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Way up high in the Rolie Polie sky, is a little round planet with a little nice guy.
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Rolie Polie Olie is a computer animated Canadian Preschool Show created by illustrator William Joyce and animation studio Nelvana. It ran from 1997 to 2007 for a total 111 episodes. In the United States, it aired on Disney Channel's preschool block Playhouse Disney and is currently rerunning on the block's 24/7 successor, Disney Junior.

Olie Polie is a little robot boy who lives with his mother, father, grandfather (or "pappy," as he calls him), little sister Zowie and their dog Spot on Planet Polie, an Art Deco-inspired world populated entirely by robots and sentient objects. Together with his cubical friend Billy Bevel, who's family are from the nearby Planet Cubey, Olie learns, through fun and imagination, the values of friendship, family and what it means to be a great kid.

The entire series can be viewed on YouTube here, courtesy of Nelvana's Treehouse Direct.

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  • All-CGI Cartoon: Though not the very first (that title belongs to Reboot), it was still one of the very first animated TV series created with the then-revolutionary medium of 3D computer animation.
  • 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: The surname in Billy's family is Bevel, and everyone has a first name that begins with B.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Everything that has a face often has 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.
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  • Animation Bump: The framerate of the animation becomes noticeably slower in the later seasons.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Zowie can sometimes come off as this towards Olie, though most of the time it's unintentional.
  • 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".
  • 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. Unusually for what's part of a preschool show, the film features a villain who poses a genuine threat to the characters.
  • 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.
  • The Bully: Screwie in his debut episode, spending most of it teasing Olie and Billy about how much better he is at all the things the latter two do.
  • Chickenpox Episode: A variant; the episode "Polie Pox" is about Olie getting the titular illness and being covered in itchy multicolored spots. Zowie wishes that she had Polie Pox too so she could eat some ice cream. At the end of the episode, she gets it too.
  • Christmas Episode: A few episodes feature "Jingle Jangle Day", this world's equivalent of Christmas.
  • Clueless Aesop: In the episode "Dingliedangliedoodle", Zowie learns that the 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.
  • Cool Aunt: Inverted with Billy's Aunt Rhombus. While we never actually see her in the series, Billy seems to find spending time with her incredibly dreary and soul-crushing.
  • Cool Big Bro:
    • Olie is a very supportive and loving big brother to Zowie, frequently seen comforting her whenever she's down and helping her with an activity she doesn't know how to do.
    • From what we see of it, Uncle Gizmo was the same thing to Mr. Polie during their childhoods, both of them having similar interactions to those shared by Olie and Zowie.
  • Cool Old Guy: Pappy has had quite the life - he once owned the boat in the Polies' backyard, was an astronaut for a certain length of time, and in the present day he lives on a farm with a group of animals that includes a cow who can produce ice cream. He also adores his grandchildren and loves having fun with them.
  • Cool Old Lady: His sister, the aptly named Great Aunt Polieanna, isn't too far off. She's had quite a history of travelling, and she's similarly quite enthusiastic and good-humoured.
  • Cool Uncle: Many of the episodes featuring Uncle Gizmo have him showing Olie and Zowie an aspect of something they didn't know existed and how fun it all is.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: In "Ciminin Toast" Olie and Zowie create a soup for their parents out of cereal, cheese, watermelon, gravy, dry spaghetti, marshmallows, peanut butter, hot dogs, a pickle, a banana, and even motor oil. It's so disgusting, even the sentient bowl they make the soup with turns Green Around the Gills. But Spot was more than happy to eat all of it anyway.
  • Cousin Oliver: Later on in the series, the Polies adopt twin babies named Coochie and Coo.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Great Defender of Fun, compared to the rest of the series and especially the other movie, The Baby Bot Chase. Given the mostly light-hearted and optimistic tone of the series, The Great Defender of Fun is about as dark as it gets, with the plot being about Gloomius Maxiumus, an evil space pirate trying to get rid of all the fun and positivity in the galaxy. The darkest moment in the whole film is when everyone in the main cast gets close to being dragged into the Galaxy of Gloom, which is something that looks eerily similar to a black hole.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: The plot of the episode "What to Be" focuses around Olie thinking about what occupation he should take when he grows up, from a paleontologist to an orchestra conductor.
  • Episode Tagline: The episode "Dingliedangliedoodle" is about Zowie saying, "Dingliedangliedoodle" after hearing her dad say it, but being told to stop because apparently it's a cuss word.
  • 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.
  • Eye Take: In "Ciminin Toast", when Olie takes a whiff of the soup that he and Zowie made for their parents, it's so disgusting, his eyes grow wide, then shrink to the size of peas.
  • Fighting Back Is Wrong: An episode introduced the character Screwy who was being an arrogant bully to the other kids (and keeps that role throughout the series). After introducing himself as an all-around jerk, Olie is reprimanded by his father and teacher when he commented about his rusty hands. Billy and Olie had to apologize while Screwy got away with his behavior.
