Ella the Elephant

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Ella the Elephant
Genre Animated television series
Directed by Larry Jacobs
Voices of Addison Holley
Annick Obonsawin
Avery Kadish
Devan Cohen
Theme music composer Brent Barkman
Earl Torno
Opening theme "Ella Theme", performed by Addison Holley
Ending theme "Ella Theme" (instrumental)
Country of origin United States
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 27 (52 shorts)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Hirsh
Toper Taylor
John Vandervelde
Sander Schwartz
Alyssa Cooper Sapire
For TVOKids:
Patricia Ellingson
Producer(s) Jonah Stroh
Supervising Producer:
Terry Rotsaert
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) TVOKids
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment
DHX Cookie Jar Inc.
Distributor FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment
DHX Media
Release
Original network TVOKids (Canada)
Disney Junior (U.S.)
Tiny Pop (U.K.)
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Surround
Original release September 2, 2013 (2013-09-02) – November 25, 2016 (2016-11-25)
External links
Website disneyjunior.disney.com/ella-the-elephant

Ella the Elephant is a Canadian/American animated television preschool series based on the books by Carmela D' Amico & Steven Henry (né D'Amico). The series premiered in Canada on TVOKids on September 2, 2013 and in the United States on Disney Junior on February 17, 2014.[1] The series was produced by DHX Cookie Jar Inc., in association with TVOKids and FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, with animation provided by Atomic Cartoons. As of January 2015, no announcements had yet been made about a second season.

Plot[edit]

The series follows the adventures of Ella and her friends on Elephant Island. Ella is a spirited little girl elephant with a big heart, bigger imagination and a magic hat that can transform into almost anything. Everyday, there's a fantastic new adventure as Ella and her friends, Frankie, Belinda and Tiki, get themselves into some tricky situations. With a little determination, teamwork, a few missteps, and a touch of magic, Ella and her friends work to make everything work out in the end.

Production[edit]

The series was produced by DHX Cookie Jar Inc. and produced it for TVOKids and Disney Junior with distribution by FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and with animation provided by Atomic Cartoons. Carmela D' Amico & Steven D' Amico are the adapters of the series, while Larry Jacobs is the director. Executive producers includes Michael Hirsh, Toper Taylor, and John Vandervelde for DHX Cookie Jar Inc., Sander Schwartz and Alyssa Cooper Sapire for FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and Patricia Ellingson for TVOKids. Other staff for the series includes Jonah Stroh as producer and Brad Birch as executive story editor.

Development for the series started in 2012.

On February 7, 2012, Chris Arrant, news editor of Cartoon Brew, announced that the series entered production.[2] Toper Taylor, president and COO of Cookie Jar was pleasantly thrilled for the production of Ella the Elephant and said: "Ella is a magical property about an ever ebullient, optimistic, responsible, compassionate little elephant whose kindred spirit will delight our preschool audience." "We are thrilled to be working with both Disney and Fremantle on the series' global launch."

Sander Schwartz, President, Kids & Family Entertainment, FME, said "We are very pleased to be partnered with Cookie Jar on what we believe will be a hugely successful series. Bringing these wonderful books to life is a labour of love for everyone working on this stunning series".

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Ella (voiced by Addison Holley) is the main character and a young elephant with a red magic hat that she says her grandma gave to her in the theme song. Ella is a problem-solver who is nice and kind to all her friends. Her magic hat transforms into different items depending on what she needs it for.
  • Belinda (voiced by Annick Obonsawin) is an elephant who is lucky enough to have Elephant Island's mayor for her father, as well as a friend to Ella. Belinda loves to dance and is a total diva.
  • Tiki (voiced by Avery Kadish) is a smart female elephant who loves reading books and riding her bike. She has a pet monkey named Lola.
  • Frankie (voiced by Devan Cohen) is a friend of Ella's who is a young elephant as well and is the only male of the group. Frankie's catchphrase is "Great Wolly Mammoth!"

