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Encyclopedia > The World of David the Gnome
The World of David the Gnome
Format Animated series
Starring Tom Bosley
Jane Woods
A.J. Henderson
Barbara Pogenmiller
Richard Dumont
Adrian Knight
Rob Roy
Marc Denis
Narrated by Christopher Plummer
Ending theme "David" (England)
Country of origin  Spain
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Claudio Biern Boyd
Running time 23 minutes (approx.)
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon (United States)
Original run 19851995
External links
IMDb profile

The World of David the Gnome (Spanish: David el Gnomo) is an animated television series based on the children's books The Gnomes and The Secret Book of Gnomes, by the Dutch author Wil Huygen and illustrator Rien Poortvliet. The program was originally created in Spain by BRB Internacional (who were also responsible for the Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds franchise) with animation by Canadian studio Cinar (now Cookie Jar Entertainment), titled David el Gnomo, and retains a sense of the lush illustrations of the original books. Twenty-six episodes were produced. There was also a spin-off series entitled Wisdom of the Gnomes. An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Thomas Edward Bosley (born October 1, 1927) is an American actor. ... Adrian Knight is a Canadian actor who was the voice actor for the character Tao in the English version of the animated series The Mysterious Cities of Gold. ... Rob Roy can mean different things: Rob Roy is a colloquial name for Scottish hero Robert Roy MacGregor, who has been described as the Scottish Robin Hood. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... This article is about the TV channel. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1985. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1995. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... The Secret Book of Gnomes was a series of books designed for children. ... Gnomes 30th Anniversary Edition from Harry N. Abrams, Inc. ... Rien Poortvliet (August 7, 1932 – September 15, 1995) was a Dutch painter. ... BRB Internacional is a Spanish animation studio which is best known for producing 1980s cartoon hits such as Around the World with Willy Fog, Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds and The World of David the Gnome. ... Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds is a cartoon version of the classic Alexandre Dumas story of DArtagnan and The Three Musketeers. ... The Cookie Jar Company (formerly Cinar Inc. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... An animated series produced by Spanish company BRB Internacional about Gnomes. ...


The World of David the Gnome was narrated by Christopher Plummer, of The Sound of Music and The Insider fame. For United States viewers, the voice of David the Gnome was redubbed with the voice of Tom Bosley, and features an original opening theme song which is repeated in the end credits (mostly instrumental except for the finale). This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Rodgers and Hammersteins The Sound of Music is a 1965 film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews in the lead role. ... The Insider is a 1999 film which tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand. ... Thomas Edward Bosley (born October 1, 1927) is an American actor. ...


David the Gnome came to United States television in 1987, running weekdays on the Nickelodeon cable channel, and was part of the fledgling Nick Jr. lineup when that was created shortly thereafter until 1995. It was also broadcast on The Learning Channel from September 30, 1996 until late 1998. The series is still frequently shown on weekday mornings on Irish channel RTÉ Two as of 2006. In Australia, it has aired on ABC, as well as the Australian branch of Nickelodeon, again as part of the Nick Jr. lineup. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the TV channel. ... Nick Jr. ... TLC is a cable TV network in the US and Canada, that carries a variety of informational and reality-based programming. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... RTÉ Two (Irish: RTÉ a Dó) (known from 1988 to 2004 as Network 2, RTÉ Network Two, RTÉ2 or N2) is Irelands second-oldest television channel, operated by Irish state broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ...

Contents

Content of the series

The life of the gnomes

The series presents the gnomes as a kind species, of 15 centimeters of height, and between 250 and 300 grams of weight. According to their habitat, different types of gnomes are distinguished: the ones of the forest, the ones of the garden, the ones of the farm, the ones of the house, the ones of the dunes, and those of Siberia. A gnome's lifespan is exactly 400 years.


They live in pairs in comfortable caves or holes under trees, in the company of a pair of mice and a cricket. Their diet is vegetarian; they only eat natural products. They are helped by the animals of the forest when traveling long distances or when they need to arrive quickly at a specific location. Gnomes work in various ways to repair the damage caused by humans. They also have the power of telepathy. Telepathy, from the Greek τῆλε, tele, remote; and πάθεια, patheia, to be effected by, describes the hypothetical transfer of information on thoughts or feelings between individuals by means other than the five classical senses. ...


Their main enemies are the trolls, malevolent and clumsy creatures who always make trouble for the other inhabitants of the forest.


Educational value

The series does much to encourage children to treat the environment with respect. The first episode begins with real images of contamination and destruction, contrasted later with the anti-materialism and pacifism of the gnomes. It has been suggested that Affluenza be merged into this article or section. ... Pacifism is the opposition to war or violence as a means of settling disputes or gaining advantage. ...


During the series, different animals are shown and information is given on their behavior and customs, which is usually well documented. The same thing happens with the medical situations David is faced with.


A lesson in the initial credits of each episode reminds us that nobody is better by being bigger.


The series ends with David and his wife turning into trees it is a methaphor for death.


