Bing (TV series)

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Bing
Bing title.jpg
Based onBing Bunny by Ted Dewan
Developed byAcamar Films
Voices ofElliot Kerley
Trystan Tomos Thurtle
Mark Rylance
David Threlfall
ComposerJulian Nott
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes104 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Lucy Murphy
  • Philip Bergkvist
  • Howard Litton
ProducerMikael Shields
Running time7 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkCBeebies (UK)
S4C (Wales)
Cartoonito (US)
Original release9 June 2014 (2014-06-09) –
11 December 2019 (2019-12-11)
External links
Website
Production website

Bing is a British CGI-animated children's television series based on the books by Ted Dewan. It is broadcast on UK TV channel CBeebies; the series follows a pre-school bunny named Bing as he experiences the world around him. It uses small everyday occurrences to demonstrate how he learns new ways to manage situations with the help of his carer, Flop (voiced by Mark Rylance in series 1 and David Threlfall in series 2) and friends.

In the United States, the series started airing on the Cartoonito block on September 13, 2021 on Cartoon Network,[1][2] with an American voice cast, replacing their original British soundtrack.[3]

Characters[edit]

An image of the characters featured in Bing.
  • Bing (voiced by Elliot Kerley in series 1 and Rafferty Railton in series 2 of the original version, Santino Barnard in the American English dub) is the titular protagonist of the programme. Bing is a 3-year-old black anthropomorphic bunny. His favourite toy is Hoppity Voosh, a rabbit superhero. Bing wears a green shirt, red and black chequered dungarees and black and white sneakers and Bing loves to hum, whistle, pretend and do untroubling childlike things.
  • Flop (voiced by Mark Rylance in series 1[4] and David Threlfall in series 2) is Bing's carer, guiding Bing through his toddler life, entertaining him and soothing him when Bing faces a problem. Flop is a short orange-skinned creature and is literally a stuffed rabbit toy.[5]
  • Sula (voiced by Eve Bentley in the original version, Annabelle Chow in the American English dub) is a 4-year-old female brown anthropomorphic elephant and one of Bing's best friends. Sula wears a pink and yellow shirt with trousers and pink sneakers. Her favourite toy is thought to be Fairy Hippo, a hippo dressed up as a fairy. [5]
  • Amma (voiced by Akiya Henry), is Sula's guardian. Amma runs the creche and park café which the programme's child characters sometimes visit. Amma is a short blue-skinned elephant-like creature and is literally a stuffed elephant toy.
  • Pando (voiced by Shai Portnoy in series 1 and Noah Hicks in series 2 of the original version, Micah Gursoy in the American English dub) is a 2 and a half year old anthropomorphic male panda who is also Bing's second best friend,[5] and lives next door to him. Pando shares his catchphrase, "Hoppity-voosh! " with Bing. Pando wears a white shirt that doesn't completely cover his belly, black sneakers and a nappy and Pando hums, whistles, pretends and does untroubling childlike things just like Bing. Pando is often seen wearing trousers, before taking them off at the earliest possible opportunity, remaining in his underwear.
  • Padget (voiced by Bryony Hannah in the original version, Molly Wurwand in the American English dub) is Pando's guardian. Padget runs the corner shop near to where Bing lives. Padget can sometimes be spotted out jogging or else driving her yellow tuk-tuk. Padget is a short green-skinned creature.
  • Coco (voiced by Jocelyn Macnab in the original version, Alivia Clark in the American English dub) is a white anthropomorphic bunny who is Bing's cousin and Charlie's older sister.[5] Coco is the oldest of the child characters at age 10.
  • Charlie (voiced by Poppy Hendley), is a white anthropomorphic bunny who is Coco's 1-year-old baby brother and Bing's cousin who cannot talk. Charlie puts everything in his mouth and the others say, "Don't chew it, Charlie!"
  • Molly (voiced by Tamsin Grieg), is Coco and Charlie's carer. Molly also works as a doctor. Molly is a small red-skinned creature often seen wearing glasses and a white lab coat.[6]
  • Nicky (voiced by Xavi Nixon), is a small anthropomorphic brown elephant who is Sula's younger cousin. Nicky wears glasses, an orange t-shirt, blue & white sneakers and blue dungarees. Nicky first appears in series 2.[6] Nicky is often the source of disagreement between Bing and Sula.

Production[edit]

Bing was based on the Bing Bunny book series, written and illustrated by Ted Dewan.[7] Acamar Films acquired the rights to Bing Bunny[8] and produced the programme in conjunction with Brown Bag Films and Tandem Films.[5][7] The series was developed for CBeebies though initial episodes were viewable at MIPTV.[9]

Episodes[edit]

The first series of 78 seven-minute episodes show the "mishaps, mess, energy and wonder of being a relatively new human being". The programme focuses on real-life situations experienced by many toddlers and their parents.[9] At the end, Bing summarizes what he has learnt in the episode, with Flop intoning "It's a Bing thing".[10] The second season began airing on CBeebies on 31 October 2019.

