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Stanley is an animated television series that was aired on Disney Junior (previously known as Playhouse Disney), based on the series of children's books written by Andrew Griffin. It was produced by Cartoon Pizza, and was developed for television by Jim Jinkins (the creator of Doug and Pinky Dinky Doo) and David Campbell.

Stanley teaches a wide variety of issues preschool children face, including change, growth, rules, and dealing with others. Each episode centers around an animal that deals with or helps explain the issue Stanley is grappling with.

The show is popular with viewers and fans alike, mainly due to things usually unused in a preschool show (mostly the slang and sentences from Harry, how Dennis is annoyed by the song for the Great Big Book of Everything, the extremely rare fourth wall breakages, the word "dude" and the design for Lionel, the many diverse shapes, the music and how it is popular with teenagers). Reruns of Stanley currently air on Disney Junior.

Junkanoo and reggae fusion group Baha Men, known for "Who Let the Dogs Out", sang the theme song for the series, "My Man Stanley".

Synopsis

From the creators of Doug, PB&J Otter, and Allegra's Window comes Stanley. The tales of a boy and his best buddies, a pet fish, a pet cat, and a pet dog.

Each episode shows Stanley (voiced by Jessica D. Stone) in a situation he does not fully understand. He discusses it with his pet goldfish Dennis (Charles Shaughnessy) before consulting the Great Big Book of Everything, a remarkably complete zoology book aimed at young children. By observing how an animal copes with the same situation Stanley faces, or how it can overcome a similar difficulty, Stanley learns to deal with the situation himself.

Throughout the show Stanley and all his preschool aged friends are able to talk to his pet cat, Elsie (Hynden Walch) and dog, Harry (Rene Mujica) as well as Dennis. Other animals also seem to occasionally respond, but never talk or give a definite indication they truly understood what was said. Stanley and his friends actively try to keep the adults, and by extension Stanley's older brother, Lionel, from realizing this. The one exception is Stanley's grandmother, as revealed in the Halloween special "Grandma Griff's Mystery Guest". In fact, it was she that gave Stanley the book and taught its theme song to Harry and Elsie. It is also implied she is a witch.

The Great Big Book of Everything appears to be magical in nature, able to either let the animals out of the pages or allow the children to enter, sometimes changing them into animals in the process. This does not appear to be imaginary since occasionally adults do notice the noise, and Stanley works hard to hide the animals. There is also an episode where Stanley's brother sees a T-Rex in the yard, but dismisses the memory when it disappears back into the book.

When someone says, or even hints out, or even has, the "Great Big Book Of Everything", the cat and dog (named Elsie and Harry, respectively) will wake up or find their way into the scene and start singing. This usually annoys Dennis, who after the introductory verse, says something like "Oh, not again!".

Broadcast history

In the US, the series aired on Disney Channel's daytime preschool block Playhouse Disney since its debut, September 15, 2001. When Playhouse Disney rebranded its on-air presentation in 2007, Stanley was put on a new timeslot at 9.30AM on the weekends. As of May 2008, Stanley no longer airs on Playhouse Disney, but DVD's and books are still available. In February 2011, the show was completely removed when Playhouse Disney rebranded as Disney Junior. The show was briefly seen online on DisneyJunior.com as part of "fan favorites" week on the week of June 20, 2011, and it couldn't be seen on the internet at the time. The series will air reruns on the Disney Junior channel on March 22, 2012, due to popular fan demand for classic Playhouse Disney airing reruns again along with Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Timon & Pumbaa, and 101 Dalmatians: The Series.

In Canada, it was running on The Family Channel from 2002 to 2007, and then was moved to the Disney Junior/Playhouse Disney channel, which has been running since 2007.