The characters

  • David - A gnome of the forest, David is 399 years old, making him the oldest gnome around (since no gnome lives more than 400 years), although he is in good health. David is a doctor, and he uses his knowledge of many fields, such as hypnosis and acupuncture, to heal his patients, usually animals, such as his faithful friend Swift the fox, or other gnomes. David also befriends a bird that, when he whistles, immediately arrives to quickly transport him to wherever it is necessary. For longer trips, he sometimes travels in a basket attached to the neck of the bird.
  • Lisa - Lisa is David's wife and companion and is the same age as him. Together they have two children, Lily and Harold. David's wife is in charge of the household, although she occasionally accompanies him and helps him in his diverse adventures.
  • Swift - David's best friend, Swift lives in the forest and is always available to transport David to wherever he is required. He is characterized by his speed.
  • The Trolls - In the series there are four trolls who constantly try to bother the gnomes. Their names are Pit, Pat and Pot, in addition to Holler, who is the only one able to think. They have some supernatural powers, but they also have a weakness: direct exposure to sun light turns them into stone.

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Voices of the Characters

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Sequels

After the success of the initial series, the same producers created a spin-off called Wisdom of the Gnomes (1987). In this series, the protagonist is a gnome called Klaus, a judge who travels with his assistant Dani to solve disputes. An animated series produced by Spanish company BRB Internacional about Gnomes. ...


Other sequels, both in serial and movie form, were The Great Adventure of the Gnomes (1995), The Gnomes in the Snow (1999) and The Fantastic Adventures of the Gnomes (2000).


Regional releases

"David the Gnome" is the first Nickelodeon show to have books and videos released by ABC. There has been a DVD release in the United Kingdom by Revelation Films which is available for purchase on Amazon.co.uk.


External links

Formerly Broadcast Animated Nickelodeon Shows of the 1980s
Channels on the Nickelodeon Network: TV Land | Nick Too | Nick GAS | Nicktoons Network | Noggin / The N
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Bananaman | DangerMouse | Belle and Sebastian | Star Trek: The Animated Series | The Adventures of The Little Prince | The Smurfs | Mysterious Cities of Gold | Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea | Adventures of the Little Koala | Heathcliff | Jim Henson's Muppet Babies | Inspector Gadget | Maple Town | Count Duckula | The Alvin Show on Nickelodeon | Beetlejuice | Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics | Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon | Noozles | The World of David the Gnome The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... This is a list of television programs formerly and currently broadcast by the childrens cable television channel Nickelodeon. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Nick Too is a three hour delay of the popular kids network Nickeloeon for people in the west coast. ... Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids (commonly referred to as Nickelodeon GAS, Nick GAS or GAS), is a U.S. cable television network which was launched on March 1, 1999 as part of MTV Networks suite of digital cable channels. ... Nicktoons Network, once known as Nicktoons TV and simply Nicktoons, is a digital cable and satellite television network. ... Noggin is a slang term that means head. In U.S. television, Noggin is a television network for preschoolers; see Noggin (television). ... The-N is the nighttime block on Noggin for teens. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... DangerMouse is a British animated television series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films. ... Belle et Sébastien, is a series of French novels by Cécile Aubry and is about the mountain-based adventures of a young boy and his dog, a Great Pyrenees in a small village in the Pyrenees, a mountain range in France. ... Star Trek: The Animated Series is an animated science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ... The Little Prince, drawn by Saint-Exupéry himself, chapter II The Little Prince (French Le Petit Prince), published in 1943, is French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupérys most famous novel, which he wrote while staying at a hotel in New York. ... Smurf redirects here. ... “Cities of Gold” redirects here. ... Spartakus and friends Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea is the English title of the French animated series Les Mondes Engloutis (The Engulfed Worlds), also known as Shagma and Arkadia in other languages. ... Adventures of the Little Koala was a Korean cartoon show that aired on Nickelodeon dubbed in English from 1987 to 1993. ... Heathcliff is a comic strip created by George Gately in 1973 featuring an eponymous cat. ... ҉Jim Hensons Muppet Babies is an American animated television series that aired from 1984 to 1990 on CBS in first-run episodes, and then until 1992 in reruns. ... For the 1999 live-action film, see Inspector Gadget (film). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Count Duckula is a fictional character, an anthropomorphic vegetarian vampire duck in the animated television series of the same name created by British studio Cosgrove Hall, and a spin-off from DangerMouse, a show in which an evil version of the Count Duckula character was a recurring villain. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Beetlejuice is an animated television series loosely based on the Beetlejuice film, and ran from September 9, 1989 to December 6, 1991. ... Grimms Fairy Tale Classics , Grimm Masterpiece Theatre) is an anime series produced by Nippon Animation. ... Looney Tunes opening title Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theatres from 1930 to 1969. ... Noozles ), also known as The Wonderous Koala Blinky, was a 26-episode anime that was originally released in Japan in 1984, under the title Fushigi na Koara Burinkī or Blinky and Printy. ...


 
 

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