If you are somewhere around my age, the name Teletubbies is going to invoke some pretty strong feelings. As kids, however, most people loved them. Their catchy tunes and bright colours kept many children occupied so parents could have a few minutes of quiet. Created in 1997, Teletubbies is one of the most successful children’s brands of all time. The show has managed to reach 1 billion children in 45 different languages.
Those squishy, rolly polly characters are back again. The modernized toys have hit shelves already, just in time for Christmas. Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po are all back, along with some new friends, like Tiddlytubbies, the Tubby Custard Ride, and the Dup Dup. Please don’t ask me to tell you about these new friends – as an adult, this is not exactly making it onto my ‘must watch’ list. But, this show isn’t aimed at the 40-plus crowd.
This classic kids show is available on Family Jr. at 9 am (8:45 am on weekends). You can also catch the Teletubbies online at the Family Jr. website or through the Family Channel app.tele For those wishing to watch it in French, it is available on Telemagino and the Telemagino website.
The television show isn’t the only thing that has been modernized. The new toys now feature all sorts of integrated technology.
We were sent a Lullaby Laa-Laa to take for a test ’snooze’. She is pretty darn cute. Laa-Laa plays nighttime lullabies and displas a soft night-light from her tummy to help your little ones fall asleep. Be careful though, she is slightly hypnotic. Mom and dad have been known to doze off while she is singing. Laa-Laa retails for about $40 MSRP
Walmart and Toys R Us also have the 6” Teletubbies plush, which retail for about $13 apiece.
Regardless of your adult feelings about these squishy little creatures with a language all their own, kids are fascinated and engaged while watching. These four friends continue to teach young viewers to be themselves, help build confidence, and develop communication skills.