|Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse was first released to the U.S. September 30, 2000 as part of an umbrella package called PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch. The series was packaged in a three-hour block along with Timothy Goes to School, George Shrinks, Corduroy, Elliot Moose, and Seven Little Monsters. PBS trimmed the three-hour block to a two-hour version, discarding Corduroy and Elliot Moose in late September 2001.
PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch aired for the last time on Labor Day weekend 2004, and all PBS rights to Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse went with it.
When 9 year old Eddy takes a summer job working at Fast Talkin' Jack's Carnival, he makes fast friends with the crew of the show and is as happy as a clam to learn that he can talk to the animal stars! The animals quickly become his closest friends and his partners in figuring out just how one navigates this big bad world of ours. Eddy's first and best friend at the Carnival is Marvin - a gentle, funny and very talented horse who can dance to beat the band! Marvin left the carnival once for a successful run on Broadway, but soon discovered that the fame and money didn't bring him the happiness he had back at the carnival and so he returned to his friends. Marvin is a born storyteller, and Eddy loves to sit and listen to Marvin's tales of is adventures in show-business.
Marvin loves to hang out with his carnival friends: Eddy, the 9-year-old who took a summer job under the "Big Top," Diamonds the Elephant, Elizabeth the Emotional Pig and Stripes the Tiger. It's easy to see why he's their leader: Marvin's stable, logical, sensitive and caring. And he has one love in the world: dancing. Marvin LOVES to dance. Tap-dance, in fact! Now that's something you don't want to miss.
About the Author:
Betty and Michael Paraskevas are the mother and son duo behind Monster Beach, The Tangerine Bear and 15 other well-read books for young children. The talented team joined Nelvana's growing production slate in 1999 as the co-creators of Marvin The Tap-Dancing Horse and Maggie and the Ferocious Beast.