A curious young hand puppet named Oobi encourages logical thinking. Along with his little sister Uma, best friend Kako and grandfather Grampu, Oobi discovers the outside world in a new way each day.






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Noel MacNeal ...
Cheryl Blaylock ...
Heather Asch ...
 Moppie / ... 26 episodes, 2004-2005
Jennifer Barnhart ...
 Mrs. Johnson / ... 26 episodes, 2004-2005
Lisa Buckley ...
Frankie Cordero ...
James Godwin ...
 Maestru / ... 26 episodes, 2004-2005


From the writers and puppeteers of "Sesame Street" comes this series about wonder and imagination. It focuses on the stage in a young child's life when everything in his or her world is new and incredible - when each revelation helps build a sense of mastery and self-confidence. A bare hand puppet named Oobi is the star of the show. Each day, he learns more about the world around him. Joining him on his adventures are Uma, Kako and Grampu. Episodes are organized around simple themes such as animals, food, water, music, art, play and nature.

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The friend who's always with you!


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The show began as a short-form series in 2000, followed by two seasons of full-length episodes from 2003-2005. The Iranian adaptation "Dasdasi" started in 2012 and concluded in 2013, giving the franchise as a whole a 13-year run. See more »

Crazy Credits

Every episode ends with the production logo for Josh Selig's Little Airplane studio. It features a scene from a musical sketch titled "I'm a Little Airplane" that Selig created for Sesame Street in 1994. See more »


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Oobi Theme
Composed by Jared Faber
Performed by John Montagna
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Beauty in simplicity
13 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw this show it was a interstitial on Noggin. I thought it was kind of stupid, But our son, who is handicapped and has very limited speech because of a brain injury at birth, was taken by it at once. Then it got it's own half-hour, and I watched it with him. The entire show breaks down story telling to the basics without talking down to kids. The characters are as described: just a hand with eyes attached. But they also wear costumes at times. The amount of emotion and "acting" that is presented is simply amazing. The puppeteers are extremely talented to be able to bring these characters to life in a way that you accept after a very short time. Unlike a lot of kids TV this show is very watchable and includes some inside jokes for parents at times (things like all the "parents" at a play having to turn off their cell phones before the performance). The writers of the show made a conscious decision to make the language simple too. No adverbs or conjunctions. My son can follow the story and understand the concepts being presented and when I have used the same basic language with him apart from the show and relating to our everyday life, he responds. Being able to communicate with him in such an unfettered way for the first time in his life means everything to me. It is not a typical puppet show, but it has won the heart of our atypical son...and his parents too.

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