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Saturday, 12 May 2007

Too much Justin Fletcher and bad singing on children's telly?

Justin! Fletcher! He gets everywhere!Children's Programmes Justin Fletcher has performed in:

  • The Tweenies
  • Tikkabilla
  • Toddworld
  • Something Special
  • Jimjam and Sunny
  • Shaun The Sheep
  • Chicken Run (the film)
  • as a CBeebies presenter
  • Springwatch/Autumnwatch
  • Boo!

OK, so maybe this is evidence that we have too much Children's TV on (!) but I mainly spotted these because his voice irritates me a bit, which makes it quite easy to identify! I guess this raises the question.. are there that few British Children's TV presenters - along with an inexplicable clutch of stand-up comedians - that he ends up appearing in so many programmes?

Arnie/Barney. An Early Worm at close range, anywayEven further down the barrel (OK, so maybe I'm being a bit unfair now!) comes the singing talents of some of the voice actors. Take, for example, The Early Worms.

Here's an excerpt of their 'Wiggle Song' () , which I consider to be painful listening. Is one of them singing off-key on purpose (so as to encourage the less tonally talented tot to sing along?) or was this a fairly fundamental failure at the audition?

They're not too big, and they're not too toughI would like to redress the balance if possible, by extolling the virtues of my current favourite - Wonderpets. It has the most wonderful semi-classical musical score throughout, and a dialogue which I'm sure takes a leaf out of Charlie and Lola's book(s). It's really charming (and I currently have a potentially very embarrassing ringtone on my mobile phone!)

NickJr currently have a free-for-view episode of Wonderpets online at the moment (certainly in the UK), so here's your chance to tell me how wrong I am!

Wonder Pets ringtones

Wonder Pets Phonemp3 (161kB)amr (21kB)
Wonder Pets Phone Songmp3 (244kB)amr (32kB)
Wonder Pets Phone Ring+Songmp3 (344kB)amr (45kB)

Posted by james at May 12, 2007 11:17 AM

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