The little man with the red and yellow car,
His tinkling bell means hes the happiest little fellow in all Toyland.
Theres Big Ears and Tubby and Mr. Plod, and all his special friends,
He sets out on adventures then hell take you home again.
Noddy's Toyland Adventures is a toymation cartoon first broadcast on The BBC in 1992, and ended in 2001. In case you don't know who Noddy was, then it will be explained. Noddy was originally seen for the first time in a series of books written by Enid Blyton (Famous Five, The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Wishing Chair) between 1949 and 1963. Also, this was not the first time Noddy's adventures had been adapted for television - at least three other stop-motion series had preceded it, the first airing all the way back in the mid-1950s.
The show and the books follow the adventures of Noddy, a little wooden doll who wears a Nice Hat and drives a little yellow car that goes Putt-Putt. He lives next door to a Trickster Archetype little teddy bear called Master Tubby Bear, who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Tubby Bear, and, of course, Noddy's girlfriend, Tessie Bear! Noddy's best friend besides her is Big Ears, who is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. He's got big ears. The Toyland policeman is called Mr. Plod, who most of the time asks Noddy whether he can be Noddy's Special Constable.
You'd think there's No Antagonist in the cartoon, would you? Well, think again! There are twin goblins, who like to cause mischief around Toyland by stealing ... but they never do anything that would ordinarily kill a person, they just ruin Noddy's life for whatever reason! At the end of the episode, they get a punishment behind bars, which they deserve!
The series was also broadcast on PBS Kids, TV Ontario and CBC in North America, with the cartoon getting sandwiched by a live action show that takes place in a toy store known as The Noddy Shop. All of the characters in the Toyland Adventures segments got redubbed with American voices and sometimes made appearances in the actual show, with Noddy gaining the ability to talk to Truman, one of the human characters, in the second season. Although this show was made for the North American market, the first forty episodes and the Christmas Special, as well as a book featuring the characters from the shop, two VHS releases and a DVD, still made it to Britain.
In 2001, a CGI spinoff- Make Way For Noddy- premiered. It was a UK-Canada co-production and the producer was Sabella Dern. As a result, the North American dub of the CGI show used the talents of The Ocean Group. In the US, a short segment, Say It With Noddy, was pinned on to the show to teach Spanish and other languages. Reruns of the show can currently be found on PBS Kids Sprout.
In 2011, a second CGI revival, Noddy In Toyland premiered, with an even Lighter and Softer premise and some of the characters, notably Tessie Bear and the goblins, given a redesign.
In April 2015, a third CGI series starring Noddy called Noddy, Toyland Detective premiered, recasting Noddy as a super sleuth and reimagining Toyland even more than the previous shows. The show is also animated by Dreamworks Animation Television, boosting a much bigger animation budget and a noticeable restyling of the franchise and characters.
This show contains the following tropes:
- Absentee Actor: Some characters get the shaft in Make Way For Noddy and even more in Noddy In Toyland and Toyland Detective. Miss Pink Cat also does not appear in the video games.
- Adaptation Distillation: The 1994 stage show "Noddy Live" combines Toyland Adventures with the original book universe. The first act combines Noddy Goes To Toyland and Noddy And His Car, while Sly and Gobbo were introduced as soon as Big Ears first encounters Noddy. note Whiskers the cat (as a puppet) is also prominent in the show. Toyland Adventures gets a small reference when Tessie mentions Dinah Doll being on holiday and is chosen to run her shop.
- Adult Fear: In "Noddy Goes To Sea", Master Tubby Bear decides to runaway after getting scolded by Mr. Tubby Bear for messing with Noddy. The next morning, Noddy is sees the Tubby Bears begging Noddy to find their son, while Mrs. Tubby Bear is crying the entire time.
- Accidental Hero: In the Christmas Episode, the Goblins set traps for Santa to ruin Christmas. However Noddy, in a rush to meet him in person, falls into all of them instead, allowing Santa to make it through. Tessie and Dinah, interpreting this as Noddy pulling multiple Heroic Sacrifices to protect Santa, are sure to inform him what happened, leading to Noddy meeting him at last.
- Adapted Out: In the original books, Big Ears used to own a black and white cat named "Whiskers" that lived in his Toadstool House. In modern adaptations, Whiskers is completely absent. Mickey Monkey (sometimes called "Micky") is also another character that never made it into future TV adaptations. note The Golly family are also adapted out, because golliwogs.
- Aside Glance: Master Tubby would look at the viewer while raising his eye brows a few times when he knows he's up to trouble unaware of the other characters.
