A moose and a beaver, the charter leaders of a kid's educational club learn about the world.
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Alex Laurier Alex Laurier ...  Moose 1 episode
Martin Short ...  Smokey the Hare 1 episode
Nikki Tilroe Nikki Tilroe ...  Beaver 1 episode
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This series follows the adventures of the charter leaders of the Children's Underground Club of United Moose and Beaver for Enthusiastic Reporters, Moose and Beaver. Through these two animals' misadventures with strange visitors to their home and the various places they themselves visit, they help kids learn about science and other subjects. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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3 January 2008 | by prosebankSee all my reviews

The Martin Short rabbit character was a one-off. Episodes would have a guest star, and on the "Ecology" episode, Martin played "Smokey the Hare".

Moose was played by Alex Laurier (who'd won Best Actor at the Sears Drama Festival while he was a student at Pickering District High School, during the 1950s. There's a photo of him and his cast-mates in one of my dad's PDHS yearbooks). Beaver was played by Nikki Tilroe, who also played The Mime, on the later TVO series "Today's Special".

The TVO show with the "talking shoes" was "Readalong". Several puppets from it (Boot, Pretty & Granny) now reside in the Museum of Civilization, in Ottawa, Canada.

TVO could really make a killing by releasing DVDs of some of their classic in-house shows from the 1970s & early 1980s---sort of like our own version of the "Sesame Street Old School" sets. They could include "Cucumber", "Readalong", "Calling All Safety Scouts", "Today's Special", "Write On", "Guess What", "Math Patrol", "Parlez-Moi", "Report Canada", "What If", "Eureka", "Bits & Bytes"...

It's really sad that the CRTC caved in to pressure from broadcasters to include news in their mandated quota of locally produced programming. As soon as the CRTC did that, broadcasters quickly began phasing out production of all local programming other than news. Today, even the big networks buy most of their shows from independent producers, because it's cheaper.


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