Elinor Wonders Why

Elinor Wonders Why is a Canadian-American animated television series created by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson. The show premiered on September 7, 2020 on PBS Kids.[1]

Elinor Wonders Why
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Created byJorge Cham
Daniel Whiteson
StarringMarkeda McKay
Wyatt White
Juan Chioran
Dan Darin-Zanco
Eric Khou
Maria Nash
Shoshana Sperling
Nicole Stamp
Paul Bates
Theme music composerJorge Cham
Daniel Whiteson
Opening theme"Elinor Wonders Why Theme" by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson, performed by Markeda McKay
Ending theme"Elinor Wonders Why Theme" (instrumental)
ComposersAsher Lenz
Stephen Skratt
Country of originCanada[citation needed]
United States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes45
Executive producersJorge Cham
Daniel Whiteson
Luis Lopez
Juan Lopez
ProducerMarissa Collyer
Running time25 minutes
Production companiesPipeline Studios
Shoe Ink
Original networkPBS
PBS Kids
CBC Kids
Original releaseSeptember 7, 2020 (2020-09-07) –


The exploration-themed show encourages children to follow their curiosity, ask questions when they don't understand, and find answers using science inquiry skills. The main character Elinor, the most observant and curious bunny rabbit in Animal Town just north of Natural Forest, CA, introduces children ages 3-6 to science, nature and community through adventures with her friends Olive and Ari. Each episode includes two 11-minute animated stories plus interstitial content where Elinor and her classmates enjoy either Señor Tapir singing about famous nature explorers or Ms. Mole reading stories.[2]



  • Elinor (voiced by Markeda McKay) - A white bunny with an inquisitive nature.
  • Ari (voiced by Wyatt White) - A funny and imaginative light brown bat who is a picky eater.
  • Olive (voiced by Maria Nash) - An elephant calf who is obsessed with bananas.
  • Ranger Rabbit (voiced by Lisette St. Louis) - Elinor's mom.
  • Mr. Rabbit (voiced by Colin Doyle) - Elinor's dad.
  • Ms. Mole (voiced by Shoshana Sperling) - A brown mole who is Elinor's teacher and wears glasses.


  • Olive's Mom (voiced by Ana Sani)
  • Senor Tapir (voiced by Juan Chioran) - A tapir who sings about famous explorers and inventors during interstitials.
  • Mr. Raccoon (voiced by Dan Darin-Zanco) - A raccoon who runs a bakery.
  • Rollie (voiced by Eric Khou) - An armadillo who is one of Elinor, Ari, and Olive's classmates.
  • Ms. Llama (voiced by Nicole Stamp) - A llama who owns the fruit cart.
  • Mr. Dog (voiced by Paul Bates) - A dog who loves to bury his stuff in the ground.
  • Tito Mouse (voiced by Leo Orgil) - A mouse who is one of Elinor, Ari, and Olive's classmates.
  • Mr. Bat (voiced by Raoul Bhaneja) - Ari's Dad.
  • Mr. Lion (voiced by Kevin Dennis)
  • Koa (voiced by Ian Ho) - A brown quokka who is one of Elinor, Ari, and Olive's classmates.
  • Camilla (voiced by Norah Adams) - A camel who is a friend of Elinor, Ari, and Olive.
  • Ms. Llama (voiced by Nicole Stamp)
  • Sally Beaver (voiced by Royal Goodfellow) - A beaver who is one of Elinor, Ari, and Olive's classmates.
  • Mary and Lizzie Goat (voiced by Abigail and Grace Oliver) - Twin goat girls who are Elinor, Ari, and Olive's classmates.
  • Alejandro Possum (voiced by Sergio Di Zio)
  • Silas (voiced by Callum Shoniker) - A cheetah who is one of Elinor, Ari, and Olive's classmates.
  • Baba and Bibi (voiced by George Buza and Linda Kash) - Elinor's grandparents who live in Desert Town.
  • Deputy Mouse (voiced by Ron Pardo)
  • Ms. Beaver (voiced by Diane Saleme)
  • Farmer Bear (voiced by Ellen Dublin)
  • Mrs. Tiger (voiced by Ella Jones Farlinger) - The mayor of Animal Town.
  • Ms. Bat (voiced by Shoshana Sperling) Ari's Mom.
  • Mr. Hamster (voiced by Cliff Saunders)
  • Siggy (voiced by Simon Pirso)
  • Lola (voiced by Elana Dunkelman)
  • Mr. Beaver (voiced by Mike Petersen)
  • Mr. Hippo (voiced by Derek McGrath)
  • Mrs. Hippo (voiced by TBA)
  • Mr. Bear (voiced by TBA)
  • Ms. Bear (voiced by TBA)
  • Mr. Antelope (voiced by Eddie Glen)
  • Hazel (voiced by TBA)


