Noddy (TV series)

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Noddy
Noddy Shop Title Card.png
GenreComedy
Fantasy
Created byRick Siggelkow
Written byBrian McConnachie
Sean Kelly
Lawrence S. Mirkin
Kate Barris
Jill Golick
Ellis Weiner
Rick Siggelkow
Chris Allen (original Noddy television stories)
Julia Allen (original Noddy television stories)
Enid Blyton (original Noddy concept)
Directed byWayne Moss
Steve Wright
StarringSean McCann
Katie Boland
Max Morrow
Kyle Kassardjian
Jayne Eastwood
Jim Calder
Nikki Pascetta
Gil Filar
Theme music composerDennis Scott
Opening theme"The Noddy Shop"
Ending theme"The Noddy Shop (Instrumental)"
Composer(s)Stacey Hersh
Dennis Scott (songs)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Canada
United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes66
Production
Executive producer(s)Rick Siggelkow
Theresa Plummer-Andrews (original Noddy television stories)
Brian Cosgrove (original Noddy television stories)
Mark Hall (original Noddy television stories)
Producer(s)Jim Corston
Jackie Cockle (original Noddy television stories)
Brian Cosgrove (original Noddy television stories)
Mark Hall (original Noddy television stories)
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)BBC Worldwide Americas
Catalyst Entertainment Inc.
Enid Blyton Ltd.
DistributorBBC Worldwide
Release
Original networkTVOntario (TVOKids)
Picture format4:3
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseAugust 31, 1998 (1998-08-31) – February 16, 2000 (2000-02-16)
Chronology
Related showsShining Time Station

Noddy, also known as The Noddy Shop or Noddy in Toyland (in the United Kingdom and Australia), is a Canadian-American children's television series based on Enid Blyton's children's book series of the same name with stop motion sequences from Noddy's Toyland Adventures that aired from August 31, 1998 to February 16, 2000 on PBS in the United States. Following its cancellation, reruns were aired until September 5th, 2004.[1] The series was produced by BBC Worldwide, Catalyst Entertainment and Enid Blyton Ltd.

The show starred Sean McCann as Noah Tomten, a former old salt, who now runs an antique shop, the NODDY Shop (this stood for "Notions, Oddities, Doodads and Delights of Yesterday"). His catchphrases included "What in tarnation?!" and "Great Neptune's Ghost!", usually whenever he was excited about something. It also starred Jayne Eastwood as his scatter brained sister, Agatha Flugelschmidt, who runs a hat shop next door to the Noddy shop. One of her catchphrases included "Oh, pish posh!", usually whenever she disagreed with something that someone else said.

The stories in The Noddy Shop mainly centred on three children, Noah's grandchildren, Kate and Truman, and a friend of Kate's named Daniel Johnson, shortened to D.J., who came to play at the shop, and were collected by their (unseen) parents at the end of the day, implying the episodes were set after school, during school holidays or at weekends.

Most episodes had a moral message, which was conveyed with a Noddy story, usually told by Kate using the Noddy dolls in the shop, which the viewer saw as recycled animation from earlier Noddy cartoons. The moral message was also a theme in a song sung by the shop's population of anthropomorphic toys. There was sometimes a second song, usually a re enactment of a popular folk tale.

Toys and antiques[edit]

