Noddy's Toyland Adventures

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Noddy's Toyland Adventures
Genre Stop-motion
Children's
Created by Cosgrove Hall
Based on the Noddy stories by Enid Blyton
Written by Julia Allen
Chris Allen
Directed by Brian Little
Chris Bowden
Voices of Susan Sheridan
Jimmy Hibbert
Narrated by Jimmy Hibbert
Theme music composer Paul K. Joyce
Opening theme Paul K. Joyce
Ending theme Paul K. Joyce
Composer(s) Paul K. Joyce
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 53
Production
Executive producer(s) Theresa Plummer-Andrews
Producer(s) Brian Cosgrove
Mark Hall
Editor(s) Nibs Senior
Running time 10 minutes-20 minutes
Production company(s) Cosgrove Hall Films
Distributor BBC Enterprises
Release
Original channel BBC One
CBBC
(1992-2002)
CBeebies
(2002-2003, 2006)
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Stereo
First shown in 16 September 1992 – 28 March 2000
Original release 16 September 1992 – 24 December 1994,
10 January 2000 – 28 March 2000
CBBC
Chronology
Related shows Noddy (1999)

Noddy's Toyland Adventures is a children's television programme that was broadcast from September 1992 until December 1994 and again from 1999 to 2001 on the BBC. It was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films and was produced and shown in stop-motion animation.

The show featured the most-memorable voice-acting talents of character voice-actors and television writers Jimmy Hibbert and Susan Sheridan (both of whom also worked on the UK version of The Little Polar Bear, as well as the later 'also Cosgrove Hall Produced' TV series Animal Shelf), with every episode of Noddy's Toyland Adventures being written by Julia and Chris Allen respectively during its broadcast run.

It follows the adventures of Noddy a little wooden doll who lives in Toyland with his red and yellow taxi often trying to make sixpence or getting himself in trouble. His best friends Big Ears, Mr Plod and Tessie Bear are always ready to lend a hand, especially when he gets tricked by Gobbo and Sly the wicked Goblins. Whatever the situation the episode mostly ends with Noddy laughing and nodding his head which makes the bell on his hat ring.

The show had some airtime in Canada and America as "Noddy" which featured the original segments redubbed with Canadian and American voices with live action segments that aired in between. The show was eventually moved back to the UK in 1999, this time as "Noddy in Toyland" (not to be confused with the 2009 show); it was decided to keep the original British voices, but the live action segments remained.

Characters[edit]

