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Bing and Bong's Tiny Planets
Heroes of the Universe: Bing and Bong
Bing and Bong's Tiny Planets is among the most unique and entertaining preschool shows I've seen in a long time. It was produced in the United Kingdom by Pepper's Ghost Ltd. and was big in Europe and the U.K.,but is not very well known in the U.S. Let me introduce you to this treasure!
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The World of Bing and Bong
In 2000, Bing and Bong's Tiny Planets was at first created by late Nina Elias-Bamberger at Sesame Workshop to air on PBS in the United States. It never did air at that time and became a joint venture with the United Kingdom's production company, Pepper's Ghost. It became a hit in the UK and even won The British Academy of Film and Television Arts award in 2001, along with it's website, Tiny Planets.
The intro to Bing and Bong's Tiny Planets
Watch this, it's so cute!
Who are Bing and Bong?
Bing is the cuddly large white fluffy alien hero. He and Bong, the smaller white fluffy multi-legged sidekick travel through their solar system on their couch to one of the six other Tiny Planets to discover secrets and solve whatever mysteries they face while there.
The CGI animated Bing and Bong help lead the investigation and teaches the young viewer the scientific method in a very imaginative way. Bing and Bong communicate via chirps, beeps and gurgles and other soothing sounds, encouraging the child to use his cognitive thinking skills in discovering the answers to the various dilemmas. It is very expertly done and visually engaging. You will even find yourself watching this as much as your children...it's that cute.
Bing and Bong's Tiny Planets original unaired pilot
You'll notice some differences, especially with Bong.
Who are the supporting characters?
Flockers are armless ostrich-like aliens that hatch from eggs and come in a variety of colors. Some have one head, some two, and the same goes for the legs. The species differ according to the planet. Each Tiny Planet has its own species.
Locals are the small characters with differing physical characteristics. Most are small and round with few features, though they are usually quite colorful.
Cheesewheel Creature is a large wheel of cheese with a big mouth and even bigger appetite which inhabits the Tiny Planet of Stuff.
Robots are geometrically shaped segmented creatures with rotors.
Halley is the small alien who provides the commentary during the episodes. This character was added later in the series to help the parents who "just didn't get it". The children understood the show just fine without her!
A Bing and Bong's Tiny Planets episode clip
The Home Planet: This is where Bing and Bong live and set out from every morning on a new adventure. It is an icy world, covered in snow-capped ice floes. Inside one of these is Bing and Bong's home, decorated in a steampunk idiom, with much brasswork. The main feature is the fluffy white sofa which not only doubles as a bed, but can be launched into space by a huge trebuchet, tethered to the Home planet by a bungee cord.
The Tiny Planet of Nature: A verdant and lush world, with trees, lakes, mountains and flowers. The seasons there are much like a stereotypically temperate part of the Earth, with snow in winter, hot sun in summer and falling leaves in autumn.
The Tiny Planet of Sound: A rocky desert, with odd flora such as Pitch-Plants (extendible flutes that can be blown), maraca leaves and self-playing Tomtom trees. Flockers and Locals often hold concerts here. The planet is surrounded by a swarm of small asteroids, which spilars from pole to pole.
The Tiny Planet of Stuff: Shaped like a huge MÃ¶bius strip and patterned like pink-and-blue graph paper, this is where Bing and Bong solve problems involving arithmetic, logic and geometry.
The Tiny Planet of Light and Colour: An environment where Bing and Bong explore optical phenomena. Around the planet there is a wide, circular, semi-transparent band inlaid with parallel strips of ever-changing colours. The landscape is similar to a desert, and the most notable features are the bullet-shaped rock pillars with faint coloured spots on them.
The Tiny Planet of Technology: A large brass sphere, with four tethered satellites: two cubes and two spheres. The action takes place inside this planet, with an emphasis on structures and principles of physics.
The Tiny Planet of Self: A loose cluster of rocky outcrops floating in a sunny atmosphere, linked by rows of stepping-stones. There are pagoda-like pavilions and a sports arena here, and local transport is by sky-boat. Lessons of health and good manners are learned here.
Thanks to the Wikipedia for the description of the planets.
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Recieving top reviews form Amazon, and from me personally, Bing and Bong's Tiny Planets are exceptional and well worth every penny.
Luckily, they don't take very many pennies at that!