Out of the Box (TV series)

Out of the Box (TV series)
Out of the Box
Opening title logo used in Season 2 of Out of the Box.
Format Children's television series
Created by Douglas Love
Starring Tony James
Vivian Bayubay (McLaughlin)
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 82
Running time 22-24 minutes
Production company(s) Disney Channel
Original channel Disney Channel
(Playhouse Disney)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run 1998 – 2004

Out of the Box is a Disney Channel show for children, that took place in a playhouse made entirely of cardboard boxes, where two hosts, Tony James and Vivian Bayubay also known as Vivian McLaughlin, made crafts, sang songs, and acted out plays. The series ran from 1998-2004. Reruns currently air on Disney Junior Canada.[1]

Two special episodes were released on VHS by Walt Disney Home Video, Out of the Box: Trick or Treat, and Out of the Box: Happy Holidays. Trick or Treat is also available on the DVD entitled Rolie Polie Olie: A Spookie Ookie Halloween.[2]

The series was created and executive produced by Douglas Love and was based on his series of books from HarperCollins. Three seasons were filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York City. The series earned three Parents' Choice Awards for excellence in television and an Emmy nomination.[3][4]



Every day, a small group of neighborhood children come and play in "The Box". One major feature of the show is the ability to leap into paintings and converse with the occupants. This is used in many episodes. Tony James and Vivian McLaughlin play games, do crafts, sing songs, and act out stories in the box. Sometimes at certain parts of the show, the kids get into small arguments, but are soon solved by their caregivers. The singing is usually in the beginning of the episode, while the crafts are in the middle, and the stories are at the end. The show finishes off with either Tony or Vivian walking the kids home, then coming back to sing the Goodbye Song.

Episode list

The series comprises of 82 episodes in total.[5][6] One production number in Season 1 was skipped, as the 24-episode season starts with 101 and ends with 125.

Unless otherwise stated, the source of production codes and airdates is the United States Copyright Office.[7]

