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WishboneWishbone - 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 eccentric neighbor.

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 voices.

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 Association.

Music Director Tim Cissell composed, directed and produced the orchestral music for the series.


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