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The Elephant Princess

The show follows Alex, a regular girl, or at least that's what she thinks until her 16th birthday, when a boy named Kuru and an elephant named Anala show up, and Kuru tells her that she is the heir to the throne of a land called Manjipoor. With Kuru's help, Alex defend her place on the throne against her cousin, Vashan.Tropes:

The Elephant Princess


  • Alpha Bitch: Alex's sister, Zoey, takes the prize.

  • In season 2, Veronica takes over the role.

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Alex relinquishes the throne for about 3 episodes before taking it back in the season finale

  • Big Bad Wannabe: Vashan spends Season 1 plotting to take over, arrogant with his powers, smug in how he's got it all under control, relishing being ready to take the throne...and then discovers Diva has been ten times the powerful wizard and wicked ruler he could ever hope to be and in the space of two minutes is drained of his power and locked in prison.

  • Canada Does Not Exist: A weird, Australian version. The school the kids go is possibly in Australia, but unlikely. The lack of school uniforms (extremely unusual in Australia) compounded with the unbiquitous use of lockers (which are not as widespread Down Under) and the time spent hanging around them, evokes the schools of basically any North American kids' show ever made, rather than an Aussie place of education.

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Alex

  • Cloud Cuckoolander: JB can be this at timesJB: Alex, this decision determines your future. Get it right and he's yours forever, get it wrong and- Alex: What are you talking about? Just tell me what he would want. JB: Jewelry.

  • Frothy Mugs of Water: In the second season, Alex and her friends get a gig playing at a club which apparently serves nothing but juice.

  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Alex isn't always thrilled about finding out she's a princess

  • Loyal Animal Companion: Anala to Alex

  • Magical Land: Manjipoor

  • Princesses Rule

  • Put on a Bus: The only characters from season 1 that appear in season 2 are Alex, Amanda, Kuru, Anala and Diva. Justified at least in part by the fact that Alex has moved to a different city to start university (and also not surprising given that three years elapsed between the seasons in real life).

  • Rebellious Princess: Alex

  • The Reveal: Omar is Alex's real father.

  • Diva is actually a 600-year-old sorceress who's been plotting to take over Manjipoor and using Vashan as her cover.

  • Rightful King Returns: The plot involves restoring Alex to her place on the throne

  • Shapeshifting: Alex's magic allows her to do this

  • And Diva also uses this to trick Omar into telling her where the royal crown is hidden by taking on Alex's form

  • Wham Shot: In episode 23, Vashan is gloating on his ready to take over, using magic to mess up Diva's chess game and leaves...and Diva, without even seeming to try, uses magic to set her game back, showing she's more than just some assistant.

The owners of the Sells-Floto Company, a traveling circus, left behind a big part of their show when they ended their short 1916 stint in Salt Lake City. Liberty Park Zoo, a relatively new Salt Lake Parks Department venture, relieved Sells-Floto of a 9,000-pound elephant, Princess Alice, adding her to a 275 animal inventory that had been ballooning since the zoo started in 1911. And Alice's $3,250 purchase, made with Salt Lake schoolchildren's penny and nickel donations, did come as a relief to circus owners Frederick Gilmer Bonfils and Harry Heye Tammen. The pachyderm had become a slight nuisance and Bonfils and Tammen no longer considered her fit for circus purposes. Sells-Floto said goodbye to their princess and Salt Lake City welcomed its new royal resident.

But Princess Alice would prove to be a nuisance in her new home too. In November of the first year of her reign, Liberty Park zookeepers tested her regal demeanor when they forced her to do some chores. They chained a wooden shed that needed moving to her frame and made her march. But after a few steps the building struck a tree, and, free of her burden and her chains, Princess Alice struck out, sick of laboring in the November cold. She left the park, stampeding south along the blocks between 300 and 500 East, demolishing fences and lawns along the way. At 2100 South the elephant turned east, maintaining her gait in defiance of the crowd of trainers, zookeepers, concerned citizens, and kids on her trail, and despite catching some barbwire around her neck. Alice turned south again near 900 East, stomping over vegetable gardens and picking up a collar of chicken wire. Continuing her course south and east the elephant made it all the way to the mouth of Parleys Canyon where her longtime trainer EM "Dutch" Scheider finally reached her, calming her while the other pursuers slipped chain hobbles around her ankles. The city made a parade of her slow march back to captivity. A procession of gawkers trailed Alice all the way back to Liberty Park1.

