PB&J Otter

Season 3 Episode 19

Hope Castle

Aired Unknown Jul 30, 2000 on Disney Channel
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Episode Summary

Hope Castle
Mayor Jeff takes the kids on a tour of old Fort Gazpacho, a 200-year-old town landmark. Afterwards, the kids (amazed by the sight of the historic structure) decide it would be great if they could build something that would last as long as Fort Gazpacho. Something that everyone, years into the future, would remember them by. Their choice? A sand castle.moreless

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  • Awesome for a double-length episode. As usual, this show proves to be awesome.

    Man, it's been a long time since I last saw this, so my review may not be that good. I'll try, still.

    When Mayor Jeff shows the kids Fort Gaspacho, they are inspired by it and want to build something of their own similar to it. Their choice to build a sand castle turns out to be a hard one, as it keeps getting ruined for one reason or another.

    They don't give up, though. Through song, the kids are able to show that "hope will carry us through." You could actually call this a musical episode, as there are several songs in it. Now, onto the stuff I like about it.

    The story: They were able to use the simplest storyline and make an outstanding episode. Simply amazing. Considering how good an episode is, it's a shame they didn't show it that much on Playhouse Disney in the US.

    The entertainment: Well, as I already said, I can't remember much from this episode since I haven't seen it in so long. So, I don't remember any jokes in it (there obviously were jokes, though), although the entertainment from the songs is good enough for me.

    The message: They really did well bringing out the message in this episode. Perserverence, patience, working together...all these lessons are taught in this episode. No wonder this episode got nominated for an award.

    Final episode grade: A+moreless
Jackie Hoffman

Jackie Hoffman

Mrs. Crane

Gwen Shepherd

Gwen Shepherd

Opal Otter

Eddie Korbich

Eddie Korbich

Flick Duck, Ootsie & Bootsie Snooty

Adam Rose

Adam Rose

Peanut Otter

Jenell Brook Slack

Jenell Brook Slack

Jelly Otter

Chris Phillips

Chris Phillips

Ernest Otter, Munchy Beaver, Cap'n Crane

Carmen Carter

Carmen Carter

Song Performer - "Hope Will Carry Us Through"

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The mountain being built for the Snooties, Mount Snootiemore, is constructed in the style of Mount Rushmore, a monument in South Dakota to famous U.S. presidents. Mount Snootiemore collapses in a pile of rubble at the end of "Hope Castle" and the only solid part remaining ends up being formed in the shape of Baby Butter.

    • The twelve-foot statue of Captain Gazpacho build in "The Big Surprise" makes a return appearance in this episode. It is seen standing outside by Fort Gazpacho.

    • When Jelly suggests that they defend Castle Forever to the death, the others are silent and there is a sound of crickets chirping. This sound effect was also used in "The Singin' Kid" after Flick performed his improvised song "Talkin' About Hoohaw Lake."

    • This is one of the few, if not the only, episodes with a song where regular (off-screen) people replace the characters that would normally sing a song in the show.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (Peanut, Butter, Jelly and Munchy are ready to build a sand castle)
      Munchy: You sure we shouldn't use wood? Sand might fall down or something.
      Jelly: Not if you mix it right. (Sees Mayor Jeff coming) And here comes the Lake Hoohaw mixing expert now!
      Mayor Jeff: Oodelay, PB&J!
      Jelly: Oodelay, Mayor Jeff! How do you mix the sand for a really great sand castle?
      Mayor Jeff: Sand castles, hmm? Now what was that secret Hoohaw sand recipe I cooked up when I was a kid? Oh yes, I remember now! Three parts sand,...
      Jelly: Three parts sand,
      Mayor Jeff: Two parts water, stir well and bake in the sun for two minutes. Or was that my babbleberry muffin recipe? Well, gotta go water my melons. Good luck, kids.
      Jelly: Thanks, Mayor Jeff! I think it's just right.

    • Peanut: A storm? This is bad.
      Jelly: It's gonna wreck our castle.
      Munchy: I knew we should have made it out of wood.

    • Jelly: Hmm... I know! How about Hope Castle?
      Peanut: What made you think up that name, Jel?
      Jelly: Well, I just hope this castle stays around longer than the last one!
      (Peanut, Butter, Jelly, Munchy, Flick, Pinch and Scootch laugh)

    • Peanut: Wow! Fort Gazpacho is so cool.
      Jelly: The coolest.
      Ootsie: Are you kidding? It's all old and full of holes.
      Bootsie: And no hot tub.
      Ootsie and Bootsie: What's up with that?
      Peanut: They didn't have hot tubs when Captain Gazpacho found Lake Hoohaw.
      Jelly: Fort Gazpacho is over 200 years old.
      Munchy: That's older than my dad.
      Pinch: That's older than my dad's favorite shirt.
      Flick: Cheese and quackers, guys. That's practically forever!

