Wishbone

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 14

    Tails Of Terror

    Aired

  • S 2 : Ep 12

    Wishbone's Dog Days Of The West

    Aired

  • S 2 : Ep 10

    The Roamin' Nose

    Aired

  • S 2 : Ep 9

    Pup Fiction

    Aired

  • S 2 : Ep 8

    Barking at Buddha

    Aired

  • Cast & Crew
  • Soccer the Dog

    Wishbone

  • Larry Brantley

    Wishbone (voice)

  • Jordan Wall

    Joe Talbot

  • Christie Abbott

    Samantha Kepler

  • Adam Luke Springfield

    David Barnes

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  • Welcome to the Wishbone guide at TV.com! Wishbone is about a little dog (a Jack Russell Terrier) with a BIG imagination. A very popular and award winning show in the mid-1990's, it encouraged children to read by alternating the main storyline of the show with a classic novel/play/short story with a parallel premise. Wishbone included catchy music and a memorable theme song: What's the story, Wishbone? Do you think it's worth a look? It kind of seems familiar Like a story from a book What's the story, Wishbone? What's this you're dreaming of? Such big imagination on such a little pup. Shake a leg now, Wishbone Let's wag another tale Sniffin' out adventure With Wishbone on the trail Come on, Wishbone What's the story, Wishbone? What's the story, Wishbone?moreless

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  • Quotes (42)

    • Huckleberry: So how'd you go about learning about all this pirate business? Tom: Read it in books. Huckleberry: Mmmmm, I might learn me to read now that I know there's books that talk about pirates. Tom: Meet me at the riverbank tonight at midnight, and bring some provisions. Huckleberry: What's provisions? That some kind of pirate talk? Tom: Provisions is food, snacks, kibble...pirates got to eat you know. It's settled, we sail to Jackson Island at midnight.

    • (Wishbone and the kids are hidden, waiting for the man to come back who's been digging up the grave) Wishbone: I hope we don't see anything we don't want to see, like Tom and Huck. At the trial of Muff Potter, only Tom, Huck, and Crazy Joe knew what had really happened in the cemetery.

    • (A noise is heard) Tom: (Gasp) What was that? Huckleberry: Ain't thunder, let's check it out. (Sees a cannon being fired from a passing ship) Tom: I know now, somebody's drowned! Huckleberry: Yeah, they did that last summer where Bill Tarter got drowned. Shot a cannon over the water, make him come up to the top. Tom: Huck, I know who's drowned, it's us! Huckleberry: Us? Tom: Well we snuck away so nobody knows where we are, they think we're dead and drowned, we're heros, Huck, we're famous! Huckleberry: But we're dead. Tom: Only temporarily Huckleberry Finn, best kind of death is a temporary one.

    • Huckleberry Finn: What does pirates do? Tom Sawyer: Well sometimes they catch ships and burn them and take the gold for themselves, and bury it on haunted islands with ghosts to guard it. And sometimes they sneak up on people and take 'em prisoner and make 'em walk the plank. Huckleberry Finn: I reckon I could do all that.

    • Ellen: You want to play basketball? Joe: Ehhh, no. Ellen: Want to go swimming? Joe: No. Ellen: ...Go bike riding? Joe: No. Ellen: Want to clean up your room? (Joe looks at her) Just kidding, so you don't want to do anything, but you do want to do something.

    • Joe: Let's go to the No Name Grave. Wishbone: wooo-ooo-ooo, scary. Sam: There's a lot of stories about that grave, it's been there as long as anybody can remember, it's supposed to be haunted. David: Well I heard it was somebody that was murdered, and the murderer buried the body. Sam: But there's no name on the tombstone, and now the ghost can find no peace because nobody knows who he was. David: So he comes up out of the grave sometimes to tell a story. Sam: But he is so horrible looking, that whoever sees him drops dead immedieatly. David: And gets sucked down into the grave. Joe: But nobody believes that, right? Sam: Of course not.

    • Wishbone: Time for picnic technique number three, shameless stealing.

    • Huckleberry: So what do your books say? Tom: Sometimes treasure's buried on islands, but mainly it's buried under the floor boards in haunted houses. Huckleberry: Who hides it? Tom: Robbers! Who do you think, school teachers? Huckleberry: If I was a robber I wouldn't hide it, I'd spend it all and have a good time. Tom: Well robbers don't do it that way. Huckleberry: So...where do we look? Tom: In a haunted house.

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    Notes (7)

    • Every episode was shot on two interior soundstages, and one exterior backlot. There was a "contemporary" set, and a "fantasy" set built for each episode.

    • Diging Up The Past was the title of the book version for The Adventures Of Wishbone book series.

    • This episode was taken off PBS circa 1999.

