The Shapies

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Saturday 8:00 AM on The Nine Network Premiered Jul 01, 2002 In Season

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The Shapies

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We're gonna sing and we're gonna play We're gonna joke and laugh today And you can come along and join the fun Come sing and dance with everyone We wake up to a brand-new day Exciting adventures come our way The Shapies From the Music Land The Shapies The Toy Box Band! Welcome to The Shapies™ guide at TV Tome. Going into the 21st century, Australian television authorities were concerned with the lack of prime-time dramas for children ages five to eight. Light Knights Productions was formed in February 1999 to fill the breach. Thus Light Knights developed The Shapies. Despite the talk of putting the show in a prime-time period, it originally aired Saturday mornings on Australia's Nine Network. The Shapies are a rock band consisting of ten different geometric shapes. They are one team, in one city, with one dream: to be the best. The first series, known as Search for the Lost Shapies by its overseers at Light Knights Productions, starts with only five Shapies emerging from a toy box into the bedroom of an Australian boy, Zac. They must work together to find their missing band members. The second series sees a new toy, the mischievous Mr. Boo, concocting various schemes to defeat the Shapies' interests. All programs are magnificently animated, and intersperrsed throughout are musical inserts featuring one of the Shapies. The Shapies Consist of: Bob Oblong, lead guitarist and lead singer. Although the self-proclaimed leader of the band, Bob doesn't really have all the leadership qualities. Better off calling him a follower. (assumed birthday: April 17.) Tammy Triangle, guitarist/saxophonist, is a true leader. Though Australian-born, Tammy would fit right in with South Philly and the NFC Champion Eagles. She's a bit aggressive, which proves costly at times. But she knows what she wants out of the team. (assumed birthday: March 3.) Sammy Square, working keyboards and didgeridoo, is the smartest of all the Shapies. Always quick to draw up a plan that will help just about any situation. (assumed birthday: February 2.) Sarah Circle, principal backup singer, has principles that equal Sammy's. She has the smarts, to be sure, and the brains to talk reason into any argument. (assumed birthday: October 6.) Sally Cylinder, second backup singer, is most concerned with image. She may be vain, but that's because way back in 1877, Thomas Edison's first phonograph recording was on a cylinder. It must play into Sally's psyche. She is a follower, but there are times when she hits on the way to help her fellow Shapies. (assumed birthday: June 22.) Rex the Rectangle is the dog drummer. Not much to say about him, but he showshis value in an adventure here and there. (assumed birthday: March 15.) Starry Star, third backup singer, is of Germna descent (something CaptionMax, the company that puts closed-captioning of the series in the States, has never recognized). At first glance, she's timid, but inner strength comes into play. (assumed birthday: October 3.) Connie Cone is said to play the triangle, but we never see it. She's the youngest Shapie (approximately three), and one who gets scared at a lot of things. (assumed birthday: August 31.) Paul the Ball, supplemental guitarist, is Bob's best friend. He's also interested in bouncing and little else. (assumed birthday: October 27.) Perry Pyramid, trumpeter and songwriter, is a quiet guy from Southern California. But it's the quiet ones who can, at times, make good. (assumed birthday: November 28.) They may have differences, but in virtually each episode, the Shapies always discover what is the guiding principle of the series: togetherness. They are one team in one city with one dream. It's a series-long code American audiences haven't seen since Vegetable Soup back in 1975. All the information provided on this page is based on broadcasts of The Shapies on select U.S. public television stations, as well as gracious information and advice from the series' creator/director, Mark Traynor. If there is a snag, it is that I cannot list the executive producers in the order Mr. Traynor wanted: David Merson, Brian Jones, David Angliss, John Hendry and Richard Stewart. The Shapies made their American television debut March 3, 2004 on WYBE in Philadelphia. It currently airs in Philly Wednesdays at 8:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. ET. The Shapies' U.S. public television contract, coordinated with Three Roads Media Partners, Porchlight Entertainment, and NETA, has The Shapies available for broadcast by any public television station alert enough to want this show on their airwaves. Since their "invasion" began in March 2004, The Shapies have aired in several U.S. markets. The show recently ended a run on MNET in East Africa, but just begun on UEN in Utah. Canadian audiences see The Shapies via Detroit Public Television (DPTV). Just recently, The Shapies have been televised in China and India. Later this year, The Shapies will air in New Zealand's TVNZ. The only drawback, if there has to be one, is that American broadcasts of The Shapies are not in the letter-box format for which telecasts on Nine were so known. The most visible evidence of the lack of letter-box is in Episode 4 (see within). FRIGHTFULLY IMPORTANT: Mark Traynor, the creator of The Shapies, is heading up the release of the third season of The Shapies on Australia's Nine network in what appears to be mid-July 2005. This season, The Shapies will leave Zac's coveted bedroom for an adventure subtitled "The High Seas." Joining them for the summer will be pirate characters Cecil See-More and Black Jack. Theirs will be a far different adventure from the Pirates of Paradise that Mark Traynor is developing for live-action TV. Following that will be The Shapies' outer-space adventure with the Space Investigation Droid (SID) to cover Season 4. This season will be subtitled "Space Quest Home." Three Roads Media Partners promises that these 26 shows will be in high-definition for all audiences worldwide.moreless

