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Razzledazzle is a British children's television series which aired on CBeebies for 20 episodes around 2005 and mixed CGI animation with live action. It stars the eponymous character, Razzledazzle, a vaguely rabbit-like orange thing who spends every episode making visits to four zones, each of which are entered through portal-like slides:

  • "Rhyme Time": In this segment, Sarah Hope invites the viewer to guess what makes a particular everyday sound, which is then utilized in a poem and repeated several times.
  • "Chit Chat": This segment features children doing an activity with a member of their family. The idea here is that it teaches social communication.
  • "Bish Bash Bosh": Here, children act out a short rhyme a couple of times. These rhymes often repeat a few specific sounds to make them easier to remember.
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  • "Once Upon a Tale": The presenter of this segment alternates between Mina Anwar and Patrick Lynch. In this segment, the presenter is aided by two children in telling a story that has to do with a certain sound.


Razzledazzle provides examples of:

  • Brick Joke: One of the "Once Upon a Tale" stories is about a girl named Suki who went shopping with her father and her baby sister Molly. Throughout the story, Molly keeps grabbing items other than the ones on their grocery list, and when they notice the incorrect items, Suki and her father keep responding by saying "Molly, you really are a pickle!" At the end of the story, Suki's father realizes they forgot to buy pickles at the supermarket. Suki says that they don't need to buy pickles, because they already have a pickle - Molly.
  • Cartoon Creature: Just what species is Razzledazzle, exactly? Apart from him having ears similar to that of a rabbit, there are no features on him that give him a definite species.
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  • Cephalothorax: Razzledazzle is an orange something that consists of nothing but a head with arms, legs, and rabbit-like ears.
  • Ding-Dong-Ditch Distraction: One of the "Once Upon a Tale" segments tells the story of a rabbit named Ruby who loves to knock on people's doors and immediately run away afterwards as a prank.
  • Edutainment Show: This show is intended to teach viewers about different sounds.
  • Ending Theme: Every episode ends with a song called the "Not-So-Long Song", which encourages the viewers to notice the sounds around them.
  • Fake Interactivity: The show deliberately repeats certain sounds to encourage children to join in on whatever activity.
  • Fingerless Hands: Razzledazzle has the "mitten glove" variety.
  • Medium Blending: The CGI-animated Razzledazzle frequently appears alongside live-action actors.
  • One-Word Title: Razzledazzle is only one word.
  • Protagonist Title: Named after the main character, Razzledazzle.
  • Strictly Formula: In all of the episodes, Razzledazzle shows us through the segments "Rhyme Time", "Chit Chat", "Bish Bash Bosh", and "Once Upon a Tale", in that order.
  • Toilet Humour: In "Don't Wake the Baby," the titular baby fills his nappy. Later on, the baby's father needs a wee.

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