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The Numtums

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The Numtums
Created byBarry Quinn
Directed byMark Taylor (series 2–3)
Voices of
Composers
  • Paul Moessl
  • Francis Haines (series 2–3)
  • Barrie Bignold (series 2–3)
  • Kate Ockenden (series 2–3)
  • Dave Howman (series 3)
  • André Jacquemin (series 3)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes77 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Tony Reed
  • Henrietta Hurford-Jones
Producers
  • Lotte Elwell
  • Katherine McQueen
  • Barry Quinn
Running time
  • 5 minutes
  • 11 minutes
Production companyBBC
Original release
NetworkCBeebies
Release27 February 2012 (2012-02-27) –
16 December 2014 (2014-12-16)

The Numtums is a British computer-animated children's television series. It was created by Barry Quinn for CBeebies.[1]

Characters

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The Numtums

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  • Stanley (also named Zero) is a shapeshifting Numpup in his yellow number zero.
  • Bendy Go (also named One) is the tallest Numtum in his green number one.
  • Dar Dar (also named Two) is skateboarder Numpup in her pink number two.
  • Champer (also named Three) is the highest jumper in his yellow number three.
  • Gladdy (also named Four) acts as the parental figure of the Numpups, she likes neatness in her blue number four.
  • Little Sandy (also named Five) is the smartest Numpup, and a scientist in her pink number five.
  • Flinders (also named Six) is a very old Numtum and gives the Numpups adventures in his green number six.
  • Humpty Doo (also named Seven) is the hungriest Numpup in his light blue number seven.
  • Coogee (also named Eight) is a baby Numpup in her yellow number eight.
  • Hobart (also named Nine) is a very talented dancing Numtum in his light green number nine.
  • Nimbin (also named Ten) is a painting Numtum in her purple number ten.
  • Super Numtum (also named Infinity) is a superhero Numtum in his invisible number infinity.

The Numtums Bucko (also named Eleven) to Rooloo (also named Thirty) were planned to be in the series, but they were never released.

The Alphatums from Alpho (also named A) toe Zeedee (also named Z) were also planned to be released

Alphie (formerly named Letter A in series 1) is an adventurous numpup he loves his letters and play games in his dark yellow letter A's His robot's called Axl

Bulbie / Belbie in UK (formerly named Letter B in series 1) she is a bubbly and bouncy numpup and loves balloons but can get easily bemused in her Red Orange letter B's Her robot's called Bolt

Cuckee (formerly named Letter C in series 1) is a cheerful numpup He is a high and cool and cheeky jumper he is creative and love to add color on almost every dull thing in his orange letter C's his robot's called Clank

Dardo (formerly named Letter D in series 1) She is a daring and dotty numpup and have big dreams in her purple letter D's her robot's called Dock and she has Dog who's her cousin her name is Dixie who is yellow and white

Eedeliee (formerly named Letter E in series 1) Is an excellent numpup who turns invisible when a silent numbat but was shown to be an edible eater in her focus episode in her sky blue letter E's her robot is called is called Edit

Fickers (formerly named Letter F in series 1) Is quite of a fusspot numbat but his stories can bring in the numpups in adventures his green letter F's his robot is called Fusey

Gigglegag / Goofgag UK (formerly named Letter G in series 1) Is Silly and Gaming numbat who love to giggle in his Grape letter G's and his robot's called Grip

Hungee (formerly named Letter H in series 1) as her name may imply Hungee love to eat and to have hundreds of White ant treats to fill her big growly tummy with her Fire Red letter H's Her robot is called Harp who seems to translate Hungee's tummy growls

Inkeedoodle (formerly named Letter I in series 1) is an creative and impressive numbat and a great helper in her Brown letter I's her robot is called Input

Jingo / Jingie UK (formerly named Letter J in series 1) the joyful numpup can get a bit childish at all time but tell to best jokes of joy in her light greenish-yellow J's with a robot called Jolt who often plays with her, in fact they are jointly seen together

Klippers (formerly named Letter K in series 1) Is kicking numbat he wants everyone to take this things seriously he does like kickballs in his dark orange letter K's with a robot named Klink

Lumbo (formerly named Letter L in series 1) is one lazy numbat he rarely interacts with others unless against his will he doesn't talk a lot is often seen sitting or laying on somthing. He was shown to have a lot of energy in his focus episode because of a Lunar Eclipse in his yellow letter L's and a robot named Leaky he loves water though.

Muckzee/Muckmeeze UK (formerly named Letter M in series 1) is a dirty numpup who loves splashing in some mud. She forced herself to take a bath in one episode because she thought her smells were causing trouble she is rarely seen clean in her Baby Blue letter M's her robot is called Mic who tries cleaning her.

Noops (formerly named Letter N in series 1) is Nervous numpup with working ears and eyes like Eedeliee he's nocturnal numbat but daytime won't stop him and it a struggle to get him to fall alseep in his Midnight blue letter N's his robot is called Net

Ooodle (formerly named Letter O in series 1) is an odd and omnivorous, funny numpup who wears glasses and always find a way to make her friends laugh in her blue letter O's her AlphaBot's is called Orbit

PingPop / PingPong UK (formerly named Letter P in series 1) is a passion able and parental numbat with perfect hair she likes pop that makes her want to use the bathroom but can be picky as she puffs up in her Light Pink letter P's her robot is called Ping

Quoodle / Quootie UK (formerly named Letter Q in series 1) Is a baby numpup who does not talk much he rarely speaks like in his episodes about him he does ask a bunch of questions and somtimes seen with Udo in his Purple letter Q's His robot in called Quark who takes care of him and over[rptectove

