Bing and Bong are a pair of friendly furry aliens.Bing is the big one, with big ideas
and a big pouch full of handy gadgets and gizmos.
His pal Bong scuttles around
on four legs. He's keen to explore and always on the
Each time we meet Bing and Bong, they're about to
be catapaulted in to space on
their interstellar sofa, to visit one of a scattering
of fantastic Tiny Planets in the
Tiny Universe. And once there, the duo help the
peculiar inhabitantsto solve their little problems and conundrums and generally
keep their worlds ticking
along smoothly.Neither Bing, nor Bong or
their alien pals speak. Instead they
communicate via a universal language of grunts,
chitters, hoots and squeaks. Bing's voice is deep. Bong's lighter. Interpretation
is clear and simple, but even
so, in the USA a walking narrator called Halley is present,
just in case we
need things made clearer.
"Tiny Planets" is a joy. T'is a simple
educational concept, beautifully delivered.
The accent here is on fun and the stimulation of young
minds. The problems are
ably solved, with a few trials and hiccups on the
way. You can't fail to fall for the
the stars, with their friendly faces and charming
mannerisms. The production was
a joint effort for then-newcomers Pepper's
Ghost, here in the UK, and the Sesame.
Workshop in America - they of "Sesame Street"
fame, of course.
Anyone who's seen the show knows that there's one
other ingredient to its success.
It comes in the form a a fantastic, funky title
song from Alan Coates and Kim Goody,
guaranteed to climb in your head at return to haunt
you, usually at the most
This £4m production was billed as being the first
CGI series to feature fur-covered
stars. Production of the show lasted twenty
months, with each episode taking four
weeks to animate (two weeks to set up, two weeks to render,
modeling time for the series as a whole).
producer Richard Morrs is now the Creative Director for Banjax
in Belfast. "Tiny Planets" director Alistair McIlwain is
also there, as
Director of Animation. Alistair's
extensive animation CV includes work on the likes
Noah and Nelly,
"Heavy Metal" and "Budgie, the Little Helicopter".
He also directed all thirteen
episodes of Juniper Jungle.
Director Ben Lock has since completed a couple of short films for
Aardman and worked as a coordinator
The Planet of Self
A race track sits atop this world - useful
for learning about health
and fitness and general well-being.
The Planet of Stuff
A geometric realm, with big cubes and pyramids,
exploring numbers, symmetry and shapes.
The Planet of Light and Colour
A planet of multicoulerd rocks and pools,
colour swatches and shadows.
The Planet of Sound
Everything on this "groovy" world
makes a sound, so Bing and Bong
get to experiment with acoustics, music and
The Planet of Technology
A metallic landscape, with lots of gizmos,
gadgets, springs, cogs, pulleys
and structures to explore.
The Planet of Nature
Four seasons in one world here, with mountains
and green grass and
a purple tree, and a kaleidsocope of weather patterns.
Sociable long-necked fellows in various shades,
who like to congregate and
ponder. Thankfully for them Bing and Bong
are at hand to unravel their ponderings
Locals Little egg-like beings with antennae.
They like to bounce, blink and squeak a lot.
And they too have lots of problems which need solving.
Robots They keep each Tiny Planet functioning
and shipshape. Or at least, they try.
Thankfully, Bing and Bong are here to help when things
Gulping orange space fish who live between
the Tiny Planets.
Thanks to YouTube,
we can now sing along with Bing and Bong.
This is the extended version of their theme
Tiny Planets episodes
On the Right Track Body
Night Light Sleep Tight Be
Mirror Magic Road
Easy Rider Moving
That's What Friends Are For
with the Wind
Tools, Glorious Tools Sweet
Temptations Keep Your Head Slipperry
Box of Tricks Suits
Tip the ScalesRhythm
and Moods Magnificent Seven A
The Fisher Bing
Love is all you need
Everyone's a Winner
2002 World Media Festival, Hamburg -
Gold Award for Children's Animation
2001 Interactive BAFTA - Best Entertainment
2001 World Animation Celebration, California
- Silver Award
script co-ord: line producers: studio prod man: prod coords: prod assistants: storyboard:
snr animators: animators:
accountant: prod secretary: vp
of research: research team: voices:
Paul J Michael (Pepper's Ghost)
Nina Elias Bamberger (Seasame Workshop)
Ben Lock (+ Head of Digital Production for 30 eps)
Kay Barton (colours & textures)
Poon, Michael Dove, Gavin Gibbons
Alan Coates, Kim Goody
Richard Morrs, Elly Brewer, Antony Hatfield,
Prendergast, Dashiell Tate
Kerry Gill-Pryde, Fiona Hurd, Fiona
Aisling O'Brien-Hall, Andrew Peters
Cindy McCraw Dircks,
Darren Green, Emma Legon,
McIlwain, Jez Hall, Paul Gunson,
Shaun Magher, Vince James, Christopher Clarke,
King, Chris Glynn,
Mad Dogs, Ian Banks,
Simon Thistlethwaite, Gordon Chapman,
Adrian Pinder, Stuart Haskayne,
Darran Woods, Trevor Dalton, Darren Green,
Yasumiko Cindy Lo, Jon Jones,
Heinstra, Adrian Shipp,
Adam Coglan, Rov Fellows, Damian Johnston
Glasbey, Yasumiko Cindy Lo, Cecile Plattner,
Adam Coglan, Emil Segiev, Brad Noble, Trevor Dalton,
Panton, Maarten Heinstra, Jon Jones,
Nathalie Jean-Bart, Rob Fellows, James Dawson,
Anette Skinnarland Green, Jonathan Allen,
Stuart Haskayne, Darran Woods, Avi Goodman,
Adrian Pinder, Chris Thomas, Darren Green,
Adrian Shipp, Chris Thomas, Neil Hall, Rob Andrew,
Poon, Michael Dove, Emma Legon,
Mansell, Gavin Gibbons, Brad Noble,
Justin Hall, Anette Skinnarland Green,
Kay Barton, Sandra Guarda, Cecile Plattner,
Brad Noble, Kate Kaerrigan
Jennifer Shulman, Gael Levin
Kim Goody (Bong, Halley)
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