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"I'm Elliot Moose! I like to play and with my friends I play all day!
My best friend Socks has a costume box so we dress up and then....

We pretend to be astronauts in Space! Or detectives solving a case!
Pirates, knights, explorers too! Then we come home again!"
The only lyrics in the show's Expository Theme Tune that aren't "Elliot Moose is on the loose!"- which weren't even heard in the PBS broadcasts.
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Elliot Moose is a Canadian children's live-action and animated television series produced by Nelvana for PBS in the United States; the series premiered on September 30, 1998. The series is based on a series of children's books by Andrea Beck, its 104 episodes show the adventures of a young moose named Elliot who lives in a place called "The Big House". He goes on adventures with his friends; Beaverton, Lionel, Socks, and Paisley.

The series was developed by Jed Mac Kay and produced by Marianne Culbert. The series was unique in that half of the stories were animated, and half were live action; reflecting children's real world of play and their imaginary world. The music was composed by Bruce Ley and Jed Mac Kay.

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This show provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: The show teaches basic concepts of friendship, cooperation and kindness.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: And the beginning and end of each half-hour episode (in total), Elliot would tell the viewers what the moral of "today's show" is. Aside from that though, none of the characters ever talk to the viewers.
  • Every Episode Ending: At the end of each (30 minute) episode, Elliot would very briefly tell the viewers the moral of the story. For example:
    • "Remember, good friends cooperate with each other. See you next time"
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Elliot
  • The Show of the Books: This show is based off the books by Andrea Beck.
  • Title Theme Tune: Most of the theme song's lyrics is the fact that "Elliot Moose is on the loose".
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