Saturday, 12 May 2012
Cloudbabies on CBeebies - A review.
We are delighted that we were asked by the BBC to preview and review a brand new showing coming to your screens next week, called Cloudbabies. The series is due to start on Monday 14th May and will be aired at 11:25am.
Created by award winning art director, Bridget Appleby, the series is produced by Hoho Entertainment. The show was created by award-winning art director Bridget Appleby (Roary the Racing Car, Fifi and the Flowertots) and is being animated by Manchester’s Studio Liddell, which is also a co-production partner for the series.
Cloudbabies is a 52 x 10 minute CG animated pre-school series about four enchanting, childlike characters, Baba Pink, Baba Blue, Baba Yellow and Baba Green whose job is to look after the sky and their Sky Friends, Sun, Moon, Rainbow, Fuffa Cloud and Little Star.
They live together with Bobo White, a mischievous little Sky Imp, in a house on a big fluffy cloud. Every morning, they jump on their Skyhorses and begin their day's work of looking after the sky.
The series promotes caring for others and the world around us and also introduces children to notions such as day and night, sun and moon, rainbow and the stars.
A host of heavenly delights are in store for the Cloudbabies this week as they begin their full run on CBeebies.
Baba Pink is spirited but sympathetic, and can also be a little bit bossy! She cleans, stitches and mends with her Caring Kit filled with “mummy stuff” and is always looking out for the other Cloudbabies and their Sky Friends.
Baba Blue is enthusiastic and keen to show how quick and efficient he is, though he can be a little clumsy at times! He is always ready to tackle the task in hand, with his toolbox filled with useful stuff for fixing things and mending cracks in Rainbow.
Baba Yellow is gentle and shy, but always cheery and optimistic. She is very creative and carries round a satchel filled with paints, brushes and musical instruments, including her Fluteytoot, which has ‘Pied Piper-like’ properties.
Baba Green is quiet, thoughtful and somewhat serious. He is a great story teller and often makes up stories for his friends and Little Star; though he is happiest when tending the garden with his bag full of gardening tools.
Bobo White is the Sky Imp the Cloudbabies found asleep at the bottom of the Rainbow, and he is desperate to become a ‘proper Cloudbaby’. He rides around on Skydonk and with his energy, mischief and curious personality, Bobo White is sometimes frustrating but always loveable!
Sun is always jolly and likes to laugh. He is boisterous, easy-going and very sociable, and what he really likes is to be super-shiny!
Moon is a shy, sensitive and motherly character. She often needs to be dusted and polished by the Cloudbabies, and fed moonrock so she can transform into a full moon.
Rainbow is very proud of his colours and a bit of a show-off. Mostly described as a loveable grump with a hidden, kind hearted and helpful nature. Every night he helps fling the stars into the Sky.
Fuffa Cloud is a playful, overgrown kid who’s learning to rain but needs encouragement. She can change colour and has to be fluffed daily by the Cloudbabies, which she finds a bit of a bother.
Little Star is the youngest of the Sky Friends. An innocent character with a sense of wonder and curiosity. He has to sleep during the day in order to twinkle at night, but is easily tempted out of his cot and into mischief.
On Monday, Fuffa mischievously tells each Cloudbaby that the door needs a new coat of paint. Can Rainbow come up with a solution to their colourful squabbles?
This is the episode that we previewed. The sky is home to a team of ‘Baba Clouds’, who are led astray by Fuffa. Luckily, there’s a talking rainbow on hand to provide moral guidance and teach the little guys important lessons in life. I have to say that the animation is lovely and so appealing to kids around Boo's age (nearly 2 and a half!). The episodes are just long enough to engage the children and the message behind the episode (sharing, caring and team work) was clear. Young children (mine in particular) are fascinated with the themes that will be featured throughout the week.
In Tuesday’s show, a rumbly noise stops Little Star from twinkling. Can the Cloudbabies solve the mystery so Little Star can twinkle again?
Moon is hungry on Wednesday and the Cloudbabies have run out of Mooonrock. Can they find some in time to feed Moon so she can be full?
Rainbow gets himself in a knot on Thursday which means he cannot take part in the star flinging so there will be no stars in the sky. Can the Cloudbabies find a way of unravelling him?
All the Cloudbabies are sneezing on Friday, but why? Could it be the mysterious yellow cloud from the Fluffigold flowers?