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64 Zoo Lane is a British-French children's cartoon created by An Vrombaut. It was shown on It's Itsy Bitsy Time, Noggin and Universal Kids. It is produced by the company Millimages in association with Zoo Lane Productions.

Summary

From left to right: Lucy, Georgina the Giraffe, Boris the Bear, Giggles and Tickles the Monkeys, Molly the Hippo and Nelson the Elephant.

The cartoon features a 7 year-old girl named Lucy who lives at 64 Zoo Lane, the next door at the zoo. Every night, Lucy is told the story by the animals present there. The animals include Georgina the Giraffe, Boris the Bear, Giggles and Tickles the Monkeys, Molly the Hippo and Nelson the Elephant.

In the other episodes, Lucy is greeted by the other animals in the zoo besides the other 11. They range from Victor the Crocodile (the first Victor the Crocodile), Ribbit the Frog and the other animals from the other regions (such as, The Snip Snip Bird, Adam the Armadillo, Herbert the Warthog, Audrey the Ostrich, Dennis the Dromedary, Snowbert the Polar Bear, Casper the Chameleon, Mr. Platypus and Annie the Anaconda (the last Annie the Anaconda.).

The cartoon emphasises friendship, responsibility and the other social skills (such as science, morals and respect.). At the end of the story, the animals give out morals to Lucy. When the bedtime is declared, Georgina the Giraffe deposits Lucy in the bed in the bedroom window. Later of the episodes show Lucy yawning then sleeping soundly in the bed. Sometimes, Lucy would be lulled to sleep by the storytelling itself. Each of the episode featuring Lucy ready for bed is different.

Characters

Main Characters

  • Lucy, a human girl who lives in the house near the zoo. She’s 7 years old and has animal friends near the house. She speaks with an American accent in the American English version by Lobster Films. Voiced by Ciara Janson with an American accent in the US.
  • Lucy's Mother, as the name suggests, is the mother of Lucy. Though we never see her appearance, we only hear the voice in the starting of the episode. She also speaks with an American accent in the American version by Lobster Films. Voiced by Dian Perry in the US.
  • Georgina, a giraffe consider to be the last neighbor to have a tall height. She’s seen knocking on the window of Lucy's house at the beginning of each episode. In Season 2, It’s revealed that Georgina has a Grandmother. She also speaks with an American accent in the US version by Lobster Films. Voiced by Dian Perry in the US.
  • Molly, a blue hippo and the wisest animal friend of Lucy. She has a hairy hippo cousin named Henrietta, a best friend antelope named Nathalie and a hippo calf nephew named Eddie. It’s reveal that Molly loves those beautiful eyelashes in Season 1. Voiced by Anna Bentinck.

The Resident of 64 Zoo Lane

The Residents of Africa

  • Nathalie, an antelope fulfill with the attitudes of being curious. She’s a gazelle. She loves to dance like a ballerina. She has a zebra friend named Zed and had a best friend was Molly. She also speaks with an American accent in the US version by Lobster Films. Voiced by Megg Nicol in the US.
  • Audrey, an agony ostrich known to be a mother. She’s the mother of the 2 baby ostrich chicks. She also speaks with an American accent in the US version by Lobster Films. Voiced by Megg Nicol in the US.
  • Reginald, a lion who seems to be very grumpy. He’s known for hating the other animals for disturbing his nap. It’s revealed that he has a Mother in Season 2. He speaks with an Deep African accent. Voiced by Keith Wickham with an Deep African accent.
  • Victor, a green crocodile known for being mean and nasty to the other animals. He’s consider the true antagonist of Africa. Voiced by Keith Wickham.
  • Kevin, another green crocodile. He’s always seen alongside Toby the Tortoise and Doris the Duck. He has a completely actual male voice and speaks with an Southern accent in the American English version by Lobster Films. Voiced by Dan Russell with an Southern accent in the US.
  • Dennis, a dromedary camel who lives in the desert. He has a nephew dromedary camel named Gary. Voiced by Keith Wickham.
  • Zed, a zebra and the fastest runner of Africa. His stripes are black and purple and his best girl antelope friend was Nathalie. Voiced by Lewis McCloud.
  • Herbert, a warthog who likes to play on a set of the musical rocks. He lives in a muddy burrow and loves to eat watermelons and potatoes with worms. Voiced by Keith Wickham.
  • Ronald, a black rhino whose love interest is Rosie. He always has a bird on his back (just like what a real rhino does). Voiced by Keith Wickham.
  • Alan, an aardvark whose occupation is eating Ants. He’s also capable of using his snout as a trumpet. Voiced by Keith Wickham.
  • Seamus, a white stork and an expert fish hunter. He flies in the sky and imitates the sound of an airplane. He’s a brave animal rescuer. Voiced by Keith Wickham.
  • Pauline, a pelican who likes to be one the flamingos. She’s a bit impatient, but she learns how to figure out what’s wrong. She has a flamingo friend named Isabel. Voiced by Adrienne Posta.
  • King Snake, a purple snake who’s very hard to spot. One can tell his voice in the other episodes is actually him. Voiced by Keith Wickham.
  • Isabel, a pink flamingo who speaks with an Italian accent. Voiced by Adrienne Posta with an Italian accent.
  • Slide, an unnamed python that acts hostile to those who slide on his head. Voiced by Keith Wickham.
  • Patsy, also known as Cleopatra. She’s a visitor whose residency is from The Blue Mountain. She is thought to be a lioness, but instead, is a porcupine. Voiced by Anna Bentinck.
  • Casper, a chameleon who is known to do mischief in changing colors. His Granddad warns him that the skill is not a game. Voiced by Lewis McCloud.

