Tinga Tinga Tales

British-Kenyan animated television series

Tinga Tinga Tales is a British–Kenyan flash animated children's television series, based on African folk tales, aimed at 4 to 6-year-olds. It was commissioned by the BBC for its CBeebies channel, and by Disney Channel for its Disney Junior block. Named after Tingatinga art from Tanzania,[2] Tinga Tinga Tales was produced in Nairobi, Kenya by Homeboyz Animation,[3] a studio of approximately 50 people.[2] The music is produced by Kenyan singer-songwriter Eric Wainaina.[4] The series comprises 55 episodes.

Tinga Tinga Tales
GenreChildren's Television
Voices ofEugene Muchiri
Shaun Parkes
Johnnie Fiori
Lenny Henry
Patrice Naiambana
Miriam Margolyes
Theme music composerEric Wainaina
Aaron Rimbui
Opening theme"Tinga Tinga Tinga"
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • Kenya
Original language(s)English
Swahili
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52[1]
Production
Running time11 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorClassic Media
Release
Original networkCBeebies
Original release1 February 2010 (2010-02-01) –
31 March 2011 (2011-03-31)
Other websites
Website

The series was first conceived by Claudia Lloyd, head of animation at the London-based Tiger Aspect Productions, while travelling through Africa. The first three episodes premiered on the BBC website in early February 2010. The distribution rights have been bought by Entertainment Rights (which in 2009 merged with Classic Media, then in 2012 it was acquired by DreamWorks Animation and renamed into DreamWorks Classics, and ultimately became the property of Universal Television in 2016).[5]

SynopsisEdit

Tinga Tinga Tales is centered on various animated animals and employs music, dialogue, and colorful imagery to tell African folk tales about the origins of animals, all narrated by a red monkey, and to answer questions such as, "Why do monkeys swing in the trees and flamingos stand on one leg?"[6]

CharactersEdit

Main charactersEdit

  • Red Monkey (voice by Eugene Muchiri (UK)/Geoffrey Curtin (US)): He is the narrator for all episodes.
  • Elephant (voice by Lenny Henry)
  • Lion (voice by Patrice Naiambana)
  • Tortoise (voice by Shaun Parkes)
  • Hippo (voice by Johnnie Fiori)
  • Tickbird (voice by Tameka Empson (UK)/Elizabeth Curtin (US))
  • Orange Monkey (voice by Ben Spybey)
  • Yellow Monkey (voice by Faraaz Meghani)

Supporting charactersEdit

  • Buffalo (voice by Lenny Henry)
  • Bat (voice by Prince Abura (UK)/Jules de Jongh (US))
  • Frog (voice by Wakanyote Njuguna)
  • Warthog (voice by Kennie Andrews)
  • Porcupine (voice by Catherine Wambua)
  • Crocodile (voice by Edward Kwach)
  • Chameleon (voice by Patrick Kayeki (UK)/Kerry Shale (US))
  • Hare (voice by Felix Dexter (UK)/John Guerrasio (US))
  • Vulture (voice by Felix Dexter (UK)/Lorelei King (US))
  • Giraffe (voice by Miriam Margolyes)
  • Lizard (voice by Junior Simpson)
  • Eagle (voice by Ninia Benjamin)
  • Mosquito (voice by Ninia Benjamin)
  • Bushbaby (voice by Bhumi Patel)
  • Cheetah (voice by Angelina Koinange (UK)/Sophie Okonedo (US))
  • Cubs (voice by Tracy Rabar, Mikayla Odera, Cullie Ruto)
  • Snake (voice by Johnny Daukes (UK)/Dan Russell (US))
  • Aardvark (voice by Johnny Daukes)
  • Puffadder (voice by Johnny Daukes)
  • Jackal (voice by Terence Reis)
  • Rhino (voice by Terence Reis)
  • Ants (voice by Terence Reis)
  • Chief Ant (voice by Peter King)
  • Lieutenant Ant (voice by Eric Wainaina)
  • Wildebeests (voice by Terence Reis)
  • Zebra (voice by Eddie Kadi (UK)/Dan Russell (US))
  • Parrot (voice by Eddie Kadi)
  • Flamingo (voice by Flaminia Cinque)
  • Ostrich (voice by Janet Suzman)
  • Camel (voice by Paul Shearer in season 1 and Jim Cummings in season 2)
  • Dragonfly (voice by Corine Onyango)
  • Leopard – (voice by Dona Croll)
  • Hyena (voice by Stephen K Amos)
  • Millipede/Pediless (voice by Stephen K Amos)
  • Baboon (voice by Anton Rice)
  • Guinea Fowl (voice by Rosemary Leach)
  • Meerkat (voice by Morwenna Banks)
  • Impala (voice by Claudia Lloyd)
  • Bees (voice by Claudia Lloyd)
  • Queen Bee (voice by Penelope Keith)
  • Cricket (voice by Derek Griffiths)
  • Tinga Tinga Birds (voice by Atemi Oyungu, Muthoni Mburu)