  • Warloworth Q. Weasel, usually shortened to "Warlow", is a malicious weasel in a bowler hat who resides in a Jack-in-the-box and always plays tricks on the other toys, but usually gets his comeuppance. (voiced by Frank Meschkuleit)
  • Bonita Flamingo – A bright orange plush flamingo dressed in a similar manner to Carmen Miranda. (voiced by Frank Meschkuleit)
  • Johnny Crawfish – A lobster who tells a lot of jokes and resides in a fish tank, and sometimes plays rock and roll songs on the piano. He is inspired by Johnny Carson. (voiced by James Rankin)
  • Noddy – The central character of the animated segments. During the live action segments in Season 2, he is mostly still, but occasionally wanders around and talks to Truman. (voiced by Catherine Disher)
  • Big Ears – a friendly gnome who is Noddy's helper and father figure in the animated segments. Unlike Noddy, he never moves or talks at all during the live action segments. (voiced by Benedict Campbell)
  • Sherman – A clockwork turtle with wheels like a tank, who wears an army helmet. (voiced by James Rankin)
  • Rusty – A toy clown who is good friends with Sherman, and always rides on his back. (voiced by Matt Ficner)
  • Planet Pup – A small robotic dog, supposedly from outer space. He was the first toy to interact with Truman and gets along well with him, as though he - Pup - were a real dog. (voiced by James Rankin)
  • Lichtenstein – A beer tankard shaped like a Viking's head, usually referred to simply as "Stein". He doesn't speak much, but could usually be seen singing along with the songs. When he does speak, he has a noticeable German accent, and ended many of his sentences with "Ja". (voiced by Matt Ficner)
  • Island Princess – A wooden carving, rather like a ship's figurehead, in a traditional Hawaiian costume. She sees everything that goes on in the shop. (voiced by Alyson Court)
  • Gertie Gator – A plastic alligator who stands on two legs, wears a purple dress and carries a matching umbrella. (voiced by Taborah Johnson)
  • Granny Duck – A wise plastic duck on wheels, who usually speaks in rhymes. (voiced by Noreen Young)
  • The Do-Wop Penguins – Four penguins who never speak, only sing along with the Wax Lips, they often provide short interludes introducing the Noddy story, or a turning point in the action of the episode.
  • Ruby Reds – A box of five fake lips who have no spoken dialogue, but sing in every episode
  • Fred and Gingersnap – A French pig couple.
  • Whiny and Whimper the Crybabies – Two babies, one male, one female – one is dressed in pink, the other in blue – in a cradle. They often cry at any tense situation.
  • Shorty Salt Shaker and Slim Pepper Shaker – Salt and pepper shakers shaped like cactuses. (voiced by Frank Meschkuleit and James Rankin)
  • Gaylord Gumball – A wise gumball machine (voiced by Frank Meschkuleit)
  • Wind-up Teeth – A pair of wind up novelty teeth that chatters when excited or scared.

Cast[edit]

Live action cast[edit]

Puppet voices[edit]

Noddy animation voices[edit]

