Wishbone - Jack
Russell terrier on WISHBONE/PBS/1995-98, the Emmy winning
live-action educational television series designed to encourage a
love of reading books among elementary school-age children.
On each half-hour episode, the day-dreaming Wishbone the dog
imagines himself the hero of such classic characters of literature
as Ivanhoe, Don Quixote, Cyrano, Sherlock Holmes and Tom Sawyer.
Wishbone lives in the fictional town of Oakdale, U.S.A. with Joe
Talbot (Jordan Wall), the 12-year-old owner of Wishbone the dog;
David Barnes (Adam Springfield), Joe's best friend; Samantha Kepler
(Christie Abbott), a neighborhood friend to Joe and David; Ellen
Talbot (Mary Chris Wall), Joe's mom, a full-time librarian and
aspiring writer; and Wanda Gilmore (Angee Hughes), Joe and Ellen's
Wishbone was played by Soccer, a 15-pound, eight-year-old Jack
Russell terrier (so named for his fur markings as a puppy and his
love of soccer balls) who was the former star of commercials for
Mighty Dog and Chuck Wagon dog food.
When required, Jackie Kaptan,
the dog's trainer, used other stunt double dogs: Slugger, Shiner,
Phoebe (swimming stunts) and Bear (for publicity stills).
Wishbone's fast-talking voice was provided by Larry Brantley, a
Texas actor and former standup-comic who specializes in character
The WISHBONE television series was produced by Big Feats!
Entertainment and distributed by Lyrick Studios, based in Allen,
Texas. Since its 1995 premiere, the WISHBONE series has won a number
of awards including Daytime Emmy awards, a Peabody award and two
“best children's show” honors from the Television Critics
Music Director Tim Cissell composed, directed and produced the
orchestral music for the series.
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