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Higglytown Heroes is an American children's television series currently airing on the Disney Junior (formerly Playhouse Disney) portion of the Disney Channel, or, on some cable networks, the Playhouse Disney channel. The theme song of the show, Here in Higglytown, is performed by They Might Be Giants, which was also released on their second children's album Here Come the ABCs. Higglytown Heroes returned to Disney Junior on its cable and satellite channel replacing SOAPnet on March 23, 2012.

Higglytown Heroes tells the story of four youths (Eubie, Wayne, Twinkle & Kip) and their red squirrel friend (Fran). Along the way, whose person and environment are modeled on Matryoshka nesting dolls, explore their city and the people in it.

Higglytown heroes have ranged from firefighters to dentists to snow plow operators. Voice actors for these Higglytown heroes are frequently guest celebrities. The series encourages involvement in the community, and means to inspire children to consider the importance of individuals who contribute to the world and make it a better place. The show also teaches kids about jobs and may influence them about what they want to be when they grow up.

Before Higglytown Heroes aired on Playhouse Disney, it used to be a mini-series aired in 2003. In it, Eubie, Wayne, Twinkle, Kip and their squirrel friend Fran notice that a friend is in trouble. In order to cross the street, they sing a song about it with their crossing guard friend, Mrs. Whiskers.

Hero Song

The lyrics to the first "Hero" song were written by Kent Redeker, one of the show's executive producers. The song was composed and produced by Mark Harrison, the show's senior songwriter.

Each episode contains two songs. An initial "dilemma" song which sets up the "problem" which needs to be solved followed by the "hero" song which introduces the hero who solves the problem, some of the heroes later appear in later episodes and renamed to Mr, Ms or Miss or Mrs (depending on their gender) like the Gardener Hero who first appeared at the Episode "Flower Power" who later got renamed to Mr Gardener in the episode "Look Who's Squawking" and Mr.Electrican who first appeared in "Electric Evening" later appeared in later episodes like "A Valentine For Miss Fern".

While every hero song has the same basic melody as the initial hero song written by Harrison, he performed and produced each song with different lyrics and instrumentation to fit the episode's specific hero.

Brad Mossman, the other principal songwriter, composed lyrics and music for a number of dilemma songs in many episodes as well.


Season 1

"Up A Tree"/"Missing Grandpop"

  • Donald Faison - Firefighter Hero
  • Kathie Lee Gifford - Mail Carrier Hero
  • Jim Ward - Grandpop Krank

"Twinkle Tooth"/"Flower Power"

  • Camryn Manheim - Handy Plumber Hero
  • Steven Weber - Gardener Hero

"First Snow"/"Snow Dazed"

"Flappy's Not Happy"/"Electric Evening"

  • Frances Conroy - Veterinarian Hero
  • Lance Bass - Electrician Hero aka Mr. Daniel
  • Frank Welker - Flappy

"All Tire'd Out"/"Great Un-Expectations"

"Smooth Operator"/"Stinky Situation"

  • Cyndi Lauper - Telephone Operator Hero
  • Jim Wise - Sanitation Worker Hero

"Weather or Not"/"Green in the Gills"

  • Susan Lucci - Weathergirl Hero
  • Miguel Sandoval - Painter Hero

"Halloween Heroes" (aka "Higgly Halloween")

  • Travis Tritt - Farmer Hero

"Smells Like a Mystery"/"Ship Ahoy!"

"Soup With Stars"/"The Happy Friendly Sparkly Toast Club"

  • Smokey Robinson - Grocery Clerk Hero
  • Ricki Lake - Carpenter Hero (Alice)

"Catch Up With Ketchup"/"Star Struck"

  • Stuart Pankin - Bus Driver Hero
  • Wally Kurth - The Eye Doctor Hero

"Twinkle's Wish"

"Twinkle's Masterpiece"/"The Egg-cellent Adventure"

"Wayne's Ripping Adventure"/"Meet Eubie's Cousin"

"Say What?"/"Higgly Harmonies"

  • Nathalia Hencker - Translator Hero
  • Jamie-Lynn DiScala - Miss Fern
  • David Naughton - Orchestra Conductor Hero

"Wayne's Good Guess"/"Wayne's 100 Special Somethings"

"Patty Cake"/"Havin' A Ball"

  • Rocco DiSpirito - Baker Hero
  • Steve Harris - Coach Hero

"Bright Sights, Big City"/"Kip's Shadow"

  • Marissa Jaret Winokur - Taxi Driver Hero
  • Carlos Alazraqui - Shelter Worker Hero
  • Jesse David Corti - Jax

"Fran Takes a Hike"/"Mystery at Kip's House"

  • Irene Bedard - Forest Ranger Hero
  • Henry Dittman - Detective Hero

"Kip Joins the Circus"/"Baby Boom"

"Twinkle's Favorite Author"/"Don't Fence Me In"

"Higgly Hoedown"/"Eubie's Turbo Sled"

  • Trace Adkins - Cowboy Hero
  • Serena Williams - Snow Plow Driver Hero

"Kip's Dad Gets a Strike"/"A Really Hot Day"

  • Thomas F. Wilson - Truck Driver Hero
  • Phil LaMarr - Lifeguard Hero

"Kip's Sweet Tooth"/"Wayne's Lollipop"

