Alphablocks

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Alphablocks
Genre Learning
Pre-School
Written by Max Allen
Joe Elliot
Neil & Annabel Richards
Maurice Suckling
Voices of Teresa Gallagher
David Holt
Lizzie Waterworth
Composer(s) Ben Lee-Delisle
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 91 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Rebecca Shallcross
Joe Elliot
Producer(s) Sioned Wyn Roberts
Running time 3 minutes (series 1)
5 minutes (series 2–4)
Production company(s) Magic Lantern Productions (Season 1)
Alphablocks (later episodes)
Broadcast
Original channel CBeebies
Picture format Widescreen
Original airing 5 January 2006 (2006-01-05)
Other websites
Official website
Production website

Alphablocks is a British CGI-animated children's educational television programme that tries to teach children how to spell with the use of animated blocks representing each letter. It is animated by Blue-Zoo and produced by Alphablocks Ltd.[1] Once the Alphablocks discover that whenever they make a word it comes to life, many new adventures in Alphaland can be created. This is meant to help preschool children with learning the alphabet, spelling, reading and writing.

Characters[change | change source]

Name Main Colour Information
A Light and dark green She likes to sing and help the other vowels. She has a plaster (Band-Aid) on her cheek and apples keep falling on her head. In "Prank" she discovered a red clown nose and played jokes on all of the other Alphablocks.
B Light blue and red-orange She plays the bass guitar and is D's younger sister.
C Red and white with blue stars The only letter who performs stunts. She wears goggles and makes cracks in the ground. She is K's sister. She often worries why she's even a letter because she makes the same sound as K.
D Purple and bright green He is a proper cube shape and he plays the drum kit. He is B's older brother. His catchphrases include "Don't despair" and "Disaster!"
E Red He is the busiest letter in the alphabet. His 'eh's echo from the megaphone he uses. He also becomes Magic E who is red with a top hat and a black ninja outfit to make the other vowels say their names. There is also Silent E. He has the same look as Magic E, but he does not wear a top hat. In "Sleep" all he wanted to do is to rest his sleepy head, but the other Alphablocks had other plans in mind.
F Purple and white with orange visor She is into floating and blowing. She is designed like an astronaut with a small life-support backpack. She can fly about in the air or in outer space. Her 'ffff' sound is used to represent the sound of a rocket-pack attached to her.
G Green She looks like a plant with flowers on her sides and grassy hair. Sometimes she drinks water, and when that happens her hair grows.
H Yellow and red She likes to run, but she can get tired when running. Her 'h-h-h-h' sound is panting.
I Fuchsia Her singing can be too loud sometimes but the Alphablocks really like her singing. She is also self-absorbed and thinks she is the most important letter (reflecting the use of 'I' to refer to oneself, or the first person).
J Blue and white with orange 'beak' She looks like a penguin, but thinks she is a jay bird. She thinks she can sing and fly like a real jay.
K Yellow, with a green jersey and red pants He likes to kick his football. He is C's brother. Sometimes he fights with her because the hard C makes the same sound as K.
L Lilac-pink with green socks She loves to sing songs with her 'luh-luh-luh' sound. She sings a special lullaby to help the others get to sleep.
M White with blue feet He is dressed up as a chef and likes to eat things (even things that are not food) which makes him quite greedy. This can annoy the other Alphablocks.
N Vermilion He is quite stubborn and negative. He says "No" even if he means yes and speaks with a thick Scottish accent. In "Ants", A, P, T, and S were blaming him for nothing, which made him very upset. In "Little Red N" he faced a challenge when the dog, the cat, and the pig refused to help him make bread out of wheat. In "Band", he plays an N-shaped electric guitar.
O Orange He does not speak, only being able to make his "o" sound, but he likes to investigate lots of things with his magnifying glass.
P Bright green, blue and purple with white stars and dark green pointed shoes She can appear and disappear by making a popping noise and it can scare the others when they are busy. She appears to be a pixie. She is very sweet and loves to helps her friends.
Q Green with indigo hair She is an old green woman who dresses like a queen and wants to be quite quarrelling. She is also in love with U, which is who she also needs to make her 'qu' or 'q' sound, but he always runs away nude q's naked q's botton.
R Red and black She looks like a pirate (reflecting the stereotypical "arrrrrr" pirate exclamation), and she has a tomboy personality. She has a habit of trilling the 'R''s in her words, which also reflects 'typical' pirate speech and her letter sound.
S Red, white, blue, orange, green, and yellow She resembles a beach ball. She can inflate and deflate and fly about. In "Clap" she became depressed when she questioned her status as a letter, because she makes the same sound as soft C.
T Navy blue He wears a monocle and has a white moustache. He really likes drinking tea. He says "t, t" when he is out of tea. He is one of the consonants who appears a lot. (In fact, he is the second-busiest Alphablock in Alphaland.) He refers to his name as "Tea".
U Light blue with purple shoes He wears square glasses and is quite moody. He always runs away from Q (probably because she wants to be quite quarrelling). He usually says words like "unfair" or "unbelievable".
V Red and white He is a racing driver who is very fast with his steering wheel and has feathers on his arms. His 'v-v-v' sound is his "vroom".
W Dark blue He cries when he gets hurt or when he is upset, causing floods everywhere. His 'w-w-w' sound is wailing. He refers to his name as his sound.
X Gold and blue with white socks and red cape He is a superhero called The Exciting X who has X-ray vision. In "Plusman", he became Plusman when he accidentally hit his head on the ceiling, causing his letter shape to go all wonky and turn into a plus sign, and he turned red with a different personality. He then had the power to make compound words - putting two words together into one. In the same episode, he showed how he became Plusman with his laser by rotating his X the same way his letter shape did and made the compound word 'lunchbox'.
Y Yellow He is the youngest Alphablock after O and the only consonant who can make a semivowel sound (see Series 1, Episode 4). He perseveres even if he has trouble doing things.
Z Lime green with silver-white beard He is the oldest Alphablock with a walking stick (cane) and can sleep almost anywhere (reflecting the "zzz" sound commonly used to represent the sound of sleeping or snoring in comic books).

