Of course, excitement inevitably follow him and Oswald around when they're together.
  • Catchphrase:
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    • 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.
  • Feud Episode: "Friends Indeed" has Henry and Daisy arguing with one another when Daisy mistakenly uses Henry's favorite spoon as a shovel and Henry accidentally steps on one of Daisy's plants. Oswald tries to fix the problem by cleaning the spoon and straightening the plant, but the two refuse to talk or be near each other. Oswald ends up being stuck in the middle of their conflict as they each try to get Oswald to do things with them while avoiding the other. After Oswald gets fed up of it, he ends up getting stuck on a giant worm. Henry and Daisy end up having to work together to rescue Oswald and become friends again at the end.
  • 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.
  • Funny Octopus: Downplayed with Oswald. The image of a large blue octopus wearing a bowler hat, and with a pet hot dog that looks like an actual dog, is pretty amusing, but Oswald doesn't act too comedic. Instead, the show focuses more on him being a Nice Guy and Friend to All Living Things.
  • Genki Girl: Daisy is very upbeat and always ready to have some fun.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Oswald's catchphrase, "Oh, my gosh!" , as well as Daisy's "Golly tamale!"
  • Informed Species: Oswald doesn’t look much like an octopus.
  • Irony:
    • Oswald is an octopus who needs to wear a life-jacket to swim.
    • Henry the penguin hates getting wet.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In a world where almost everybody is polite and helpful to each other the only real “jerk” by the show’s standards would be Henry who can be a bit picky and fussy at times and may be reluctant to try new things, but even that isn’t enough to make him that bad of a guy. Deep down he cares for his friends and is willing to be more open-minded as well as share his favorite things with them as well.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Daisy is a very tomboyish girl, who's often seen on a unicycle or rollerskates.
  • Plant Person: Daisy, an anthropomorphic sunflower, as well as Steve Tree, Cactus Pokky, and a few others.
  • 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.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Daisy and Madame Butterfly. The former is an action-oriented sports girl while the latter is calmer, more graceful, and motherly who is also a supreme chef and baker.
  • Too Many Cooks Spoil the Soup: In "The Birdhouse", Oswald decides to build a bird house and each of his friends offer suggestions to add things that "birds like" such as painted polka dots, flowers, and bells. This results in a cluttered mess that the birds can't even figure out how to get inside. A rain storm washes away all the additions and Oswald realizes that birds like a simple bird house.
  • 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 and spends most of the episode going back and forth between his plans. 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".
  • Visual Pun: Weenie, who is a dog note .
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