Trivia / Teletubbies

  • Artistic License Film Production: Teletubbies was first broadcast in 1996, but it looks more like it was first broadcast in 1982.
  • Channel Hop: In the US, the original show aired on PBS Kids. The 2015 series airs on Nick Jr.
  • Dueling Dubs:
    • There's both a US and UK dub of the show. Besides some light changes to the voice cast, the US changes the content of some episodes to better suit educational standards. This causes some rather inconsistent episode durations, some even shooting well over the usual 30-minute lengths.
    • There's two Portogues dubs; one that aired in Brazil, and one that aired in parts of Europe.
  • Edited for Syndication: Episodes are pretty much tailor-made for international exports - you can have an episode on a certain educational subject (jumping, for example), but the episode's content as far as inserts go will differ from country to country.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The 2015 series is known as "The Teletubbies Reboot" by fans. While nothing has come out saying whether or not it actually is a reboot, all the qualifications of it being one are there.
    • Before "Tummy Tales" became the canon term, fans would often call them "TV Events" or "Transmissions".
    • The Magic Windmill is often called "The Magic Pinwheel" for obvious reasons. The reboot makes it look more like a windmill though.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: While the UK version of the show is well-archived despite the abundance of episodes, the US dub has largely been lost. Only a handful of episodes can be found online, and it's unknown who's in possession of the master tapes.
  • Long Runner: The original series had a clean 5 year run of 365 episodes before its cancelation. And that's not even counting the reruns that still continued afterwards.
  • Money, Dear Boy: British comedian John Simmit says the only reason he played Dipsy was because he needed money.
  • One-Hit Wonder: There was a single that was a Theme Tune Extended simply titled "Teletubbies Say Eh-oh". It topped UK record sales in 1997, and was never followed up.
  • The Other Darrin: Two different performers played Tinky Winky during the series' run; the first performer, British comedian/actor Dave Thompson, was fired as a result of the whole Ambiguously Gay controversy surrounding the character. Thompson was incredibly upset over his termination, as he very much enjoyed playing Tinky Winky.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Word of God has it that Ragdoll (the production company behind the show) originally wanted to do a children's sitcom, aimed at the 7-9 age bracket, about bumbling space explorers, but a series of changes to the proposal eventually resulted in a kiddie show aimed at 1-3 year olds about huge baby-like creatures dressed up in spacey outfits who explore their own fanciful world.
    • According to some sources on how the show was created, Anne Wood has stated that she created the show from inspiration by WatchWithMother cartoons (most notably Andy Pandy), which make Teletubbies Older Than the NES.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/Teletubbies