Make Way for Noddy

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Make Way for Noddy
Make-way-for-noddy.jpg
GenreComedy
Animation
Musical
Created byEnid Blyton (Noddy character)
Jymn Magon
Directed byByron Vaughns
Presented byNaomi Wilkinson (US TV airings only)
StarringEdward Chun
Joanna Ruiz
Pavel Douglas
Andrea Harris
Carrie Mullan
Ben Small
Theme music composerSteven Bernstein
Julie Bernstein
Opening theme"Make Way for Noddy" performed by The Kidsongs Kids
ComposersScore:
Steven Bernstein
Julie Bernstein
Original Songs:
Steven Bernstein
Julie Bernstein
Lorraine Feather
Larry Grossman
Music Direction:
Sharon Sampson
Terry Sampson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes100
Production
Executive producersJonathan Dern
Paul Sabella
Carol Monroe
Mallory Lewis
Brad Hood
ProducersRobert Winthrop
Byron Vaughns
Running time11 minutes (Five); 30 minutes (PBS Kids)
Production companiesChorion
SD Entertainment
DistributorChorion
Release
Original networkChannel 5 (United Kingdom)
PBS Kids (United States)
Original release2 September 2002 (2002-09-02) (UK);[1] 11 September 2005 (US) –
3 October 2003 (UK); 15 June 2007 (US)
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-Canadian-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 Five, from 2 September 2002 to 4 October 2003 in the UK and from 11 September 2005 to 15 June 2007 in the US. It was repeated until September 2015 on NBC and PBS Kids Sprout in the US.[2] In 2005, the American version of the series was launched in the United States on PBS in a half-hour format. This version was a longer format; it combined two of the twelve minute segments with new material. The UK Dub is now streaming on Peacock. Kevin Hopps Jay Fukuto John Ludin Karl Geurs Lisa Medway

Along with the story episodes featuring Noddy and his friends, the PBS Kids 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, and Urdu.

Although most of the Noddy characters had been redubbed 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 written by Steven and Julie Bernstein, Larry Grossman and Lorraine Feather. The music was directed by Terry and Sharon Sampson while the theme song and the music video segments were performed by the cast of the TV show Kidsongs.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Noddy (voiced by Edward Chun in the UK and David A. Kaye (English) and Alberto Gihsi (international)[3] in the US) is the protagonist of the series. Noddy is an imaginative young wooden boy who lives in Toyland. Although Noddy is characterized as a kid with a kid's imagination and fears, in Toyland Noddy also serves as the main taxi driver. Noddy often finds himself in difficult situations due to his kid-like impulsiveness and energy, but his friends always help him set things right and save Toy Town from the Goblins.
  • Tessie Bear (voiced by Joanna Ruiz in the UK and Britt McKillip in the US) is Noddy's best friend, always ready to help everyone Tessie sees. Tessie wears a pink and white skirt and a pink bonnet with blue flowers on it. Tessie lives in a pink house in Toy Town with Bumpy Dog, her faithful and rambunctious pet.
  • Big Ears (voiced by Pavel Douglas in the UK and Michael Dobson in the US) is a wise old white bearded male 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. Big Ears 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 Andrea Harris in the UK and Tabitha St. Germain in the US) is a toy plastic little girl 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, Dinah greets every request with her favorite promise: "I have that, now I just have to find it!" Dina'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 Pavel Douglas in the UK and Richard Newman in the US) is the Toyland's sole police officer. Armed with his trusty whistle and his all purpose problem solving catchphrase "Halt/Breaking/Move/Stop in the name of Plod!", Mr. Plod 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 (voice effects by Lee Tockar) 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 Ben Small in the UK and Don Brown and Doug Parker in the US) are a duo of crafty goblins, the series' antagonists, who are always hatching evil plots, wreaking havocs and causing trouble for the residents of Toyland.
  • Mr. Sparks (voiced by Ben Small in the UK and Lee Tockar in the US with a Scottish accent) is the 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, Mr. Sparks brings out his tools and his famous catchphrase "A challenge?...I like it!". Mr. Sparks speaks with a Scottish accent, and is always shown as an ingenious and helpful friend.

