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Make Way for Noddy
GenreComedy
Musical
Created byJymn Magon
Based on
Directed byByron Vaughns
Voices ofMartin Skews
Joanna Ruiz
Pavel Douglas
Richard Newman
Ben Small
Tabitha St. Germain
Carrie Mullan
Theme music composerSteven Bernstein
Julie Bernstein
Opening theme"Make Way for Noddy"
by the Kidsongs Kids
ComposersScore:
Steven Bernstein
Julie Bernstein
Original Songs:
Steven Bernstein
Julie Bernstein
Lorraine Feather
Larry Grossman
Music Direction:
Sharon Sampson
Terry Sampson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes100 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersPaul Sabella
Jonathan Dern
Carolyn Monroe
Lorrie Lewis
Bradley Hood-Stevenson
ProducersRobert Winthrop
Byron Vaughns
EditorJymn Magon
Running time11 minutes
Production companiesChorion
SD Entertainment[a]
Original release
NetworkChannel 5/Five (United Kingdom)
PBS Kids (United States)
Release2 September 2002 (2002-09-02) –
7 April 2006 (2006-04-07)
Related
Noddy's Toyland Adventures (1992-2000)
Noddy in Toyland (2009)
Noddy, Toyland Detective (2016-2020)

Make Way for Noddy (stylized make way for NODDY) is an animated television series produced by British studio Chorion in conjunction with American studio SD Entertainment. Based on Enid Blyton's Noddy character, it was originally broadcast on Channel 5 (later known as Five; in twelve minute segments and as part of the Milkshake! programme) in September 2002.[1] It features music and songs composed by Steven Bernstein and Julie Bernstein, with the musical direction done by Sharon Sampson and Terry Sampson.

Premise

The series changed its format in some ways from previous incarnations of Noddy to take advantage of the CGI medium and to appeal to more contemporary audiences, such as Noddy now also being able to fly a plane as part of his taxi duties and making Master Tubby Bear a more believable character. However it largely stuck to what the franchise established prior-hand. In addition to the franchise's characters, Make Way for Noddy also introduced actual children voicing the younger characters of the series.

Characters

Production

Development

The series was first announced to be in production in October 2000, with 100 11-minute episodes and a feature-length Christmas special announced to be in production for a 2001 delivery.[2] In January 2001, SD Entertainment were announced to be co-producers on the series and they announced it would be their first project.[3]

Soundtrack

The soundtrack was composed by Steven and Julie Bernstein with additional songs by Larry Grossman and Lorraine Feather, with Terry and Sharon Sampson directing the music and the cast of the TV show Kidsongs performing the theme song and the music video segments for the series.

Distribution

On 17 December 2001, Chorion announced that they had pre-sold the series internationally to TVOntario in Canada, Alter Channel in Greece with Nextworks acquiring home video distribution, Hop! Channel in Israel with LDI as the franchise's local licensing representative, RTP in Portugal with licensing rights handled by Biplano and Editorial Verbo, and through BBC Worldwide,[4] Nickelodeon and TVNZ (for 50 episodes) in Australia and New Zealand respectively.[5]

Channel 5 acquired the UK broadcast rights to the series in the summer of 2002 for a broadcast within the fall schedule.[6] In June 2002, Universal Pictures Video acquired UK video rights to the series from Chorion.[7]

Say It with Noddy

A spin-off interstitial series, Say It with Noddy, aired as part of the main show in the US and as a separate program in the UK. It featured Noddy learning various foreign language words (Spanish, French, Swahili, Russian and Mandarin) from a robot named Whizz (voiced by Matt Hill in the US and Justin Fletcher in the UK).

American version

In 2005, the series premiered in the United States on PBS Kids. As PBS lacks commercials, the series was edited to fit a half-hour, gaining a longer format featuring two twelve minute segments, two interstitial programs, a music video and footage of British television presenter Naomi Wilkinson from Milkshake!

