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“I've really messed up."
"It's not your fault. The elephant ran off because it was scared. Everything here must seem very strange to it.”
―Nia and Belle

Nia and the Unfriendly Elephant is the seventh episode of the twenty-fourth series.

Plot

Nia is given the job of bringing an elephant to the Animal Park but hits a problem; the elephant does not like steam engines. Nia tries all sorts of ways to get the elephant to agree with her and go to the park, but she is not able to. She finally thinks of a way to succeed, and when she does, she is given the job of helping out at the animal park.

Characters

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Cast

UK

US and Canada

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy
  • Teresa Gallagher as Belle
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • Keith Wickham as Sir Topham Hatt
  • Rob Rackstraw as the Elephant Carer

Trivia

  • The opening montage of animals are all references to past episodes, the seventeenth series episode, Luke's New Friend, the nineteenth series episode, Toad and the Whale, the twentieth series episode, Diesel and the Ducklings and the fourth series episode, Bulls Eyes.
  • According to Ian McCue, this episode was originally going to be in the twenty-first series and then the twenty-third series after the twenty-first series was cut short. Additionally, it was simply called The Unfriendly Elephant. Logically, this would mean that it was altered to suit Nia, as the twenty-first series was before she was introduced. It is currently unknown who got the major role in the original version before Nia arrived.
  • The plot about an engine and an elephant is similar to the fourth series episode, Henry and the Elephant, the seventeenth series episode, Not Now, Charlie! and the twenty second series episode, Trusty Trunky.
  • This episode marks the last of a few things:
    • Belle, Luke and Headkeeper Jack's last appearances.
    • The last episode in which Thomas does not physically appear at all outside narration.
  • When trying to get the elephant into her animal wagon, Nia sings an alternative version of Enda Ulale. This alternative version of Enda Ulale was performed by Yvonne Grundy instead of Patricia Kihoro.
  • Nia mentioning how she encountered very difficult elephants before could be a likely reference to Big World! Big Adventures!, in which she and Thomas once encountered an elephant that was blocking their line.
  • This marks the first appearance of the Apple Orchard in CGI and its first appearance overall since the tenth series episode, Sticky Toffee Thomas.
  • This episode was never aired in Germany and South Korea.
  • In the Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Baltic Russian dubs, the UK dub can be heard in the background as a dubbing track was not used.

Goofs

  • In the US dub, when Belle says, "No, I haven't," she has her UK voice.
  • In the UK dub, when Nia comes to the elephant with the apples on the Vicarstown bridge, she calls the elephant's truck a car.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Dutch Nia en de Dwarse Olifant
Estonian Nina ja Pahur Elevant
Greek Η Νία και ο εχθρικός ελέφαντας
Hebrew ניה והפילה הלא חברותית
Italian Nia e l'Elefantina Testarda
Japanese ニアとあたらしいゾウさん
Latin American Spanish Nia y la Elefante Desconfiada
Latvian Nia un Nedraudzīgais Zilonis
Lithuanian Nija ir Nedraugiškas Dramblys
Polish Nia i Uparty Słoń
Russian Ниа и слон
Turkish Nia ve Huysuz Fil

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