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In The Night Garden - Hello Igglepiggle (DVD)
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In The Night Garden - Hello Igglepiggle (DVD)
Date: 09/01/10, updated on 09/02/10 (19 review reads)
Advantages: Sends your child off to sleep, keeps them quiet, educational
Disadvantages: You might fall asleep as well
Runing time: 140 minutes
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!
Summary: One for the collection...