- In the credits, Noddy is seen waving goodbye to the viewer then gets tired. Noddy then makes an hand gesture by pulling an invisible lamp which causes the screen to turn black.
- Adaptational Heroism: Miss Pink Cat, while still occasionally retaining her pompous side, is noticeably nicer in Make Way For Noddy acting as the owner of Toyland's Local Hangout. Similarly Tubby is less obnoxious and spoiled, usually only acting up in his limelight episodes.
- Animated Adaptation:
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Taken to the extreme with Master Tubby Bear, who likes to sometimes cause trouble.
- Art Evolution:
- Early adaptations were animated via stop motion. The franchise utilised CGI from Make Way for Noddy onwards.
- In later episode of Toyland Adventures, brand new puppets were created for the main cast (notably Noddy, Tessie, Big Ears and Martha Monkey).
- Also, Tessie Bear's redesign in Noddy in Toyland.
- The entire cast have gotten a makeover in Toyland Detective.
- Ascended Extra:
- Tessie Bear was a minor character in the original books and the older stop-motion adaptations from the 1950s and 1980s. Starting with Toyland Adventures she becames one of the main characters of the franchise.
- Whizz the robot was only seen in the "Say It With Noddy" segment that played after an episode of Make Way For Noddy where he tells the viewers to repeat a language along with Noddy. In Noddy In Toyland he replaces Mr. Sparks role and becomes a supporting character. Mr Wobbly Man was previously a background character, but in "Noddy In Toy Town" he's an owner of a shop that makes Gelatin Desserts and has more screen-time compared to his previous appearances.
- Audio Adaptation: Enid Blyton herself did a narration for some of her Noddy books between 1953 till 1959. Blyton's readings of her books were part of the "His Master's Voice" series.
- Beary Friendly: Tessie Bear is one of Noddy's best friends along with Big Ears.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Master Tubby Bear.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the ending to the Christmas Special from the stop-motion series. After the citizens finishes singing there Christmas song. Each of the characters such as Tessie Bear,Big Ears, and Noddy all wish the viewer a Merry Christmas as they are looking at the viewer before the credits role.
- The credits features Noddy pulling an invisible lamp while looking at the viewer which causes the screen to turn black.
- Canon Foreigner:
- Toyland Adventures introduced new characters such Dinah Doll and Martha Monkey into the Noddy series. However in some editions of the original books, Martha was added to replace Gilbert Golly.
- The 1994 stage show introduced a witch. In the show, Sly gives Whiskers to the Wicked Witch so he can get sixpence from her. Eventually, she asks Noddy to trade his car so he can get Whiskers back.
- Noddy: That's very naughty!, Jumpin' juniper!
- Big Ears: Oh my goodness!
- Master Tubby Bear has the same Catchphrase as Norman Price from Fireman Sam, another BBC cartoon. Aw mam!
- Mrs. Tubby Bear: Now, Master Tubby Bear, X may Y, but Z.
- Mr. Wobbly Man: Do be careful, Noddy!
- Mr. Plod: HALT IN THE NAME OF PLOD! The name of Plod was partly because most police officers say "HALT IN THE NAME OF THE LAW", but he keeps getting it all muddled up! In Noddy In Toyland his new catchphrase is "Very Peculiar" when ever he see's something strange happening in town.
- In one episode, Noddy accidentally lands in Topsy-Turvytown after touching Big Ears' mirror, and Sly and Gobbo show up, leading to this exchange:Sly: HALT IN THE NAME OF SLY!!!Gobbo: And, err... ME!!!
- In one episode, Noddy accidentally lands in Topsy-Turvytown after touching Big Ears' mirror, and Sly and Gobbo show up, leading to this exchange:
- Gobbo: Such mischief!!! And one aimed at Sly: "Why do you get everything wrong?!" (In the Mirror Universe, it's "Why do you get everything right?!"
- Various characters: Oh dear!
- In Noddy in Toyland, Sly and Gobbo share one:
- Sly: What's Goblin Rule Number One?Sly and Gobbo: Always try to spoil the fun!!
- Cats Are Mean: Miss Pink Cat could get pretty bossy sometimes, but she's otherwise a nice cat.
- Character Focus: Toyland Adventures gave prominent use to the supporting cast, but the stories still focused mainly on Noddy. Make Way For Noddy uses A Day in the Limelight more often, with more episodes Noddy is a supporting character to another's dilemma.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The majority of characters that showed up in the stop-motion series who were also characters from the original Noddy books never showed up in the CGI series. Most of them have completely vanished from the franchise starting in the early 2000s. Supporting characters such as Mr and Mrs Tubby Bear,Sammy Sailor,The Milk Man, and Bert Monkey have all vanished from the series once Make Way For Noddy began.
