Rastamouse

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Rastamouse
RastamouseTVtitle.jpg
Genre Children's
Animated
Created by Genevieve Webster
Michael De Souza
Starring Reggie Yates
Sharon Duncan-Brewster
William Vanderpuye
and Cornell John
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 52[1]
Production
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Three Stones Media Ltd
Dinamo
Little Roots
DHX Media
Sony Pictures Television International
Broadcast
Original channel BBC
Picture format 16:9
Original run 31 January 2011 (2011-01-31) – present

Rastamouse is a British animated stop motion children's TV series created by Genevieve Webster and Michael De Souza and produced by Three Stones Media/The Rastamouse Company for CBeebies.

The show follows crime busting mouse reggae band Da Easy Crew, who split their time between making music and solving mysteries for Da President of Mouseland.

The first 26 episodes of the initial series were shown in the afternoon beginning 31 January 2011 on CBeebies, a UK BBC channel.[2] From 7 March 2011, the programme was repeated in the early mornings, on BBC2. The second series, comprising a further 26 episodes, started on 11 July 2011, on CBeebies.

Characters[edit]

The series features an all-mouse reggae band, Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew who play music at the 'Nuff Song Studio' when they're not solving mysteries for the President of Mouseland.

  • Rastamouse: Crime fighting mouse; lead guitar player for Da Easy Crew. Always knows how to "make a bad ting good". His catchphrase is "Irie, man"!
  • Scratchy: DJ and bass player for Da Easy Crew. Her catchphrases are "Sweet"! and "You know what I'm saying"!
  • Zoomer: Speediest mouse in Mouseland, bongo player in Da Easy Crew. His catchphrase is "Aww, man!"
  • Wensley Dale: President of Mouseland. He calls Da Easy Crew on his transistor radio when there’s a mystery that needs solving.
  • Bagga T: Hip-hop rapper mouse who looks after the orphanage.
  • Missy D: Dancer. Runs the dance studio.
  • Bandulu: Expert chef mouse who cooks at the orphanage. His speciality is cheese pies.
  • Fats: Mechanic who runs Fats 4x4 Garage.
  • Natty Kass: Super stylish fashion designer.
  • Sasha: Wensley Dale's older sister. She's super tidy, but a little bit bossy.
  • Frank: Wensley Dale's Nephew. He's a skateboarding artist mouse, who's a bit clumsy and he stutters.
  • Aunt Janessa: Wensley Dale's Aunt. Singer who runs the Mouseland Choir.
  • Ron: The Grovetown Barber.
  • Stylus: Owns the Record Store
  • Toots: Lead singer of The Mousetails.
  • Ice Popp: Rapper and Toots roadie.
  • Orphans: Little baby mice who live in the orphanage.
  • J-Poppy Kitty: A cat who is lead in a group of lip-synching J-Pop dancing cats, J-Meow. Her catchphrases are "Meow!" and "C'mon, gang! Let's show 'em!"
  • Meow-lissa: J-Poppy Kitty's best friend who's in J-Meow.
  • Purrywinkle: Member of J-Meow, and enjoys helping out other cats.

Cast (voice actors)[edit]

Origins[edit]

Rastamouse first appeared in 2005 in the children's books Rastamouse and the Crucial Plan and Rastamouse Da Bag-a Bling. A third book, Rastamouse and the Double-Crossin' Diva, was published in 2006. The stories were written by co-authors Genevieve Webster, an author and illustrator, and Michael De Souza, who is a Rastafarian swimming instructor.[3] They are written in rhyme and contain a Caribbean accent and some Jamaican Patois terms.[4] A pop song, "Ice Popp", was released in 2011.

Lenny Henry has read two of the stories, The Crucial Plan and Da Bag-a Bling, for the BBC's Jackanory Junior, which was first shown in January 2008.[5]

Ethos[edit]

The stories emphasise the importance of solving problems through mutual understanding, love and respect, and without resorting to punishment. Rastamouse's ethos is redemption and not retribution — "make a bad ting good" — helping wrong-doers to redeem themselves from their mistakes.

Music[edit]

Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew's album 'Makin' A Bad Ting Good' was released by EMI in July 2011. It includes the single 'Ice Popp.' A second album is due for release in 2013.

All music for the series was composed by Andrew Kingslow. The theme tune was sung by Martin 'Sugar' Merchant, former singer in the rock/reggae band Audioweb.

J-Meow's music is really lip-synching, and their music is from Vocaloid, UTAU, and other J-Pop artists. But two of the songs, "PONPONPON" and "CANDY CANDY" are English dubbed Kyary Pamyu Pamyu songs from J-Pop fan Kalon.

