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
On each half-hour episode, the day-dreaming Wishbone the dog imagined
himself the hero of such classic tales of literature as Ivanhoe, Don
Quixote, Cyrano, Sherlock Holmes and Tom Sawyer.
Wishbone lived 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's fast-talking voice was
provided by Larry Brantley, a Texas actor and former standup-comic who
specialized in character voices.
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.
Jackie Kaptan, the dog's trainer, used other stunt double dogs: Slugger,
Shiner, Phoebe (swimming stunts) and Bear (for publicity stills).
Since the 1995
premiere, the WISHBONE series 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.
"WISHBONE" television series was produced by Big Feats! Entertainment and
distributed by Lyrick Studios, based in Allen, Texas.
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