Though there are some strict rules around the house for TV timings, Mummy and the Cuties love watching TV and everyone plays their best to fill up the Sky+ memory by recording the same shows/episodes infinite times. And the animations and cartoons are always on out toplist for watching – two main reasons – these can be watched as a family with no Boo… Boo… , change the channel moments and ofcourse they are extremely interesting that some shows just mesmerises me.ching so
And sometimes watching something New other than the Usual ” The Micky Mouse, Club House, Come Inside, there is fun inside!, And Dora, Dora, Dora the Explorer!!!!! and the Peppa Pig and the George the Monkey “……….. makes me feel better, but I hardly get a chance and choice.
So, Recently when we were sent a Olly the Little White Van DVD for review, I was more happy and was sure the children would love it too. We have never heard about this and So this was all New for us to explore and enjoy. This is currently shown on Channel 5’s Milkshake. And though it claims it targets boys and girls aged 2-6 years, I would say both my daughters loved it a lot and specially DD2 who is now riding a big rescue car all the time with tiny little hands.
It is all about Olly the Little White Van who helps his friends as much as he can with driver Stan and feels much happy when he could help someone every day, every moment. Most attractively, the Little white van borrowed the voice from Mr Tumble…………………the Owner of the Magical Voice – Justin Fletcher.
Whenever we watch animations, We love identifying the voices without peeking into the title. And while I was breaking my head to know whose it is!, DD 1 answered me in No time -” it is Mr. Tumble, from Justin’s House ” and there comes the influence of (TV) Mr. Tumble.
The DVD has five New episodes and the one good thing I liked about all of these episodes is., each one is just less than 5 minutes. Dd 2 is usually impatient to sit for more than 5 minutes and this one was just perfect for her to watch. DD 1 is used to watching longer episode so she was a bit surprised to see all the episodes getting over too sooner than she expected. But was able to grasp the moral of it and was able to remember the episode just as it is. Each one has a song with the music that DD 2 enjoys dancing for each (though the stpes are always the same ) The theme tune makes me to hum it all the time.
For some reason I couldn’t get the episodes play continuously but this helped me enjoy the moments when DD2 brings the remote to me to play the next one as soon as an episide is finished. How smart the kids are now a days ! She even knows the remotes for each device at home including the Wii. !!!!
The episodes that were new in this DVD are:
- Suzy’s makeover
- Skyscraper Caper
- Bumpton buses
- The Mystery of the Bumpton ghost
- Ducks and Cover
DD 1 loved The Mystery of the Bumpton ghost and DD 2’s Favourite is always Ducks and Cover. There were few ooooo! that is not nice ! when Suzy the Car was just left by his owner for a makeover! There are few other cute characters including the Jethro the tractor.
For the people who are new to this series, here is some info.;
Olly the Little White Van helps his friends as much as he can. He isn’t a racing car or fire engine, but he and his driver Stan are very good at helping everyone out, every day. Like an enthusiastic puppy he bounds around the village of Bumpton talking to everyone, and is happiest when he is setting up a new bus service to the seaside, helping Alice when she is preparing for her driving test, or sprucing up an old VW.
Olly’s Little Helpers – the production recruited the help of Dr Richard Woolfson during development of the series and now Olly wants to recruit others to be like him and get a lot of fun out of helping. Olly doesn’t always get things right but he is always helpful and tries his best and the series aims to nurture the communicative and caring nature of children. There are a number of downloadable activity ideas on the parents section of the website, with ideas for games to help out at home e.g Matching the colours of socks, helping to care for a new baby, watering plants or feeding the birds.
Target Audience & UK transmission
The series targets boys and girls aged 2-6. In the UK the series started airing on GMTV and CiTV in 2011, then began airing on Cartoonito in 2012 and is now airing dialy on Milkshake at 06.50 as well as Cartoonito and Boomerange. The series is also dotted around the Milkshake schedule in addition to its regular slot.
Overall, Olly the Little White Van is a much loved, fun series for the little ones. It has a Good Moral in every episode. It is very colourful and grabs the attention of the little ones and has cute little characters in it. It does not teach your children numbers and shapes but the good behaviour that would help them and others in life. It gets a Huge like from Mummy and the Cuties. And you can make your little ones more engaged with loads of activities at the website Olly the Little White Van