Season 1

Season # Title United States Airdate Production code
1 "Feet First" December 3, 1998 (1998-12-03) 101
Everyone dances while Tony plays the talking drum. Also: making foot paintings and a hopscotch board; a version of "Cinderella." 
2 "Playhouse Mouse" October 7, 1998 (1998-10-07) 102
Vivian's pet mouse Nugget meets everyone and then gets loose and hides, prompting the kids to seek advice from a cool cat. Also: making a mouse house; a version of "The Lion and the Mouse." 
3 "Doctor Octor" November 23, 1998 (1998-11-23) 103
Following a checkup, Brandon pretends he's a doctor. Also: Swampy is diagnosed with a stomach ache, so he's taken to a make-believe hospital in a cardboard-box ambulance. 
4 "The Fuzzy Worm" March 9, 2000 (2000-03-09)[8] 105
The kids pretend to be caterpillars that transform into butterflies. They also act out a version of "The Ugly Duckling." 
5 "Hats Off" November 17, 1998 (1998-11-17) 106
To chase away the rainy-day blues, the kids learn about hats that protect their heads and how different hats are worn at particular jobs. 
? "Let's Eat Out" ? ?
(not listed in copyright registry or aired on Disney Junior Canada) 
7 "Sticky Icky" December 1, 1998 (1998-12-01) 108
Tony gets into a sticky mess after he sits down on a chair Vivian has just painted. Also: the kids act out a story about a safari where they meet a sticky spider queen. 
8 "Really Wheely" November 27, 1998 (1998-11-27) 109
The kids work together to find a replacement part for a wagon that's missing a wheel, and later use the vehicle to rescue their puppets who're stuck in a pretend castle. 
9 "Yes and Nose" March 23, 2000 (2000-03-23)[8] 110
After Tony brings fresh-baked muffins to the playhouse, the kids learn about their noses. They also make animal noses and use them to act out a version of "Pinocchio." 
10 "Pick-a-Pet" March 29, 2000 (2000-03-29)[8] 111
The kids learn about taking care of pets. They also stage a version of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" after making pet costumes. 
11 "Ships Ahoy" March 30, 2000 (2000-03-30)[8] 112
The kids make a toy boat out of corks and toothpicks, and then act out a play about Captain Hook. 
12 "Animal Antics" October 27, 1998 (1998-10-27) 113
The kids learn about jungle animals by acting out a story about how the toucan got her rainbow beak. They also make animal masks out of paper-towel rolls and milk cartons. 
13 "Tube Town" October 23, 1998 (1998-10-23) 114
Fun things to do with tubes, including making instruments, constructing tube suits and pretending to live in Tube Town. 
14 "High Fliers" July 17, 2000 (2000-07-17)[8] 115
The kids make toy parachutes out of paper cups and tissue paper. They also act out a version of "Peter Pan", in which Peter must be rescued by an eagle after he forgets how to fly. 
15 "Campout Kids" November 9, 1998 (1998-11-09) 116
Tony, Vivian, and the kids pretend to go fishing, sing a campout song, and make up a version of "Little Red Riding Hood" in their tent. (aired on Disney Junior Canada only in October) 
16 "Tall and Small" November 13, 1998 (1998-11-13) 117
17 "Day at the Beach" October 14, 1998 (1998-10-14) 118
The kids make a pretend beach scene complete with ocean waves and sand. They also act out a version of "Puss in Boots." 
18 "A Place Called Space" November 3, 1998 (1998-11-03) 119
The kids pretend to be astronauts and make outer-space mobiles out of hangers, yarn and paper. 
19 "Box Full of Boxes" October 30, 1998 (1998-10-30) 120
The kids discover things they can do with the boxes leftover from when they built their clubhouse. Included: a box birthday cake. They also act out a version of "Hansel and Gretel." 
20 "Hands On" November 18, 1998 (1998-11-18) 121 (*)
The kids have a "Hands-On" day, where they learn some sign language, make music using their hands, and craft hand-painted paper mittens. (*) typo'd as "1-12" in copyright registry 
? "The Gift" October 10, 1999 (1999-10-10)[5] ?
(not listed in copyright registry or aired on Disney Junior Canada) 
? "Treasures" October 16, 1999 (1999-10-16)[5] ?
(not listed in copyright registry or aired on Disney Junior Canada) 
23 "Circle Circus" October 20, 1998 (1998-10-20) 124
The kids pretend that they're part of a circus, complete with a strong man, a clown and a tightrope-walking "Humpty Dumpty." They also practice using hula hoops. 
24 "Seeds of Imagination" July 27, 2000 (2000-07-27)[8] 125
Vivian talks about the seeds she's planted and what makes plants grow. The kids also act out a version of "Jack and the Beanstalk." 

