In The Night Garden Characters

In The Night Garden Characters

Igglepiggle Upsy Daisy Makka Pakka The Tombliboos The Pontipines and The Wottingers The Haahoos The Ninky Nonk and The Pinky Ponk The Tittifers IgglepiggleIgglepiggle is physical and energetic – a well-loved teddy always jumping and bouncing around. He’s curious and adventurous, but also vulnerable and modest. Despite his energy he is often in need of reassurance and comfort, which he gets from his best friend Upsy Daisy and his red blanket.Upsy DaisyUpsy Daisy is a happy and optimistic dolly. She loves nothing more than to dance through the garden and often convinces other character to join in. One of her favourite things is her bed, which has a mind of its own and can often be seen chasing her around the garden.Makka PakkaMakka Pakka lives in a little cave at the edge of the garden and likes nothing more than collecting and washing little stones – he’ll often wash the faces of the other characters too. He travels around the garden pushing his Og-Pog vehicle, which carries his soap and sponge, his uff-uff dryer and his special trumpet.The TombliboosThere are three Tombliboos – Unn who is red and green, Ooo who is brown and pink and Eee who is pink and yellow. They live together in an extraordinary bush, where they enjoy stacking and sorting their special blocks, banging their drums and making tunes on their piano.The Pontipines and The WottingersThe Pontipines are a large family of 10 that live in a semi-detached house at the foot of a tree. There are 8 children, 4 of which are girls and four of which are boys and they are always dressed in red. Their next-door neighbours are the Wottingers, who also have 8 children and they are always dressed in blue.The HaahoosThe Haahoos are five enormous pillowy creatures who roam about the garden at a leisurely pace that is entirey their own. They are sedate and gentle, but are so big they often stop the Ninky Nonk in its tracks – no small feat!The Ninky Nonk and The Pinky PonkThe Ninky Nonk and the Pinky Ponk are the only forms of transport for the characters in the garden, but they couldn’t be more different! The Ninky Nonk is a funny kind of train which careers through hedges and clambers up and down trees all over the garden. The Pinky Ponk is a kind of airship which glides gracefully in the air, providing wonderful aerial views of the garden for all those on board.The TittifersThe Tittifers are brightly coloured birds that sing as individuals throughout the programme, and then together form a beautiful harmony as a signal for bedtime.
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In The Night Garden Characters

Makka Pakka (played by Justyn Towler) is a beige, small, round-bodied doll. He has three rounded protuberances on his head, ears and back to represent stones that he uses to make into piles. He lives in a cave and likes cleaning things, such as his collection of stacking stones, and sometimes the other characters. Makka Pakka often stacks freshly cleaned stones into piles resembling his head and body. He sleeps on a stone bed, often cuddling a stone. He travels around the garden riding his trolley, the Og-Pog, which carries his sponge, soap, orange trumpet, and a bellows-like apparatus called Uff-Uff which he uses to dry items after cleaning them. His house is approached by a stone-walled ditch, as his home is half buried in the ground. He says his own name and the phrase “Mikka makka moo” when he is happy, as well as the names of the Og-Pog and the Uff-Uff, and other phrases from his song such as “agga pang” (his soap and sponge), “hum dum” (his trumpet), and “ing ang oo”. Like Upsy Daisy and the Tombliboos, he also uses a phrase meaning “goodbye”, represented in publications as “pip pip onk onk”. He, along with Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy were first featured in the episode “Makka Pakka Washes Faces”. As Makka Pakka is smaller than the other characters, he is filmed on another identical set (or garden), and where he appears with other characters, two scenes are shot in parallel and he is filmed far away, whilst the other costumed characters are filmed close up.
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In The Night Garden Characters

