|Title:||Great Space Coaster|
|Start - end:||1981 - 1986|
|Official site:||Great Space Coaster official site||Rate:|
Knock Knock Woodpecker - A prissy pink bird who lives in the hollow of a tree and tells a lot of knock-knock jokes. She, alongside Goriddle Gorilla, occasionally introduces Gary Gnu whenever the Gary Gnu Show segment comes on. Knock Knock also intros The Book Of The Week In Review segments by saying, "And Here's Gary Gnu, with The Book Of The Week In Review," usually waking Gary Gnu from a nap. Knock Knock also uses her sense of humor at times to give Goriddle Gorilla a taste of his own medicine.
Edison the Elephant - A strange, robotic-looking elephant with a segmented, hose-like, ever-moving trunk and semi-transparent, fan-like ears, whose voice is an echo. He loved plants and tended a large garden.
Baxter- A large, gentle clown who once worked for M.T. Promises in an apparently slave-like situation, and lives in fear of ever going back. He now pilots the space coaster, taking the characters from Earth to the asteroid. He can magically disappear by twirling around, a talent he uses to escape M.T.'s attempts to catch him and bring him back to his circus. Whenever the gang wants to leave on a field trip, he always says, "The Great Space Coaster Is Ready For Takeoff." When the gang assembles, he always says, "Get On Board For A Magical Trip. And Where We Land This Time Is Anybody's Guess." He sometimes plays the "baxophone" (an instrument similar to a saxophone) with the Space Coaster Band.
Speed Reader - A young man who appears on the Gary Gnu show. He can allegedly read incredibly fast, zipping through an entire book (usually a recently-published novel for young readers) in seconds and then offering a short review. Before a reading, he'll warm up by doing "push-ups" with his eyelids (blinking rapidly).
M.T. Promises - A nefarious, bulgey-eyed, top-hatted circus ringleader forever scheming to capture Baxter the clown and take him back to the circus. More silly than sinister, he sweeps onto and off the set accompanied by evil circus music.
The Huggles - Small, furry creatures who have stories read to them by Baxter, usually about "Bamba the Barbarian". They also have a little sibling named Baby Huggle. Baxter brought the Huggles to the asteroid after he found their eggs in space. As their intro song put it, Baxter, "brought 'em home to hatch 'em, and now they're here to stay..." Introduced a few years into the series' run, the extreme (some would say excessive) cuteness of the these characters was an attempt to appeal to a younger demographic.
Rory - A wild-looking DJ puppet, he appeared a few years into the show's run as the host of "Rockin' with Rory," a segment featuring music videos by "Danny and the Spacecoasters", typically performing covers of '60s hits.
Gary Gnu - A gnu newscaster who does a show each episode and is well known for his catchphrase, "No Gnews is Good Gnews with Gary...Gnu". He would add a guttural "g" sound to the beginning of any word he spoke which normally began with an "n", such as "gnews" for "news" and "gnaturally" for "naturally". Whenever introduced by either Goriddle Gorilla or Knock Knock, the introduction is always, "And Now For Something Really Gnew, Here's Gary Gnu." The only difference is that Goriddle always says "WOW!" each time he introduces Gary Gnu. Gary always begins by saying, "This Is Gary Gnu. And The No Gnews Is Good Gnews Show. The Only TV Gnews Program Guaranteed To Contain No Gnews Whatsoever." Gary's unusual speaking style was inspired by the 1957 Flanders and Swann song, The Gnu, which told the story of a gnu in a zoo who spoke much as Gary did, adding a "g" sound to the beginning of various words. Gary actually sang the song in one episode. Gary Gnu's gnewscasts were punctuated by comments and jeers from the filming crew. Occasionally he would be set up for a practical joke as the crew would call him a "turkey", followed by the dropping of a paper turkey onto Gnu's head.
A comet ride of fantasy
To a place where dreams are fast and free
With new friends and new things to see
We'll spin you through the galaxy
On the Great Space Coaster. Oh-oh-oh.
On the Great Space Coaster. Off we go.
Get on board, step inside, soarin' on a magic ride.
Roarin' towards the other side where only rainbows hide.
On the Great Space Coaster (Oh-oh oh)
On the Great Space Coaster (Get on board)
On the Great Space Coaster (Get on board)
On the Great Space Coaster
Off we go!