Nelly and Caesar
Nelly - a mouse - and Caesar a frog - discover the world around them from the dramatically changing seasons to the laws of nature, and the inner, emotional world of sadness, joy, fear, love, jealousy and anxiety. Digital animation brings the spirit of Ingrid Gordon's picture books to life. Nelly - a mouse - and Caesar a frog - discover the world around them from the dramatically changing seasons to the laws of nature, and the inner, emotional world of sadness, joy, fear, love, jealousy and anxiety. Digital animation brings the spirit of Ingrid Gordon's picture books to life.
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December 29, 2009
Caesar and Fred are helping Nelly clean the bedroom! But Caesar can't remember where everything goes, and Fred doesn't know either since it's not his room! Nelly has an idea: Caesar and Fred will look at a picture of the room, taken when it was tidy, to see where everything goes and then put it all in it's place! Let the tidy-up race begin!
December 28, 2009
Caesar and Nelly must choose the sport they want to join. Caesar can't decide which one interests him most. Nelly convinces him to try gymnastics with her, which he enjoys, until he is distracted by Fred playing basketball. He quickly discovers that he likes basketball as well. He decides to try all the sports offered to figure out which one he will join. After trying them all he is exhausted, but no closer to making his choice. Nelly suggests that he take his time, do something else and decide later. Following her advice, he goes off to ride his bike in the park. He realizes that his favourite sport is definitely cycling and that's what he will join!
Cave drawers and dwellers
December 23, 2009
At the library, Caesar is showing his friends a book on prehistoric man. They learn together about cave drawings and decide to draw their own on the walls of the cave at the park. Each of them will draw their own object, but they can't seem to agree on what they should draw. That night, Nelly and Caesar gaze at the stars and reflect on the dilemma. They come to the conclusion that the cavemen drew what was important to them and they decide that they should do the same. The next day everyone draws whatever object they want and Mina draws a house around all the other drawings!
The Big Show
November 11, 2009
At school, Nelly, Caesar and Mina are playing with finger puppets. Nelly has a princess, Caesar an ogre and Mina has a mermaid. They want to put on a show, but can't think of any stories that have all three characters... What to do?... They make up their own story about an ogre, a princess and a mermaid and invite Fred and Leo to watch the finger puppet show.
On The Spot!
November 10, 2009
Nelly and Caesar are preparing for a party at school. But Caesar has an unfortunate spill into a basket of raspberries and his T-shirt is stained in pink spots! How can he go on stage now? Finally, Fred lends him his t-shirt so he can perform on stage at the party. Little Leo's shirt is also stained... Fortunately Nelly puts a black hat on him which completes the costume and sends him on to play a ladybug!
November 9, 2009
Mina is having a birthday party. Nelly's invitation gets lost...Nelly, who had prepared a gift, is very sad at not being invited. Caesar tries to get Nelly to talk to Mina but Nelly thinks Mina neglected to invite her on purpose. The day of the party arrives, Nelly doesn't go to the party, and Mina doesn't know why. Caesar explains that Nelly never received an invitation; Mina goes to find Nelly to clear things up. Finally, the lost invitation is found in Nelly and Caesar's yard.
November 6, 2009
Splosh is trying to tell Nelly and Caesar that he is hungry, but they don't seem to understand. They think that Splosh is turning in circles in his bowl because he is bored. They try to give him toys to play with and bring him out to the park, but neither makes Splosh happy. Finally, Nelly and Caesar realize what Splosh really wants. They give him a good meal along with some peace and quiet.
Come on in!
November 5, 2009
Caesar sees Nelly in the garden near a bush. He asked her to come play with him, but Nelly refuses... Caesar is bothered; he wonders why she doesn't want to play with him and why she would rather play in the bushes with Chomp. Caesar decides to go play with Mina and Leo and. In the end, it turns out that Nelly has been busy building a secret fort to surprise Caesar and the others.
The Pet Show
November 4, 2009
Today is the Pet Show at school and the children can bring their pets to school. Nelly and Caesar bring Chomp, the caterpillar. Caesar is not too sure about Chomp being trapped in a jar, but it's only for a couple of hours. As the day progresses Caesar notices that Chomp doesn't seem to be feeling very well. He urges Nelly to bring Chomp home to his bush in the garden, but it is in vain. Eventually, Nelly realizes that Chomp is homesick and hungry and they rush him home. Nelly apologizes to Caesar for not listening to his concerns.