- Martha Monkey, Miss Pink Cat, and Master Tubby Bear were all absent in the second CGI series Noddy In Toyland.
- Noddy: Toyland Detective replaces even more of the original cast, with even major characters such as Tessie Bear and Mr Plod now absent.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Mr. Wobbly Man.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: In "Noddy and Toyland", Sly and Gobbo are often punished for trying to spoil people's fun by taking part in the fun themselves.
- Cool Old Guy: Big Ears.
- Cultural Translation: In France, the cartoon was called "Les Aventures de Oui-Oui" (literally meaning The Adventures of Noddy), whilst the Japanese version is called "Konichiwa Noddy". (literally meaning Hello Noddy, by analogy with Hello Kitty).
- The Cutie: Tessie Bear.
- Dub Name Change: Most of the characters changed their names in France. Examples include:
- Noddy to Oui-Oui
- Big Ears to Poitron
- Mr. Plod to Monsieur le Gendarme
- Tessie Bear to Mirou
- Master Tubby Bear to Nestor
- Demoted to Extra: Mr and Mrs Noah we're supporting characters in the original book and stop-motion series. However in "Make Way For Noddy" they both appear as background characters and never speak at all.
- Ditzy Genius: Big Ears is a bit befuddled, but still probably the smartest person in Toyland.
- Everybody Laughs Ending: Done in some episodes. It's a cartoon, after all.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Miss Pink Cat speaks with a French accent in the British dub, but she is voiced by the girl who does all the voices for the females, as well as Noddy.
- Expy: Who does Noddy look like? Pajama Sam or Super Mario? Your choice.
- Evil Wizard: In "Noddy's Magic Holiday", Noddy and Big Ears encounter an evil wizard who enjoys turning cakes and buns at a bakery stale, stinky, and moldy. The wizard's helpers are a group of cats with one caught by the wizard's trap. He later becomes fond of Noddy's card and asks Noddy to teach him how to drive. Big Ears later adopts the cat and names him "Whiskers".
- French Jerk: Miss Pink Cat at her worst can be rude, uptight and bossy. She's probably more consistently a French Jerk with a Heart of Gold however.
- Friendly Enemy: The goblins have the odd kinder moment.
- Furry Confusion: Quite noticably. Bumpy Dog acts like a real dog, but what does Miss Pink Cat (among other animal characters in the show) act like? A human!
- The Grinch: Miss Pink Cat, Sammy Sailor and the goblins all act as this in the Christmas Special. Santa gets round all of them by the end of the episode.
- The Hyena: Sly and Gobbo.
- Mr. Plod becomes this in the second CGI series where he would laugh at anything that appears funny to him. One episode had Tessie and Noddy dancing to wind up chattering teeth and in the same episode Mr.Plod starts laughing so much that he literally swallowed his laugh and the citizens of Toy Town have to find a way to get his laugh back.
- Inspector Javert: Some episodes have Mr Plod bothering Noddy after circumstances lead him to believe he is up to mischief.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mr Plod and Miss Pink Cat are rather self important and quick to turn on Noddy, but well meaning otherwise. Tubby has odd moments of this too.
- Karma Houdini: Averted. The goblins will always get locked up near the end, and they deserve their punishment after the credits roll.
- Played straight in the opening to Make Way For Noddy, where the two are shown escaping out of jail and hiding at Noddy's party, leaving wonder as to how much punishment they exactly go through anyway.
- The Kiddie Ride: Several models, all of them are of Noddy's yellow car (the latest one, a carousel, still has the yellow car as one of the figures for kids to ride in). Evidently, the ride license changed hands several times from Bell Fruit to Amutec to Photo-Me (using OMC's control boards under license) before finally resting in the hands of RG Mitchells, who promptly got bought over by Jolly Roger Rides. It can be said that the Noddy rides' popularity are only second to that of Postman Pat.
- Licensed Game: The first ever Noddy video games were released on the Amiga (but not on the SNES, unfortunately) in Britian in 1992 and 1993. Then in 1997, another videogame, called the Magic of Toytown was released, and there was a free Living Books clone inside. It was compatible with Windows 95, 98 and ME, but not with XP. In 1999, there was yet another video game based on the cartoon, called Playtime in Toyland (Let's Get Ready for School in Britian) which was compatible with Windows XP. There was a Funny Moment in one game, when Master Tubby Bear would sometimes draw funny pictures to annoy Noddy. Both games use Macromedia Director. Also in 1999, there was a videogame for the PlayStation, Noddy's Magic Adventure, where Sly and Gobbo stole a magician's wand and decided to use it to cause trouble around Toyland. The game was released first in the United Kingdom, but it did get a release in France as well. There was a game for the Game Boy Color in the same year, called Noddy and the Birthday Party, where Noddy had to prepare for Big Ear's birthday in time.
