Miffy and Friends

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Miffy and Friends
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
Opening themeMiffy Theme
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
Original release
NetworkKRO (The Netherlands)
CITV (United Kingdom)
Release3 February 2003 (2003-02-03) –
10 August 2007 (2007-08-10)
Related
Miffy'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] The series was produced by Big Tent Entertainment and Mercis BV in association with Palm Multimedia.

Miffy and Friends was originally broadcast 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] The series later aired in syndication on select PBS stations from 2008 to 2012.[5]

Plot[edit]

The show focuses on the life of a 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 a 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 sister 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 sister.

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

Production[edit]

Production took place in the Netherlands. Big Tent Entertainment and Mercis BV produced the series in association with Palm Multimedia.

Telecast and home media[edit]

Miffy and Friends was first introduced on the Dutch KRO in 2003 until it ended in 2007.[2] The show made its world premiere on CITV in the UK.[6] In the US, it aired on Noggin until 2007,[7] and some PBS stations aired repeats from 2008 to 2012.[5] It also aired on Treehouse TV in Canada,[8] on ABC Kids in Australia[9] and on TV3 in New Zealand.

During its 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.

In 2022, Miffy and Friends was made available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Sequel[edit]

In 2015, a continuation of the series, Miffy's Adventures Big and Small, premiered on NPO Zappelin in the Netherlands and on Tiny Pop in the UK; it concluded on June 15, 2019.

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. ^ a b "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. ^ a b "TV Schedules - AZPM". tv.azpm.org. Retrieved 3 February 2024.
  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. 24 March 2009. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2017.

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