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Elinor Wonders Why
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Created by Jorge Cham
Daniel Whiteson
Starring Markeda McKay
Wyatt White
Juan Chioran
Dan Darin-Zanco
Eric Khou
Maria Nash
Shoshana Sperling
Nicole Stamp
Paul Bates
Theme music composer Jorge Cham
Daniel Whiteson
Opening theme "Elinor Wonders Why Theme" by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson, performed by Markeda McKay
Ending theme "Elinor Wonders Why Theme" (instrumental)
Composer(s) Asher Lenz
Stephen Skratt
Country of origin United States
Canada
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 45
Production
Executive producer(s) Jorge Cham
Daniel Whiteson
Luis Lopez
Juan Lopez
Producer(s) Marissa Collyer
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Pipeline Studios
Shoe Ink
Release
Original network PBS
PBS Kids
CBC Kids
Original release September 7, 2020 (2020-09-07) – present

Elinor Wonders Why is an American-Canadian flash-animated television series created by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson. The show premiered on September 7, 2020 on PBS Kids.

Plot

The exploration-themed show encourages children to follow their curiosity, ask questions when they don't understand, and find answers using science inquiry skills. The main character Elinor, the most observant and curious bunny rabbit in Animal Town just north of Natural Forest, CA, introduces children ages 3-6 to science, nature and community through adventures with her friends Olive and Ari. Each episode includes two 11-minute animated stories plus interstitial content where Elinor and her classmates enjoy either Señor Tapir singing about famous nature explorers or Ms. Mole reading stories.

Characters

Main

  • Elinor (voiced by Markeda McKay) - A white bunny with an inquisitive nature.
  • Ari (voiced by Wyatt White) - A funny and imaginative light brown bat who is a picky eater.
  • Olive (voiced by Maria Nash) - An elephant calf who is obsessed with bananas.
  • Ranger Rabbit (voiced by Lisette St. Louis) - Elinor's mom.
  • Mr. Rabbit (voiced by Colin Doyle) - Elinor's dad.
  • Ms. Mole (voiced by Shoshana Sperling) - A brown mole who is Elinor's teacher and wears glasses.

Recurring

  • Olive's Mom (voiced by Ana Sani)
  • Senor Tapir (voiced by Juan Chioran) - A tapir who sings about famous explorers and inventors during interstitials.
  • Mr. Raccoon (voiced by Dan Darin-Zanco) - A raccoon who runs a bakery.
  • Rollie (voiced by Eric Khou) - An armadillo who is one of Elinor, Ari, and Olive's classmates.
  • Ms. Llama (voiced by Nicole Stamp) - A llama who owns the fruit cart.
  • Mr. Dog (voiced by Paul Bates) - A dog who loves to bury his stuff in the ground.
  • Tito Mouse (voiced by Leo Orgil) - A mouse who is one of Elinor, Ari, and Olive's classmates.
  • Mr. Bat (voiced by Raoul Bhaneja) - Ari's Dad.
  • Mr. Lion (voiced by Kevin Dennis)
  • Koa (voiced by Ian Ho) - A brown quokka who is one of Elinor, Ari, and Olive's classmates.
  • Camilla (voiced by Norah Adams) - A camel who is a friend of Elinor, Ari, and Olive.
  • Ms. Llama (voiced by Nicole Stamp)
  • Sally Beaver (voiced by Royal Goodfellow) - A beaver who is one of Elinor, Ari, and Olive's classmates.
  • Mary and Lizzie Goat (voiced by Abigail and Grace Oliver) - Twin goat girls who are Elinor, Ari, and Olive's classmates.
  • Alejandro Possum (voiced by Sergio Di Zio)
  • Silas (voiced by Callum Shoniker) - A cheetah who is one of Elinor, Ari, and Olive's classmates.
  • Baba and Bibi (voiced by George Buza and Linda Kash) - Elinor's grandparents who live in Desert Town.
  • Deputy Mouse (voiced by Ron Pardo)
  • Ms. Beaver (voiced by Diane Saleme)
  • Farmer Bear (voiced by Ellen Dublin)
  • Mrs. Tiger (voiced by Ella Jones Farlinger) - The mayor of Animal Town.
  • Ms. Bat (voiced by Shoshana Sperling) Ari's Mom.
  • Mr. Hamster (voiced by Cliff Saunders)
  • Siggy (voiced by Simon Pirso)
  • Lola (voiced by Elana Dunkelman)
  • Mr. Beaver (voiced by Mike Petersen)
  • Mr. Hippo (voiced by Derek McGrath)
  • Mrs. Hippo (voiced by TBA)
  • Mr. Bear (voiced by TBA)
  • Ms. Bear (voiced by TBA)
  • Mr. Antelope (voiced by Eddie Glen)
  • Hazel (voiced by TBA)

