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''Tweenies'' is a British children's [[PuppetShows animatronic puppet series]] which debuted in 1998. Like other children's shows in rotation, it aimed to entertain as well as educate children about various life and social skills using songs, stories and the like. However, unlike some of its [[WesternAnimation/{{Teletubbies}} contemporaries]], the characters spoke in a discernable language and often directly interacted with the "outside world".

The show revolved around the adventures of four young children in a daycare centre, with their two adult guardians and two dogs (who were in care of the centre). It enjoyed phenomenal success both inside and outside the UK, spawning no less than ''five'' top-twenty hits from spinoff records and [[CashCowFranchise merchandising that sold by the bucketload]]. In the U.S., it aired for a while on Noggin, before it became Creator/NickJr. The series proper ended in 2003, but home video sales, {{rerun}}s and large-scale live tours helped sustain the series' popularity for the remainder of the TurnOfTheMillennium. In fact, the show remains popular enough to continue having re-runs, nearly 20 years after its first episode debuted.

The main characters in the series included:
* '''[[AntiHero Bella]]''' - at five years old, she was the oldest in the group and the default leader. However, this also meant she was the one with the biggest sense of entitlement. Bossy and argumentative, she was the series' main source of conflict, though Milo seemed to be her main sparring partner. There were numerous episodes where she learnt a valuable lesson by the end, but this of course [[AesopAmnesia was forgotten]] [[StatusQuoIsGod by the next episode]].
* '''[[TheLancer Milo]]''' - despite his purple skin, it was made clear that he was meant to be the [[TokenMinority token black kid]] in the group. He was also the daycare's resident "jokester", often making puns and playing tricks on his friends.
* '''[[TheChick Fizz]]''' - the GirlyGirl to Bella's {{tomboy}}, taking an active interest in ''anything'' related to femininity, including the colour [[PinkMeansFeminine pink]]. Her introverted and shy nature provided a contrast to her three loud and outgoing friends, and she was often seen playing by herself or reading a book. It was hinted throughout the series that she had a [[PuppyLove crush]] on Milo. For some reason, whenever she was scared, shocked, angry or upset, her eyes would often [[WingdingEyes spin or shake vigorously]].
* '''[[DeliberatelyCuteChild Jake]]''' - at three years old, he was the youngest in the group, and therefore needed one of the other three to explain to him what they were doing. He had a superhero alter-ego which he used to explore his fantasies, and expressed a strong interest in "masculine" things such as motor cars and football. However, he had a tendency to cry a lot, leading to the others having to comfort him every so often. He also sported an interesting-looking hairstyle that resembled a mohawk.
* '''[[CoolOldGuy Max]]''' - the co-owner of the daycare centre and the Tweenies's trusted friend. He would accompany the group whenever they went "outside", and would frequently join in their activities.
* '''[[{{Oireland}} Judy]]''' - the other co-owner of the centre, and a mother figure to the group. Like Max, she would take the group outside the premises every so often.
* '''[[CanineCompanion Doodles]]''' - the centre's resident dog. He had a positive relationship with everyone in the centre, but Jake was especially attached to him.
* '''[[CanineCompanion Izzles]]''' - the centre's other dog, who was Doodles' DistaffCounterpart. She was introduced [[FinalSeasonCasting towards the end of the show's run]].

The centre also had a special "Tweenie Clock" that, when pressed by a character, would dictate which segment would come next in each episode. The segments included:
* '''Story Time''' - Max or Judy would read a story to the four children and dogs. To the viewer, this would be an animated interstitial.
* '''Messy Time''' - the four kids would partake in some art or craft activity.
* '''[[ThatRemindsMeOfASong Song Time]]''' - the characters would sing a song, either relating to the main theme or plot of the episode or a "standard" nursery rhyme.
* '''Telly Time''' - the gang would do something relating to technology.
* '''News Time''' - the gang would report on their experiences [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle gathered from the episode]].
* '''Surprise Time''' - occurred when all the buttons glowed, which wasn't very often. [[CaptainObvious Usually a surprise would come of it]].

* AesopAmnesia: Usually concerning the main cast, due to situations calling for some kind of conflict.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: In ConspicuousCG.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The gang did this on occasion by [[ThemeTuneRollCall introducing themselves to camera]] and the like.
* CatchPhrase:
--> '''Jake:''' ''Wow-wee!''
--> '''Milo:''' ''Milo, away!''
--> '''All (especially Milo):''' ''Fab-a-roonie!''
--> '''All:''' ''Tweenie Clock, where will it stop?''
* ChristmasEpisode: Had one of these per year. They usually attempted to marry the Father Christmas mythos with the Nativity Story.
* CulturalTranslation:
** When the show was redubbed in America, it removed all references to its British environment and inserted Americanisms instead. Since the show was dubbed into many different languages, [[{{Woolseyism}} this most likely happened with their dubs as well]], but the American edition is most {{egregious}} due to treating their audience like [[ViewersAreGoldfish goldfish]].
** In the US dub, News Time is called "Circle Time", which is the term most often used in American kindergarten classes. Telly Time is also called "Video Time", most likely because it looks more like a computer than it does a TV anyway (especially in the later seasons).
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Bella reveals in Being Really Old that her grandmother and Max went to school together.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: In one episode, Bella drives her friends away by getting angry at them for minor occurrences while she is trying to build a tent behind a curtain. A 'shoulder devil' version of herself appears, but [[FreudianTrio then begins to lecture them]] [[TheReasonYouSuck on why they are not a Tweenie, but rather, a Meanie]], complete with a short musical number.
* HairDecorations: Courtesy of Fizz and Bella. Fizz wears beads and Bella wears a bow.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bella. She is very bossy and can be pretty mean sometimes but she really cares about her friends.
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Fizz. She is cute and girly.
* ParentalBonus: Quite often:
** The adventures of the "Starship Tweenie" which turned into a parody of ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** When they were dressed for the Ugly Bug Ball, Judy announced Doodles was dressed as a Beetle, to which Doodles replied [[Music/TheBEatles Hey, Jude]].
** Milo and Bella made racing cars out of the foam shapes to the tune of The Chain by Music/FleetwoodMac, long used as the theme tune for UsefulNotes/FormulaOne on television.
** At least once Milo changed his catch phrase from "Fab-a-roonie" to "Mickey-Rooney"
* PinkMeansFeminine: Fizz loves pink and anything that is feminine.
* PottyEmergency: There was one episode where the gang unwittingly [[ChainedHeat tied themselves to each other]] with this being an unfortunate side effect. Jake also had these on occasion.
* EyePop: When shocked or witnessing something of theirs getting damaged, Fizz's eyes have a tendency to spin erratically at high speeds in opposing directions.
* RedOniBlueOni: Bella was Red to Fizz's Blue and Milo was Red to Jake's Blue.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: [[{{Tsundere}} Bella]] and [[{{Kawaiiko}} Fizz]] were best friends. Bella wears overalls, is loud and bossy and likes playing sports with Milo and Jake, being in charge, and arguing when she doesn't agree with something, while Fizz wears a pink dress, is shy and more introverted and likes doing ballet, playing with stuffed animals, and dressing as a princess.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Despite her tomboyish traits, Bella also enjoys playing girly games with Fizz and dressing as a queen or a fairy.
* {{Tsundere}}: Bella. Type A. She is very bossy and sometimes rude to her friends but she has a nice side.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: When the Tweenies went outside, the general British public seemed to be unfazed by coloured foam-rubber people doing completely ordinary things.