The Residents of the Australia

  • Ribbit, a green frog who speaks with an Scottish accent. Voiced by Lewis McCloud with an Scottish accent.
  • Joey, a typical kangaroo. As the name suggests, he’s a young kangaroo. He speaks with an Australian accent. Voiced by Keith Wickham with an Australian accent.
  • Julie, the mother kangaroo of the son Jimmy. She’s a pale gray. She also speaks with an Australian accent. Voiced by Anna Bentinck with an Australian accent.
  • Jimmy, the son kangaroo of the mother Julie. He also speaks with an Australian accent. Voiced by Lewis McCloud with an Australian accent.
  • Janice, the mother kangaroo of the 3 nameless son triplets. She also speaks with an Australian accent. Voiced by Adrienne Posta with an Australian accent.
  • Mr. Platypus, as the name suggests, is a brown platypus. He also speaks with an Australian accent. Voiced by Lewis McCloud with an Australian accent.
  • Wally, an elderly shaman. He’s a wombat. He speaks with an English accent. Voiced by Keith Wickham with an English accent.
  • Phoebe, a koala and an unlucky resident. She also speaks with an Australian accent too. Voiced by Anna Bentinck with an Australian accent.

The Residents of The North Pole

  • Snowbert, the Arctic cousin of Boris the Bear. He is a polar bear that use to be lonely. He has a best seal friend named Sidney. He speaks with an Deep American accent. Voiced by Bob Saker with an Deep American accent.

The Residents of The South America

  • Taco, a Toco toucan who likes to pick on Adam the Armadillo. This name has no use to the food. He also speaks with an Hispanic accent too. Voiced by Bob Saker with an Hispanic accent.
  • Annie, an anaconda who’s thought to be the monster of the forest. Voiced by Anna Bentinck.
  • Itchy Quatzel, the only mysterious mountain who is able to speak. He has a treasure on the top, which can only be accessed for those who share his treasure. Voiced by Bob Saker.

The Residents of The North America

  • Melanie, the only female moose with antlers. She speaks with an Brummie accent. Voiced by Adrienne Posta with an Brummie accent.
  • Beverly, a beaver who’s overprotective on the beaver dam. She speaks with an American accent. Voiced by Anna Bentinck with an American accent.
  • Randolph, a raccoon and a mushroom farmer. He speaks with an Southern Drawl accent. Voiced by Dan Russell with an Southern Drawl accent.

The Residents of Mossy Bay Island

Development

An early drawing of 64 Zoo Lane.

Production began in 1993 after Vrombaut won an award for her first 2 shorts. The reason why she picked this series is because of Vrombaut in her interest in the animals and the zoos. The Antwerp zoo in the American was the inspiration of Vrombaut in her childhood.

While in production, Vrombaut decided to inspire the series by the traditional stories. The stories were researched on Aesop's Fables. Other researches range from traditional folk stories, and of course, "Just So Stories" by Rudyard Kipling. They range from the raven from Inuit legends, followed by Anansi and Nogwaja in African legends. This also includes the story of the slowest tortoise in the search.

The books were not only the inspirations to create the series. Some films (such as "The Jungle Book" and "The Lion King") were an inspiration for development. Vrombaut, however, was tired of those traditional stories. She decided to make her own stories instead.

Each series featured a house with the number "64" on it's door near a zoo. The house featured a little girl named Lucy. Vrombaut, however, couldn't write the stories with just one writer. She was at Millimages with a small team of the artists, the animators and the scriptwriters.

Vrombaut decided to write many stories of the animals. These stories range from: a kangaroo that can't jump, a very fast zebra and many others. Some of these episodes were inspired from cultural folk stories. An example includes a stork with it's feathers lost and getting them back (inspired from the African stories).

Series

Seasons 1-2

When Vrombaut was ready to animate the giraffe artwork, The development for the series has begun. The development was done in Millimages in the US. When the development was done, the series had it's premiere on It's Itsy Bitsy Time. The series was renewed for the second series in 2000. When the second series ended, the series continued it's reruns on Noggin and Universal Kids.

U.S. Broadcast

The Show is produce in Canada with the American accents in the US.

The series was shown in the United States. The series had it's first U.S. premiere on the 3 channels on It's Itsy Bitsy Time, Noggin and Universal Kids in 1999 and 2000. Some of the characters are voiced by voice actors in the American accents. In addition, The word is pronounce by the American people. Seasons 1 and 2 were only broadcast in the U.S. and to date from On Demand, Netflix, RuTube, YouTube, Ru.OK, Vimeo, Internet Archive, Amazon Prime Video and DailyMotion in the Full Screen.

The American voice original was added and fixed by Lobster Films. The original is that Kevin the Crocodile was voiced by Dan Russell in order to make him sound like an actual male voice and speaks with an Southern accent. Lucy was voiced by Ciara Janson with an American accent. Dian Perry and Megg Nicol loves their voices on the 3 characters: Georgina the Giraffe, Nathalie the Antelope and Audrey the Ostrich. Lucy's Mother also has an American accent (Voiced by Dian Perry). Lorelei King and Emma Tate (2 voice actresses) did the voices of Giggles and Tickles the Monkeys in the US version.

Awards

  • During it's first broadcast on It's Itsy Bitsy Time, the TV show has become a popular hit for the best animation, the best character designs and the best original animation.

Reception

The series had it's positive review from some viewer of the United States, Arabic, Brazil, Canadian French, China, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latin America, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Sweden.

Trivia

  • This is the first Millimages series that is shown in the Cel Traditional Animation.
  • This is the first Millimages series that is in the Full Screen.
  • This is the first animated series by Vrombaut.

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