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In The Night Garden - Hello Igglepiggle (DVD)

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Genre: Children's DVDs / DVD released 05 November, 2007 at 2 Entertain Video / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      09.01.2010 18:14
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      One for the collection...

      Runing time: 140 minutes
      Certification: U
      DVD contains five episodes:

      Igglepiggle's Blanket in Makka Pakka's Ditch
      Jumping for Everybody
      Igglepiggle's Mucky Patch
      The Pinky Ponk Adventure
      Igglepiggle's Blanket Walks About By Itself

      As with all In The Night Garden episodes, they run into each other seamlessly and sort of create this big story - like you are living in the Night Garden and each day something new happens.

      Extras: Commentary for "Iggle Piggle's Blanket in Makka Pakka's Ditch" - this explains a lot of the producers thoughts behind some of the elements in this episode.

      The DVD has a feature called "Time To Go To Bed" in which all the characters are told to "Go to sleep" and they slowly fall asleep. It is a calming episode for babies at bedtime and surprisingly effective on the parents!

      This DVD is great for my boy, who is nearly 8 months old. In fact, he's sat up watching it now and his little eyes are drooping. He'll be off in a few minutes. I haven't been able to get him to watch anything else!

      There's much to said for In The Night Garden. When it was first introduced to me, I thought that perhaps the makers were disturbed or had a wee bit too much to drink. I'm mean, it's a bit crazy.

      Upsy Daisy has an inflatable skirt, colourful dreadlocks and loves to sleep in her bed outisde she is an oversided dolly really and best friends with Iggle Piggle. They always kiss each other to say hello and love to hold hands. Don't worry though - the official website states they are like brother and sister!

      The Tombliboos are three colourful pepper pot shakers ( I don't know how else to describe them!) Their names are: Unn, Ooo and Eee

      The Haahoos are balloons with smily faces that jump up and down when they are excited and deflate when they go to sleep.

      Makka Pakka is a bit OCD as he loves to go around cleaning everything- and everyone! with his rock soap and sponge. He also uses a walker to get about.

      The Ninky Nonk is a strange train-like toy that drives around the Garden sparadically. Makka Pakka, Upsie Daisy and Iggle Piggle have their own carriages - although they often ride together in one of them.

      The Pontipines are a family of 10 wooden peg figures....a mum a dad and 4 girls and 4 boys. They all have fab hairstyles and the dad has a very impressive moustache. They live in a 1 bed semi-detached house at the foot of a tree. Oh and they have the coolest wallpaper- pink with buttons. I am often disturbed that they never know the whereabouts of all their children as we are always having to find some of them around the garden! Their neighbours are another family of 10 - the Wottingers. But I don't remember ever seeing them.

      The Pinky Ponk is an airship of sorts. With funky lights and eyes it flies around the garden, picking up toys and taking them where they want to go - only watch out, there's usually trouble when you're on it! The Pinky Ponk makes some rather unfortunate noises as it moves too.

      Then there's the main character! Iggle Piggle. He doesn't belong in the Night Garden like the other characters. Iggle Piggle sails on a little boat (no bigger than your hand!) and at night he uses his sail as a blanket, raises his light and sails off to the Garden in the Night....He is very attached to his red blanket and when he does something silly or wrong he falls over! (And for some reason, this makes the kids laugh!)

      The music is a bit haunting and makes you feel a little like you are being hypnotised. I feel calm and serene (albeit a little confused and foggy too) when watching In the Night Garden. Although it didn't take someone with a PHd to write the songs - i.e. when Makka Pakka is introduced the narrater sings "Makka Pakka akka wakka mikka makka moo!"

      Speaking of the Narrator - Derek Jacobi, his voice is very calming and fits well within the show. He speaks like a dad reading a story to his child and even though he really can't hold a tune, he sings the songs - just like a normal dad!

      It's a great show and although there are a lot of strange quirks and elements, don't you worry. It is all for educational purposes and if you would like to know more about the meaning behind the characters and the episodes then visit their official website. I have provided the link below.

