Series / The Noddy Shop
The toy cast of the show. From upper left to upper right: The Crybabies, Granny Duck, Noddy, Bonita Flamingo, Planet Pup, Sherman, Rusty, the jack-in-the-box Warloworth resides in and Johnny Crawfish's aquarium.
The Noddy Shop note
"Welcome to our place, we've been waiting. Time for some fun and celebrating.
Something is always ready to "pop!", here at The Noddy Shop.
Music and magic. Hey, it's showtime!
Noddy and you will be friends in no time.
Silly 'ol Goblins are living there, too, the place where make believe comes true.
Believe it or not, here at The Noddy Shop!"
is a Canadian Kid Com
created by Rick Siggelkow that was the Spiritual Successor
to Shining Time Station
. The show centered on three kids, Kate; her brother, Truman; and their friend, DJ, who visit a toy shop (the titular Noddy Shop) every day after school while their parents were at work, where they would visit with Noah, the shop's owner and Kate and Truman's grandfather. But the shop isn't any ordinary toy store-the residents of the toy store, as well as Noah's pet crawfish Johnny, can come to life and talk to them. One day, the kids discover a mysterious box and a key, which holds mischievous goblins that play tricks on people, as well as a map of an imaginary land and two dolls that turn out to be Noddy and Big Ears, which the kids decide to tell stories with that relate to real-life situations the kids face (which are represented by episodes of Noddy's Toyland Adventures
). After the story had been told, the toys and Johnny would sing a song about the moral of the story to the kids. In some episodes, they would sing two songs, with the second one usually being a retelling of a popular story set to music.
The Noddy Shop contains examples of:
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Most of the toys with two-part names are in this format except for Bonita Flamingo, the Dancing Ladies, Island Princess, Granny Duck and Johnny Crawfish.
- Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: The song in the episode "The Fish Story" is called "I Can Do Better Than You".
- April Fools' Plot: One of the episodes took place on April Fool's Day.
- Bat Deduction: In "The Fish Story", Aunt Agatha believes that the Goblins are responsible for Kate's ring disappearing without thinking of other ways that it could have gone missing, and then dresses up as a cat.
- Berserk Button: For the toys, setting the goblins free from the box they were trapped in will make them panic.
- Big Blackout: The episode "Thunder and Lightning" takes place during one that is caused by a thunderstorm.
- This is also the fear of the Crybabies.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Johnny Crawfish often tells jokes to the viewers at home, and sometimes asks them other questions as well (like "Hmmm, give up?" when telling the audience a joke about Sherman and Rusty.)
- Camping Episode: "Twinkle Twinkle Little Goblins" is about the kids having a camp out behind the shop, but they find it sabotaged by the goblins.
- Captain Obvious: In "The Magic Key", Kate names one of the dolls in the box Big Ears because of his big ears.
- Character of the Day: Sometimes, the writers will throw in characters that only show up once (occasionally twice in some cases) as a story element. A few examples of these include Jack Frost, The Sandman, Disrupto the robot, Angelina and Johnny Crawfish's new tankmate.
- Christmas Episode: "Anything Can Happen At Christmas".
- Clip Show: "Sing Yourself To Sleep", which was a collection of songs previously sung during the course of the series.
- Diaper Check: In "Skunked", Whiny and Whimper ask each other if they've had accidents after smelling the skunk smell.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: During the song "The Day The Goblins Got Away", the Crybabies sing "Goblins are like itches you can't get near" and Stein interrupts them by saying "Don't give them any ideas!".
- Downer Ending: The final episode, "Closing Up Shop", ends with the toys being sold off, the shop closing and the kids saying it's gone forever.
- Educational Song: Most of the songs in the show are intended to get the moral of the episode across to the viewers and characters. For example, in "Mixed-Up Magic", Gertie and Johnny sing about cleaning up, in "Hooray For The Kids", the characters sing about how nice it is to have friends and in "It's About Time", Gertie sings a song about how to read a clock. There are some episodes where the song isn't educational at all and is instead related to the plot.
- Eek, a Mouse!!: In this show, this is used as a running gag for Aunt Agatha. The episode "The Fish Story" took this Up to Eleven by having her dress as a cat to find some mice who she thought took a ring belonging to Kate's mom.
- Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: On the closed captioning used for PBS airings of the show, every single one of Stein's lines would be rendered as "Yeah", except for his "¡Hasta la vista, burrito!" line in "Recipe for Learning".