The puppets[edit]

The puppets were made by Mackinnon and Saunders,[6] who previously made the puppets for Bob the Builder and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.

Critical reception[edit]

There was early speculation in the British media that the Rastamouse cheese was an allusion to marijuana, despite actual cheese being seen in the series.[7][8] The Rastafarian poet Benjamin Zephaniah has criticised the accuracy of the West Indian accents. There have been complaints to the BBC regarding the use of Jamaican slang and racist overtones have been alleged.[9]

The Voice, a newspaper that serves the British African-Caribbean community, welcomed the show, albeit as a stereotype of Jamaican life:[10] a The Voice website poll showed that over 60% considered it to be a positive programme.[11] The Sun newspaper reported that the creator, Michael de Souza, had been saddened by the initial media reaction to Rastamouse.[12] Both the Sun and Digital Spy commented that the BBC claimed that "Rastamouse is not racist".[13][14] The Guardian newspaper gave a differing view of Rastamouse, with the producer Greg Boardman stating that the producers "never intentionally put in innuendo or anything that isn't age-appropriate".[15]

Fig­ures pro­vided by broad­cast reg­u­la­tor Ofcom indi­cate that the ani­mated TV show received 12 complaints in 2011, though none of them were upheld.[16] The British Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion also described Ras­ta­mouse, aimed at chil­dren under six, as one of its most pop­u­lar shows of 2011.[17]

Episodes: Series I[edit]

