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Out of the Box is a Disney Channel TV series that takes place in a playhouse made entirely of cardboard boxes, where two hosts, Tony James and Vivian McLaughlin Bayubay, made crafts, sang songs, and acted out plays. The series ran from October 1998 to December 2000.

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.

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.

Several of the program's original songs were included on the albums Playhouse Disney and Playhouse Disney 2.

Although the majority of the series was long absent from either home video release or streaming, the complete series was made available in 2019 on Disney+.

Overview

Every day, a small group of neighborhood children come and play in "The Box". Tony James and Vivian McLaughlin Bayubay play games, do crafts, sing songs, and act out stories in the box. 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 episode finishes off with either Tony or Vivian walking the kids home, then coming back to sing the "Goodbye Song".

Episode list

The series comprises 82 episodes in total. 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.


Season 1 (1998)

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Title Airdate Production code
1 1 Feet First October 7, 1998 101
2 2 Playhouse Mouse October 8, 1998 102
3 3 Doctor Octor October 9, 1998 103
4 4 The Fuzzy Worm October 12, 1998 104
5 5 Hats Off October 13, 1998 105
6 6 Let's Eat Out October 14, 1998 106
7 7 Sticky Icky October 15, 1998 107
8 8 Really Wheely October 16, 1998 108
9 9 Yes and Nose October 19, 1998 109
10 10 Pick-a-Pet October 20, 1998 110
11 11 Ships Ahoy October 21, 1998 111
12 12 Animal Antics October 22, 1998 112
13 13 Tube Town October 23, 1998 113
14 14 High Fliers October 26, 1998 114
15 15 Campout Kids October 27, 1998 115
16 16 Tall and Small October 28, 1998 116
17 17 Day at the Beach October 29, 1998 117
18 18 A Place Called Space October 30, 1998 118
19 19 Box Full of Boxes November 2, 1998 119
20 20 Hands On November 3, 1998 120
21 21 The Gift November 4, 1998 121
22 22 Treasures November 5, 1998 122
23 23 Circle Circus November 6, 1998 123
24 24 Seeds of Imagination November 9, 1998 124

Season 2 (1999)

# Title Original airdate Production code Short summary
1 Rules Rule! July 19, 1998 201 The kids learn the importance of rules as they play different games with balls in the clubhouse. They also act out a version of Rapunzel.
2 We're Cooking! July 20, 1999 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 21, 1999 203 Tony and Vivian help teach the kids how to button, snap, buckle and zipper using songs and play-acting. Nick also visits the Little Red Hen.
4 Scrub-a-Dub July 22, 1999 204 Tony and Vivian 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 205 The kids dress up in disguises and act out a version of The Little Red Riding Hood.
6 Good Clean-Up Fun July 26, 1999 206 The kids learn about sorting and organizing items while cleaning up the clubhouse. They also act out a story called "Neat Nick".
7 Mirror, Mirror July 27, 1999 207 The kids play with different kinds of mirrors, including a hand mirror, a hubcap, and a metal tray. They also act out a version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
8 the Wind & the Sun July 28, 1999 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 Rocky-Bye Baby July 29, 1999 209 The kids take care of pretend babies by diapering them, making their cribs and singing to them. They also act out a version of There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Sheep.
10 Feathered Friends July 30, 1999 210 The kids craft paper birds and make bird sounds after Vivian 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 2, 1999 211 The kids explore how their eyes work by playing an "Eye Detective" game, looking at a picture with hidden objects and helping Vivian complete a jigsaw puzzle.
12 We Got the Beat August 3, 1999 212 The kids learn about beats and rhythms by playing and making different instruments. They also act out a version of Hansel and Gretel.
13 Shadow Play August 4, 1999 213 The kids make a shadow puppet theater and put on a play featuring a bird, a worm, and a spider.
14 Goin' Buggy August 5, 1999 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! August 6, 1999 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 Vivian into a backwards person.
16 Mon-stir It Up! August 9, 1999 216 The kids sing a song about not being afraid and make a "Super Monster" puppet.
17 Whose Home? August 10, 1999 217 Vivian brings a hermit crab to the clubhouse and teaches the kids about different animal homes.
18 Unicornucopia August 11, 1999 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 August 12, 1999 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! August 13, 1999 220 Tony and Vivian 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 August 16, 1999 221 The kids pretend to live on a farm.
22 Pajama Party August 17, 1999 222 The kids throw a pretend pajama party.
23 Treasure Hunt August 18, 1999 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 August 19, 1999 224 The kids pretend to go out to lunch and practice their restaurant behavior.
25 Whodunit? August 20, 1999 225 The kids use their problem-solving skills to solve a mystery.
26 Goin' to the Grocery August 23, 1999 226
27 Sing a Song August 24, 1999 227
28 Rainbow Colors August 25, 1999 228
29 Trick or Treat August 26, 1999 229
30 Family Fare August 27, 1999 230
31 Happy Birthday to Us! August 30, 1999 231 The kids pretend that it's everyone's birthday by putting on dress-up clothes, playing musical chairs and making party decorations.
32 Revealing Feelings August 31, 1999 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.

Season 3 (2000-2001)

# Title Original airdate Production code Short summary
1 Pattern Pattern November 1, 2000 301
2 Leap Frog Leap! November 2, 2000 302
3 Join the Parade November 3, 2000 303
4 Winning the Gold November 6, 2000 304 The kids hold their own Olympics.
5 Brick by Brick November 7, 2000 305 The kids build a town as pretend construction workers.
6 Dinosaur Romp November 8, 2000 306 Tony, Vivian, and the kids explore dinosaurs.
7 Topsy Tempo November 9, 2000 307
8 Weather or Not! November 10, 2000 308 Different kinds of weather.
9 It's Mother's Day! November 13, 2000 309 The kids rehearse their performance and make personalized invitations to their mothers.
10 Listen Up! November 14, 2000 310 The differences between loud and soft sounds.
11 Thinkin' Lincoln November 15, 2000 311
12 Horsing Around November 16, 2000 312 Pretending to be horses.
13 Making Mistakes November 17, 2000 313 The group makes up mistakes.
14 Tickets Please! November 20, 2000 314 Playing carnival games. They also act out a story about the Three Billy Goats Gruff getting stopped by a competitive troll on the way to a carnival.
15 Pop to It! November 21, 2000 315 A make believe trip to the movies.
16 Read the Signs November 22, 2000 316 The kids learn how to read signs and follow directions.
17 First Things First November 23, 2000 317 The importance of order.
18 A One and a Two November 24, 2000 318 The kids learn how to have fun playing alone.
19 Bendy Stretchy November 27, 2000 319 The importance of bending and stretching.
20 Alike and Different November 28, 2000 320
21 (or 23?) Happy New Year! November 29, 2000 321
22 It's Father's Day November 30, 2000 322 The kids play games with their dads and pretend to be fathers themselves.
23 (or 21?) Surprise, Surprise December 1, 2000 323 The kids learn the importance of friends and sharing.
24 Wonderful Words! (*) December 4, 2000 324 The kids act out a rhyming story.
25 Kids Are Kids December 5, 2000 325 The kids learn about accepting differences.
26 Nutcracker Sweet December, 6 2000 326 The kids act out the Nutcracker Story.

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