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The ZhuZhus (originally called Frankie and the ZhuZhu Pets[1]) is a Canadian/American animated TV series developed by Hugh Duffy. The series is based on the 2017 rebrand of the American toy franchise ZhuZhu Pets.

The series debuted on Disney Channel in the United States on September 12, 2016.[2]

PlotEdit

The ZhuZhus is about 8-year-old Frankie, who lives in Anytown with her parents who run a plumbing home business called Pamplemouse Plumbing, and four talking hamsters called the ZhuZhus; Pipsqueak, Mr. Squiggles, Num Nums, and Chunk.

Cast and charactersEdit

Main article: Characters

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

Additional voicesEdit

ProductionEdit

The ZhuZhus is produced by Nelvana in Canada and Cepia LLC in the United States, in association with Corus Entertainment. The series is animated using Toon Boom Animation and recorded in Studio 306 Inc. It was first announced on February 12, 2015 by Kristin Musulin of USA Today as a Nelvana production, with a planned release of 2016.[3] The show was originally referred to as ZhuZhu Pets,[4] but the actual title was revealed to be Polly and the ZhuZhu Pets.[1] The last episode to air on Disney Channel with that title was "Fur-Vivor/Zhuper Girl," which premiered on October 21, 2016, and the show went on a hiatus. After its hiatus the series gained a new name and Polly's name was changed to Frankie for the rest of the series' run. Eventually all 7 episodes that were previously broadcast on Disney Channel were redubbed to say Frankie instead of Polly.

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
  1 26 September 12, 2016 August 24, 2017
Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
  1 26 February 13, 2017
Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
  1 26 March 6, 2017
Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
  1 26 May 2, 2017
Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
  1 26 July 4, 2017 August 22, 2017
  2 26 2018 TBA

BroadcastEdit

In the United States, The ZhuZhus premiered on Disney Channel on September 12, 2016[2] at 4:00 PM EDT. In Australia and New Zealand, the series premiered on Disney Channel on February 13, 2017.[5] In South Africa, the series premiered on Disney Channel on March 6.[6] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the series premiered on Boomerang on May 2.[7] In Canada, the series was originally scheduled to premiere on YTV in December 2016[8] but it eventually premiered on July 4, 2017.[9]

Internationally, Disney Channels Worldwide acquired both multi-territory broadcast and on demand rights to The ZhuZhus in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Central and Eastern Europe, Germany, Luxembourg, the Middle East, the Netherlands, Russia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Spain, Coming in 2018 and Switzerland.[10]

VideosEdit

GalleryEdit

The ZhuZhus title card
The image gallery for The ZhuZhus may be viewed here.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Polly and the ZhuZhu Pets. Disney Channel. Archived from the original on 2016-09-20. Retrieved on 2017 January 26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nelvana and Disney Channels Worldwide Sign Multi-Territory Broadcast Deal for New Animated Series Polly and the ZhuZhu Pets. Corus Entertainment (2016-08-29). Retrieved on 2016 September 8.
  3. Musulin, Kristin (2015-02-12). First look: Zhu Zhu Pets to scurry back into stores. USA Today. Retrieved on 2017 February 28.
  4. February 2016 Funding Decisions. Bell Fund. Retrieved on 2017 February 19.
  5. https://www.foxtel.com.au/foxtelplay/tv-guide/The-ZhuZhus/82668430
  6. http://mcn.com.na/dstv/media_post/highlight/march-highlights-70
  7. https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/04/boomerang-uk-and-cartoonito-uk-may-2017-highlights
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20170202105309/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZh60Xi0U3k
  9. http://www.corusent.com/properties/the-zhuzhus
  10. http://deadline.com/2016/08/nelvana-disney-channels-worldwide-broadcast-deal-polly-and-the-zhuzhu-pets-1201810234/

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