Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse
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|Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse|
|Country of origin||Canada|
China (worldwide releases)
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (52 Segments)|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Hirsh|
Clive A. Smith
|Running time||12 mins. (approx)|
|Original release||September 30, 2000 – January 26, 2002|
Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse is a Canadian/Chinese animated television show produced by Nelvana. It tells the stories of a young horse named Marvin who is part of a carnival. Among the executive producers are Michael Paraskevas and Betty Paraskevas, creators of Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, who also created the book that the show is based on. The show first aired on the Treehouse block before moving to just before Tiny Pop. In the United States, the series also aired on PBS Kids as part of the PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch from 2000 to 2004. In 2007, reruns of the show began airing on Qubo Channel in the US.
Some episodes include original songs to help illustrate the theme or accompany montages that carry the story forward.
- Marvin is a dancing brown horse with a black mane and tail who performs in Fast-Talking Jack's carnival. He used to be in movies and on Broadway; his first big break was in the musical movie 43rd Street (a takeoff of 42nd Street), although he's not proud of his performance in it. His hooves are tuxedo-themed and they make the tapping noises. He also wears a red bowtie around his neck. In the beginning of one of the episodes, it is taken off.
- Eddy Largo (Edward Larue III): A 9-year old boy. In the first episode, he looks for a job and is hired on as a gofer and all around assistant to owner Fast Talking Jack. He changes his name to Eddy Largo because his real name was apparently too bland. He is very good at holding his breath underwater.
- Diamonds the Elephant: A fancy pink elephant, she is the main attraction of the circus. She has a big cloth on her back with a yellow star as a decoration. Her act involves balancing on an inflated beach ball.
- Elizabeth the Emotional Pig: Elizabeth the Emotional Pig is easily upset; she has a tendency to moan and cry. When things go right, she feels ecstatically happy. She wears a turquoise dress with two yellow lines on her skirt with matching buttons, collar flaps, and cuffs. Her specialty is juggling, usually pineapples. She also compulsively eats corn on the cob.
- Stripes the Tiger: Stripes (the alley malicious green-eyed tiger) is rather grouchy, and has a soft spot for "Mr. Grizzly", his torn-and-tattered stuffed bear. It's mentioned in the episode "Stripes Takes Off" that he's a Bengal tiger and weighs 400 pounds. His favorite meals are 32 chickens for dinner and a giant bowl of Crunchy Creatures cereal (soaked for 10 minutes to have the right degree of sogginess) for breakfast. He also enjoys reading the newspaper. He is often seen inside a cage.
- Fast-Talking Jack: The owner of the carnival and ringmaster of the big show (in which he also plays a lion tamer for Stripes' act).
- Edna: The smart fortune teller who also makes the lemonade and lemon ice sold at the carnival. She is a stickler for using juice she hand squeezes herself. Her screechy singing voice can break glass.
- Lyman Slime: The sleazy owner of a circus, who sees Jack's carnival as unwelcomed competition. He sometimes sends his three clowns to spy on the carnival or to sabotage it.
- The Penguin's Five: Band that accompanies the acts at the performance tent, made up of 5 penguins.
- Eddy's Grandmother: Can be somewhat formidable, has a habit of firmly tapping the floor with her cane when wanting to emphasize a point. Eddy is spending the summer at her house while he works at the carnival. She still calls Eddy his real name, Edward.
- Squinty Pete: Proprietor of the Whomp-A-Weasel game in the carnival's midway.
- Mr. P. Nutty: Sells peanuts during the big show and around the carnival. Wears a Peanut costume featuring a huge grin. His real name is Philbert; has a high-pitched voice and professes to be shy.
- Lula Belle Rose: A tan mare with a light brown mane and tail with red lips and a daisy on her ear and Marvin's girlfriend. She is great a tap-dancing just like him. Her only appearance is "The Importance of Being Eddy".
- Lucy: Jack's niece who appeared in the episode "Eddy's Charm". Eddy has a crush on her.