Other characters[change | change source]

  • Birthday Girl
  • Cowboy
  • Singing Cow
  • Puppy
  • Female Cat
  • Rats
  • Bats

Episodes[change | change source]

Season 1[change | change source]

Number Title Release
1 Alphablocks 02006-01-05 January 5 2006
2 Bee 02006-01-06 January 6 2006
3 Top 02006-01-07 January 7 2006
4 Why 02006-01-08 January 8 2006
5 Key 02006-01-09 January 9 2006
6 Glow 02006-01-10 January 10 2006
7 Sing 02006-01-11 January 11 2006
8 Band 02006-01-12 January 12 2006
9 Party 02006-01-13 January 13 2006
10 Cha Cha Cha 02006-01-14 January 14 2006
11 Race 02006-01-15 January 15 2006
12 Moon 02006-01-16 January 16 2006
13 Alphalympics 02006-01-17 January 17 2006
14 Sail 02006-01-18 January 18 2006
15 UFO 02006-01-19 January 19 2006
16 Fox 02006-01-20 January 20 2006
17 Surprise 02006-01-21 January 21 2006
18 Bus 02006-01-21 January 21 2006
19 Space 02006-01-22 January 22 2006
20 Hide 02006-01-22 January 22 2006
21 Quiet 02006-01-23 January 23 2006
22 Map 02006-01-24 January 24 2006
23 Jaybird 02006-01-25 January 25 2006
24 Note 02006-01-25 January 25 2006
25 Zzzzz 02006-01-25 January 25 2006
26 Magic (Magic E's Song) 02006-01-26 January 26 2006

Season 2[change | change source]

