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A Canadian television program which aired in the late 90's and early 2000's, aimed at children that was created by William Joyce. It once aired on the Playhouse Disney block of Disney Channel on the United States and is currently seen in repeats on the 24/7 Disney Junior network, the successor of Playhouse Disney.

Rolie Polie Olie centers on the title character, who by all appearances is a robot made out of spheres, and his family. His best friend and next-door neighbor, Billy Bevel is made out of cubes. He has a robot dog, and several inanimate objects have faces.

A Nelvana program.


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  • All-CGI Cartoon
  • All Just a Dream: "The Lie". Olie has a bizarre dream about the brussel sprout he lied to his mother about eating, which leads him to admit that he was wrong to lie.
  • Alliterative Name: Billy Bevel.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Everything that has a face often have the ability to move and perform action of their own accord, even having personalities. At one point, the house the Polies live in even catches a cold. Note that it wasn't really a cold. He was just experiencing cold-like symptoms as Dicey was stuck up his spout.
  • Animation Bump: The animation is noticeably faster in the earlier seasons.
  • Baby See Baby Do: In "Dingliedangliedoodle", Zowie copies her father's action of accidentally dropping a wrench on his foot, right down to copying him saying the word "dingliedangliedoodle".
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  • Bare Your Midriff: Mrs. Ethel Triangle, Olie's teacher. Also Mrs. Bevel.
  • Beach Episode: "Beach Blanket Gizmo". It doesn't actually take place at the beach, though; Olie and Zowie are feeling down because Billy got to go to the beach and they didn't, so Uncle Gizmo helps them throw a beach party in their backyard.
  • Big Damn Movie: Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun
  • Birthday Episode: The entire Great Defender of Fun movie is about Zowie trying to have a birthday party, while Gloomius Maximus tries to stop it.
  • Blue Boy Pink Girl: Coo and Coochie
  • Christmas Episode: A few episodes feature "Jingle Jangle Day", this world's equivalent of Christmas.
  • Clueless Aesop: In the episode "Dingliedangliedoodle", Zowie learns that mentioned word is bad. They meant to teach kids that you should not do profanity, but do they really think kids are gonna get the message from a nonsense word? Also, a few kids misinterpreted the lesson as "Do not use the word dingliedangliedoodle, cuz it's a bad word, although it is a made up word".
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In "Dingliedangliedoodle", when Zowie hears the word "Dingliedangliedoodle" (which is seen as a cuss word in-universe), she starts dancing around singing it.
  • Expressive Mask: Like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, faces turn up in some unusual places, like Olie's teapot house.
  • Extendable Arms: The robots can stretch their arms and legs to any length they want.
  • Freudian Excuse: Gloomius Maximus's motivation to be bad comes from the fact that he never had fun in his life.
  • Halloween Episode: "The Legend of Spookie Ookie", "Oooh Scary", and "Zowie, Queen of the Pumpkins".
  • Happily Adopted: The Polies adopt Coochie and Coo at the end of Baby Bot Chase, partially due to the fact that the twins had come to love the Polies as much as the Polies loved them.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: Olie gets hiccups in "Hickety Ups", which he enjoys at first, hit soon becomes annoyed by them. Patience is key as he loses them in the end, only for Billy to get them.
  • Homemade Inventions: Olie's father built a shrink ray at one point. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Impact Silhouette:
    • In "Roll the Camera" a mishap with the lawn polisher sends Olie's dad through a hedge.
    • In "Zowie's Harmonica" Spot rolls through the same hedge leaving a circle shaped hole.
    • Olie does this partially in "Where O Where Did Olie Go?" when he (in his shrunken form) crash lands into a cake.
    • Olie and Billy do this together with a tree in an episode when their soap box racer goes haywire.
    • In "Spot That Hero" a giant dog's bark sends Spot crashing into a hedge in the park leaving a clean impression of his body.
  • In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: In later seasons, the intro ends with William Joyce's name appearing above the logo.
  • Innocent Swearing: In one episode, Zowie unknowingly repeats a bad word (Dingliedangliedoodle) to the point of singing it. Interestingly, the episode is named after the "bad word".