Title Plot Rastamouse.com running order[18] Original UK airdate[19]
"Da Crucial Plan" Da Easy Crew devise a clever plan to discover who has stolen all the cheese in Mouseland. 1 31 January 2011
"Bakin' and Breakin'" Rastamouse teaches some tasty dance moves to solve a problem at the orphanage. Meanwhile, J-Meow plans to perform Sweet Magic to the orphans. 3 1 February 2011
"Da Missin Masterpiece" Da Easy Crew must come up with a plan to track down a missing masterpiece. 4 2 February 2011
"For Real FM" Da Easy Crew track down a mystery pirate who has taken all the music in mouseland. 5 3 February 2011
"Mice Camera Action" Director Spike Cheez arrives in town and makes every mouse go crazy for his new pirate movie. 6 4 February 2011
"Hot Hot Hot" Da Easy Crew must arrange a surprise party to track down a very selfish mouse. 7 7 February 2011
"President's Pie" A thief has taken a special pie Bandulu baked for Wensley Dale. 8 8 February 2011
"Wicked Threads" Somebody steals Wensley Dale's presidential tie during the island fashion competition. 13 9 February 2011
"Da Marathon Mystery" Rastamouse wonders if Rubba is cheating to win the Da Big Cheese Marathon. 14 10 February 2011
"Da Cool Cruiser" Rastamouse must apprehend a motorised thief who is determined to win at all costs. 15 11 February 2011
"Da Monstrous Fib" Scary sounds have been spooking the orphanage mice during their camping trip. 16 14 February 2011
"Cheesy Rumbles" Da Easy Crew investigate strange rumbling sounds in the Buff Bay Caves. 17 15 February 2011
"Boom Bada Boom" Rastamouse and Scratchy investigate why everyone in Grove Town is so keen to snooze. Meanwhile, J-Poppy Kitty and Meow-lissa make a lot of noise with their new boom box. 11 16 February 2011
"Da Ice Cold Criminal" Rastamouse tracks down a thief with an icy ambition. 19 17 February 2011
"Sole Rebel" Zoomer, Rubba and Dub are devastated when their brand new sneakers fall apart. Meanwhile, Purrywinkle tries to beat Minky Meow in roller skating. 22 18 February 2011
"Double Crossin' Diva" A missing minibus and a talent show trip. Rastamouse must judge who is breaking the rules. 2 14 March 2011
"Toots Re-routes" Someone prevents a musical legend from performing at Gladstone Brie's music festival. 9 15 March 2011
"Da Bag A Bling" Rastamouse instigates an ingenious plan to catch a person who has borrowed the orphans. 24 16 March 2011
"Pie Without Cheese" Wensley Dale's bossy sister Sasha takes over when he goes on vacation. 18 17 March 2011
"Hot Sauce" Da Easy Crew have a 'hot' plan to bring about order and save the food festival. Meanwhile, J-Poppy Kitty plans to make her franchise popular by selling "catnip candy". 23 18 March 2011
"Rollin' Ragga Twins" The crew stage a roller disco "skatin' competition" in order to trick a copycat thief. Meanwhile, Minky Meow tries to prove that she can be an expert at roller disco. 12 21 March 2011
"Shorty Shapes Up" It is Sports Day and there are 'blingy medals' to be won, but a mouse spoils all the fun. 10 22 March 2011
"Master of Disguise" Da Easy Crew comes up with a watertight plan to fix a leaky roof. 20 23 March 2011
"Lady Uptown" Old school music star Lady Uptown is distressed by the disappearance of her lucky brooch. 21 24 March 2011
"Sugacube" Somebody has stolen an Easy Crew record and is now pretending the music is their own. 25 25 March 2011
"Da Rhyming Teef" Da Easy Crew put aside their music making to track down the President's stolen stereo. 26 28 March 2011
"Missing Da Prez" Flat tyres, abandoned limos and a missing Wensley Dale: Rastamouse prepares a premier plan to fix a presidential favour. 27 11 July 2011
"Da Swinging Suspect" There's a mystery mouse leaving a nutty trail of mayhem in his wake. 28 12 July 2011
"Swap Til Ya Drop" Rastamouse comes up with a crafty plan to catch a 'card cravin' criminal'. Meanwhile, Meow-lissa trades in her catnip mouse for 5 cans of tuna. 29 13 July 2011
"Ready Read" Da Easy Crew come up with a powerful plan to prove that reading really rocks. 30 14 July 2011
"Da Rubbish Playground" Wensley Dale is trapped inside his mansion unable to do the things that Presidents' do. Da Easy Crew must get out there and stop a messy mouse dumping rubbish all over the island. 31 15 July 2011
"Where da Hair?" Aunt Janessa's lost her best wig, but Da Easy Crew are on the case. 32 18 July 2011
"Da Rare Groove" Da Easy Crew follow a wicked beat to help Wensley Dale set a rare groove free. 33 19 July 2011
"S'no Flour" The first snow is about to fall in Mouseland, but Da Easy Crew are too busy investigating all the missing flour to join in the fun. 34 20 July 2011
"Message In A Bottle" Someone's sending out an S.O.S as the crucial jams of For Real FM fall silent. 35 21 July 2011
"Hand Made Music" The Little Orphans wake up to find that all their toys are gone. 36 22 July 2011
"Natty Hill Carnival" Will Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew be able to save Carnival? 37 29 August 2011
"Rappers Block" Da Easy Crew must track down Bagga T and help him find his rap. Meanwhile, J-Meow tries to help a lip-synching J-Pop cat Kitty Yuna, who performs when she's really mad. 38 17 October 2011
"Kharma" Da Easy Crew come up with an open top plan to catch a double decker thief. 39 18 October 2011
"Perfec' Pizza" Da Easy Crew are helping to put prize winning pizzas on the menu. 40 19 October 2011
"Stumped" Da Easy Crew learn that when it comes to cricket, Dwain, the post mouse, is the expert. 41 20 October 2011
"Hot off Da Press" Da Easy Crew investigate the President's missing speech, while a new comic captivates Mouseland with adventures of 'Super Zoomer'. 42 21 October 2011
"Mice Cool Musical" Missy D and Scratchy are both coaching the orphans in their musical, but who's going to guarantee that it's a sure-fire smash-hit? 43 24 October 2011
"Zoomer Slows Down" A thin-crust clue and a familiar tune help Rastamouse and Scratchy get Zoomer ready for the big skate race. 44 25 October 2011
"MJ Meddles" There's gonna be a slam dunking basketball contest tonight at Pow Pow Square. 45 26 October 2011
"No Fix Fats" Things are breaking down all over Mouseland but Fats is nowhere to be found. Da Easy Crew race to fix everything in time for the 'Summer Party' and find out if Fats is okay. 46 27 October 2011
"Mouse Measles" The 'Great Big Sponsored Skate' is approaching and Da Easy Crew find a way for everyone to participate. 47 28 October 2011
"Mouse Space Mystery" Wensley Dale is planning a special treat for the Little Orphans, but one hi tech thief just might derail his plan. 48 31 October 2011
"Sandy Bay Boyz" There are three mice missing and three missing mic's. Da Easy Crew must come up with a real smooth plan to find the Sandy Bay Boyz. 49 1 November 2011
"Black Whiskers" Wensley calls in Da Easy Crew for a serious problem - the Jammin' Dodger's gone missing. 50 2 November 2011
"Da Great Spindiski" When President Wensley Dale sits down for breakfast he can't eat a thing - the President's plate's gone missing. 51 3 November 2011
"Tinie Tinsel" While Mouseland waits for some real snow to fall Da Easy Crew must find a mouse whose been distracted by a celebration of lovin' and carin'. 52 14 December 2011

Episodes: Series II[edit]

