Special Agent Oso
|Special Agent Oso|
Opening title logo
Gary Anthony Williams
|Theme music composer||Ford Riley|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||61 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||12 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Walt Disney Television Animation|
Playhouse Disney (2009–2011)
480i (4:3 SDTV)|
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
|First shown in||United States|
|Original release||April 4, 2009 – May 17, 2012|
Special Agent Oso is an American CGI-animated series for pre-school audiences series created by Ford Riley. The series premiered on April 4, 2009 as part of Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney block, and was one of the charter series that was part of the replacement Disney Junior block which started on February 14, 2011, and later, the Disney Junior channel.
Each episode begins with Special Agent Oso in the midst of a training exercise, which he usually fails ("all part of the plan—more or less"). Invariably, during the exercise, a child is confronted with a simple task he or she does not have the skill to complete, which a "Shutterbug" drone notices. Oso is always assigned to the case, and his Paw Pilot, along with the unseen Mr. Dos, illustrate his client's plight and assign him a mission to help the child complete the task. To do so, the Paw Pilot provides Oso with "three special steps," a simplified step-by-step guide to completing the task. Oso is transported to the child's location and attempts to follow the steps; as the three special steps are, in and of themselves, usually too vague to complete the task properly, the Paw Pilot also gives further elaborations, including at least one helpful trick. The Paw Pilot can sense the time limit on the task and begins counting down when the time limit is near; Oso and the child usually complete the task just as time runs out.
Returning from the assignment, the helpful trick given during the assignment always turns out to be the same trick Oso needed to complete the interrupted training exercise, which he likewise completes and passes.
Cast and characters
|Character's name||Voiced by in the English version||Character description|
|Special Agent Oso||Sean Astin|| The colorful special agent teddy bear who predominantly works on helping children perform tasks such as blowing bubbles, making a card or cleaning their rooms; he is the main character of the series. His name 'oso' is Spanish for 'bear'. He and his friends work for U.N.I.Q.U.E. (The United Network for the Investigation of Quite Usual Events).
The show was designed for encouraging and educational purposes.
|Paw Pilot||Meghan Strange||Oso's computerized assistant who guides Oso through the "three special steps" he needs to accomplish his current mission. Her name is a reference to the Palm Pilot series of handheld computers.|
|Mr. Dos||Gary Anthony Williams||Oso's boss, a mysterious figure that assigns Oso missions. Mr. Dos is never actually seen; only his voice is heard on Oso's watch-communicator.|
|Special Agent Wolfie||Phill Lewis||A blue stuffed wolf; one of the special agent animals that regularly oversee Oso's training.|
|Special Agent Dotty||Amber Hood||A spotted orange stuffed fox with a Southern accent; the other special agent animal that regularly oversees Oso's training. It's hinted that she may have feelings for Oso.|
|Professor Buffo||Brad Garrett, later voiced by Jess Harnell||A slightly clumsy and excitable Italian-speaking buffalo who is the inventor of Oso's gadgets. Introduced in the Season 2 episode, "From China with Love".|
|Whirly Bird||Cam Clarke||Oso's talking bird-shaped autogyro, who takes Oso to wherever someone needs help. He doesn't hear very well and often misunderstands what Oso tells him, which usually leads to Oso's ejection at inopportune moments and places.|
|R.R. Rapide||Oso's French-speaking train. Though his French accent would suggest a TGV, he is likely a reference to the Fastech 360, based on his shape and retractable speedbrake ears.|
|Special Agent Musa||N/A||A silent, dark brown squirrel ninja, the "master of stealth and speed." Introduced in the Season 2 episode, "Table Manners are Forever".|
|Shutterbug||A ladybug-shaped robotic camera, who keeps an eye out for children who need help. She doesn't speak. Appears only in the English and Russian versions.|
- Wilmer Valderrama as Handy Manny
- Rowan Atkinson as Tyler
- Eric Stuart as Tyler's Dad
- Matthew Broderick as Lin
- Rosario Dawson as Mia/Tyler's Mom
- Lisa Ortiz as Faith
- Rebecca Honig as Sarah
- John C. Reilly as Liam
- Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Joe
- Niketa Calame as Katie/Tara
- Jason David Frank as Rasheed
- Steve Cardenas as Aiden
- Nika Futterman as Stretch & Squeeze
- Carlos Alazraqui as Felipe
- Dee Bradley Baker as Turner
- Tom Kenny as Pat
- Fred Stoller as Rusty
- Kath Soucie as Dusty
- Nancy Truman as Kelly
- Roger Craig Smith as John/Michael
- Stefanie Scott as Briana/Emma
- Dan Russell as Andrew
- Andrew Rannells as Noah
- Darren Dunstan as Grayson
- Lou Holtz as Uncle Lou (character was modeled to look like himself)
- Nathan Lane as Briana's Dad/Emma's Dad
- Lara Flynn Boyle as Isabella's Mom
- Megan Hollingshead as David's Mom
- Jeremy Irons as Nave's Dad
- James Earl Jones as Mr. Thompson
- Madge Sinclair as Maya's Mom
- Mel Brooks as Grandpa Mel
- Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Braden's Dad
- Kimberly Brooks as Doc's Mom
Each episode is composed of four components:
- The Three Special Steps are the steps that Paw Pilot gives Oso to follow when he is on his special assignments. Oso has a matter of time to finish the three special steps. The third step is usually timed for 3-19 seconds.
- The training exercises are Oso's training task assigned by Wolfie, Dotty or Bufo. Oso usually messes up on his first try, but in the course of doing the special assignments he refers to the mistake he made in his training exercise, thanks to the person he is helping. He then returns to his training exercise and does it correctly, then earns a "Digi-Medal.
- Audience participation or interaction with Oso. Sometimes, Oso will ask the audience to help him find something hidden or missing on the screen. Other times, Oso will ask the audience to try something physically demanding that he is doing.
- The special assignments are missions that Oso is requested to complete by the mysterious Mr. Dos, in order to help a child in need. Oso tries to complete the Three Special Steps that Paw Pilot gives him. Then he earns a "Digi-Medal".
The show has 62 episodes; 24 in the first season and 38 in the second. The episode names are usually references to the names of James Bond films, such as Three Wheels Are Not Enough and The Boy with the Golden Gift. The first two seasons contain at least one episode title that parodies all 22 of the existing Bond films at the time (as Skyfall was released after Season 2 originally concluded, same with Spectre). Some episode titles also parody the Carly Simon song "Nobody Does it Better" which is the popular theme song to The Spy Who Loved Me.
Three Healthy Steps
Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps is a short series that airs in the United States and the United Kingdom during the Disney Junior programming block. It encourages children to use "three healthy steps" regarding eating, being healthy and exercising.
Characters that are featured in the short series are Special Agent Oso, Paw Pilot, Special Agent Wolfie, Special Agent Dotty, and Professor Buffo.
- Official website
- Disney Channel press release for Special Agent Oso
- Special Agent Oso at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Special Agent Oso on TV.com
- Special Agent Oso on LOVEFiLM
- "Special Agent Oso". www.bcdb.com, May 13, 2012
- Special Agent Oso. Disney Junior Canada. . URL:http://www.disneyjunior.ca/en/shows/special-agent-oso. Accessed: 2014-05-11. (Archived URL:https://web.archive.org/web/20130306121009/http://www.disneyjunior.ca/en/shows/special-agent-oso)
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