Alphablocks

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Alphablocks
Genre Learning
Pre-School
Format Animation
Written by Max Allen
Joe Elliot
Neil Richards
Maurice Suckling
Voices of Teresa Gallagher
David Holt
Lizzie Waterworth
Composer(s) Ben Lee-Delisle
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 111 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Rebecca Shallcross
Joe Elliot
Producer(s) Sioned Wyn Roberts
Running time 3 minutes (series 1)
5 minutes (series 2–4)
Production company(s) Alphablocks Ltd
Distributor Alphablocks Ltd
Broadcast
Original channel CBeebies
Picture format Widescreen
Original run 25 January 2010 (2010-01-25) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Alphablocks is a British CGI-animated children's educational television programme that attempts to teach children how to spell with the use of animated blocks representing each letter. It is animated by Blue-Zoo and produced by Alphablocks Ltd.[1] Once the Alphablocks discover the fact that whenever they make a word it comes to life, lots of adventures in Alphaland can be made. These adventures with these great animated blocks are what make learning how to read and spell more fun.

Characters[edit]

Name Color Gender Information
A Green Female She likes to sing and help the other vowels. She has a bandage on her cheek and apples keep falling on her head. In "Prank" she discovered a red clown nose and played jokes on all of the other Alphablocks.
B Light blue Female She plays the bass guitar and is D's older sister.
C Pinkish-red Female The only female who performs stunts. She wears goggles and makes cracks and is K's younger sister.
D Purple Male He is a proper cube shape and he plays the drums. He is the younger brother to B.
E Red Male He is the busiest letter in the alphabet. His 'eh's echo from the loudhailer he uses. He also becomes Magic E who is black with a top hat and red eye mask to make the other vowels say their names. There is also a silent E he has the same look as magic E but doesn't have the hat. In "Sleep" all he wanted to do is to rest his sleepy head, but the other Alphablocks had other plans in mind.
F Purple Female She is into floating and blowing. She is designed like an astronaut with a small life-support backpack. She can fly about in air or in space. Her 'ffff' sound is used to represent the sound of a space rocket.
G Green Female She is the only alphablock that has hair. She Looks like a plant with flowers on her sides and grassy hair and sometimes she drinks water, and when that happens her hair grows.
H Yellow Female She can get tired when running: Her 'h-h-h-h' sound is panting.
I Fuchsia Female Her singing can be too loud sometimes but the Alphablocks really like her singing. She is also self-absorbed and thinks she is the most important letter.
J Blue and white Female She looks like a penguin, but thinks she is a Jay Bird. She thinks she can sing and fly like a real jay.
K Yellow Male He likes to kick his football. He is the older brother to C.
L Lilac Female She loves to sing songs with her L sound. She sings a special lullaby to help the others get to sleep.
M White with blue feet Male He is designed as a chef and likes to eat things (even stuff that is not food) which makes him quite greedy, which can irritate the other Alphablocks.
N Red-orange Male He is quite stubborn and negative. He says 'No' even when the answer is yes. In "Ants", A, P, T, and S were blaming him for nothing, which made him very upset. And in "Little Red N" he faces his challenge when the dog, the cat, and the pig refused to help him make bread out of wheat.
O Orange Male He can only make his short sound or his long sound but is smiling and happy. He likes to investigate lots of things with his magnifying glass.
P Bright green, blue and purple Female She can appear and disappear by making a popping noise and it can scare the others when they are busy. She appears to be a pixie. She is very sweet and always helps her friends.
Q Green with violet hair Female She is an old green woman who wants to be quite quarreling and is also in love with U which is who she also needs to make her "qu" or "q" sound, but he always runs away.
R Red Female She looks like a pirate has a tomboy personality.
S Red, white, blue, orange, green, and yellow Female She looks like a beach ball. She can inflate and deflate and fly about.
T Dark blue Male He wears a monocle and has a white moustache. He really likes drinking tea. He says "t, t" when he is out of tea. He is one of the consonants who appears a lot. (In fact, he is the second most busy Alphablock in Alphaland)
U Light blue Male He wears square glasses and is quite moody. He always runs away from Q (probably because she wants to be quite quarreling). He usually say words like "unfair" or "unbelievable."
V Red Male He is designed as a racing driver who is very fast with his steering wheel and has feathers on his arms. His 'v-v' sound is his "VROOM"
W Dark blue Male He cries when he gets hurt or when he is upset causing floods everywhere. His 'w-w-w' sound is wailing.
X Blue and yellow Male He is the superhero and has X-ray vision. He also becomes Plusman when his letter shape goes all wonky turning it into a plus sign by accident and he turns red with a different personality. He then has the power to make compound words - putting 2 little words together into 1 whole big word. In "Plusman" he shows how he became Plusman with his laser by rotating his X the same way his letter shape did and made the compound word 'lunchbox'
Y Yellow Male He is the youngest male Alphablock and the only consonant which can make a vowel sound [semivowel] (see Series 1 Episode 4). He perseveres even if he has trouble doing things.
Z Lime green Male He is the oldest Alphablock with a walking stick (cane) and can sleep almost anywhere.

