JoJo's Circus

Disney Channel (ended 2007)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 10

    My Clowny Valentine / Hop Hooey!

    Aired 2/14/07

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    Circus Town Makeover

    Aired 1/8/07

  • S 3 : Ep 8

    JoJo and the Beanstalk

    Aired 11/20/06

  • S 3 : Ep 7

    My Granny's Shoes

    Aired 9/10/06

  • S 3 : Ep 6

    Pie in the Sky

    Aired 8/29/06

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jayne Eastwood

    Mrs. Kersplatski

  • Julie Lemieux

    Dinky, Bal Boa

  • Marnie McPhail


  • Robert Smith (III)


  • David Sparrow

    Mr. Tickle (Season 1)

  • show Description
  • JoJo's Circus is a lively music-filled and movement focused series, produced in stop-motion animation, invites viewers to interact with JoJo, a curious 6-year-old clown, as she explores the colorful world under the Big Top and around Circus Town, the ultimate kid's playground. JoJo's Circus brings the value of learning about movement through age appropriate and imitatable games, songs, colorful circus characters and funny storylines. Young viewers are invited to use the body's large muscle groups to walk, run, dance, jump, climb and move with JoJo and all the characters in Circus Town, engaging fine and gross motor skills. At the end of each story, JoJo takes the spotlight and answers the question, "What did you learn today?" JoJo's Circus has come to an end. No new episodes are being produced and as of late 2008, the program has been removed from the schedule on Playhouse Disney in the United States entirely. For other markets, check listings. Episodes of the show have also been released on two DVDs: Take a Bow and Animal A-Go-Go. Additionally, the episode "A Circus Town Christmas" was released on the compilation DVD A Very Playhouse Disney Holiday. While no longer generally available at stores, you may be able to locate these DVDs via online merchants or your local library. Anything To Contribute To This Guide... Any submissions you have to the guide are welcome. Remember that under the system, general users can also edit existing information and it will be sent for moderation. If you have any questions or concerns regarding additions or changes that can't be handled by directly submitting, feel free to submit a PM to agent_0042. Characters: JoJo Tickle- In Kindergarten, and is very curious and kind. Her mom is Peaches and dad is Mr. Tickle. JoJo is the bold one, leader of the group who comes up with ideas of what to play, but always finds a way to help her friends when they're in trouble When she grows up she wants to be a famous clown. Her best friend is Skeebo and her pet lion is Goliath. Goliath- Goliath is JoJo's pet lion, but he's also part of the Tickle family and attends school just like JoJo. He's a talented performer who is also a great and loyal friend to JoJo. Viewers can watch and help as he playfully hides from JoJo at the beginning of each story. Mr. Tickle- Mr. Tickle is JoJo's Dad. He's a circus performer and each day blasts off to work out of a cannon. Although he is often busy with work, he always makes time for JoJo when she needs his help. Mrs. Peaches Tickle- Peaches is JoJo's Mom. She's a sweet and kind Mom who is delighted to see her little clown growing up and being such a pleasant person. Mrs. Kersplatski- She's the teacher for the clown that JoJo and her friends attend. She's intelligent, fair, and very good at what she does. She's also a lot of fun and knows how to laugh at herself. Recently, she was married to Mr. Muscles. Mr. Muscles- He's a strong man and a physical education instructor. He knows a lot of great exercises, which he teaches to those in Circus Town. He has a daughter named Maya and recently married Mrs. Kersplatski, but it's not known whether he was divorced or is a widower. Skeebo Seltzer- Skeebo is JoJo's best friend. They stick together through thick and thin while they go on their adventures exploring Circus Town. He is the companion of the group that stands by them and is with them through it all. Skeebo wants to grow up to be a funny clown, but all of his friends know that he already is! Trina Tightrope- Trina is one of JoJo's buddy in the gang. She is very graceful and more practical of the bunch, which sometimes causes her to come off as being a bit mean. Deep down, she's just one of the gang who loves to hang out with her friends. Trina comes from an established tightrope family and wants to be a ballerina / tightrope performer in the circus. Croaky Frogini- Croaky is a silly frog leaper who JoJo meets on her first day of school. They first hit it off when they realize that they both have different talents and agree to help each other learn different tricks. Croaky is easily scared, but dreams big and is on the safer side of the gang. When Croaky grows up she wants to be know as a great leaper and will probably be a flying frogini, just like her parents Felini and Federico Frogini. Dinky Elephant- Dinky is a soft-spoken elephant who's not always sure of himself, but is still a good friend. His shy personality causes him to sometimes exclude himself from the group, but his friends help him to see that he's just as talented as everyone else. Dinky doesn't appear on a regular basis and often seems to be absent in scenes involving JoJo's clown Tater Spudinski- Tater is a part of a family of sleepy potatoes. His sleepy potato nature sometimes seems to be the antithesis to the "get up and go" feel of the show, but sometimes he can't help but join in the fun. Tater doesn't appear on a regular basis and often seems to be absent in scenes involving JoJo's clown Bal Boa- Bal Boa is a snake who likes everything from hanging in trees to just hanging out with friends. Bal Boa doesn't appear on a regular basis and often seems to be absent in scenes involving JoJo's clown Maya- Maya is the daughter of Mr. Muscles and stepdaughter of Mrs. Kersplatski. She's fairly new to both Circus Town and JoJo's Not much is known about her yet, but she has red hair, can be shy at times, but loves to get up and go, just like JoJo. Soundtrack: On February 14, 2004 Disney released the JoJo's Circus Soundtrack. The CD has 26 songs from the show. The highest chart position the CD got was #16 on Top Kid Audio Chart. 1. JoJo's Circus Theme Song 2. Pop Up! 3. Rum Tum Tum 4. The Stretching Song 5. Walk Like an Elephant 6. Jump Swish Shimmy 7. Itchy Oochy Me 8. Snake Dance 9. Where is Dinky? 10. Uncle Flippy Had a Farm 11. Lean, Bob, Flap 12. Cotton Candy Sure is Sweet 13. Spotlight Moment Theme Song (Instrumental Only) 14. Cannonball JoJo 15. Take a Bow 16. The Balance Song 17. The Little Big Top Boogie Band 18. Pop the Balloons 19. Clownfoot 20. The Whatchamadoodle 21. Hoop Jump 22. Laugh and Clap 23. Messy Mess 24. Gettin' Spongy 25. The Shush Song 26. Tickle Goodnight A second soundtrack, titled More Songs from Under the Big Top! is now available. Disclaimer (Not written by Disney, or anyone associated with the program:) While JoJo's Circus may encourage your child to get up and go, the exercises demonstrated on the program are done for short durations only. Please consult your child's physician before beginning any more strenuous or regimented exercise routine.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (468)