- Everything's Better with Penguins: The Do-Wop Penguins, whom live inside a castle.
- Everything's Better with Plushies: Bonita Flamingo is a stuffed carnival toy.
- Expository Theme Tune: Quoted above.
- Extra Long Episode: "Anything Can Happen At Christmas" was an hour long as opposed to the 28 minutes a normal episode runs for.
- Fear of Thunder: Truman has this in the episode "Thunder and Lightning".
- Framing Device: During the middle of each episode, Kate would tell Truman and DJ Noddy stories in the Book Nook, which were represented by episodes of Noddy's Toyland Adventures.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: "Let's Go Fly A Kite" has the kids switching places with the adults and vice versa.
- Fun with Acronyms: The shop's name stands for "Notions, Oddities, Doodads and Delights of Yesterday".
- Gift-Giving Gaffe: In "Telling The Whole Truth", Aunt Agatha's friend Charlene Von Pickings comes into the shop because she's been told that there are many good things to buy her 5-year-old nephew who she is not at all close to. Kate and DJ, who are watching the store for Noah, suggest a variety of fun, adorable and entertaining looking toys, but she doesn't think any of them look right, until she sees an antique clock on the wall.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: Bonita Flamingo puts Spanish in her sentences, and the pigs speak French.
- Halloween Episode: "We All Say Boo" takes place on Halloween night and is about the characters having a Halloween party at the shop.
- Happy Birthday to You!: The song "Partytime" from "The Birthday Party" is a strange example of this trope. Although it's a song about Noah's birthday, it's more about how giving to people is better than receiving and only says "Happy Birthday" once.
- Heroic Dog: Planet Pup believes he is a superhero and tries to solve most of the problems at the shop.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Angelina gets a song devoted to this in "Part of the Family".
- "I Want" Song: "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" from "Big Bullies" is this for Disrupto.
- Importation Expansion: The purpose of the show was to expand a 10-minute episode of Noddy's Toyland Adventures into a 30-minute show.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: The kids get shrunk by Boobull in "Think Big".
- Large Ham: Aunt Agatha.
- Literal-Minded: Warloworth has done this a few times, and has caused trouble for others due to it:
- In "Mixed-Up Magic", he mistook the shop having a sale for the toys being sold to others.
- In "How Rude", he mistakes Noah saying the proverb "Rudeness is like a bad spell of magic" for him asking Warloworth to cast a spell on the others to make them misbehave.
- Mr. Imagination: Kate Tomten likes to tell stories using dolls of Noddy and Big Ears to help solve problems and Planet Pup loves imagining that he's a superhero from outer space.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The toys usually sing songs to help kids overcome difficult and/or boring tasks. For example, "A Whole Lot Of Helping" taught them about how cleaning can be fun and "The ABC's of Fire" was a do-wop song about fire safety.
- Narrating the Obvious: The purpose of the Ruby Reds and The Penguines. They will often repeat a statement someone else said in the form of a song, like when the Ruby Reds chorused "Not the goblins!" after one of the toys warned of their escape in "The Magic Key" or tell the viewer that a Noddy story or song is about to play, like when the Penguines sang "I feel a song coming on!" before the song in "Kate Loves A Parade" was sung.
- Nobody Poops: Unlike most PBS Kids shows aimed at preschoolers at the time, note this trope was averted, as the episode "Skunked" lets us know that Whiny and Whimper are able to use the bathroom.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Johnny Crawfish is based on Johnny Carson.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: Gertie Gator's dress clearly shows lines marking where her breasts would be.
- Official Couple: "Skunked" shows us that Bonita and Warloworth love each other and even get a musical number devoted to this.
- Our Goblins Are Different: Like in the series the show frames, the goblins in this show act a lot like gremlins, causing mischief everywhere they go.
- Once per Episode: This show has a lot:
- The instrumental that signals the start of each episode.
- Johnny Crawfish telling a joke.
- The puppets singing a song.
- The Noddy stories.
- Ping-Pong Na´vetÚ: The goblins (and on occasion Warloworth) often create trouble for others and learn their lesson afterwards, but after they've done bad deeds, they often will do them again.
- Pun-Based Title: Many of the episode names are this:
- "The Fish Story" is based on the phrase "fish story", meaning "an unbelievable story", and is fitting for three reasons: the first being that the episode has Aunt Agatha tell a story that "rodents" stole a ring belonging to Kate (which is a demonstration of the real meaning of the phrase), the second is that the kids play a fishing rod game with paper fish, and the third is that Johnny Crawfish has a new tankmate that lives with him.
