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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:

  • Animal Gender-Bender: Clark is taller than Louise. However, female fleas are bigger than the males in real life, so Louise should be the taller one instead.
  • Animal Talk: Lomax and Delta are able to talk to each other. But to humans like their owner Amy, they just bark and meow. However, whenever they talk to the audience, such as a group of live-action kids, they seem to able to talk to them with no problem.
  • 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).
  • Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Louise and Clark are fully-clothed fleas.
  • Furry Reminder: Louise and Clark are seen jumping pretty high in a few episodes, which is what fleas do.
  • 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.
  • Stock Animal Diet: At the start of one episode, Lomax himself can be seen with a bone in his mouth before he tells the viewers what will happen in the episode later.
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: The opening theme introduces the main characters (Lomax, Delta, Amy, Louise, Clark, and Fred the Conductor).
  • To the Tune of...: The theme song is sung to the tune of "The Wabash Cannonball".
  • Tropey, Come Home: In "The Cat Came Back", Delta decides to talk a walk outside and takes a nap on a porch. Lomax and Amy find out that the cat went missing so the former goes off to find her, but fails. Delta eventually returns to the caboose at the end of the episode when Amy sings the titular song.