Ishu Patel (b. 1942) is an award-winning animation film director/producer and educator. Over a period of twenty-five years at the National Film Board of Canada he developed animation techniques and styles to support his themes and vision.

In the early 1980s, he created several 15-second sand animal animation shorts, as well as storybook number animation shorts, for Sesame Street. Some of the shorts also appeared on Sesame Park.

Picture Title/Topic Earliest Known Appearance Description
It's a Squirrel
Episode 1736
A squirrel is formed out of sand.
It's a Whale
Episode 2122
A whale is formed out of sand.
It's a Giraffe
Episode 2238
A giraffe is formed out of sand.
Four Genies
Episode 2244
Four genies carry the number 4 to the palace.
Five Ghosts
Episode 2255
Five ghosts carry the number 5 to the haunted house.
It's a Crocodile
Episode 2756
A crocodile is formed out of sand.
It's a Monkey
Episode 2861
A monkey is formed out of sand.
It's an Owl
An owl is formed out of sand.
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