Bananas In Pyjamas
"Bananas in pyjamas are coming down the stairs..."
is a beloved Australian children's television series that originally ran on The ABC
in its suitmation
incarnation from 1992 to 2002, before undergoing an extensive Re Tool
when it was revived
in 2011 as an All-CGI Cartoon
Like the other breakout Australian children's franchise of the 1990s
, you would be incredibly
hard-pressed to find an Australian child of Generation Y or later who's never even seen
the show let alone one who didn't love it as a child, based on the the ubiquitous merchandising
and instantly recognisable Theme Song
. All this for a show where the episodes originally only ran for five minutes each.
The idea for the show came from the song of the same name, which later became the show's Title Theme Tune
. The song was written in 1967 by British composer Carey Blyton, nephew of Enid Blyton who wrote many children's classics such as Noddy
and The Famous Five
. The Australian version of Play School
soon incorporated the song into its catalogue, and in 1979 an animated short film of the song
was created to be screened during the show. This film and a Banana toy that subsequently joined the show's "toy cast" formed the physical basis of B1 and B2.
The show made its debut in July 1992, featuring a cast of two bananas in pyjamas
(B1 and B2), three teddies (Amy, Morgan and Lulu) and a sometimes-conniving-if-actually-rather-nice
corner shop owner in Rat in the Hat, who all lived in the cul-de-sac of Cuddles Avenue. The show soon proved to be immensely
popular among the toddler crowd and the show was exported to many overseas territories including the United States, where three episodes would often be broadcast together in a fifteen-minute block.
In the original incarnation's last season broadcast in 2002, some new barnyard characters were added
, including two chickens called "Gregory" and "Peck", Dolly the sheep, Camembert the cow
, Pedro the pig and Flash the fish
. The series then went on an indefinite hiatus
before it was announced in 2009 that a new CGI version of the show was in the works. The CGI version premiered in 2011 to at best mixed reviews
and vocal disappointment from the show's former fanbase
. However, the episodes from the original incarnation are freely available to watch on YouTube
and purchase on DVD.