Make Way for Noddy

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Make Way For Noddy
Make-way-for-noddy.jpg
GenreComedy

Musical
Created byEnid Blyton (Noddy character)
Jymn Magon
Directed byByron Vaughns
Presented byNaomi Wilkinson (TV airings only)
StarringEdward Chun (UK)/David A. Kaye (US)
Britt McKillip(US)/Joanna Ruiz (UK)
Michael Dobson
Richard Newman
Ian James Corlett
Tabitha St. Germain
Doug Parker
Don Brown
Lee Tockar
Theme music composerSteven Bernstein
Julie Bernstein
Opening theme"Make Way for Noddy" performed by The Kidsongs Kids
Composer(s)Score:
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
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes100
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
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkChannel 5/Milkshake (UK)
PBS Kids (USA)
Original releaseSeptember 2, 2002 (UK) September 11, 2005[1] (US) –
2003 (UK) June 15, 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-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 2003 in the UK and from September 11, 2005 to June 15 2007 in the US. It was repeated until the beginning of 2016 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 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 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.

DVD releases of all 100 episodes of the show were released by Universal Pictures in the UK between 2002-2008 and Funimation and ToonBarn 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 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, 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 Don Brown and Doug 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.
  • Clockwork Clown (voiced by Matt Hill) 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 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 "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]

Series 1 (2002) (UK)[edit]

  1. Too Many Noddies
  2. Noddy and the New Taxi
  3. Noddy and 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 on to 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
  24. Noddy and the Treasure Map
  25. Mr. Plod and the Jail Bird
  26. A Grey Day in Toytown
  27. Noddy's Car Trouble
  28. Bumpy Dog's Day
  29. The Out-of-Control Tower
  30. Noddy and the Naughty Box
  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 and the Magic Sound Cups
  48. Mr. Plod's Little Problem
  49. Noddy and the Towering Flower
  50. The Great Goblin Switch

Series 2 (2003) (UK)[edit]

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

Specials (2004-2006)[edit]

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

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
 North Macedonia Mini TV (Serbian)
 Hungary Minimax (Hungary)
M2
 Romania Minimax (Romania)
 Czech Republic Minimax (Czech Republic)
 Slovakia Slovenská televízia
 Greece Alter
 Taiwan PTS
 United Arab Emirates Spacetoon
 South Korea KBS
 Vietnam VTV1

Critical reception[edit]

Despite being a hit with young audiences in the United States and the United Kingdom,[3] the series received mixed reviews by fans of the character and Noddy's Toyland Adventures [4] for its writing being weaker than the previous series as well as the downgrade in animation from stop motion to CGI. It has a 4.4/10 rating on IMDb[3] and a 6.0 rating on TV.com.[5]

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