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The Runaway Elephant
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Phil Fehrle

Writer(s)

George Tarry

Narrator

Michael Angelis
(UK)
Michael Brandon
(US)

Air date

27th October 2003 (UK)
1st March 2004 (CAN)
7th April 2004 (KOR)
5th June 2004 (JPN)
2nd November 2004 (AUS)
7th February 2006 (US)
21st September 2009 (HUN)

Previous episode

Something Fishy

Next episode

Peace and Quiet

The Runaway Elephant is the sixteenth episode of the seventh season.

Plot

A new park is being opened and Duncan is bossing the engines about and telling them to do their work quicker. When Duncan finishes his jobs, he is asked to take an elephant statue down to the park, but Duncan carelessly leaves without the brakevan. Duncan also ignores the warnings to slow down and thus runs out of control, finally derailing at the park and sending the elephant flying into the pond. Duncan is repaired in time for the opening, but is surprised to find the elephant still in the pond due to general favour of the elephant's position, and embarrassed to be lauded by the others for his fortunate mistake.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-third episode of the seventh season.
  • A deleted scene from The Old Bridge is used.
  • This is the fourth episode to date to use a rendition of Gioachino Rossini's "William Tell Overture" and the second time it's used in the seventh season. The first being Busy Going Backwards, the second being Thomas the Jet Engine, and the third being Rheneas and the Roller Coaster. However, like the aforementioned episode, this was only in the UK and international versions, and unlike the previous episodes, the music was only played briefly.

Goofs

  • When Duncan arrives at the sidings to collect the statue, the trucks that were previously there when he was at the station have disappeared. Also, Duncan arrived from a dead end.
  • In one scene, Duncan's driver changes appearance.
  • When Duncan rushes past Rusty, the narrator says: '"Slow down!" whistled Rusty,' but Rusty is a diesel engine and diesels have horns. Also, the line behind Rusty leads to bushes.

Merchandise

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Danish Den flyvende elefant The Flying Elephant
Japanese にげたぞう The Runaway Elephant
Hungarian Az elefánt The Elephant
Italian Duncan e l'elefante Duncan and the Elephant
Romanian Elefantul Fugar Elephant Fugitive
Welsh Llyn Eliffant Lake Elephant
Slovak Utečený slon Escaped Elephant
Chinese 逃走的大象 Elephant Escape
Korean 코끼리 둥상 Elephant Escape
Russian Слон-беглец Elephant-Runaway
Polish Słoń Uciekinier Runaway Elephant
Swedish Elefant på irrvägar Runaway Elephant
Thai ดันแคนทำพลาด Duncan is Missed

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