What happened to Moose and Zee?

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There are a few things in my life as a parent that are always consistent.

1. If I try to make myself something to eat while the kids are napping, one of them will wake up.

2. On days when I have to load both kids up to take them to the doctor, we will have torrential rains.

3. No less than 500 times a day, I will see Moose A. Moose and Zee D. Bird from Nick Jr. on my television screen.

Yes, we started letting Evan watch Nick Jr. from a pretty early age. I am a WAHM, which means, there are times when I do need a quiet distraction for my kids. I would prefer it be coloring, or playing with blocks, but sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes it is kicking back on the floor with some pillows, a few Goldfish, and an episode of Olivia!

I know, horrible parent.

Well, after 2 years, we have become very accustomed to puzzle time, hanging out with Panda Scout, the Business Mouse, and other friends of Moose and Zee. The heavily overplayed songs that come like clockwork with each season like, Falling for Fall, The Candy Cane Song, and Believe in Spring, are all gone too, I guess.

While I did really, really wish that Nick Jr. would freshen-up Moose and Zee with some new themes and songs, I do miss seeing their bug-eyed faces, and apparently, I’m not the only one.

Moms react to the disappearance of Moose and Zee

Amanda L. says:

My daughter looked forward to Moose and Zee! In fact, she first starting repeating letters while watching them. They will be missed around our house!

According to Katherine C.:

‎I liked them because they were a little cerebral — and actually taught my kid stuff, like how to approach someone else’s dog.

I also agree with what Erin M. has to say:

My daughter preferred moose over the actual shows! This totally sucks!

So, what happened to Moose and Zee on Nick Jr.?

I guess it’s goodbye for Moose A. Moose and Zee D. Bird. According to Wikipedia:

Bumpers, songs, and interstitial games featuring Moose A. Moose and Zee D. Bird were removed from Nick Jr. at 6:00 a.m. ET on March 1, 2012, following an update of the network’s image, produced by Troika Design Group. After that, Moose A. Moose and Zee D. Bird disappeared from Nick Jr. completely. Also, on that day, the “It’s like preschool on TV” slogan was abandoned and replaced with “The Smart Place to Play”.

Apparently, there is a petition going around to bring back Moose and Zee — sign it if you want to see Moose A. Moose and Zee back on Nick Jr.!

Are your kids going to miss Moose and Zee?

Crissy Page

Crissy Page is the founder and CEO of Dear Crissy and Parent Pretty. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two spirited and super-cool kids.

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  1. Krista Myers — March 5, 2012 @ 7:03 pm (#)

    Even though we heard these songs several times, they are still my favorites as well as my daughter’s favorites. They are catchy, funny and best of all…good for dancing and singing along too! So sad to see them go. :(

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  2. kerrydawn — March 5, 2012 @ 7:32 pm (#)

    Just terrible. My daughter loved them and credits them with her love of math.

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  3. Erma — March 5, 2012 @ 7:58 pm (#)

    I know my toddler probably forgot about him so I might be more upset than he is. Though he used to look forward to the songs and liked playing the match games. Those were fun! I also learned from Moose how to approach someone else’s dog. I really am going to miss them.

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  4. Brittany — March 5, 2012 @ 8:01 pm (#)

    We miss them every day! We loved puzzle time and I think they should have just had an image update and not gone to the grave. Also – some parents may hate it but I liked the Pre-School on T.V and think it was smarter for the brand. Because when I hear the smart place to play it reminds me that maybe we should all go outside or hit the dress up and not watch T.V. Ha ha!

