Between 1995 and 1998, PBS fed children with classic stories like Ivanhoe and The legend of sleepy hollow by a clever dog called Wishbone. The resourceful Jack Russell Terrier blended in with the actions of countless books and always found a way to link even the most esoteric volume to the real problems of its owner Ellen Talbot and her teenage son Joe.
But how did PBS manage this dog-focused kiddie? Masterpiece theater? How Wishbone Save college GPAs? And what’s the story with the news that Wishbone could find his way back to the big screen? Read on for more facts about the hit kids series.
1. WishboneThe creator was inspired by his own Jack Russell Terrier.
Wishbone Creator and executive producer Rick Duffield has long been fascinated by the concept of telling children̵
2. A total of five dogs played Wishbone over the years.
Wishbone’s coveted role went to a Los Angeles puppy named Soccer. But soccer couldn’t be with every shot. Although he did most of the canvas work, the studio employed three more Jack Russell Terriers for stunts (Phoebe, Slugger, and Shiner) and another for advertising stills (Bear).
3. Football, the main dog playing Wishbone, convinced the creators with its back flip.
According to an “interview” football admitted Boy life For his personality and impressive tricks, he was selected from a pool of around 100 dogs. During the casting call in 1994, Soccer did a backflip that overwhelmed the producers. Admittedly, he had a great teacher. Football’s owner, Jackie Kaplan, was an experienced dog trainer who also coached the Dobermans who chased Arnold Schwarzenegger True Lies.
4. Jensen Ackles has started Wishbone.
You can currently see Jensen Ackles on TV as Dean Winchester, one of the ghost hunting brothers Supernatural. However, his first television loan came from Wishbone. Ackles had his big break with Michael Duss, the preppy teen with a knack for “mechanical things,” in the episode “Viva Wishbone!” Check it out in the clip above.
5. Amy Acker appeared in three episodes of Wishbone.
Likewise, Joss Whedon’s regular Amy Acker – from Angel and Dollhouse Fame – appeared in the book Fantasy Sequences of three different episodes of Wishbone. This gave her famous literary roles such as Catherine Morland Northanger Abbey, Priscilla Mullins from Miles Standish advertisingand even Venus out The Aeneid. Watch her turn as this Roman goddess above.
6. Wishbone wasn’t just for kids.
Meanwhile, Duffield received tons of letters from young children, parents, and teachers Wishbone was in the air. But the series met a different, unexpected audience. “We were tickled that so many college students liked the show,” he said. “Some would write thank you notes for helping them pass the freshman course.”
7. Mo Rocca wrote for Wishbone.
You probably caught the comedian Mo Rocca I love the 80s, The daily show or CBS Sunday morning. In 1995, however, he was just another writer for Wishbone. Rocca recalled in his opening speech at Sarah Lawrence College in 2016 (which you can see above): “Writing on this show meant telling some of the greatest stories ever told – the books I was supposed to read in college, but had and which I am sure you did – and retold each for children in half an hour, with a dog in the lead role … It was a storytelling boot camp. “
8. Wishbone’s voice actor made a cameo … as voice actor for Wishbone.
Wishbone was voiced by Larry Brantley. The actor appeared in one voice throughout the series – with one exception. In the episode “Rushin ‘to the Bone” Brantley made a brief appearance as an actor named Larry Brinkley. This is Larry also Dubbing for Wishbone as he shoots a dog food commercial with a fake Scottish castle and period robes.
Wishbone went on a mall tour of America.
Between the first and second season of WishboneFootball went out on the street. He appeared in shopping centers across America and greeted his fans from a red armchair. And his accommodations weren’t too shabby. Soccer flew in first class when traveling, stayed in four-star hotels and had his own security detail. People noticed that the soccer handlers even gave it a code name: The President.
10th Wishbone got a spinoff film and several book series.
Wishbone was mostly an episodic breed of dog, but he managed to make a feature film. Wishbones Dog Days of the West Premiere at Showtime in spring 1998. It is based on the O. Henry short story collection Heart of the westand it went straight to the video right after his television debut.
A film may be a slim filmography, but Wishbone’s bibliography is much larger: between 1996 and 2001 there were nine different ones Wishbone Series of books. The first franchise Wishbone Classicsconsisted of simple novels from the TV series. But soon there was Adventure from Wishbone, Wishbone Mysteries, and even Wishbone: The early years, a series that Wishbone followed as a puppy. The last flood of Wishbone Books came in 2000 and 2001, all by the same author (AD Francis). You can still buy them from Amazon.
11. Wishbone could make a comeback on the big screen.
Almost 20 years after Wishbone has finished his original series run, the literature-loving dog is (again) ready for his close-up. July 2020 The Hollywood Reporter announced that a Wishbone The film was in the works and comedy legend Peter Farrelly was supposed to produce. Mattel Films and Universal teamed up to distribute the film.
“Our extensive library of legendary franchises continues to offer cinematic storytelling opportunities,” said Robbie Brenner of Mattel Films, who will serve as executive producer. “We are delighted to be working with Peter Farrelly, Roy Parker and Universal to take the popular dog classic in a new direction with a modern reinterpretation of the franchise.”
This story was updated for 2020.