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JoJo's Circus is an interactive stop-motion musical comedy series for preschool children. The series debuted in 2003 and aired in the United States on the Disney Channel as part of the Playhouse Disney morning programming schedule at 6 am eastern time. The program aired daily on both the UK and Australian versions of Playhouse Disney using the original American content. Since 2005, JoJo's Circus has been shown on GMTV's children's weekend slot Toonattik. JoJo's Circus aired again in reruns on Disney Junior from March 23, 2012 until 2014.


The series is set in Circus Town, a self-sufficient city whose cultural center is the Big Top tent. The story focuses on JoJo Tickle, a six-year-old female clown and Goliath, a four-year-old lion. She and Goliath study at the Circus School, where all young soon-to-be circus performers learn under their teacher Mrs. Kersplatski. Along with her friends, JoJo explores and learns everything around while getting in, and out of trouble.

Recurring themes

JoJo's Circus relies on repetition in its structure. Each segment always begins with JoJo searching for her pet lion Goliath who is always hiding. JoJo then is presented with the situation that will occupy the theme of the show. A song, usually about the resolution of the situation, is then sung by JoJo. At the conclusion of each episode, a secondary character asks JoJo what she's learned today, and before she can reply, JoJo is whisked away for the finale, the spotlight moment. JoJo is then placed on a makeshift stage with various cameramen, lighting grips, and producers running about, while the Spotlight Moment song plays, asking what she's learned, is sung. Subsequently, JoJo explains what she has learned during the course of the episode.


Main characters

JoJo, the hostess of the show, is an inquisitive and active six-year-old clown whose parents are famous circus clowns. She's kind-hearted, has a great sense of humor, boundless curiosity, and excitement about life; and she loves to clown around.

Goliath, the show’s co-host, is JoJo's four-year-old lion and attends school just like JoJo. He's also part of the Tickle family. Because of his playfulness, he hides from JoJo in the beginning of each episode.

Skeebo, known as the class clown, is JoJo's best friend, and attends school with her and the other circus kids. Skeebo's eager to make people laugh by testing new jokes, slight gags, and tricks. that sometimes don't work. Skeebo has a pet dog named Harpo.

Croaky, the great leaper of the group, met JoJo on the first day of school, when she realized she had different abilities and agreed to help each other learn different tricks.

Trina is a ballet dancing tightrope walker. She comes across as abrupt and snobbish on occasion, but apologizes for her mistakes when she becomes aware of them.

  • Mr. Tickle (Voiced by David Sparrow (Season 1) and Noah Weisberg (Season 2))

Mr. Tickle JoJo's dad and Peaches husband is a jolly clown who often blasts off to work in a cannon.

  • Priya "Peaches" Tickle (Voiced by Marnie McPhail (Seasons 1-2) and Shannon Perreault (Season 3))

Peaches is JoJo's mom and Mr. Tickle's wife. She is a tall, skinny clown who is full of sunshine and is often makes goodies for her family and Circus Town residents. She's klutzy by nature, but a good juggler and sometimes catches 15 objects in the air when she accidentally trips.

She's JoJo's teacher and the big top ringmaster. A warm and encouraging teacher, Mrs. Kersplatski gives the circus kids a strong sense of mastery and confidence, with her combination of hard work and play. In the second season, she married Mr. Muscles and became Maya's stepmother. She is very clumsy and after she trips, her catchphrase is "I'm okay!".


Every episode contains a short tune dealing with the topics of the episode. Many of these songs can be found on three CDs: Songs from JoJo's Circus, Songs from Under the Big Top!, and Playhouse Disney: Imagine and Learn with Music. The genres of the songs range from doo-wop to funk to rock to early punk. Phrases like stretch your arms and jump up high are common lyrics. Most of the songs are educational telling kids how to bow, stretch, greet people, wash their hair, and clean up after themselves while a few are more entertaining, such as Cotton Candy Sure is Sweet or The Gum Drop Song. The theme song of the show is performed by the band Becky.

Development and Concept

The show stresses simple, everyday lessons such as playing with others, personal hygiene, responsibility, and safety. Also paramount is the show's focus on exercise JoJo often asks for audience participation such as clapping, jumping, and stretching for the viewers. It features songs music by Jeffrey Zahn and Jim Latham and lyrics done by Judy Rothman. The series is animated in Claymation, which is a serious departure to Jinkins previous animated works. Characters JoJo and her pet lion Goliath re-appeared in a yoga-style exercise learning series/interstitial called Feeling Good with JoJo.

