How great was the premiere of Miffy last night on Tiny Pop?
For a tots TV programme, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but as it was Miffy, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
I was intrigued to see what the story lines were like, use of language and humour to see how they transformed the vision of Miffy from the iconic square books into 7 minute shows.
Just like the Miffy books, the 7 minute long programmes are super colourful using a simple contrasting colour palate. This is great for little ones as it makes the characters bolder and provides less distractions. It’s also the perfect length of time to capture their attention for a whole episode.. a feat that is rare for little ones!
Sometimes, narration on a kids TV programme can feel more like a pundit, commenting on exactly what they are doing – which as an adult can get a little annoying especially with the over animated voices. But this narration was actually bearable, with the narrator talking to Miffy to ask probing questions, just as an adult would.
I also appreciated that when Miffy speaks she has a very clear accent without going to the extreme of ‘Rupert Bear’. She’s still a little girl after all! This is really important for little ones learning how to talk as I dread the day that Georgia enjoys such monotonous programmes such as In the Night Garden or Telletubbies, learning words that don’t even exist. I understand that that sort of format is great for kids because of its repetitiveness, but will turn any adult brain to mush in seconds.
The plot lines in Miffy are as sturdy as they are in the books. In the first episode, ‘Miffy and the Puddles’, Miffy is sat by her window staring out to the rain, feeling a little grumpy as she can’t play outside with her friends. Well, she needn’t fear as her friends pop over and they have a game of hide and seek (with a very wet dog), chase and jumping in puddles when the rain has stopped.
It even made me laugh at the end (spoiler alert) when she jumps waist deep in the puddle in a very Vicar of Dibley fashion. Clearly taking a steer on their plotline from the moment where the Vicar – on a romantic walk – jumps into a puddle which turns out to be more like a plunge pool.
Very funny Miffy.
In the second episode, Uncle Pilot joins the cast and asks Miffy to help him carry a box that contains a gift that has ‘something to do with a dragon’. Once inside Miffy’s house, Uncle Pilot goes straight for a cup of tea (very realistic… it’s the first thing I do round someone’s house!). Miffy then sees Melanie (who in ‘Miffy and Melanie’ book was a pen friend from a distant country who now seems to live nearby) and they open the gift to see what they believe is a dragon egg which they try to hatch.
Only problem is, it’s a dragon fruit! Much fun and hilarity ensues.
Overall, Miffy is quite captivating for those 7 minutes, with soft storylines that are appropriate for a pre-bedtime showing of being fun and amusing without too much excitement and without numbing the minds of parents.
We’ll be tuning in again soon!
*Please note, I was asked to honestly review Miffy on behalf of Miffy and as such this is a sponsored post.