A children's musical show that aired on PBS in the mid 80s. The show opened with a theme song about mrs. Cabobble that folded a toy train that ran through the fictional neighborhood she ... See full summary »

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 Mrs. Cabobble
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A children's musical show that aired on PBS in the mid 80s. The show opened with a theme song about mrs. Cabobble that folded a toy train that ran through the fictional neighborhood she loved in. Mrs. Cabobbles live in a red caboose along with many other character and neighbors. Talking furniture and friends from around her neighborhood helped her teach children about music.

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I remember it well!
28 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I would watch ol' Fran Powell when I was well into my twenties on this show called "Mrs. Cabobble's Caboose" on PBS.

Sexual connotations about that title aside, I would doubt that she appealed to small children in any way shape or form. Her songs weren't fun, she may have been a friendly woman.

Her best bet would have been to have actually had children appear on the show for her to interact with.

'Mrs. Cabobble' was in a dark set, very low budget in a studio. Her friends were another real person who seemed to be a traveling salesman fellow whose name I can't recall, in an exaggerated costume with a top hat.

Truthfully, he was a bit creepy.

There would be puppets too. Monica Moose and a dog and I think the pot bellied stove spoke too.

Small children may have fond memories of this show I suppose.

But the standout was the opening and closing credits of a very cartoonish but artistically enhancing miniature train making its way through a mountain countryside as the locals and trees and animals all stood around.

The people and animals were wired to move (wave an arm, bob a head, etc) and it was all fantastically enticing.

The one amazing image from the intro was a woman with a scarf wrapped around her head who was standing in the foreground and the train traveled behind her. She is in profile and her arm is wired to wave. She is very cartoonish looking but the artist, bless his heart, cut her out with an enormous bosom.

It may not have been so noticeable had she not been standing so close to the front, but alas, there she is, for all small eyes to observe.

Later she would be cut from the opening and closing credits.

"Clickety clack, clickety clack, something and something down the track, . .. "

And i remember the Halloween Scary mary the Witch song too.


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