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"Elephant on the Run" is an elephant chasing-themed episode of The Backyardigans from the fourth season. This was the fifth episode on Season Four to be broadcast in the United States.

Characters

Summary

"Go animal with alternative rock as Delivery Agents Pablo and Tyrone try to bring an elephant to a wildlife sanctuary in India while avoiding unscrupulous elephant thieves!"

Plot

Pablo and Tyrone are in the backyard wearing dark shades or glasses, and they introduce themselves to the viewer as delivery agents. They sing the song "We Are Delivery Agents" as they explain their job. The backyard transforms into an Indian landscape as the two run into the grass.

They meet Park Ranger Tasha, and she tells them that their next delivery mission is to deliver a female Asian elephant to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. They take the delivery car to the train and discuss how they won't let bad guys take the package. Meanwhile, Miss Rhamaswami (Uniqua) and her assistant, Austin-Ji, plan to steal the elephant. They retrieve the elephant as they steal the delivery agents' car. Pablo and Tyrone take a jeep to catch up with the elephant.

Miss Rhamaswami and Austin-Ji get on a train, the same as Tasha. Tasha hears an elephant noise and wonders if it is her imagination. The friends sing "Havin' an Elephant as a Pet" as Miss Rhamaswami daydreams about her elephant. The delivery agents use a grappling hook to swing from their jeep to the train. They tell Miss Rhamaswami to hand over the elephant, but Austin-Ji innocently tells them that the elephant belongs to her now. Pablo says the elephant needs to be somewhere safe, but Miss Rhamaswami naively declares that the elephant is happy with her. During their conversation, the elephant escapes them all and runs off.

The four briefly pursue the elephant together. Austin-Ji marvels at how the elephant got away so easily, and Tyrone explains that it's because they have padded feet, making their footsteps quiet. Miss Rhamaswami distracts the agents, making them look to the other side. After this, Miss Rhamaswami and Austin-Ji run off as they continue their pursuit, but the elephant gets lost in a market. The delivery agents catch up with Austin-Ji and Miss Rhamaswami and try to find the elephant while singing "Elephant, Where Could You Be?". Miss Rhamaswami and Austin-Ji find the elephant and enter Miss Rhamaswami's private jet.

The delivery agents run to the plane, trying to get on. They get onto the plane and fly in the cargo hold. They walk to the room where Miss Rhamaswami and Austin-Ji sit on chairs. Rhamaswami shows the elephant her most prized possessions, including her well-loved collection of fancy cookie jars. The elephant knocks over the most expensive one, but luckily Miss Rhamaswami catches it.

The agents try to lure the elephant out of the room. They succeed in doing so and give the elephant multiple parachutes so they can get to the wildlife sanctuary. Meanwhile, at the sanctuary, Tasha is waiting patiently. She says that she does not see the agents anywhere. The delivery agents fly down with parachutes along with the elephant and present it to Park Ranger Tasha. Tasha is grateful, but her thank is interrupted by Austin-Ji and Miss Rhamaswami. Miss Rhamaswami says that the elephant will live in her house, but Agents Pablo and Tyrone, surprised by this notion, tell her that a house is no place for an elephant.

Tasha helps the two see reason by explaining that it would be wrong to have an elephant as a pet because elephants need open land and friends to play with. She tells Miss Rhamaswami that the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary provides all of this for the elephant, but she also reassures her that she can come to visit the elephant anytime she likes. Feeling encouraged, Miss Rhamaswami decides to keep the elephant at the sanctuary. They all sing "Right Where She Belongs" as they happily observe the elephants in their natural habitat. At the song's end, Miss Rhamaswami says goodbye to the elephant as she leaves with her own kind.

Tyrone's stomach growls and invites everyone over for mango lassi at his house as the nature reserve transforms back into the backyard, and Miss Rhamaswami and Austin-Ji transforms back to Uniqua and Austin. They sing the end song and enter Tyrone's house. Pablo and Tyrone open the previously closed door and shout, "We never lose a package!"

Roles

Songs

Trivia

  • This is the official first episode:
    • In the DVD or production order to be made in 2010, as indicated by the copyright stamp.
      • It aired in the US at 10:30 AM on April 22, 2010, as part of Nickelodeon's Earth Day Playdate.
  • Pablo does not panic in this episode because Tyrone told him not to in the beginning.
  • This episode is sometimes listed as "The Great Elephant Delivery". This could've been a working title.
  • Tyrone's voice becomes a little deeper, making him sound a bit like a teenager starting with this episode, due to his current voice actor, Chris Grant Jr. possibly going through puberty. However, Tyrone's singing voice, Tyrel Jackson Williams, still has the same child-like vocal range.
Pilots
"Me and My Friends" • Nick Digital pilot
"Pirate Treasure" • "The Heart of the Jungle" • "The Yeti" • "The Snow Fort" • "Secret Mission" • "It's Great to Be a Ghost!" • "Riding the Range" • "The Key to the Nile" • "Knights Are Brave and Strong" • "Viking Voyage" • "Castaways" • "Race to the Tower of Power" • "The Quest for the Flying Rock" • "Polka Palace Party" • "Surf's Up" • "Eureka!" • "Race Around the World" • "Monster Detectives" • "Cave Party" • "High Tea"
"Mission to Mars" • "Samurai Pie" • "Scared of You" • "Whodunit" • "The Legend of the Volcano Sisters" • "The Secret of Snow" • "The Swamp Creature" • "Horsing Around" • "Special Delivery" • "International Super Spy: Part 1" • "International Super Spy: Part 2" • "Movers of Arabia" • "Cops and Robots" • "Sinbad Sails Alone" • "Best Clowns in Town" • "Save the Day" • "Into the Deep" • "News Flash" • "Catch That Butterfly" • "A Giant Problem"
"Who Goes There?" • "Blazing Paddles" • "Garbage Trek" • "Fly Girl" • "What's Bugging You? " • "Chichen-Itza Pizza" • "To the Center of the Earth" • "Front Page News" • "Tale of the Mighty Knights: Part 1" • "Tale of the Mighty Knights: Part 2" • "Le Master of Disguise" • "Match on Mt. Olympus" • "The Great Dolphin Race" • "Caveman's Best Friend" • "Ranch Hands from Outer Space" • "Robin Hood the Clean" • "Escape from Fairytale Village" • "Pirate Camp" • "The Two Musketeers" • "The Masked Retriever"
"Robot Rampage: Part 1" • "Robot Rampage: Part 2" • "Catch that Train!" • "Attack of the 50 Foot Worman" • "Dragon Express" • "Flower Power" • "The Funnyman Boogeyman" • "Follow the Feather" • "Break Out!" • "The Action Elves Save Christmas Eve" • "Los Galacticos" • "For the Love of Socks!" • "The Flipper!" • "Elephant on the Run" • "The Magic Skateboard" • "Pablor and the Acorns" • "Super Team Awesome!" • "The Big Dipper Diner" • "The Amazing Splashinis" • "The Tale of the Not-So-Nice Dragon"
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