Number Title Release
27 Taps 02006-01-27 January 27 2006
28 In 02006-01-28 January 28 2006
29 Man 02006-01-29 January 29 2006
30 Din 02006-01-29 January 29 2006
31 Dog 02006-01-29 January 29 2006
32 Cat 02006-01-29 January 29 2006
33 Pen 02006-01-30 January 30 2006
34 Up 02006-01-30 January 30 2006
35 Red 02006-01-30 January 30 2006
36 Hen 02006-01-31 January 31 2006
37 Bop 02006-02-01 February 1 2006
38 Fred 02006-02-02 February 2 2006
39 Hill 02006-02-03 February 3 2006
40 Van 02006-02-04 February 4 2006
41 Zap 02006-02-04 February 4 2006
42 Dot 02006-02-04 February 4 2006
43 Lips 02006-02-04 February 4 2006
44 Web 02006-02-05 February 5 2006
45 Box 02006-02-05 February 5 2006
46 Quick 02006-02-05 February 5 2006
47 Kick 02006-02-06 February 6 2006
48 Wig 02006-02-06 February 6 2006
49 Rainbow 02006-02-06 February 6 2006
50 On 02006-02-06 February 6 2006
51 ABC 02006-02-07 February 7 2006
52 The Cat Sat on The Mat 02006-02-08 February 8 2006

Season 3[change | change source]

Number Titles Release
53 Wish 02006-03-02 March 2 2006
54 Snowman 02006-03-03 March 3 2006
55 Win 02006-03-04 March 4 2006
56 Hat 02006-03-05 March 5 2006
57 Little Red N 02006-03-06 March 6 2006
58 Dots 02006-03-07 March 7 2006
59 Frog on a Dog 02006-03-08 March 8 2006
60 Best 02006-03-09 March 9 2006
61 Fit 02006-03-10 March 10 2006
62 Odd 02006-03-11 March 11 2006
63 Champ 02006-03-12 March 12 2006
64 Song 02006-04-01 April 1 2006
65 Thing 02006-04-02 April 2 2006
66 Train 02006-04-03 April 3 2006
67 Beep 02006-04-04 April 4 2006
68 Tightrope 02006-04-05 April 5 2006
69 Toad 02006-08-01 August 1 2006
70 Book 02006-08-02 August 2 2006
71 Hey! 02006-08-03 August 3 2006
72 Card 02006-08-04 August 4 2006
73 The End 02006-08-05 August 5 2006
74 How Now, Brown Cow? 02006-08-06 August 6 2006
75 Fair 02006-09-01 September 1 2006
76 Ants 02006-09-02 September 2 2006
77 Ink 02006-09-03 September 3 2006
78 Crash! 02006-09-04 September 4 2006

Season 4[change | change source]

Number Title Release
79 Four 02006-10-01 October 1 2006
80 Clap 02006-10-03 October 3 2006
81 Prank 02006-10-05 October 5 2006
82 Plusman 02006-10-07 October 7 2006
83 Alphabet 02006-10-09 October 9 2006
84 Name 02006-11-01 November 1 2006
85 Sleep 02006-11-02 November 2 2006
86 Mine 02006-11-03 November 3 2006
87 Home 02006-11-04 November 4 2006
88 Blue 02006-11-05 November 5 2006
89 Outlaw 02006-11-06 November 6 2006
90 Birthday Girl 02006-11-07 November 7 2006
91 Cowboy 02006-11-08 November 8 2006

Movie (2008)[change | change source]

Number Titles Release
1 Alphablocks: The Movie March 6, 2008


Numberblocks[change | change source]

In January 2017, Numberblocks debuted on CBeebies. This new show takes on a similar approach to Alphablocks, though with numbers instead of the letters of the alphabet. Like Alphablocks, It is also animated by Blue-Zoo.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Alphablocks". Blue Zoo Animation Studio. 
  2. "Blue Zoo Animation's 'Numberblocks' Launching on CBeebies". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 

Other websites[change | change source]