DVD Releases

The series has two DVD releases: Take a Bow and Animal a Go-Go. The Take a Bow DVD contains the Easy As Pie, Take a Bow, JoJo on the Tightrope, and Happy Hoppy Day episodes. Animal a Go-Go has Flower Shower, Uncle Flippy's Funny Farm, Try These on for Boing, and Brushing Up. Both DVD's have the opening theme, JoJo and Goliath in interstitials, printable coloring pages, and other bonus features. Two more JoJo's Circus episodes are available on Higglytown Heroes DVD's The Spudinskis New Act is on Higglytown's Heroes on the Move DVD, and A Clown Ride is on the Higglytown To the Rescue disc. The holiday themed A Circus Town Christmas is included on the A Very Playhouse Disney Holiday DVD.


  • This is one of the few Disney TV shows to feature Canadian voice actors, particularly Toronto. The other two that have Toronto's voice actors are Jetix / Disney XD are Get Ed and Yin Yang Yo! However, this is the only Disney Junior/Playhouse Disney to feature them.
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JoJo's CircusSongs from JoJo's CircusJoJo's Circus: Songs from Under the Big Top!
JoJo TickleGoliath the LionSkeebo SeltzerTrina TightropeCroaky FroginiDinky PachydermBal BoaTaterMrs. KersplatskiMaya MusclesKing RegisQueen ReginaPrincess Josephina
Season One: "Easy as Pie / Take a Bow" • "Uncle Flippy's Funny Farm / Up, Up and Away!" • "Hide and Go Dinky / Fire Chief Says" • "Confetti Caper / JoJo on the Tightrope" • "Try These on for Boing! / Happy Birthday Tater!" • "Cotton Andy / Nighty Night" • "Skeebo's Missing Hat Trick / Seal Fright" • "The Legend of Clownfoot" • "The Circus Shh Shh / The Little Big Top Boogie Band" • "Drum Roll Please / Cannonball JoJo" • "Flower Shower / The Itchy-Oochy Scratch Patch" • "Messy Mess / Pop Up!" • "The Whatchamadoodle / What's the Trick?" • "Zero Heroes / The Spudinskis' New Act" • "JoJo Signs Up / The Un-Average Day" • "Mirror Mirror / Trina Trips Up" • "The Clown Family Picnic / Dinky's Dance" • "Hamster-Cize / Shoo Fly Shoo!" • "A Circus Town Christmas" • "The Lost Roar / Helping Hands" • "Skeebo's Pet / Follow That Rainbow" • "A Serious Case of the Sillies / Hide and Go-Liath" • "Funny Bunnies / Ivan the Bearable" • "JoJo to the Rescue / Clown-O-Ride" • "Charlie the Clown Baby / Fire House Day"

Season Two: "Sleep-Over Surprises / How Does Your Garden Grow?" • "Fit as a Tickle / Pedal Pushers" • "A New Twist / Lost and Found" • "The Best Breakfast Ever / Popcorn Panic!" • "Frown Fighters / Goliath the Great!" • "Hi There, Small Fry! / My Dinner with the Tightropes" • "My Favorite Frogsitters / Night of the Teddy Bears' Dance" • "100 Days and Counting / Hoop Happy" • "Charlie the Clown Baby Returns / Fishing Trip" • "Goliath Gets a Boo Boo / Join the Club" • "The Mane Event" • "The Robot Clown / Mice-Capades" • "A Circus Town Wedding" • "Get Crabby / Bouncing Bowling Ball" • "The Octopus Ride / Hiccup Helper" • "Follow That Monkey / X Marks the Spot" • "Happy Hoppy Day / Brushing Up" • "The Cricketeers / Tickled Pink" • "Practice Makes Perfect / Happy Not-Birthday Skeebo" • "Best Pet in Circus Town / Picture Perfect" • "Make it Snappy / Harpo Come Home" • "Circus Town Hoedown / Time Flies" • "The Thanksgiving Hip-Hooray Parade" • "Quiet Magic / Too Many Toys" • "Ride 'em Goliath" • "Chores Galore" • "A Snowclown for Dinky / Skating Away" • "Simply Ear-Resistible"
Season Three: "Hula is Cool-a" • "Stuck on You" • "Silly Silly Putt-Putt" • "The Giggle Kite" • "Princess for a Day" • "Pie in the Sky" • "My Granny's Shoes" • "JoJo and the Beanstalk" • "Circus Town Makeover" • "My Clowny Valentine / Hop Hooey!"

Theme SongSpotlight MomentGettin' SpongyTake a BowThe Little Big Top Boogie BandHappy Birthday Tater!Where Is Dinky?Jump Swish ShimmyItchy Oochy MeSnake DanceThe WhatchamadoodleLim-BoaTickle GoodnightPat Your Tummy and Rub Your NoseMonkey See, Monkey DoBalance and PedalTap on Somebody's ShoulderStuck to YouStatueWash Your HairBathtimeIt Wouldn't Be Christmas