Recurring[edit]

  • Miss Pink Cat (voiced by Carrie Mullan in the UK and Cathy Weseluck in the US with a French accent) owns Toy Town's ice cream shop. She is portrayed as very lovely and pretty, with a French accent and no patience for foolishness, even her own.
  • Master Tubby Bear (voiced by Carrie Mullan in the UK and Manny Petruzzelli in the US) 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 Joanna Ruiz in the UK and Kathleen Barr in the US) 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 Ben Small in the UK and Ian James Corlett in the US) is a friendly stuffed elephant. He uses his size to help smaller toys, like his best friend Clockwork Mouse.
  • Clockwork Mouse (voiced by Joanna Ruiz in the UK and Kathleen Barr in the US) is a wind-up toy mouse, Mr. Jumbo's best friend.
  • Mr. Wobblyman (voiced by Ben Small in the UK and Ian James Corlett in the US), 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.
  • Clockwork Clown (voiced by Ben Small in the UK and Ian James Corlett in the US) is a toy clown who makes funny tricks. He stands only using his hands not his feet because he has "fused" feet like those of a sea lion.
  • The Skittles (voiced by Joanna Ruiz, Carrie Mullan and Ben Small in the UK and Teryl Rothery and Chantal Strand in the US) 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 in the UK; their voices are undubbed in the US) 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 "parp parp!". Though Car, as Noddy calls him, generally needs a driver, at times he can move on his own, especially when Noddy needs help.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2002, UK; 2005-2006, US)[edit]