    R.I.P Moose and Zee

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  5. Bobbie — March 5, 2012 @ 8:22 pm (#)

    I did notice and I was not at all happy about it. My son has Down syndrome, and he would interact and light up when they would come on…. Did they need some updating.. yes… but they should not have been eliminated all together. Are parents ever asked or do corporate execs always just make programming decisions based on their likes, wants and needs… I do not like the new format and I am deeply disappointed In Nick Jr. and their decision makers. I am sadden for my little guy =(

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  6. rob — March 5, 2012 @ 9:08 pm (#)

    we have been watching nick jr for almost 4 yrs. and when we have noticed that moose and zee are gone along with learning categories for shows even some shows. my nephew and daughter both loved moose and zee. our daughter was more excited to see moose than some of the shows. we are quite upset that they have gotten rid of this part of their programing due to that was one of the best learning parts of the station. the afternoon line up is absolutely horrible and my daughter doesn’t even want to watch most of the shows. the only shows she likes when she gets home are olivia (which 99% of the time are missed). and team umizoomi. she loved fresh beat band, wow wow wubsi (when she could watch it), wonderpets, blues clues and dino dan. since they have changed their programing she now asks for us to turn on mickey mouse clubhouse cause she doesn’t like the shows. and we loved nick because of all of the educational programs. until they put moose back i don’t think she will be watching the channel anymore. and i know a lot of parents that are the same way. we are disappointed in this, but it must be. she now has ‘MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE’ and ‘WORD WORLD’. which we absolutely love ‘WORD WORLD’ caust all it does is teach spelling and how to sound out words. and it makes it fun for kids. so long nick.

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  7. Diana qualls — March 5, 2012 @ 10:30 pm (#)

    My daughter just turned 3, she loved the spots with moose and zee, she has some disabilities and was really into their lessons, it is a shame they are gone…hopefully nickjr will reconsider and bring them back..

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  8. Jadzia @ Toddlerisms — March 6, 2012 @ 1:30 am (#)

    Moose A. Moose was like my sixth child! Does Nick Jr. not get that little kids are inherently conservative and don’t like new stuff????

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  9. Jewels — March 6, 2012 @ 8:16 am (#)

    My 10 month old daughter started watching nick jr since she was about 4 months, every time moose comes on she starts smiling, it’s been almost 2 weeks and no moose I feel so sorry for her because every time the show is finishing she gets so excited because she thinks moose is about to come on. please bring moose back my baby really love’s him and so do the other kids. :-(

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    • Crystal McMaster — March 9th, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

      My daughter is 13 months and LOVES Moose and Zee. I am so sad they are gone. She likes them more than most of the shows. When she hears that a show is ended she runs into the room expecting to see Moose. He used to be our go to “friend” for her. Anytime she was upset, we would just ask her if she wanted Moose and she would stop crying. I feel bad for her now that he is gone. We don’t like that the took a lot of the shows away too. I think we will swich to Disney.

  10. Adelina Priddis — March 6, 2012 @ 9:17 am (#)

    oh sad! We haven’t had tv for a year now, but Moose and Zee were my favorites, despite the repetetion we always got from them.

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  11. Amanda — March 6, 2012 @ 9:44 am (#)

    Totally bummed! We used to go to the NickJr website to watch Moose and Zee and they are gone from there as well! Boo! Thanks for including my quote in your post. Like you, I wish they would have refreshed the content a bit and brought them back. I also agree with Erin, that my daughter was more interested in them more than the actual programming!

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  12. christina — March 6, 2012 @ 9:54 am (#)

    i’m steamed about Nick Jr’s changes. i found a petition to bring back Moose and Zee though: http://www.change.org/petitions/nick-jr-bring-moose-and-zee-back#share

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  13. Jason — March 6, 2012 @ 10:01 am (#)

    If you would like to see Moose and Zee back, please sign the petition:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/nick-jr-bring-moose-and-zee-back#

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  14. laura — March 6, 2012 @ 10:32 am (#)

    That’s so sad…I liked Moose and Zee.

    I hated when Face from Nick left..my son loved him when he was little :(

    Any word what they’ll replace them with?
    I miss the songs in between..that’s where I learned about Laurie Berkner, etc.

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  15. Sandra — March 6, 2012 @ 10:59 am (#)

    really upset that moose is gone!! my son is 17 months old and every time one of the shows are over all he does is say “MOOSE MOOSE MOOSE!!” and claps and gets excited. i feel so sorry for him because he gets so excited but moose isnt there. and he was learning from moose. one day he said “The letter “D” makes the “D” sound. (you know what i mean) and my son said the “D” sound. now he’s gone and kolby (my son) doenst get to see him anymore. this stinks. ):

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