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Oobi is a kids' TV show that stars a cast of bare hand puppets played by Muppet performers. It was created by Josh Selig, a former Sesame Street writer who also created the show Wonder Pets. It has gained something of a cult following, with fans including Muppet purists, amateur puppeteers, college-age stoners, and kids at heart.

The main character is the most literal form of a hand puppet, with no fur or feathers—only a pair of expressive glass eyes and accessories. Each story features Oobi exploring the world around him along with his younger sister Uma, his best friend Kako, and his grandpa Grampu. The show was played on Noggin and Nickelodeon. Read more about Oobi and its history here!

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Handprint-icon.png Featured Episode: "Dinosaur!" Handprint-icon.png
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"Dinosaur!" is an episode of Oobi from season three. It was written by Melinda LaRose and first aired on September 6, 2004.

Story: Oobi illustrates a storybook about a group of dinosaurs who embark on a mission to find their way home. When he reads it aloud to his friends, they imagine it playing out in an Oobi-style world of prehistoric hand puppets.

Cast: Click here to view the cast for this episode.

Gallery: Click here to view this episode's gallery.

Handprint-icon.png Featured Character: Randy Handprint-icon.png
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Randy is Oobi and Uma's babysitter. He was played by Kevin Clash, who is best known for being the original performer of Elmo on Sesame Street.

Bio: Randy is a funny, good-natured teen with a mohawk-style haircut. He is very personable and gives nicknames to everyone he meets. He gives Oobi and Uma the names "Oobi-Dude" and "Uma-Zooma." When they first meet, Uma does not appreciate Randy's efforts to bond with her. She misses Grampu and insists that Randy isn't as good as him. However, Randy eventually wins her over by dancing with her doll to polka music. Uma can't help but laugh and nicknames him "Randy-Candy."

Appearance: Randy guest stars in the "Babysitter!" episode. This is Randy's only appearance, but Kevin Clash also plays a few background characters in other episodes.

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Oobi - Nature Walk!

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Check out these related wikis:

  • Oobi Fanon Wiki — A wiki dedicated to fan-made videos and films about Oobi-style puppets!
  • Noggin Wiki - A wiki all about the Noggin channel and its different shows.
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  • A foreign adaptation of Oobi, called Oobi: Dasdasi, premiered across the Middle East and Asia in 2012. It ran for 78 episodes.

  • Josh Selig, the creator of Oobi, was inspired to make the show after watching puppeteers on the Polish version of Sesame Street perform with their bare hands.

  • After Oobi finished production, Josh Selig created the cartoon Wonder Pets.

  • According to a 2007 issue of the Kidscreen magazine, Oobi was originally going to be named "Pipo." He was renamed after Nickelodeon found out that the name "Pipo" was already owned by an Italian brand of jeans.

  • Jared Faber, the composer of the Oobi theme song, also wrote the music for the Nicktoon series As Told by Ginger.

  • Oobi has been dubbed in many different languages: Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin, Polish, French, and even Icelandic! A list of dubs is available here.

  • In August 2009, three episodes of Oobi were screened by Multikino, a chain of movie theaters across Poland. They were shown as part of Nickelodeon's "Mornings with Nick" event.

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Cast member Birthday
Tyler Bunch
(Grampu)
February 10
Tim Lagasse
(Oobi)
February 20
Jennifer Barnhart
(Mrs. Johnson)
March 11
Noel MacNeal
(Kako)
September 15
Matt Vogel
(Angus)
October 6
Stephanie D'Abruzzo
(Uma and Inka)
December 7