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Series / Lomax, the Hound of Music

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Lomax, the Hound of Music is a PBS Kids children's TV series from 2008. It was inspired by the First Steps in Music musical curriculum created by John Feierabend.

This series takes place on a train known as the Melody Hound Express. A music-loving dog named Lomax, a cat named Delta, and a woman named Amy travel throughout the United States on this train, searching for music of all genres and styles.

Lomax, the Hound of Music contains the following tropes:

  • Edutainment Show: Its educational focus is on different kinds of music.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Lomax is a male dog and Delta is a female cat.
  • Flea Episode: In the first episode "Flea Bath", Lomax starts scratching due to the fact that he has fleas who go by the names, Louise and Clark, who also like music. Both he and Delta worry that they're going to get a flea bath if Amy sees them scratching. After the song, "Aloha Oe", when Lomax scratches again after Louise trips, Amy finds out her dog actually does have fleas and decides to give him and Delta a flea bath. Luckily, Louise and Clark manage to avoid getting wet by wearing hazmat suits (since they appeared in the rest of the series).
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  • Medium Blending: The series combines puppetry, live-action footage, and animation.
  • Short-Runner: It ran for only 13 episodes from October 6 through December 29, 2008.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The show's title might be a reference to The Sound of Music.
    • The character Lomax himself is named after Alan Lomax, a real-life ethnomusicologist.
    • The two fleas that live on Lomax are named Louise and Clark, after real-life explorers Lewis and Clark.
  • To the Tune of...: The theme song is sung to the tune of "The Wabash Cannonball".


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