Rainbow Fish (TV series)

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Rainbow Fish
Created byMarcus Pfister
Based onThe Rainbow Fish
Written by
  • Dean Stefan
  • Rowby Goren
  • Richard Stanley
  • Alan Swayze
  • Ian James Corlett
  • Brooks Wachtel
  • Shelley Zellman
  • Patti Carr
  • Lara Runnels
  • Francis Moss
  • S. M. Molitor
  • Kati Rocky
  • Sindy McKay
  • William Forrest Cluverius
  • Erika Strobel
Directed by
  • Drew Edwards
  • Terry Klassen (voice)
  • Ed Mitchell (music)
  • Teruyo Watanabe (sheet)
Starring
Theme music composer
  • Tom Armbruster
  • Charlie Brissette
  • Ed Mitchell
  • Dean Stefan
Opening theme"There's a Rainbow in the Water" sung by Blu Mankuma and Saffron Henderson
Ending theme"There's a Rainbow in the Water" (Instrumental)
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes52
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Steven DeNure
  • Loris Kramer
  • Franz Prinz Von Auersperg
Producer(s)
  • Beth Stevenson
  • Rick Morrison (Funbag)
Editor(s)
  • Dean Stefan (executive story)
  • Clem Hobbs
  • Rebecca Loutit (dialogue)
  • Ryan Soulliere (dialogue)
Running time11 minutes per episode (approx.)
Production company(s)
DistributorSony Wonder
TV-Loonland AG
HBO (US)
Release
Original network
Picture format4:3
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 8 (2000-01-08) –
December 25, 2000 (2000-12-25)

Rainbow Fish was a Canadian-American-German children's animated television series produced in 1999.[1] It was adapted from the book of the same name; however, the television series does not follow the plot of the book; rather it takes the character and the setting and creates a new story with them. Some characters were added and others embellished for the purposes of the show. In the series, the place where the fish live is called Neptune Bay (after Neptune, god of the sea). The fish attend school, which is aptly named "The School of Fish". There is a shipwreck called "Shipwreck Park" in the series that resembles the wreck of the RMS Titanic. It was produced by Decode Entertainment and EM.TV for Sony Wonder. 26 episodes were produced.[2]

The show aired on Teletoon in Canada, ZDF in Germany, and HBO Family in the US.

Characters[edit]

Rainbow Fish: A 9-year-old proud, vibrant fish that lives with his parents and sister. He was voiced by Rhys Huber.

Sea Filly: In the first episode, Sea Filly is a 9-year-old new girl in school. She is a beautiful seahorse, though she is half mermaid, half seahorse. She eventually becomes friends with Rainbow and Blue. She is often seen reading books. She was voiced by Chantal Strand.

Blue: Rainbow Fish's best friend, who is more down-to-earth and thoughtful than Rainbow Fish. He is a 9-year-old blue fish and has a baby sister called Turquoise. He was voiced by Andrew Francis.

Ruby: She is Rainbow Fish's 13-year-old older sister who is a teenager. She is arrogant, bossy, self-centered and ruby-colored. She regularly gets Rainbow Fish into trouble, because she gets jealous, although she actually loves him. She was voiced by Chiara Zanni.

Sol and Aqua: Aqua is an aqua-colored fish and is Rainbow Fish's mother. Sol is purple and is Rainbow's dad. They help their daughter and son whatever way they can and will always provide them with great courage. Sol was voiced by John Payne whilst Aqua was voiced by Ellen Kennedy.

Principal Gefilte: The proud Principal of the School of Fish, he is strict about behavior. He was voiced by French Tickner.

Mrs. Chips: The teacher of the school. She teaches history, mathematics, science, and literature. She was voiced by Ellen Kennedy.

Wanda the Octopus: She is the owner of the Neptune Bay fast food restaurant. She is very wise and when Rainbow Fish and his friends are down she will always give them advice. She is based on the Wise Octopus from the original book. She was voiced by Kathleen Barr.

Chomper and Stingo: The two bullies of the school. They do not really commit acts of physical violence but they can bully and tease Rainbow Fish and his friends. Chomper is a shark while Stingo is a stingray. Chomper was voiced by Christopher Gray and Stingo was voiced by Bill Switzer.

Sherman Shrimp: The smallest of the school. To him, everything looks big. He was voiced by Alex Doduk.

