Bing (TV series)

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Bing
Bing title.jpg
Based on Ted Dewan's original Bing books
Developed by Acamar Films
Voices of Elliot Kerley
Trystan Tomos Thurtle
Mark Rylance
Composer(s) Julian Nott
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 78 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Mikael Shields
Running time 7 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original network CBeebies
Original release 9 June 2014 (2014-06-09) – 20 May 2015 (2015-05-20)
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) and friends. The programme's central phrase is "It's a Bing thing!" which Flop intones at the end of each episode when Bing has successfully conquered a troubling task or enjoyed a new childhood experience. There may be a state if Bing will have a second season.

Episodes[edit]

The series of 78, eight 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.[1] At the end, Bing summarizes what he has learnt in the episode, with Flop intoning "It's a Bing thing".[2]

Main characters[edit]

An image of the characters featured in Bing.
  • Bing (voiced by Elliot Kerley and Trystan Tomos Thurtle)[3] is the titular protagonist of the programme. His favourite toy is Hoppity Voosh, a rabbit superhero. He wears a green shirt, a red checkered jumper and black and white sneakers and he loves to hum, whistle, pretend and do untroubling childlike things.
  • Flop (voiced by Mark Rylance)[4] is Bing's carer, guiding Bing through his toddler life, entertaining him and soothing him when he faces a problem. He is a short orange-skinned creature.[5]
  • Sula (voiced by Eve Bentley) is a female brown elephant and one of Bing's best friends.[5]
  • Amma (voiced by Akiya Henry), is Sula's carer. Amma runs the creche and park café which the programme's child characters sometimes visit. Similar to Flop, she is a short yet blue-skinned and she's an elephant-like creature.
  • Pando (voiced by Shai Portnoy) is a panda who is also Bing's second best friend,[5] and lives next door to him. He shares his catchphrase, "Hoppity-voosh! " with Bing. He wears a white shirt, black sneakers and underwear and he hums, whistles, pretends and does untroubling unchildlike things just like Bing.
  • Padget (voiced by Bryony Hannah) is Pando's carer. She runs the corner shop near to where Bing lives. Padget can sometimes be spotted out jogging or else driving her yellow tuk-tuk.
  • Coco (voiced by Jocelyn Macnab) is Bing's 5-year-old older cousin and Charlie's older sister.[5] Coco is the eldest of the child characters.
  • Charlie (voiced by Poppy Hendley), is Coco's 1-year-old baby brother and Bing's cousin who cannot talk. He puts everything in his mouth and the others say, "Don't chew it Charlie!"

Production[edit]

Bing was based on a series of books called "Bing Bunny" written and illustrated by Ted Dewan.[6] Acamar Films acquired the rights to Bing Bunny[7] and produced the program in conjunction with Brown Bag Films and Tandem Films.[5][6] The series was developed for CBeebies though initial episodes were viewable at MIPTV.[1]

HarperCollins Children's Books signed a deal with Acamar and The Licensing Company to re-publish the stories to link with the TV programme.[8][9][10] The books were re-issued in 2013-14.[1]

The 70-minute DVDs are released by Studio Canal.[11][12] 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.

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".[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival TV Series For "Bye Bye" Nominated[14]
2014 BAFTA Pre-School Animation For full series Nominated[15]
2015 Pulcinella Award TV Series for PreSchool For full series Nominated[16][17]
2015 Writers Guild Award Best Children's TV Episode For “Bye Bye” by Denise Cassar & the Bing Writing Team Won
2016 International Emmy Kids Award Pre-School For full series Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wolfe, Jennifer (6 February 2014). "Acamar Partners with Brown Bag Films and Tandem Films on 'Bing Bunny'". Animation World Network (AWN). Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Brown, Maggie (27 May 2014). "Mark Rylance voices CBeebies cartoon Bing". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Schoolboy Trystan loving life as cartoon star Bing". Carmarthen Journal. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  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 "Mark Rylance joins CBeebies show Bing". BBC - Ariel. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Acamar Films Develops Animated 'Bing Bunny' Series". Animation Magazine. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bing Bunny Books Head to TV". License. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Farrington, Joshua (8 November 2012). "HC to publish Bing Bunny TV tie-ins". The Book Seller. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  10. ^ Maybury, David (7 February 2014). "Bing Bunny is in Production #NewShow". Brown Bag Films. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  11. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (26 March 2015). "StudioCanal Bringing Acamar's 'Bing' to DVD". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "BOUNDS OUT ON DVD WITH STUDIOCANAL". Show me the animation. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "Fisher-Price to Develop 'Bing' Toys". LicenseMag. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  14. ^ "TV films in competition". Annecy. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "Children's Pre-School Animation in 2014". BAFTA. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  16. ^ "Nominations". Cartoons Bay. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  17. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (14 April 2015). "Cartoons on the Bay Unveils 2015 Pulcinella Award Nominees". Animation World Network. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 

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