No.Title [3]Directed byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code [3]
1"Hiding In Plain Sight
Owl Girl"
Kevin MicallefTom Berger
Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
September 7, 2020 (2020-09-07)102
2"Backyard Soup
Colorful and Tasty"
Kevin MicallefJorge Cham & Daniel WhitesonSeptember 7, 2020 (2020-09-07)113
3"The Amazing Expandable Clubhouse
The Town Picnic"
Kevin MicallefKatherine Sandford
Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
September 8, 2020 (2020-09-08)101
4"The Science of Staying Warm
The Seed of an Idea"
Kevin Micallef
Kevin Micallef & Joey So
Miklos Perlus
Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
September 9, 2020 (2020-09-09)103
5"The House That Ants Built
Special Places"
Kevin MicallefAdam Ruben
Rachel Lipman
September 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)104
6"The Tomato Drop
Look What I Can Do"
Kevin MicallefKaren Moonah
Dave Dias
September 14, 2020 (2020-09-14)105
7"The Lizard Lounge
Kevin MicallefJorge Cham & Daniel WhitesonSeptember 15, 2020 (2020-09-15)106
8"Bird Song
No Need to Shout"
Kevin MicallefJorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
Kate Barris
September 16, 2020 (2020-09-16)107
9"Ms. Mole's Glasses
Elinor Stops the Squish"
Kevin MicallefRachel Lipman
Karen Moonah
July 13, 2020 (2020-07-13) (PBS Kids Video)
September 17, 2020 (2020-09-17)
10"Speed Racer
One of These Goats"
Kevin MicallefAdam Ruben
Kate Barris
September 21, 2020 (2020-09-21)109
11"Leave It to Ari
Snow Friend"
Kevin MicallefJorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
Katherine Sandford
September 22, 2020 (2020-09-22)111
12"Wind in the Web
The Pokey Plant"
Kevin MicallefJorge Cham & Daniel WhitesonSeptember 23, 2020 (2020-09-23)112
13"Bubble House
The Syrup Tree"
Kevin MicallefKatherine Sandford
Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
September 28, 2020 (2020-09-28)114
14"The Paper Trail
Bath Time"
Kevin MicallefKaren Moonah
Adam Ruben
September 29, 2020 (2020-09-29)115
15"Make Music Naturally
Light the Way"
Kevin MicallefKate Barris
Tom Berger
November 2, 2020 (2020-11-02)116
16"These Sneezes
Ari's Lucky Shirt"
Kevin MicallefDave Dias
Michael Foulke
November 9, 2020 (2020-11-09)117
17"Follow That Roly Poly
Rain, Rain Don't Go Away"
Kevin MicallefKatherine Sandford
Rachel Lipman
November 16, 2020 (2020-11-16)118
18"Water You Doing?
Thinking About Blinking"
Kevin MicallefKate Barris
Paul Moncrieffe
November 23, 2020 (2020-11-23)119
19"Feed the Birds
Señor Tapir Says Adios"
20"Butterfly Babies
Elinor's Circus"
TBARosemary Mosco
Karen Moonah
March 1, 2021 (2021-03-01)120
21"Zig Zag Plant
Butterfly Drinks"
TBATBAMarch 2, 2021 (2021-03-02)121
22"Frozen Fish
Pirate Treasure"
TBATBAMarch 3, 2021 (2021-03-03)122
23"Burrowing Owl Girl
Olive's Tree"
TBATBAMarch 4, 2021 (2021-03-04)123
24"Speedy Swimming
Strawberry Jam"
TBAKatherine Sandford
Rosemary Mosco
25"To Bee or Not to Bee
Turtle Crossing"
26"Big Trees
Baby Steps"
27"Follow Your Nose
Leaf Charms[4]"
Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
28"A Change of Art
29"The Unsinkable Lynx
Rocky the Rock"
30"Echo Location
Ears to You"
31"Olive's Library
Nature Walk"
TBAJorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
Katherine Sandford
32"Butterfly Library
More Than One Right Way"
33"Underground Soup
Dandy Dandelions"
34"A Moth Mystery
Just Peachy"
35"A Garden for All
Band of Explorers"
36"The Little Drummer
Rest is Best"
37"Elinor's Fishy Friend
Do the Crane Dance"
38–40"A Wonderful Journey"TBATBATBA138-140


Development of the show began in 2017, when Cham and Whiteson were approached by PBS. PBS found Cham's comic, Piled Higher and Deeper, online and asked if he was interested in pitching to them. "I reached out to Daniel, and what inspires us beyond science is our children," Cham recalled. "They are curious, and it motivated us to create the show."[6] Cham cites Pogo and Calvin and Hobbes as inspiration for the show's visual design, which he described as "something that felt natural and calming, as opposed to overloaded or frenetic."[2]

The character of Elinor was inspired by Cham's own daughter, Elinor.[1] Cham said "She was about 4, which is just at that perfect age where she really does wonder why, all the time. Any answer you give her, she’ll (have) a follow-up question, another why."[7] Cham and Whiteson went with animals as the show's characters to make them "appealing but also relatable at the same time", and to "highlight their range of skills and abilities."[1]


The series premiered on PBS Kids in the United States on September 7, 2020, as a sneak peek by showing the first 2 episodes, before regularly airing new episodes on September 8.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Rocque, Starr Rhett (2020-09-07). "How a physicist and a robotics engineer created 'Elinor Wonders Why' to teach young kids science". Fast Company. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  2. ^ a b Murphy, Jackson (2020-09-10). "INTERVIEW: "Elinor Wonders Why" Creators on New PBS Program". Animation Scoop. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  3. ^ a b "ELINOR WONDERS WHY Episode Descriptions". pressroom.pbs.org. 2020-06-26. Retrieved 2020-09-23.
  4. ^ "Digital Lesson Leaf Hunt!". PBS Learning Media. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Digital Lesson Litterbug Clean Up". PBS Learning Media. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  6. ^ Gomez, Adrian (2020-09-01). "PBS show by NM grad premieres next week". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  7. ^ Hughes, Mike (2020-09-07). "Wonder-ful Elinor sparks new cartoon series". Mike Hughes On TV. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  8. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (May 29, 2019). "PBS KIDS Announces 'Elinor Wonders Why' for Fall. 2020". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2020-06-05.

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