  1. Too Many Noddies (2 September 2002 (UK); 9/11 2005 (US))
  2. Noddy and the New Taxi (3 September 2002 (UK); 18 September 2005 (US))
  3. Noddy and the Magic Bagpipes (4 September 2002 (UK); 25 September 2005 (US))
  4. Noddy Has a Visitor (5 September 2002 (UK); 2 October 2005 (US))
  5. Noddy's Perfect Gift (6 September 2002 (UK); 9 October 2005 (US))
  6. Noddy's Lucky Day (9 September 2002 (UK); 16 October 2005 (US))
  7. Policeman for a Day (10 September 2002 (UK); 23 October 2005 (US))
  8. Bounce Alert in Toyland (11 September 2002 (UK); 30 October 2005 (US))
  9. Tickled Pink (12 September 2002 (UK); 6 November 2005 (US))
  10. Noddy's Pet Chicken (13 September 2002 (UK); 13 November 2005 (US))
  11. Noddy Goes Shopping (16 September 2002 (UK); 20 November 2005 (US))
  12. Hold on to your Hat, Noddy! (17 September 2002 (UK); 27 November 2005 (US))
  13. Toy Town's Winning Team (18 September 2002 (UK); 4 December 2005 (US))
  14. Noddy and the Bumper Monster (19 September 2002 (UK); 11 December 2005 (US))
  15. The Magic Powder (20 September 2002 (UK); December 18, 2005 (US))
  16. A Bike for Big-Ears (23 September 2002 (UK); Christmas Day, 2005 (US))
  17. Noddy and the Voice of Plod (24 September 2002 (UK); New Years' Day, 2006 (US))
  18. Master Tubby's Opposite Day (25 September 2002, 8 January 2006 (US))
  19. Don't Be Scared Noddy (26 September 2002 (UK); 15 January 2006 (US))
  20. The Goblin's Stopwatch (27 September 2002 (UK); 22 January 2006 (US))
  21. Mr. Sparks and the Broken Clock (30 September 2002 (UK); 29 January 2006 (US))
  22. Noddy's on the Move (1 October 2002 (UK); 5 February 2006 (US))
  23. The Flower Thief (2 October 2002 (UK); 12 February 2006 (US))
  24. Noddy and the Treasure Map (3 October 2002 (UK); 19 February 2006 (US))
  25. Mr. Plod and the Jail Bird (4 October 2002 (UK); 26 February 2006 (US))
  26. A Grey Day in Toytown (7 October 2002 (UK); 5 March 2006 (US))
  27. Noddy's Car Trouble (8 October 2002 (UK); 12 March 2006 (US))
  28. Bumpy Dog's Day (9 October 2002 (UK); 19 March 2006 (US))
  29. The Out-of-Control Tower (10 October 2002 (UK); 26 March 2006 (US))
  30. Noddy and the Naughty Box (11 October 2002 (UK); 2 April 2006 (US))
  31. Skittle in the Middle (14 October 2002 (UK); April 9, 2006 (US))
  32. Googleberry Moon (15 October 2002 (UK); Easter, 2006 (US))
  33. Noddy's Wake Up Call (16 October 2002 (UK); 23 April 2006 (US))
  34. Miss Pink Cat's Country Adventure (17 October 2002 (UK); 30 April 2006 (US))
  35. The Big Sneeze (18 October 2002 (UK); 7 May 2006 (US))
  36. The Magic Rubber ["The Magic Eraser" in the US] (21 October 2002 (UK); Mothers' Day, 2006 (US))
  37. Dinah's Day Out (22 October 2002 (UK); 21 May 2006 (US))
  38. Catch a Falling Star (23 October 2002 (UK); 28 May 2006 (US))
  39. Driving Miss Pink Cat (24 October 2002 (UK); 4 June 2006 (US))
  40. Noddy's Clothes on the Loose (25 October 2002 (UK); 11 June 2006 (US) )
  41. Fire Chief Dinah (28 October 2002 (UK); Fathers' Day 2006 (US))
  42. Goblin Good Deed Day (29 October 2002 (UK); 25 June 2006 (US))
  43. Noddy, The Best Driver in the World (30 October 2002 (UK); 2 July 2006 (US))
  44. The Great Goblin Giveaway (Halloween, 2002 (UK); 9 July 2006 (US))
  45. Noddy the Rainbow Chaser (All Saints' Day, 2002 (UK); 16 July 2006 (US))
  46. Above It All (4 November 2002 (UK); 23 July 2006 (US))
  47. Noddy and the Magic Sound Cups ["Noddy & the Criss Cross Cups" in the US] (Election Day, 2002 (UK); 30 July 2006 (US))
  48. Mr. Plod's Little Problem (6 November 2002 (UK); 6 August 2006 (US))
  49. Noddy and the Towering Flower (7 November 2002 (UK); 13 August 2006 (US)
  50. The Great Goblin Switch (8 November 2002 (UK); 20 August 2006 (US))

Season 2 (2003; 2006-2007)[edit]