  • Disney Channel (September 15, 2001-May 2008)
  • Disney Junior (March 22, 2012-present)
  • Playhouse Disney Canada (November 2007-Spring 2011)
  • Disney Junior Canada (2011-present)

Voice cast

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Characters
Stanley GriffDennisHarryElsieLionel GriffJoyce GriffMark GriffGrandma GriffPeekyLester GoldbergMarciMimiJaneWalterGreat Uncle StewRockin' RoryTashaMrs. GreenLittle DudeOscarMoeMr. GoldbergNancy GoldbergSamantha GoldbergMs. DiazMaxMollyCathy KirbyTheresa KirbyFarmer JulieBenHarriet
Episodes
Season One: "Up the Apple Tree / Kangaroo Clean-Up" • "Daddy Pride / Show-and-Tell Shark" • "Bearly Awake / The Eagle Has Landed" • "Watch Out for Lionels / Growing Pains" • "Frog Legs / Whoo's Afraid of the Dark?" • "Tiger Hunt / Monkey Bar Business" • "Camel Commotion / There's Snow Place Like Home" • "A Whale of a Song / Sloth for a Day" • "Busy Busy Octopus / Honest Ostrich" • "Dolphin Talk / Whole Lotta Snakin' Going On" • "Platypus Problems / Rabbit Habit" • "Savanna-Speeders! / Tyrannosaurus Wrecks" • "Hippo Helpers / Where's Stanley?" • "Penguin Party / Leave it to Beavers" • "The Joker / Baby Pictures" • "You've Got Pigeon Mail / It's a Prairie Dog's Life" • "Remembering with Elephants / Garbage Can Bandit" • "Little Dog Lost" • "Snow Monkey See, Snow Monkey Do / Sick Day Stanley" • "The Big Spill / Peekaboo Parrot" • "Gorilla Sleepover / Sea Lion Slip-Up" • "Worms at Work / Caterpillar Countdown" • "In a While, Crocodile / The Color of Stanley" • "Searching for Spring / Save the Bluebird!" • "The Pond Couple / Who's Afraid of Walter Wolf?" • "A Little Squirrel Music / A Boy's Best Friend is His Fish"

Season Two: "Ant Picnic / The Tooth About Teeth" • "Eel-lectricity / Roller Rhino" • "Keep 'Em Flying / Guess What's Coming for Dinner" • "The Really Real Dragon / A Billy Goat for Dad" • "Bloodhound Blues / Clock-a-Doodle-Doo!" • "Mistaken Mermaid / It Pays to Be a Pelican" • "Woodpecker Woes / P.U. Pup" • "Grandma Griff's Mystery Guest" • "Mockingbird Scat / Horsepower" • "Proud as a Peacock / Dances with Flamingos" • "Sunburn Stanley / Time for Toolfish" • "Web Weavers / Muddy Buddies" • "The Robbing Raven / Flashlight Fireflies" • "Mysterious Moe / Spelling Bee Situation" • "Follow the Lemur / Zebra Jigsaw" • "Hummingbird Humdinger / Koala Cuddle" • "Double-Duty Dad / Look Who's Helping" • "Tasmanian Tantrum / Sea Otter Safety" • "Going-Away Goose / Time to Climb!" • "Stanley's Super Spectacles / The Ugly Griffling" • "Doing Like Ducks / Speedy Does It" • "X-Ray X-tra! / Under the Umbrella Bird" • "I Scream for Ice Cream / Snack Savers" • "A Little Nightingale Music / Super Squirrel" • "Outfoxing Lionel / Jackrabbit Hide-and-Seek" • "Me and My Palfish / At the Zoo!"
Season Three: "Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up" • "To Catch a Hamster / Pearls of Wisdom" • "Living with Leopards / A Happy Chinese New Year" • "A Turkey of a Thanksgiving" • "The Way of the Buffalo / Follow That Falcon" • "Shell Game / Sheep and a Haircut" • "No News Like Snow Shoes / Ladybug, Ladybug" • "Curse of the Angry Coral / A Little Bird Told Me" • "Stanley's Great Big Book of Adventure"

Songs
My Man StanleyStep by StepThe Great Big Book of EverythingGoodnight, DennisSpring Has SprungEvery Day is Earth DayWhat Shall We BeWe're BatsBirds of a Feather