Britain's answer to Eek! The Cat
. Noddy's Toyland Adventures
is a toymation
cartoon first broadcast on The BBC
in 1992, and ended in 2001. In case you don't know who Noddy was, then it will be explained. Word of God
states that Noddy was seen for the first time in a series of books between 1950 and 1962.
The show and the books follow the adventures of Noddy, a little wooden doll who wears a Nice Hat
and drives a little yellow car that goes Putt-Putt
. He somewhat echoes Mario
, as does his clothing. He lives next door to a Trickster Archetype
little teddy bear called Master Tubby Bear, who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Tubby Bear, and, of course, Noddy's girlfriend, Tessie Bear! Noddy's best friend besides her is Big Ears, who is Exactly What It Says on the Tin
. He's got big ears. The Toyland policeman is called Mr. Plod, who most of the time asks Noddy whether he can be Noddy's Special Constable.
You'd think there's No Antagonist
in the cartoon, would you? Well, think again! There are twin goblins, who like to cause mischeif around Toyland by stealing...but they never do anything that would ordinarily kill a person
, they just ruin Noddy's life for whatever reason! At the end of the episode, they get a punishment behind bars, which they deserve!
The series was also broadcast on PBS Kids
and Toon Disney
in America, with the cartoon getting sandwiched by a live action show that takes place in a toy store known as the Noddy shop. The characters got American voices, except Noddy and the Skittles. Although this show was broadcast in America, the VHS releases still made it to Britain.
In 2001, a CGI
spinoff- Make Way For Noddy
- premiered. It was a UK-Canada co-production and the producer was Sabella-Dern. As a result, the North American dub of the CGI show used the talents of The Ocean Group
. In the US, a short segment, Say It With Noddy
, was pinned on to the show to teach Spanish. And in 2011 some of the characters, notably Tessie Bear, were given a redesign.
This show contains the following tropes:
- Absentee Actor: Miss Pink Cat does not appear in the video games.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Taken to the extreme with Master Tubby Bear, who likes to sometimes cause trouble.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Master Tubby Bear.
- Catch Phrase:
- Noddy: That's very naughty!
- Big Ears: Oh my goodness!
- Master Tubby Bear has the same Catch Phrase as Norman Price from Fireman Sam, another BBC cartoon. Aw mam!
- Mrs. Tubby Bear: Now, Master Tubby Bear, X may Y, but Z.
- Mr. Wobbly Man: Do be careful, Noddy!
- Mr. Plod: HALT IN THE NAME OF PLOD! The name of Plod was partly because most police officers say "HALT IN THE NAME OF THE LAW", but he keeps getting it all muddled up!
- Gobbo: Such mischief!!!
- Various characters: Oh dear!
- Cats Are Mean: Miss Pink Cat could get pretty bossy sometimes, but she's otherwise a nice cat.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Mr. Wobbly Man.
- Cultural Translation: In France, the cartoon was called "Les Adventeurs le Oui Oui" (literally meaning The Adventures of Noddy), whilst the Japanese version is called "Konichiwa Noddy". (literally meaning Hello Noddy, by analogy with Hello Kitty).
- Expy: What does Noddy look like? Pajama Sam or Super Mario? Your choice.
- Everybody Laughs Ending: Done in some episodes. It's a cartoon, after all.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Miss Pink Cat speaks with a French accent, but she is voiced by the girl who does all the voices for the females, as well as Noddy.
- Furry Confusion: Quite noticably. Bumpy Dog acts like a real dog, but what does Miss Pink Cat (among other animal characters in the show) act like? A human!
- The Hyena: Sly and Gobbo.
- Karma Houdini: Averted. The goblins will always get locked up near the end, and they deserve their punishment after the credits roll.
- Licensed Game: The first ever Noddy video games were released on the Amiga (but not on the SNES, unfortunately) in Britian in 1992 and 1993. Then in 1997, another videogame, called the Magic of Toytown was released, and there was a free Living Books clone inside. It was compatible with Windows 95, 98 and ME, but not with XP. In 1999, there was yet another video game based on the cartoon, called Playtime in Toyland (Let's Get Ready for School in Britian) which was compatible with Windows XP. There was a Crowning Moment of Funny in one game, when Master Tubby Bear would sometimes draw funny pictures to annoy Noddy. Both games use Macromedia Director. Also in 1999, there was a videogame for the PlayStation, Noddy's Magic Adventure, where Sly and Gobbo stole a magician's wand and decided to use it to cause trouble around Toyland. The game was released first in the United Kingdom, but it did get a release in France as well. There was a game for the Game Boy Color in the same year, called Noddy and the Birthday Party, where Noddy had to prepare for Big Ear's birthday in time.
- Living Toys: A bigger offender than Toy Story.
- The Kiddie Ride: Several models, all of them are of Noddy's yellow car (the last one, a carousel, still has the yellow car as one of the figures for kids to ride in). Evidently, the ride license changed hands several times from Bell Fruit to Amutec to OMC before finally resting in the hands of RG Mitchells, who promptly got bought over by Jolly Roger Rides.
- Meaningful Name: We dare you to find a character who doesn't live up to his or her name!
- Nice Hat
- Our Goblins Are Different: Sly and Gobbo act more like gremlins than goblins.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Sly and Gobbo.
- Toy Time: An example not from a video game, although the series did have video games.
- Trickster Archetype: Master Tubby Bear.