|"Look around you.
There are many things to see,
That some would say could never be..."
Based on the world-famous children's books The Gnomes and The Secret of the Gnomes, by Dutch authors Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen, this European import was relatively unchanged when it came to the States. The voices were now American (including Tom Bosley, Happy Days' Mr. Cunningham), but the enchanted tales of the Gnome family and their enemies, the Trolls, retained their animation style, which resembled the lush illustrations of the original books.
David, the patriarch of the Gnome clan, was something of a pacifist, since he usually avoided trouble rather than put up a fight. This wasn't an attitude of cowardice, but rather a faith in Gnome and Troll-kind. He was convinced that goodness would eventually prevail, and he was determined to do his part.
This 26-episode series came to the U.S. airwaves in 1987, running weekdays on Nickelodeon, and was later rebroadcast in 1996 on The Learning Channel. It was narrated by Christopher Plummer, of The Sound of Music and The Insider fame.
"And if your heart is true,
Then you will find them, too.
In every wish and dream and happy home,
You will find the kingdom of the Gnomes."