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If you're in trouble and you need someone to help you out,
There's no need to whistle and there's no need to shout
Hey, hey, hey, hey, help is on its way!
Join the Koala Brothers,
Join the Koala Brothers,
Join the Koala Brothers,
Join the Koala Brothers,
Help is on its way!
—The Theme Song
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The Koala Brothers is a UK and Australian stop-motion animated TV series by Cosgrove Hall which aired on CBeebies and Playhouse Disney. It involves a pair of koala brothers named Frank and Buster that ride in an airplane to look for others in need of help. This show is known for Frank and Buster helping out their friends with various problems such as what to do when sick, how to take care of a plant, or even help repair an ice cream truck.

When Playhouse Disney became Disney Junior, repeats of the show were carried over to it.


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Tropes in this show:

  • An Aesop: Being a Playhouse Disney show, it definitely has these.
  • Big "YES!": Doubles with Oh, Crap! when Buster realizes that Frank took off without him in "Ned the Pilot".
    Mitzy: Buster, weren't you suppose to be on the plane too?
    Buster: Yes? (Beat) YES!!
  • Birthday Episode: George's birthday is celebrated in the episode "George and the Parcel".
  • Butt-Monkey: Buster seems to fill this role, whether getting hit by planks, unable to remember putting fuel in the plane or, in one episode (when Ned decided he wants to be a pilot), when Frank accidentally leaves him behind due to Mitzy refusing to open the gate, and Buster offers to open it for them.
  • Catchphrase: "We're here to help!", said cheerily by Frank and Buster.
  • Christmas Episode: The Koala Brothers Outback Christmas
  • Every Episode Ending: The episodes end with the cast singing "The Helping Song" before the credits.
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  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Penny the Penguin. Interestingly, she's portrayed as being from Antarctica, despite Australia also having penguins.
  • Exact Words: At one point, Mitzy offers to do Ned's job with the bats during the plane takeoffs while Ned learns how to be a pilot himself. She never says anything about opening the gates, which leads to Buster getting out of the plane to open them... and being left behind by accident.
  • Funny Animal: All of the characters are these.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Averted; everyone who goes for a ride in the plane always wears goggles over their eyes.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: In one episode, Lolly the Emu makes all sorts of nasty flavors of ice cream including spinach and broccoli.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Buster has a small tuft of hair on his head.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All episodes feature the name of the character Frank and Buster are helping, as told per the pre-episode intro before it starts.
  • Job Song: The theme is about the koalas' job helping people.
  • Kangaroos Represent Australia: Josie the Kangaroo.
  • The Kiddie Ride: Northern Leisure/Kiddy Rides UK has spawned the brothers' plane, using technology from Fun2Learn.
  • Minimalist Cast
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Averted with Archie the Crocodile.
  • No Antagonist: While the characters can be inconsiderate sometimes and have different opinions, there are no villains or disagreeable characters - the emphasis is on helping others and being a good friend.
  • Plank Gag: Happens in a few episodes, with Buster being the most frequent victim.
  • Running Gag /Once per Episode: Whenever Frank and Buster fly the airplane out of their house, they always manage to knock over their letter box.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: This series not only has the titular koalas, but also an emu, a wombat, a platypus, an echidna, a possum, and sometimes even a penguin.
  • Something We Forgot: One episode had Frank take off for a postal run while leaving Buster (who got out of the plane to open the gate) behind!
  • Sweet Tooth: See Trademark Favorite Food.
  • Title Theme Tune: "Hey, hey, hey, hey, help is on its way. Call The Koala Brothers, call the Koala Brothers, call the Koala Brothers, call the Koala Brothers, help is on its way!"
  • Trademark Favorite Food: For Buster, it's butter cookies.
  • Turtle Power: George the Turtle.
  • Wrap-Up Song: The cast sings "The Helping Song" at the end of every episode before the credits roll.
  • You Didn't Ask: Frank's stated reason for not mentioning that he had a photo of Penny the penguin in The Koala Brothers Outback Christmas.


Always try to help (Care for one another!)
Always try to help (Share what you have with others!)
Always try to help (Be kind to everyone!)
Helping others is lots of fun!
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