Nanalan’ (partially lost Canadian children’s TV series; 2005-late 2000s)

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The cast as they appeared in the half-hour episodes. From bottom right: Mona, Nana Bea, Mr Wooka and Russell.

Status: Partially Lost

Nanalan’ is a 1999-2004 Canadian preschool TV series created by Jamie Shannon and Jason Hopley of the Grogs, a Canadian puppetry troupe. The show ran originally as 71 three-minute interstitial shorts produced for TreehouseTV in Canada and Nick Jr. in the US, and later 43 half-hour episodes for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and PBS Kids.


The series features a unique mix of practical puppetry and 'cutouts on sticks', and stars an endlessly curious and imaginative 3-year-old toddler named Mona who is babysat each day by her adoring grandmother Nana Bea, with the help of Nana's terrier Russell.[1] The human puppets were heavily stylized toward the humorously grotesque in the distinctive Grogs style, with Mona's features consisting entirely of black button eyes, a wide mouth (often wide open) and two tiny pigtails on either side of her round head.

The shorts focused almost entirely on Mona's POV as she explores her Nana's backyard - with only occasional cameos from Nana herself at the back door - thus their dialogue consisted almost entirely of the little girl's 'baby talk', simple phrases repeated several times and usually mispronounced (hence the series title, a Mona-esque contraction of 'Nana Land'). Plots centred around Mona and her faithful but mischievous canine sidekick (whom she calls 'Russer') having small adventures and making big discoveries about the natural world around them.

Despite some older viewers finding the show's surreal appearance and dialogue unsettling, the shorts proved so popular with their target audience that Nanalan’ was developed into a half-hour series, debuting on CBC in January 2005. This iteration not only featured more elaborate, conventionally cutesy puppets and sets but noticeably upgraded Mona's verbal skills. To assist with this episode plots now included much more interaction with Nana Bea, who besides teaching the gentle life lesson of the day could interpret and confirm what her tiny granddaughter - and of course 'Russer' - were trying to say.

The show also significantly expanded on Mona's world, including a first look inside Nana's house, appearances by Mona's mother (who is essentially a larger version of Mona's puppet with more elaborate clothes and hair) and visits to Nana's next-door neighbour Mr Wooka, himself an amateur puppeteer who puts on an impromptu show in each episode. The series now also included original songs and read-along segments intercut with the main plotlines.


While most of the shorts have been found, about half the episodes of the longer series are still missing, having been removed from both the CBC and PBS official sites and not having had an official release since. Nanalan' does, however, have an official YouTube channel, which is in the process of uploading many episodes of both versions.[2]

Pre-season 1

# Episode Title Status
1 Dragonfly Found
2 Bubble Found
3 Birdy Found
4 Scarf Found
5 Don't Cry Found
6 Caterpillar Found
7 Feed the Chipmunk Found
8 Lollipops Found
9 Raking the Leaves Found
10 Flamingo Found
11 Frog Found
12 Sandbox Found
13 Over the Fence Found
14 Bee Found
15 Tube Found
16 Russell's Itch Found
17 Russell's Dinner Found
18 Russell's Balloon Found
19 Snake Found
20 Hula Hula Found
21 Spider Found
22 Butterfly Tag Found
23 The Feather Found
24 The Sneeze Found
25 Dinner Guest Found
26 Feeding the Birds Found
27 Blowing Up a Balloon Found
28 Mona Finds a Frog Found
29 The Bath Found
30 Love Found
31 Nap Swap Found
32 Pea Pod Found
33 Ouch Lost
34 Wind Found
35 Big Dog Found
36 Apple Found
37 Picnic Found
38 Birthday Found
39 New Friend Found
40 Clouds Found
41 Worm Found
42 Stretching Found
43 Potato Bug Found
44 Russell's Tongue Found
45 First Snow Found
46 Stick Found
47 Puppet Found
48 Bent Flower Found
49 Carrot Found
50 Hot Day Found
51 Nana's Fish Found
52 Dance Found
53 Snowball Found
54 Garden Gnome Found
55 Costume Party Found
56 The Secret Found
57 Out of the Pool Found
58 New Doll Found
59 Imitate Bugs Found
60 Mona Lisa Found
61 Save the Fish Lost
62 Storm Found
63 Patio Lanterns Found
64 Snow Person Found
65 Firefly Found
66 Whirlpool Found
67 Cocoon Found
68 Grey Day Found
69 Blanket Found
70 Maraca Found
71 Munk Love Found

Season 0

Episode Title Status
Inside Nana's House Found

Season 1

# Episode Title Status
1 Lollipop Found
2 Sunshine Found
3 Big Girl Found
4 Rainy Day Found
5 Free Found (cropped 4:3)
6 Purple Juice Found
7 Snow (1 | (2 | 3) Found
8 Chirp Found
9 Play Day Found
10 Goodbye Found
11 Chipmunk in the House Found
12 Hummingbird Found
13 Love Found
14 Home Found
15 Birdsong Found

Season 2

# Episode Title Status
1 Hooray for You Found
2 Smelly Smells Found
3 Brownies Found
4 Hootenanny Found
5 Under My Wing Found
6 Sick as a Dog Found
7 Nanalympics Found
8 Spring Found
9 Bee Sting Found
10 Purple Monster Found
11 Bubbles Found
12 Helpful Girl Found
13 Night Night Nana Found
14 Pumpkin Found
15 1-2-3 Apple Tree Found
16 Windy Day Lost
17 Russell Did It (Clip 1 | (Clip 2) Partially Found
18 Treasure Lost
19 Four-Part Harmony Lost
20 Soft as Nana (Clip 1 | (Clip 2) Partially Found
21 Mud Puddle (Clip 1 | (Clip 2 | Clip 3) Partially Found
22 Camp Wooka Lost
23 Toad and Budgie Lost
24 Mona a Go-Go Partially Found
25 New Friends Lost
26 Winter Wonderland Partially Found

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