Animal Crack-Ups

Animal Crack-Ups is an ABCgame show which aired in primetime from August 8 to September 12, 1987, after which it aired on Saturday mornings from September 12, 1987, to December 30, 1989, and again from June 2 to September 1, 1990.[1] It was produced by ABC Productions in association with Vin Di Bona Productions (both companies also produce America’s Funniest Home Videos) and hosted by Alan Thicke, who was on Growing Pains at the time. The program was based on a Japanese Tokyo Broadcasting System Television series, Wakuwaku Dōbutsu Land (わくわく動物ランド).

Not to be confused with Animal Crackers (TV series).
Animal Crack-Ups
Genre Game Show  
Based on Wakuwaku Dōbutsu Land  
Written by Todd Thicke
Presented by Alan Thicke
Voices of Susan Blu
Theme music composer Alan and Todd Thicke
Gary Pickus
Ending theme “Animals Are Just Like People Too” by Alan Thicke
Country of origin United States
Executive producer Vin Di Bona
Producers ABC Productions
Vin Di Bona Productions
Running time 30 minutes
Original network ABC
Original release August 8, 1987 (1987-08-08) 
September 1, 1990 (1990-09-01)

The show’s theme song was “Animals Are Just Like People Too”, created by Thickovit music (Alan and Todd Thicke and Gary Pickus).[2]

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Four celebrities competed. Host Thicke introduced a video clip about an animal; at some point, the video was paused and Thicke asked a question about the clip. The celebrities give their answers, after which the remainder of the clip was played, revealing the answer.

Any celebrities giving the correct answer received a point; score was kept by placing a stuffed animal (a monkey in the first season, a hedgehog in later seasons) in front of the celebrity’s podium. Co-host Debi Bartlet provided the stuffed animals. The celeb with the most toy animals/points won the game and $2,500 for their favorite animal charity. If a tie occurred, the money was split between the charities.

On segues to two commercial breaks, a hedgehogpuppet named “Reggie the Hedgie” (voiced by Susan Blu, performed by Lisa Sturz) gave animal facts to the home viewers and read home-viewer mail.

Country Name Host(s) TV station Year aired
 Japan(original version) わくわく動物ランド
Wakuwaku Dōbutsu Land
Various TBS 1983–1992
 Argentina Waku Waku Héctor Larrea Azul Televisión/Canal 9 1999–2000
 Brazil TV Animal Angélica
Gugu Liberato
Beto Marden
Roberta Peporine
SBT 1988–1992
 Chile Maravillozoo Javier Miranda (1995-1999)
Paulina Nin (2000)
Antonio Vodanovic (2001-2002)
Canal 13 1995–2002
 Netherlands Waku Waku Rob Fruithof (1988-1996)
Sybrand Niessen (1996-2000)
Paula Udondek (2000-2001)
KRO 1988–2001
 Portugal Arca de Noé Fialho Gouveia
Ana do Carmo
Carlos Alberto Moniz
 Spain Waku Waku
Jimanji Kanana
Consuelo Barlanga
Nuria Roca
Rosa García Caro
La 1
1989–1991; 1998–2001

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