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Lola (voiced by Rob Tinkler) is a pet monkey who is owned by Tiki.
  • Mrs. Briggs (voiced by Helen Taylor) is Ella, Belinda, Frankie, Tiki, Ada, and Ida's teacher who likes interpretive dancing.
  • Ada and Ida (voiced by Sophia Ewaniuk) are twin elephants who sometimes say things at the same time. When they do, they high-five and say "Jinx!" followed by a giggle. Ada and Ida are a little hard to tell apart, but they both love to sing.
  • Captain Kelp (voiced by Neil Crone) is an elephant who works in a lighthouse.
  • Mrs. Gray (voiced by Stacey DePass) is Ella's mother who is a baker.
  • Captain Grey (also voiced by Neil Crone) is Ella's father who is captain of the sea.
  • Mrs. Melba (voiced by Shoshana Sperling) is Frankie's mother who owns a bakery.
  • Mr. Mercer (voiced by Phil Williams) is an elephant who sells lots of items. Ella and her friends visit him often. He can be grumpy sometimes.
  • Georgie (voiced by Jaxon Mercet) is a little elephant who is Frankie's little brother.
  • Mayor Blue (voiced by Danny Wells) is an elephant who is Belinda's father.
  • Grandma Grey (voiced by Catherine Disher) is an elephant who is Ella's grandma. She appeared in the episode "Grandma's Visit".
  • Old Lady (voiced by Julie Lemieux) is a lady elephant with an unknown name who appeared in the episode "Hello Dolly", where Frankie accidentally sold Ella's doll to the lady.
  • Jasper (also voiced by Julie Lemieux) is a little mouse who causes trouble with Ella and her friends.
  • E.L. Weathers (voiced by Alyson Court) is an elephant who writes books. She appeared in the episode "Tiki's Quest".
  • Mrs. Everheart (voiced by Helen King) is an elephant who is a librarian. She also appeared in the episode "Tiki's Quest".
  • Mrs. Potter (voiced by Susan Roman) is an elephant who carves pumpkins in Halloween time. She appeared in the episode "Frankie's Perfect Pumpkin".
  • Sammy (voiced by Peter DaCunha) is an elephant who does newspaper deliveries in Elephant Island. He appeared in the episode "Ella's Special Delivery".
  • Mikey (voiced by Gage Munroe) in an elephant who helps Sammy do newspaper deliveries. He also appeared in the episode "Ella's Special Delivery".
  • Caretaker (voiced by John Stocker) is an elephant who operates the museum. He appeared in the episode "Jurassic Sleepover".
  • Mayor's Assistant (voiced by Catherine Disher) is an elephant who helps Belinda's dad. She appeared in the episode "Mayor Belinda".
  • Mrs. Brim (voiced by Linda Ballantyne) is an elephant who works at a hat store. She appeared in the episode "Ella's Haywire Hat".
  • Max von Mastodon (voiced by Juan Chioran) is an elephant who is a famous filmmaker. He appeared in the episode "Lights, Camera, Ella".

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2013–16)[edit]

All episodes were directed by Larry Jacobs.