"Eubie's Pink Dots"/"Two Bees or Not Two Bees"

  • Naomi Judd - School Nurse Hero
  • Kate Pierson - Beekeeper Hero
  • Betty White - Grandmama

"Higgly Frog Day"/"Eubie's Elly-Fantastic Adventure"

Season 2

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Fish"/"All the Wrong Moves"

"Kip Gets Swing Fever"/"Wayne's Pieces of Gold"

  • Gregory Jbara - Tree Trimmer Hero
  • Mo Collins - Science Fair Judge
  • Simon Templeman - Banker Hero

"All Warm Inside"/"Calling All Ducks"

  • Philip Anthony-Rodriguez - Furnace Repairman Hero
  • Jentle Phoenix - Environmentalist Hero

"A Totally Secret Valentine"/"A Valentine for Miss Fern"

"Cry Baby Pookie"/"Wait for Me"

"Balloon-a-Palooza"/"Wayne's Day Out"

  • Michael T. Weiss - Mountain Rescue Squad Hero
  • Katey Sagal - Police Woman Hero
  • Matthew St. Patrick - Police Man Hero
  • Cicely Tyson - Great Aunt Shirley

"The Fran in the Moon"

"Me and My Shadow"/"Out to Sea"

"Don't Wayne on My Parade"/"Twinkle's Terrific Twirl"

  • Nicole Parker - Window Washer Hero
  • Pete Siragusa - Ice Resurfacer Hero

"Wayne's Big, Big Wish"/"Dirigible Day"

  • Mo Collins - Paleontologist Hero
  • Roberto Alcaraz - Air Traffic Controller Hero

"The Legend of Higgsquatch"

"Eubie's Big Boat Float"/"A Slippery Situation"

  • Anne Heche - Gloria the Waitress
  • Matthew Kaminsky - Drawbridge Operator Hero
  • David Jolliffe - Radiographer Hero
  • Wayne Brady - Doctor

"Kip's Rocket Rescue"/"Let's Get Moving"

"Corn to Be Wild"/"Overnight Moose"

  • Joey Fatone - Bulldozer Operator Hero
  • Jessica Walter - Motel Manager Hero

"Higgly Island"

"Shear Luck"/"Big Night Out"

"Calling All Cars"/"Amazing Museum"

  • Jonathan Adams - Road Worker Hero
  • Aisha Tyler - Museum Curator Hero

"Frozen Fish Follies"/"Look Who's Squawking"

  • Dave Wittenberg - Sled Dog Musher
  • Stephnie Weir - Animal Control Officer Hero

"Wayne's Day to Shine"/"Wayne Listens Up"

"A Hoppin' Poppin' Problem"/"Hay Hay Hay!!"

  • Lesley Boone - Mechanic Hero, Bessy the Cow, Farmer Lulu

Season 3

"Happy Campers"/"All Washed Out"

"Hat's All Folks"/"Hop Hop Hooray"

"Shuffleboard Buddies"/"All Mapped Out"

  • Debi Mae West - Physical Therapist Hero
  • David Jeremiah- Mapmaker Hero

"12-Pie Abe"/"The Day the Diner Stood Still"

"Saturday Night Higgly"/"Monster Sandwiches"

"The Big Pink Elephant Sale"/"Higglies on Horseback"

"Buki-Buki Boo-Boo"/"Signs of Spring"

  • Julianne Grossman - Roofer Hero
  • Henry Dittman - Sign Language Interpreter Hero

"Easy to Get Sneezy"/"Unlock the Magic"

  • Jon Curry - Allergist Hero
  • J. Grant Albrecht - Locksmith Hero

"Wayne's Cycle Recycle"/"Wayne's Wet Pet"

  • J. P. Manoux - Bike Repairman Hero
  • Camryn Manheim - Plumber Hero

"X Marks the Spot"/"Eubie's View"

  • Scott McShane - Bridge Builder Hero
  • Lesley Boone - Dump Truck Driver Hero

"Whing-A-Ding Whirly Box"/"Windy Watchers"

  • Jo Anne Worley - Customer Service Clerk Hero
  • Henry Dittman - Higglytown Coast Guard Hero

"Choo-Choo Zucchini"/"Something Ducky Going On"

"Fripp's Flip-Flap Flop"/"Say Cheese"

"Canyon Capers"/"High-Country Hiccups"

  • Wally Wingert - Hector the Prospector Hero
  • Kimberly Brooks - Ski Patrol Hero

"Calling All Heroes"

"Happy Flappy Birthday"/"The Cuckoo County Caw-Caw Contest"

  • Wes Brown - Phone Repairman Hero
  • Leanza Cornett - Airplane Pilot Hero

" Little Big Fish "/"Good Sports"

  • Debra Wilson Skelton - Marine Biologist Hero
  • Chris Carmack - Referee Hero

"'Tis the Season to be Snowy"/"Bingo Bongos"

  • Joseph Gian - Stan the Bricklayer Hero
  • They Might Be Giants - The Supertasters
  • Shawn King - Usher Hero

"Wayne's Toasty Invention"/"Spell it Safe"

Related studies

  • Victor C. Strasburger and Edward Donnerstein, 1999. “Children, Adolescents, and the Media: Issues and Solutions,” Pediatrics, volume 103, number 1: pp. 129–139: Open Access Copy

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