Sir Sword: Local swordfish, upper-class and a bit of a busybody. He is sometimes grumpy, and sometimes civil, but always seems to think he is better than everyone else. He was voiced by Colin Murdock.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Description Canadian air date American air date
1 "Rainbow Fish and the New Girl at School" A new girl, Sea Filly (who is a seahorse) comes to Rainbow Fish's school and Rainbow and his best friend Blue welcome her. N/A January 8, 2000
2 "Rainbow Fish Meets Wayne Grunion" Rainbow is excited to meet his hero, renowned hockey star Wayne Grunion when he comes to town for a visit. January 15, 2000
3 "Rainbow Fish Plays the Conch Shell" In the school band, Rainbow Fish is assigned the conch shell, the hardest instrument in the band to play. Rainbow is then forced to practice and he does so, making for a better performance at the school concert. January 22, 2000
4 "Riptide" When Rainbow Fish and his friends attempt a dangerous sport called 'Riptiding', Blue is swept away on a riptide and his friends must find him. January 29, 2000
5 "Rainbow Gets an 'A"' Rainbow Fish gets a bad report card, but after he spills a kelp gusher on it, his parents mistake the "C" grade for an "A". Rainbow must prevent them from meeting Principal Gefilte and learning the truth. February 4, 2000
6 "Grandpa's Fishy Tale" Rainbow is not enthusiastic about spending time with his grandpa while his parents are away at the store, thinking he will be bored, but when his grandpa tells him an amazing story that hides an incredible secret, Rainbow discovers that old people can be exciting after all. February 11, 2000
7 "Rainbow's Dental Dilemma" Rainbow fears visiting the dentist, but when he goes, he discovers that dentists aren't as bad as he thought they were. February 18, 2000
8 "Rainbow Fish and the Pop Star" Rainbow mistakenly brags to his friends that he knows the famous pop star, Bruce Sturgeon, which lands him in trouble and causes him to force Bruce Sturgeon himself to perform at the school. February 25, 2000
9 "Sherman Shrimp" A new student, Sherman Shrimp, comes to school and Rainbow Fish treats him badly. However, after Sherman saves Rainbow from a shipwreck, Rainbow realizes that he has been bad to Sherman all along. March 3, 2000
10 "Lost in Crumbling Canyon" Chomper, the school bully, gets lost in a canyon with Rainbow Fish, and the two opposites must work together to find their way out. March 10, 2000
11 "The Golf Lesson" Rainbow fools around with his father's golf club and breaks it, causing him to search for a new one before his father's big game with Sir Sword. March 17, 2000
12 "Ruby's Adventures in Babysitting" Ruby decides to babysit their guppy neighbors' baby, Ferdie, and says Rainbow is too irresponsible to help her. However, Ferdie turns out to be more troublesome than expected and runs away. Rainbow then finds him and Ruby apologizes for what she said. March 24, 2000
13 "Sir Sword Goes Back to School" Sir Sword needs to finish third grade, so he attends Rainbow's school. March 31, 2000
14 "Rainbow de Bergerac" Blue has a crush on Goldie, but he's too shy to ask her on a date, so Rainbow tells him what to say via a communicator made by Sea Filly. However, Chomper and Stingo soon ruin the plan. April 7, 2000
15 "Big Fish on Campus" When Blue becomes a hall monitor, he lets the power go to his head. April 14, 2000
16 "Sibling Rivalry" Blue gets a new baby sister and he feels left out because of the attention his mom and friends are giving to the baby. April 21, 2000
17 "One Fish's Treasure" Rainbow lines a sea-monkey bowl with his sister Ruby's magazine, in process ruining the magazine. April 28, 2000
18 "Project Rainbow Fish" Rainbow learns a lesson about charity and works on a project involving it. May 5, 2000
19 "Ruby Slips In" Ruby starts spending time with Rainbow, Blue and Sea Filly, leading Rainbow to believe she is trying to steal his friends. May 12, 2000
20 "Working Fish" Rainbow gets a job at the Candy Counter to earn money. May 19, 2000
21 "Cecil B. Derainbow" Rainbow takes up making movies and casts himself as the director. May 26, 2000
22 "Rainbow's Pen Pal" Rainbow's pen pal is coming to visit him and Rainbow is excited. June 2, 2000
23 "Campus Current" Sea Filly becomes the editor of the school newspaper. Unfortunately, in her enthusiasm for journalism however, she soon becomes nothing but a tabloid gossip columnist and no fish is safe from her probing and humiliating articles. Rainbow comes up with a plan that ends with Sea Filly writing an untrue article about Principal Gefilte and losing her job. Sea Filly learns that real journalists have a responsibility to print only what they know is true. June 9. 2000
24 "Fish Alone" Burglars break into Rainbow's house one afternoon and ruin it. June 16, 2000