Season 2

# Title Original airdate Production code
1 "Rules Rule!" July 20, 1999 (1999-07-20)[7] / September 5, 1999 (1999-09-05)[9] 201
The kids learn the importance of rules as they play different games with balls in the clubhouse. Also: a version of "Cinderella." 
2 "We're Cooking!" July 21, 1999 (1999-07-21) 202
The kids pretend to cook their favorite foods. They also act out a version of the story "Stone Soup." 
3 "Zip! Button! Snap" July 18, 1999 (1999-07-18) 203
Vivian and Tony help teach the kids how to button, snap, buckle and zipper using songs and play-acting. Nick also visits a queen to discuss her fancy clothing. 
4 "Scrub-a-Dub" July 22, 1999 (1999-07-22) 204
Tony and Viv teach the importance of bathing as the kids make pretend bathtubs and bath toys, and act out a version of "Rub a Dub, Dub, Three Men in a Tub." 
5 "Disguise Surprise" July 23, 1999 (1999-07-23) 205
The kids dress up in disguises and play act a version of "The Little Red Riding Hood." 
6 "Good Clean-Up Fun" July 26, 1999 (1999-07-26) 206
The kids learn about sorting and organizing items while cleaning up the clubhouse. Also: they act out a story about "Neat Nick." 
7 "Mirror, Mirror" July 27, 1999 (1999-07-27) 207
The kids play with different kinds of mirrors, including a hand mirror, a hubcap and a metal tray. Also: a version of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." 
8 "Blowin' in the Wind" July 28, 1999 (1999-07-28) 208
The kids celebrate the wind by playing wind instruments, listening to wind chimes, making pinwheels and playing out a version of "The Three Little Pigs." 
9 "Rock-a-Bye Baby" July 29, 1999 (1999-07-29) 209
The kids take care of pretend babies by diapering them, making their cribs and singing to them. Also: they act out a version of "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe." 
10 "Feathered Friends" July 30, 1999 (1999-07-30) 210
The kids craft paper birds and make bird sounds after Viv brings in a bird feeder to hang outside the playhouse. They also act out a version of the "Emperor and the Nightingale." 
11 "Eye Spy" August 16, 1999 (1999-08-16) 211
The kids explore how their eyes work by playing an "Eye Detective" game, looking at a picture with hidden objects and helping Viv complete a jigsaw puzzle. 
12 "We Got the Beat" August 23, 1999 (1999-08-23) 212
The kids learn about beats and rhythms by playing and making different instruments. Also: a version of "Hansel and Gretel." 
13 "Shadow Play" August 30, 1999 (1999-08-30) 213
The kids make a shadow puppet theater and put on a play featuring a bird, a worm and a spider. 
14 "Goin' Buggy" September 6, 1999 (1999-09-06) 214
The kids learn about bugs by making a grasshopper, a spider and an ant out of pipe cleaners and egg cartons. 
15 "Make 'Em Laugh!" September 13, 1999 (1999-09-13) 215
The kids have a "Make 'em Laugh" day by telling jokes, walking funny and doing other silly things. They also talk with a court jester and turn Viv into a backwards person. 
16 "Mon-stir It Up!" September 20, 1999 (1999-09-20) 216
The kids sing a song about not being afraid and make a "Super Monster" puppet. 
17 "Whose Home?" September 27, 1999 (1999-09-27) 217
Viv brings a hermit crab to the clubhouse and teaches the kids about different animal homes. 
18 "Unicornucopia" October 6, 1999 (1999-10-06) 218
The kids create their own magical kingdom, complete with a unicorn. They also act out a version of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." 
19 "Tooth or Consequences" October 11, 1999 (1999-10-11) 219
The kids learn about the dentist and caring for teeth. They also act out a version of "Little Red Riding Hood." 
20 "Happy Holidays!" December 6, 1999 (1999-12-06) 220
Viv and Tony host a winter holiday party and learn about the kids' different holiday traditions. They also make a holiday gift book containing photographs and drawings, and perform a skit about the gift of love. 
21 "Down on the Farm" November 12, 1999 (1999-11-12) 221
The kids pretend to live on a farm. 
22 "Pajama Party" November 15, 1999 (1999-11-15) 222
The kids throw a pretend pajama party. 
23 "Treasure Hunt" October 26, 1999 (1999-10-26) 223
The kids make treasure chests and go on a treasure hunt. They also act out a version of "King Midas" to learn about nonmaterial kinds of treasure. 
24 "Out to Lunch" November 1, 1999 (1999-11-01) 224
The kids pretend to go out to lunch and practice their restaurant behavior. 
25 "Whodunit?" September 27, 1999 (1999-09-27) 225
The kids use their problem-solving skills to solve a mystery. 
26 "Goin' to the Grocery" December 8, 1999 (1999-12-08) 226
27 "Sing a Song" December 13, 1999 (1999-12-13) 227
28 "Rainbow Colors" December 16, 1999 (1999-12-16) 228 (**)
(**) no production code given in copyright registry 
29 "Trick or Treat" October 21, 1999 (1999-10-21) 229
Halloween fun. Included: slightly scary stories; a frighteningly good sing-a-long. 
30 "Family Fare" December 29, 1999 (1999-12-29) 230 (**)
(**) no production code given in copyright registry 
31 "Happy Birthday to Us!" January 7, 2000 (2000-01-07)[7] / February 12, 2000 (2000-02-12)[5] 231 (**)
The kids pretend that it's everyone's birthday by putting on dress-up clothes, playing musical chairs and making party decorations. (**) no production code given in copyright registry 
32 "Revealing Feelings" January 11, 2000 (2000-01-11) 232 (**)
The kids talk about feelings after they express to Vivian that they feel "bad, sad and a little mad" because Tony isn't at the clubhouse because he's sick. (**) no production code given in copyright registry 

