The Elephant Show

The Elephant Show (from the second season onward, Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show) is a Canadian preschool television show.[1] It originally ran on CBC from 1984 until 1988.

The Elephant Show
Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show Title Card (Seasons 3-5)
Also known asSharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show
StarringSharon, Lois & Bram
Paula Gallivan
Eric Nagler
Opening themeOne Elephant Went Out to Play
Ending themeSkinnamarink
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes65
Production
Production location(s)Toronto, Ontario
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Cambium Productions
Release
Original networkCBC
Original releaseOctober 8, 1984 
December 5, 1988
Chronology
Related showsSkinnamarink TV

Summary

The Elephant Show features the adventures of the Canadian singing trio Sharon, Lois & Bram and Elephant (Paula Gallivan in an elephant costume). Elephant doesn't speak but is voiced by a tuba (played by Scott Irvine), which conveys thoughts and mood by its pitch and inflection. The four are usually accompanied by a group of children and a sidekick, family entertainer Eric Nagler.

Every week Sharon, Lois & Bram, along with Eric Nagler, are joined by the curious and fun-loving antics of their pachyderm pal Elephant and such guest artists as Toller Cranston, Louis Del Grande, Jayne Eastwood, Murray McLauchlan, Chuck Mangione, Andrea Martin, The Nylons, and Jan Rubeš.

Almost every episode contains a concert segment, featuring Sharon, Lois & Bram, Eric, and the Mammoth Band. They sing songs and help children with their problems (including arguments, fear, and the failure of plans). In most episodes, the group travels to a new location (such as a hospital, museum, or zoo). They occasionally stay home and have an adventure in their yard (like building a tree fort or encountering a grumpy neighbour). The show occasionally includes a social lesson (such as a pro-UNICEF discussion). Sharon, Lois and Bram appeared in advertisements during the show's original run, encouraging parents to vaccinate their children against polio, mumps, and rubella. Each episode concludes with the song "Skinnamarink".

The show enjoyed top ratings in Canada and had consistently been rated one of the top three programs on Nickelodeon in the United States.[2][3] In 1993, a panel of experts at TV Guide rated The Elephant Show the #2 program for preschoolers in North America.

In the years following the final season, the show remained on Nickelodeon until it was pushed off the lineup in 1996. During its run on that American cable channel, it ranked #2 on TV Guide's Top 10 of Children's Programs, beating Sesame Street (#5) and Barney & Friends (#9). By the time the final rerun had aired, The Elephant Show had aired 65 episodes in five seasons, and had been viewed in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, and the United States, reaching over 100 million viewers.

After the series ended, Eric Nagler starred in his own series, Eric's World, produced by The Elephant Show's producer, Cambium Productions.

Episodes

List of The Elephant Show episodes

Credits

  • Directed by: George Bloomfield, Michael McNarama
  • Produced by: Arnie Zipursky, Bruce Glawson
  • Associate Producer & Production Manager: Charles Zamaria
  • Concert Directed by: Stan Swan
  • Music Directors: Joe Hampson, Ray Parker, Paul Mills
  • Choreographers: Don Calderwood, Paula Gallivan
  • Art Director: Susan Longmire
  • Property Masters: Ray Lorenz
  • Set Dresser: Ane Christensen
  • On-Line Editor: Bob Doughty
  • 1st Camera: Simon Darylmple
  • Lighting Director: Roger Bate
  • Best Boy: Thomas Bate
  • Key Grips: Cynthia Darlow
  • Music Production Assistant: Randi Hampson
  • Animation: Trickett Productions, Inc.
  • Multi-Track Remote: Comfort Sound

Home video

The show hasn't been released on DVD in its original form as of yet, although there is a compilation video (along with Treetown) titled 'Nursery Rhymes and Bedtime Songs, which was also released as part of the Kids Learn to 6 Pack DVD under the name Stories, Rhymes and Lullabies.[4]

References

  1. Music at Michigan. Volumes 22-23. UM Libraries. 1988. p. 3. UOM:39015022314697.
  2. Gerry Lin (25 February 1995). US Indies Look Abroad. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 96. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. Moira McCormack (4 September 1993). "Sharon, Lois and Bram in Holiday Spirit". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 64. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. "Kid's Learn To". Retrieved Oct 9, 2019 via Amazon.
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