    • Mrs. Tickle: Oh, first day of clown school. Ohh. My little baby clown's growing up. (She wails.)

    • JoJo: Goliath, duck! Goliath: (singsong) Quack quack quack. Quack quack quack. Quack quack quack.

    • JoJo: Must... honk... the clown nose!

    • JoJo: I have to stay calm. (She squeals and runs around in circles.) Okay, it's no time to panic.

    • JoJo: Hi, I'm JoJo. I'm a clown.

    • Hey JoJo what do ya' say? / We all wanna know what you learned today / We're all here / So come on take it away / Step right up and tell us / What you learned today / We all wanna know / Tell us what you learned today! --- First appearance of "Spotlight Moment" song

    • Start to lean forward / Bending at your waist / You should take a bow / When you have done your best

    • JoJo: Wow, a bow. It's a bow. It's not a flippy, floppy, flippy thing!

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    Notes (157)

    • Characters: Mrs. Kersplatski, Peaches, Skeebo, Trina, and Croaky.

    • Though it is learned later that JoJo's teacher isn't married, she is referred to as Mrs. Kersplatski. Possibilities include that she is widowed, divorced or separated, or that everyone simply calls her it out of respect. Mrs. Kersplatski gets married in the second season of the program.

    • Some of Gail Sky King's earliest work includes the Sesame Workshop (former CTW) hit Ghostwriter. Gail Sky King is the writer for the original song "Gettin' Spongy" in this episode.

    • Close-captioning breaks normal format of all upper-case whenever JoJo's name is displayed. It is always shown in normal case.

    • Series premiere --- JoJo, Goliath, Mrs. Tickles, Mrs. Kersplatski and many of Jojo's friends are introduced.

    • Viewers are introduced to the Spotlight Moment song. At the end of each episode, someone asks JoJo what she learned and she is carted off to a stage as people sing, asking her what she learned.

    • Characters: Mrs. Kersplatski, Tater, Skeebo, and Croaky.

