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|The Upside Down Show|
|Genre||Children's television series|
|Created by||Belinda Ward and David Collins & Shane Dundas|
|Written by||Billy Aronson, Judy Freudberg, Tony Geiss, Joey Mazzarino, Luis Santeiro, P. Kevin Strader, Belinda Ward, John Weidman|
|Directed by||Peter Cudlipp, Julie Money|
|Starring||David Collins, Shane Dundas, Amanda Bishop|
|Voices of||Mat McCoy, Adam Smillie|
|Narrated by||Adam Smillie|
|Opening theme||Down Upside Theme|
|Ending theme||Down Upside Good Bye|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Bourchier, Kurt Mueller|
|Production location(s)||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Camera setup||both Single-camera and Multi-camera|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Picture format||NTSC 480i|
|Original release||October 16, 2006 –|
February 2, 2007
The Upside Down Show is an Australian children's television show originally aired on Noggin, Nick Jr. Australia, ABC (episode 3), Seven Network (episodes 4, 6–9), Nine Network (episodes 5, 10–11, and 13), and Network Ten (episodes 1–2 and 12). The series was the recipient of a 2007 Logie Award, and also won the Creative Craft Daytime Emmy Award for Main Title Design, and a Parents' Choice Award Silver Honor for Television.
Shane Dundas and David Collins, The Umbilical Brothers, play brothers who live together in a strange house with a variety of unusual rooms en route to a place they go to for the very first time. When they arrive at their destination, a fast-motion sequence of them visiting the place is shown.
- David – David Collins has dark, curly hair and wears either cargo shorts or capris, sneakers, and a striped polo shirt. He has super-sensitive hearing and a super-sensitive sense of smell.
- Shane – Shane Dundas is bald and wears long cargo pants, hi-top sneakers, and a blue T-shirt featuring the symbol for "slow motion" as found on most electronic devices.
- Mrs. Foil – Amanda Bishop The only other regularly appearing human character, Mrs. Foil is the boys' friendly neighbor. She is blonde and wears brightly-colored clothes. She can play the tuba.
- Puppet – Puppet is a grey and brown hand puppet. He lives with the brothers and often assists them in their antics. He sometimes appears to be more rational than Shane and David but is often just as silly as the boys. He has a cousin named Mary Annette. Puppet is performed and voiced by puppeteer Mat McCoy. Puppet was built by Puppet Heap.
- The Schmuzzies – The Schmuzzies are a friendly bunch of fuzzy, ball-shaped creatures who pop up in various places. They come in a wide range of bright colors and speak a language called Schmuzzish ("Schmello, Schmuzzies!"). Shane sometimes appears to be apprehensive of the creatures, while David maintains a good rapport with them and is fluent in their language (which he studied for seven years, "part-time"). The Schmuzzies were built by Puppet Heap.
- Fido the Fly – Fido is Shane's imaginary pet fly who lives behind a tiny door in the boys' apartment. Fido communicates to Shane by buzzing (voiced by Shane). He is an avid tennis player.
- The Voice – an authoritative male voice sometimes speaks to Shane and David, generally reminding the duo to knock before entering a room. The Voice sometimes demands specific types of knocks before giving the boys consent to enter a room.
- Action Fingers – Occasionally Shane and David need to call upon the resources of two rough-and-tumble figures, Knuckles (on Shane's left hand) and Pointy (on David's right hand). These two-digit adventurers are performed by Shane and David when they "let their fingers do the walking" over various props and scenery. They serve as the show's superheroes.
- Bob the Blanket – Bob is a small, white blanket belonging to David (who also performs his voice). He speaks in a rough voice with an American accent and employs a sardonic wit. Bob only appears in "Barbershop" and very briefly in "Camping."
- Spot the Chair – Spot is David's pet chair who plays a game called, "Fly on the Chair" with Fido, who he is good friends with. He only appears in "Pet Shop" and very briefly in "Picnic."
Production and broadcast
Before Title Sequence
Each episode begins with a cold opening showing one or both brothers in the middle of an activity. David introduces "The Remote" by pretending to be holding a remote control. He explains that The Remote can control the action on-screen. He demonstrates by pressing various buttons, which control Shane's actions. The remote also has buttons such as "Humongous" and "Minute" that cause some strange and/or undesired effects. David offers The Remote to the viewer and "hands it over" by reaching off-screen downward. The brothers direct the viewer to "press the Play button.". The brothers encourage the viewer to fix the situation by pressing a button for the opposite effect.
The Action Fingers perch on the title, which is flipped upside down. Pointy reads the title as "Down Upside", realizing the mistake, they turn the title the right way up.
The central objective of each episode is for Shane and David to get to a certain location. They spend the episode adventuring through the various red doors in their apartment, as well as searching other places. The brothers occasionally request help from the viewers, asking them to press buttons on their remote. Their journey takes them to "Wrong Turn" rooms. In at least one of the rooms, they encounter a child who teaches them something and sets them on the correct path. Eventually, they locate their destination "for the very first time" and visit the place in fast motion.
The show ends with the brothers back in their apartment. During the last few minutes of the show, they give the viewer an imaginary souvenir to thank them for their help throughout the episode.
