The bizarre adventures that occur around Zazoo U, a school where the extraordinary is ordinary.






1991   1990  


Series cast summary:
 Boink (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Grizzle (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Bully (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Logan Chomper (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Ms. Devine (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Tess (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
S. Scott Bullock ...
 Slogo Bonito (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
Stu Rosen ...
 Dr. Russell (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Buck / ... (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lee Thomas ...
 Seymour (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
Danny Mann ...
 Rarf (13 episodes, 1990-1991)


Zazoo U is a school for the adventurous. Its students consist of Griz, a hoggish stubborn but good-hearted pig; Bully Wooly Mammoth, a gentle giant who loves to play the piano; and Slogo and Logan, two Eastern-European relatives who come from a carnival and bring their circus-antics into the school with them. And it's not just the students: Miss Devine is an extravagant bohemian teacher with a pet "rarf" (an unknown species); the science lecturer, Dr Russell, is a walrus; and the music teacher thinks of himself as the new Frank Sinatra and always sings a song. Much of the school's involves talent agents from outer space, invisible strings seen only through imagination, and most notably live-action kids who stampede around when the bell rings (woe betide anyone in their path). However, in spite of all these insane occurrences, there is always a sane moral at the center of the story that aids in instructing a lesson to the students as well as the viewer. Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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U Matta, I Matta, our Alma Mata's Zazoo U
2 March 2014 | by (Zambia) – See all my reviews

The 1980s and 1990s was an animation renaissance: it was a major boom with all sorts of animated series releasing in different styles, of different subjects and for different audiences. Some made it big (TRANSFORMERS, HE-MAN, DUCKTALES, BATMAN and X-MEN) and some didn't, like ZAZOO U. It was created by philanthropist Shane DeRolfe, who wanted to make a series that could impart morals to children but in a fun manner unlike the (by then) stodgy Filmation shows.

The show's basic premise is simple enough: a school is host to a cast of dysfunctional students and teachers, who attempt to deal with a crisis a specific character is dealing with. But no matter how eccentric the characters and their personalities are – a slovenly pig, two Romanian acrobats, a piano-playing mammoth, a scholarly walrus – the crisis is real and relatable enough (our place in the world, loneliness, stage fright) and the lesson that character learns hits home even today.

The animation and humor is rather freestyle, but that enhances its charm even more: it's a universe run amok, where anything can and would happen and is unashamedly chaotic in its comedy scenarios. This however stays in balance with the seriousness of the issues the characters try to face and cope with, which makes for a remarkable blend of humour and drama. The story is able to appear to all ages, not just with dressing up the story with jokes and gags, but also providing a little poem that sums up the fable. Very few shows (or no other show I've seen anyway) combine philosophy with funny in such a appealing and endearing manner.

The show kind of got lost in the animation flood. Which is a shame, because it's quite an outstanding little gem that appeals to all ages, and deserves a second chance.

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