    • This was the last Wishbone to air on PBS. Its farewell, seen August 31, 2001, was totally obscured by that day's premiering the final episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

    • Joe, Samantha, and David have aged remarkably since the previous episode. Maybe it had something to do with the 16-month hiatus in filming.

    • The address "Thunder Road" in the Halloween tea party invitation derives from an actual address in Dallas, Texas.

    • This was not intended to be the last episode produced. Due to the rapid aging of the show's child actors and PBS budget constraints, "Wishbone" ceased production midway through its second season.

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    Trivia (4)

    • Crazy Joe's real name in Tom Sawyer was Injun Joe, however for these episodes it was changed in an attempt to avoid viewers taking offense.

    • The city where Ellen and Joe Talbot go on vacation in this episode is in the Canadian province, British Columbia. ('''Ellen Talbot''': Vancouver, here we come.)

    • In the book, a slightly less intelligent Raoul gets led down to the Phantom's lair by a character known only as the Perisian. They end up in a torture chamber and are tormented for over twenty-four hours while Christine ponders over the Phantom's ultimatum.

    • I think there was an editing error in this episode. There were originally five teams competing for the prize in the scavenger hunt. At the end of the movie, Damont --- after unsuccessfully trying to find the prize by cheating --- clomps off in a huff along with his young cousin Jimmy, and then Joe and his friends exit the haunted mansion happily holding up the Oakdale Sports and Games $100 gift certificate. In this scene, you can see all the rest of the contestants from the three remaining teams gathered in the front yard of the mansion behind Mr. Del Rio. Now here’s the problem: how could those other three teams have gotten enough clues to know to go to this final place? If you recall, in order to make the game harder to win, there were not five plastic clue-pumpkins at every location that the teams were to go to in their search for clues, so the five teams couldn’t have ALL gotten a pumpkin each time and so known where to continue looking --- in fact, there were never five pumpkins at ANY of the clue-locations, except in the beginning of the hunt at the place where everyone started out from (Oakdale Sports and Games) where Mr. Del Rio passed out the first clues (a pumpkin and an envelope) to the captain of each of the five teams. After that, there was successively one fewer pumpkin at each consecutive clue-location. This means that there were only four pumpkins at the first clue-location that the teams went to after leaving the store, three at the next location, and two at the third location (so that in the end there would be only two teams left to compete for the prize --- if you recall, Mr. Del Rio said, “…until only two teams remain --- to take the most chilling challenge of all.”) And indeed, when Joe and his friends reach the first clue-location (Wanda Gilmore’s house where she was telling fortunes) Samantha points to the stack of clue-pumpkins in the clear tube on the shooting gallery machine and says, “Look --- all four! That means we’re the first team here!” So that means that there were supposed to be only four pumpkins, not five, at the first clue-location. Then when Joe and his friends reach the second location (the Dart Animal Clinic) there are two pumpkins left in the tube on the mechanical horseracing display there (originally there had been three pumpkins, but by then there were only two left because Damont had arrived there first and so had already gotten one of the pumpkins himself). And then when Joe and his friends reach the third clue location (the miniature circus-tent in Jackson Park) there is one pumpkin left (instead of two, again because Damont had gotten there ahead of Joe and his friends) in the Rube Goldberg-style contraption set up there. So that means that after Joe and his friends retrieve this last clue-pumpkin, there will be no pumpkins left for any of the other teams to pick up even if they are able to decipher the previous clues to get that far --- any subsequent team arriving at the little circus-tent will not get an invitation to the “tea party” at the Murphy house, and so these latecomers will not know where to go from there. So how come we still see the other three teams all gathered in the yard at the end of this episode? How did they know this was the place where the prize was?

    Allusions (4)

    • Title: It is based on the ancient story, Joan of Arc.

    • The tittle of this episode "The Hunchdog of Norte Dame" refers to "The Hunchback of Norte Dame" a novel and a Disney Movie.

    • Title: Bark to The Future Bark to The Future is a play on the name of the 1985 blockbuster "Back to the Future". "Back to the Future" starred Michael J. Fox as a modern day teen who accidentally travels back in time to 1955. The film was so popular that the producers created two more sequels, a cartoon series & even a theme park ride.

    • Pup Fiction: Pup fiction is a play on the movie title Pulp Fiction

  • Fan Reviews (27)
  • A Definite Tail Wagger!

    By RyanGriffin1, Sep 23, 2013

  • The day TV Lost one of the gratest shows ever????

    By 100ron, Jul 25, 2013

  • I love this dog!

    By T_VFan, Apr 21, 2012

  • I love this show!!!

    By DarkNinja1994, Feb 15, 2009

  • Memories.

    By cactusjack39, Feb 10, 2009

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