Make Way for Noddy

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Make Way For Noddy
Make-way-for-noddy.jpg
Created byEnid Blyton (Noddy character)
Jymn Magon
Directed byByron Vaughns
Presented byNaomi Wilkinson
StarringDavid Kaye
Britt McKillip
Michael Dobson
Richard Newman
Ian James Corlett
Tabitha St. Germain
Doug Parker
Don Brown
Lee Tockar
Theme music composerSteven Bernstein
Julie Bernstein
Composer(s)Score:
Steven Bernstein
Julie Bernstein
Original Songs:
Steven Bernstein
Julie Bernstein
Lorraine Feather
Terry Sampson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes73
Production
Executive producer(s)Jonathan Dern
Paul Sabella
Carol Monroe
Mallory Lewis
Brad Hood
Producer(s)Robert Winthrop
Byron Vaughns
Running time11 minutes (Five); 30 minutes (PBS Kids)
Production company(s)Chorion
SD Entertainment
Release
Original networkChannel 5 (UK)
PBS Kids (USA)
Original releaseSeptember 2, 2002 – June 16, 2007
Chronology
Related showsNoddy's Toyland Adventures (1992-1999)
Noddy in Toyland (2009-2014)
Noddy, Toyland Detective (2016-2017)

Make Way for Noddy is a British-American musical CGI animated series for children, produced by Chorion of the United Kingdom in conjunction with SD Entertainment in the United States. Based on Enid Blyton's Noddy character, it originally aired in twelve minute segments as part of the Milkshake programme on Britain's Five, from September 2, 2002 to June 16, 2007. It was repeated until the beginning of 2016 on NBC and PBS Kids Sprout.[1] In 2005, the American version of the series was launched in the United States on PBS in a half-hour version. This version was a longer format; it combined two of the twelve minute segments with new material.

Along with the story episodes featuring Noddy and his friends, the PBS format included two interstitial programs, a music video and footage of British television presenter Naomi Wilkinson from Milkshake! The Say it with Noddy interstitials featured Noddy learning various foreign language words from a robot named Whizz (voiced by Matt Hill). The languages are French, Spanish, Mandarin, Swahili, Russian (US), and Urdu (UK).

Although most of the Noddy characters had been re dubbed in the American version to remove their English accents, Naomi spoke with a strong English accent, and used British English words and phrases in conversation. It features songs with music by Mark Sayer-Wade, and lyrics by Judy Rothman, and ToonBarn.

DVD releases of the show were released by Universal Pictures in the UK and Funimation in the US.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Noddy (voiced by David A Kaye, Edward Chun in the UK) is the protagonist of the series. He is an imaginative young wooden boy who lives in Toyland. Although he is characterized as a child, with a child's imagination and fears, in Toyland he also serves as the main taxi driver. He often finds himself in difficult situations due to his childlike impulsiveness and energy, but his friends always help him set things right and save Toy Town from the Goblins.
  • Tessie Bear (voiced by Britt McKillip, Joanna Ruiz in the UK) is Noddy's best friend, always ready to help everyone she sees. She wears a pink and white skirt and a pink (sometimes green) bonnet with blue flowers on it. She lives in a pink house in Toy Town with Bumpy Dog, her faithful and rambunctious pet.
  • Big Ears (voiced by Michael Dobson, Pavel Douglas in the UK) is a wise old white bearded gnome who wears a blue coat, green striped pants, a yellow and red plaid neckerchief, gnome shoes, and a long red hat and lives in a toadstool house in the forest called Toadstool Woods. He is a father figure to Noddy and the other toys, often helping them out of trouble with his years of wisdom and good advice. His catchphrase to Noddy is "You funny little Noddy!"
  • Dinah Doll (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain, Andrea Harris in the UK) is a toy plastic doll, the Toy Town shopkeeper. Her stall, though small, contains everything a Toyland resident could ever possibly want. From toy trains and kite strings to Googleberry muffins, she greets every request with her favorite promise: "I have that, now I just have to find it!" She's portrayed as a down to earth "older sister" figure, kindly guiding the more impulsive toys into doing the right thing.
  • Mr. Plod (voiced by Richard Newman) is Toyland's sole police officer. Armed with his trusty whistle and his all purpose problem solving catchphrase "Stop/Halt in the name of Plod!", he brings law and order to Toyland, keeps Gobbo and Sly out of the way, and makes the streets safe for all the toys. Although Mr Plod's no nonsense ways keep Toyland safe, they sometimes make him seem cold or unfeeling, but the Toyland toys always bring out his compassionate side in the end.
  • Bumpy Dog is Tessie Bear's dog, whose bumping and jumping cause trouble for all the toys. Even though some of the toys complain about his leaping, in several stories Bumpy's energy can save the day.
  • Gobbo and Sly (voiced by Donovan Brown and Douglas Parker, Ben Small in the UK) two crafty gobins, the series' antagonists, who are always hatching evil plots, wreaking havocs and causing trouble for the residents of Toyland.