      The Hello Igglepiggle DVD is a great addition to the In The Night Garden Collection. It's also great value for money at just £5.48 on Amazon. Now my little one is all tucked up asleep and it's thanks this DVD!

      Fantastic.

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        02.03.2009 20:42
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        A fantastic DVD for pre-schoolers, entertaining and educational

        So I'm sat here in the kitchen writing this review on my laptop, the tea is in the oven and my son is happily playing in his playpen in the living room (he has a tendency to pull the oven door open so has to be kept out of the way when it's on!) Now my son really doesn't like going in his playpen. At all. Unless I put his "Hello Igglepiggle" DVD on for him that is!

        The success of "In the Night Garden" is no surprise really; basically it's took over where the Teletubbies left off (the Teletubbies is still on TV by the way, it's just sooo six years ago now, my daughter loved it!). The team behind the Teletubbies are the same team behind this show.

        The show is hugely sucessful, with massive amounts of merchandise to accompany it, including the very popular Blanket Time Iggle Piggle. It is firmly aimed at the 0-3 age group, although my daughter is eight and she enjoys it as well (not that she'd admit it!). The characters are very appealing, especially Iggle Piggle, a blue creature who is really cute and mischievious. The most pointless characters in my opinion are the Pontipines; I find them quite scary and I'm 28!

        I think the way that the characters of Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy interact with each other is really sweet; they're very kind to each other and give each other a kiss and a cuddle often. This is a great example to set to our children I think! The show has a real sense of fun about it with an emphasis on helping each other and community.

        I have to say that I can personally only stand about half an hour of this show myself; it tends to be very similar from episode to episode, which is probably why it appeals so much to babies and toddlers who enjoy predictability and a familiar story.

        The run time of this DVD is 140 minutes, and although I wouldn't advocate popping your toddler in front of it for the full length, it is very handy for when you need to pop them down for five or ten minutes while you're busy doing something else! The DVD contains five episodes:

        Igglepiggle's Blanket in Makka Pakka's Ditch
        Jumping for Everybody
        Igglepiggle's Mucky Patch
        The Pinky Ponk Adventure
        Igglepiggle's Blanket Walks About By Itself

        Which all merge into one really!

        The DVD is a "U" certificate so classified as suitable for all, although most adults will fall asleep or crack up if watching it for any length of time!

        There are not a lot of extras on this DVD; there is an audio commentary on the episode "Iggle Piggle's Blanket in Makka Pakka's Ditch", which could be useful for parents as it explains a lot of the educational reasons behind what is happening in the programme, such as the reasoning behind all of the repetition! The DVD also has a feature called "Time To Go To Bed" which shows the characters all settling down to sleep for the night. This could be very useful if your child has a TV in their bedroom, as it continues playing for a long time which could help soothe them to sleep (I'm more of a fan of a book and a song myself but each to their own!)

        UPDATE: My son is now 2 and a half and he still loves this show!

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          24.02.2009 23:15
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          A DVD of lovable characters (your child is bound to love one of them!); good value.

          I purchased this DVD for my son originally, as he was 18 months at the time, and was absolutely enchanted by this programme. It is a DVD of a programme shown on Cbeebies/BBC2 in the mornings, and features characters such as:

          Iggle Piggle (on front cover), Upsy Daisy (his best friend), Makka Pakka (washes everything), the Tombliboos (three dolls which live in a bush and play musical instruments), the Pontipines (very small and lots of them), the Ninky Nonk (crazy train) and Pinky Ponk (airship type thing).

          All these characters live in a garden which only comes alive at night (although it is daytime in the garden) and go about their daily business! Firstly, i'd like to say that when my son first started watching it the music really captured him (and me too!) and is really soft and peaceful, so is maybe a good programme to watch in the evening to wind down. Secondly, I actually enjoyed watching this programme (although now i've seen it so many times it is v boring!) with my son, and we used to laugh at the characters funny actions or singing, for example.