Episode # Title Directed by Written by Canadian air date U.S. air date Prod. code
1 "Soapbox Squabble" Larry Jacobs Christin Simms September 2, 2013 (2013-09-02) February 19, 2014 101b
Ella and Frankie compete in the Soapbox Derby.
2 "Girls' Club" Larry Jacobs Christin Simms September 3, 2013 (2013-09-03) February 19, 2014 101a
Belinda starts a club for girls.
3 "Trunk Troopers" Larry Jacobs Story by : Shelia Dinsmore
Teleplay by : J.D. Smith
September 4, 2013 (2013-09-04) February 18, 2014 102a
Ella and Belinda get lost in the forest while trying to earn a Butterfly Badge.
4 "Ella in Charge" Larry Jacobs Story by : Shelia Dinsmore
Teleplay by : Dave Dias
September 5, 2013 (2013-09-05) February 18, 2014 102b
Ella and Frankie's Mom fill in for Ella's mom at the bakery.
5 "Ella Bakes a Cake" Larry Jacobs Shelia Dinsmore September 6, 2013 (2013-09-06) February 21, 2014 103a
The kids compete in the Junior Cake-Baking Contest.
6 "Camp Ella" Larry Jacobs Story by : Shelia Dinsmore
Teleplay by : Ben Joseph
September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09) February 21, 2014 103b
Tiki goes camping in Ella's backyard.
7 "Ella's Got Talent" Larry Jacobs Story by : Shelia Dinsmore
Teleplay by : J.D. Smith
September 10, 2013 (2013-09-10) February 17, 2014 104a
Ella has trouble coming up with an act for the talent show.
8 "Safety First" Larry Jacobs Story by : Shelia Dinsmore
Teleplay by : Kim Thompson
September 11, 2013 (2013-09-11) February 17, 2014 104b
Ella takes on the responsibility of being a playground safety officer.
9 "Ella Sheds Some Light" Larry Jacobs Story by : Shelia Dinsmore
Teleplay by : Robert Ardiel
September 12, 2013 (2013-09-12) February 27, 2014 105a
Ella and Frankie take care of Captain Kelp's lighthouse.
10 "Stylish Ella" Larry Jacobs Story by : Shelia Dinsmore
Teleplay by : Ben Joseph
September 13, 2013 (2013-09-13) February 27, 2014 105b
Belinda is excited for her school's Picture Day.
11 "Ella's Top 100" Larry Jacobs Hugh Duffy September 16, 2013 (2013-09-16) March 6, 2014 106b
The 100th day of the school year is here.
12 "Hat Mishap" Larry Jacobs Story by : Shelia Dinsmore
Teleplay by : Franklin Young and Kim Thompson
September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17) March 6, 2014 106a
Tiki's starring in the school play, and races to get to the theatre after an outing.
13 "Treasure Hunters" Larry Jacobs Jamie Wease September 18, 2013 (2013-09-18) February 20, 2014 107a
Ella, Frankie, Belinda and Tiki discover a treasure map.
14 "Ella Borrows Trouble" Larry Jacobs Karen Moonah September 19, 2013 (2013-09-19) February 20, 2014 107b
Ella loses Frankie's toy helicopter.
15 "Ella on the Ball" Larry Jacobs Christin Simms September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20) February 24, 2014 108a
When a member of the soccer team gets hurt, Ella's friends beg her to fill in.
16 "Up, Up and Away" Larry Jacobs Bernice Vanderlaan September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) February 24, 2014 108b
Elephant Islands is having a Kite contest, where teams have to make a unique kite.
17 "Tea Party Trouble" Larry Jacobs Dale Schott
Scott Albert
September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24) February 25, 2014 109a
Ella has a tea party.
18 "Home Again" Larry Jacobs Jamie Waese September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25) February 25, 2014 109b
The kids participate in their school's Open House.
19 "Stormy Mom Day" Larry Jacobs J.D. Smith September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26) May 5, 2014 110a
A rainstorm causes Ella and Frankie's to rethink their Mother's Day plans.
20 "Team Spirit" Larry Jacobs Karen Moonah September 27, 2013 (2013-09-27) May 5, 2014 110b
Mrs. Briggs' class designs a scoreboard.
21 "Monkey Business" Larry Jacobs Shelley Hoffman
Robert Pincombe
September 30, 2013 (2013-09-30) February 26, 2014 111b
Ella has to look after a pet monkey.
22 "Ella's Carnival" Larry Jacobs Karen Moonah October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01) February 26, 2014 111a
Ella and her friends go to a carnival at town.
23 "Hello Dolly" Larry Jacobs Jason Hopley October 2, 2013 (2013-10-02) December 6, 2014 112b
Frankie accidentally sells Ella's doll.
24 "That's Swellaphant!" Larry Jacobs Story by : Shelley Hoffman and Robert Pincombe
Teleplay by : Atul Rao
October 3, 2013 (2013-10-03) December 6, 2014 112a
Ella and her friends participate in the festivities of Swellaphant Day.
25 "Ella for Class President" Larry Jacobs Bernice Vanderlaan
Jason Hopley
October 4, 2013 (2013-10-04) March 3, 2014 113b
Belinda, Tiki and Frankie run for class president.
26 "Ella's Sleepless Sleepover" Larry Jacobs Betty Quan October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) March 3, 2014 113a
Ella and Tiki go to Belinda's house for a sleepover.
27 "Ready, Set, Go... Slow?!" Larry Jacobs Story by : Shelley Hoffman and Robert Pincombe
Teleplay by : Brian Hartigan
October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08) March 4, 2014 114a
Ella replaces Frankie in a race after he hurts his leg.