The Ninky Nonk is a train of five differently sized and shaped carriages. Its size is non-euclidean: exterior shots of the moving Ninky Nonk show a toy-sized train, quite small compared to the main characters and scenery, while interiors and static exterior shots are done on sets or with life-sized models so that the main characters can easily fit inside. When it stops or starts, the seat-belted passengers jerk sharply in their seats. A range of bells and klaxons warn everyone inside. The Ninky Nonk can drive up and down trees and upside-down along branches. Like the other characters, it goes to sleep. The engine is banana-shaped with a green flashing light on top, and is followed by a green spheroidal carriage used by the Tombliboos, a tiny house-like carriage used by the Pontipines, a blue rectangular carriage with a flashing light used by Upsy Daisy, and a tall rounded single-seater carriage used by Igglepiggle. It was first featured in the episode “Everybody, All Aboard the Ninky Nonk”. All the above characters are played by actors in costumes just like the Teletubbies.
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In The Night Garden Characters

The Pinky Ponk is an airship, speckled with many slowly waving fins and several small propellers that can spin fast, plus a large propeller at the rear that always turns very gently. The characters often use it to travel around the forest, and during their journey are able to drink “Pinky Ponk juice” which is dispensed in “sippy cups”. It comes in several different colours. If drunk too much, you can feel ill, as demonstrated by Tombliboo Ooo. As well as whirrings and clankings, and a sporadic honking sound from the “Ponk light” at the front, the Pinky Ponk makes flatulent noises. Like the Ninky Nonk, the Pinky Ponk does not conform to euclidean geometry: exterior shots are chroma keyed model shots showing a model smaller than the main characters, while interior ones shots produced on a set into which they can fit. It has two doors, one for the costumed characters and the other for the tiny characters. One table has three seats (for the Tombliboos), another has two seats (for Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy), and the third has one seat (for Makka Pakka). The Pontipines take a table with no seats in a small room. It also has a habit of crashing into tree trunks, thus sounding the “Ponk Alert” (repeated honking and flashing of the “Ponk Light” and interior lights flashing and making noises.) This is a warning for all the passengers to take their seats and brace. Sometimes, the Pinky Ponk rocks during the “Ponk Alert”, causing the passengers and their tables and chairs to slide from one end to the other. It, along with the Haahoos was first featured in the episode “The Tombliboos’ Waving Game”.
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In The Night Garden Characters

Is it any good?QUALITYParents surely will notice that this mild show bears strong resemblance to another British series that cast bright, costumed characters, and in fact In the Night Garden is produced by two of the creators of Teletubbies. The show emphasizes friendly, loving relationships, and its soothing tone ensures that it will bring preschoolers down from their naturally frantic pace. This is intended to be a bedtime show that will relax kids for a restful night’s sleep, but the use of any TV show in this capacity is iffy at best. What’s more, the show’s decidedly juvenile characters and scenarios ensure it’s probably best suited for toddlers or young preschoolers, which then raises the weighty issue of when it’s appropriate to allow very young kids to watch TV at all.
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In The Night Garden Characters

QUALITYParents surely will notice that this mild show bears strong resemblance to another British series that cast bright, costumed characters, and in fact In the Night Garden is produced by two of the creators of Teletubbies. The show emphasizes friendly, loving relationships, and its soothing tone ensures that it will bring preschoolers down from their naturally frantic pace. This is intended to be a bedtime show that will relax kids for a restful night’s sleep, but the use of any TV show in this capacity is iffy at best. What’s more, the show’s decidedly juvenile characters and scenarios ensure it’s probably best suited for toddlers or young preschoolers, which then raises the weighty issue of when it’s appropriate to allow very young kids to watch TV at all.
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In The Night Garden Characters

Upsy Daisy (played by Rebecca Hyland) is similar to a rag doll, with a brown complexion, a chime in her tummy, and brightly colored clothes. She likes skipping through the Garden and blowing kisses to the other characters or to the audience. She often hugs and kisses other characters, particularly Iggle Piggle. Her catchphrases are “Upsy Daisy,” and the more emphatic “Daisy Doo!”, and she also says “Pip pip onk onk!”, her way of saying goodbye. Her hair stands on end when excited or surprised, and her skirt inflates to a tutu when she dances or pulls the ripcord on her waist. Upsy Daisy has an orange megaphone on a stand and enjoys singing through it, much to the annoyance of the other characters. She, along with Iggle Piggle were first featured in the episode “Makka Pakka Washes Faces”.

In The Night Garden Characters