          The DVD features these episodes:
          1. Igglepiggle's blanket in Makka Pakka's Ditch
          2. Jumping for Everybody
          3. Igglepiggle's Mucky Patch
          4. The Pinky Ponk Adventure
          5. Igglepiggle's blanket walks about by itself.

          There is the option of choosing "play all" or "episodes", a subtitles button, and extras (audio commentary & time to go to sleep). There is also nap time mode, where after the episode it will play the intro music with a picture of Iggle Piggle floating in his boat on the ocean.

          ====My Verdict====

          A nice little value-for-money DVD that your child can watch anytime, over and over again by themselves or with you for some quiet time (nap mode) or dancing time (with Upsy Daisy!). Lovely soothing music and lovable characters (my fave is Makka Pakka!).

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            29.10.2008 20:22
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            Hes cute and makes everyone laugh

            The good old Iggle Piggle has been my lifesaver since my daughter started watching television three months ago, she will sit in front of the TV watching this DVD over and over again she is mesmerized by it and loves to shout along she is only nine months and never gets bored. I always find that me and my partner are always sat there watching it with her and are singing along, no were not mad.
            This DVD includes various episodes from Iggle Piggle and friends which includes
            Igglepiggle's blanket in Makka Pakka's Ditch
            Jumping for Everybody
            Igglepiggle's Mucky Patch
            The Pinky Ponk Adventure
            Igglepiggle's blanket walks about by itself.
            There are special features on the DVD were you are able to see each character saying goodnight to your child, nap time mode which is nice for yourself to share a quiet moment with your child and audio commentary with the creators Anne Wood and Andrew Davenport.
            The DVD is suitable for all ages and runs for approximately two hours and twenty minutes; you should be able to get all your cleaning done in that time. I also have to say a big well done to Sir Derek Jacobi the story teller in this i think he is amazing.
            If you would like to see more of Iggle Piggle he is joined by his friends Makka Pakka, Upsy Daisy, Tombliboos plus more you can see him every day on CBeebies at 11.30am, 2.30pm and the last showing at 6.30pm.
            I would advise every parent who has young children to buy this DVD you can purchase it from play.com for a small price of £9.99.

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              26.02.2008 10:28
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              Lovely children's show

              To say Harry is fond of In The Night Garden is a little bit of an understatement. The minutes the first notes of the now infamous theme tune (in my house anyway!) he is absolutely hooked, it's actually quite adorable! So I decided I would use one of my Amazon vouchers to treat my son to a DVD of his new favourite TV show, and it was this one, Hello Iggle Piggle, that I chose for him.

              In the Night Garden is the latest craze for toddler's all over the country, with it being shown on the C-Beebies channel 3 times every day. They are a set of characters who live in the Night Garden, and have lots of fun and games, before going to bed. The show is supposed to settle children down at bed-time and the bed-time scenes help you encourage your child to go to bed like their favourite characters. The characters are Iggle Piggle (the blue one), Upsy Daisy (a ragdoll), Makka Pakka (the small brown one), the Tombliboos (a mad trio of characters), the Pontipines (tiny little people) and the Hahoos (huge inflated things).

              This particular DVD is called Hello Iggle Piggle, and features 5 episodes of In The Night Garden. All the characters appear in each episode, but three of the episodes on this disk are named after Iggle Piggle, so I guess this DVD would be more aimed at fan's of Iggle Piggle. The DVD cover is bright blue, with a large picture of Iggle Piggle in the middle, with the other characters in the background. It is a nice bright DVD and well aimed at children...not so good if you are shopping and they spot it though!

              * The first episode is called Iggle Piggle's Blanket in Makka Pakk's Ditch. Iggle Piggle's beloved disappears much to Iggle Piggle's upset. He sets about going around the garden to look for it, eventually ending up with Makka Pakka helping him to discover where his precious blanket has been left.

              * The second episode is Jumping For Everybody, and probably not one to watch at bedtime! It involves all of the characters starting to jump around the garden, making lots of noises altogether and having lots of fun. Harry starts jumping around the house like a nutty kangaroo when this one is on, its hilarious, so as I said, not the best one for calming children down!