Puppeteers[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. No. in Season Title Noddy Episode Puppet Song Fairytale Song Writer Director Airdate Prod. Code
1 1 The Magic Key Noddy and the Special Key The Day the Goblins Got Away
A What-If World
  Brian McConnachie Wayne Moss August 31, 1998 #101K
2 2 Monkey Business Noddy's New Friend Too Much Monkey Business   Sean Kelly Steve Wright September 1, 1998 #102K
3 3 Mixed Up Magic Noddy and Martha Monkey A Whole Lot of Helping One Good Turn Kate Barris Steve Wright September 2, 1998 #103K
4 4 Lost and Found Noddy Tastes Some Cake Lost and Found Bo Peep and the Sheep Kate Barris Wayne Moss September 3, 1998 #104K
5 5 Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Goblins Noddy and the Goblins Camping Song Twinkle, Twinkle Sean Kelly Steve Wright September 4, 1998 #105K
6 6 The Tooth Fairy Noddy and His Money Tooth Fairy   Brian McConnachie Wayne Moss September 7, 1998 #106K
7 7 Stop, Listen and Learn Noddy Lends a Hand   The Magic Porridge Pot Jill Golick Wayne Moss September 8, 1998 #107K
8 8 Making Up is Easy to Do Noddy and the Naughty Tail I Like it That Way   Jill Golick Wayne Moss September 9, 1998 #108K
9 9 If at First You Don't Succeed... Noddy Buys a Parasol Opera Medley A Better Way Ellis Weiner Wayne Moss September 10, 1998 #109K
10 10 The Birthday Party Noddy Delivers Some Parcels Party Time   Ellis Weiner Steve Wright September 11, 1998 #110K
11 11 Telling Tails Noddy Finds a Furry Tail The Lion and the Jackal Face the Music Jill Golick Wayne Moss September 14, 1998 #111K
12 12 It's About Time Noddy and His Alarm Clock Tell the Time Hickory Dickory Dock Sean Kelly Steve Wright September 15, 1998 #112K
13 13 A Promise is a Promise Noddy Borrows an Umbrella A Promise is a Promise   Sean Kelly Wayne Moss September 16, 1998 #113K
14 14 To the Rescue Noddy Has a Bad Day The ABCs of Fire   Brian McConnachie Wayne Moss September 17, 1998 #114K
15 15 Chills and Spills Noddy Sets a Trap   Chicken Little Blues Lawrence S. Mirkin Steve Wright September 18, 1998 #115K
16 16 The Big Race Noddy the Champion Let's Go Racing Slow and Steady Brian McConnachie Steve Wright September 19, 1998 #116K
17 17 A Dog's Best Friend Noddy and the Milkman Planet Pup's Song   Lawrence S. Mirkin Steve Wright September 20, 1998 #117K
18 18 Hooray for the Kids Noddy Cheers Up Big Ears My Kind of Friends   Sean Kelly Steve Wright September 21, 1998 #118K
19 19 The Mystery Box Noddy Borrows Some Trousers What's in the Box?   Brian McConnachie Wayne Moss September 22, 1998 #119K
20 20 We All Say Boo! Noddy and the Magic Night I'm Not Scared   Brian McConnachie Wayne Moss September 23, 1998 #120K
21 21 Try Something New Noddy Gets a New Job   Jack and Jill Lawrence S. Mirkin Steve Wright September 26, 1998 #121K
22 22 The Fish Story Noddy and the Fishing Rod I Can Do Better Than You   Jill Golick Wayne Moss September 27, 1998 #122K
23 23 The Big Fight Noddy and His Bell That's What Friends Do Best   Ellis Weiner Steve Wright September 28, 1998 #123K
24 24 Following Directions Noddy Goes Shopping Bubble Trouble   Ellis Weiner Steve Wright October 1, 1998 #124K
25 25 Mixed Up Masks Noddy and the Missing Hats   Coverups Sean Kelly Steve Wright October 2, 1998 #125K
26 26 Truman, Come Home Noddy to the Rescue   Gingerbread Man Kate Barris Wayne Moss October 3, 1998 #126K
27 27 Something's Lost, Something's Found Noddy Loses Sixpence Step by Step   Jill Golick Wayne Moss October 4, 1998 #127K
28 28 The Magic Show Noddy the Magician Everyday Magic   Brian McConnachie Steve Wright October 5, 1998 #128K
29 29 The Big Mess Noddy Meets Some Silly Hens Another Nice Mess   Ellis Weiner Steve Wright October 8, 1998 #129K
30 30 Recipe for Learning Noddy Loses His Bell The Burrito Song Peter Piper's Pizza Ellis Weiner Steve Wright October 9, 1998 #130K
31 31 Recycle and Reuse It Noddy and the Useful Rope Do Something New Jack Be Nimble Sean Kelly Wayne Moss October 10, 1998 #131K
32 32 Telling the Whole Truth Noddy and the Broken Bicycle   Humpty Dumpty Lawrence S. Mirkin Steve Wright October 11, 1998 #132K
33 33 Secret Valentines Noddy the Dancer   The Princess and the Frog Kate Barris Wayne Moss October 12, 1998 #133K
34 34 Sing Yourself to Sleep Song: Believe in Yourself
Song: The Friend You'll Find in Me
Party Time
Tell the Time
I'm Not Scared
My Kind of Friends
Sleepytime Lullaby
Country Mouse and City Mouse Rick Siggelkow Steve Wright October 15, 1998 #134K
35 35 Treasure Hunt Noddy and the Golden Tree Follow the Map   Brian McConnachie Wayne Moss October 16, 1998 #135K
36 36 Jack Frost is Coming to Town Noddy and the Warm Scarf   Jack Frost is Back in Town Sean Kelly Wayne Moss October 17, 1998 #136K
37 37 The Trouble with Truman Noddy and His Unhappy Car Ready to Rock 'n' Roll   Jill Golick Steve Wright October 18, 1998 #137K
38 38 Let's Go Fly a Kite Noddy and the Kite A Crazy Mixed Up Day   Sean Kelly Steve Wright October 19, 1998 #138K
39 39 Think Big Noddy and the Pouring Rain Small Think Big Ellis Weiner Wayne Moss October 22, 1998 #139K
40 40 Noah's Leaving Noddy Has an Afternoon Off Thank You for Being You   Brian McConnachie Wayne Moss October 23, 1998 #140K

Christmas special[edit]

No. No. in Season Title Noddy Episode Puppet Song Noddy Song Writer Director Airdate Prod. Code
41 41 Anything Can Happen at Christmas Noddy and Father Christmas Anything Can Happen at Christmas
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Santa, King of Toyland
Christmas Never Ends
Brian McConnachie Wayne Moss December 6, 1998 #141K

Season 2[edit]