  1. The Case of the Missing Ball (28 July 2003 (UK); Labor Day, 2006 (US))
  2. The Great Train Chase (29 July 2003 (UK); 5 September 2006 (US))
  3. A Surprise for Tessie Bear (30 July 2003 (UK); 6 September 2006 (US))
  4. Clockwork Mouse's Wish (31 July 2003 (UK); 7 September 2006 (US))
  5. Master Tubby's Chocolate Dream (1 August 2003 (UK); 8 September 2006 (US))
  6. What Strange Weather (4 August 2003 (UK); 9/11/06 (US))
  7. Forgive Me Not (5 August 2003 (UK); 12 September 2006 (US))
  8. Bicycle Battle (6 August 2003 (UK); 13 September 2006 (US))
  9. Lie Down, Mr. Wobbly Man (7 August 2003 (UK); 14 September 2006 (US))
  10. Noddy's Car Loses Its Voice (8 August 2003 (UK); 15 September 2006 (US))
  11. Noddy Through the Looking Glass (11 August 2003 (UK); 18 September 2006 (US))
  12. Mr. Plod in Jail (12 August 2003 (UK); 19 September 2006 (US))
  13. Goblins Above (13 August 2003 (UK); 20 September 2006 (US))
  14. Noddy and the Big Chicken Roundup (Opposite Day, 2003 (UK); 21 September 2006 (US))
  15. Master Tubby Goblin (15 August 2003 (UK); 22 September 2006 (US))
  16. Just Be Yourself Noddy (18 August 2003 (UK); 25 September 2006 (US))
  17. The Goblins and the Invisible Paint (19 August 2003 (UK); 26 September 2006 (US))
  18. Don't Be Late, Noddy (20 August 2003 (UK); 27 September 2006 (US))
  19. Noddy and the Broken Plates ["Noddy & the Broken Dishes" in the US] (21 August 2003 (UK); 28 September 2006 (US))
  20. Noddy the Artist (22 August 2003 (UK); 29 September 2006 (US))
  21. Noddy's Special Treat (25 August 2003 (UK); 2 October 2006 (US))
  22. Noddy Builds a Rocketship (26 August 2003 (UK); 3 October 2006 (US))
  23. Mr. Plod, The Best Policeman (27 August 2003 (UK); 4 October 2006 (US))
  24. No Nap for Noddy (28 August 2003 (UK); 5 October 2006 (US))
  25. Big-Ears for a Day (29 August 2003 (UK); 6 October 2006 (US))
  26. Noddy Loses His Bell (Blanket Fair Day/Labor Day, 2003 (UK); 14 May 2007 (US))
  27. Up, Up and Away (2 September 2003 (UK); 15 May 2007 (US))
  28. The Big Fib (3 September 2003 (UK); 16 May 2007 (US))
  29. Noddy's Family Tree (4 September 2003 (UK); 17 May 2007 (US))
  30. The Listening Game (5 September 2003 (UK); 18 May 2007 (US))
  31. Noddy and the Curious Package (8 September 2003 (UK); 21 May 2007 (US))
  32. Shelf Help (9 September 2003 (UK); 22 May 2007 (US))
  33. Good Neighbour Noddy ["Good Neighbor Noddy" in the US] (10 September 2003 (UK); 23 May 2007 (US))
  34. Noddy Needs Some Medicine (9/11, 2003 (UK); 24 May 2007 (US))
  35. Noddy and the Funny Pictures (12 September 2003 (UK); 25 May 2007 (US))
  36. Noddy Gets Lost (15 September 2003 (UK); 28 May 2007 (US))
  37. Master Tubby's Name Game (16 September 2003 (UK); 29 May 2007 (US))
  38. Noddy Helps Out (17 September 2003 (UK); 30 May 2007 (US))
  39. Noddy and the Lost Tool (18 September 2003 (UK); 31 May 2007 (US))
  40. Noddy's Great Discovery (19 September 2003 (UK); 1 June 2007 (US))
  41. Noddy Has a Difficult Day (22 September 2003 (UK); 4 June 2007 (US))
  42. Noddy Can Fix It (Autumnal Equinox, 2003 (UK); 5 June 2007 (US))
  43. Bumpy Dog's Visit (24 September 2003 (UK); 6 June 2007 (US))
  44. The Toy Town Parade (25 September 2003 (UK); 7 June 2007 (US))
  45. Noddy's House of Cards (26 September 2003 (UK); 8 June 2007 (US))
  46. Martha Monkey's Banana Pie (29 September 2003 (UK); 11 June 2007 (US))
  47. Noddy and the Skittles (30 September 2003 (UK); 12 June 2007 (US))
  48. The Balancing Act (1 October 2003 (UK); 13 June 2007 (US))
  49. Noddy and the Missing Muffins (2 October 2003 (UK); 14 June 2007 (US))
  50. The Tell-Tale Bell (3 October 2003 (UK); 15 June 2007 (US))

Specials (2004-2006)[edit]

