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"Little Blue, Little Blue,
Why do they call you little Blue?
Playing in his bath as some of us do,
He bit his mummy's fountain pen and broke it in two..."
Poor old Little Blue was a bright blue elephant. As the title lyrics tell us, this
playful pachyderm was playing in his bath one day when he accidentally bit
his mother's fountain pen in two. Here's the rest:
"The ink it squirted in the water - wow!
His mummy has a blue boy now..."
The premise of the show was obviously all about fitting in. Hard enough when
your a walking talking elephant and everyone around you is human. Harder still,
if you're blue as well...
Little Blue lived with his mother, Mrs Jellybun, in Meadow Cottages. He attended
the local school with his best human friends Kipper Guppy and Agatha, and
not-so favourite friend Geoffrey West, who antagonized Little Blue a fair bit.
Nothing obviously cruel, he was just a little insensitive from time to time.
The teacher, Mrs Gittings, treated Little Blue just the same as everyone
else in her class. Little Blue himself was an exceedingly polite pachyderm,
always minding his "P"s and "Q"s, and making sure to say his prayers before
going to bed - Uncle Oompah wouldn't be amused if he heard about his nephew
getting up to mischief or naughtiness. But little Blue was never particularly
naughty, more mistaken in his efforts to do right, fit in, or correct misdeeds.
Little Blue was created by Iris and Simon Purcell, and brought to life by
Digby Turpin, who had been one of the design team on Halas & Batchelor's
classic Animal Farm. He had also previously collected a BAFTA award in
1957 for his short animated film "Pan-tele-tron".
» Litle Blue isn't the only blue elephant to have starred in a kids tv series.
Witness that most accidental fellow, Bump. And Mumfie was a lighter
shade of grey-blue too...
Little Blue on DVD
You'll also one episode of this droll series on this fab compilation:
Back On 70's Telly - Issue 1
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