Advantages Combines education with fun.
Disadvantages Lots of expensive Tweenies products.
Unless you have been holidaying on the moon for the past few years, even those without children would not have failed to have seen or heard something of the Tweenies since they first exploded onto BBC1, in their green rocket ship, in 1999.
They first came to my attention during their advertising campaign prior to starting. Every time the trailer came on the television with these brightly coloured, dancing characters singing, what I now know to be, their theme tune, my son (who hadn't turned 1 year old then) instantly stopped whatever he was doing and sat transfixed to the television. So I noted when it was going to start, so we could watch it and see what we thought. Well, needless to say, we haven't looked back since. Bye bye Teletubbies (no love lost there) and hello Max, Judy, Doodles, Bella, Milo, Fizz, Jake and now Izzles.
Why are the Tweenies so much better than the Teletubbies? Well, don't get me wrong, I think the Teletubbies have their place, a bit of colour and silly antics for the very young, unfortunately covering up the very few educational aspects. The Tweenies however, in my opinion, have got it sussed, bumper-to-bumper fun and education all rolled into one!
The programme is based around a playgroup, with 2 adults, 4 pre-school children (how's that for adult-child ratio) and 2 dogs. Each episode is based around their day at the playgroup, the things they do and learn.
According to a BBC source around £9million was ploughed into getting The Tweenies off the ground, although I have no idea what the running costs involved are! Pretty high I should imagine, especially given the fact that, as far as I am aware, there has since been nearly 400 episodes made!The eight characters are a combination of real people in costumes and animatronics’ puppets, with a second person controlling the head movements with a remote control. To enable the characters to look in proportion with their surroundings and each other many things have taken place. The man inside Max and Judy (yes it’s one person, that’s why you rarely see them in a scene together) is 6’ 4” tall and the people inside the 4 children are about 5’ tall. Also in the studio (the playgroup) all the surroundings are extra large to enable the younger characters to look proportionately small enough.
This explains why in the earlier episodes the 4 children are only hand puppets when out of the studio e.g. at parks, boat trips etc. While Max and Judy still have a person inside, as they are naturally more in proportion to their surroundings, other adults and children. Lately though only Max and Judy have taken outside trips, separately though of course ;-)For the benefit of those uninitiated amongst you I will now give a brief description of the appearance and personality of each character.
|How good are the presenters?||Outstanding|
|How good is the content?||Outstanding|
|How does it compare to similar programmes?||Outstanding|
|Is it funny?||Regularly|
|Is it dramatic?||Sometimes|
|How good are the characters?||Outstanding|
|How good is the story?||Outstanding|
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