Rolie Polie Olie is the Canadian-French children's television series produced by Nelvana, Sparx, CBC, and Disney Channel. It was distributed by Disney Channel. and created by William Joyce and Maggie Swanson.
The show focuses on a little robot that is composed of several spheres and other three-dimensional geometric shapes. The show was one of the earliest series that was fully animated in CGI and the first computer-animated preschool television series. Set in Polieville, France. The show has a vintage atmosphere reminiscent of the 1950s to mid-1960s, with futuristic elements.
Telecast and home media
The show is aired from October 4, 1998 until February 12, 2004 with repeats until 2007. In the U.S., it aired on Disney Channel, CBC Television in Canada, and France 5 in France. In the early 2010s, it aired on Disney Junior.
In the 2000s, Disney released videotapes and DVDs in the United States while kaBoom! also released in Canada.
As of 2022, the show is now streaming on Disney+ with five seasons, not counting films and the final season.
- Cole Caplan as Olie Polie
- Kristen Bone as Zowie Polie
- Joshua Tucci as Billy Bevel
- Robert Norman Smith as Spot (Olie's Dog) (Bark) and Space Dog (Space Boy's Dog) (Bark)
- Adrian Truss as Mr. Polie (Olie and Zowie's Dad) with an Canadian accent and Uncle Gizmo with an Hick accent
- Catherine Disher as Mrs. Polie (Olie and Zowie's Mom) with an Midwestern accent
- Len Carlson as Pappy with an Canadian accent
- Noah Reid as Screwy
- Jennifer Gould as Miss Triangle
- Ellen Ray Hennessy as Bonita (Billy and Binky's Mom)
- Rebecca Brenner as Polly Pi
- Philip Williams as Baxter (Billy and Binky's Dad)
- Michael Cera as Little Gizmo with an Hick accent
- Sunday Muse as Binky
- Richard Binsley as Dicey (Billy's Cat) (Meow)
Rolie Polie Olie won a Gemini Award in Canada for "Best Animated Program" in 1999. The show also won a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Special Class Animated Program" in 2000 and 2005. The show's creator William Joyce won a 1999 Daytime Emmy in the United States for "Best Production Design" for this show.
The music also featuring the licensed public-domain soundtracks such as:
- "Nutcracker Suite: Dance of the Reed Flutes" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- "Nutcracker Suite: Trepak" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- "Moonlight Sonata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
- "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg
- "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
- "Mars, the Bringer of War" by Gustav Holst
- "1812 Overture" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- "Pictures at the Exhibition: Promenade" by Modest Mussorgsky
- "New World Symphony" by Antonin Dvorak
- "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner
- "Symphony No. 5" by Ludwig van Beethoven
- "Carmen: Toreador March" by Georges Bizet
- "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" by Franz Liszt
- "Can Can" by Jacques Offenbach