The Dragon's Tale
November 3, 2009
Caesar has been influenced by a book and now he thinks that there is a dragon living in the cave at the park. He refuses to go ice-skating in the park with Nelly and the others. Despite his fear, he accepts to go inspect the cave with the support of Nelly and Fred. Inside the cave, he discovers an injured Blue Bird. Happy to have been able to help Blue Bird Caesar thanks his friends for the encouraging him. Thanks to them he was able to overcome his fear and save Blue Bird! And now, they can all go ice skating!
Leo The Hoopster!
November 2, 2009
Caesar, Nelly, Fred and Mina get together to play basketball. They are playing in teams of two against two. Leo, who is waiting on the bench, feels excluded. He is convinced that his friends won't let him play because he is younger than them and goes out of his way to be noticed: he brings Nelly water without her asking, he cheers exaggeratedly for Caesar, while eating their snacks he peels Mina's Clementine for her. Finally, Fred, Nelly, Caesar and Mina realize that Leo is trying much too hard because he is worried that they won't let him play, when in fact, his turn is coming up right after half-time.
The Two Detectives
October 30, 2009
Nelly has spotted a large mysterious parcel. She persuades Caesar to help her investigate this mysterious package instead of what he really wanted to do, which was go ice skating. What could the big parcel be? Nelly suggests that it could be a gift for them: toys, a race track... After searching the house, Nelly convinces Caesar to continue the investigation in the garden. They finally discover that it is actually a gift for Blue Bird: his very own birdbath!
Caesar without Nelly
October 29, 2009
For the first time, Caesar and Nelly are spending their vacations apart. At first, Caesar feels a little lonely and invites Leo to spend the night... But Caesar is continually forbidding Leo from touching any of Nelly's things. Nelly who acts like she is thrilled to have some time apart from Caesar, incessantly talks about him to Mina... She discovers a piece of Caesar's puzzle in her bag and uses that as her excuse to go back home to visit him. Both Caesar and Nelly are happy to see each other...
My Very Beautiful Tree
October 28, 2009
Nelly and Caesar decide to decorate the tree in their yard for Christmas. But during the night all their decorations are blown away and lost. They need to find new decorations for their Christmas tree. Nelly has an idea, but even though Caesar doesn't quite understand it, he trusts her and helps her make the new decorations.
October 27, 2009
Nelly and Caesar are tobogganing in the park. They stop to eat their picnic lunch when Leo arrives. They join Leo to go tobogganing without cleaning up their picnic garbage. When they return, a sandwich wrapper flies into Caesar's face. Leo can't believe the mess someone has left...Blue Bird is even suffering the consequences of their littering, buried under a plastic bag. Nelly realizes her mistake and the kids clean up the trash.
October 26, 2009
Nelly is playing with her new remote control car in the park. Caesar is nearby watching Nelly and making a snowman. Nelly drives her car through the snow and it stops working. Despite their efforts, nothing seems to get it running again. Nelly is upset, but there is nothing she can do. Caesar comes up with a new game for them to play : sliding pebbles long the icy pond. As they play, Leo manages to get the car working again, but Nelly and Caesar are having too much fun with their pebbles on the ice and prefer to keep playing rock-cars !
A time to stop !
October 23, 2009
Nelly and Fred are playing a guessing game while Mina and Caesar are pretending to be super-heroes. They keep interrupting Nelly and Fred which prevents them from playing their own game! Nelly and Fred ask them to stop, but the two super-heroes don't listen. Nelly and Fred decide to launch a tickle-attack on their annoying friends and refuse to stop when Caesar and Mina beg them to! As the roles are reversed Mina and Caesar now understand the lesson: Respecting others when they ask you to stop!
October 22, 2009
The snow has fallen. Caesar is very excited to make a snowman. But, Nelly has a cold and she has to stay in the house. She is disappointed and bored. Caesar suggests that she gather the clothes for the snowman. Outside in the garden, Fred and Mina help Caesar build a special snowman just for Nelly.
The Halloween Mystery
October 21, 2009
Nelly, Mina, Fred and Leo decide they want to surprise Caesar by holding an afternoon Halloween party. They each make spooky decorations by picking up various dead leaves, a broom, pumpkin, and anything else they can find around the garden. Caesar arrives just as his three friends finish decorating the garden. Caesar talks to Mina, who unwittingly gives away the secret. Caesar is no longer surprised as he enters the house and is met by an entire display of decorations. But there is, however, another surprise in the works, as Caesar's friends are all decked out in neat costumes. And to make the day even more fun: there is a surprise costume for Caesar!
Fun Fair !
October 20, 2009
The Fun Fair is coming up and the four friends are looking forward to it! Unfortunately, on the bug day, the weather is bad and they are forced to stay home. They decide to have a Fun Fair of their own at Nelly and Caesar's house!
