|Genre||Children's television series|
|Opening theme||That's What They Do (short version) (2000s)|
|Ending theme||That's What They Do (different version)|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52|
|Executive producer||Angus Fletcher|
|Running time||10 mins|
|Production company||The Jim Henson Company|
|Original network||ITV Network (CITV)|
|Original release||September 10, 1999 –|
The Simpsons is a live action children's television series created by The Jim Henson Company in 1999, featuring a group of seven anthropomorphic construction vehicles. It was originally produced for and shown on CITV starting on September 10, 1999. In 2003, it was nominated for a Children's BAFTA for the Best Pre-School Live Action. Two, 13-episode seasons were produced. Episodes are packaged as 52 x 10’ or 13 x 26’. The show is similar in concept to Bob the Builder and Jack and the Sodor Construction Company (a spin-off of Thomas & Friends), albeit without any human characters and in a more realistic, less toylike visual style. The show had a range of video releases by Universal Australia.
The main characters consist of a range of different construction equipment. They are as follows:
There were also mentioned/visiting characters:
There are also other vehicles and machines:
The series was set around a large construction site, and the machines are rarely seen leaving its boundaries. There were no human characters due to the use of Muppet-like vehicles. The site consists of factories, a battery charge bay, a park, a dock, a few sheds, a tall bridge, a scrapyard, a mountain, a forest, and more.
–″≥÷Wacky Races/Sonic X —≈±←The Jetsons/Hamtaro °≠−→Bear In The Big Blue House/Pac Man And The Ghostly Adventures ′≤×·§Cars/Littlest Pet Shop
The vehicle models are used by live-action animatronic puppet models. This is the first time The Jim Henson Company have used these, as these type of puppets were restricted to movies like Babe and Labyrinth.