Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings

Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings is a British children's animated series about the adventures of a young boy named Simon, who has a magic blackboard.[1] Things that Simon draws on the chalkboard become real in the Land of Chalk Drawings, which Simon can enter by climbing over a fence near his home with a ladder. The stories often revolve around the unintended effects that Simon's drawings have on the Land of Chalk Drawings, such as when an upset Simon draws a picture of his angry self, which goes on a rampage.

Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings
GenreChildren's television
Created byEdward McLachlan
Written byGlyn Frewler
Directed byIvor Wood
Narrated byBernard Cribbins
Theme music composerMike Batt
ComposerMike Batt
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes24
EditorHelen Kelsey
Running time5 minutes
Production companyFilmFair
Original networkThames Television
Audio formatMonaural
Original release1974 (1974) –
1976 (1976)

The programme is based upon a series of four children's books by Edward McLachlan. It was produced in the mid-1970s by FilmFair Productions in London for Thames Television, and was originally a five-minute programme, broadcast around tea time in Britain. It also became familiar to American audiences in the mid-1970s when it was featured on Captain Kangaroo (where it was narrated by Bob Keeshan instead of Bernard Cribbins), later on Pinwheel, and after that, on Romper Room. In Canada, it aired on TVOntario. The performer of the theme song is unknown, as his/her name is not mentioned in the credits.

In 2002 the series was remade in Canada, with Ernie Coombs as the narrator.

Original episodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

Series Episodes First aired Last aired
1 12 1974 1975
2 12 1975 1976

Series 1Edit



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1 1 "Simon Meets Henry"
2 2 "Simon Meets the Teacher and the Children"
3 3 "Simon and the Chalk Drawing Band"
4 4 "Simon and the Moon Rocket (part one)"
5 5 "Simon and the Moon Rocket (part two)"
6 6 "Simon and the Caveman"
7 7 "Simon and the Sea"
8 8 "Simon and the Chameleon"
9 9 "Simon's Double"
10 10 "Simon and the Elephant"
11 11 "Simon and the Football Match"
12 12 "Simon and the Return Match"

Series 2Edit



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13 1 "Simon and the Early Morning"
14 2 "Simon and the Chalk Drawing Cars"
15 3 "Simon and the Dinosaur"
16 4 "Simon and the Knight"
17 5 "Simon and the Rainbow"
18 6 "Simon and the Pied Piper"
19 7 "Simon and the Robot"
20 8 "Simon and the Measles"
21 9 "Simon and the Flags"
22 10 "Simon and the Chalk Drawing Sports Day"
23 11 "Simon and the Pop Singer"
24 12 "Simon and the Detective"

2002 revivalEdit

Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings
GenreChildren's television
Country of originCanada
Original languagesEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes13 (65 shorts)
Running time5 minutes
Production companiesCINAR Corporation
Shanghai Animation Film Studio
Original networkTeletoon
OTV (Shanghai Media Group)
Original release2 September (2002-09-02)[2] –
18 September 2002 (2002-09-18)[3]

A new series premiered in 2002 on Teletoon in Canada with a new theme song, an updated and more casual outfit for Simon, a different colour scheme and narrated by Ernie Coombs (in his final role; in a tragic subnote, he would suffer an ultimately-fatal stroke while recording his last sessions for the show[citation needed]). It was co-produced by Cinar Animation and Shanghai Animation Film Studio and directed by Francois Perreault. Simon's friend Henry is replaced with a girl named Lily. In this new version, Simon wears a striped T-shirt, shorts, and sneakers.


The series was later parodied on NBC's Saturday Night Live by Mike Myers.[4] The sketches open with the same musical theme and lyrics, but take place in Simon's bathtub, where he shows and discusses his "drawerings" with viewers.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sheridan, Simon (2004). The A-Z of Classic Children's Television: From Alberto Frog to Zebedee. Reynolds & Hearn Ltd. pp. 230–232. ISBN 1903111277.
  2. ^ "Fall 2002 Highlights: Teletoon" (Press release). Toronto: Teletoon. Channel Canada. 28 August 2002. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Television Program Logs". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2 March 2016.[dead link] Alt URL
  4. ^ O'Connell, Mark (2017). Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional Twenty-First-Century Weddings. Skyhorse. ISBN 9781510711525.

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