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Nanalan: We All Love Our Nana!

Updated on January 31, 2013

All About The TV Puppet Show Nanalan

Nanalan is a childrens' show that is broadcast in Canada on the CBC as well as on PBS in the United States. Parts of the show also air on Fox Kids UK.

The show's main character is a three-year-old girl named Mona. Each episode begins with Mona's mother dropping her off at her Nana's (grandmother's) house in the morning and ends with her arrival to pick Mona up to go home at the end of the day. In the meantime, Mona, Nana and Russell (Nana's dog) spend the day exploring, learning, visiting Mr. Wooka (Nana's neighbor) and playing in the back yard and in Nana's house.

Created by the puppet troupe, The Grogs, Nanalan's target audience is preschool children and is "designed to foster children's curiosity and love of learning, with the hope they will carry it with them as they grow."

The show began airing in 2003 and was nominated in 2004 for three Gemini Awards:

Best Performance in a Pre-School Program or Series;

Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series;

and Best Pre-School Program or Series.

Nanalan won Best writing and Best performance, an award shared by Jamie Shannon, Jason Hopley, Todd Doldersum, Ali Eisner and Martin Stelnick.

Several compilation DVDs of the show and a CD of musical highlights are also available. My favorite is the song "We All Love Our Nana."

Mona

This is Mona. She's 3-years-old and every day she goes to her Nana's house while her mother goes to work.

Feed The Squirrel

Mona feeds a nut to a squirrel in the yard. The look on her face when she looks back at Nana is priceless.

Why Is Nanalan So Much Fun?

In each episode, Mona learns new things from her Nana. Her Nana reads her stories, they sing songs with her (sometimes with Mr Wooka), Nana plays with Mona and encourages her to try to do things by herself and supports Mona's efforts and when she successfully does accomplish things. Mona's Nana just loves her unconditionally, and her Nana tries to create an environment that would bring out the best in any preschooler.

What is particularly enjoyable about Nanalan?

  • Well, there's Nana! She loves having fun, and encourages Mona to to have fun herself. She gets Mona to sing songs and teaches her new stuff everyday
  • Russell ~ just being Russell. Nana's dog is just a fun puppy who is always by Mona's side, doing the fun things a puppy does (and getting into trouble when he does them).
  • Mr Wooka ~ Nana's elderly neighbor welcomes Mona, Nana and Russell over to his house just about every day for hilarious puppet shows and songs.

Mona's has an unending curiosity and her wonderment about everything that happens at Nana's house are sure to bring a smile to the face of all as she sees the world for the first time.

Mona's Picture

Mona is drawing a picture for her Nana, but won't let her see it until it is done.

Nanalan' Episode Guide

Puppet | Sneeze | Free | Birdsong | Purple Juice | Home | Big Girl | Chipmunk in the House | Chirp | Sunshine | Lollipop | Hummingbird | Rainy Day | Love | Snow | Bye Bye | Play Day | Hooray for You | Smelly Smells | Brownies | Hootenanny | Under My Wing | Sick as a Dog | Nanalympics | Spring | Bee Sting | Purple Monster | Bubbles | Helpful Girl | Pumpkin | Russell Did It | Mud Puddle | Camp Wooka | Toad and Budgie | Mona a Go-Go | New Friends | Treasure | Night Night Nana | 123 Apple Tree | Windy Day | Soft as Nana | Winter Wonderland | Four-Part Harmony

Over The Fence

Russell jumps over the fence and Mona helps he get back home.

Nanalan On Amazon Search

You can pick up Nanalan' DVDs which are available from Amazon.com. These are fun, short shows that are great for pre-schoolers.

Birdy

Lollipop

Mona is sitting in the back yard enjoying a lollipop and Russell is insisting he get a chance to try it too.

Nanalan Scarf

Don't Cry

Raking Leaves

Nana is raking up the leaves in the backyard and Mona wants to help.

Bubbles

We All love Our Nana

This is the excellent version of the song from Nanalan called We All Love Our Nana and we get a peek at some of the puppeteers behind the show.

Nanalan on eBay

Here's a quick guide to what Nanalan DVDs are available on eBay so you won't have to search. If you want more information, just click on the item. You are under no obligation to buy the DVD, but if you can find out more information about the seller and a fuller description of what is included with the DVD.

This is such a cute little show, perfect for any pre-schooler.

What Do You Think About Nanalan?

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      RickMM 3 years ago

      This is far and away the BEST pre-school kids show I have ever seen. It is utterly amazing-the writing, the production, everything about it! The innocence of its story line and characters and the detailed creativity of the puppeteers is absolutely amazing, fabulous, genius!! Makes me wish I had little ones at home. What a blessed production!! Here in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana on Mt PBS. It even takes me away sometimes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would love to know where to get a cd as well.. I have some of the old DVDS and have been on the lookout for the nanalan doll for quite some time (back when there was an official page for the show, there was a small "coming soon" ad with a picture of a doll but as far as I know it never happened. Sigh, seriously, anyone know where to get the cd? Please let me know sometime.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My kids are BIG fans, but nothing compared to my wife! My wife is a physician, and after long hours at the hospital, Nanaland is her medicine. I think she literally goes there watching the show, and the TV is reserved from 7:30 to 8. :-) Go Nanaland! (And we'd like to be able to get a CD of the music too.)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love NanaLan' and I would love a music CD from the show.

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      mamazakka 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Debbie - you're saying it's back on tv?!!! I'm off to find it!!! (omgoodness!!!) (Where do you live? What network is it on? It's the episodes with Mr Wooka that are our/my favorites too - the 1/2 hr long ones, not the nickolodeon short ones...oh a glimmer of hope!!! Thank you!)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My 5 year old granddaughter and I watch it every chance we get it is such a cute show. I was reading some critics talking about the mistakes and such. I think that is what makes it more charming. We love Mr. Wooka and his puppet show/

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      mamazakka 6 years ago

      I really REALLY miss sharing these shows with my kids. Nana is such a sweet Gramma, but kinda no-nonsense too. There's the routine of the day, drop-off, lunchtime, playtime, and visits with the next-door neighbor (Mr Wooka) who happens to be a puppeteer/hobbiest. And then It's like a meta-puppetland, with puppets inside of puppets (wonderful). It's beautiful, it's calm, it's peaceful and lovely. It's really really good TV.

      I am referring to the 1/2 hour episodes - I fell in love with Nanalan' in 2002/3 when it was on Canadian TV at a reasonable hour (10:30am I think) and then stopped watching when it was moved to 6am on Sundays...and now it's just GONE. Heck, I'd buy a TVO now if it meant my kids and I could see it again. It is my understanding that Mr Wooka is not in the earlier episodes that were 5 min long and aired on Nickelodeon. I really really would buy the whole series if I could figure out which DVD's were the 1/2 hr shows that were made for PBS and CBC ...if any... I suspect that the 1/2 hr shows have not yet been released for public sale. Unfortunately, all of the above Amazon and eBay links are for the Nic 5 min episodes.

      If anyone knows differently, please say!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      does anyone know if they sell the 30 minute episode dvds anywhere or how i can obtain them?

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      Bradshaw LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: It is usually shown in Canada really, really early. I don't know if it is being shown elsewhere any more.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      our family loves this show but have not seen it on pbs for a few years now...what happened?

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      Bradshaw LM 6 years ago

      @poutine: I didn't know about it til I watched it at my little niece's request. It really is too cute lol.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Never heard of this cute little show before.

      Thanks for letting us know about it.