  1. Noddy Saves Christmas (2004)
  2. Noddy and the Island Adventure (2005)
  3. Noddy and the Magical Moondust (2006)

Songs (2005)[edit]

  1. Noddy Will Lead the Way (Available on "Noddy & Friends" US DVD)
  2. Googleberry Pie (Available on "Noddy & the Rocketship" US DVD)
  3. Wake Up With Noddy (Available on "Catch a Falling Star" US DVD)
  4. Let's Enjoy the Weather (Available on "Noddy's Taxi Service" & "Noddy's Great Discovery" US DVDs)
  5. Animal Symphony (Available on "Googleberry Moon Adventure" & "Good Neighbor Noddy" US DVDs)

Home Media[edit]

UK Releases[edit]

Release Name Format Release Date Episodes
Noddy & the New Taxi VHS/DVD 28 October 2002
  • Too Many Noddies
  • Noddy & the New Taxi
  • Noddy & the Magic Bagpipes
  • Noddy Has a Visitor
  • Noddy's Perfect Gift
  • Noddy's Lucky Day
Hold On To Your Hat VHS/DVD 24 February 2003
  • Hold Onto Your Hat, Noddy
  • Bounce Alert in Toy Land
  • Tickled Pink
  • Noddy's Pet Chicken
  • Noddy Goes Shopping
  • Toy Town's Winning Team
A Bike for Big Ears VHS/DVD 12 May 2003
  • Noddy & the Bumper Monster
  • The Magic Powder
  • A Bike for Big Ears
  • Noddy & the Voice of Plod
  • Master Tubby's Opposite Day
  • Don't Be Scared, Noddy
Catch a Falling Star VHS/DVD 13 October 2003
  • Catch a Falling Star
  • Noddy's Wake Up Call
  • Miss Pink Cat's Country Adventure
  • The Big Sneeze
  • Dinah's Day Out
Summer Parade DVD 3 July 2006
  • The Balancing Act
  • Lie Down, Mr. Wobblyman
  • Bicycle Battle
  • Don't Be Late, Noddy
  • Noddy & the Towering Flower

US Releases[edit]

Release Name Release Date Episodes Music Video
Noddy & Friends September 26, 2006
  • The Toy Town Parade
  • Toy Town's Winning Team
  • Mr. Sparks & the Broken Clock
  • The Balancing Act
  • Noddy's Family Tree
  • Noddy Will Lead the Way
Noddy & the Rocketship January 27, 2007
  • Noddy Builds a Rocketship
  • Too Many Noddies
  • The Flower Theif
  • The Out-of-Control Tower
  • The Great Goblin Giveaway
  • Googleberry Pie
Catch a Falling Star January 27, 2009
  • Catch a Falling Star
  • The Great Goblin Switch
  • Noddy's Special Treat
  • Forgive Me Not
  • Noddy's Lucky Day
  • Wake Up With Noddy
Noddy's Taxi Service January 27, 2009
  • Noddy & the New Taxi
  • A Bike for Big Ears
  • Driving Miss Pink Cat
  • Noddy's Car Trouble
  • Noddy, the Best Driver in the World
  • Let's Enjoy the Weather
Googleberry Moon Adventure January 27, 2009
  • Noddy Through the Looking Glass
  • Googleberry Moon
  • Noddy & the Towering Flower
  • Noddy the Rainbow Chaser
  • Noddy's Clothes on the Loose
  • Animal Symphony

Critical reception[edit]

The series was a hit with young audiences in the United States and the United Kingdom.[4] It has a 5.5/10 rating on IMDb[4] and a 6.0 rating on TV.com.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "(PRN) New Make Way for Noddy(TM) Episodes Premiering This Fall on PBS KIDS(R)". chron.com. 11 September 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  2. ^ http://www.channel5.com/show/make-way-for-noddy
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj1waT-4TZo
  4. ^ a b https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0383122/reviews?ref_=tt_urv[unreliable source?]
  5. ^ http://www.tv.com/shows/make-way-for-noddy/

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