PBS acquired US broadcast rights in October 2004.[8] In the US, the series aired from 11 September 2005 to 15 June 2007, with reruns continuing through 6 September 2009, and later reran on NBC and PBS Kids Sprout in the US until September 2015. As of 2022, the series is available to stream on Peacock.

Episodes

Season 1 (2002)

No.
overall
No. in
series
UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Air date (UK)Air date (US)
11"Too Many Noddies"2 September 2002 (2002-09-02)11 September 2005
When wanting to have fun, Noddy uses Big Ears's spell to duplicate himself.
22"Noddy and the New Taxi"3 September 2002 (2002-09-03)18 September 2005
Sly and Gobbo set up a rival taxi business forcing Noddy off the road.
33"Noddy and the Magic Bagpipes"4 September 2002 (2002-09-04)TBA
Noddy wants to learn to play the bagpipes, so he borrows a pair of magic bagpipes from Big Ears, but the bagpipes run away when Noddy doesn't play them.
44"Noddy Has a Visitor"5 September 2002 (2002-09-05)2 October 2005
Martha Monkey stays at Noddy's and forces him to be nice to her because she's his visitor.
55"Noddy's Perfect Gift"6 September 2002 (2002-09-06)9 October 2005
Noddy wants to find the perfect gift for Tessie Bear's birthday.
66"Noddy's Lucky Day"9 September 2002 (2002-09-09)16 October 2005
Mr. Sparks's newest invention tells Noddy that tomorrow will be his lucky day, but it doesn't seem that his invention is right the next morning.
77"Policeman for a Day"10 September 2002 (2002-09-10)23 October 2005
Mr. Plod gives Noddy the job of putting up posters around the town (along with his official policeman's badge). However Noddy starts taking advantage of his job and causes trouble.
88"Bounce Alert in Toyland"11 September 2002 (2002-09-11)30 October 2005
Bouncing balls come to Toytown and play, but Gobbo and Sly capture them.
99"Tickled Pink"12 September 2002 (2002-09-12)6 November 2005
Noddy puts a spell on himself to make others laugh to his jokes, but everyone who hears him becomes pink in the face and starts laughing uncontrollably. With a little help of Martha Monkey, she tells him that he is not really funny at all, which makes the spell off of him, and the pink toys turn back to norm.
1010"Noddy's Pet Chicken"13 September 2002 (2002-09-13)13 November 2005
Noddy finds a chicken and takes it as his pet.
1111"Noddy Goes Shopping"16 September 2002 (2002-09-16)20 November 2005
Big Ears can't sleep so he sends Noddy to bring him the things he needs to fall asleep.
1212"Hold on to your Hat, Noddy!"17 September 2002 (2002-09-17)27 November 2005
Noddy and Tessie Bear organize a party for Big Ears, but the wind takes them up into the air while driving to it.
1313"Toy Town's Winning Team"18 September 2002 (2002-09-18)4 December 2005
Noddy wants Mr. Wobblyman to join their football team.
1414"Noddy and the Bumper Monster"19 September 2002 (2002-09-19)11 December 2005
Mr. Plod tells Noddy a scary story. When Noddy believes it, Martha Monkey makes him believe that the monster's chasing him.
1515"The Magic Powder"20 September 2002 (2002-09-20)18 December 2005
