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Noddy, Toyland Detective

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Noddy, Toyland Detective
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Noddy, Wasteland Detective
Genre: Animation
Comedy
Mystery
Running Time: 11 minutes
Country: France
United Kingdom
United States
India (animation production)
Release Date: March 26, 2016 - March 22, 2020
Network(s): France 5 (France)
Milkshake (Channel 5; UK)
Universal Kids (US)
Created by: Enid Blyton (original characters)
Distributed by: NBCUniversal
Starring: Louis Ashbourne Serkis
Jonathan Kydd
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 104
Previous show: Noddy in Toyland


Noddy, Toyland Detective (French: Oui-Oui, Enquêtes au Pays des Jouets) is a French-British-American computer-animated series featuring the character Noddy created by Enid Blyton. The series was produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and Gaumont Animation. Commissioned by France Télévisions, it premiered on March 26, 2016, on the platform Zouzous, and aired on France 5, on April 2, 2016.

Plot

Noddy travels to the corners of Toyland with his car, Revs, and dog, Bumpy, to investigate some intriguing mysteries.

Bad Qualities

  1. The animation style is the same to the Netflix era of VeggieTales, but with Noddy slapped onto it.
  2. Miserable grasp and awful research the source material, Toyland looks absolutely nothing like it was from the original books. Also, Noddy is more of a resident rather than a detective, and some of the recurring characters are nowhere to be seen or are even replaced by other pointless newer characters that appeared out of nowhere whatsoever.
    • It didn't make it help that DreamWorks killed Noddy since none of the people working at DreamWorks even did any research or understanding of Noddy in general, showing evidence that their contribution to the Noddy franchise is pointless.
  3. Plot Hole: When did Noddy even become a detective? There was no explanation as to why he became one, making it just happened out of the blue, and for no reason whatsoever. The lack of explanation on when Noddy became a detective makes this Noddy reincarnation 100% full-on pointless.
  4. Much like Bob the Builder (2015), Fireman Sam since Season 6, Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service, Monster High (2016), The Powerpuff Girls (2016), Caillou's New Adventures, and Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! & All Engines Go!, the incarnation tries way too hard to modernize Noddy, but not in a good way, instead of modernizing the show but keeping the same elements and charm from the original show, it tries to modernize Noddy so much to the point it doesn't feel the same show anymore.
  5. Despite being a Noddy show, the character designs are badly made, poorly thought of, and look like rejected Doc McStuffins characters.
    • The worst offender is Noddy, whose face looks awful and badly thought of with a badly made mouth and weirdly animated eyes that look too anime-like for kids' show, he doesn't resemble a wooden doll anymore and looks way more like a human, dumbed down to only having four fingers, and when did he get teeth?!
    • Noddy's car/Revs is given a mouth for his face even though he has headlights for his eyes. And for some obvious reason, his steering wheel is not in the right position since Revs has always been driven on the left side of the road since cars from the UK, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau, and some former-British countries drive on the left instead of the right like in the US, France, Italy, China, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Canada, Mexico or others.
      • hat was the point of naming Noddy's car Revs? It’s like naming SpongeBob’s pineapple "Pina" or naming The Simpsons' house "Housey".
  6. Despite being animated by the same Indian animation company, Xentrix Studios, for the direct video LEGO Scooby-Doo movies and Kamp Koral, the animation, while cute, looks bland and soulless looking, almost feeling like a poorly made game developed by Ubisoft Pune, another Indian company.
  7. The direction from Albert Lazaro (known for directing Pablo the Little Red Fox and Watch My Chops) is just as bad as the lack of proper research.
  8. All the characters, except for Big Ears, are either unlikable, boring or/and are flanderized beyond relief.
    • Noddy went from a likable but naive character to a generic "kid detective" with no personality at all.
    • Clockwork Mouse, in addition to a gender change and a design change, is now a strict and uptight jerk who is quick to jump to conclusions. For example, she accuses Noddy of stealing Fuse's eyebrows in "The Case of the Amazing Eyebrows".
  9. the newer characters introduced appeared completely introduced out of nowhere and are just there. Understandably, DreamWorks wanted to take Noddy on a modern-day approach, but that doesn't work out any well nor was it well-executed because none of the older characters have returned all except for Noddy, Bumpy Dog, Big Ears, Clockwork Mouse and Noddy's car (now called Revs for some reason).
    • The lack of character introductory reasoning shows that there is a huge lack of self-awareness shown from Detective Toyland, not only is that the same problem with Bob the Builder (2015), which is also another bad reboot.
  10. Very gross-out and unfunny moments here and there that cannot be explained.
    • The gross-out moments are unacceptable for the Noddy franchise since Noddy never relied on gross-out.
  11. The voice acting is JUST plain awful. It ranges from annoying and grating to laughably bad, even when it's compared to the infamous US dub for Noddy’s Toyland Adventures (though Catherine Disher as Noddy is still worse), it's still bad.
  12. The songs are poorly sung and sound very annoying due to the bad voice acting (as mentioned above).

Good Qualities

  1. Big Ears, despite his mediocre redesign, is still a likable character as he still has his friendly and fatherly persona from previous incarnations of Noddy (not to mention he wasn't flanderized unlike the other returning characters).
    • Sometimes the other characters are likeable.
  2. As stated above, DreamWorks taking Noddy on a modern-day approach is understandable - nowadays, you're unlikely to see children play with toys from the previous Noddy shows like Victorian teddy bears and Round wobbly dolls and Clockwork mice and instead more modern toys like Playmobil figures, MLP dolls, and Power Rangers action figures. Through that doesn't excuse much on .
  3. There are some good/decent episodes.
  4. The animation is cute and decent at times.
  5. Some decent (or at least passable) funny moments here and there.

Reception

The series received mixed-to-negative reviews from fans of the Noddy series with criticism for being very unfaithful to the books, unlikable characters, bad voice acting, and bland animation.

However, not everyone stood against the reboot. James A. Williams liked the reboot, was very understanding of the changes made, and made a point that not that many kids from the 2010s would play with Victorian teddy bears, round wobbly dolls, and clockwork mice, being why DreamWorks chose to take Noddy on a modern-day approach.

It holds a 5.9/10 on IMDb.

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