- Edutainment Game: Noddy: Detective for a Day for the V-Smile console.
- Lighter and Softer/Denser and Wackier: Make Way For Noddy. Not that the books or Toyland Adventures remotely neared dark or mature material themselves, but the CGI series clearly aims more to be an Edutainment Show for an even younger audience.
- Taken Up to Eleven with 2011's Noddy In Toyland
- Living Toys: A bigger offender than Toy Story.
- Meaningful Name: We dare you to find a character who doesn't live up to his or her name!
- Mirror Universe: Noddy enters one in "Noddy Through the Looking Glass." Among other changes, Sly and Gobbo are police officers (with Sly being the smart one of the duo), Mr. Plod runs the market stall, Dina Doll fixes cars, and Noddy himself is a naughty troublemaker.
- Mouthy Kid: Noddy has nothing against starting arguments against adults or even the local police officer (granted most of the time, they really aren't much more mature than he is).
- Never Trust a Trailer: An odd example happened when some PBS member stations (one of them being NJN in New Jersey) ran Make Way For Noddy. For unknown reasons, PBS didn't make a coming up next promo for Make Way For Noddy and instead used this promo, which was actually for The Noddy Shop and mostly focused on the puppet characters, only showing Noddy for two seconds. To make matters worse, the scene with Noddy wasn't from a Noddy story, but from the song "On The Day Of The Parade" from the episode "Kate Loves A Parade".
- Nice Girl: Tessie Bear.
- Nice Hat: Noddy's blue hat and bell.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Sly and Gobbo are usually just thieves and troublemakers. In the Villain Episode "The Goblin's Stopwatch" however, they happen upon a magic stopwatch and use it to freeze the whole of Toyland (par Noddy).
- Our Goblins Are Different: Sly and Gobbo act more like gremlins than goblins.
- One-Shot Character: Bunkey, a circus monkey only showed up in one book and episode where he had to disguise himself as a half monkey half bunny to make sure nobody recognizes him. Mr. Plod later tells Noddy and Tessie Bear that Bunkey was actually a runaway circus monkey and thief. When he steals Noddy's car he apologizes to him and only wanted to help and drives away which was the last time he and Tessie ever saw him. He is last seen dancing on top of Noddy garage in a hula skirt. However, Bunkey does make an appearance in The Noddy Shop episode "Be True To Who You Are".
- Overtook the Series: The 1975 series consisted of adaptations of the original novels. Toyland Adventures had some looser takes on some of the remaining stories of the 24 novel series, though naturally the 52 episode series soon went in it's own direction. Make Way For Noddy and Noddy In Toyland consist almost entirely of original stories.
- Product Placement: In the early 1960s, Kellogg's released two vinyl records that featured Noddy promoting the cereal brand (Noddy at the seaside and Noddy goes Shopping) with a few songs and a plot.
- Race Lift: Changing the Minority example in Noddy in Toyland, where they changed Tessie Bear from a cream-colored bear into a brownish-colored bear for some reason.
- Shout-Out: In "Noddy in Toyland", Mr. Plod is a laughing policeman.
- Southern Belle: Miss Pink Cat in the US dub.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Sly and Gobbo.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Everyone, even the goblins, gets a Happy Ending in the Christmas Episode. This tradition is repeated in the CGI series.
- Toy Time: An example not from a video game, although the series did have video games.
- Trickster Archetype: Master Tubby Bear.
- Undying Loyalty: At least two episodes involve Noddy being falsely accused for the loss of someone's belongings. Only Big Ears and Tessie try to prove him innocent.
- Vacation Episode: The 1974 vinyl record "Noddy's Magic Holiday", involves Noddy, Big Ears, and the Skittle Children going on holiday at the seaside. They later encounter a mean wizard who wants to learn how to drive, while rescuing a kidnapped cat.
- Women Are Wiser: Downplayed example. Tessie Bear is more sensitive and tactful than Noddy at times, but has moments she is just as naive and careless. Most of the other females are similar. Big Ears is the most consistent Reasonable Authority Figure, and even he can be fallible.
- Wicked Witch: The 1994 stage show introduces an unnamed witch◊ who wears shades. Her motivation is to use Noddy's Car as faster transportation due to her broom not working properly. She also makes strange noises when she gets very annoyed.
He's tired and sleepy and nodding his head.
He's ready to curl himself up in bed and see what tomorrow brings.
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