Sly and Gobbo give everyone in town a powder that causes them to dance along to their music box unable to stop. Bumpy Dog comes to the rescue.
1616"A Bike for Big Ears"23 September 2002 (2002-09-23)25 December 2005
Noddy destroys Big Ears's bike. He takes it to Mr. Sparks to fix it and gives it a special engine that gives Big-Ears a nasty shock.
1717"Noddy and the Voice of Plod"24 September 2002 (2002-09-24)1 January 2006
Noddy helps Mr. Plod with his policeman job after making him lose his voice.
1818"Master Tubby's Opposite Day"25 September 2002 (2002-09-25)8 January 2006
Master Tubby Bear says everything he means in opposites which causes confusion for everyone in Toyland.
1919"Don't Be Scared Noddy"26 September 2002 (2002-09-26)15 January 2006
Noddy thinks that there are monsters in his house.
2020"The Goblin's Stopwatch"27 September 2002 (2002-09-27)22 January 2006
Sly and Gobbo find a stopwatch that stops time.
2121"Mr. Sparks and the Broken Clock"30 September 2002 (2002-09-30)29 January 2006
Toytown's clock is broken and Mr. Sparks has problems with fixing it.
2222"Noddy's on the Move"1 October 2002 (2002-10-01)5 February 2006
With Master Tubby's help, Noddy tries to move.
2323"The Flower Thief"2 October 2002 (2002-10-02)12 February 2006
Noddy grows ten roses for Tessie Bear that start mysteriously disappearing.
2424"Noddy and the Treasure Map"3 October 2002 (2002-10-03)19 February 2006
Gobbo and Sly give Noddy a treasure map.
2525"Mr. Plod and the Jail Bird"4 October 2002 (2002-10-04)26 February 2006
Mr. Plod locks the Toytown rooster in jail for being too noisy. Next morning, the rooster doesn't crow and there's no sunrise.
2626"A Grey Day in Toyland"7 October 2002 (2002-10-07)5 March 2006
A grey cloud makes all the colour in Toytown disappear.
2727"Noddy's Car Trouble"8 October 2002 (2002-10-08)12 March 2006
Noddy argues with his car causing it to run away from him.
2828"Bumpy Dog's Day"9 October 2002 (2002-10-09)19 March 2006
Bumpy Dog is causing trouble all over Toytown.
2929"The Out-of-Control Tower"10 October 2002 (2002-10-10)26 March 2006
A tower that is supposed to control the weather flies away with Master Tubby Bear and Martha Monkey inside, so Mr. Sparks must find a way to save them.
3030"Noddy and the Naughty Box"11 October 2002 (2002-10-11)2 April 2006
Noddy must deliver a box that plays jokes on others.
3131"Skittle in the Middle"14 October 2002 (2002-10-14)9 April 2006
One skittle gets tired of just falling over every day, but he's afraid to tell his family about it.
3232"Googleberry Moon"15 October 2002 (2002-10-15)16 April 2006
The toys of Toytown go and pick googleberries, but they're stolen by Sly and Gobbo.
3333"Noddy's Wake Up Call"16 October 2002 (2002-10-16)23 April 2006
Noddy tries to find a way to wake up early after his alarm clock breaks because he has an important job to do in the morning.
3434"Miss Pink Cat's Country Adventure"17 October 2002 (2002-10-17)30 April 2006
Miss Pink Cat must get milk so she can make ice cream in her parlour, but she doesn't know where milk comes from so Noddy helps her.
