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"Anything is possible with Wally, all you need is a word!"
An animated interactive comedy for preschoolers created by Adam Peltzman, a Nick Jr. veteran who previously wrote for Blue's Clues, Wonder Pets! and The Backyardigans. The show centers on the adventures of Wally Trollman and his pet dragon, Norville.
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Wally and Norville live in a mythical forest among giants, goblins, ogres, sprites, and fantastical creatures of every shape and size. But Wally has a power like no other; using his magic stick, he can make any word spring to life! Each adventure has a new set of magic words that share a certain characteristic (they may start with a given letter, have a certain sound, or rhyme with each other). Wally uses these words to play with and transform the world around him. For example, if the magic words begin with "c" and have a hard "c" sound, Wally can create a castle, and launch himself into it with a catapult.

Wally uses his magic to solve problems, help friends, and overcome the antics of the forest's resident troublemaker, Bobgoblin. At times, however, his magic stick can cause unintended complications, such as conjuring a word that accidentally makes the whole forest go dark or sends his house galloping away! But Wally's magic stick ALWAYS helps kids learn new words and the basics of reading with each exciting, hilarious adventure.

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  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Due to the nature of Wally's magic stick this happens a lot. For instance: in the beginning of one episode Wally conjures up a bunch of shovels and has them shake (that is, dance) but one of the shovels is hiding behind a bush because it's shy and after Wally and Norville convince it to come out by offering to dance with it it busts out all a bunch of Break-dancing moves and Wally expresses shock that it turned out to be such a good dancer.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Wally's dragon Norville barks and otherwise behaves like a dog in a lot of ways.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Though everyone's a fantastic race of some sort so it doesn't feel too weird. Libby, a fairy (who are usually pretty human-looking) is the only one with a skin tone you might find in real life. Though Gina, who's a giant (who are also usually pretty human-looking) is purple, so...
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  • Animate Inanimate Object: Wally uses the word "talk" on a rock and it comes to life. Her name's Rockelle and she and Wally become fast friends.
  • Argument of Contradictions: In "Castle Caper," Wally tries to smuggle in Norville into the castle that Bobgoblin has taken over in a cake as a Trojan Horse. The plan fails spectacularly: Wally dresses up in a Paper-Thin Disguise as a cake-delivery guy, but Bobgoblin replies that he didn't order a cake. Wally replies that he did and Bobgoblin just repeatedly argues that he didn't, until he catches Norville making noises in the cake, at which point Wally issues a Suspiciously Specific Denial about there being a dragon in the cake.
  • Baleful Polymorph: In one episode, Hattie turns Bobgoblin into a cute bunny after she catches him riding on her broom. Bobgoblin thinks that being turned into a bunny is disgusting.
  • Baths Are Fun:
    • The Aesop of "How to Bathe Your Dragon." Wally even says straight up to his dragon, Norville, that "baths are fun."
    • In "The Bathmobile," Norville has apparently learned his lesson so well that he is in charge of the titular bathmobile along with Wally and helps to tempt others into the bath with bath toys and such.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: In "Victor the Villain" Victor the Villain is called "Silly" by Wally, but later on he manages to take everyone's stuff and drop it into an Ice Volcano.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Wally is the hero and his skin is blue.
  • Christmas Episode: Wally Saves the Trollidays
  • Companion Cube: Gina loves talking to/with her dolls. Truth in Television since it's a pretty common thing for girls in her age group to do.
  • Couch Gag: In the theme song, when the verse goes into the "Whoo-ho-ho-ho", whomever the camera focuses on during it is usually whom the episode will focus on, this includes Wally and Norville himself.
  • Cute Witch: Hattie, and later her younger sister Cappie
  • Description Cut: In "The Great Missing Potato," Wally explains that he and Norvill have to get past a goblin guard in order to get to the wishing potato.
    Wally: He's big and he's strong and he's...
    Wally and Norville: Bobgoblin?!
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Pretty much everyone on this show goes barefoot. Though there was an instance where Wally gifted Libby some shiny shoes and she absolutely adored them. So it could be that they don't outright dislike shoes, but never think to wear them.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Buddy Pal Friend Day revolves around Bobgoblin receiving a gift from Hattie and giving her nothing in return because Bobgoblin does not know how to think about her, not about himself. The episode plays out as if Bobgoblin and Hattie are an Official Couple and Bobgoblin is a Bastard Boyfriend. Swap out Buddy Pal Friend Day with Valentine's Day and the episode stays virtually the same.
  • Emerald Power: Witches have green skin
  • Epunymous Title
  • Excited Show Title!: It has an exclamation mark and all of the characters exclaiming it at the end.
  • Fake Interactivity: Wally will quiz viewers on things such as what word starts with a particular sound.
  • Full-Name Basis: Bobgoblin will always say "Wally Trollman" and "Norville Trollman". Even calls Betty "Elizabeth Yeti".
