Mr Dressup

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CBC (ended 1996)

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Mr Dressup

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Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombs) and his puppet friends enjoy a mixture of stories, crafts, songs, drawing and dressing up. Daily, Mr. Dressup invites children into his creative world, and makes them feel safe, important and valued. Mr. Dressup teaches children about morality and tolerance, and opens up a world of imagination for them to enter and explore. Mr. Dressup was a long-running children's show in Canada on CBC-TV, which originally started as a short spin off of the children's show 'Butternut Square'. When Butternut Square was cancelled due to budget constrains, Ernie Coombs presented a new improved (and much more budget friendly) version called Mr. Dressup. The show went through a major change after Judith Lawrence, the main puppeteer responsible for Casey and Finnigan, went into semi-retirement. After that, 'Casey and Finnigan' episodes were filmed only for a couple weeks each year, leaving the rest of the year to welcome in a host of new puppets and characters like Chester the crow, Alex, Truffles, Granny and grand-daughter Annie, and Lorenzo the raccoon. The show successfully ran for 30 years (1967-1996)moreless
Alyson Court

Alyson Court

Alyson

Ernie Coombs

Ernie Coombs

Mr. Dressup

Judith Lawrence

Judith Lawrence

Casey and Finnigan (voice)

Karen Valleau

Karen Valleau

Chester the Crow (voice)

Nina Keogh

Nina Keogh

Truffles (voice)

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  • This show was on from I believe the 60s through the 90s. It was an awesome show and I still have some of it on tape.

    9.5
    Mr. Dressup was an awesome show and I was so sad to hear that the actor (Ernie) had passed away several years ago. He taught me how to spell and how to draw. I just loved watching it when I was little. Mr. Dressup was a big part of my childhood and I will never ever forget him. Chester the crow and all the other characters were funny and taught a lesson to you. It was a cute and educational show. I wish they could bring it back so kids from this generation can have something better to watch than what is on now.moreless
  • My childhood hero.

    10
    Come on, it would be downright unpatriotic for any Canadian to say that they did not watch Mr. D growing up. I loved tuning in to see what costume he'd pull out of the tickle trunk, as well as what was going on with Chester the crow, Annie, and Truffles (I vaguely remember Casey and Finnigan, but have much more vivid memories of the later characters). And cheers to CBC for keeping Ernie Coombs alive through syndication!moreless
  • _The_ Canadian children's program - did anyone _not_ watch this when they were little?

    10
    "Mister Dressup" is possibly the CBC's finest contribution to the field of children's programming. Hosted by the late Ernie Coombs, the show is gentle and friendly; it includes stories, imaginative play, simple crafts, and lots of lessons on kindness and fair play. Mr Dressup (Coombs) interacts with various puppets and human guest stars; my personal favourites were puppets Casey and Finnegan, though they disappeared when their puppeteer retired. I have never met a child who was familiar with Canadian television who was not also familiar with this show, and most retain warm memories of it well into their teens and beyond; I know that I do!moreless
  • Cousin worked on here
    My Cousin she worked on Mr Dressup.
    08/18/11
    1
  • I am a fan.
    I was a fan of Mr Dressup. I always wonder what ever became of the puppets after the show ended.
    05/11/11
    1
  • Oh Come On!
    I can't believe that no one has posted about Mr. Dressup. Growing up across the river from Canada, this was my favorite children's...
    08/09/10
    4
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