October 19, 2009
Nelly and Caesar are dressing up as Pirates to go a Pirate party in the park! Mina arrives at their house with her pirate costume in her bag, but when she opens it, she realizes that she has lost her costume. Caesar decides that they should go on a treasure hunt to find Mina's lost costume... in the park. They find all the pieces to her costume and make it to the pirate party on time.
October 16, 2009
Fred, Mina and Leo go over to Nelly and Caesar's house for a pyjama party. To make sure that they have lots of fun, Caesar plans many activities for them! Activity number one: bowling! Caesar quickly wants to pass onto activity number two or they will not have time to do all that is planned! « Star gazing » is next...But Mina, Fred and Leo are not finished bowling! Caesar is disappointed, but in the end he realizes that all that matters is that they have fun!
October 12, 2009
Fred has a new glider and rushes over to show it to Nelly and Caesar! When Caesar tries the glider it goes crashing straight into a tree trunk: One of the wings is broken. Caesar is truly sorry and promises to fix Fred's glider. With the help of Nelly, they find several solutions, paper, wood... But the glider still will not fly. Suddenly, Caesar has an idea! He attaches the glider to his kite and it flies perfectly. Caesar tells Fred he can keep his kite on the condition that he comes back to play with the new glider-kite often!
Things that Go Snap in the Night
October 11, 2009
Nelly, Caesar and their friends are camping in their garden. They marvel over the star-filled night sky. But in the tent, when Nelly and Caesar make a scary shadow puppet, some of the more impressionable children become scared. The night and its sounds bring on another turn of events.
Spiders in the Legs
October 9, 2009
While Nelly is flying her kite with Caesar, her legs start to hurt... They hurt so much that she needs to sit down! She wonders what could be happening to her! "Maybe it's blue spiders in her legs?" Mina suggests, as she tries to catch them, tickling Nelly. Fred seems to have a more realistic answer for Nelly "It's just growing pains!". With that settled they still have to find a way to get Nelly back home... And they do using the strings from their kites, Mina's skateboard and some teamwork. Nelly discovers that it's not so bad to have sore legs if you get to be pulled around like a princess in her carriage!
A Time to Be-Leaf
October 8, 2009
Caesar, Fred, Mina and Leo are having fun gathering leaves in the park for a school project. But Nelly clumsily crumples all her pretty leaves. Out of jealousy, she begins to criticize the leaves that Mina has gathered. Caesar shows Nelly that her behaviour is not nice. And all together they make a man made out of all their leaves, even Nelly's crumpled ones!
Spice is Nice
October 7, 2009
Nelly and Caesar visit Mina, who is making a spice cake with fruit. Yuk, Caesar thinks that spices are gross... Nelly and Mina try to change his mind, Caesar is not biting: if he doesn't know it, he's not tasting it... Meanwhile, the girls have a little trick up their sleeve! They refuse to play his new ball game... If they don't know it, they're not playing it...Just like Caesar... It all works out and ends with a tasty snack and Caesar happy to have tried something new!
October 6, 2009
Caesar and Nelly are practicing their sprinting in the park. Nelly is convinced that her good luck charm is helping her to run faster. Fred and Mina suggest that they each time themselves doing an obstacle course and the one who completes the course in the least amount of time wins. But when Nelly is about to start, she realizes that she has lost her good luck charm!!... Caesar reassures her by using little chomp, the caterpillar as a motivating example. Nelly finally accepts to do the obstacle race without her lucky charm and wins!
October 5, 2009
Caesar and Nelly ask Mina to lend them her seashell. To convince her, Caesar offers to lend her his bouncing ball. To please Caesar, Mina accepts. But Caesar is not careful with Mina's seashell. Despite Nelly's warnings, Caesar drops it and it breaks in two. Caesar doesn't know what to do because he knows how much Mina liked her seashell. Luckily, Nelly helps Caesar fix the broken seashell...Only for it to be broken again by Mina on the bouncing ball!
A Bit of Peace and Quiet
October 4, 2009
Nelly attempts to draw Rainbow the butterfly but Caesar wants to play music and gets his friends Fred and Mina to play along. The noise of the instruments scares Rainbow who keeps flying away. Nelly is exasperated in trying to finish her drawing. Caesar understands and keeps the band away. Nelly finally finishes her picture and joins the band.
October 2, 2009
Caesar has built a great model of a boat. But almost as soon as he puts it in the water, it falls on its side. Upset, Caesar gives up on his toy. But Nelly, assisted by her friends decides to help Caesar and discovers that he has forgotten a very small, but important component of his boat...
