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|Written by||Simon Davies|
|Music by||Banks & Wag|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Original language(s)||originally English|
David Collier |
22 minutes (series 1 & 2)11 minutes (series 3 & 4)
|Picture format||PAL 16:9|
|First shown in||CBeebies|
|Original release||5 April 2010 - 11 June 2012|
ZingZillas is a music show aimed at children ages six and under.
It is set on a monkey-shaped tropical island where everyone joins in to create music magic. They use musical influences from all over the globe from rock to soul, jazz to samba, big band to orchestra.
A yellow submarine is sometimes seen in the sea near the island. One episode contains what appears to be a view from the submarine through its periscope. In a recently started 5-minute version called Zingzillas Zingbop, the submarine goes very near the viewpoint, showing children inside the submarine through its portholes; those children later take part in the programme's singing and dancing session, as if (in the world of the story) the submarine is the usual transport for guests to and from the island.
The main characters are primates: Zak, Tang, Panzee and the youngest, Drum. They are mentored by music guru DJ Loose and they create their unique ZingZilla sound just in time for their daily performance which is called 'The Big Zing'. A coconut clock counts down the time to the Big Zing and breaks each programme into four parts.
In every episode they are visited by a different musical guest. The ZingZillas always discover their musical guests in a 'glade' in the jungle and they take inspiration from these guests, incorporating them and their sounds into The Big Zing.
Original music for the series has been composed by Banks & Wag.
On Monday 30 August 2010, "Do You Didgeridoo?" was released on an EP, alongside the "ZingZillas Theme Tune" and "Bhangra Beat", reaching #1 in the iTunes Children's Chart.
On Monday 4 October 2010, "ZingZillas: The Album" was released on CD and as a digital download, reaching #1 in the iTunes Children's Chart on the first day. The recording features guest tracks by musical luminaries who have appeared on the show including cellist Julian Lloyd Webber flautist James Galway and jazz vocalist Cleo Laine.
On 28 February 2011 Cbeebies began broadcasting a 20 part series of 5 minute spinoff programmes entitled "Zingzillas Zingbop" which is hosted by DJ Loose, where a small group of children (known as Zingboppers) go to Zingzilla Island and are taught to dance to a Zingzillas song. The Zingboppers then participate in the final Zingbop. Every Zingbop performed is of course "the best Zingbop ever".
Each ZingZilla has their own personality:
- Panzee is feminine and loves dressing up. She is sensitive, fun and always ready to try something new. She is a chimpanzee who plays bass, keyboards and backing vocals, played by Victoria Bovingdon, and voice by Sarah-Jane Honeywell:
- Tang thinks creatively and is never afraid of asking for help when he doesn't know the answer. He is an orangutan who plays guitar and backing vocals, played by Nick Kellington and voiced by Gary Jordan 
- Zak has a positive attitude. He is serious, confident and likes taking risks. He is a gorilla who is the lead singer, played by Jeremiah Krage and Jack Andrews and has purple fur. He is voiced by Michael Offei.
- Drum is very young at heart. She loves exploring sounds and enjoys making rhythms and noise. She is very sensitive to the mood of music. She resembles a golden lion tamarin who plays drums, percussion and backing vocals, is played by Rachelle Beinart and Amy Collins and her voice is by Penni Tovey
- Todd is the ‘father figure’. Helpful, inventive, accident-prone and loveable. He is a mandrill.
- Auntie Dot is a relation of Todd's and whose voice is by Penni Tovey
- DJ Loose Is the island's sloth DJ. He plays the ZingZillas music made by real people in the glade.
- The Beach Byrds (Maxine, Patti and Laverne ) are tropical birds who work in the coconut hut and say everything tunefully.
- The Moaning Stones are similar to the standing moai heads on Easter Island. Although four are shown, only the middle pair called Granite and Gravel talk. All four heads jet into the sky near the end of each episode signalling the start of the "big zing".
Episodes & guest performers
Series 1 has been broadcasting on CBeebies since 5 April 2010
- Didgeridoo Hullabaloo: Dhinawan
- Tang's Happy Day: Jim Hart
- Rock Guitar: The BMQ
- Auntie Dot's Dash: Piper Martin McKay
- ScatZilla!: Cleo Laine, John Dankworth & Friends
- Operatic Todd: BBC Concert Orchestra with Sarah Connolly & Ben Foster
- Sticker Trouble: Julian Lloyd-Webber
- Bhangra Beats: Jugnu Bhangra
- Squeaky Boots: Kickin' Alice
- Sweet Dreams: Catrin Finch
- A Great Place to Live: James Knight
- Bubble Trouble: Elio Pace
- Tang's Clubhouse: BBC Concert Orchestra, Ben Foster
- Welcome Beach Byrds: Lila Cita
- Zak's Rubbish Day: Julian Bliss
- Disappearing Drum: Joji Hirota & Hiten Ryu Daiko
- Keep Your Castanets: Angus Cruickshank, Verena Menichellui
- The Fan Letter: Jay Phelps
- Hide and Seek: Dame Evelyn Glennie
- Birthday Todd: Silk Street Hot Seven
- Gravel and Granite's Quiet Night In
- The Z Factor: Philip Achille
- Panzee's Photograph: Dr Lonnie Smith, Jamire Williams & Jonathan Kreisberg
- Tang's Hooter: Sir James Galway
- Where's Yapple: BBC Concert Orchestra, Ben Foster
- Tuba Swaps: The Amazing Bavarian Stompers
Series two has been broadcasting on CBeebies since 18 October 2010.