No. No. in Season Title Noddy Episode Puppet Song Fairytale Song Writer Director Airdate Prod. Code
42 1 Little Swap of Horrors Noddy and the Naughty Tail Give Away
To the Rescue
  Ellis Weiner Wayne Moss September 6, 1999 #201
43 2 Dance to Your Own Music Noddy the Dancer Dance, Dance, Dance   Lawrence S. Mirkin Wayne Moss September 7, 1999 #202
44 3 Ask Permission Noddy Sets a Trap Friendship Is Ask Permission Kate Barris Steve Wright September 8, 1999 #203
45 4 Take a Stand Noddy Tastes Some Cake Warlow's Cake
Putting it Together
  Brian McConnachie Wayne Moss September 9, 1999 #204
46 5 The Sandman Cometh Noddy and the Magic Watch Where Do You Go in Your Dreams?   Brian McConnachie Steve Wright September 10, 1999 #205
47 6 Noah's Treasure Noddy and the Golden Tree The Great Pig Chase
Money Isn't Everything
  Jill Golick Wayne Moss September 13, 1999 #206
48 7 Be True to Who You Are Noddy's New Friend Our Club is Your Club
True to Who You Are
  Jill Golick Wayne Moss September 14, 1999 #207
49 8 All Play and No Work Noddy to the Rescue Unfinished Business The Little Red Hen Lawrence S. Mirkin Steve Wright September 15, 1999 #208
50 9 April Fools Noddy and His Money The Laugh's On Me   Ellis Weiner Steve Wright September 16, 1999 #209
51 10 Lights, Camera, Chaos Noddy and the Goblins
(Series 4)
That's Showbiz   Sean Kelly Steve Wright September 17, 1999 #210
52 11 How Rude Noddy the Magician Rude and Crude The Girl with the Curl Ellis Weiner Wayne Moss November 5, 1999 #211
53 12 Part of the Family Noddy Cheers Up Big Ears Someone to Be My Friend
Part of the Family
  Kate Barris Steve Wright November 8, 1999 #212
54 13 Big Bullies Noddy and the Goblins Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
What Goes Around
  Brian McConnachie Steve Wright November 9, 1999 #213
55 14 Paying Attention to Kate Noddy and the Noisy Drum Buddy, Can You Spare Some Time? Hush Little Baby Kate Barris Wayne Moss November 10, 1999 #214
56 15 Skunked Noddy and the Singing Bush Stinky Boy Blues
It's You
  Ellis Weiner Steve Wright November 11, 1999 #215
57 16 Thunder and Lightning Noddy Gets Caught in a Storm Just Around the Corner Three Men in a Tub Jill Golick Steve Wright January 11, 2000 #216
58 17 Going Bananas Noddy Tidies Toyland No Litter Island
Cleaning Machine
  Lawrence S. Mirkin Wayne Moss January 12, 2000 #217
59 18 Slugger Noddy and the Bouncing Ball It's How You Play the Game The Oddball Game Sean Kelly Steve Wright January 13, 2000 #218
60 19 Find Your Own Song Song: You've Got Talent
Song: Follow the Voice
My Own Song   Sean Kelly Steve Wright January 14, 2000 #219
61 20 The Big Showdown Noddy is Far Too Busy March of the Toys The Smallest Show on Earth Sean Kelly Steve Wright February 8, 2000 #220
62 21 Growing Lies Noddy Tells a Story One Lie Leads to Another   Brian McConnachie Wayne Moss February 9, 2000 #221
63 22 The Human Touch Noddy and the Artists Disrupto Returns   Sean Kelly Wayne Moss February 10, 2000 #222
64 23 Be Patient Noddy and the Driving Lesson Have a Little Patience Johnny Appleseed Ellis Weiner Wayne Moss February 11, 2000 #223
65 24 Kate Loves a Parade Noddy the Nurse On the Day of the Parade   Kate Barris Wayne Moss February 15, 2000 #224
66 25 Closing Up Shop Noddy and the Treasure Map One Goodbye at a Time
One Hello at a Time
  Brian McConnachie Wayne Moss February 16, 2000 #225

International success[edit]

The first season aired on CBBC in the UK from 1998 to 2000, and was shown in Australia, Malaysia and several countries in English. This version utilized the original audio tracks for the animated segments. The live action segments were unaltered. The second season was never reversioned for the UK or Australia, but was dubbed for other countries. The series was also dubbed for Poland, Spain, France, Israel, Mexico, Portugal and many other countries.

VHS/DVD releases[edit]

VHS Title Release Date Country Format Episodes
Noddy and Friends June 4, 1999 [2] United Kingdom / Australia VHS The Magic Key; A Dog's Best Friend; The Big Fight
Noddy's Magic Video October 4, 1999 [3] United Kingdom VHS The Magic Show, Telling The Whole Truth; Making Up Is Easy To Do
Stop, Listen and Learn October 29, 1999 [4] United Kingdom DVD The Big Mess; Stop, Listen And Learn; The Trouble With Truman

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wayback Machine". 6 April 2004. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Noddy: Noddy In Toyland". Retrieved 15 November 2018 – via Amazon.
  3. ^ "Noddy: Noddy's Magic Video". Retrieved 15 November 2018 – via Amazon.
  4. ^ "Noddy: Noddy In Toyland". 29 October 1999. Retrieved 15 November 2018 – via Amazon.