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1789 June 2014 (2014-06-09)20 May 2015 (2015-05-20)
22731 October 2019 (2019-10-31)11 December 2019 (2019-12-11)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Refs
2014 BAFTA Pre-School Animation Bing Nominated [11]
2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival TV Series For episode "Bye Bye" Nominated [12]
2015 Pulcinella Awards TV Series for PreSchool Bing Nominated [13][14]
2015 Writers Guild Award Best Children's TV Episode Denise Cassar & the Bing Writing Team
(for episode "Bye Bye")
Won
2016 International Emmy Kids Award Pre-School Bing Won
2020 BANFF Rockies World Media Festival Children & Youth: Pre-School Category Bing Nominated [15]
2020 Palm Springs International Animation Festival 3D Kids Animated Shorts Bing Nominated [16]
2020 PRIX ROYAL Paris Animation Awards Best Animation (Short) Bing Won [17]
2021 Findecoin - Independent International Short Film Festival Animated Short Film Bing Nominated [18]
2021 Animation Celebration Fest Animated TV or Web-series Episode Bing Won
2021 ANIMAFILM International Film Festival Short Animated Film for Children Bing Nominated
2021 San Diego International Film Festival Short Film Bing Nominated

Other media[edit]

Home media[edit]

The 70-minute DVDs are released by Studio Canal.[19][20] The first DVD "Swing... and other episodes" was released on 31 March 2015 and features 10 episodes - Bye Bye, Swing, Blocks, Ducks, Smoothie, Frog, Car Park, Shadow, Musical Statues, and Voo Voo. A second DVD was released on 15 June 2015 and is titled "Storytime... and other episodes", featuring a further 10 episodes - Storytime, Growing, Atchoo, Hide & Seek, Bake, Train, Say Goodbye, Lost, Picnic, and Balloon.

Merchandise[edit]

HarperCollins Children's Books signed a deal with Acamar and The Licensing Company to re-publish the stories to link with the TV programme.[21][22][23] The books were re-issued in 2013–14.[9]

Fisher Price have developed a range of Bing toys, which were released in July 2015, including "play sets, figurines, role play items, ride-ons, musical toys, wooden toys, and soft toys",[24] at some point Fisher Price lost the license and now toys are currently manufactured by Golden Bear Toys.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/cartoonito-greenlights-dylan-adds-bing-odo-pocoyo-to-lineup/
  2. ^ https://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/cartoonito-pre-k-block-debuts-sept-13-no-hbo-max-cartoon-network/
  3. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/CR6tLBaryEY/
  4. ^ Fletcher, Harry (27 May 2014). "Mark Rylance to star in new CBeebies show Bing". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Life - it's a Bing Thing! Bing comes to CBeebies with voice talent from Mark Rylance". BBC News. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Acamar & CBeebies Get Hopping on New Series of 'Bing'". Animation Magazine. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Mark Rylance joins CBeebies show Bing". BBC - Ariel. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Acamar Films Develops Animated 'Bing Bunny' Series". Animation Magazine. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Wolfe, Jennifer (6 February 2013). "Acamar Partners with Brown Bag Films and Tandem Films on 'Bing Bunny'". Animation World Network (AWN). Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  10. ^ Brown, Maggie (27 May 2014). "Mark Rylance voices CBeebies cartoon Bing". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Children's Pre-School Animation in 2014". BAFTA. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  12. ^ "TV films in competition". Annecy. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Nominations". Cartoons Bay. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  14. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (14 April 2015). "Cartoons on the Bay Unveils 2015 Pulcinella Award Nominees". Animation World Network. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  15. ^ "2020 Nominees". Rockie Awards. Brunico Communications Ltd. Retrieved 2021. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  16. ^ "PSIAF 2020 Official Selections". Palm Springs International Animation. Palm Springs International Animation Festival & Expo. Retrieved 2021. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  17. ^ Tabarsi, Anahita. "Bing Wins PRIX ROYAL Paris Animation Award for Best Animation!". Brown Bag Films. Brown Bag Films. Retrieved 2020. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  18. ^ "Findecoin International Short and Feature Film Festival". Findecoin. Findecoin. Retrieved 2020. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  19. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (26 March 2015). "StudioCanal Bringing Acamar's 'Bing' to DVD". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  20. ^ "BOUNDS OUT ON DVD WITH STUDIOCANAL". Show me the animation. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Bing Bunny Books Head to TV". License. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  22. ^ Farrington, Joshua (8 November 2012). "HC to publish Bing Bunny TV tie-ins". The Book Seller. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  23. ^ Maybury, David (7 February 2014). "Bing Bunny is in Production #NewShow". Brown Bag Films. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  24. ^ "Fisher-Price to Develop 'Bing' Toys". LicenseMag. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2015.

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