3535"The Big Sneeze"18 October 2002 (2002-10-18)7 May 2006
Sly and Gobbo put a sneezing spell on Mr. Jumbo by accident, he sneezes so hard that he ends up in the air.
3636"The Magic Rubber"21 October 2002 (2002-10-21)14 May 2006
"The Magic Eraser"
Master Tubby Bear takes a magic eraser that can erase everything after it falls from Big Ears's package. Later, Sly and Gobbo steal the eraser from him and wreck havoc.
3737"Dinah's Day Out"22 October 2002 (2002-10-22)21 May 2006
Dinah Doll and Tessie Bear go to get more things for Dinah's store, but it triggers panic among others because they can't get anything until Dinah returns.
3838"Catch a Falling Star"23 October 2002 (2002-10-23)28 May 2006
Noddy, Tessie Bear and Martha Monkey go camping, they save a star that fell from the sky called Twinkly. Sly and Gobbo steal the star and it's a race against time to get it back up into the sky before sunrise.
3939"Driving Miss Pink Cat"24 October 2002 (2002-10-24)TBA
After Miss Pink Cat offers him as many ice creams as he can eat, Noddy starts driving her everywhere she wants to go.
4040"Noddy's Clothes on the Loose"25 October 2002 (2002-10-25)11 June 2006
Gobbo and Sly put a spell on Noddy's clothes, giving them orders, so everyone now thinks that Noddy's a thief.
4141"Fire Chief Dinah"28 October 2002 (2002-10-28)18 June 2006
Mr. Plod organizes Toytown's fire brigade, making Dinah the chief.
4242"Goblin Good Deed Day"29 October 2002 (2002-10-29)25 June 2006
Sly and Gobbo try to do a good deed for Goblin Good Deed Day.
4343"Noddy, the Best Driver in the World"30 October 2002 (2002-10-30)2 July 2006
Noddy must give Martha Monkey flying lessons if he doesn't drive eight different vehicles before sunset.
4444"The Great Goblin Giveaway"31 October 2002 (2002-10-31)TBA
Sly makes presents from his and Gobbo's old junk, labels them to everyone in Toyland and leaves them at the train station for Noddy to pick up.
4545"Noddy the Rainbow Chaser"1 November 2002 (2002-11-01)16 July 2006
Noddy and Master Tubby Bear take gold from the end of the rainbow, making it disappear.
4646"Above It All"4 November 2002 (2002-11-04)23 July 2006
Sly and Gobbo ride a cloud over Toytown and steal ice-cream.
4747"Noddy and the Magic Sound Cups"5 November 2002 (2002-11-05)30 July 2006
"Noddy and the Criss Cross Cups"
Sly and Gobbo give Noddy magic sound cups so he'll sing like a bird. Bumpy Dog takes them, causing trouble in Toytown.
4848"Mr. Plod's Little Problem"6 November 2002 (2002-11-06)6 August 2006
Mr. Plod is shrunk to the size of a beetle by accident.
4949"Noddy and the Towering Flower"7 November 2002 (2002-11-07)13 August 2006
Noddy and Master Tubby Bear want to compete in the flower contest against Tessie Bear and Dinah Doll. They forget to seed their flower, so they take a gigantic one from the town square.
5050"The Great Goblin Switch"8 November 2002 (2002-11-08)20 August 2006
Sly and Gobbo change themselves into Noddy and Tessie Bear after seeing how nice others are to them.

