Timmy Time

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Timmy Time
Timmy Time logo.svg
Genre Children's animation
Created by Jackie Cockle
Voices of Kate Harbour
Justin Fletcher
Louis Jones
Opening theme "It's Timmy"
Composer(s) Mike Stobbie
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 82 (Episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Miles Bullough
David Sproxton
Peter Lord
Nick Park
Producer(s) Jackie Cockle
Location(s) Filmed in Bristol
Running time 10 minutes
Production company(s) BBC
Aardman Animations
Release
Original network CBeebies
Picture format PAL (1080i)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 6 April 2009 – 13 July 2012
Chronology
Related shows A Close Shave
Shaun the Sheep
External links
Website www.timmytime.tv

Timmy Time is a British stop-motion animated children's television series made for the BBC by Aardman Animations. It started broadcasting in the UK on CBeebies on 6 April 2009.[1] The show is a spin-off from the Shaun the Sheep animation,[1] which itself is a spin-off from the Aardman series Wallace & Gromit, which introduced the character of Shaun. The first two series ran for 26 episodes. In the United Kingdom, the show's most recent run began in September 2011 on CBeebies. In Australia, season one commenced in May 2009 on ABC1 and season three started in May 2011 on ABC 4 Kids.[2][3] The show also broadcast re-runs on Disney Junior the Channel from its launch in 2012, but was pulled off the air in May 2014.

Premise and format

In this series, Timmy and his friends[4] have to learn to share, make friends and accept their mistakes.[5] They are supervised by two teachers, Harriet the Heron and Osbourne the Owl. The show is aimed at pre-school aged children which the company described as "a natural step for Aardman".[1]

The show is made up of ten-minute episodes, which do not feature much dialogue, much like Shaun the Sheep and since Shaun, his friends, Bitzer and the Farmer did not appear.[1]

A filming of one episode was featured on the Discovery Channel's How It's Made.[6]

Characters

Hand-made caricatures of the characters (on top of chocolate truffles)
  • Timmy is a male lamb who is the titular character and enjoys being in the spotlight. He is three years old in sheep years and later turns four in the episode Timmy's Birthday. In many of the episodes he gets into trouble; however, he learns from his mistakes, and often tries to help the other characters out when he can. Timmy's noise is baaa. He also appears in Shaun the Sheep.
  • Harriet is a female pelican who speaks through caws and clicks. She is one of the two teachers. Harriet's noise is squawk.
  • Osbourne is a male owl who is the other teacher of the class and the father to Otus.[citation needed] Osbourne's noise is hoot-hoot.
  • Yabba is a female duckling who is very similar to Timmy in personality and very friendly with him. Yabba's noise is quack.
  • Paxton is a male piglet who is characterised by his appetite for food and his weight. He wears a blue sweater and is never seen without it. Paxton's noise is oink.
  • Mittens is a female kitten who is like other kittens: she hates getting her fur dirty (or wet) and is rather sensitive. Mittens's noise is mee-ew-ew. In some episodes, she seems to have feelings for Timmy. She always loves playing with picnics.
  • Ruffy is a male puppy who is energetic but he can be mentally rather slow. Ruffy's noise is rowf.
  • Apricot is a female hedgehog pup who is very quiet and skittish. When startled or frightened by someone or something she rolls up into a ball. Apricot's noise is hicoooo, though she rarely speaks.
  • Stripey is a male badger cub who is a bit sleepy and slow as badgers are nocturnal. Stripey's noise is eh-eh.
  • Kid is a male goat who has a large appetite like Paxton, and chews anything in sight. If the thing he is chewing is taken from him he does not mind; he just moves on to something else. Kid's noise is meh.
  • Otus is a male owlet who enjoys helping and looks up to Osbourne. He can be typically found reading and is very sensitive, sometimes copying his father Osbourne. Otus is commonly confused to be female due to his feminine voice tone and pink and purple feathers. Otus's noise is too-hoo.[citation needed]
  • Finlay is a male fox kit who is excitable and full of energy. Finlay's noise is yip-yap.
  • Bumpy is a male green caterpillar who is not part of the class but has many background appearances in the show. Bumpy makes a soft purring noise.
  • Timmy's Mum is a female sheep who is also not part of the class, but does appear in "Timmy's Christmas Surprise" and the end credits. She is the only parent of the show (excluding Osbourne) and also appears in Shaun The Sheep.

Episodes

Series Episodes Airdate
First aired Last aired
1 26 6 April 2009 (2009-04-06) 30 September 2009 (2009-09-30)
2 26 17 May 2010 (2010-05-17) 21 June 2010 (2010-06-21)
3 30 14 March 2011 (2011-03-14) 13 July 2012 (2012-07-13)

References

  1. ^ a b c d Loveday, Samantha. "Timmy Tales". Licensing.biz. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "ABC1 Programming Airdate: Timmy Time (E1 S1)". ABC Television Publicity. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "ABC4Kids Programming Airdate: Timmy Time (E1 S3)". ABC Television Publicity. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Timmy Time BBC Series". Screenhead.com. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Timmy Time". BBC - CBeebies. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irOecGxh36g

External links

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