  • Noddy
  • Big-Ears, a wise, bearded Brownie who lives in a toadstool house outside of Toytown. He is Noddy's best friend and if Noddy has problems, Big Ears is always kind to help his best friend. He was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert in the UK dub and Benedict Campbell in the US dub.
  • Mr Plod, The Toytown policeman. He is a good friend of Noddy and thinks Toytown can't live without him. He sometimes blames Noddy for being in trouble and Noddy is always trying to be honest to him. He has a British accent in both the UK and US dubbed versions. He was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert in the UK dub and Benedict Campbell in the US dub.
  • Bumpy Dog, Noddy's constant companion. He is highly excitable and will rush at friends and lick them in greeting, but has sensitive feelings if scolded by Noddy or anyone else.
  • Mr. Wobbly Man, a funny little man who cannot lie down. He has a round base which he wobbles about on. He rocks back and forth to get around. He was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert.
  • Master Tubby Bear, Mr. and Mrs. Tubby Bear's son whose sometimes naughty and mischievous. He was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert.
  • Mr Tubby Bear, Noddy's next door neighbour. First name unknown. He was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert.
  • Mrs Tubby Bear, Noddy's next door neighbour, it is clear that she, like Mr Tubby Bear are the superiors of Noddy, as if they are adults and he is a child, mainly because Noddy always refers to them as "Mr and Mrs Tubby Bear". First name unknown. She was voiced by Susan Sheridan.
  • Clockwork Mouse, a toy mouse who often requires winding up. He's always taken things that don't belong to him. He also often gets into scrapes as a result of Noddy's misadventures, although the two are generally good friends. He was voiced by Susan Sheridan.
  • Dinah Doll, a china doll who sells all kinds of everything in the market. She is a good friend to Noddy, and the two are always ready to help each other out. She was voiced by Susan Sheridan.
  • Tessie Bear, A clever and kind teddy bear and a great friend of Noddy. If Noddy gets the blame, she'll think of a plan to prove it really wasn't Noddy who was playing tricks or stealing. She was voiced by Susan Sheridan.
  • Mr Milko, Toyland's local milkman. He sometimes can be gloomy and sad, but Noddy's bell on his hat always cheers him up. He was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert.
  • Mr Sparks, Toyland's handyman, who can mend anything. He was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert.
  • Miss Pink Cat, a cat who is portrayed as a fussy and neat cat with a French accent and no patience for foolishness, even her own. She always bosses to Noddy to do something for her and doesn't like Noddy for being late. In the American dubbed version, she speaks with a Southern accent. She was voiced by Susan Sheridan.
  • Mr Jumbo, an elephant friendly with Clockwork Mouse. He was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert.
  • The Skittles, a family of bowling pins consisting of Mrs Skittle and her many children of various sizes. The Skittles are red and yellow in colour with black hands. They love to be knocked down, and even frequently run out in front of Noddy's car so he will hit them and knock them over.
  • Little-Ears, Big-Ears' brother who looks just like Big-Ears, but his ears are much smaller.
  • Bert Monkey, a monkey with a tail that is so prehensile that it has a mind of its own, often stealing objects all by itself. He was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert.
  • Martha Monkey, a mischievous tomboy but very silly and bossy to Noddy and making rude remarks always. She was voiced by Susan Sheridan.
  • Sly and Gobbo, are goblins who are very mischievous and greedy. They always steal things like ice cream, coins or Noddy's car. They always play horrid tricks onto Noddy. However, they always end up in jail after they have completed their evil schemes and are often found out by Mr Plod and sometimes Big-Ears. They were voiced by Susan Sheridan and Jimmy Hibbert in the UK dub and Catherine Disher and James Rankin in the US dub.
  • Clockwork Clown, 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. He was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert.
  • Mr Train Driver, train driver who drives the Toyland Express train. He was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert.
  • Sammy Sailor, local harbour sailor. He was voiced by Jimmy Hibbert in the UK dub and James Rankin in the US dub.
  • Mr Noah, lives on the ark with Mrs Noah and the animals.
  • Mrs Noah, lives on the ark with Mr Noah and the animals.
  • Noddy's Car, the yellow car with red decals which Noddy drives. It has a brain of its own and can talk to other characters with its unique sounding horn that says "parp parp!"

List of Episodes[edit]

  1. Noddy Loses Sixpence
  2. Noddy and the Goblins
  3. Noddy and the Naughty Tail
  4. Noddy and the Pouring Rain
  5. Noddy and the Kite
  6. Noddy and His Bell
  7. Noddy and Martha Monkey
  8. Noddy's New Friend
  9. Noddy and the Milkman
  10. Noddy Delivers Some Parcels
  11. Noddy and the Special Key
  12. Noddy Gets a New Job
  13. Noddy and the Broken Bicycle
  14. Noddy and the Missing Hats
  15. Noddy and the Useful Rope
  16. Noddy Loses his Bell
  17. Noddy Cheers Up Big Ears
  18. Noddy Goes Shopping
  19. Noddy Borrows an Umbrella
  20. Noddy Meets Some Silly Hens
  21. Noddy Lends a Hand
  22. Noddy Finds a Furry Tail
  23. Noddy To The Rescue
  24. Noddy Sets a Trap
  25. Noddy Has a Bad Day
  26. Noddy and the Fishing Rod
  27. Noddy the Champion
  28. Noddy and the Warm Scarf
  29. Noddy and the Golden Tree
  30. Noddy and his Unhappy Car
  31. Noddy Has an Afternoon Off
  32. Noddy the Magician
  33. Noddy and his Money
  34. Noddy Borrows Some Trousers
  35. Noddy and his Alarm Clock
  36. Noddy Buys a Parasol
  37. Noddy Tastes Some Cakes
  38. Noddy the Dancer
  39. Noddy and Father Christmas
  40. Noddy and the Driving Lesson
  41. Noddy and the Bouncing Ball
  42. Noddy Tidies Toyland
  43. Noddy and the Goblins
  44. Noddy and The Magic Watch
  45. Noddy Gets Caught in a Storm
  46. Noddy and the Noisy Drum
  47. Noddy is Far Too Busy
  48. Noddy and the Artists
  49. Noddy and the Singing Bush
  50. Noddy Tell a Story
  51. Noddy the Nurse
  52. Noddy and the Treasure Map

