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Series: The Friendly Giant
"Look up, Look waaaay up."— The Friendly Giant

A long-running (1958-1985) early morning children's show on CBC television. Originally started as a radio program in Madison Wisconsin in 1953. It ran for 15 minutes every weekday at 10:15 am for nearly 30 years. Despite its American origins, and American-born host, the series is considered a Canadian cultural icon.

The show had three main characters, the Giant (Bob Homme), and two puppets, Rusty the rooster who lived in a sack on the giant's wall and Jerome the giraffe who came by the castle's window. The Giant told stories and played music for his visitors, the children watching the show at home, "curled up in an armchair".

The show's theme song was an old traditional English song, "Early One Morning", and is very recognizable to most Canadians who grew up before 1985.
This show provides examples of:
  • Bag of Holding (Rusty's home)
  • Cool Old Guy: Aside from everything else, Bob Homme was a talented jazz musician and there were some concert-based episodes where he and his off-screen jazz combo (played on screen by some puppet cats) would really swing.
  • Radio (Started as a radio program in Wisconsin.)
  • Theme Tune. Forget the fact that Early One Morning is considered one of the most famous compositions in Western culture, dating back to the 18th century. For Canadians who grew up in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, it's the theme song from the Friendly Giant, full stop.
  • No Name Given (the Giant, although he was addressed as "Friendly" by the other characters)

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alternative title(s): The Friendly Giant
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