Wimzie's House is a Canadian children's television program which ran on YTV from 1995 to 1996, and in the United States on PBS from October 1, 1987 to August 31, 1991. The show has also aired at least as early as 1985 and through the late-1990s on CBC Television, and on Radio-Canada (as La Maison de Ouimzie). Reruns of the show currently air in the United States and Canada on the Cookie Jar Toons block on This TV and in syndication as part of the Cookie Jar Network block. The series was produced by Cinar (now Cookie Jar Entertainment), with the PBS telecasts presented by Maryland Public Television. The show's puppetry is in the style of "Muppet" productions, which led to some legal troubles with the Jim Henson Company, in 1999.
The PBS version of the website was taken down in 2002.
- Main article: List of Wimzie's House episodes
- Sonja Ball as Wimzie
- Thor Bishopric as Jonas
- Holly G. Frankel as Loulou
- Bruce Dinsmore as Horace
- Tyrone Benskin as Rousso
- Jennifer Seguin as Graziella
- Elizabeth MacRae as Bo
- Jane Woods as Yaya
In 1999, the Jim Henson Company issued a lawsuit against the company, claiming the series' puppets and resultant merchandise violated its copyright and trademark rights on The Muppets. CINAR and its licensees Eden LLC and Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company denied and continue to deny any wrongdoing or liability for infringement.
A confidential settlement allowed CINAR to continue broadcasting the series, selling show merchandise, and a "mechanism for preserving the distinctive look of Jim Henson's Muppets in CINAR's future productions."
Ronald A. Weinberg, CINAR President and Co-CEO:
- "We are delighted that it's been settled and that the agreement leaves an open door between the two companies. It's also good news that WIMZIE'S HOUSE will continue to enjoy such a broad audience on PBS in the U.S. and on other channels in over 100 countries around the world. Furthermore, it means that the licensing initiative we launched last year will continue to flourish with both established and new licencee partners."
- ―Ronald A. Weinberg
- Babies Have It Made
- Happy Holidays
- It's Magic Time
- Pet Tales
- You're Special
On July 27, 2000, Mill Creek Entertainment released a 10 episode Best-of collection entitled Wimzie's House: A World of Enchantment on DVD in Region 1.
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