Recurring[edit]

  • Mr. Sparks (voiced by Lee Tockar, Ben Small in the UK) is Toyland's mechanic, fix-it man, and jack of all trades. Faced with a clock without a spring, a rocket without an engine, or a problem without a solution, he brings out his tools and his famous catchphrase "A challenge?...I like it!". He speaks with a Scottish accent, and is always shown as an ingenious and helpful friend.
  • Miss Pink Cat (voiced by Carrie Mullan) owns Toy Town's ice cream shop. She is portrayed as very fussy and neat and lovely and pretty, with a French accent and no patience for foolishness, even her own.
  • Master Tubby Bear (voiced by Manny Petruzzelli, Carrie Mullan in the UK) is a stuffed teddy bear, is one of the more mischievous residents of Toyland. He wears a tie, red sneakers, a colorful cap, and blue jeans. He was impatient, greedy and thoughtless, until one of the older, wiser Toy Town toys showed him the error of his ways. He's good friends with Martha Monkey.
  • Martha Monkey (voiced by Kathleen Barr, Joanna Ruiz in the UK) is a stuffed monkey whose personality makes her a bit of an outcast in Toyland. She seems to want to be everyone's friend, but her boisterous behaviour and prankster ways often get in the way. Like Master Tubby Bear, her best friend, she'll quickly see the light when her bad behaviour is corrected by a caring friend.
  • Mr. Jumbo (voiced by Ian James Corlett, Ben Small in the UK) is a friendly stuffed elephant. He uses his size to help smaller toys, like his best friend Clockwork Mouse.
  • Clockwork Mouse (voiced by Kathleen Barr, Carrie Mullan in the UK) is a wind-up toy mouse, Mr. Jumbo's best friend.
  • Mr. Wobblyman (voiced by Ian James Corlett, Ben Small in the UK): A roly-poly toy that wobbles and tips wherever he goes because he has a ball for his body. He's very self-conscious about his clumsiness, especially when his wobbling attracts teasing.
  • The Skittles (voiced by Chantal Strand), (Joanna Ruiz, Carrie Mullan and Ben Small in the UK) are a family of bowling pin like toys who love nothing more than to be knocked over, whether by each other, a Bouncing Ball, or Bumpy Dog. Mrs. Skittle can often be seen in Toy Town, trying to keep them all in sight.
  • Harvey and Cecilia (voiced by Ben Small and Joanna Ruiz) are two beetles who are often overlooked because of their small size and can normally be seen trying to cross the road. They talk in most episodes, but not on other ones. They belong to less nosser beetles.
  • Tiny Ball is one of a large family of Bouncing Balls whose energetic bounces really make a big impression whenever they come to Toy Town. Tiny, though the smallest of all the Ball family, is also known to all the toys as the best bouncer in Toyland.
  • Noddy's car is the Toy Town taxi. It listens to Noddy, and answers with a "honk! honk!" Though Car, as Noddy calls him, generally needs a driver, at times he can move on his own, especially when Noddy needs help.

