Make Way for Noddy

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Make Way For Noddy
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Created by Enid Blyton (Noddy character)
Jymn Magon
Directed by Byron Vaughns
Presented by Naomi Wilkinson
Starring David Kaye
Michael Dobson
Britt McKillip
Richard Newman
Ian James Corlett
Tabitha St. Germain
Doug Parker
Don Brown
Lee Tockar
Theme music composer Steven Bernstein
Julie Bernstein
Composer(s) Score:
Mark Sayer-Wade
Original Songs:
Mark Sayer-Wade (music)
Judy Rothman (lyrics)
Country of origin United Kingdom
United States
No. of episodes 108
Production
Executive producer(s) Jonathan Dern
Paul Sabella
Carol Monroe
Mallory Lewis
Brad Hood
Producer(s) Robert Winthrop
Byron Vaughns
Running time 15 minutes (Five); 30 minutes (PBS Kids Sprout)
Production company(s) Chorion
SD Entertainment
Thirteen WNET/ New York
Release
Original network PBS Kids (U.S.)
NBC Kids
Original release September 4, 2005 – May 30, 2010
Chronology
Related shows Noddy's Toyland Adventures (1999)
Noddy, Toyland Detective (2016)

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.[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).

Although most of the Noddy characters had been re dubbed 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.

Main characters[edit]

  • Noddy (voiced by David Kaye) is the protagonist of the series. He is a 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) 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) is a wise old white bearded brownie 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) 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 phrase "STOP! In the name of Plod!", he brings law and order to Toyland, keeps Sly and Gobbo 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 (voiced 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.
  • Sly and Gobbo (voiced by Doug Parker and Don Brown) 2 crafty gobins, the series' antagonists, who are always hatching evil plots and causing trouble for the residents of Toyland.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Mr. Sparks (voiced by Lee Tockar) 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 catch phrase "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) is a stuffed teddy bear, is one of the more mischievous residents of Toyland. He wears a tie, 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) 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) is a friendly stuffed elephant. He uses his size to help smaller toys, like his best friend Clockwork Mouse.
  • Clockwork Mouse (voiced by Matt Hill) is a wind-up toy mouse, Mr. Jumbo's best friend.
  • Mr. Wobblyman (voiced by Ian James Corlett): 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) 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 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.

Television airing[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
 Portugal RTP1
RTP2
Canal Panda
 France France 5
Tiji
 Netherlands Disney Channel (Netherlands)
Nick Jr. (Netherlands)
Nickelodeon (Netherlands)
 Spain Playhouse Disney
 Catalonia K3 (Catalan)
 Poland TVP1
MiniMini
 Germany Nickelodeon (Germany)
Nick Jr. (Germany)
 Italy Disney Junior (Italy)
 Australia Nick Jr. (Australia)
Nine Network
 Ireland RTÉ Two
 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)
RTL Klub
 Taiwan PTS
 South Korea KBS
 Vietnam VTV1

Episodes[edit]

  1. Too Many Noddies
  2. Noddy and the New Taxi
  3. Noddy & The Magic Bagpipes
  4. Noddy Has a Visitor
  5. Noddy's Perfect Gift
  6. Noddy's Lucky Day
  7. Policeman For a Day
  8. Bounce Alert In Toyland
  9. Tickled Pink
  10. Noddy's Pet Chicken
  11. Noddy Goes Shopping
  12. Hold Onto Your Hat Noddy
  13. Toy Town's Winning Team
  14. Noddy and the Bumper Monster
  15. The Magic Powder
  16. A Bike For Big Ears
  17. Noddy and the Voice of Plod
  18. Master Tubby's Opposite Day
  19. Don't Be Scared Noddy
  20. The Goblin's Stopwatch
  21. Mr. Sparks and the Broken Clock
  22. Noddy's On The Move
  23. The Flower Thief/Noddy and the Magical Moon Dust
  24. Noddy and the Treasure Map
  25. Mr. Plod & The Jail Bird
  26. A Grey Day In Toy Town
  27. Noddy's Car Trouble
  28. Bumpy Dog's Day
  29. The Out-Of-Control Tower/The Magic Eraser
  30. Noddy & The Naughty Box/Noddy and the Curious Package
  31. Skittle In The Middle
  32. Googleberry Moon
  33. Noddy's Wake Up Call
  34. Miss Pink Cat's Country Adventure
  35. The Big Sneeze
  36. The Magic Rubber
  37. Dinah's Day Out
  38. Catch A Falling Star
  39. Driving Miss Pink Cat
  40. Noddy's Clothes On The Loose
  41. Fire Chief Dinah
  42. Goblin Good Deed Day
  43. Noddy - The Best Driver In The World
  44. The Great Goblin Giveaway
  45. Noddy The Rainbow Chaser
  46. Above It All
  47. Noddy & The Magic Sound Cup
  48. Mr. Plod's Little Problem
  49. Noddy & The Towering Flower/Noddy and the Criss Cross Cups
  50. The Great Goblin Switch
  51. The Case of the Missing Ball
  52. The Great Train Chase
  53. A Surprise For Tessie Bear
  54. Clockwork Mouse's Wish
  55. Master Tubby's Chocolate Dream
  56. What Strange Weather
  57. Forgive Me Not
  58. Bicycle Battle
  59. Lie Down, Mr. Wobbly Man
  60. Noddy's Car Loses Its Voice
  61. Noddy Through The Looking Glass
  62. Mr. Plod In Jail
  63. Goblins Above
  64. Noddy & The Big Chicken Roundup
  65. Master Tubby Goblin
  66. Just Be Yourself Noddy
  67. The Goblins & The Invisible Paint
  68. Don't Be Late, Noddy
  69. Noddy & The Broken Dishes
  70. Noddy The Artist/Goblins Good Deed Day
  71. Noddy's Special Treat
  72. Noddy Builds A Rocketship
  73. Mr. Plod, The Best Policeman
  74. No Nap For Noddy
  75. Big Ears For a Day
  76. Noddy Loses His Bell
  77. Up, Up and Away
  78. The Big Fib
  79. Noddy's Family Tree
  80. The Listening Game
  81. Noddy and the Curious Package
  82. Shelf Help
  83. Good Neighbour Noddy
  84. Noddy Needs Some Medicine
  85. Noddy and the Funny Pictures
  86. Noddy Gets Lost
  87. Master Tubby's Name Game
  88. Noddy Helps Out
  89. Noddy & The Lost Tool
  90. Noddy's Great Discovery
  91. Noddy Has a Difficult Day
  92. Noddy Can Fix It
  93. Bumpy Dog's Visit
  94. The Toy Town Parade
  95. Noddy's House of Cards
  96. Martha Monkey's Banana Pie
  97. Noddy and the Skittles
  98. The Balancing Act
  99. Noddy and the Missing Muffins
  100. The Tell-Tale Bell/Noddy Saves Christmas

Critical reception[edit]

Despite being a hit with young audiences,[2] the series has been heavily criticised by fans of Noddy's Toyland Adventures[3] for its derivatives from that series, as well as its unlikeable characterisation and poor writing. It has a 4.1/10 rating on IMDB[4] and a 6.0 rating on TV.com.[5]

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