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In The Night Garden (ITNG) used to be my daughters favourite programme ever and as it was showed on Cbeebie's every night during the bedtime hour she soon associated it with going to bed. I wanted to try and bring her bedtime earlier a little and of course, had to get some ITNG DVD's to put on before her new bedtime. One of these is this Hello Tombliboo's DVD.
It is really hard to explain what ITNG is all about, it's almost like someone was high on drugs when them came up with the idea for this. Iggle Piggle, a blue martian weird thing starts every episode by drifting off on this boat to the Night Garden, I'm guessing it's a place of dreams. The episode then starts and contains various different adventures. There are quite a few characters, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka, Iggle Piggle and The Pontipines to name a few. The episodes feature a variety of different songs and each character has their own little song to introduce them. Upsy Daisy loves to inflate her skirt wherever she goes and Makka Pakka has a weird thing for washing stones.
This DVD features five different epsiodes: Too Loud Tombliboo's, The Tombliboo's Busy Day, Tombliboo Trousers, Tombliboo Ooo drinks everybody else's Pinky Ponk Juice and Tower Of 5. Each episode is normally just under half an hour and this DVD has a total running time of 141 minutes. I won't go into detail about every episode but will outline one just so you get the gist of it.
Too Loud Tombliboo's starts in the normal way with Iggle Piggle travelling to the Night Garden. We first meet the Pontipines, ten small characters that live in a house together as a family, and hear their song, then we get transported the the Tombliboo bush where the Tombliboo's live, the Tombliboo's are three characters, Ooo, Eee and Unn. We go inside the house and watch the Tobliboo's making music with the piano and drums, it really is quite a racket. Makka Pakka is going about his own business when he hears the Tombliboo's music and tries to alert them but can't, the same goes for Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy too. The Pontipines have no peace in their home so they decide to do something about it, they climb on top of the Tombliboo bush and jump up and down to get the attention of Ooo, Eee and Unn who then play along with the beat of the jumping and they start to make good music. The episode ends with a cartoon round up of everything that happened in the episode.
This DVD focuses around the Tombliboo's with four of the five episodes being mainly about the three characters who often lose their trousers. They are my favourite characters and I'm glad there was a DVD available to buy that is based on these as usually DVD's are about the three main characters, Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka. My daughter loves the Tombliboo's too so I don't particularly mind sitting through one of these episodes.
My daughter is nearly four years old now and is tiring from the children's programmes she once loved so this DVD doesn't really get played anymore as she gets bored half way through an episode. That being said, she used to sit and watch an episode attentively when she was younger. With each episode being so long I definitely only think one should be watched at a time, you can choose which episode you want to watch from the main screen or you can choose to play all. It's definitely not a DVD us as parents can sit and watch, well I can't really watch it as it is too out there, weird and annoying for my liking but saying that, I don't mind watching it that badly when the Tombliboo's are the main characters.
This DVD usually costs between £7 and £10 and I personally think it's a bit on the pricey side for a children's character programme DVD. I definitely got my monies worth though as it was an effective way of bringing my daughters bedtime earlier without her noticing. I definitely think it's better for toddlers and don't recommend watching the episodes one after the other otherwise you will be there watching ITNG all day!
I wasn't introduced to the world of In The Night Garden (ITNG) until I had my little girl in 2008 and both my little girl and I haven't looked back since. I had heard about the new "in" programme which was aimed at the baby and pre-school age group, but I wasn't totally convinced and decided I needed to check it out for myself. I was initially worried that ITNG would be similar to the dreadful Teletubbies, but thankfully my worries were unfounded! Having watched a few episodes on BBC 2, I decided to invest in one of the ITNG DVDs and this one - Hello Tombliboos - seemed as good as any (plus I think it was a tiny bit cheaper than the others at the time!).
For those of you who haven't seen the programme, it is a bright and colourful television programme which centres around a core group of characters - Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka, the Tombliboos, the Pontipines, the Wottingers and the Haahoos. Each episode is set in "the Night Garden" which is a garden/forestry environment and tends to include a number of characters listed above as well as the Ninky Nonk and the Pinky Ponk (both ingenious modes of transport!). Each episode lasts for approximately 30 minutes.
This DVD is produced by the BBC who make ITNG and the cover boasts that the running time of the DVD is over 2 hours, which is made up of the following 5 episodes:
1) Too Loud Tombliboos
2) The Tombliboo's Busy Day
3) Tombliboos Tower of Five
4) Tombliboo Ooo drinks everybody else's Pinky Ponk Juice
5) Tombliboo Trousers
As you may guess, each episode on the DVD mainly features the colourful characters which are the Tombliboos - namely Tombliboo Ooo, Tombliboo Unn and Tombliboo Eee, although the other characters feature heavily too, so your child can still get their Iggle Piggle fix! My little girl doesn't seem to have a favourite character and she doesn't seem to care that the stories on the DVD are primarily based around the Tombliboos.
It is easy to choose which episode you wish to watch on the DVD's main menu, which appears after a little montage of other programme's made/shown on the BBC (which really has quite a funky little tune to it!). You have the option to watch all of the episodes or to select a favourite from the list above. After waiting a while on the menu screen, the episodes start to play automatically (handy for if you've temporarily lost the DVD remote!). There is also an option to select before viewing your chosen episode which selects "nap time mode". This means that after the 30 minute show is over, instead of going back to the menu, the DVD shows a sort of screensaver of Iggle Piggle in his boat and plays soothing instrumentals of each of the character's songs, which is a nice touch.
All of the episodes on the DVD are good and hold my little girl's attention nicely. She especially likes waving at Iggle Piggle at the end when it's time for him to go to bed, which is very cute! We don't have a favourite episode, but Too Loud Tombliboos (where the Tombliboos play their instruments so loudly that none of the other characters can get them to hear) is probably the most played due to the fact that it's the first episode on the playlist. Tombliboos Trousers is also good fun and is based about the fact that the characters trousers just will not stay up and keep falling down!
I would recommend getting this DVD if you have a child who is a fan of ITNG. I can't compare it to the other ITNG DVD's but I would assume that they are all in the same format, just with different episodes.
This DVD is currently available to buy from Amazon for the bargainous price of £6.85.