Promises ... promises
October 1, 2009
Caesar wants to make a crispy, fresh salad. He gets Nelly to promise to help him by making the dressing. But Nelly is too pre-occupied with other tasks: watering her plants, sweeping up leaves, ect... Caesar is disappointed that Nelly is not keeping her promise to him! Fred, Mina and Leo try to help Caesar make the dressing, but it doesn't quite turn out. When Nelly finally needs Caesar's help, she realizes that she has not kept her promise to him and makes up for it. All ends well with everyone gathered around the table enjoying a delicious salad.
September 30, 2009
Caesar wants to draw Rainbow, but in order to do this, he has to capture Rainbow with his butterfly net and keep him still! To avoid Caesar capturing Rainbow, Nelly comes up with clever ways to scare Rainbow off : she sneezes, she makes noise, etc... Eventually Rainbow lands on a flower and Caesar manages to finish his portrait!
Nelly and Caesar's Big Concert
September 29, 2009
At the library Caesar finds a book on a musical band. He decides that he would like to start his own band and put on a concert. Unfortunately, a one person band without any instruments doesn't make for a very entertaining concert. He asks Nelly to join him and they make instruments with pots and pans and create a stage in the garden, only to realize that they can't put on a concert without any spectators. They call Fred and Mina who also want to be part of the band. Luckily, Chomp, Blue Bird, Lilly, Biz-Biz, Rainbow and Splash are happy to sit back and enjoy the show.
September 28, 2009
Nelly has a big problem: she has stage fright! Whenever she finds herself in front of a group, may it be her friends or her classmates; she freezesup and can't make a sound! Luckily, her friends are there to help, together they try to find solutions to her problem. One of the solution works and just like that, the stage fright is gone!
SOS Operation Tomato Rescue
September 25, 2009
Nelly is worried... Her tomato plant has been ravaged by caterpillars! In total despair, she doesn't know what to do. Luckily, Caesar is there to help and they find an ecological solution to keep the little bugs off her prized tomatoes.
Packed and Ready for Fun
September 24, 2009
Caesar is happy. He is packing his knapsack when Nelly arrives. Why is he so happy? She asks. Because Fred has invited him to sleep over in his tent! Nelly decides to help him prepare, but Caesar realizes that Nelly seems sad... Nelly eventually admits to Caesar that she is upset because Fred did not invite her to sleep over... Caesar raises her spirits a little until Fred arrives and explains that the reason he could not invite Nelly is because his tent is very small. He can only invite one friend at a time and tomorrow it's Nelly's turn!
The Sand Castle
September 23, 2009
On a little beach near the pond in the park, Nelly and Caesar decide to build a sand castle. But they can't agree on what type of castle to build. Nelly wants a princess's castle and Caesar wants a knight's castle. At Mina and Fred's suggestion they each built their own. Caesar digs a tunnel from his castle to the pond to allow water to settle around it, but it doesn't take long for the water to accumulate and Caesar's castle is on the verge of flooding. He is to proud to ask Nelly, who has seen the problem, for her help, but when the castle really starts to crumble Caesar calls out to Nelly and Nelly helps him... Together, they get a hold of the situation and join their to castles to make one big fortress... which is almost complete until Fred and Mina come along...
Hide and Seek
September 22, 2009
Nelly, Leo, Mina, Fred and Caesar are playing a game of hide-and-seek. It's Fred's turn to find his friends. Caesar, however, has the hiccups. It's impossible to find a good place to hide. Caesar is so embarrassed that he wants to go home. His friends decide to help him get rid of his hiccups. They try everything. Nothing works. But then Fred unexpectedly finds the solution when he completely surprises Caesar, and his hiccups disappear.
September 21, 2009
After explaining the rules of the game to Leo, the four friends decide to play « Nelly says ! ». Nelly leads the game. Leo is quickly eliminated because he doesn't understand the meaning of a word. They decide to make an exception for little Leo and allow him continue playing. Being silly jokers and sore losers the others come up with excuses to avoid elimination when they don't follow what Nelly says. The game takes on a weird direction and Nelly leaves... She has an idea to get everyone back on track and playing by the rules again... A loud toot of her trumpet gets their attention and they promise to follow the rules. The next round Caesar wins the draw to become the leader. Everyone is ready to play again, but this time it's « Caesar says » !
The Garage Sale
September 18, 2009
Nelly and Caesar are in their room sorting their toys for the garage sale. They have a hard time choosing, but they eventually figure out what they don't need anymore. They join their friends Leo, Fred and Mina and they all exchange their toys. Leo really likes Caesar's scooter, but Caesar doesn't want to part with it, it has sentimental value... But Nelly has a great idea to make Caesar change his mind!