Season 2 (2003)

No.
overall
No. in
series
UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Air date (UK)Air date (US)
511"The Case of the Missing Ball"28 July 2003 (2003-07-28)4 September 2006
The toys must find Tiny Ball after he disappears into the sky.
522"The Great Train Chase"29 July 2003 (2003-07-29)5 September 2006
Master Tubby sneakily drives the Toytown train, but he doesn't know how to stop it causing it to run off the rails.
533"A Surprise for Tessie Bear"30 July 2003 (2003-07-30)6 September 2006
Tessie Bear feels sad after she popped her balloon. One morning, a mysterious giant present appears in the square.
544"Clockwork Mouse's Wish"31 July 2003 (2003-07-31)7 September 2006
Clockwork Mouse uses Mr. Jumbo's growing formula to enlarge himself.
555"Master Tubby's Chocolate Dream"1 August 2003 (2003-08-01)8 September 2006
Master Tubby Bear eats all of the chocolate that Noddy delivered for Chocolate Day and has a bad dream when he falls asleep.
566"What Strange Weather"4 August 2003 (2003-08-04)11 September 2006
The wind whisks a barrel of milk and a basket of eggs into the air, causing it to rain milk and eggs.
577"Forgive Me Not"5 August 2003 (2003-08-05)12 September 2006
Martha Monkey is angry with Noddy after he forgets to invite her to his party.
588"Bicycle Battle"6 August 2003 (2003-08-06)13 September 2006
The toys compete in a bicycle race. Martha Monkey wrecks her bike so has to share one with Noddy, much to his annoyance.
599"Lie Down, Mr. Wobblyman"7 August 2003 (2003-08-07)14 September 2006
Tessie Bear and Noddy want to make Mr. Wobblyman lie down.
6010"Noddy's Car Loses Its Voice"8 August 2003 (2003-08-08)15 September 2006
While driving, Noddy hits a bump in the road causing his car's horn to get lost.
6111"Noddy Through the Looking Glass"11 August 2003 (2003-08-11)18 September 2006
Noddy is transported to a parallel universe by Big Ears' magic mirror.
6212"Mr. Plod in Jail"12 August 2003 (2003-08-12)19 September 2006
Mr. Plod accidentally locks himself in jail.
6313"Goblins Above"13 August 2003 (2003-08-13)20 September 2006
Sly and Gobbo steal Noddy's plane.
6414"Noddy and the Big Chicken Roundup"14 August 2003 (2003-08-14)21 September 2006
Chickens follow Noddy into town when a bag of chicken feed in the back of his car is ripped open and leaves a trail.
6515"Master Tubby Goblin"15 August 2003 (2003-08-15)22 September 2006
Gobbo and Sly teach Master Tubby Bear how to be a goblin.
6616"Just Be Yourself Noddy"18 August 2003 (2003-08-18)25 September 2006
Noddy pretends to be Mr. Wobblyman and Mr. Jumbo to impress Tessie Bear.
6717"The Goblins and the Invisible Paint"19 August 2003 (2003-08-19)26 September 2006
Sly and Gobbo give Mr. Sparks a charm that will make more money for him, and if it works, they'll get half of that money. Then they use invisible paint to make Noddy wreck his car to ensure he earns some.
6818"Don't Be Late, Noddy"20 August 2003 (2003-08-20)27 September 2006
Noddy drives through Toyland to reach the train station and pick up Mrs. Skittle, but a fallen tree blocking the road and an accident in the lake almost makes him late.
6919"Noddy and the Broken Plates"21 August 2003 (2003-08-21)28 September 2006
"Noddy and the Broken Dishes"
Sly and Gobbo trick Noddy with a bunch of broken plates.
7020"Noddy the Artist"22 August 2003 (2003-08-22)29 September 2006
Noddy tries to be a painter.
7121"Noddy's Special Treat"25 August 2003 (2003-08-25)2 October 2006
Martha Monkey and Mr. Jumbo want Noddy to take them on a trip.
7222"Noddy Builds a Rocketship"26 August 2003 (2003-08-26)3 October 2006
Noddy and Master Tubby Bear are building a rocketship.
7323"Mr. Plod, the Best Policeman"27 August 2003 (2003-08-27)4 October 2006
Noddy hides his car and tells Mr. Plod that it was stolen, so Mr. Plod will solve a big case and that he ends up in the newspaper.
7424"No Nap for Noddy"28 August 2003 (2003-08-28)5 October 2006
Noddy stays up during the night after seeing Mr. Sparks up late but becomes really tired during the day which causes problems when delivering packages.
7525"Big Ears for a Day"29 August 2003 (2003-08-29)6 October 2006
Noddy and Big Ears switch jobs for one day.
7626"Noddy Loses His Bell"1 September 2003 (2003-09-01)TBA
Noddy has lost the bell on his hat and after looking all over town Big Ears suggests that he retraces his steps.
7727"Up, Up and Away"2 September 2003 (2003-09-02)TBA
Martha Monkey gets carried away when she buys two big bunches of balloons in order to attract new friends, but she learns a very
