->''"He can dance!\\
He can dance!\\
He can dance!"''

''Marvin The Tap-Dancing Horse'' is an animated television show produced by Creator/{{Nelvana}}. It tells the story of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Marvin The Tap-Dancing Horse]] who works at a carnival with his friends. It first aired on PBS Kids as part of their Bookworm Bunch. Now it can be seen on Creator/{{qubo}}. Based on a children's book by mother-son team Betty and Michael Paraskevas. ''Very'' similar to ''WesternAnimation/MaggieAndTheFerociousBeast'' of the same authors in it's sacchariness.
!!Tropes found in this series:

* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Diamonds is a pink elephant.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Elizabeth.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Elizabeth, of all characters, becomes a DrillSergeantNasty when Jack leaves her in charge.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Elizabeth eventually becomes less emotional and more confident in later episodes of the series, particularly in "Elizabeth's Big Splash".
* DeadpanSnarker: Stripes.
--> '''Elizabeth''': I'll teach you everything I know!
--> '''Stripes''': That won't take long.
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: Lyman Slime when he challenges Jack to a football game.
* EveryoneKnewAlready: [[spoiler: Edna knew all along that she can't sing well, and instead uses her act to break glass]].
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* {{Expy}}: Most of the group have similarly matching personalities to the characters of ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'', including Marvin being the optimist (Toaster), Elizabeth being the emotional CowardlySidekick (Blanky), fiesty and impulsive Diamonds the Elephant (Lampy), and even "Fast-Talking" Jack (Radio). The most obvious example is Stripes the Tiger whose GrumpyBear personality is ''very'' similar to that of Kirby the vacuum cleaner. His voice even bears a somewhat striking resemblance to Kirby's voice actor, Thurl Ravenscroft. Plus, Stripes gets easily annoyed by Elizabeth's emotional outbursts, just like how Kirby gets with Blanky.
** Also, Elizabeth is basically a combination of Piglet from the ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' franchise and Hamilton from ''WesternAnimation/MaggieAndTheFerociousBeast'' (Her appearance is based on a female version of the latter except with SkintoneSclerae eyes.)
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Marvin
** TheLancer: Eddy and Stripes
** TheBigGuy: Diamonds
** TheSmartGuy: Jack
** TheChick: Elizabeth
* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: the plot of the original book.
* FriendVersusLover: When Lula Belle, an old flame of Marvin's, shows up, Eddie ends up becoming the third wheel. She's refreshingly understanding, and even apologizes to Eddie for Marvin's behavior.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In "Jokers Go Wild", Stripes tries to mess with the Ferris wheel so that Elizabeth will get stuck at the top. He ends up getting himself stuck up there.
* {{Jerkass}}: [[MeaningfulName Lyman Slime]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Stripes.
* MotiveMisidentification: In "Edna the Singing Sensation."
* NaiveNewcomer: Eddy in the first episode. He quickly befriends everyone and becomes an expert working backstage of the carnival.
* [[invoked]]OldShame: Marvin isn't too proud of his first acting job in ''[[Film/FortySecondStreet 43rd Street.]]''
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Eddy Largo's real name is Edward Larue III.
* SandInMyEyes: Stripes uses this excuse in the episode, "Eddy's Fortune" when, after getting attached to a lost puppy, tears up when the latter is reunited with his owner.
--> '''Stripes''': What are you looking at? It's just my allergies acting up. I must be allergic to dogs...
* ShrinkingViolet: Elizabeth the Emotional Pig.
* SiblingRivalry: Marvin and his brother Clyde. It's a one-sided example, as Clyde is only too happy to see Marvin. However, Marvin is jealous of how fast Clyde is, and obsesses over beating him in a race.
* TemptingFate: Jack decides to do Eddy's chores when he gets sick, because they can't possibly be ''that'' hard...
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Elizabeth in "Elizabeth in Charge."