There are a few running gags in the show. The main one is the "Upside-Down" button; when this button is pressed the viewpoint shifts to an upside-down shot. One of the boys asks the viewer to press the "Right Side Up" button, at which point the viewpoint rights itself.
The show used to dub on a lot of foreign children's networks, including:
- Arabic: عالم البعد - Airs on Spacetoon (formerly),
- Azerbaijani: Ölçü Dünyası - Airs on ANS TV (formerly),
- Cantonese: 维度世界 - Airs on MOMO Family Channel (formerly),
- Catalan: El món de la dimensió - Airs on Super3 (formerly),
- Croatian: Svijet dimenzije - Airs on HRT 2 (formerly),
- Czech: Svět dimenze - Airs on JimJam (formerly),
- Danish: Dimensionens verden - Airs on DR TV (formerly),
- Dutch: De wereld van dimensie - Airs on JimJamTV (formerly),
- English (USA): The Upside Down Show - Airs on Nick Jr. (formerly),
- Estonian: Mõõtmete maailm - Airs on ETV2 (formerly),
- Faroese: San og Dav - Airs on Sjónvarp Føroya (formerly),
- Finnish: Dimension maailma - Airs on C More Juniori (formerly),
- French: Le monde de la dimension - Airs on Nickelodeon (formerly),
- German: Die Welt der Dimension - Airs on Super RTL (formerly),
- Greek: Ο κόσμος της διάστασης - Airs on Star Channel (formerly),
- Hebrew: עולם הממד - Airs on Israeli Educational TV (formerly),
- Hungarian: A dimenzió világa - Airs on Kiwi TV (formerly),
- Icelandic: Heimur víddarinnar - Airs on RÚV (formerly),
- Indonesian: Dunia Dimensi - Airs on Playhouse Disney (formerly),
- Italian: Il mondo della dimensione - Airs on Cartoonito (formerly),
- Japanese: 次元の世界 - Airs on NHK (formerly),
- Korean: 차원의 세계 - Airs on KBS (formerly),
- Latvian (voice-over): Dimensiju pasaule - Airs on KidZone TV (formerly),
- Lithuanian (voice-over): Dimensijų pasaulis - Airs on KidZone TV (formerly),
- Mandarin (Standard): 維度世界 - Airs on MOMO Family Channel (formerly),
- Mandarin (Taiwan): 維度世界 - Airs on MOMO Family Channel (formerly),
- Norwegian: Verden Dimensone - Airs on SF Kids (formerly),
- Polish: Świat wymiaru - Airs on JimJam (formerly),
- Polish (voice-over): Świat wymiaru jak Shain i David - Airs on TVP3 Kraków (formerly),
- Portuguese (Brazil): O mundo da dimensão - Airs on TV Cultura (formerly),
- Portuguese (Portugal): O mundo dimensão da a Shane e o David - Airs on RTP2 (formerly),
- Romanian: Lumea dimensiunii - Airs on JimJam (formerly),
- Russian: Мир измерения - Airs on JimJamTV (formerly),
- Serbian: Svet dimenzije - Airs on RTCG 2 (formerly),
- Serbian: Svet dimenzije morski Szain i Devid - Airs on Pink Super Kids (formerly),
- Slovak: Svet dimenzií - Airs on JimJam (formerly),
- Slovene: Svet dimenzije - Airs on Minimax (formerly),
- Spanish (Latin America): El mundo de la dimensión - Airs on Canal 5 (formerly),
- Spanish (Spain): El mundo dimensión de la Shane y el David - Airs on Clan (formerly),
- Swedish: Dimensionens värld - Airs on Kanal 5 (formerly),
- Thai: โลกแห่งมิติ - Airs on MOMO Family Channel (formerly),
- Turkish: Boyut Dünyası - Airs on Minika Çocuk (formerly),
- Ukrainian: Світ вимірності - Airs on PlusPlus (formerly),
- Ukrainian (voice-over): Світ вимірності з Шейн і Девідом - Airs on ICTV (formerly),
- Vietnamese: Thế giới kích thước - Airs on MOMO Family Channel (formerly),
- Welsh: Byd y Dimensiwn - Airs on Cyw (formerly)
|Episode #||Title||Air date||Production code|
|1||"Movie Theater"||16 October 2006||811|
|2||"Barbershop"||17 October 2006||812|
|3||"Art Museum"||18 October 2006||813|
|4||"Pet Shop"||19 October 2006||814|
|5||"Camping"||20 October 2006||815|
|6||"Picnic"||6 November 2006||816|
|7||"Airport"||7 November 2006||817|
|8||"Beach"||8 November 2006||818|
|9||"Marching Band"||9 November 2006||819|
|10||"Birthday Party"||10 November 2006||820|
|11||"Farm"||10 January 2007||821|
|12||"Ice Cream Truck"||17 January 2007||822|
|13||"Mini Golf"||2 February 2007||823|
- "49th Annual TV Week Logie Awards (2007)". TV Week. 6 May 2007. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012.
- "Complete list of 2007 Creative Craft Daytime Emmy Award winners". Los Angeles Times.
- "Parents' Choice Awards: Spring 2007 Television". Parents' Choice.
- Kaplan, Don (27 December 2006). "Quitting Kids TV – 'Upside' Duo Talk About Getting Out Just As Hit Series Is Getting Started". New York Post.