Miffy and Friends

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Miffy and Friends
Miffy and Friends Logo Noggin.png
GenreChildren's television series
Created byDick Bruna
Directed byRaymond Jafelice
Andrew Young
Narrated by
  • Cyd Vandenberg (US/Canada)
  • Karin Hollreiser (UK/Australia/New Zealand)
Theme music composerTom van Beers
ComposerJerry Hickman
Country of originNetherlands
United Kingdom
Original languagesDutch, English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes39 (78 segments)
Production
Running time24 minutes
Production companies
  • Big Tent Entertainment
  • Mercis BV
  • Palm Multimedia
Release
Original networkKRO (The Netherlands)
CITV (United Kingdom)
Original release3 February 2003 (2003-02-03) –
10 August 2007 (2007-08-10)
Chronology
Followed byMiffy's Adventures Big and Small

Miffy and Friends (Dutch: Nijntje en haar vriendjes) is a stop-motion animated television series, based on the Miffy book series by Dutch artist Dick Bruna.[1] It originally aired from 2003 until 2007 on KRO in the Netherlands[2] and on CITV in the UK. In the US, it aired on Noggin.[3] Noggin created original "interactive game" shorts to air between segments of Miffy and Friends.[4]

Plot[edit]

The show focuses on the life of young rabbit Miffy. The show is presented in a storybook style, with narration by Canadian actress/singer Cyd Vandenberg explaining the actions of non-speaking Miffy and her friends.

Characters[edit]

  • Miffy is young rabbit and the series' protagonist. She is an aspiring artist who also likes to write.
  • Snuffy is a brave brown dog who was first introduced in the episode Miffy Meets Snuffy. She is one of Miffy's best friends.
  • Boris is a bear who lives near Miffy. He enjoys building things. He has a girlfriend named Barbara.
  • Poppy is a pig often seen gardening or reading. She has a niece named Grunty.
  • Grunty is Poppy Pig's niece.
  • Barbara is Boris Bear's girlfriend.

Episodes[edit]

The series lasted for three seasons, consisting of 39 episodes. Each episode is made up of two segments. On Noggin, original math-based shorts aired between the two segments.

Season 1 (2003–2004)[edit]

  1. Miffy's Musical Day/Miffy's Rainy Day
  2. Miffy Meets Snuffy/Miffy's Gift from Boris
  3. Poppy Pig Lends a Hand/Miffy's and Aggie's Teddy Bears
  4. Miffy at a Costume Party/Miffy Goes Camping
  5. Snuffy's Birthday/Miffy Has the Flu
  6. Miffy Finds the Cup/Snuffy Learns Patience
  7. Miffy's Birthday Party/Miffy's Dancing Lessons
  8. Miffy is Lost in the Woods/Miffy and Poppy Pig Have Breakfast
  9. Miffy and the Little Bird/Miffy Plays Hide and Seek
  10. Miffy and the Wall Paintings/Miffy and the Blue Egg
  11. Miffy and the Snow Bunny/Miffy Flies a Kite
  12. Miffy and Melanie Learn to Read/Miffy Paints Her Room
  13. Boris's Bird House/Miffy's Three Wishes

Season 2 (2004–2005)[edit]

  1. Miffy's Summer Vacation/Miffy Gets a Postcard
  2. Miffy and Barbara in the Rain/Miffy Lost at the Beach
  3. Miffy and the Caterpillar/Miffy and the Great Carrot Feast
  4. Miffy's Colorful World/Miffy's Scooter
  5. Miffy's Snowfall/Miffy and Grunty Sleep in a Tent
  6. Miffy's Restaurant/Miffy Discovers Nature
  7. Miffy and the Birthday Cake/Miffy Counts Leaves
  8. Miffy in the Wind/Miffy's Late for School
  9. Miffy Worries about Snuffy/Miffy Helps Grunty
  10. Miffy Plants a Seed/Snuffy's Doghouse
  11. Miffy Finds Snuffy/Miffy and the Seasons
  12. Miffy Makes and Bakes/Miffy's Surprise
  13. Miffy in the Shade/Miffy's Flower Pot

Season 3 (2005–2007)[edit]

  1. Miffy's Beach Picnic/Boris Tidies Up!
  2. Miffy Wants to Fly/Miffy's Teddy Bear is Sick
  3. Miffy's Ball Game/Miffy Has an Unexpected Day
  4. Miffy's Apple Pie/Miffy's Musical Soup
  5. Miffy and Snuffy at the Playground/Miffy and the Hungry Bird
  6. Miffy's Lost Teddy Bear/Miffy and the Great Summer Picnic
  7. Miffy and the Three Christmas Trees/Miffy's Mystery
  8. Miffy and the Shadows/Snuffy's Winter Fun
  9. Miffy Plays Doctor/Miffy Goes Skiing
  10. Miffy's Family Car Trip/Miffy and the Falling Leaves
  11. Miffy and Snuffy Hear a Strange Sound/Miffy's Mother's Day Present
  12. Boris Forgets Something/Miffy's Dance Show
  13. Miffy Counts the Trees/Boris's Race

Telecast and home media[edit]

Miffy and Friends was first introduced on the Dutch KRO in 2003 until it ended in 2007.[5] The show made its world premiere on CITV in the UK.[6] It aired on Noggin in the U.S. until 2007.[7] Some PBS stations had aired on repeats in the late 2000s. It also aired on Treehouse TV in Canada,[8] ABC Kids in Australia,[9] and TV3 in New Zealand.

During the show's run, several videotapes including episodes of the series were produced. The series was also made available on DVD in America through Sony Wonder and Big Tent Entertainment.[10] Select Miffy and Friends episodes were included on themed DVDs released in 2009.[11] In 2016, it was also available for streaming on the Noggin app. As of 2022, the show is now available on Amazon Prime.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 541–542. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ "Australian and Dutch Stations Buy Miffy". licensemag.com. Archived from the original on 31 July 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  3. ^ Big Tent Entertainment (21 January 2003). "Major Deals Set Stage for Miffy and Friends Brand Expansion in United States and Canada". prnewswire.com. Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  4. ^ Renner, Lisanne (2 May 2004). "FOR YOUNG VIEWERS; Dutch Bunnies with Depth". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Australian and Dutch Stations Buy Miffy". licensemag.com. Archived from the original on 31 July 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Big in Japan: Miffy (image credited to ITV)". Telegraph.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  7. ^ NOGGIN (25 March 2003). "Noggin Adds Miffy and Friends to Its Preschool Line-Up". prnewswire.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Treehouse TV's Miffy and Friends Show Page". treehousetv.com. Archived from the original on 15 October 2007.
  9. ^ "Miffy and Friends on ABC Kids". ABC Television. Archived from the original on 23 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Miffy and Friends, Volume 1 (VHS)". amazon.co.uk. 8 September 2003. Archived from the original on 18 August 2021. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Miffy and Friends: Miffy's Adventure DVD". amazon.com. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2017.

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