              * Episode 3 is Iggle Piggle's Mucky Patch. Iggle Piggle is dancing on the bridge when he falls down and gets a mud patch of his tummy, which he also gets on his hands. He spreads the muck to Upsy Daisy, and the two set off on the Ninky Nonk (the magical train in the garden) to find Makka Pakka who can clean them with his sponge.

              * The fourth episode is The Pinky Ponk Adventure. The Pinky Ponk is the airship in the garden. Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy and the Pontypines all climb aboard the Pinky Ponk, but have a bit of a mishap when it gets stuck in the trees. The inhabitants of the garden all have to work together to free the ship and get themselves to bed.

              * The final episode on the disk is called Iggle Piggle's Blanket Walks about By Itself, and always has me laughing! Iggle Piggle is walking around the garden when he hangs up his blanket so he can dance properly. But the blanket falls onto Makka Pakka who walks around the garden with the blanket covering him and his Og-Pog (his special bike thing). He eventually blasts it off with his trumpet but the sight of Makka walking around like that is just so funny.

              The DVD also has a couple of special features which I think are quite good. Firstly, there is the option to have an audio-commentary on one of the episodes which is narrated by Anne Wood and Andrew Davenport, who created In The Night Garden together. They talk about the ideas and basis behind the show, why certain features appear in the garden and how the show is made. It lasts for the full duration of an epsiode, but I found it interesting to listen to and find out all about the show from the people who know it best!

              The other special feature is the Nap Time Mode. You turn this on by going to the extras menu, and basically, it starts an episode and allows it to run for its30 minutes, and instead of returning to the main menu at the end, or starting another episode, a screen appears with the In The Night Garden theme song, Iggle Piggle is tucked up with his blanket in his boat leaving a nice peaceful scene, allowing you to get your child to sleep with the aid of the nice music and the image of Iggle PIggle sleeping.

              Time To Go To Sleep is the final special feature on the DVD. This allows you to choose a character on a menu on the screen and watch each of them saying goodnight to you and going to bed, another great thing for prompting your child to go to bed with their favourite characters. I have used this a few times, and Harry loves it and sitting waving at them, saying "night piggle"!

              I got my DVD from Amazon for £8.98, and that is the price all over the internet, but I find prices are higher in the shops. There are also 2 other DVD's in the range, Who's There, and Hello Upsy Daisy, both are available from Amazon. This DVD has a certificate of Uc meaning it is particularly suitable for children and lasts for 140 minutes. It is released by 2Entertain Video and was released in November 2007.

              Thank you for reading!

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                04.02.2008 18:13
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                Great DVD for children

                This has been a very welcome addition to my childrens DVD collection from Father Christmas but maybe not my choice!

                BACKGROUND

                The night garden is a new show which is shown on the CBeebies chanel. Children of all ages enjoy this show which is set in a magical garden which only appears at night. Characters include Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka, Upsy Daisy, the Pontipines and the Tombliboos.

                Despite the weird names and the unusual looks of the characters the children seem to be drawn into the show. None of the characters talk properly but the shows are narrated.


                The DVD contains 5 stories from the popular childrens show.

                STORIES

                1 - Igglepiggle's Blanket in Makka Pakka's Ditch

                This story starts with us seeing Makka Pakka cleaning his Og-Pog and the items which he keeps on it. We then see Igglepiggle come into the garden and he decides he is going to have a walk around but in doing so he leaves his blanket somewhere and cannot rememebr where. He begins to search for it and in doing so he meets Upsy Daisy who helps him search for the blanket
                Maka Pakka then begins toblow his trumpet as he is stuck in his ditch and cannot get out as something is blocking the path, Upsy Daisy and Igglepiggle go to investigate and find that it is his blanket. They all celebrate at him finding his blanket.

                2 - Jumping for Everyone

                This start of this episode see the Pontipines outside of their tiny house but there is only 6 of them and we are then shown where the other 4 are hiding. We then see Upsy Daisy jumping and Igglepiggle decides he would like to join in.
                We are then shown Maka Pakka who is also jumping. The hargooes then wake up and start jumping aswell. The noise from them jumping is heard all around the garden so everyone decides they will jump at the same time.