Season 3

# Title Original airdate Production code
1 "Pattern Pattern" December 2, 2003 (2003-12-02) 301
2 "Leap Frog Leap!" November 25, 2002 (2002-11-25)[7][10] 302
3 "Join the Parade" December 2, 2002 (2002-12-02)[7] / September 22, 2001 (2001-09-22)[9] 303
4 "Winning the Gold" December 9, 2002 (2002-12-09)[7][10] / September 20, 2001 (2001-09-20)[9] 304
The children hold their own Olympics. 
5 "Brick by Brick" December 4, 2003 (2003-12-04)[7] / December 16, 2002 (2002-12-16)[10] / September 20, 2001 (2001-09-20)[9] 305
The gang builds a town as pretend construction workers. 
6 "Dinosaur Romp" May 3, 2004 (2004-05-03)[7] / December 23, 2002 (2002-12-23)[10] 306
Tony, Viv and the children explore dinosaurs. 
7 "Topsy Tempo" December 30, 2002 (2002-12-30)[7][10] 307
8 "Weather or Not!" May 6, 2004 (2004-05-06) 308
Different kinds of weather. 
9 "It's Mother's Day!" May 5, 2003 (2003-05-05)[7][10] 309
The kids rehearse their performance and make personalized invitations to their mothers. 
10 "Listen Up!" March 3, 2003 (2003-03-03)[7] / September 25, 2001 (2001-09-25)[5] 310
The differences between loud and soft sounds. 
11 "Thinkin' Lincoln" December 16, 2002 (2002-12-16) 311
12 "Horsing Around" March 10, 2003 (2003-03-10) 312
Pretending to be horses. 
13 "Making Mistakes" March 17, 2003 (2003-03-17) 313
The group makes up mistakes. 
14 "Tickets Please!" March 24, 2003 (2003-03-24) 314
Playing carnival games. 
15 "Pop to It!" May 10, 2004 (2004-05-10)[7] / May 15, 2004 (2004-05-15)[10] 315
A make believe trip to the movies. 
16 "Read the Signs" May 14, 2004 (2004-05-14)[7][10] 316
The kids learn how to read signs and follow directions. 
17 "First Things First" May 17, 2004 (2004-05-17)[7][10] 317
The importance of order. 
18 "A One and a Two" May 21, 2004 (2004-05-21)[7][10] 318
The kids learn how to have fun playing alone. 
19 "Bendy Stretchy" August 2, 2004 (2004-08-02)[7][10] 319
The importance of bending and stretching. 
20 "Alike and Different" December 23, 2002 (2002-12-23) 320
21 (or 23?) "Happy New Year!" January 1, 2003 (2003-01-01)[5][10] 321 (or 323?)
(not listed in copyright registry or aired on Disney Junior Canada) 
22 "It's Father's Day" June 9, 2003 (2003-06-09)[7][10] 322
The children play games with their dads and pretend to be fathers themselves. 
23 (or 21?) "Surprise, Surprise" September 20, 2004 (2004-09-20)[10] 323 (or 321?) (**)
The kids learn the importance of friends and sharing. (**) not listed in copyright registry 
24 "Wonderful Words! (*)" August 4, 2004 (2004-08-04)[7][10] 324
The kids act out a rhyming story. (*) misspelled in the copyright registry as "Wonderful World" 
25 "Kids Are Kids" September 27, 2004 (2004-09-27)[7][10] 325
The kids learn about accepting differences. 
26 "Nutcracker Sweet" August 10, 2004 (2004-08-10)[7][10] 326
The kids act out the "Nutcracker Story." 


Used for some episode list orderings

Disney Junior Canada schedule - beginning with December 15, 2010 (removed from schedule April 3, 2011 and re-added July 1, 2011)


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