Long-running UK kids' show, intended to be the British equivalent of Sesame Street
, which, for the bulk of its long-running time, centered around puppets Zippy (a creature with a zipper for a mouth) and George (a camp
hippopotamus), as well as a bear named Bungle and their human caretaker Geoffrey. It started airing in 1972, and ended in 1992, followed by two spinoffs.
Many non-European viewers know the show for its infamous "twangers" episode which consisted of a half hour of proceedingly less veiled double entendres
about the sexual escapades of the cast. The episode never actually aired as part of the show and was put together at a production party as a private joke, but has since migrated its way
and other such online video sites. Zippy and George also appeared on The Weakest Link
Rainbow provides examples of:
- Ambiguously Gay: George
- Anti-Role Model: Zippy is sometimes portrayed as this
- Bears Are Bad News: Subverted and sort of played straight with Bungle. He's quite a nice character, but isn't exactly the brightest crayon in the box.
- Big Eater: Zippy. Very much so.
- Bumbling Dad: Geoffrey
- Cameo: The characters have made brief appearances in shows like Ashes to Ashes and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.
- Canon Foreigner: Cleo the rabbit in one spin-off, Dale in the later 'Rainbow Days'
- Cartoon Creature: Zippy. Word of God calls him 'a unique'.
- Cross Over: Sooty appeared a couple of times
- Dream Sequence: too many times to count
- Edutainment Show
- Everything's Better with Rainbows
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The infamous 'twangers' clip
- Guilty Pleasure
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Zippy and George are voiced by Roy Skelton, who voiced the Daleks in Doctor Who
- Kids Are Cruel: Zippy
- Long Runners: Over 1000 episodes - even for a Japanese series, that's long!
- Odd Couple: Zippy and George
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Inverted somewhat. George is male yet has pink fur (which is actually appropriate). In the first spinoff, Cleo, the female rabbit, had blue fur.
- Pride: Zippy has this in spades.
- Sesame Street Cred
- Spinoff: A series set in a toy shop, and 'Rainbow Days'.
- Subverted Kids Show: Undergone this treatment, with the 'twangers' clip and Zippy and George's appearance in Ashes to Ashes.
- Talking to Himself: Roy Skelton voices both Zippy and George
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Zippy's cousin Zippo
- The Villain Sucks Song: Variation; a song is sung about how much of a 'bossy boots' Zippy is
- Whole Plot Reference: Plenty of these, even one imagining a backstory for Little Tommy Tucker