- "Jack Frost Is Coming To Town" is a play on the song Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town.
- "Little Swap Of Horrors" is a play on Little Shop of Horrors.
- "Lights, Camera, Chaos" is a play on "Lights, Cameras, Action".
- "All Play and No Work" is a play on the phrase "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy".
- "Going Bananas" is a pun on a phrase that means "going crazy".
- Done with some of the song titles as well, usually referencing other songs. For example, "I Can Do Better Than You" is a play on "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better", the song "Buddy, Can You Spare Some Time?" is a pun on "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?" and "The Smallest Show On Earth" is a pun on "The Greatest Show On Earth".
- Recycled In Space: The series is Shining Time Station IN A TOY STORE!
- Recycled Title: One of the episodes of this show was titled "To The Rescue". One of the songs in the season two opener "Little Swap of Horrors" was also called "To The Rescue".
- The Doll Episode: The Goblins live in a dollhouse, which can be seen in some of the episodes as well as the intro.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Warloworth likes chocolate bars and bubble gum.
- Separate Scene Storytelling: Whenever Kate would tell a story, it would show an episode of Noddy's Toyland Adventures that was related to the episode's theme.
- "Sesame Street" Cred: Carol Kane played the Tooth Fairy, Harry Anderson played a magician, Gilbert Gottfried played Jack Frost, and Betty White played Santa Claus' wife Annabelle.
- Smelly Skunk: In the episode "Skunked", Truman gets sprayed on by a skunk, and spends the whole episode lonely when everyone wants to get away from him
- Spiritual Successor: The show is one to Rick Sigglekow's earlier TV series Shining Time Station. The show focuses on an older adult who runs a business related to the British animated show it frames, a crazy person who runs a business near the shop, something inanimate coming to life during one point in the episode, a group of kids who visit the place, small, human-like creatures who interact with the humans and people telling stories leading into the British animation.
- Talking Animal: Most of the toy characters are animals, but Johnny Crawfish is a pet crawfish that talks.
- That Reminds Me of a Song: Some of the songs, such as the fairy tale re-tellings and the two songs in the first episode, "The Magic Key".
- The Tooth Hurts: During his song in "The Tooth Fairy", Johnny Crawfish wonders if teeth that have cavities are allowed to be given to the tooth fairy.
- To the Tune of...: The songs for this show are well-known melodies with new words added to them.
- Tyop on the Cover: The episode "The Sandman Cometh" has the episode's title displayed as "THE SANDMAN" COMETH". It's unknown if this was fixed for future airings of the episode.
- Valentine's Day Episode: "Secret Valentine" takes place on Valentine's Day and is about Warloworth stealing the Valentines from all the other toys because he thinks he did not get any. After seeing he did indeed get a Valentine from everybody he has a change of heart.
- What Does He See in Her?: Happens during the song "It's You" in Skunked, where the rest of the puppets don't understand why Bonita and Warloworth fell in love with each other. Granny Duck and Johnny say that the relationship will be short lived, the babies tell them that they are acting too mushy and to "knock off the goo" and Sherman just wants to forget it.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The show does not give any clue of where the town of Littleton Falls could be.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In the song "I'm Not Scared" from "We All Say Boo!", the toys discuss their fears. They are, in order:
- The Crybabies are afraid of the lights going out.
- Stein is afraid of sauerkraut.
- Bonita is afraid of bats. She also freaks out when something hurts her toe (as seen in The Big Mess and Skunked).
- Gertie is afraid of cats.
- Salt and Pepper are scared of the nighttime.
- Johnny Crawfish has a fear of being bitten (but to rhyme, he says "a vampire's bite"). He also is scared of vacuum cleaners (as seen in The Big Mess where he warns everyone that it's causing trouble).
- Warloworth's fear is the floor creeking.
- Gaylord fears what's behind the closet door.
- In an example not related to "I'm Not Scared", pretty much every toy in the show (as well as Aunt Agatha) is scared of the goblins.
- Wolverine Publicity: When the show was imported to the UK as Noddy In Toyland, the BBC had a particular fondness for Johnny Crawfish out of all the puppet characters created for the show for some odd reason. The first two episodes they aired of the show they aired were focused on him in some matter note and the Noddy annual for the year the UK got the show had him on the back cover.