25 "Rainbow Fish and the In Crowd" Rainbow and Blue start hanging out with a new clique called the High Tides, to the chagrin of Sea Filly. June 23, 2000
26 "Knights of the Coral Table" Sir Sword lends Rainbow a book that he becomes hooked on and cannot stop reading. June 30, 2000
27 "Bad Luck, Ruby" When Ruby encounters a series of unfortunate events one day, she believes that she has been cursed. July 7, 2000
28 "Father's Day" Rainbow's class has Dads' Day at school and all students' fathers are invited to describe their jobs. Rainbow is worried, as he thinks his father has a boring job. July 14, 2000
29 "Prehistoric Pal" Rainbow finds a hole in the ground that an extinct coelacanth called Carl swims out of. However, Carl spends most of his time in the modern world trying to impress Ruby. July 21, 2000
30 "May the Better Fish Win" Rainbow and Blue compete for the role of class president. They both try to impress Sea Filly in order to get her vote. July 28, 2000
31 "Blue's Fishy Catch" Blue wins the clamball championship for his school, but only because no one saw him drop the ball. August 4, 2000
32 "To Catch a Thief" Rainbow is suspicious of his sister when she starts acting oddly. However, it turns out she is just making a surprise gift for their parents. August 11, 2000
33 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" Rainbow's mum invites his teacher, Mrs. Chips, to dinner, and Rainbow is worried that she will act like a teacher. August 18, 2000
34 "It's a Wonderful Fish" A guardian angel fish shows Rainbow the value of his life. August 25, 2000
35 "Moving Day" Rainbow fears his parents are planning to sell the house to two fish called Ret and Snapper, and so his friends attempt to make his house as much of a wreck as possible to avoid it being sold. However, Rainbow then discovers his parents were planning to build a new recreation room. September 1, 2000
36 "A Romantic Dinner" Rainbow and Ruby prepare an anniversary dinner for their parents. September 8, 2000
37 "The Bodyguard" Rainbow saves a whale's life, and, in return, the whale becomes his bodyguard. September 15, 2000
38 "Mum's Away" Rainbow is not pleased when his mother gets a job in his school. September 22, 2000
39 "How Sea Filly Got Her Groove Back" After being teased by her classmates for not being feminine enough, Sea Filly decides to take up cheerleading, causing Blue and Rainbow to worry about her becoming a different person. September 29, 2000
40 "High Tide Noon" Rainbow is embarrassed after failing to stand up to Rocko Rockfish, a bullying second grader. October 6, 2000
41 "Game Girl" After watching Rainbow and Blue play it, Sea Filly becomes addicted to a video game called Clam Blaster and hardly does anything else. October 13, 2000
42 "There's No Business Like..." Rainbow, Blue, and Sea Filly hearing the tale of two feuding crabs who were once song-and-dance partners, and set out to bring them back together. October 20, 2000
43 "Sea Filly Needs a Helping Fin" Sea Filly gets a bad grade on a math test and worries greatly. October 27, 2000
44 "Prince Blue" When Blue looks at his book and mistakenly thinks his ancestors were royalty, he starts behaving like a prince. November 3, 2000
45 "Pool Shark" When Chomper's relative, a pool-playing master, comes to Wanda's refreshment shop, he beats everyone in pool by secretly cheating. Rainbow, unaware of this at first, is in awe and decides to become his assistant, then discovers his secret. Rainbow then declares a match to determine that Chomper's relative is cheating. Rainbow then wins, and the other player leaves the shop forever. November 10, 2000
46 "Halloween Under H2O" Rainbow tries to put Sea Filly in the Halloween spirit, then has a haunting Halloween dream, and wakes up to find Sea Filly has scared him in his sleep. November 17, 2000
47 "An Eviction Notice" Phineas T. Gronch is planning to demolish the Mollusk Reef Villas and Neptune Bay to build a shopping mall. Rainbow, Blue and Sea Filly have to stop him. November 24, 2000
48 "The Vacation" Rainbow and his family go on a camping trip. December 1, 2000
49 "Cave Mates" Blue and Rainbow's friendship is tested when Blue comes to stay at Rainbow's house. December 8, 2000
50 "Chomper, Master Thespian" Chomper is given the lead role in the school play, but he mistakenly believes acting is for wimps. December 15, 2000
51 "Rainbow's Hiccups" Rainbow's love of kelp gusher drinks causes him to get hiccups. December 22, 2000
52 "Santa Sword Is Coming To Town" Rainbow Fish helps Sir Sword dressed as Santa Sword on Christmas Eve. December 25, 2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 488. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. pp. 251–252. ISBN 9781476672939.

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