Alan Thicke
Debbie Bartlett
Voice of Reggie the Heggie
Susan Blu
Broadcast (ABC)
Primetime: 8/8/1987 – 9/12/1987
Saturday Mornings: 9/12/1987 – 12/30/1989, 6/2/1990 – 9/1/1990
Vin Di Bona Productions
ABC Entertainment

Animal Crack-Ups was a game show where celebrities competed by answering wildlife themed trivia questions to win $2,500 for their favorite charities. This was based on the Japanese game show Waku Waku.

Although this was considered a game show for children, no civilians participated in this show.


Four celebrities competed in the game. Host Thicke would play a video clip about an animal. At some time in the video, the tape would be paused and Thicke asked a question about the clip to the celebrities. The celebrities would give their answers, after which the remainder of the clip was played, revealing the answer. At one point in the game, each of them was asked individual questions.

Correct answers from celebrities earned them points. The score was kept in stuffed animals (monkeys in the first season, hedgehogs thereafter) in front of the podiums. The celebrity contestant with the most stuffed animals won the game and $2,500 for their favorite animal charity. If there was a tie at the end the game, the money was split between the charities whose celebrities were tied.


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Main – "Animals Are Just Like People Too" written by Thickovit music (Alan & Todd Thicke and Gary Pickus) & sung by Alan Thicke


Based on a Japanese game show entitled Waku Waku.


ABC Television Center, Hollywood, CA

International VersionsEdit

Here is a list of countries that aired their own versions of Animal Crack-Ups:

  • Argentina (as Waku Waku like the Japanese version)
  • Brazil (as TV Animal)
  • Chile (as Maravillozoo)
  • The Netherlands (also with the Japanese title)
  • Portugal (as Arca de Noe)
  • Spain (also, with the Japanese title)


Animal Crack-Ups at Vin Di Bona Productions
Blog about Animal Crack-Ups
Video clip of the show's intro


A promo from Summer 1988
A full episode from 1988 (Betty White, Jeff MacGregor, Christina Applegate, Jimmie Walker)
A full episode from February 11, 1989 (Todd Christensen, Soleil Moon Frye, Sally Struthers, Dan Frischman; has a 1988 copyright date)
A full closing segment from March 18, 1989 (Todd Christensen, Soleil Moon Frye, Sally Struthers, Dan Frischman; has a 1988 copyright date)