28 "Ella's Antics" Larry Jacobs Steve Wright
Diana Moore
October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09) March 4, 2014 114b
Ella has built an ant farm, but the farm collapsed when she didn't take her time.
29 "Tiki's Snow Fun" Larry Jacobs Story by : Shelia Dinsmore
Teleplay by : Dave Dias
October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10) December 13, 2014 115b
Ella, Belinda, Tiki and Frankie go to Snowy Island for a day of fun.
30 "Parade Problem" Larry Jacobs Story by: Jonah Stroh and Phil McCordic
Written by: Scott Albert
October 11, 2013 (2013-10-11) December 13, 2014 115a
Ella and friends get lost on the way to a parade.
31 "Ella's Hiccups" Larry Jacobs Diana Moore October 14, 2013 (2013-10-14) March 10, 2014 116a
Ella gets a bad case of the hiccups.
32 "Queen Tusk's Treasure" Larry Jacobs Story by : Jonah Stroh
Teleplay by : Jason Hopley
October 15, 2013 (2013-10-15) March 10, 2014 116b
There's a new exhibit at the museum.
33 "By Invitation Only" Larry Jacobs Scott Albert October 16, 2013 (2013-10-16) March 17, 2014 117a
Ella's friends begin to act strange when it's her birthday.
34 "Seashell Serenade" Larry Jacobs Atul Rao October 17, 2013 (2013-10-17) March 17, 2014 117b
Ella and friends attempt to revive the conch orchestra.
35 "Tiki's Moving Day" Larry Jacobs Story by : Jonah Stroh
Teleplay by : Alan Resnick
October 18, 2013 (2013-10-18) March 24, 2014 118b
Tiki is moving away and Ella wants her to stay.
36 "Trunk Your Record" Larry Jacobs Story by : Jonah Stroh
Teleplay by : Brian Hartigan
October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21) March 24, 2014 118a
Frankie wants to break a record, like everyone in his family did.
37 "Super Helpful Elephant Heroes" Larry Jacobs Story by : Jonah Stroh
Teleplay by : Dave Dias
October 22, 2013 (2013-10-22) April 14, 2014 119a
Ella and Frankie become helpful heroes after reading a comic book.
38 "Ella Goes to the Birds" Larry Jacobs Story by : Jonah Stroh
Teleplay by : Brian Hartigan
October 23, 2013 (2013-10-23) April 14, 2014 119b
Ella finds an old instrument acts as a call for birds..
39 "Picture This" Larry Jacobs Atul Rao
Brian Hartigan
October 24, 2013 (2013-10-24) April 21, 2014 120b
Ella goes to take pictures around the island.
40 "Ella's Dance Off" Larry Jacobs Story by : Jonah Stroh
Teleplay by : Dave Dias
October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25) April 21, 2014 120b
Belinda and Frankie have a dance contest.
41 "Tiki's Quest" Larry Jacobs Story by : Brad Birch
Teleplay by : Brian Hartigan
October 28, 2013 (2013-10-28) May 19, 2014 121b
Tiki has to complete a challenging quest.
42 "Frankie the Brain" Larry Jacobs Stephen Sender October 29, 2013 (2013-10-29) May 19, 2014 121b
Frankie and Belinda's assignments have accidentally been switched by Ella.
43 "Frankie's Perfect Pumpkin" Larry Jacobs Story by : Jonah Stroh
Teleplay by : Brian Hartigan
October 30, 2013 (2013-10-30) October 3, 2014 122a
Frankie makes the best Jack-o-Lantern ever.
44 "Ella's Special Delivery" Larry Jacobs Story by : Jonah Stroh
Teleplay by : Patrick Granleese
October 31, 2013 (2013-10-31) October 3, 2014 122b
Ella does a newspaper route around town.
45 "Jurassic Sleepover" Larry Jacobs Jason Hopley November 1, 2013 (2013-11-01) June 2, 2014 123a
Ella and friends go on a sleepover at the museum.
46 "Grandma's Visit" Larry Jacobs Story by : Jonah Stroh
Teleplay by : Patrick Granleese
November 4, 2013 (2013-11-04) June 2, 2014 123b
Ella and her grandmother try to find the one and only troop stamp they didn't earn.
47 "Mayor Belinda" Larry Jacobs Brad Birch November 5, 2013 (2013-11-05) July 14, 2014 124a
Ella and friends help Mayor Blue at his office until he is called away and Belinda takes over for him.
48 "Ella's Haywire Hat" Larry Jacobs Story by : Jonah Stroh
Teleplay by : Brian Hartigan
November 6, 2013 (2013-11-06) July 14, 2014 124b
Ella's hat begins to act strange.
49 "Lights, Camera, Ella" Larry Jacobs Patrick Granleese January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20) August 18, 2014 125a
Ella becomes an accidental film star after a famous filmmaker arrives on the island.
50 "Ella's Island" Larry Jacobs Jonah Stroh January 21, 2014 (2014-01-21) August 18, 2014 125b
A fog strands Ella's dad, her, and her friends on an undiscovered island during a day of sailing.
51 "Ella Elephant Sits" Larry Jacobs Dale Schott January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22) September 8, 2014 126a
Ella has to babysit Frankie's little brother, Georgie.
52 "Ella's Pet Problem" Larry Jacobs Shelia Dinsmore January 23, 2014 (2014-01-23) September 8, 2014 126b
Ella conquers her fear of Jasper, a little mouse and they become friends.
53 "Happy Celebrations!" Larry Jacobs Jamie Waese & Jonah Stroh Story by : Brad Birch
Teleplay by : Brian Hartigan
November 25, 2016 (2016-11-25) April 7, 2017 127
It's Happy Celebrations on Elephant Island and everyone is invited, Ella and Captain Kelp take action to get her Dad to the Elephant Island's Happy Celebrations on time.