- Boris: A Russian circus bear looking for work at the circus. He specializes in peeling peanuts and telling stories about Russia. He appeared in "Truth or Bear"
- Clyde: A racehorse who is Marvin's younger brother (even though he's now bigger than Marvin). He appeared in "Marvin Keeps Track". He and Marvin used to do great things together when they were young and Marvin was always the winner, but now Clyde always beats Marvin. Marvin was not pleased to see him because he had forgotten that about their past, but then Clyde reminded him. So if not for Marvin, Clyde never would've been a racehorse.
- Ron Pardo as Marvin the Tap Dancing Horse/Stripes the Tiger
- Marlowe Gardiner-Heslin as Eddy Largo
- Fiona Reid as Diamonds the Elephant
- Sheila McCarthy as Elizabeth the Emotional Pig
- Dwayne Hill as Fast Talkin' Jack
- Robin Duke as Edna
- Rummy Bishop as Lyman Slime
Season 1 (2000)
|No.||Cartoon 1||Cartoon 2||Canadian airdate (Teletoon)||U.S. airdate (PBS)|
|1||Eddy's Job||Elephants Almost Never Forget||September 8, 2001||September 30, 2000|
|2||Marvin's High Dive||Eddy's Wrong Order||September 15, 2001||October 7, 2000|
|3||Stripes' Sticky Situation||Stripes Takes Off||September 22, 2001||October 14, 2000|
|4||The New Band||Eddy's Video||September 29, 2001||October 21, 2000|
|5||Elizabeth's Biggest Fan||The Visit||October 6, 2001||October 28, 2000|
|6||Marvin's Roommate||Stripes' Dental Fuss||October 13, 2001||November 4, 2000|
|7||Marvin's Surprise||Eddy Learns to Dance||November 10, 2001||November 11, 2000|
|8||Visit to Grandma's||Gone Fishing||November 17, 2001||November 18, 2000|
|9||Marvin's Breakfast Jam||The Iron Claw||November 25, 2001||November 25, 2000|
|10||Elizabeth and the Haunted House||Marvin Horses Around||November 30, 2001||December 2, 2000|
|11||The Big Show||Eddy's Fortune||February 23, 2002||December 9, 2000|
|12||Eddy's Charm||Eddy and the Cowboy||March 29, 2002||December 16, 2000|
|13||When Pigs Fly||Mr. P. Nutty||April 19, 2002||December 23, 2000|
Season 2 (2001–02)
|No.||Cartoon 1||Cartoon 2||Candian airdate (Teletoon)||U.S. airdate (PBS)|
|14||Now You See It...||When the Stars Come Out||June 1, 2002||November 3, 2001|
|15||Eddy and the Record||Marvin in the Movies||June 21, 2002||November 10, 2001|
|16||Marvin and Eddy in the Middle of Nowhere||Stripes' Mis-Fortune||June 28, 2002||November 17, 2001|
|17||Just for Kicks||Edna the Singing Sensation||July 5, 2002||November 24, 2001|
|18||Elizabeth in Charge||Dare to Dream||July 12, 2002||December 1, 2001|
|19||The Importance of Being Eddy||Eddy's Sore Throat||September 28, 2002||December 8, 2001|
|20||Little Olaf||Jokers Go Wild||October 12, 2002||December 15, 2001|
|21||Pop Goes the Weasel||Marvin's Lucky Hat||November 15, 2002||December 22, 2001|
|22||To Flea or Not to Flea||Eddy's Sleepover||March 22, 2003||December 29, 2001|
|23||Marvin Keeps Track||Diamonds' Dance Party||May 3, 2003||January 5, 2002|
|24||Paint Your Wagon||Truth or Bear||July 19, 2003||January 12, 2002|
|25||Elizabeth's Big Splash||Stripes' World Tour||July 26, 2003||January 19, 2002|
|26||Little Big Man||Fast Talkin' Jack's Real Class Act||August 2, 2003||January 26, 2002|
- Heffley, Lynne (September 24, 2000). "Reading and Watching". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
- Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 379.
- "Television Program Logs". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2016-03-02. Archived from the original on 2016-05-16.
- "'PBS KIDS BOOKWORM BUNCH' Returns to PBS For a Second Season on Saturday, November 3" (Press release). Nelvana Limited. October 29, 2001. Retrieved June 13, 2018.