The Animal Shelf

The Animal Shelf
Genre Children's
Created by Ivy Wallace
Written by Chris Allen
Julia Allen
Directed by Ellen Menske
Susan Roman (voices, USA/Canada)
Voices of Susan Sheridan (UK)
Jimmy Hibbert (UK)
Sue Ryding (UK)
Marc Donato (USA/Canada)
Jeff Lumby (USA/Canada)
Linda Ballantyne (USA/Canada)
Robert Bockstael (USA/Canada)
Taborah Johnson (USA/Canada)
Jennifer Gould (USA/Canada)
Chris Merren (USA/Canada)
David Berni (USA/Canada)
Claudia Theriault (USA/Canada)
Bob Cruch (USA/Canada)
Narrated by Susan Sheridan (UK)
Theme music composer Ernie Wood
Opening theme Five Soft Toys on the Little Blue Shelf
Ending theme Five Soft Toys on the Little Blue Shelf (Reprise)
Composer(s) Ernie Wood
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52
Executive producer(s) Mark Hall
Producer(s) Jackie Cockle
Editor(s) Zyggy Markiewicz (audio pre-production)
Jereen Nadorp (audio and mixing)
Ronald Nadorp (audio and mixing)
Camera setup Patrick Reets (model)
Running time 10 minutes
Production company(s) Cosgrove Hall Films
Distributor United Kingdom and Australia/New Zealand
Disney Videos
United States
The Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Company Inc
Audio and Mixing
Bob Keemer Sound Studios BV
Original network ITV (UK)
FOX Family Channel (USA)
ABC (Australia)
Treehouse TV (Canada)
TVNZ 2 (New Zealand)
TVNZ 6 (New Zealand)
RTÉ2 (Ireland)
Dubai 33 (UAE)
M-Net (South Africa)
K-T.V. World (South Africa)
Original release 1997 – 2000

The Animal Shelf is a British children's model animation series produced by Cosgrove Hall Films and based on the books written and illustrated by British writer Ivy Wallace. Aimed at a pre-school audience, it first aired on ITV running for four seasons and 52 episodes and ran from 1997 to 2000. It has also aired around world including the ABC in Australia, RTÉ2 in Ireland as part of their children's blockThe Den, Dubai 33 in the United Arab Emirates, the children's television network K-T.V. World and M-Net (as part of their series of children's lineup blocks K-T.V.) in South Africa and TVNZ 2 and TVNZ 6 in New Zealand as part of their children's block Kidzone.

Main characters

  • Timothy is a young boy who is the owner of the animals. He is never actually seen on-screen, just his shadow. This is the same with all of the human characters apart from the pet-shop owner (whose face is never seen on screen).

Voiced by Susan Sheridan (UK) and Marc Donato (USA/Canada)

  • Gumpa is a bear who often acts as the leader of the group. He is quite lazy and enjoys sleeping.

Voiced by Jimmy Hibbert (UK)

  • Woeful is a monkey who wears a red fez and coat. He often tells jokes, which are often found rude by the other animals. He enjoys getting his own way, and is quite bossy, which sometimes annoys the other animals.

Voiced by Jimmy Hibbert (UK)

  • Stripey is a woolen zebra and Getup's best friend. He seems to be quite wise, and it is revealed in the first episode, Stripey To The Rescue, that he and Getup are Timothy's oldest animals.

Voiced by Jimmy Hibbert (UK)

  • Getup is a giraffe who often falls over, and is close friends with Stripey. The material on her hooves is worn, which means that she often loses stuffing through them. She speaks with a broad English accent.

Voiced by Susan Sheridan (UK)

  • Little Mutt is a west highland white terrier dog. He wears a pink bow, and often ends up getting into difficult situations. He seems to be close friends with Gumpa. Some children may often mistaken Little Mutt as a girl due to the colour of the bow and his shrill voice.

Voiced by Susan Sheridan (UK) and Jill Frappier (USA/Canada)

  • Mrs. Mole and her Baby Moles are a family of moles who live underground that only squeak instead of speak.

Voiced by Susan Sheridan (UK)

Episode guide

Series 1

  1. Stripey To The Rescue
  2. Gumpa and the Paintbox
  3. Getup Crusoe
  4. Kinker Visits The Animal Shelf
  5. The Treasure Hunt
  6. Music In The Woods
  7. The Animal's Garden
  8. Woeful and the Waspberries
  9. Gumpa Solves a Jigsaw Puzzle
  10. Tidying Timothy's Bedroom
  11. The Trail
  12. The Model Monster
  13. Little Mut Goes Flying

Series 2

  1. Babysitting For Mrs Mole
  2. Timothy's Pet Balloon
  3. The Great Explorers
  4. The Alarm Clock
  5. The Wolf In The Wood
  6. Woeful Flies To The Moon
  7. Captain Gumpa
  8. The Hottest Day of the Year
  9. The Mystery of the Pictures
  10. Timothy's Guest
  11. Little Mut Finds an Egg
  12. Kinker's Camping Holiday
  13. Timothy's Homework

Series 3

  1. The First Snowflakes
  2. Getup The Skater
  3. Waiting For Santa Claus
  4. A Very Special Day
  5. Living In The Jungle
  6. Little Mut's Long Rest
  7. Woeful and the Tooth Fairy
  8. The Art Gallery
  9. A Lazy Afternoon
  10. Woeful's Magic Wand
  11. Buckets and Spades
  12. Gumpa Reads a Story
  13. The Jam Factory

Series 4

  1. Animal Watch
  2. Timothy's Valentine's Cards
  3. Gumpa's Halloween Lanterns
  4. The Easter Egg Hunt
  5. Gumpa's Ark
  6. The Garden Sale
  7. Looking For Big Mut
  8. A Night In a Tent
  9. The King of the Castle
  10. Timothy's Racing Car
  11. The Shooting Star
  12. Get Down Getup
  13. Gumpa's Head

It's Itsy Bitsy Time

The series was also seen on an American children's wrapper programme called It's Itsy Bitsy Time along with several TV series from overseas and aired on FOX Family Channel in America and Treehouse TV in Canada in 1999 with the British voices being redubbed with American and Canadian voices. The voices were directed by Canadian voice actress Susan Roman who is best known for voicing Sailor Jupiter in the DIC version of the English dubbed anime Sailor Moon. Roman also directed the American and Canadian voices for another British children's animated television series seen on It's Itsy Bitsy Time Tom and Vicky.


The series later had tie in books from Ladybird Books and was also released on VHS in the UK and Australia by Walt Disney Home Video.

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