Princess Alice's escape attempt was only one manifestation of her apparent discontent. Over a year after the incident, on April 29, 1918, the elephant gave birth to her fourth calf, Prince Utah. Though Prince Utah was celebrated as the first elephant born in Utah, the joyousness of the birth was lost on Alice. She had had difficulty with calves in the past. Not one of her previous calves lived more than a few months, and Prince Utah would suffer the same fate as his deceased siblings. Princess Alice, perhaps meaning to spare her calves from a life in captivity, neglected them or actively tried to put them down herself. While with Sells-Floto, Alice attempted to crush her first-born, Baby Hutch, who lived only two months, and refused to care for Tambon and later Little Miracle, who both died within months of being born. Prince Utah died on March 14, 1919, due to injuries suffered when his mother rolled over on him.

Such behavior can't be explained, but it evidences a complexity in Princess Alice that belies her image as a simple attraction. The depth of her emotion was reportedly so great she mourned Prince Utah's death, shedding tears and trumpeting. And in 1926 she reacted strongly when her trainer, "Dutch" Scheider, was suspended, going on a 10-day hunger strike until he returned. No wonder the elephant frequently attempted escape: she knew she didn't belong in Salt Lake. Even after moving to her very own compound at the brand new Hogle Zoo at the mouth of Emigration Canyon, away from residential escape routes, Princess Alice tried to flee. In 1947 she forced open her building's doors, destroyed a steel and concrete drinking fountain and uprooted a Chinese Elm. It must have been hard for the elephant to ignore, let alone forget, that despite being animal royalty, her permanent home in Salt Lake was a compound.

The story of Alex Wilson, who learns on her 16th birthday that she is not just an average suburban girl - she's really a princess and heiress to the throne of a magical kingdom in a parallel universe. And that she has magical powers! Will she give up her rock band and comfortable life in the suburbs to become the queen of Manjipoor? If her exotic visitor Kuru and a magical elephant can't help her master her new powers soon, then everything and everyone she knows is in danger.

While the character has mostly served as a generic elephant, often voiceless, he has been named on occasion. Grover refers to him as "Stevie" in a Global Grover segment first seen in Episode 4033. In the 2004 direct-to-video special A Celebration of Me, Grover, the Elephant says his name is "Frank." By Season 38, he took on a more prominent role and was permanently named "Horatio" by writer Belinda Ward.[2]

Horatio appears briefly in Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration, addressed by name by host Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The elephant had one speaking line, exclaiming "Joe!" He was puppeteered in this instance by Tyler Bunch and voiced by Peter Linz.[3] Bunch also performed the character (suit and voice) in the cold open for Episode 5020.

Grover is a jungle photographer. "Hold still, little tsetse fly!" he says as he clicks the shutter. "Thank you. I will send you a print." He tries to find an elephant to photograph, but he never turns around in time. Finally, the elephant takes a picture of Grover for his collection.

One way to more effectively control poaching might be to assist countries in developing property rights over the elephants. According to this January 2000 study in Contemporary Economic Policy, countries with property rights systems in place over the elephants have more rapid elephant population growth rates than do those countries that have anti-poaching laws.

Reviewed by: What to Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot Jeannette Hulick Robinson, Michelle . What to Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot; illus. by Peter H. Reynolds. Dial, 2012. [32p]. ISBN 978-0-8037-3398-5 $16.99 Reviewed from galleys R 5-7 yrs. What do you do if an elephant stands on your foot? "Keep calm. Panicking will only startle it." Of course, the child explorer to whom the narrator addresses this advice immediately panics. Panicking leads to running, which brings out the tigers, which means you should be very quiet, which naturally brings on a sneeze, which sends a rhino charging after the kid, and so on and so on. The poor kid in fact does everything that the narrator advises against, leading to a passel of animal near-attacks and a very frustrated narrator. Luckily, a few monkeys swing to the rescue and save the kid, but a final admonition from the narrator to apologize to an elephant without startling it leads to . . . you guessed it, another chase. Listeners will quickly catch on to the pleasantly predictable pattern of events and enjoy the anticipation and satisfaction that every page turn brings, as the kid reacts exactly [End Page 43] the wrong (but natural) way in each new situation while the narrator's increasing vexation reaches comic proportions. Reynolds' zesty art builds both tension and slapstick humor as the child (dressed as a proper explorer with hat, multi-pocketed vest, and binoculars) sheds drops of sweat and runs in open-mouthed (but hilarious) terror and the ponderous, irritated, and sometimes hungry animals stir up clouds of dust or splashes of water in their ill-tempered pursuit. Reading this aloud will be a delight for reader and audience, and readers-aloud who aren't afraid of a little boisterous fun may want to get the kids to act this one out. 041b061a72


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