Broadcast[edit]

Country / Region Channel
 United Kingdom Channel 5 (English)
S4C (Welsh) (Former)
 United States PBS Kids (Former)
Sprout
NBC
Discovery Kids (Asia)
 Philippines Playhouse Disney Asia (now Disney Junior)
Q 11 (now GMA News TV)
GMA Network (Former) (First airing: April 2002)
 India Cartoon Network
Pogo
 Slovenia RTV SLO
 Portugal RTP1
RTP2
Canal Panda
JimJam
 France France 5
Tiji
 Netherlands Disney Channel (Netherlands)
Nick Jr. (Netherlands)
Nickelodeon (Netherlands)
 Spain La 2
Playhouse Disney (Spain)
 Catalonia K3
 Poland TVP1
MiniMini
Puls 2
 Germany Nickelodeon (Germany)
Nick Jr. (Germany)
 Russia Tiji (Russia)
Carousel
 Italy Rai Tre
Rai YoYo
 Australia Nick Jr. (Australia)
Nine Network
 Ireland RTÉ Two
 Denmark DR1
 Sweden Kanal 5
 Norway TV 2
 Finland Nelonen
C More Juniori
Fox (Finland) (on the Fox Kids block)
 Kosovo RTK
21 Junior
 Malaysia Astro Ria
TV3
ntv7
 Serbia
 Montenegro
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Happy TV
Mini TV
 Macedonia Mini TV (Serbian)
 Hungary Minimax (Hungary)
M2
 Romania Minimax (Romania)
 Czech Republic Minimax (Czech Republic)
 Greece Alter
 Taiwan PTS
 United Arab Emirates Spacetoon
 South Korea KBS
 Vietnam VTV1

Episodes[edit]

  1. Noddy and the New Taxi
  2. Noddy has a Visitor
  3. Policeman on one day
  4. Tickled Pink
  5. Noddy and Bumper Monster
  6. Noddy the artist
  7. Noddy's special treat
  8. Too Many Noddies
  9. Mr.Plod Best Policeman
  10. Up,Up and away
  11. Noddy and Curious Package
  12. Shelf Help
  13. Noddy needs some medicine
  14. Noddy's great discovery
  15. Good Neighbour Noddy
  16. Noddy gets lost
  17. Master Tubby's name game
  18. Noddy and Funny Pictures
  19. Noddy has a difficult day
  20. Noddy can Fix it
  21. Clockwork mouse big wish
  22. Noddy builds rocket
  23. Case of missing Ball
  24. Great Train Chase
  25. Noddy and Missing Muffins
  26. Surprise for Tessie Bear
  27. Master Tubby's Chocolate Dream
  28. What a Strange Weather
  29. Forgive me not
  30. Bike race
  31. Lie Down Mr.Wobblyman
  32. Noddy's car loses his voice
  33. Noddy through the looking glass
  34. Mr.Plod in jail
  35. Goblins Above
  36. Chicken Roundrup
  37. Bike for Big Ears
  38. Noddy and Broken Dishes
  39. Hold onto your hat noddy
  40. Goblins and Invinsible Paint
  41. Toy town's winning team
  42. Noddy and Magic Bagpipes
  43. Martha Monkey's Banana Pie
  44. Bounce Alert in Toyland
  45. Noddy's pet Chicken
  46. Noddy's Lucky Day
  47. Noddy's Surprise
  48. Noddy and Tell Tale Bell
  49. Noddy and Flower Thief
  50. Noddy's on the move
  51. Mr.Plod's Little Problem
  52. The Big Fib
  53. Big Sneeze
  54. Mr.Tubby rubber
  55. Noddy goes shopping
  56. Noddy loses his bell
  57. Driving Miss Pink Cat
  58. Miss Pink Cat Country adventure
  59. Noddy greatest taxist
  60. Noddy and voice of Plod
  61. Mr.Plod and jail bird
  62. Bumpy Dog's day
  63. Master Tubby Goblin
  64. Just Be Yourself Noddy
  65. Don't be late Noddy
  66. Above it All
  67. Big Ears for Day
  68. Noddy's Family Tree
  69. Great Goblin Switch
  70. Noddy and Lost tool

Specials[edit]

  1. Noddy Saves Christmas
  2. Noddy and the Island Adventure
  3. Noddy and the Magical Moondust

Critical reception[edit]

Despite being a hit with young audiences in the United States and the United Kingdom,[2] the series has been heavily criticised and also received mixed to negative reviews by fans of the character and Noddy's Toyland Adventures [3] for its derivatives from that series, as well as its unlikeable characterisation, poor writing, and cheap animation. It has a 4.4/10 rating on IMDB[4] and a 6.0 rating on TV.com.[5]

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