I remember back in the 1990’s when there was a Teletubbies craze that swept the nation with everyone shouting Eh Oh at each other thanks to a purple, yellow, green and red Teletubby. I vividly remember my Dad managing to buy all four soft toys as they were sold out everywhere and friends asking me to show them as they were literally like gold dust!
I also had a Noo Noo keyring which I absolutely loved. I used to watch the show with my cousins and my favourite was definitely Laa Laa as being incredibly girly, I opted for the only girl character. They have become part of classic British childhoods and are instantly recognisable.Fast forward to 2016 and I now have three children of my own so to see a classic show reworked is so nice as I can reminisce about days of old. The new series is being shown on CBeebies at 7am each weekday morning. As the girls usually surface at 6.30am we spend the first 45 minutes snuggling in bed and waking up slowly before the chaos of the school run kicks in and we rush around like mad people. Upstairs, we only have Freeview so CBeebies is the channel of choice so we watch whatever is on.
I was asked by the Mumsnet Bloggers panel to watch with the kids and ask them what they all thought. My son Charlie is 7 and my twin girls turned 3 last week. The girls were really drawn to the bright colours and loved when they all had a “big hug” Their favourites were the tiddly Tubbies as they kept pointing and saying how cute they were; I agree it is a super cute element of baby style Tubbies!
The episode we watched was all geared around photography (how ironic for a blogger!) where they were taking selfies on the Tubby Phone. I liked how it has updated with the times and obviously incorporated modern life and our obsession with photos! The girls did slightly lose interest when the “real life” people came on during Tummy Tales as they preferred to see the Teletubbies themselves. Charlie is probably a bit old for the show but he watched along with the girls and did like the music, and told me he liked Dipsy as it sounded like dipstick!
I have to admit that the switch between real life and the Teletubbies made me lose interest a bit too, but in reality it’s not for long. The show is on for 15 minutes which is a good length for my girls to sit and watch. I would say that when they were younger there’s no way they would have kept amused by it for that length of time. I like the reworking of the show as it’s moved with the times and has a fresh contemporary feel whilst the familiar feel of the popular format from the 90’s is still there. The bright colours are good for little ones and it helped my girls as I asked them which was their favourite so they were using their colours to match up names.
We all enjoyed watching together and long live the Teletubbies I say!
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