Theme tune song[edit]

The show is fondly remembered for its memorable theme tune song which was sung by the Paul K. Joyce (The Composer of the theme and incidental music) and some Cosgrove Hall production staff members.[citation needed]

UK VHS releases[edit]

VHS Title Release Date Episodes
Noddy and the Naughty Tail (BBCV 4850) 5 October 1992 Noddy Loses Sixpence, Noddy And The Goblins, Noddy And The Naughty Tail, Noddy And The Pouring Rain
Noddy 2: Noddy and the Kite (BBCV 4909) 5 April 1993 Noddy And The Kite, Noddy And His Bell, Noddy And Martha Monkey, Noddy's New Friend
Noddy 3: Noddy and the Milkman (BBCV 5129) 4 October 1993 Noddy and the Milkman, Noddy Delivers Some Parcels, Noddy and the Special Key, Noddy Gets a Job
Noddy 4: Noddy and the Missing Hats (BBCV 5385) 1 August 1994 Noddy And The Missing Hats, Noddy And The Useful Rope, Noddy Loses His Bell, Noddy Cheers Up Big Ears
Noddy Live (BBCV 5463) 31 October 1994 1994 Film of Noddy Live
The Great Noddy Video (BBCV 5529) 6 March 1995 Noddy Goes Shopping, Noddy Borrows An Umbrella, Noddy Meets Some Silly Hens, Noddy Lends A Hand, Noddy Finds A Furry Tail
Noddy - To The Rescue (BBCV 5665) 2 October 1995 Noddy To The Rescue, Noddy Sets A Trap, Noddy Has A Bad Day, Noddy And The Fishing Rod
Noddy - The Champion (BBCV 5798) 4 March 1996 Noddy The Champion, Noddy and The Warm Scarf, Noddy and The Golden Tree, Noddy and his Unhappy Car, Noddy Has An Afternoon Off
Noddy - The Magician (BBCV 5911) 7 October 1996 Noddy The Magician, Noddy and His Money, Noddy Borrows Some Trousers, Noddy and His Alarm Clock, Noddy Buys a Parasol
Noddy - The Best of Noddy (BBCV 6121) 5 May 1997 Noddy And The Goblins, Noddy and Martha Monkey, Noddy Gets a New Job, Noddy Meets Some Silly Hens, Noddy and The Golden Trees, Noddy and his Money
Noddy 2 on 1 - Noddy And The Naughty Tail/Noddy And The Kite (BBCV 6352) 2 February 1998 Noddy Loses Sixpence, Noddy And The Goblins, Noddy And The Naughty Tail, Noddy And The Pouring Rain, Noddy And The Kite, Noddy And His Bell, Noddy And Martha Monkey, Noddy's New Friend
Noddy - Bumper Video, and Other Stories (BBCV 6923) 14 February 2000 Noddy and the Broken Bicycle, Noddy the Dancer, Noddy Delivers Some Parcels, Noddy Gets a New Job, Noddy and the Missing Hats, Noddy Borrows an Umbrella
Noddy And The Bouncing Ball and Other Stories (BBCV 6984) 4 September 2000 Noddy and the Bouncing Ball, Noddy Tidies Toyland, Noddy and the Goblins, Noddy and the Magic Watch, Noddy Gets Caught in a Storm
Noddy - Big Video (BBCV 7222) 9 July 2001 Noddy and The Noisy Drum, Noddy Is Far Too Busy, Noddy and The Artists, Noddy and The Singing Bush, Noddy Tells a Story, Noddy and The Nurse, Noddy and The Treasure Map

UK DVD release[edit]

  • The original Noddy series has never been released on DVD as of yet. However it is hoped that all episodes of the show could be released on DVD by Classic Media in 2015. The ideas for the cover for each release will be as follows, Series 1 with a red cover, Series 2 with a green cover, Series 3 with a blue cover and Series 4 with a yellow cover.

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