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"Pearlie is IN THE PARK!"

Pearlie is a park fairy with a giant-sized heart and a wardrobe to match. Appointed by Fairy HQ, Pearlie keeps Jubilee Park in sparkling order. She’s a type A personality full of nutty, over the top plans, parties and events for the park and its residents. She has assistance in Jasper, her right hand elf, although he prefers chilling out to real work. There’s also Opal, an outback fairy from Australia sent to learn the ropes of park management from Pearlie.

But all isn’t perfect in Jubilee Park. Pearlie’s cousin Saphira is jealous of Pearlie’s popularity in the fairy world and desperately wants her job. With her incompetent assistant Ludwig, a bat with a heavy German accent, Saphira sets out to spoil perky Pearlie’s day any way she can. Pearlie remains oblivious – always thinking the best of her cousin – while Opal and Jasper are more hip to Saphira’s game. Saphira resides in the park’s greenhouse, running a day-spa for well-heeled fairies, butterflies and the odd goblin fairy inspector.


Based on the children's book series Pearlie the Park Fairy by Wendy Harmer, Pearlie is an Australian-Canadian animated series produced by Australia's Sticky Pictures Ltd. and Canada's Nelvana that ran for one season of 26 episodes from 2009 to 2011 on YTV in Canada and Network Ten in Australia. Reruns later appeared on Qubo in the United States.

Tropes used is this series include:

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Happens to Jasper when he is asked to fill in as drummer for the rock band Buggy Holly and the Crickets in "Bongo Boy". He is so busy giving interviews that he fails to rehearse.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Jasper. His skin is slightly tanner than Pearlie who's fair white, and he has dreadlocks.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Gobsmack. He even wears lip gloss in "Snip and Snit".
  • Animated Adaptation: Of an obscure Australian children's book series.
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  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In "Super Sized Elf" Jasper grows to human size, which is giant by elf standards.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Jasper. He always goes barefoot and often wiggles his toes to show how much he enjoys it.
  • Funny Animal: Ludwig the bat, Sugar the possum, and Scrag and Mr. Flea the rats, among others.
  • G-Rated Drug: An ENTIRE EPISODE make a Love Bug's bites look like an acid trip.
  • Granola Girl: Fern who looks and acts a lot like a 1960s hippie and talks to animals in a chant, saying "Love, Peace, Trees".
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: In "If The Boot Fits", we get a Foot Focus on Gobsmack's ugly, smelly feet. Though it's probably smellier after having to wear cowboy boots.
  • Groupie Brigade: A groupie brigade of fairies pursue Buggy Holly and the Crickets when they play in the park in "Bongo Boy".
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Ludwig, who wears only a necktie and glasses.
  • Magic Skirt: Saphira, and rather justifiable when you think on it.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Pearlie gets swallowed by a self-mobile carnivorous plant in "Prickly Friends".
  • The Masquerade: The fairies make it a practice not to show themselves in front of humans (except babies, since they can't talk).
  • Our Fairies Are Different: They are of the tiny humanoids with wings variety. Pearlie has a wand while Opal uses a lasso to do magic.
  • Pretty in Mink: Saphira wears an extravagant, fur-trimmed outfit in "Whiter Shade of Pale."
  • Rock Theme Naming: Many characters have gem and/or mineral names, like protagonist Pearlie, friends Opal and Jasper, and cousin Saphira.
  • She's Got Legs: Saphira, due to wearing a short skirt and thigh-high boots.
  • Shout-Out: One of the episodes is titled "Socks in the City", similarly to Sex and the City.
  • The Ditz: Pearlie, willing to sponsor a dangerous dragonfly race and let a primadonna fairy boss her around.