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:
- April Fools' Plot: One of the episodes took place on April Fool's Day.
- 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.
- 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 pilot, Kate names one of the dolls in the box Big Ears because of his big ears.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Expository Theme Tune: Quoted above.
- 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 place with the adults and the adults switching places with the kids.
- 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.
- Heroic Dog: Planet Pup believes he is a superhero and tries to solve most of the problems at the shop.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: The kids get shrunk by Boobull in "Think Big".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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").
- 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.