On Wednesday, Netflix announced a slate of preschool programming, including a reboot of the long-running show Teletubbies, which will debut on the streaming platform in November. The series ran for nine seasons over 19 years, first from 1997 until 2001, and then again from 2015 until 2018. Originally created for the BBC, the series centers on four different-colored characters known as Teletubbies, each of whom He has a TV screen in his stomach, a uniquely shaped antenna on his head, and he communicates with meaningless sounds. The characters are designed in the style of young children and attract them in the first place.
During its peak, the series won several BAFTA Awards and was nominated for two Emmys. It spawned a best-selling album and generated nearly $2 billion in merchandise sales. Netflix revival will be listed by Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Star Titus Burgess.
You can see the first look at the new Teletubbies less.
While the original series ended years ago, it hasn’t been out of circulation for long. Episodes have been replayed on Pluto TV and the Noggin and Nick Jr. app.
Despite their immense popularity, the most distinct impression of pop culture made by Teletubbies is probably a meaningless debate in the United States. In 1999, a TV follower claimed that Tinky Winky – the purple Teletubby, who carried a bag that some say resembled a woman’s handbag – was a “gay role model”. Some religious and conservative voices complained that the show was quietly subversive to its young audience as a result. The BBC released an official response, explaining that “Tinky Winky is just a cute, tech kid with a magical bag.” Ken Vesselman of Itsy-Bitsy Entertainment, one of the production studios involved in the series, later said, “He’s not gay. He’s not straight. He’s just a character on a children’s series.”
Here’s the official Netflix synopsis:
Join colorful friends Tinky Winky, Dipsy, La-Laa and Po on adventures filled with wonder as they learn and grow in the 21st century update of the beloved preschool series, now narrated by Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). Each episode includes new and original songs from “Tummy Tales” that will have the whole family dancing!
Other series announced as part of Today’s preschool lineup include soul guards (November 10), about three brothers help protect the land and souls of the national park they call home; And the princess of power (2023) based on the book princesses wear pants Written by Savannah Guthrie and Alison Oppenheim.