Higglytown Heroes

Higglytown Heroes

Higglytown Heroes
Promotional Higglytown Heroes poster
Created by George Evelyn
Holly Huckins
Denis Morella
Kent Redeker
Jeff Ulin
Starring Taylor Masamitsu
Frankie Ryan Manriquez
Liliana Mumy
Rory Thost
Edie McClurg
Dee Bradley Baker
Kevin Michael Richardson
Mindy Sterling
Jim Wise
Rachel York
Alanna Ubach
Valyn Hall
Lara Jill Miller
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
Production
Running time half-hour
Production company(s) Wild Brain
Happy Nest
Distributor Playhouse Disney Original
Release
Original channel Playhouse Disney
Original release September 12, 2004 (2004-09-12) – January 7, 2008 (2008-01-07)

Higglytown Heroes is an American children's television series currently airing on the Disney Junior (formerly Playhouse Disney) portion of the Disney Channel, or, on some cable networks, the Playhouse Disney channel. The theme song of the show, Here in Higglytown, is performed by They Might Be Giants, which was also released on their second children's album Here Come the ABCs. Higglytown Heroes returned to Disney Junior on its cable and satellite channel replacing SOAPnet on March 23, 2012.

Higglytown Heroes tells the story of four young characters (Eubie, Wayne, Twinkle & Kip) Along the way, whose person and environment are modeled on Matryoshka nesting dolls, explore their city and the people in it. The main non-human character, who is almost always with them, is a red squirrel

Higglytown heroes have ranged from firefighters to dentists to snow plow operators. Voice actors for these Higglytown heroes are frequently guest celebrities. The series encourages involvement in the community, and means to inspire children to consider the importance of individuals who contribute to the world and make it a better place. The show also teaches kids about jobs and may influence them about what they want to be when they grow up.

Contents

  • Hero Song 1
  • Episodes 2
    • Season 1 2.1
    • Season 2 2.2
  • Related studies 3
  • External links 4

Hero Song

The lyrics to the first "Hero" song were written by Kent Redeker, one of the show's executive producers. The song was composed and produced by Mark Harrison, the show's senior songwriter.

Each episode contains two songs. An initial "dilemma" song which sets up the "problem" which needs to be solved followed by the "hero" song which introduces the hero who solves the problem, some of the heroes later appear in later episodes and renamed to Mr., Ms. or Miss or Mrs. (depending on their gender) like the Gardener Hero who first appeared in the episode "Flower Power" who later got renamed to Mr. Gardener in the episode "Look Who's Squawking" and Mr. Electrician who first appeared in "Electric Evening" later appeared in later episodes like "A Valentine For Ms. Fern".

While every hero song has the same basic melody as the initial hero song written by Harrison, he performed and produced each song with different lyrics and instrumentation to fit the episode's specific hero.

Brad Mossman, the other principal songwriter, composed lyrics and music for a number of dilemma songs in many episodes as well.

Episodes

Season 1

1. "Up A Tree"/"Missing Grandpop" September 12, 2004 101

2. "Twinkle Tooth"/"Flower Power" September 13, 2004 102

3 "First Snow"/"Snow Dazed" September 14, 2004 103

4 "Flappy's Not Happy"/"Electric Evening" September 15, 2004 104

5 "All Tire'd Out"/"Great Un-Expectations" September 16, 2004 105

6 "Smooth Operator"/"Stinky Situation" September 17, 2004 107

7 "Weather or Not"/"Green in the Gills" September 20, 2004 108

8 "Higgly Halloween" October 11, 2004 109

9 "Smells Like a Mystery"/"Ship Ahoy!" October 25, 2004 111

10 "Soup With Stars"/"The Happy Friendly Sparkly Toast Club" November 1, 2004 112