  • Invisibility: Olie accidentally gets turned invisible in "Pretend Friend".
  • Iris Out: Each scene ends with one.
  • Kid Detective: Olie and Zowie become these in the episodes "Detective Polie's Cookie Caper" and "House Detectives".
  • LEGO Body Parts: Olie and Billy pull this off in "Switcheroo" to see what it's like to be each other's shape.
  • Me's a Crowd: In "1 Olie, 2 Olie, 3 Olie, 4", Olie duplicates himself and makes the duplicate do his homework, but the duplicate ends up making more duplicates to do the homework. It gets to the point where there are 99 Olies, including the original!
  • Mind over Matter: In one episode, Olie and his friend Billy gain psychic powers when they press a button on their father's invention.
  • Mind Screw: Everything has a face. Everything. Even the silverware.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Most of the robots. The objects with eyes, however, often have pupils.
  • Mundane Utility: Said shrink ray is used to shrink all of the clutter in the garage.
    • At one point, a time machine is used to stop the dog from breaking a bowling trophy.
    • The characters often travel into space as easily and regularly as driving to the store.
  • My Nayme Is: Zowie's name is pronounced like "Zoe."
  • The Noseless: In "Follow Yer Nose", Olie's nose falls off in a skateboarding accident. He discovers he can smell his nose's surroundings, and he and Billy use this ability to find it.
  • Odd Name Out: The babies on the Mothership in Baby Bot Chase include Cuddley, Wuddley, Googie, Gaga, Pookie, Babby, Giggley, and...Fred. It was also the former home of Coochie and Coo.
  • Out Of Control Popcorn: When Olie and Billy were making popcorn for the monster movie marathon on tv, they accidentally forgot about the popcorn and soon Olie's kitchen is full of popcorn.
  • Overly Long Title: "The Best Doggone Show In The World", "Showdown At the Ol' Polie Corral", "Scruba-dub-dubby-A Spot In The Tubby" (yes, that's the name of an episode), "Lady Bug Lady Bug Fly Away Home", and so on.
  • Polka-Dot Disease: In "Polie Pox", Olie gets an illness of the same name which makes him break out in mulitcoloured spots. Zowie is jealous and wants the disease too so she'll get "polka spots" and ice cream. She eventually gets it.
  • Precision F-Strike: In "Dingliedangliedoodle", After Olie's dad gets hurt while fixing the lawn mower, he yells "Dingliedangliedoodle!" By the way, the word he said was apparently an in universe curse word, and not the "f" word. It is referred to as the "three D word.".
  • Puppy Love: Olie and his friend Polly Pi seem to have this.
  • Retro Universe: One that seems to be equal parts 1920s, 1940s and 1950s.
  • Robot Antennae: All the robots have antennae on top of their heads, often accompanied by Robot Hair.
  • Sick Episode: "Polie Pox" has Olie and eventually Zowie get sick with an illness despite both being robots.
  • Skyward Scream: In "It's a Roundi-ful life" WHAT ABOUT MEEEE?
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World:In the episode "We Scream for Ice Cream", though it's actually made of ice cream.
  • Space Whale Aesop: In "Rewind", Olie sets off his father's time machine when he cleans the garage too quickly. After time fluctuates between reversing and flowing normally, Olie learns not to rush through his chores, or else his efforts could become quickly undone, requiring him to do them over more carefully. Truth in Television, even for people without access to time travel.
  • Space Pirates: Gloomius Maximus and the Baddies.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: In universe, Gloomius Maximus is a literal one of these, his goal being to drain the emotion of fun from the universe.
  • Stop Copying Me: Once, the little Zowie begins to parrot Olie, much to his annoyance. He eventually exploits this to make her go to bed.
  • Three Shorts
  • Title Character and Title Theme Tune: "He's Rolie Polie Olie, he's small and smart and round! And in the Land of Curves and Curls, he's the swellest kid around!"
  • T-Word Euphemism: A variety for the in-universe swear "dingliedangliedoodle". They refer to it as the "three-'D' word".
  • Villain Song: Gloomius Maximus gets one in The Great Defender of Fun.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: similar to Samus' Morph Ball — Olie can roll up into a sphere to travel somehow.
    • Olie's dog Spot can do this as well.
  • You Mean "Xmas": The characters celebrate "Jingle-Jangle-Day", which is indistinguishable from Christmas in its secular trappings. There's also Spooky Ooky Day (Halloween) and Gooey Hearts Day (Valentine's Day).


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