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 12/30/2002

Season 2 : Episode 14

Bonnie Fraser

Bonnie Fraser

Chad

Declan Steele

Declan Steele

Zac (Season 2)

George Blackley

George Blackley

Zac (Season 1)

Jane U'Brien

Jane U'Brien

Paul The Ball, Sammy Square, Tammy Triangle, Starry Star, Dizzy, Uppity, T-Top

Joey Moore

Joey Moore

Sarah Circle, Connie Cone, Sally Cylinder, Zac's Mum, Scaredy Chair 2, Snooty

Tony Bellette

Tony Bellette

Bob Oblong, Perry Pyramid, Mirrorman, T-Rex, TV Head, Toot Train, Scaredy Chair 1, Big Bot, Boingo, Major Mobile, Gossip, Mr Boo

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Now THIS should be coming on Saturday mornings! A music-filled 3D cartoon with some fun plotlines and educational value.

    9.0
    A lot of tv shows for the young ones these days seem to forget that they're supposed to be entertainment - especially the ones that try to promote some amount of education. The Shapies is one of those shows that manages to do both.



    The Shapies are a musical band of 10 toys that are modeled after, what else, shapes. Every episode encompasses them going on some kind of crazy adventure in the bedroom of their owner, Zack. The first season starts off with the Shapies arriving in Zack's bedroom for the first time, when they realize that therei s only 5 of them. Sarah Circle, Bob Oblong, Sally Cylinder, Paul the Ball, and Rex the Rectangular dog spend the rest of the season exploring Zack's bedroom and discovering their 5 missing Shapies friends: Tammy Triangle, Sammy Square, Starry Star, Connie Cone, and Perry Pyramid. In the middle of each episode, 3 musical scenes about each of the Shapies, mostly performed by themself, is played.



    Each of the Shapies have their own personality, for example, Tammy Triangle is tough, competetive and independant, while Paul the Ball is an annoying clown. Of course, with 10 characters, some of them are going to get the shaft, and hardly get any spotlight at all. While each episode may send the Shapies on a new adventure, they usually learn a life lesson at the end.



    The show sports a 3D flare. While the characters aren't overly detailed, it makes sense - they are modeled on shapes after all. The 3D effects aren't the best I've ver seen, but they can be pretty impressive for certain episodes, including the "Water World" episode from the second season.



    Since music is a big theme of the show, with the Shapies being a band and all, alot of the show is dedicated to it. Like I mentioned before, each Shapie has a song of their own to sing in the midle of the episodes. Half of the songs I don't care for, but the other half I find quite catchy, my favorite being Sarah Circle's own song. The Shapies also perform their opening/ending theme.



    Overall, if you're open to these kinds of shows, you should enjoy the Shapies. While it is from Australia, it does air on some PBS affliates here in the US, and a 3rd and 4th seasons are in the works. It's worth the trouble to find, as it's better than most cartoons on weekend mornings.moreless
  • Season 3 & 4?
    The old editor still has a message on the summary that says that a Seasons 3 & 4 of The Shapies was due nearly a year ago...since ...
    10/14/08
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  • Shapies Toys?????
    Does anybody know if and where to buy shapies toys????Thanking everbody in advance....lol
    08/01/07
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