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

"Zip zap zoo, 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 CBC Kids. 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.


"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 Frookie 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 has this when she uses wishes: "Zip zap zoom, wish come true!" She had to say it backwards to wield the Reewee's power.
    • Zee: "The wishing tree has heard you, True. It's time to get your three wishes."
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    • The Yetis: "HI!"
  • Cat Ninja: Apparently, Bartleby is a ninja.
  • Cats Are Snarkers/Deadpan Snarker: Bartleby's defining trait.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase
  • 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. Zee loses his cool upon realising this.
  • Comically Small Bribe: In the episode "Big Green Bounce", Bartleby tries to bribe one of Grizelda's Grizmos with some Fishy Poof Crackers.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Had Bartleby just waited for his turn to use the Switcheroo in "True Switcheroo", Bartleby's and True's spirits would not have been swapped by the device's swapping lasers.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: True, Zee, and Grizelda, who have blue, purple, and golden hair and eyes, respectively.
  • Cry Cute: True, Zee and Grizelda.
  • Dub Species Change: The troll seen in the episode "Fee Fi Fo Frookie" was changed into an elf in the Latin American Spanish dub.
  • Epic Fail: This is what happens when Bartleby tries to use the Switcheroo, resulting in his spirit being ejected from his body and into True's and vice versa.
  • 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.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In "True Switcheroo", True and Bartleby come across a mysterious device known as the Switcheroo, which switches their bodies and spirits when Bartleby tries to do test it out on his own. For some reason, they do not just switch back to normal immediately upon finding out (although they had trouble with each other's hands). Zee almost freaks out upon his discovery of this.
    • Later in the episode, the Rainbow King himself suffers this with some kind of bee-like insect. Then Grizelda and her pet Frookie suffer this when she questions why there are multiple crystals.
  • 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 exemplifies this trope on her better days.
  • Incoming Ham: From "Zip Zap Zooooooom!:
    Bus: "True! What do we do? WHAT DO WE DO?!"
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: True and her friends exploit this to get past some crystal debris in "Zip Zap Zooooom!" with Syzer. Her reasoning? There are way to many crystals to shrink down.
  • 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. This guy is determined to spread his gloom everywhere.
  • No Mouth: True, Bartleby, Zee, and Grizelda sometimes get this when they have their mouth closed very tightly or super small, possibly to ease animation.
  • OOC 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 becomes this 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!"
  • Token Human: True, Grizelda, and Zee are the only human characters on the show. Everyone else is either an abstract creature, some kind of animal, or whatever.
  • 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 has three on each of his cheeks.


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