    • The full names for JoJo and sevearl of her friends are given in "Uncle Flippy's Funny Farm:" JoJo Tickle, Trina Tightrope, Goliath Lion, etc.

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    Trivia (45)

    • Close-captioning for the opening sequence of every episode contains an error: for the line "Hooray, Hooray, We're going to JoJo's Circus" it reads "Play away, We're going to JoJo's Circus.

    • The title display for "Drum Roll Please" looks as if it had been done on the fly. There are quotation marks around the title, which isn't normal practice and it isn't in the wacky font normally used for JoJo's Circus title displays.

    • The polka-dot spots are a Circus Town variation on the common childhood illness of chicken pox.

    • The apostrophe in the title of "The Spudinski's New Act" should be after the 's,' since there is more than one of them.

    • In "Mirror Mirror," JoJo acts as if the idea of her family having any traditions is a complete surprise to her. The pressure of the assignment apparently caused her to forget both her bedtime routine and the Santa Clown ornament she claims to remember from since when she was just a little baby.

    • The story "Nighty Night" establishes that JoJo has a firm routine she follows before she goes to bed. In "A Circus Town Christmas," it seems as if she doesn't do any of it. Additionally, Goliath is nowhere to be seen, but is in the bed with in the morning.

    • In "Helping Hands," JoJo and her friends create a sort of assembly line to deliver gumdrops one-by-one to Peaches. However, if the gumdrops had really moved at the slow speed that they seemed to be going, this solution would have taken just as long as simply carrying them, if not longer.

    • In "Ivan the Bearable," the show's staff seemed to have major problems keeping track of what non-regular members of JoJo's clown class were present at any given time. At the beginning of the episode, only Tater was present of the three that rotate from time-to-time. When the class first goes to see Ivan the Bearable, Tater disappears from sight and Bal Boa is present. Finally, when everyone watches Ivan's act, both Tater and Bal Boa are present and Dinky has suddenly shown up as well.

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    Allusions (15)

    • Skeebo: Hey, watch this. You need a hankie. (He performs as classic magic trick.)
      Skeebo performs a classic bit of magic for JoJo in this episode.

    • JoJo: (singing) Uncle Flippy had a farm...
      As JoJo points out, "Uncle Flippy" should be pretty easy to sing. The lyrics are nothing more than a rewrite of "Old McDonald," a song taught to pretty much every school-kid in the United States and some other countries.

    • Toccata and Fugue The music played in the organ is called Toccata and Fugue, a song played by Johann Sebastian Bach.

    • Mr. Tickle: (as female singers oooh in background) Shaking in his floppy shoes / Grandpa heard a roar / Just then he turned around / A knock came on the door.
      The lyrics of this song, the music and the background vocalizing all seem reminsicent of the one-hit Halloween wonder, "The Monster Mash" released by Bobby "Boris" Pickett.

    • Peaches: I wanted to be just like Amelia Clownhart.
      Peaches' hero is Amelia Clownhart, the Circus Town equivalent of the first female aviator, Amelia Earhart.

    • Mr. Tickle: Harry Clowndini was one of the greatest magicians ever.
      Harry Clowndini is the Circus Town equivalent of the famous escape-artist magician, Harry Houdini. He was known for dazzling tricks, but probably wouldn't be too impressed with the simple bit of parlor magic performed in this episode --- making a leg "disappear."

    • Trina: Trina: I'm going to do an arabesque on the high-wire.
      JoJo: An arabesque? Great! Um... what's an arabesque?
      An arabesque is a ballet or gymnastics move involving bending of the arms and legs.

    • JoJo: I learned that being silly is fun, but sometimes you've got to get serious. (She puts on Groucho Marx glasses and mustache and imitates him.) And that's the silliest thing I've ever heard.
      Groucho Marx was a comedian famous for his wit and funny phrases and one of the Marx brothers. JoJo's Circus is certainly not the first and probably not the last children's animated show where a character has done an impression of him.

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  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • Not bad, not bad at all.

    By RyanGriffin1, Sep 29, 2013

  • A non-creepy, child-friendly clown filled cartoon.

    By DreadAngelus, Jun 25, 2012

  • It's so cute!

    By TwoTonePhantom, Mar 02, 2011

  • Lame--the word says it all.

    By knuckles_sonic8, Jul 25, 2005

  • Awesome! Jim Jinkins did it again.

    By blackgaia02, Oct 21, 2006

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