  • Freudian Excuse: Gloomius Maximus's motivation to be bad comes from the fact that he never had fun in his life.
  • In a flashback in "Blinkin' Beacon Day", Young!Percy, Young!Uncle Gizmo, and Young!Pappy are all shown "steely-dipping", which is the bot equivalent of skinny-dipping.
  • Grand Finale: ''The Great Defender of Fun'' becomes this in the series. The sixth and final season is both the series' Sequel Series and "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
  • Good Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Polie are both very generous and encouraging towards their children, and most of the time they manage to keep their patience with them even if they do something wrong. Billy's parents are pretty good too, even if we don't see as much of them.
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: Olie and Zowie's parents have been married since long before the events of the series and couldn't be any happier with each other.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: Olie gets hiccups in "Hickety Ups", which he enjoys at first, but 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.
  • Honesty Aesop: The episode "The Lie" has Olie lie that he ate all his Brussels sprouts when in reality he ate all but one. However, he dreams that the Brussels sprout grows bigger every time he lies about it, so he tells the truth when he wakes up.
  • 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 soapbox 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 begins and ends with one.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Screwie becomes this after his introductory episode. He retains his grouchy and abrasive demeanour and is not above making a narcissistic comment about something (“I'm best at everything” being a great example), but he does care about Olie and the others to some extent. The episode “Orb's Well that Ends Well” has him express his feelings of insecurity to Mrs. Triangle about how other people would perceive him due to being different, and at the end, he's seen playing with everyone else and getting along perfectly fine with them.
  • 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!
  • Middle Child Syndrome: In "The Coochie Coochie Coo Blues", Zowie realizes that she is now the middle child of the family because Coochie and Coo are younger than her. She feels ignored and left out. She wants to be a baby again and starts throwing a tantrum, but her family tells her that if she's a baby, then she can't do fun things like eat ice cream. Zowie learns that she will always be her family's little bot whether she's big or small, and the episode ends with a heartwarming little song about how it's just fine to be in the middle.
  • 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 Spot 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."
  • Never Say "Die": Averted in one case when Gloomius Maximus sings, "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha, sucking all the fun, this is what I like to do, it's better than killing a spider with my shoe."
  • Nice Guy: This show is so full of them that you could count the number of not-so-nice people on one hand.
  • 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.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Coochie and Coo.
  • Playing Sick: In "Polie Pox", Zowie paints spots on her face to try and trick her parents into thinking that she has the titular disease. Mrs. Polie immediately sees through the ruse, but realizes that Zowie is feeling neglected, and gives her some ice cream anyway.
  • Polka-Dot Disease: In "Polie Pox", Olie gets an illness of the same name which makes him break out in multicolored 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 lawnmower, 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.
  • Real After All: In "The Legend of Spookie Ookie", Pappy is asked to pretend to be the dreaded pumpkin monster Spookie Ookie and chase Olie and Zowie. Later that night, it does appear that Pappy in his Spookie Ookie costume chases Olie and Zowie around, but at the very end of the episode, however, it's revealed that Pappy himself has been asleep the entire time! Cue "Oh, Crap!".
  • Reincarnation: In "Madame Bot-erfly", it's implied that the butterfly Olie and Zowie were trying to catch all day is the reincarnation of their deceased grandmother Lulu.
  • Retro Universe: One that seems to be equal parts 1920s, 1940s, and 1950s.
  • Rhyming Names: The titular character, Olie Polie, as well as several others, such as Bonita Jaquita and Ethel Triangle.
  • Robot Antennae: All the robots have antennae on top of their heads, often accompanied by Robot Hair.
  • Santa Claus: Klanky Klaus, the universe's equivalent of Santa.
  • 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":
    Olie: WHAT ABOUT MEEEEEEE???
  • 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.
  • Strictly Formula: "Cutie Go Bye-Bye" has a similar plot outline to "Zowie's Harmonica" — both episodes involve Spot obtaining one of Zowie's possessions and hiding it. There is a significant difference in how getting the two things back is played out — in the case of "Zowie's Harmonica", it's the furniture and appliances in the household that try to get the harmonica back to Zowie, while in "Cutie Go Bye-Bye", it's the Polies themselves who try to retrieve Cutie. Spot also acts differently in both of those situations — in "Zowie's Harmonica" he doesn't want to give the harmonica back to Zowie, while in "Cutie Go Bye-Bye" he is perfectly willing to help the Polies find Cutie despite the fact that he was responsible for her disappearance.
  • 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!"
  • Theme Twin Naming: Coochie and Coo, both named after the Baby Talk phrase "coochie coo".
  • 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: Olie and Spot can roll up into a sphere to travel.
  • 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 Harts Day (Valentine's Day).
  • You No Take Candle: Zowie talks like this.

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