- Super Zak: Lydia Kavina
- Panzee Gets the Giggles: The Swingle Singers
- Bam-Boo!: Kausary
- Try a Triangle: Petit et la Gross
- Auntie Dot's Special Show
- Aloha Flower: Polynesian Beats
- The Golden Coconut: BBC Concert Orchestra, Ben Foster
- Banana Blues: Stuart Zender
- Tang's Photo Album: Verena Menichellui & Angus Cruickshank, Dame Evelyn Glenny, Sarah Connolly & BBC Concert Orchestra, Petit et la Grosse
- Music Box: Roderick Elms
- Panzee's Poorly Knee: BJ Cole
- The Red Button: Matt Gooderson
- Trombone Trouble: Chris Lowe
- Panzee's Wish Stall: Zhou Jinyan
- Cinema Day
- Salsa Dip: La Cuba Ritmo
- Making a Choice: Jonathan Mayer
- The Hairy Diggle: Nicola Benedetti
- The Singing Bowl: Frank Perry
- Todd's Little Helper: Karen Geoghegan
- Home: Michael Messer
- Pirate Day: The Hornpipers featuring Robert Harbron, Miranda Rutter & Laurel Swift
- Pom Pom: Ebony Steelband Trust
- Where's the Bug?: Dame Evelyn Glennie
- DJ Loose's Radio Show
- Let It Snow: ACM Gospel Choir
Series three started broadcasting on CBeebies from the 21 November 2011.
- Thunder and Lightning: Colin Currie
- Disco Lights: Manchester Disco Crew
- Panzee, I'm Sorry: Simon Mayor
- Catch That Beat: Dance Off Crew
- Giddyup and Go: Andrew Budden
- On the Drums: Cherisse Osei
- Pause For a Moment: Bogdan Vacarescu
- Beatbox: Bellatrix
- Sunshine: Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh
- ZingZilla Rock N Rollin': Feets of Amazement
- To the Beat of a Drum: Hertfordshire Showband
- Brush Your Teeth: Peter Moss
- Let's Play
- Listen to the Wind: Guo Yue
- Panzee's Family Show: BBC Big Band, Manchester Rhythm Tap
- Cooking in the Kitchen
- Like a Firefly: Simone Rebello
- Tiny or Tall: Fontanella
- It's Fun to Be a One Man Band: Chucklefoot
- Granite's Glasses: Feets of Amazement, Colin Currie, Dance Off Crew
- I'll Grow Flowers for You: Bauler Ganer Dol
- Orangutango: Tango Siempre, Alex & Giraldo
- My Lazy Afternoon: Jenny Galloway
- Chugging On a Train: BBC Big Band
- Shake It: Rhythms of the City
- Counting the Pennies: BBC Big Band, Cherisse Osei, Hertfordshire Showband
Series 4 started airing on CBeebies from 23 April 2012.
- Electric Guitar: Justin & Dan Hawkins
- New Banana Car: Urban Strawberry Lunch
- Spread the Word: Melanie Oesch
- Never Mind: The Grimethorpe Colliery Band
- You Need a Hat: Mariachi El Mexicano
- You Can Really Do It If You Try: Bond
- The Little Pigs Saved the Day: Mukul Acharya
- All the Fun of the Fair: Boggart's Breakfast
- Flying to the Moon: Kojo
- Shopping: Paul Patrick
- Statues: Sharon Shannon, Jim Murray, Dezi Donnelly, Michael McGoldrick & The North West Celtic Dance Ladies
- Belle of the Ball: Bond, Tom Malone & Natalie Patel
- Why Don't You Copy Us Too?: Nuline Dance Cumbria
- Echo On the Island: Michele Montolli
- Good to Be Me
- Hangin' Loose
- Everyone's Different: Julian Smith
- Jogging Day: Justin and Dan Hawkins, Paul Patrick
- Robotic Beat: Rie Fujii
- Fall Asleep: George Panda
- Washing Up: Mahatma Skiffle Orchestra
- Zak Loves Dancing: Valentino & The Grecian Dancers
- Everybody Bogle to the Island Beat
- Magical Carpet Ride: Hassan Erraji
- Staying Up Late: Simon Finch
- Picnic Day: Urban Strawberry Lunch, Mariachi El Mexicano, Bond
|Release name||UK release date||Notes|
|Welcome to the Island||Monday 4 October 2010||Despite being filmed in HD |
no Blu-ray release
|World Music Tour||Monday 15 November 2010||Despite being filmed in HD |
no Blu-ray release
Welcome to the Island
This DVD contains five episodes (note that it's not the first five of the series, although there's a lot of overlap):
- Didgeridoo Hullabaloo (Series 1, Episode 1)
- Operatic Todd (Series 1, Episode 6)
- Rock Guitar (Series 1, Episode 3)
- Auntie Dot's Dash (Series 1, Episode 4)
- A Great Place to Live (Series 1, Episode 11)
Extras: Musical instrument game and character profile.
World Music Tour
This DVD contains five episodes:
- Bhangra Beats (Series 1, Episode 8)
- Welcome Beach Byrds (Series 1, Episode 14)
- Keep Your Castanets (Series 1, Episode 17)
- Disappearing Drum (Series 1, Episode 16)
- Bam-Boo! (Series 2, Episode 3)
Extras: Interactive game
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- "Title: Zingzillas: Welcome to the Island!". Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Title: Zingzillas: World Music Tour". Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011.