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Left to right: Frookie, Grizelda, True, Bartleby, the Rainbow King, Zee

"Zip zap zoom, I choose you! Wake up, (wish name)! Wish come true!"

True and the Rainbow Kingdom is a Netflix cartoon that premiered in 2017. In Canada, it airs on Kids CBC. On June 15, 2018, a second season was released. On May 3, 2019, a third season was released.

The series follows a little girl named True and her cat, Bartleby. True has the ability to use wishes, who are little creatures that live in the Wishing Tree. They are kept by Zee, the apprentice of the Rainbow King.

The show is animated by Guru Studio, whose previous works include The Backyardigans and PAW Patrol.

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"Zip zap zoom, I choose you! Wake up, tropers! Wish come true!"

  • Aerith and Bob: While True and Zee are real names, they're far less common than Grizelda.
  • Animesque: The show is basically a Western-made Magical Girl anime.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In "Frookie Sitting," the magical flower first turns the puppy Frookie into five Frookies. After this problem is fixed, it ends up working its magic again, this time making her into a giant dog.
  • Big "NO!": Grizelda has one in "Great Grizmos!"
    Grizelda: Nooooooooooooo-
    Bartleby: Are you done?
    Grizelda: -ooooooooooo!
  • Birthday Episode: "True's Birthday Party".
  • Catchphrase:
    • True: "Zip zap zoom, wish come true!"
    • Zee: "The wishing tree has heard you, True. It's time to get your three wishes."
    • The Yetis: "HI!"
  • Cat Ninja: Apparently, Bartleby is a ninja.
  • Cats Are Snarkers/Deadpan Snarker: Bartleby's defining trait.
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  • Color Failure: Exaggerated/played for drama in "Cosmic Sneeze". The Wachoogieboogies cause everything in the Rainbow Kingdom, from buses to buildings to Zee and even the Rainbow King himself to change/lose color. By the time True and Bartleby return with the cure, the Rainbow Kingdom is almost entirely gray.
  • Comically Small Bribe: In the episode "Big Green Bounce", Bartleby tries to bribe one of Grizelda's Grizmos with some Fishy Poof Crackers.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: True, Zee, and Grizelda, who have blue, purple, and golden hair and eyes, respectively.
  • Cry Cute: True, Zee and Grizelda.
  • Expy: Glummy Glooma's hometown, Soggy Bottom Swamp, is very similar to Foggy Bottom. Even the wiki mentions this.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Inverted with Bartleby (male cat), but played straight with Frookie (male dog).
  • Fictional Disability: In "Cosmic Sneeze", the Rainbow King falls ill with a cold-like illness called "the Wachoogieboogies".
  • Find the Cure!: The main plot of "Cosmic Sneeze" is True and Bartleby having to trek up Mount Tippy Tippy Top and retrieve a feather from the Hino Tari bird to cure an ailing Rainbow King.
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: In "Great Gizmos!", when True wakes Bartleby, he tells her that he can't start his day without a hug from "you-know-who." She asks if he means the Rainbow King, saying that he's very busy, but there's always time for "True tickles."
  • Girlish Pigtails: True.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Grizelda, on her better days.
  • Incoming Ham: From "Zip Zap Zooooooom!:
    Bus: "True! What do we do? WHAT DO WE DO?!"
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: True and Bartleby.
  • Lethal Chef: Zee is shown to be this in "Cosmic Sneeze".
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: "Zip zap zoom, wish come true! Wake up, (insert wish name here)! Wish come true!"
  • Meaningful Name: True is the only girl able to use the wishes. What do wishes do? Come true.
  • No Antagonist: This series doesn't have an antagonist, instead focusing on conflicts within its protagonists and/or the citizens of the Rainbow Kingdom. The only exceptions are the episodes "A Royal Stink" and "Happy Hearts Day", which features a villain: Glummy Glooma, cousin of the Rainbow King and the loneliest person in the Rainbow Kingdom, who is determined to spread his gloom everywhere.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Cosmic Sneeze", when the colors of the Rainbow Kingdom start fading away, Zee, normally a Mellow Fellow, starts freaking out.
  • Older Than They Look: The Rainbow King is over four hundred million years old.
  • Princess for a Day: "A Royal Stink" focused on True being crowned Queen of the Rainbow Kingdom for one day.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Frookie.
  • Royal Brat: Grizelda, on her worse days.
  • Sick Episode: "Cosmic Sneeze" for the Rainbow King.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The Rainbow King and his cousin, Glummy Glooma, look almost identical, with the exception of wearing different headgear.
  • Sugar Bowl: The Rainbow Kingdom serves as this.
  • Three Wishes: A key element of the show. As a rule, two of the wishes will at first seem obviously useful, while the usefulness of the third one will only become clear later on.
  • Title Theme Tune: "She's True, True and the Rainbow Kingdom!"
  • Two Girls and a Guy: True, Grizelda, and Zee.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: True has blue hair, and Zee has purple hair.
    • As a gag in "Cosmic Sneeze", the Wachoogieboogies temporarily turned True's hair pink.
  • Youthful Freckles: Zee.


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