Aired episodes[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Series 1 originally ran in the UK from January to February 2010.[2]

  1. Alphablocks (Pilot)
  2. Bee (E's song)
  3. Top
  4. Why
  5. Key
  6. Glow
  7. Sing
  8. Band
  9. Party
  10. Cha Cha Cha
  11. Race
  12. Moon
  13. Alphalympics
  14. Sail
  15. UFO
  16. Fox
  17. Surprise
  18. Bus
  19. Space
  20. Hide
  21. Quiet
  22. Map
  23. Jaybird
  24. Note
  25. Zzzzz
  26. Magic (Magic E's song)

The episode UFO has some short amusing reflections on Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Series 2[edit]

Series 2 originally ran in the UK from February to March 2012.[2]

  1. Taps
  2. In
  3. Man
  4. Din
  5. Dog
  6. Cat
  7. Pen
  8. Up
  9. Red
  10. Hen
  11. Bop
  12. Fred
  13. Hill
  14. Van
  15. Zap
  16. Dot
  17. Lips
  18. Web
  19. Box
  20. Quick
  21. Kick
  22. Wig
  23. Rainbow
  24. On
  25. ABC
  26. The Cat Sat on The Mat

[3]

Series 3[edit]

Series 3 originally aired from October 2012 - March 2013

  1. Wish
  2. Snowman
  3. Win
  4. Hat
  5. Little Red N
  6. Dots
  7. Frog on a Dog
  8. Best
  9. Fit
  10. Odd
  11. Champ
  12. Song
  13. Thing
  14. Train
  15. Beep
  16. Tightrope
  17. Toad
  18. Book
  19. Hey!
  20. Card
  21. The End
  22. How Now, Brown Cow?
  23. Fair
  24. Ants
  25. Ink
  26. Crash!

Series 4[edit]

Series 4 began in the UK in June 2013 to July 2013.[2]

  1. Four
  2. Clap
  3. Prank[note 1]
  4. Plusman
  5. Alphabet
  6. Name
  7. Sleep
  8. Mine
  9. Home
  10. Blue
  11. Outlaw
  12. Birthday Girl
  13. Cowboy
  14. Zebra
  15. Horse
  16. Lion
  17. Kangaroo
  18. Turtle
  19. Viper
  20. Walrus
  21. Queen
  22. Witch
  23. Jackal
  24. Giraffe
  25. Tiger
  26. Monkey
  27. Ostrich
  28. Polar Bear
  29. Bear
  30. Moose
  31. Unicorn
  32. A to Z Sing and Dance the Letter Sounds

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ (originally shown on 16 November 2012 as part of Children in Need 2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alphablocks". Blue Zoo Animation Studio. 
  2. ^ a b c "Alphablocks". tvdb. 
  3. ^ "Episodes from Alphablocks: Series 2 broadcast in 2012". BBC. 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 

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