Oscar and Friends

Oscar and Friends
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Genre: Adventure
Running Time: 5 minutes
Country: New Zealand
Release Date: December 30, 1995 – January 20, 1996
Network(s): TV3
Created by: Cameron Chittock
Distributed by: New Zealand on Air
Starring: Drew Neemia
John Smythe
Ann Pacey
Callie Blood
Peter Hambleton
Tungia Baker
Rose Bollinger
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 26

Oscar and Friends is a New Zealander children's stop motion animated TV series that aired for 26 episodes from 1995 to 1996.


The series is about a 7-year-old boy named Oscar, who, with his imaginary friends, goes from adventure to adventure. In this fantasy life of his, Bugsy, a bright green, bug-eyed mischievous coward, and Doris, a daring, eccentric girl and Oscar's confidante, are there to rescue him in danger and lend a hand.

Why It's Choice

  1. Very solid animation especially considering it is the first ever stop motion series to be produced in New Zealand.
  2. Unique visual style in that it combines stop motion characters and certain objects with hand drawn backgrounds.
  3. Likeable characters such as the title character, Bugsy, and Doris.
  4. Highly imaginative plots.
  5. It is very entertaining throughout despite the episodes lasting only 5 minutes.
  6. Memorable quotes such as "Yikes!", "Choice!" and "Holy macaroni!".
  7. It contains numerous cultural references to New Zealand which would help teach outsiders about the country.
  8. Catchy theme song.
  9. Awesome villains such as the Cowboy gang and the Pirate Queen and her crew.

The Only Bad Quality

  1. Bugsy looks somewhat derivative of Mr. Bumpy from Bump in the Night.