Tree Fu Tom

Mar. 1st, 2012 11:32 am
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I was just flicking through the new Radio Times and I saw this and thought some of the parents on my flist might find it interesting! Although I guess it is limited to British parents for now :( Anyway, CBeebies (the BBC channel for young children) is launching a new children's tv show on Monday called Tree Fu Tom with Sophie Aldred and David Tennant doing the voices (hence me reading the article in the first place).

Not only is the premise adorable (Tom is able to transform into a magical superhero, travelling to 'Treetopolis' - an enchanted, miniature world nestled in an ancient tree at the bottom of his garden), but it sounds like a really fun and unique idea for a series as Tom (and the watching children) perform special movement routines to do magic and presumably save the day :)

The producer says - What the children won't know is that the 'Tree Fu' spell moves they're copying have all been designed by Child Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists from the movements that experts use to help children with conditions like Dyspraxia to assist and enhance the development of all participating children (whether they have movement challenges or not). The movements are designed to teach children new skills and help them improve their abilities in foundation movements essential for all complex movement – anything from learning to write to playing football..

Making these movements into magic spells sounds like a really clever idea to me, I think I would have loved that when I was little!
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I was being all nostalgic tonight and watching cartoon intros on youtube, when I was reminded of this gem of my childhood.

Origin stories for fictional characters can, I'm sure, be difficult sometimes, or inspiring, or completely logical. Or they can make you wonder if the writers were stoned, working to an impending deadline, or wanted to make it to the pub before last orders.

I bring you SUPERTED, a staple of English and Welsh telly in the 1980s. It's only 47 seconds of your time, but worth it for the amount of times you'll find yourself saying "wait... what?"

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LOOOOOOOK! There is a new Aardman Animations film out (makers of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run) and it looks EXCELLENT, and very funny.

Hugh Grant is a pirate! And IMDB tells me it also features the voices of Salma Hayek, David Tennant, Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Imelda Staunton and Jeremy Piven :D

My favourite bit in 0.37-40 :D :D
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They are making a sequel to Mysterious Cities of Gold!!!! For those not privileged to grow up with awesome 1980s cartoons (there may or may not be a teeny bit of sarcasm there), MCOG actually WAS an awesome cartoon. One of those cartoons you watch later and realise were actually good, like with proper storylines and characterisation and no crappy romance crowbarred in later. It was set in the sixteenth century and taught you all about Inca and Mayan civilisations as Esteban, Zia and Tao searched for the legendary Cities of Gold. THERE IS NO DOWN SIDE TO THIS NEWS.

Here's the link my brother just sent me, it looks like the original artwork and everything! ::excited::


In other news, is it weird to post more fic when I am not caught up on previous fic comments? I have just found my sequel to a random Christmassy fic with famous actor Merlin who likes Quality Street green triangles and his very chilly boyfriend Arthur. But I have about FOUR FICS I have not replied to comments for yet. I am so hopeless :/
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I saw Tangled!! And I loved it :D :D Except for some annoying noisy teenagers at the back of the cinema. I thought it was funny and charming and the little chameleon was brilliant (especially when he blew a raspberry). I actually cried at the lantern scene and I've since downloaded the song too (I am a sucker for Disney).

I also loved the trailer for the new Winnie the Pooh film that was on before it. It's a return to the early style of animation complete with the narrator and his book and the cast interacting with them! And even better, Christopher Robin has a British accent again :) I adored Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day when I was little so I was beaming like an idiot through this trailer and was left feeling so nostalgic for how possible this all seemed back then, finding the Hundred Acre Wood or the Magic Faraway Tree or a secret garden, or going through the wardrobe into another world (believe me I tried, mum and dad's wardrobe had a distressingly solid back panel). I think the choice of song really helped with the nostalgia. For children, that imaginative secret world always feels like somewhere only they know :D

ETA: The trailer won't show up properly as an embedded youtube vid on my flist view, but it does in my 'recent entries.' Not sure why! But it is there :)

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So, [ profile] planejane was just posting about the 1970s kid's TV show Rainbow, and I have just fallen into a deep dark pit of nostalgia thinking about all the things I used to love watching :D So I bring to you, the Best Theme Song Ever (TM), the most blatant attempt to make children eat fruit and veg since Popeye, my Cartoon Heroes from the 1980s, and Some Important Life Lessons from He-Man and Friends (AHAHAHAHAHA)

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