Katie and Orbie
Katie and Orbie is an animated television series aimed at preschoolers, originally broadcast in Canada in 1994 by Family Channel and later aired in the United States on PBS from 1995–1997 and on Disney Channel from 1997–2000. In Canada, the series aired uninterruptedly on Family and Disney Junior until December 2012. The show has also aired in several countries around the world.
The animated series is based on a series of four environment-themed children’s books titled Katie and Orbie Save the Planet, illustrated by Canadian cartoonist Ben Wicks and written by his daughter Susan Wicks, which were published in 1991. In 1993, Lacewood Productions adapted the characters into an animated series which was originally in production until 1996, being revived five years later by Amberwood Entertainment and then cancelled in 2002. Contrary to the original books, the series isn’t strictly environment-themed, having stories that range from having a new pet or helping their friends, to address themes like children with divorced parents, Down’s Syndrome and cerebral palsy. However, some stories are still focused on protection of the environment.