11 "Catch Up With Ketchup"/"Star Struck" November 15, 2004 110

12 "Twinkle's Wish" December 12, 2004 113

13 "Twinkle's Masterpiece"/"The Egg-cellent Adventure" January 2, 2005 115

14 "Wayne's Ripping Adventure"/"Meet Eubie's Cousin" January 4, 2005 117

15 "Say What?"/"Higgly Harmonies" January 20, 2005 114

17 "Wayne's Good Guess"/"Wayne's 100 Special Somethings" February 6, 2005 126

16 "Patty Cake"/"Havin' A Ball" February 6, 2005 106

19 "Bright Sights, Big City"/"Kip's Shadow" April 4, 2005 122

18 "Fran Takes a Hike"/"Mystery at Kip's House" April 4, 2005 119

20 "Kip Joins the Circus"/"Baby Boom" May 8, 2005 120

21 "Twinkle's Favorite Author"/"Don't Fence Me In" May 16, 2005 125

22 "Higgly Hoedown"/"Eubie's Turbo Sled" June 20, 2005 118

23 "Kip's Dad Gets a Strike"/"A Really Hot Day" July 20, 2005 123

24 "Kip's Sweet Tooth"/"Wayne's Lollipop" July 21, 2005 124

25 "Eubie's Pink Dots"/"Two Bees or Not Two Bees" August 8, 2005 118

26 "Higgly Frog Day"/"Eubie's Elly-Fantastic Adventure" August 15, 2005 116

Season 2

10 "Twinkle Twinkle Little Fish"/"All the Wrong Moves" June 24, 2006 201

1 "Kip Gets Swing Fever"/"Wayne's Pieces of Gold" January 16, 2006 202

9 "All Warm Inside"/"Calling All Ducks" June 24, 2006 205

2 "A Totally Secret Valentine"/"A Valentine for Miss Fern" February 14, 2006 207

5 "Cry Baby Pookie"/"Wait for Me" May 5, 2006 203

3 "Balloon-a-Palooza"/"Wayne's Day Out" March 18, 2006 210

4 "The Fran in the Moon" April 22, 2006 215

8 "Me and My Shadow"/"Out to Sea" June 23, 2006 209

11 "Don't Wayne on My Parade"/"Twinkle's Terrific Twirl" July 7, 2006 212

6 "Wayne's Big, Big Wish"/"Dirigible Day" June 21, 2006 206

7 "The Legend of Higgsquatch" June 22, 2006 204

12 "Eubie's Big Boat Float"/"A Slippery Situation" July 31, 2006 219

13 "Kip's Rocket Rescue"/"Let's Get Moving" August 8, 2006 211

15 "Corn to Be Wild"/"Overnight Moose" September 1, 2006 214

14 "Higgly Island" August 11, 2006 218

16 "Shear Luck"/"Big Night Out" September 15, 2006 208

17 "Calling All Cars"/"Amazing Museum" September 25, 2006 216

18 "Frozen Fish Follies"/"Look Who's Squawking" October 16, 2006 213

19 "Wayne's Day to Shine"/"Wayne Listens Up" November 6, 2006 217

20 "A Hoppin' Poppin' Problem"/"Hay Hay Hay!!" November 20, 2006 220

21 "Happy Campers"/"All Washed Out" January 1, 2007 221

22 "Hat's All Folks"/"Hop Hop Hooray" January 2, 2007 222

23 "Shuffleboard Buddies"/"All Mapped Out" January 3, 2007 223

  • Debi Mae West - Physical Therapist Hero
  • David Jeremiah- Mapmaker Hero

24 "12-Pie Abe"/"The Day the Diner Stood Still" January 4, 2007 225

25 "Saturday Night Higgly"/"Monster Sandwiches" January 5, 2007 226

26 "The Big Pink Elephant Sale"/"Higglies on Horseback" February 19, 2007 228

27 "Buki-Buki Boo-Boo"/"Signs of Spring" March 7, 2007 224

28 "Easy to Get Sneezy"/"Unlock the Magic" March 23, 2007 229

29 "Wayne's Cycle Recycle"/"Wayne's Wet Pet" April 22, 2007 230

30 "X Marks the Spot"/"Eubie's View" May 7, 2007 227

31 "Whing-A-Ding Whirly Box"/"Windy Watchers" May 21, 2007 235

32 "Choo-Choo Zucchini"/"Something Ducky Going On" June 25, 2007 238

33 "Fripp's Flip-Flap Flop"/"Say Cheese" July 2, 2007 232

34 "Canyon Capers"/"High-Country Hiccups" July 16, 2007 233

35 "Calling All Heroes" August 31, 2007 235

36 "Happy Flappy Birthday"/"The Cuckoo County Caw-Caw Contest" September 9, 2007 236

37 "Little Big Fish"/"Good Sports" October 20, 2007 231

38 "'Tis the Season to be Snowy"/"Bingo Bongos" December 1, 2007 239

39 "Wayne's Toasty Invention"/"Spell it Safe" January 7, 2008 237

40 "Toy"/"Home" July 30, 2010 232 31 "Draem"/"Sissi" July 31, 2010 238

Related studies

  • Victor C. Strasburger and Edward Donnerstein, 1999. “Children, Adolescents, and the Media: Issues and Solutions,” Pediatrics, volume 103, number 1: pp. 129–139: Open Access Copy

External links