The Adventures of Snelgrove Snail (partially found Canadian puppet TV series; 1979-1980)

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Cover of the TV series.

Status: Partially Found

The Adventures of Snellgrove Snail is a 1979 Canadian puppet TV series.[1] This series was created by D.W. Reid Film Company and was voiced by Helene Buwalda, Joyce Clarke, and Barrie McLean.[2] It originally debuted in Canada on CHCH-TV from September 22, 1979 until at least April 5, 1980[3][4], but it also aired in New Zealand on TVNZ and United States on syndication.[5] The series follows the underwater village of Snailsville and its gastropod inhabitants.[6]

On June 12, 2018, a YouTube user going by the name AH2 AH2 uploaded two eight-minute low-quality recordings of two segments from the show, being "Nose for News" and "The Truth About Gossip." A poster on eBay reveals that there were a total of 130 half-hour episodes made, as well as 10 half-hour specials. On August 17, 2018, LMW user Spacegerbil got into contact with the head puppeteer and puppet builder for the show, Tom Vandenberg, who unfortunately could not provide much information on the show.

On August 23th, 2018, user TropesAreDangerous uploaded a VHS release titled "Too Many Cooks Snelgrove Snail" under YouTube username TheBoss and to the Internet Archive. This tape runs for 24 minutes and contains the segments "Too Many Cooks," "The Truth About Gossip," and "Nose for News," at roughly 8 minutes each. This reveals that the half-hour episodes were actually pieced together from multiple segments and that the existing segments for "The Truth About Gossip" and "Nose For News" were complete. It is not known whether segments were reused for different episodes, or if each episode had all unique segments. If the segments are all unique, then this could translate to 390 individual segments for the regular episodes alone. However, the format for the 130 television series programs and ten specials is currently unconfirmed.

On August 24th, 2018, TropesAreDangerous uploaded a 42 minute VHS release titled "The Undersea Adventures of Snelgrove Snail: Muddy Gras in Snailsville" to YouTube under username TheBoss and the Internet Archive. It contained the aforementioned "Muddy Gras in Snailville," which was 24 minutes and is likely one of the ten special episodes. It also contained the sequences "Act with Tact" and "Mirror up to Life."

On September 4th, 2018, TropesAre Dangerous uploaded a 24 minute (incorrectly labelled as "35 minute") VHS release titled "It Takes All Kinds" to YouTube under username TheBoss and the Internet Archive. It contained the segments "It Takes All Kinds," "Secret Admirer," and "Fishtory."

Known Segments

Title Status
Too Many Cooks Found
It Takes All Kinds Found
Act With Tact Found
Mirror Up To Life Found
The Truth About Gossip Found
Nose for News Found
Secret Admirer Found
Fishtory Found

TV Specials

Title Status
Muddy Gras in Snailsville Found
Unknown Lost
Unknown Lost
Unknown Lost
Unknown Lost
Unknown Lost
Unknown Lost
Unknown Lost
Unknown Lost
Unknown Lost


A VHS-rip of the show's opening sequence.
Poster revealing the count of episodes and specials. Courtesy of eBay seller papernostalgia).