                3 - Igglepiggle's Mucky Patch

                This edisode starts with Igglepiggle dancing ont he musical bridge. Makka Pakka comes along on the path underneath the bridge and they wave to each other.
                Igglepiggle is having fun on the bridge when he falls down and gets a mucky patch on this tummy. He touches this mucky patch and it spreads to his hands.
                Upsy Daisy comes along and she cuddles him and she too gets the mucky patch on herself and spreads it to her hands.
                They go on the Ninky Nonk to find Makka Pakka so that he can clean them. The fast bumpy ride sees the mucky patch spreading further.
                They find Makka Pakka and he cleans them all and gets rid of the mucky patch.


                4 - The Pinky Ponk Adventure

                At the beginning of this episode we see the Pontipines come out of their house and we count them and then they do a little dance and return inside.
                The Pinky Ponk flies into the garden with the Tomblibooes and Makka Pakka onboard. The Tombliboos and Makka Pakka say hello and dance. We see the Pinky Ponk fly around the garden.
                Upsy Daisy and Igglepiggle are in the garden and they sing and dance and then go off waving.
                The pontipines are out for a walk looking for the Pinky Ponk. The Pinky Ponk lands and we see the Pontipines, Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy getting onboard.
                The Pinky Ponk goes for a fly around the garden but becomes stuck in the branches of the trees. All aboard the Pinky Ponk start to rock forward and back to free the Pinky Ponk. When it is free it lands and we see all the characters get off and then they all go off to bed.

                5 - Igglepiggle's Blanket Walks About by Itself

                This episode again starts with the Pontipines, they come out of their house and we count 6 of them we are then shown where the other 4 are hiding. They come back to the house and they all go inside.
                Igglepiggle is having a walk and a dance around the garden but keeps getting caught up in his blanket so he hangs it onto a tree. The blanket keeps falling down so he has to keep hanging it up. Igglepiggle gos off to dance around the garden.
                Makka Pakka comes along and has a walk around the garden. He goes and says hello to the Pontipines. He comes across the blanket hanging on the tree when it falls down and covers him up. He walks off still covered in the blanket.
                Igglepiggle returns to the tree to collect his blanket but it has gone. He goes off to find it when he comes across it walking around the garden by itself. The blanket comes off Makka Pakka and Igglepiggle gets it back and learns that it wasnt walking by itself. They both celebrate he has his blanket back. We then see all of the characters go off to bed.

                SPECIAL FEATURES

                Time to Go to Sleep - in this you can press on different characters and watch them saying goodnight

                Audio Commentary - this has been made with the creators Anne Wood and Andrew Davenport and is very interesting if you are into finding ut about how it has been made.

                Nap Time Mode - This feature means you can share a quiet moment with your child. The instructions for how to work this feature can be found on the inside of the DVD case.


                MY OPINION

                Personally to me the show is very irritating but my children seem to love it.

                The narrator has a very soothing voice and the children do seem to follow what is going on very easily even though the characters do not speak proper words.

                The characters all have their own signature tune which is sung and danced to everytime they appear on the screen. I have found this is very irritating as the tunes do get stuck in my head and I find myself singing them when I least expect.

                I did have a giggle to myself when Igglepiggles blanket kept falling from the tree onto the floor, my 3 year old said to the TV, 'just leave it on the floor.'

                I have found that this show is great to go to bed after as it calms the boys down.

                Although I am not a fan of this DVD or indead the show my children love it therefore I will recommend this on their opinion alone. Also my Grandmother who is 78 loves this show and enjoys sitting with the boys to watch it!

                DVD INFO

                This DVD was produced in 2007 and is under lisence to to BBC Worldwide Limited

                The DVD runs for approximately 140 minutes.

                It is suitable for any age viewer.

                This DVD can be purchased for around the £10 bracket but shop around as you might find a bargain.

                For more information please visit www.inthenightgarden.co.uk

                I also have this review posted on Ciao! under the same name.

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