North American charactersEdit

Asian charactersEdit

Ocean charactersEdit

  • Whale (voice by Ruth Madoc)
  • Crab (voice by Terence Reis)
  • Fish (voice by Claudia Lloyd)

Mysterious charactersEdit

EpisodesEdit

Pilot (2005)Edit

  • 0. Tinga Tinga Tales (2005)

Series 1 (2010)Edit

  • 1. Why Elephant Has a Trunk (1 February 2010)
  • 2. Why Snake Has No Legs (18 March 2010)
  • 3. Why Hippo Has No Hair (22 February 2010)
  • 4. Why Tortoise Has a Broken Shell (3 February 2010)
  • 5. Why Hen Pecks the Ground (8 February 2010)
  • 6. Why Bat Hangs Upside-down (26 February 2010)
  • 7. Why Warthog is So Ugly (16 February 2010)
  • 8. Why Owl's Head Turns All the Way Round (4 February 2010)
  • 9. Why Monkeys Swing in the Trees (15 February 2010)
  • 10. Why Tickbird Sits on Hippo's Back (15 March 2010)
  • 11. Why Frog Croaks (19 February 2010)
  • 12. Why Spider Has a Tiny Waist (9 February 2010)
  • 13. Why Vulture is Bald (10 February 2010)
  • 14. Why Giraffe Has a Long Neck (2 February 2010)
  • 15. Why Porcupine Has Quills (23 February 2010)
  • 16. Why Lizard Hides Under Rocks (5 February 2010)
  • 17. Why Crocodile Has a Bumpy Back (16 March 2010)
  • 18. Why Jackal Howls at the Moon (18 February 2010)
  • 19. Why Hare Hops (24 February 2010)
  • 20. Why Mosquito Buzzes (12 March 2010)
  • 21. Why Rhino Charges (17 February 2010)
  • 22. Why Caterpillar is Never in a Hurry (11 February 2010)
  • 23. Why Lion Roars (12 February 2010)
  • 24. Why Zebra Has Stripes (17 March 2010)
  • 25. Why Flamingo Stands on One Leg (19 March 2010)
  • 26. Why Woodpecker Pecks (29 April 2010)

Series 2 (2010-11)Edit

  • 27. Why Ostrich Sticks Her Head in the Ground (22 November 2010)
  • 28. Why Camel Has a Hump (23 November 2010)
  • 29. Why Wildebeest Stampede (24 November 2010)
  • 30. Why Chameleon Changes Colour (25 November 2010)
  • 31. Why Leopard Has Spots (26 November 2010)
  • 32. Why Hyena Has Short Back Legs (29 November 2010)
  • 33. Why Ants Work Together (30 November 2010)
  • 34. Why Flea Jumps (1 December 2010)
  • 35. Why Hummingbird Hums (2 December 2010)
  • 36. Why Baboon Has a Bare Bottom (3 December 2010)
  • 37. Why Bees Sting (6 December 2010)
  • 38. Why Peacock Struts (7 December 2010)
  • 39. Why Aardvark Has a Sticky Tongue (8 December 2010)
  • 40. Why Whale Spouts (9 December 2010)
  • 41. Why Parrot Can't Keep a Secret (10 December 2010)
  • 42. Why Bushbaby Has Big Eyes (21 March 2011)
  • 43. Why Guinea Fowl Has Dots (22 March 2011)
  • 44. Why Buffalo Has Horns (23 March 2011)
  • 45. Why Puffadder Sheds His Skin (24 March 2011)
  • 46. Why Eagle Rules the Skies (25 March 2011)
  • 47. Why Skunk Smells (26 March 2011)
  • 48. Why Cricket Chirrups (27 March 2011)
  • 49. Why Mole Lives Underground (28 March 2011)
  • 50. Why Squirrel Gathers Nuts (29 March 2011)
  • 51. Why Meerkat is Always on the Lookout (30 March 2011)
  • 52. Why Cheetah Has Tears (31 March 2011)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Chonghaile, Clar Ni (8 July 2010). "Tinga Tinga puts Kenyan animation on the map". The Africa Report. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gibson, Owen (26 June 2008). "BBC to tell children why giraffes have long necks in Tinga Tinga Tales". The Guardian/. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  3. Bynum, Aaron H. (20 November 2009). "Africa Animation in 'Tinga Tinga Tales'". animationinsider.net. Animation Insider. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012.
  4. The BBC on Tinga Tinga Tales: Music by Eric Wainaina.
  5. The Times on Entertainment Rights
  6. "Tinga Tinga Tales". abc.net.au/. Retrieved 25 January 2014.

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