Shows like Rolie Polie Olie show that creativity in children’s television isn’t completely lost. The show actually takes place on a different planet, even in a different universe perhaps. In this familiar world live Olie Polie and his family. They’re a very round looking people, but they don’t look chunky. They’re just literally made of spheres. Whatever. They pull it off.
Olie is a cute, friendly child with a creative imagination. He’s always playing games and hanging out with his friend Billy Bevell who happens to be his next door neighbor. Instead of being a circular family like Olie’s, Billy’s family is made up of cubes. I guess it’s true that opposites attract. Maybe they’ll grow up and there’ll be a war between the cubes and the spheres and they’ll become mortal enemies. Billy’s cat, Dicey, is even square. Ahh I hope when Billy grows up people call him a square.
So I believe that everyone in this world is robotic. I don’t know who made them–robots have to be constructed, right? They can’t just be born. So that’s kind of weird. Someone’s playing God on the Rolie planet. Olie’s parents are nice people who live in a teapot shaped house (random?). They also have a 2 year old daughter named Zowie (pronounced Zoe) and a circular dog named Spot. Like most 2 year olds, Zowie is a big bitch. Throughout the show you end up meeting a lot of Olie’ family–his uncle who kind of talks like and resembles Elvis, his grandparents, his great aunts and uncles–it gets to be a bit extreme. Like, how does Olie have more family members than I do?
I have a bone to pick with the Polie family. They don’t send their kids to school. Well, apparently in new episodes they do because wikipedia said that Olie has a teacher but let me assure you that he didn’t have one when I was watching. Zowie is obviously too young to attend school, but Olie is 8! He should be learning robot cursive by now.
Anyway, Rolie Polie Olie is a pretty entertaining show since it takes place in a different world. I’ll leave you with the intro so you get a little taste of his life.