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Cabin Fever: The Friendly Giant 

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The Friendly Giant was a much loved 15 minute TV series for young children that ran for decades on CBC TV (1950’s-1980’s) The series was created by a man named Bob Homme who played the giant with his friends Rusty the Rooster and Jerome the Giraffe (voiced and manipulated by puppeteer Rod Coneybeare) Homme was committed to creating a consistently warm, relaxed and peaceful viewing experience for children.The rest of the show focused on gentle, humorous chat between Friendly, Rusty and Jerome, followed by a story or a musical performance. Each episode began with a slow pan over a small medieval village where the giant would reach his hand down and arrange some chairs before a warm fireplace and say, “One chair for one of you…Look up.WAY UP…”

ANIMAL CONCERT (1960) 15 mins.
Jerome has organised an animal song concert; Angie and Fiddle Cat join them. Jerome conducts with a baton attached to the top of his head. Songs/music performed include: The Summer Holiday March; Old MacDonald Had A Farm; Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grows. Cast: Bob Homme, Rod Coneybeare.

BRITISH FOLK SONG (1972) 15 mins
Jerome organises a concert featuring British folk songs. Angie and Fiddle Cat join them. Songs/music performed include: Strawberry Fair; All Through The Night; Irish Medley; (unidentified) Scottish Music Cast: Bob Homme, Rod Coneybeare, Nina Keogh, Gustav Harsfai.

SYNTHESIZER CONCERT (1985) (15 MINS)
Jerome organises a concert featuring a synthesizer. Fiddle Cat and Buster Rooster join them, and Friendly plays the clarinet. Songs/music performed include: She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain; All The Pretty Little Horses; Jack Was Every Inch A Sailor; Cast: Bob Homme, Rod Coneybeare, Nina Keogh, Bob Stutt.

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The Friendly Giant Bob Homme was committed to creating a consistently warm, relaxed and peaceful viewing experience for children. Prior to filming, Homme and Coneybeare would rehearse each segment without a prepared text. Unlike many children's programs, which were highly scripted, Homme and Coneybeare would improvise the dialogue for each episode. The ease and occasional awkwardness of the exchanges between the Friendly Giant, Jerome and Rusty registered as familiar and genuine with young viewers. In honour of his lifetime achievements, Homme was presented in 1998 with the ORDER OF CANADA. - Canadian Encyclopedia
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