  • Friend to All Living Things: Ogre Doug's shown to have a lot of pets and his favorite book is a book of funny animals (Mumble Monkey, Ducktapus etc.). His "Ode To A Creature" segment after the show was about his pet Blathertash that constantly crashed into things due to bad eyesight so he got it a pair of glasses. The Blathertash loves them and gives him a kiss as thanks.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Bobgoblin does this to Hattie several times in "The Explorers Club" when she's part of his club. She gets tired of this and his bossing her around, but doesn't quit simply because she wants to find out what will happen as far as the "chickephant" animal they've been chasing.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: In "How to Bathe Your Dragon" Bobgoblin falls off Wally's dragon Norville after trying to steal the letter "B." He hangs in the air for a bit, comments that "B is for bad," and then falls.
  • Green and Mean: antagonist Bobgoblin has green skin
  • Halloween Episode: Mustache Day
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: On both sides in "A Very Villainous Vacation." Victor tells Wally to look, that there's a volleyball volcano. Wally says that there's no such thing as a volleyball volcano. Since these are magic words for the episode, they appear in the air and Victor grabs and tosses them, creating the volleyball volcano. Wally says that he can make it vanish. "I learned that word from you, Victor." Victor snatches the magic stick and absconds with it, but Wally is able to get it back and vanish the volcano.
  • I Can't Hear You: Wally and Gina do this in "The Switching Stone" when Bobgoblin is transformed into Biggoblin by the power of the switching stone and stomps around making a lot of noise.
  • Look Behind You: In "Victor the Villain," Victor twice tricks Wally and Norville with this, but is later Hoist by His Own Petard.
  • The Lost Woods: The show's set in a Lighter and Softer version.
  • Magic Wand: Wally's magic stick.
  • Meaningful Name: Cappie and Hattie have hat-like names and wear hats.
  • Skirt Over Slacks: Both Gina Giant and Libby Lightsprite wear leggings under their dress because Gina's big enough that some people can look under her dress, while Libby tends to fly a lot.
  • Nice Hat: Hattie and Cappie have pointy witch hats.
  • No Antagonist: Even though Bobgoblin is the closest thing to an Antagonist, he's more mischievous than malicious.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: In "Critter Campers", Wally and his friends pose in front of the statue that he conjured to hide from the Toe Bugs.
  • No Sense of Humor: Stan of the Swamp. A whole episode revolved around trying to get a laugh out of him. Subverted as he actually does start laughing near the end of the episode when he sees how ridiculous he looks after landing in a river and being covered in various silly-looking items.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: The whole cast consists of mythical creatures.
  • Personal Raincloud: In "Buddy Pal Friend Day," after Hattie is splattered by a rotten tomato that Bobgoblin gave her as a gift, she uses her magic to summon a raincloud which washes the tomato off her hat. After she exits the scene, the cloud starts following Bobgoblin around, soaking him until he gets Wally to use his magic stick to make the cloud "leave," as all of the magic words for the day begin with the letter "L."
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Gina wears mostly pink and while Wally doesn't wear a lot of blue he is blue, so it counts.
  • Poke the Poodle: Victor the Villain. In "A Very Villainous Vacation," he declares his intention to ruin the Trollman family's vacation... and immediately proceeds to grab Mrs. Trollman's sunscreen bottle and squeeze it all out. She pulls out another bottle, saying it's a good thing she packed extra.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Gina has purple skin and she is strongest.
  • Reality Warper: Wally can do pretty much anything with the magic stick so long as he finds a word with the appropriate sound or letter announced at start. Seen less often, Hattie's broom-based "sweepa sweepa sweepa" spells also appear to have such power.
  • Rule of Funny: Even though Norville talks more in later installments, he mostly just uses short declaratives or repeats what Wally says. Nevertheless, in the teaser segment of "The Bathmobile," he and Wally chat on telephones Wally created with magic stick like a couple of school-pals, apparently simply because of rule of funny.
  • Selfless Wish: In "Wally Saves the Trollidays," Bobgoblin uses up almost all the Trolliday wishes in the sack, leaving just one, which is given to Wally. He's upset that nobody else will get to have any wishes, so he uses his wish to wish for the sack to be filled with wishes again. It's never said, but something like this presumably only could work if the wish were selfless. When the wishes are given out and he gets another, he uses it to wish for a sled for his dragon Norville, while Norville wishes for one for Wally. Bobgoblin gets another wish too and wishes that everyone has a happy Trollidays... and for another big purple hat.
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  • Talking Animal: In latter installments, Norville is this, but in earlier ones he mostly just makes barking and yipping noises.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: Gina becoming normal size during Switching Stone.
  • Theme Naming: Betty Yeti and Libby Light Sprite have rhyming names. Gina Giant and Stan of the Swamp have alliterative names.
  • Third-Person Person: Bobgoblin, most of the time.
  • Token Minority Couple: Bobgoblin and Hattie both have green skin and become quick best friends.
  • Title Theme Tune: "Say it, say it / Here the music play it now / Say the word, say the word / Woo-oo-oo-oo! / Wally, Wally, Wallykazam!"
  • Widely Spaced Jail Bars: In "Victor the Villain," Victor traps Wally and Norville in a cage with bars spaced widely enough that it seems like at the very least that Norville could get out.
  • You Are Too Late: In "A Very Villainous Vacation," Victor ruins Mr. Trollman's sandcastle and threatens to ruin Norville's. Wally decides to save it by making it "vast" with his magic stick. Victor starts to stomp on it, saying that he's too late, but as it turns out he's not and it turns vast before Victor can stomp it away.

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