Title Plot Rastamouse.com running order[20] Original UK airdate[21]
"Eyes Popp" Rastamouse comes up with an original plan to show Ice Popp that being different can be cool. Meanwhile, J-Poppy Kitty meets Li'l Angel Kitten, a pop singing cat who needs to get her angel wings back. 53 20th August 2012
"Mouserobics'" Da Easy Crew discover a cheeky mouse who's dreamed up a distracting plan to premier his own uptempo grooves on For Real FM. 54 21st August 2012
"Grovetown'" The Easy Crew are thrilled when Wensley Dale asks them to escort ragga star, Miss Ruffit, around Grovetown ahead of her bib concert gig. 55 22nd August 2012
"Show Band Style'" Dexter and the orphans are showing off bare skills, while Bandulu and Bagga T have a falling out. 56 23rd August 2012
"Chatterbox'" Scratchy and Zoomer give Da Prez some singing lessons while Rastamouse thinks up a plan to find out why Janessa keeps losing her voice. 57 24th August 2012
"Boom Box Bust'" Da Easy Crew have composed a new song for Wensley Dale's charity record, but there's just one problem; the Prez nah like it one bit! Meanwhile, the mice are getting annoyed by J-Meow's performances. 58 27th August 2012
"Wicked Wednesday'" President Wensley Dale's looking after the orphans, cos Bandulu is feeling unwell, but when sister Sasha takes charge all the plans go awry. 59 26th November 2012
"Over Da Moon'" Everyone's excited about the prospect of a journey into space, but Da Easy Crew keep their feet on the ground as they investigate a bunch of missing things. 60 28th August 2012
"Book Ah Records'" Rastamouse hatches a master plan to track down some missing mice and solve a cheesy mystery in time to break some new Mouseland records. 61 29th August 2012
"Da Winner Is'" Da Easy Crew follow a golden paint trail to track down a mouse who's hungry for fame. 62 30th August 2012
"Da Mashup Mystery'" Mashed up messages and mixed up instructions result in a proper mess that means Stylee's Summer Jam might have to be cancelled. 63 27th November 2012
"Rappin' Da Spell'" Rastamouse must come up with a system to make sure the orphans become star spellers. 64 14th September 2012
"Dude Where's Mi Bongo's'" Zoomer's lost his bongo's, and Da Easy Crew race to find them before their gig at Wensley Dale's Garden Party. 65 28th November 2012
"Chococheese'" There's a new snack sensation taking Grovetown by storm. The problem is it tastes dreadful, and nobody knows who's been making it. 66 29th November 2012
"Beyond Da Fringe'" There's a queue outside Ron's barbers waiting for haircuts, but Ron's nowhere to be found! 67 30th November 2012
"Bad Ting Song'" Wensley Dale's been practicing his golf for the annual competition, but he cant understand why he keeps getting worse and worse! 68 3rd December 2012
"Mouseland TV Cribs'" Wensley Dale's supposed to be attending an interview with the rapper Fifty P, but a series of strange goings on means he doesn't know if he's got time. 69 4th December 2012
"Da King's Speech'" Rastamouse has a perfect performance plan to deal with a serious case of stage fright. 70 5th December 2012
"Da Lost Keys'" World famous piano virtuoso Oscar paws is coming to Grovetown to perform a brand new tune, but someone seems determined to disrupt the premiere performance. 71 6th December 2012
"Safe'" Rastamouse must come up with a safe, sound, and priceless plan to fix a Mouseland banking crisis. 72 7th December 2012
"Uptown Feelin' Down'" Wensley Dale's concerned when Lady Uptown misses the orphans' singing lesson. Meanwhile J-Meow teaches the orphans how to lip-synch and dance to J-Pop. 73 10th December 2012
"Sherlock Homie'" There's a new crime bustin' mouse in town so WEnsley Dale's got no qualms about giving Da Easy Crew the day off. 74 11th December 2012
"Mousetamind'" Wensley Dale's been so busy he hasn't had time to prepare the questions for the Big Mouseland Quiz, and when he finally has time to hit the books he discovers his bookshelves are totally bare! 75 12th December 2012
"Didier du Rag'" All of the mice in Grovetown are on the lookout for a new footie tricks champion, but all the footballs in Mouseland are missing. 76 13th December 2012
"Abracada Bredda'" only Zoomer's noticed Sonny's weather forecast, so when Da Easy Crew are called to investigate a series of missing objects it's Zoomer who works out what's happened. 77 14th December 2012
"Da Sugamice'" Scratchy is convinced she's discovered a wicked new girl band to represent Grovetown in this year's battle of the bands. 78 19th December 2012

Live performances[edit]

Rastamouse at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival

In June 2011, Rastamouse and J-Poppy Kitty performed a series of shows in the Kidz Field at Glastonbury Festival.[22]

They also performed in 2011 on English breakfast show Daybreak.

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