7828"The Big Fib"3 September 2003 (2003-09-03)TBA
Noddy lies about eating a whole box of Googleberries while looking after Dinah Doll's stall. He convinces the entire town that a monster has eaten them all.
7929"Noddy's Family Tree"4 September 2003 (2003-09-04)TBA
The dastardly goblins lure Noddy into the woods to steal his car.
8030"The Listening Game"5 September 2003 (2003-09-05)TBA
When everyone else in Toytown is too busy to play with him, Dinah Doll teaches Noddy a game he can play on his own.
8131"Noddy and the Curious Package"5 September 2003 (2003-09-05)TBA
Noddy is delivering a package but he doesn't know what it contains. Noddy's curiosity gets the better of him and he tries to work out what exactly is in the package, ruining the contents in the process.
8232"Shelf Help"9 September 2003 (2003-09-09)TBA
Big Ears teaches Noddy how to be more self-reliant.
8333"Good Neighbor Noddy"10 September 2003 (2003-09-10)TBA
Noddy helps a friend.
8434"Noddy Needs Some Medicine"11 September 2003 (2003-09-11)TBA
Noddy has a bad cold, but Sly and Gobbo persuade him that his medicine Dinah Doll bought will have awful side effects.
8535"Noddy and the Funny Pictures"12 September 2003 (2003-09-12)TBA
Martha Monkey gets a new camera so she can take some embarrassing photos of Noddy.
8636"Noddy Gets Lost"15 September 2003 (2003-09-15)TBA
Noddy refuses to take directions from Tessie Bear and gets lost.
8737"Master Tubby's Name Game"16 September 2003 (2003-09-16)TBA
Master Tubby Bear likes thinking up cruel games for everyone, but he doesn't like it when the tables are turned on him.
8838"Noddy Helps Out"17 September 2003 (2003-09-17)TBA
Noddy promised to help all his friends, but he is soon tired, and realises that he has bitten off more than he can chew.
8939"Noddy and the Lost Tool"18 September 2003 (2003-09-18)TBA
Noddy learns a valuable lesson about other people's property when he loses a tool he borrowed from Mr. Sparks without his permission.
9040"Noddy's Great Discovery"19 September 2003 (2003-09-19)TBA
Noddy finds some money in the street, but should he spend it?
9141"Noddy Has a Difficult Day"22 September 2003 (2003-09-22)TBA
Sly and Gobbo take advantage of Noddy and con him into giving them free rides until he runs out of fuel.
9242"Noddy Can Fix It"23 September 2003 (2003-09-23)TBA
Noddy's car has broken, but he is sure that he can fix it all by himself.
9343"Bumpy Dog's Visit"24 September 2003 (2003-09-24)TBA
Noddy takes care of Bumpy Dog.
9444"The Toy Town Parade"25 September 2003 (2003-09-25)TBA
When the Toy Town residents cannot decide who will go first in their annual parade, Big Ears steps in and sorts everything out.
9545"Noddy's House of Cards"26 September 2003 (2003-09-26)TBA
Noddy builds a house of cards for Big Ears, but disaster strikes when he takes it over to his friend.
9646"Martha Monkey's Banana Pie"29 September 2003 (2003-09-29)TBA
Martha Monkey wants to take revenge on Noddy for spoiling her banana pie.
9747"Noddy and the Skittles"30 September 2003 (2003-09-30)TBA
Noddy wants to fly his kite, but is hindered by skittles.
9848"The Balancing Act"1 October 2003 (2003-10-01)TBA
Mr. Jumbo and Clockwork Mouse are working on an act for the town parade, and Noddy helps them to practise.
9949"Noddy and the Missing Muffins"2 October 2003 (2003-10-02)TBA
When some muffins are stolen, Noddy helps a bumbling Mr Plod to find the thieves.
10050"The Tell-Tale Bell"3 October 2003 (2003-10-03)TBA
In order to help Noddy tell right from wrong, Big Ears enchants the bell on his hat, making it ring whenever he is about to do wrong.

Specials (2004–2006)

No.TitleYear
101"Noddy Saves Christmas"13 July 2004 (13 July 2004)
102"Noddy and the Island Adventure"24 October 2005 (24 October 2005)
103"Noddy and the Magical Moondust"7 April 2006 (7 April 2006)

Notes

  1. ^ Animation outsourced to Wang Film Productions

References

  1. ^ "Make Way For Noddy". Channel 5. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Chorion digitizes Noddy in preparation for next-gen delivery modes". kidscreen.com.
  3. ^ "Sabella and Dern form SD". kidscreen.com.
  4. ^ "Noddy to make TV return". BBC News. 14 May 2002.
  5. ^ "Chorion Announces Raft of TV Sales for New CGI Noddy Series" (PDF) (Press release). Chorion. 17 December 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 April 2003.
  6. ^ "U.K. kidnets bank on stunts and strong fall commissions". kidscreen.com.
  7. ^ "Universal makes way for Noddy". c21media.net.
  8. ^ "Quick Hits". kidscreen.com.

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