Alphablocks

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Alphablocks
Genre Learning
Pre-School
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 91 (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
Release
Original network CBeebies
Picture format Widescreen
Original release 25 January 2010 (2010-01-25)
External links
Website
Production website

Alphablocks is a British CGI-animated children's educational television programme that tries 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 that whenever they make a word it comes to life, many new adventures in Alphaland can be created. This is meant to help preschool children with learning the alphabet, spelling, reading and writing.

Characters[edit]

Letter Age Main Colour Information
A 7 (Series 1 to 4)

Unknown (Currently)

Light and dark green She likes to sing and help the other vowels. She has a plaster (Band-Aid) 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 7 Light blue and red-orange She plays the bass guitar and is D's younger sister.
C 7 Red and white with blue stars The only letter who performs stunts. She wears goggles and makes cracks. She is K's younger sister. She often worries why she's even a letter because she makes the same sound as K.
D 8 Purple and bright green He is a proper cube shape and he plays the drums. He is B's older brother.
E 4 (Series 1 to 4)

Unknown (Currently)

Red He is the busiest letter in the alphabet. His 'eh's echo from the megaphone he uses. He also becomes Magic E who is red with a top hat and a black ninja outfit to make the other vowels say their names. There is also Silent E. He has the same look as Magic E, but he does not wear a top hat. In "Sleep" all he wanted to do is to rest his sleepy head, but the other Alphablocks had other plans in mind.
F 4 Purple and white with orange visor 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 rocket-pack attached to her.
G 4 Green She looks like a plant with flowers on her sides and grassy hair. Sometimes she drinks water, and when that happens her hair grows.
H 4 Yellow and red She likes to run, but she can get tired when running. Her 'h-h-h-h' sound is panting.
I 5 Fuchsia 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 (reflecting the use of 'I' to refer to oneself, or the first person).
J 4 Blue and white with orange 'beak' She looks like a penguin, but thinks she is a jay bird. She thinks she can sing and fly like a real jay.
K 4 Yellow, with a green jersey and red pants He likes to kick his football. He is C's older brother.
L 16 Lilac-pink with green socks She loves to sing songs with her L sound. She sings a special lullaby to help the others get to sleep.
M Unknown White with blue feet He is dressed up as a chef and likes to eat things (even things that are not food) which makes him quite greedy. This can annoy the other Alphablocks.
N 7 Vermilion He is quite stubborn and negative. He says "No" even if he means yes. In "Ants", A, P, T, and S were blaming him for nothing, which made him very upset. In "Little Red N" he faced a challenge when the dog, the cat, and the pig refused to help him make bread out of wheat.
O 2 Orange He does not speak, only being able to make his "oh" sound, but he likes to investigate lots of things with his magnifying glass.
P 14 Bright green, blue and purple with white stars and dark green pointed shoes 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 loves to helps her friends.
Q Unknown Green with indigo hair She is an old green woman who dresses like a queen and wants to be quite quarrelling. She 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 12 Red and black She looks like a pirate (reflecting the stereotypical "arrrrrr" pirate exclamation), and she has a tomboy personality.
S 10 Red, white, blue, orange, green, and yellow She resembles a beach ball. She can inflate and deflate and fly about. In "Clap" she became depressed because she questioned her status as a letter, because she makes the same sound as soft C.
T Unknown Navy blue 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.) He refers to his name as "Tea".
U 9 Light blue with purple shoes He wears square glasses and is quite moody. He always runs away from Q (probably because she wants to be quite quarrelling). He usually say words like "unfair" or "unbelievable".
V Unknown Red and white He is a racing driver who is very fast with his steering wheel and has feathers on his arms. His 'v-v-v' sound is his "vroom".
W 3 Dark blue He cries when he gets hurt or when he is upset, causing floods everywhere. His 'w-w-w' sound is wailing. He refers to his name as his sound.
X Unknown Gold and blue with white socks and red cape He is a superhero called The Exciting X who has X-ray vision. He becomes Plusman if 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 two words together into one. 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 1 Yellow He is the youngest Alphablock after O and the only consonant who can make a semivowel sound (see Series 1, Episode 4). He perseveres even if he has trouble doing things.
Z Unknown Lime green with silver-white beard He is the oldest Alphablock with a walking stick (cane) and can sleep almost anywhere (reflecting the "zzz" sound commonly used to represent the sound of sleeping or snoring in comic books).

Other characters[edit]

  • Girl
  • Cowboy
  • Singing Cow

Aired episodes[edit]

Series 1[edit]

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

  1. Alphablocks (Pilot)
  2. Bee
  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 November 2016[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

[4]

Numberblocks[edit]

In January 2017, Numberblocks debuted on CBeebies. This new show takes on a similar approach to Alphablocks, though with numbers instead of the letters of the alphabet. Like Alphablocks, It is also animated by Blue-Zoo.[5]

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. 
  4. ^ http://www.locatetv.com/tv/alphablocks/6597412/episode-guide
  5. ^ "Blue Zoo Animation's 'Numberblocks' Launching on CBeebies". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 

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