Pets at the Vet: What does a giraffe do when he gets a sore throat? Are porcupines scared of needles? How does a gerbil feel about rectal thermometers? We tap into the rich vein of frustration, humiliation and fear provoked by a visit to the doctor. Secrets & Lies: Everyone's got a dirty little secret-including cockroaches, pythons and polar bears-and sleeping dogs aren't the only animals that lie. Watch what happens when we put our characters under oath and ask them to 'fess up. Animal Magnetism: How do bees feel about monogamy? Why do zoo pandas have so much trouble breeding? And how does a lovebird signal another lovebird that she's in the mood? Our creatures discuss what brings out the beast in them, and the primal feelings of love at first sight-or smell.
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Self-Image: Our cast of creatures tells us how they feel about their bodies, their selves, and the struggle to improve both despite their poor breeding. Among other things, we plan to hear from a toucan learning to cope with his big nose, a stick bug who's trying to bulk up, and a pair of pigs with different thoughts on makeup. Wingin' It: Birds talk about the joys - and terrors - of being airborne, while other animals discuss their flying fantasies and feelings of awe or resentment for their winged kin. A crow longs for turbulence, a mule is blown away by the idea of life with wings, and a penguin ponders just how his flighted brethren manage to stay up there. Art: Our animals expound on the meaning and magnificence of art-including music, architecture, dance, and the beauty found in nature. We hear from a lobster who dabbles in watercolor, a lovebird who can interpret Pollock, a goat who has no stomach for modern art and a gorilla who creates with a paint brush instead of hurled poo.
Winter: Animals share their tips on coping with the cold (whether by putting on weight, curling up in front of the fire, or flying south), what they love and hate about the season, and their anticipation of spring. A bear confesses he has trouble getting up in the morning, a groundhog gets grief for his spotty forecasting, and a polar bear talks frankly about "shrinkage." The Zoo: Our tribute to Nick Park's Oscar-winning short film that gave birth to this series. We ask our institutionalized animals what its like "in there," hear what they miss about their native habitats, and find out what goes on after the tourists and keepers go home.
Fears and Phobias: Animals discuss what makes their paws sweat and their fur stand on end. We've got dogs afraid of hippos, hippos afraid of sharks and sharks afraid of...each other. Housecats discuss their issues with germs and the dark, while a classroom gerbil deconstructs the famous phrase "there's nothing to fear but fear itself". Growing Up: Parents and children talk about the stresses and satisfactions that come with preparing little ones to leave the nest. Are teenaged owls any less surly? Which superlative best describes a piglet? How do a brother and sister kangaroo like sharing a room? We intend to find out. Something's Afoot: Our animals discuss the finer points of their feet. Meet a raccoon who uses his to score chicks, a dog who likes to sniff around her owner's fancy footwear and a bird who reveals his scandalous toe-picking habit.
Feeding Time: Animals ruminate on the pleasures - and pains - of eating. Meet a fly who prefers her hamburger well-done, a raccoon who has a thing about mayonnaise, and a pig who's trying to summon the will-power to push himself away from the trough. Communication: Just because our animals can talk doesn't mean they have an easier time making themselves understood. In this segment, they discuss the risks and rewards of trying to let someone know what's on their minds. We explore the pitfalls of politically correct language, ask a pair of police dogs for tips on reading body language, and hear from a solitary penguin who talks to himself.
Working Animals: Not every animal gets to lie around all day and sleep; we'll hear from the ones who have to pull their weight. A police dog on how he deals with job-related stress, a bee on the problem of procrastination, and a pony-ride pony on the most difficult part of his job: telling a youngster he's too fat to ride. For the Birds: Our animals pontificate on what life is like for the winged. Cats go bird watching, a fox is caught at the chicken house, and just about everyone has something to say about pigeons. Love, Animal Style: How do our creatures experience love? A rhino and an oxpecker get symbiotic in the zoo, an angelfish has a volatile relationship with a plastic deep-sea-diver, and a raccoon warns against the sentiment in all forms. From the initial crush to the inevitable heartbreak, these animals have been around the block.
The Great Outdoors: Our creatures tell us why they go wild for the wild. A bear explores his fascination with fishing, a buffalo offers safety tips (for one thing, never try to pet a buffalo), and a frog father tries to enjoy some peace and quiet while contending with a family of feisty young ones. Pet Peeves: We ask animals "What's your beef?" and listen as they reveal what gets their goat, ticks them off and ruffles their feathers. A fly on a license plate complains about bad drivers, a house cat gripes about her mate's snoring, and a pig wishes her daughter wouldn't gobble her food. Talent Show: Hear a housecat attempt a British accent, a buffalo howl like a wolf, and a medley of creatures singing classics with some lyrical additions of their own. Everyone's got opinions, but these animals have talent.