    • Munchy: Or what about Betty Lou Beaver Castle?
      Flick: Munchy, that's your mom's name!
      Munchy: I know. I love that name.

    • Peanut: (singing) At least we worked together.
      Munchy: We gave it our best shot.
      Jelly: Maybe when you lose something, you discover what you've got.
      Peanut: You've got us, Jelly.
      Jelly: Yeah, that's true. Thanks, Peanut. (They hug.)

    • Jelly: Isn't there anything we can do to save our castle?
      Opal: Sometimes there's only one thing you can do. And that's just wait and see what happens.
      Jelly: That makes me sad.
      Peanut: Me too.
      Butter: Me thwee.
      Opal: It's okay to be sad. But you know, sometimes out of the bad comes some good. And in a strange way, it makes you stronger.

    • Flick: Cheese and quackers guys, get real! A big, giant storm's coming.
      Connie: (observing the castle with binoculars) How beautiful.
      Cap'n Crane: How dreadful!
      Connie: Dreadful!?
      Cap'n Crane: The most dreadful thing I've ever seen Connie.
      Connie: You're going to have to get some new lenses in those binoculars if you think that sand castle looks dreadful.
      Cap'n Crane: Sand castle? What sand castle?!

    • Jelly: We'll call it Castle Forever.
      Flick: Yeah, and defend it against wild creatures.
      Jelly: Even if it means sacrificing our lives in some cruel and painful way. (sound of crickets chirping) Okay, how about until lunchtime?

    • Munchy: Hey, guys, what do you think of my tower?
      Peanut: Well, Munch, it's kind of, you know, a little crooked.
      Peanut and Jelly: (singing) If at first you don't succeed, try again, try again
      Jelly: Determination is all you need, so just try, try again
      Peanut: Never tell yourself you can't, give yourself another chance!

    • Munchy: A giant dam made from a bazillion logs. That oughta last a while.
      Flick: How we gonna get a bazillion logs?
      Jelly: It doesn't have to be big and fancy for people to remember it.
      Butter: Tee hee hee hee. Tee hee hee hee!
      Jelly: That's it! We'll make a sandcastle.

    • Jelly: I got it! How 'bout a Sphinx?
      Flick: Hey, who ya' sayin' stinks?

    • Jelly: Wouldn't it be great to make something that lasts forever? Something that people would remember us by.

    • Mayor Jeff: And that's why every year we take a holiday to honor the heroic Captain Gazpacho, finder and founder of Lake Hoohaw and builder of Fort Gazpacho. And as a constant reminder of our glorious past, this mighty fort still stands strong and proud. (He knocks down a log.) Whoa! Ooh. Oh, whew. Mostly anyway.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Jelly reads the title display for this episode. The closing credits feature an instrumental version of "Try, Try Again."

    • Songs Played in this Episode:

      - Make it Last
      - Try, Try Again
      - All Together We Can Build It
      - Hope Will Carry Us Through
      - Nothing Lasts Forever
      - Hope Will Carry Us Through (Reprise)

      With five unique song numbers, this is possibly the most musical episode of the program. "All Together We Can Build It" is Track 8 on the Playhouse Disney, Vol. 2 album release and is used in the episode almost immediately after "Try, Try Again." Additionally, the "Noodle Dance" is done twice in this episode.

    • In Ireland, there is an actual castle with the name Hope Castle. This castle is known as "a diamond in the countryside" and has existed since the 18th century.

    • In November 2000, "Hope Castle" was nominated for an Annie Award in the category of "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music" for Fred Newman and Dan Sawyer's songwriting in the episode. Unfortunately, the episode lost to Alf Clausen of The Simpsons for the episode "Behind the Laughter."


    • Peanut, Jelly and Munchy: (singing) If at first you fall on your face / Try again, try again
      Munchy: Remember the tortoise won that race and just try, try again!

      During the song "Try, Try Again," Munchy makes a reference to the popular Aesop's Fable The Tortoise and the Hare. In this story, a tortoise and a hare have a race with the tortoise as the seeming underdog. The hare, overconfident, repeatedly stops for rests and the tortoise wins the race, the well-known moral being that "slow and steady wins the race." This tale has been adopted into a number of formats, including a sequel by Jim Henson Family Entertainment with the title Tortoise vs. Hare and the tagline "The rematch of the century."