Episodes

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
1 "Hiding In Plain Sight
Owl Girl"
Kevin Micallef Tom Berger
Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
September 7, 2020 (2020-09-07) 102
2 "Backyard Soup
Colorful and Tasty"
Kevin Micallef Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson September 7, 2020 (2020-09-07) 113
3 "The Amazing Expandable Clubhouse
The Town Picnic"
Kevin Micallef Katherine Sandford
Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
September 8, 2020 (2020-09-08) 101
4 "The Science of Staying Warm
The Seed of an Idea"
Kevin Micallef
Kevin Micallef & Joey So
Miklos Perlus
Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
September 9, 2020 (2020-09-09) 103
5 "The House That Ants Built
Special Places"
Kevin Micallef Adam Ruben
Rachel Lipman
September 10, 2020 (2020-09-10) 104
6 "The Tomato Drop
Look What I Can Do"
Kevin Micallef Karen Moonah
Dave Dias
September 14, 2020 (2020-09-14) 105
7 "The Lizard Lounge
Feathers"
Kevin Micallef Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson September 15, 2020 (2020-09-15) 106
8 "Bird Song
No Need to Shout"
Kevin Micallef Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
Kate Barris
September 16, 2020 (2020-09-16) 107
9 "Ms. Mole's Glasses
Elinor Stops the Squish"
Kevin Micallef Rachel Lipman
Karen Moonah
July 13, 2020 (2020-07-13) (PBS Kids Video)
September 17, 2020 (2020-09-17)
108
10 "Speed Racer
One of These Goats"
Kevin Micallef Adam Ruben
Kate Barris
September 21, 2020 (2020-09-21) 109
11 "Leave It to Ari
Snow Friend"
Kevin Micallef Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
Katherine Sandford
September 22, 2020 (2020-09-22) 111
12 "Wind in the Web
The Pokey Plant"
Kevin Micallef Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson September 23, 2020 (2020-09-23) 112
13 "Bubble House
The Syrup Tree"
Kevin Micallef Katherine Sandford
Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
September 28, 2020 (2020-09-28) 114
14 "The Paper Trail
Bath Time"
Kevin Micallef Karen Moonah
Adam Ruben
September 29, 2020 (2020-09-29) 115
15 "Make Music Naturally
Light the Way"
Kevin Micallef Kate Barris
Tom Berger
November 2, 2020 (2020-11-02) 116
16 "These Sneezes
Ari's Lucky Shirt"
Kevin Micallef Dave Dias
Michael Foulke
November 9, 2020 (2020-11-09) 117
17 "Follow That Roly Poly
Rain, Rain Don't Go Away"
Kevin Micallef Katherine Sandford
Rachel Lipman
November 16, 2020 (2020-11-16) 118
18 "Water You Doing?
Thinking About Blinking"
Kevin Micallef Kate Barris
Paul Moncrieffe
November 23, 2020 (2020-11-23) 119
19 "Feed the Birds
Señor Tapir Says Adios"
TBA TBA TBA 110
20 "Butterfly Babies
Elinor's Circus"
Kevin Micallef Rosemary Mosco
Karen Moonah
March 15, 2021 (2021-03-15) 120
21 "Zig Zag Plant
Butterfly Drinks"
Kevin Micallef Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson March 16, 2021 (2021-03-16) 121
22 "Frozen Fish
Pirate Treasure"
Kevin Micallef Adam Ruben
Tom Berger
March 17, 2021 (2021-03-17) 122
23 "Burrowing Owl Girl
Olive's Tree"
TBA TBA March 18, 2021 (2021-03-18) 123
24 "Speedy Swimming
Strawberry Jam"
TBA Katherine Sandford
Rosemary Mosco
TBA 124
25 "To Bee or Not to Bee
Turtle Crossing"
TBA TBA TBA 125
26 "Big Trees
Baby Steps"
TBA TBA TBA 126
27 "Follow Your Nose
Leaf Charms"
TBA
Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
TBA 127
28 "A Change of Art
Litterbug"
TBA TBA TBA 128
29 "The Unsinkable Lynx
Rocky the Rock"
TBA TBA TBA 129
30 "Echo Location
Ears to You"
TBA TBA
TBA
TBA 130
31 "Olive's Library
Nature Walk"
TBA Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
Katherine Sandford
TBA 131
32 "Butterfly Library
More Than One Right Way"
TBA TBA TBA 132
33 "Underground Soup
Dandy Dandelions"
TBA TBA TBA 133
34 "A Moth Mystery
Just Peachy"
TBA TBA TBA 134
35 "A Garden for All
Band of Explorers"
TBA TBA TBA 135
36 "The Little Drummer
Rest is Best"
TBA TBA TBA 136
37 "Elinor's Fishy Friend
Do the Crane Dance"
TBA TBA TBA 137
38-40 "A Wonderful Journey" TBA TBA TBA 138-140

Home Video

In early 2021, replacing Dinosaur Train, the series began to release its episodes on PBS Kids compilation DVDs.

Broadcast

The series premiered on PBS Kids in the United States on September 7, 2020, as a sneak peek by showing the first 2 episodes, before regularly airing new episodes on September 8.

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