Johnson and Friends
|Johnson and Friends|
Johnson (Top), McDuff, Alfred, Squeaky and Diesel (Bottom)
|Created by||John Patterson|
|Starring||See Cast section below.|
|Narrated by||Paul Bertram|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||77|
|Executive producer(s)||Ron Saunders
|Running time||10 mins|
|Production company(s)||Film Australia|
|Original run||3 September 1990 – 25 December 1995|
Johnson and Friends is an Australian children’s television programme broadcast on ABC from 12 November 1990 to 25 December 1995. It was produced by Film Australia and lasted four seasons. In the UK it was shown in 1993 on TCC, CBBC, and then on UK Living's Tiny Living strand for under-fives. It was aired in the United States as a segment on the Fox Cubhouse, an educational children's program on Fox, from 1993 to 1996. The series was last repeated on ABC1 in November 2003.
Johnson and his friends are toys that belong to a boy named Michael, unseen except for asleep in his bed. They reside in his bedroom, but do not move or show any signs of life until he has left the room or fallen asleep. Each episode involves a story about the toys and it will usually have a message to convey to the children about sharing, cheating, complaining or similar.
The series is aimed at children less than five years old, and plays upon their fascination with the notion that toys come to life when they are gone. However, the stories often have a deeper message, and sometimes they are very poignant. Often the toys live in terror that new toys will replace them (also a major theme in Toy Story), encouraging small children to look after old toys.
On one occasion McDuff was taken out into the real world. She rejected her friends because it was so wonderful, but eventually she regained her senses. One episode deals with the issue of having a TV in your child's room. The toys become completely addicted and Alfred watches it even when nothing is on. All the episodes convey gentle moral messages to young children whilst at the same time providing the lively colour and rambunctious gaiety that young children enjoy.
- Johnson: The leader of the toys. A furry pink elephant who loves reading. Johnson is the wisest and oldest of the group, although he tends towards impatience sometimes.
- McDuff: A blue and yellow concertina who loves having fun. Although she is a little silly, McDuff is a kind and loyal friend, especially towards the misunderstood Diesel.
- Diesel: A red toy truck that spends most of his time going "bruuum, bruuum" around the floor. He speaks with a very pronounced Australian accent. Although brusque, he means well and is obviously fond of his friends.
- Alfred: A green hot water bottle, which is technically not a toy. He is a real fusspot and lives in the dark, dank area of the bedroom that is under the bed. He is neurotic and anxious and complains constantly. His face wears an aggrieved expression, but it is Alfred that supplies a lot of the humour. He also owns an old "banana skin blanket" which he is very protective of. Although grumpy and sometimes selfish, Alfred is generally good natured and helps Johnson out on his endeavors.
- Squeaky: A black and red robot. She guards the bedroom while Michael is asleep and loves singing to herself. She is childlike and believes that the vacuum cleaner is her mother. She does not appear in every episode.
- Victoria: A slow-moving orange dinosaur that actually belongs to Michael's elder sister, Mellisa; Victoria will appear at the door with some bad news she has just heard, e.g. "They're going on holiday and they can't take any toys with them!"
- Michael: The boy who owns the toys.
- Melissa: Michael's sister who is the owner of Victoria.
- Baby: A baby who is the young brother of Michael and Melissa.
|Johnson||Arky Michael/Jonathan Hendry/Garry Scale (voice)|
|McDuff||Dra McKay/Katrina Sedgwick (voice)|
|Diesel||Matthew Chamberlain/Bruce Wedderburn/Doug Scroope (voice)|
|Alfred||Peter Browne[disambiguation needed] (voice)|
|Squeaky||Sarah Boddy/Kristen Lyons/Emily Lumbers (voice)|
The programme was narrated by Paul Bertram. The puppets were designed by Caroline Jones.
Season 1 (1990)
- Beginnings (3 September 1990)
- Under The Bed (4 September 1990)
- Best Of Friends (5 September 1990)
- The Thing Outside (6 September 1990)
- Helpless (7 September 1990)
- Moving House (10 September 1990)
- Playing Games (11 September 1990)
- The Birthday Present (12 September 1990)
- Wind Chimes (13 September 1990)
- Sharing (14 September 1990)
- The Picnic (17 September 1990)
- Cleaning Day (18 September 1990)
Season 2 (1991)
- The Camping Trip (4 November 1991)
- Secrets (5 November 1991)
- Homeless (6 November 1991)
- Battle Of The Bed (7 November 1991)
- Crying Wolf (8 November 1991)
- A Case Of Trust (11 November 1991)
- Being Good (12 November 1991)
- Baby Of The Family (13 November 1991)
- The Concert (14 November 1991)
- Blast Off (15 November 1991)
- The Birthday Party (18 November 1991)
- The Big Freeze (19 November 1991)
- Operation Squeaky (20 November 1991)
- Buried Treasure (21 November 1991)
Season 3 (1994)
- Diesel Tries To Fly (24 October 1994)
- Dinosaur Tracks (25 October 1994)
- The Pink Thread (26 October 1994)
- Melissa's Dinosaur (27 October 1994)
- Diesel Who? (28 October 1994)
- The Homecoming (31 October 1994)
- The Three Little Pigs (1 November 1994)
- Disappearing Act (2 November 1994)
- Growing Up (3 November 1994)
- The Flood (4 November 1994)
- The Toy Orchestra (7 November 1994)
- The Money Box (8 November 1994)
- The Television Set (9 November 1994)
- The Toy Hospital (10 November 1994)
- A Trip To The Moon (11 November 1994)
- The Loose Tooth (14 November 1994)
- The Fancy Dress Party (15 November 1994)
- The Art Exhibition (16 November 1994)
- Finders Keepers (17 November 1994)
- Leaving Home (18 November 1994)
- Sock Soup (21 November 1994)
- The Train Conductor (22 November 1994)
- The Fun Run (23 November 1994)
- Bringing Up Baby (24 November 1994)
- Going Away (25 November 1994)
Season 4 (1995)
- Left Behind (20 November 1995)
- All At Sea (21 November 1995)
- The Big Surprise (22 November 1995)
- Victoria Gets Swapped (23 November 1995)
- The Thinker (24 November 1995)
- Little Red Riding Hood (27 November 1995)
- The Telephone Exchange (28 November 1995)
- Putting Out The Rubbish (29 November 1995)
- The Birthday Balloon (30 November 1995)
- Traffic Lights (1 December 1995)
- Clowning Around (4 December 1995)
- The Hypnotist (5 December 1995)
- The Tin Star (6 December 1995)
- Three Billy Goats Gruff (7 December 1995)
- Shoe Laces (8 December 1995)
- Diesel's Taxi (11 December 1995)
- Evening News (12 December 1995)
- The Toy Bus (13 December 1995)
- Alfred and Alphonse (14 December 1995)
- The Ghost Train (15 December 1995)
- Chicken Pox (18 December 1995)
- The Elf (19 December 1995)
- Superbot (20 December 1995)
- The Christmas Tree (21 November 1995)
- Christmas Presents (22 December 1995)
- Happy New Year (25 December 1995)
- Tiny Living Information on DigiGuide.com - Lists Johnson and Friends