Noggin Presents: Oobi (partially lost series of interstitial shorts; 2000-2002)

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A scene from the intro used for Noggin airings.

Status: Partially Lost

The first season of the Noggin/Nickelodeon show Oobi was a series of two-minute interstitial shorts.[1][2] These shorts were billed as Noggin Presents: Oobi and aired during commercial breaks on Noggin and Nickelodeon, beginning in 2000. They were shown regularly until April 2003, when the show was turned into a half-hour series for its second season. Nickelodeon stopped airing the shorts altogether on their main network, but sparse airings continued on Noggin until 2007.

The half-hour episodes are widely distributed; all of them have been released by Nickelodeon in "Complete Series" collections on Amazon Video and Paramount+. However, the full set of shorts hasn't seen an official release. A good number of them have been found in home-recorded tapes of Noggin and Nick Jr., but the rest are not currently available online.

History[edit | edit source]

In the United States, the shorts were shown on Noggin and Nickelodeon during its Nick Jr. block. Like its other interstitial programming, Nickelodeon had no specific schedule for airing them and played the shorts at random intervals. On Noggin, one short was played before each 30-minute show from 6 AM to 6 PM.[3] After the second season started airing on April 7th, 2003, Noggin stopped airing the shorts as frequently and adopted the same randomized schedule as Nick Jr.

In Canada, TVOntario aired 46 of the shorts on a rotating schedule.[4] TVO's schedule catalogues are the source of official titles for many of the shorts. However, some of them ("Itsy Bitsy Spider!" and "Toys!") don't appear at all on their schedules, indicating that TVO didn't air the complete collection.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Shortened versions of "Dance!" and "Bubble Bath!" were released on Nick Jr. DVDs from 2003 to 2004, but that was it in terms of official releases. 48 shorts are confirmed to exist, but it is unknown how many were made in total.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

12 of the 48 known shorts are currently lost. 5 more currently exist in an incomplete form.

# Episode Title Status Notes
1 "Dance!" Partially Lost The ending is missing.
2 "Tag!" Found
3 "Flush!" Found
4 "On and Off!" Lost
5 "Share Pretzels!" Found
6 "Watermelon!" Partially Found The last 10 seconds of footage have been found.
7 "Soup!" Lost Clips of this short are featured in the intro sequence.
8 "Hot Dog and Ketchup!" Lost
9 "Prince Oobi!" Found
10 "Bubbles!" Partially Found
(1 | 2)
Most of the audio and the last 15 seconds of footage have been found.
11 "Empty and Full!" Found
12 "Popcorn!" Found
13 "Worm!" Lost A possible clip of this short is featured in a promo.
14 "Apple Picking!" Found
15 "Pretend Wind!" Found
16 "Tea!" Found
17 "Ice Cream!" Lost
18 "Water Games!" Found
19 "Guess!" Found Low-quality.
20 "Bird!" Partially Lost The first few seconds are missing.
21 "Cat!" Lost
22 "Puppy!" Lost
23 "Animal Cookies!" Found
24 "Slide!" Lost A clip of this short is featured in a promo.
25 "Follow the Leader!" Partially Lost The first few seconds are missing.
26 "Peekaboo!" Found
27 "Dig!" Found
28 "Hide and Seek!" Lost A clip of this short is featured in the intro sequence.
29 "Nature!" Found
30 "Pretend Catch!" Found
31 "Music!" Found
32 "Guitar!" Found
33 "Bongo Drums!" Found
34 "Quiet Read!" Found Begins at the 8:16 mark, damaged audio
35 "Clap Hands!" Found
36 "Painting!" Found
37 "Macaroni Jewelry!" Found
38 "Paint Shapes!" Found
39 "Pinch Pot!" Lost A clip of this short is featured in the intro sequence.
40 "Drawing Game!" Found
41 "Neighborhood Art!" Found
42 "Toothpaste!" Found Low-quality.
43 "Feelings!" Found
44 "Cake!" Lost
45 "Wet and Dry!" Lost
46 "Bubble Bath!" Found
47 "Itsy Bitsy Spider!" Found
48 "Toys!" Found

Photo Gallery[edit | edit source]

Screenshots[edit | edit source]

Production Photo[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

A shortened version of the intro sequence, which contains clips from some of the lost shorts.
A musical Noggin commercial, which contains a short clip from "Guitar!".
A musical Noggin commercial, which contains a possible clip from "Worm!" and a clip from "Slide!".
Promos for the Noggin website, one of which contains a clip from "Dance!"'s missing scene.

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Interview with Little Airplane's Josh Selig Retrieved 24 Feb '19.
  2. Tim Lagasse's website Retrieved 15 Oct '20.
  3. Archive of Noggin's Oobi homepage Retrieved 24 Feb '19.
  4. TVOntario schedule from January 2004 Retrieved 24 Feb '19.