Fun for Three
September 17, 2009
Nelly and Caesar don't want to play the same games: Caesar wants to play with his toy cars while Nelly wants to play something more active. Fred joins them and they each have their turn being left out of the fun whilst the two others play together. Caesar persuades Fred to play cars, while Nelly sits out. Caesar and Nelly play leap frog while Fred stays in the house. Eventually, Caesar is left out while Nelly and Fred play chess. Boredom and tension rises until they finally find a game to play all together!
September 16, 2009
with Fred and Mina as the judges: the one whose sunflower is biggest after three days becomes king (or queen) of the garden! But despite Caesar's enthusiasm, he fails because he waters his sunflower with soup to make it grow...which actually kills it. Being the good sport that she is, Nelly replaces Caesar's plant with a beautiful big sunflower. Caesar finds out what Nelly has done for him and crowns her the queen of good sportsmanship!
Shall We Dance?
September 15, 2009
Nelly has found her calling: she wants to be a dancer !...More precisely a cloud dancer ! With Mina's help, she tries to learn...but it's hard ! Spinning makes her dizzy! While practicing to become a ballerina, her friends suggest that she try another dance: hip hop for example! Or maybe invent her own dance, because dancing is also about having fun !
September 14, 2009
Leo, Nelly and Caesar are playing in the park. Leo feels tired. They go back to Nelly and Caesar's house so that Leo can take a nap in their tent. But Nelly and Caesar are playing and it is keeping Leo awake! He decides to go nap in their living room. But when it starts to rain, Nelly and Caesar are forced to come into the house !...And Leo is once again woken up! They try very hard to play quiet games, so Leo can sleep... But it turns out to be very difficult to keep quiet!
The Farm Game
September 11, 2009
Nelly, Caesar and Leo have invented a new game: The farmer caring for his cows. Caesar decides he is going to quiz his cows with questions about dairy products. Nelly has an answer for every question and Leo begins to sulk because he never has a chance to answer. He does not want to play anymore. Nelly understands her mistake and promises to give Leo a chance to answer... Because Leo also knows a lot about animals!
Search for a Lost Robot
September 10, 2009
Caesar is quite upset... He can't find his toy robot! Nelly tries to help him remember where it might be. But, it's no use. Nelly proposes to launch an investigation and interrogating their friends. Mina only offers silly suggestions. Fred is more serious about it, but just does not know where the robot could be. But, Leo seems to know something... They finally discover what he is hiding. Caesar lent Leo the robot, but he brought it to school and it was confiscated by the teacher...
The Surprise Picnic
September 9, 2009
Nelly prepares a picnic, but to his surprise, Caesar... is in a bad mood! They go on their picnic with Fred, Mina and Leo. Caesar, still grumpy, can't seem to enjoy himself and ends up kind of spoiling the fun. Caesar decides to exclude himself so as not to bother the others. His grumpiness is really unfortunate, he loves playing with the others. Nelly is determined to get him into a better mood. She makes funny faces, she tickles his feet, acts like a monkey...which all make him laugh and his bad mood goes away. Caesar joins his four friends... For a moment, he plays a joke on them pretending to still be in a bad mood, but then admits that he's feeling much better and they enjoy the delicious picnic that Nelly has prepared.
The Treasure Hunt
September 9, 2009
The five friends, divided into two teams, have a treasure hunt in the park. Nelly takes deciphering the clues very seriously, whereas snack time seems more important for Leo. Their team lags behind...Luckily,,Caesar manages to lift every body's spirits, pulling them together to solve the last clue and find the treasure : a delicious snack.
September 8, 2009
Nelly and Caesar are flying kites. Little Leo wants to play too, but when Nelly lets him use her kite, it gets tangled with Caesar's making Caesar grouchy. Nelly untangles the kites and explains that it wasn't Leo's fault. The two decide to build a kite for Leo that's just his size !
September 8, 2009
Mina has painted a pretty portrait of Nelly and Caesar. Once the initial excitement has passed, Nelly and Caesar can't seem to agree on the ideal spot to hang their painting. For the first time they are having a serious argument... Despite Mina and Fred's efforts, they can't seem to get Nelly or Caesar to give in. Luckily, little Leo finds the solution - and the best place to hang the portrait. The two friends finally come to a happy reconciliation.
Stumped for Real
September 7, 2009
Nelly and Caesar are playing « make-believe ». Soon joined by Fred, they all get into their imaginary game until Nelly finds herself stuck on a tree stump. She is unable to get down, she has vertigo. Initially tempted to let her fend for herself, Caesar eventually helps her to find a way to overcome her fear using their playful imaginations...