sings the sweetest things,
Bump the elephant isn't quite as eloquent..."
Bump the elephant is awfully big, awkwardly
built, and always bumping into things.
So it's handy that the young trunk has his
pal Birdie to help him along. Birdie flits
and sings and points out things as his not-so-delicate
pal explores the world and
makes new friends.
Those friends include Whizzer the mouse, Munch
the tortoise, McDuff the dog,
the rabbits Big Bun and Little Bun, and flitty,
flighty Batty Bat. In spite of his
regular bumps and bruises, our clumsy young
trunk never really comes
to harm. Indeed, Bump's escapades are slight
compared to that other blue
"Bump" was animated by Charles Mills
and Terry Brain, otherwise known as
CMTB Animation. These chaps have their own
shining star in tv heaven, for having
introduced us to Boni, Berk and the creatures
beneath that dark and nasty Trapdoor.
Simon Cadell ("Hi-De-Hi") applies his
eloquence to the elephant, and friends. He
narrates whilst Bump and Birdie trumpet and tweet, in
The series artwork and music comes from Steve Augarde.
His theme song is
a very hummable ditty. The lyrics undulate
to a Mungo Jerry, push-push beat.
So why isn't Bump "eloquent"? -
The song explains it all:
"Because the sound gets tangled round,
in his trumpety-trunk!"
As for Steve, he has undulated between
work in children's illustration and
paper engineering - fiddly work for pop-up books
and suchlike. He has more
than eighty titles under his creative
belt. Most recently, he's turned his skills
to writing novels, and has brought us
the first two parts of a sophisticated
faerie story, focusing on "The
Various". "The Various" and its follow-up
"Celandine" are terrific tales,
with glorious cover designs and wood block
motifs adorning each chapter. First editions
are already highly coveted.
Bump's adventures normally involve such simple
delights as treading in
rabbit burrows, losing buttons, or trying
to help folks out. But in 1995 he had
a bigger adventure which took twice
as long to tell. "Bump's Christmas Story"
was a ten minute tale in which Bump
headed for the North Pole to see Santa
Claus. But on the way, he meets a snowman
who convinces him that
Christmas might never actually happen...
Bump has a Funny Day
Bump Learns to Fly
Bump and the Monster
Bump's Loud Song
Bump and the Clouds
A Ride with Bump
Bump's Big Ears
Bump and the Flying Flowers
Bump and the Windy Day
Bump and the Bucket
Bump's Loud Song
Bump's Upside Down Friend
Bump and the Baby Mountain
Bump's New Game
Bump Goes Away
Bump and the Hole
Bump Plays a Trick
Bump's Lost Button
Bump and the Talking Tree
Bump Wants to Help
Bump and Auntie Doreen's Surprise