Distribution[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The show broadcasts on its original channels TVOKids and Disney Junior. It premiered in Canada on September 2, 2013, and in the United States on February 17, 2014. Other broadcasters includes Tiny Pop in the UK, ABC 4 Kids in Australia and RTÉjr in Ireland. Since June 23, 2014, Disney Junior (Latin America) started airing the show. TiJi (France), Clan (Spain), MiniMini+ (Poland) and MTV3 Juniori (Finland) had recently acquired the show and will add it to their lineup in 2014.[3]

Home media[edit]

Episodes of Ella the Elephant are available for digital download through the iTunes Music Store, which are split into two volumes.[4] FremantleMedia Home Entertainment released a 154-minute Region 4 DVD of the show on August 6, 2014.[5] In 2014, Warner Home Video has released Volume 1 on DVD for Canada and the US.[6] As of February 28, 2015, the series became available for streaming on the American Netflix.[7] In the UK Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released episodes on DVD.

Toys and merchandising[edit]

DHX Media and FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment have appointed Jazwares Inc. as the global master toy partner on preschool property Ella the Elephant for the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Latin America, Middle East, Australia, Spain and Norway. The deal will enable Jazwares to launch worldwide Plush, Dolls Figures and Play Sets, Vehicles, Role Play and Musical Instruments, based on the animated preschool series about an adventurous elephant and her magic hat.[8] In December 2014, it was announced that DHX Brands and Penguin Young Readers were developing a series of books based on the series, which were released in late 2015.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Common Sense Media rated the show 4 stars out of 5, with the review stating that "Strong messages of friendship and kindness are central to each story, and the young characters use their imaginations to solve the little troubles they and their neighbors face.".[10]

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