Ringyrangy (formerly named Letter R in series 1) is the strongest numbat she likes reading and often gone doing crocodile wrestling that she pops it by being to rough she has a strict diet on rambutan in here dark yellow letter R's her robot is called Ram who can be quite bossy to others

Sippie / Slurpy UK (formerly named Letter S in series 1) is scented numpup she is soft and snuggly and somtimes in the mood for food and drinks by her long tonuge in her Magenta letter S's her robot's called Scan

Tinty / Tinny UK (formerly named Letter T in series 1) is the tall and timid tomboy numbat she had fear of the dentist after loosing her one tiny tooth, it best to use small words because sometimes she can get a little slow in her Light-Blueish letter T's her robot is called Tec

Udo (formerly named Letter U in series 1) is the unwell and and unlucky numbat who throws a fit on everything he once liked Ultimate Unicycle Squash but was regretted because Eedeliee made lose due her remorsefulness about Jingo losing as as a lesson to him in his lime letter U's with a robot named Upload

Vinty (formerly named Letter V in series 1) is the vain, vocal and neat numbat she is known to run the White ant eatery as a vendor in her Violet letter V her robot who works with her is called Volt

Webby / Wibby UK (formerly named Letter W in series 1) is a wily and witty numpup with her worldly wise typer and her robot called Widget she can find the answer to everything in her Gold letter W's

Xyria (formerly named Letter X in series 1) can be sneaky but an inventive numbat she can solve any extreme problem she is Webby's friends she's loving her X-rays in her electric green X's her robot abruptly called X-ray who decided to quite the alphabet but chooses to stay but realizing how great it is to be an X

Yodelaydoo (formerly named Letter Y in series 1) is a yappy numpup who loves yodeling and yawning his favorite color is yellow and he didn't feel sleepy in his episode where he wanted to stay up late in his Red letter Y's his robot is called Yolt who agreed with him when Yodelaydoo wanted to switch side of the alphabet

Zeedee (formerly named Letter Z in series 1) is a zagging and zany numpup she can get very clumsy she thought of running away because her clumsiness is causing trouble but was found and was reminded how important she was in her blue letter Z's her robot is called Zap

Ñañee / Ñaño UK (formerly named Letter Ñ in series 1 but in Spanish only) is a Spanish Ñeque (which means strength) speaker numpup she has a crush on Noops when she made her debut in her light periwinkle letter Ñ she doesn't have an alphabot yet but planed to have one called Ñoñee

Ampie (short for ampersand and formerly named Letter & in series 1) she is seen in some episodes of series 1 she made her debut in series 2 where she felt jealous of other talents but everyone told her talent is that she see's the best in everyone in her light blue ampersand's she doesn't have her alphabot yet about she made one anyways its name is Amps

Other animals

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  • Billy is an indigo numtum-like hedgehog. He is the coolest animal in the Gumnut Gorge. Billy appears in series 2 and 3.
  • Larry is a lyrebird. He appears in series 2 and 3.
  • The Flamingos live in the Gumnut Gorge and need the Numtums to get them in order.
  • Fluffy McTuffy is Super Numtum's enemy, a koala with plans for world domination.
  • Frilly Lizzy is McTuffy's sidekick, a smart, timid, silent, and somewhat stoic frilled lizard.

Production

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The Numtums was animated by Beakus in series 1 and A Productions in series 2 and 3. Series 1 was aimed at toddlers, but series 2 and 3 was revamped for an older audience, introducing more complex concepts such as subtraction, shape recognition and numbers from 11 to 20 with computer animation, and using a more Australian theme. The creator Barry Quinn said in an interview that "we were looking at doing a show about numbers for the early years and an educational expert told us bright, cute characters were a good way to get kids interested." A lot of animal names were suggested but he settled on numbats who had 'num' in their name.[2]

Episodes Include

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Series 1 (2012)

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# Episode Name Original Airdate
1 Number One 27 February 2012 (2012-02-27)
2 Number Two 28 February 2012 (2012-02-28)
3 Number Three 29 February 2012 (2012-02-29)
4 Number Four 1 March 2012 (2012-03-01)
5 Number Five 2 March 2012 (2012-03-02)
6 Number Six 5 March 2012 (2012-03-05)
7 Number Seven 6 March 2012 (2012-03-06)
8 Number Eight 7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)
9 Number Nine 8 March 2012 (2012-03-08)
10 Number Ten 9 March 2012 (2012-03-09)
11 More Number One 12 March 2012 (2012-03-12)
12 More Number Two 13 March 2012 (2012-03-13)
13 More Number Three 14 March 2012 (2012-03-14)
14 More Number Four 15 March 2012 (2012-03-15)
15 More Number Five 16 March 2012 (2012-03-16)
16 More Number Six 19 March 2012 (2012-03-19)
17 More Number Seven 20 March 2012 (2012-03-20)
18 More Number Eight 21 March 2012 (2012-03-21)
19 More Number Nine 22 March 2012 (2012-03-22)
20 More Number Ten 23 March 2012 (2012-03-23)
21 Animals 26 March 2012 (2012-03-26)
22 Clothes 27 March 2012 (2012-03-27)
23 Vehicles 28 March 2012 (2012-03-28)
24 Food 29 March 2012 (2012-03-29)
25 Games 30 March 2012 (2012-03-30)

Series 2 (2014)

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# Episode Name Original Airdate
26 Very Fast Food 3 February 2014 (2014-02-03)
27 You Can Do It, Humpty Do! 4 February 2014 (2014-02-04)
28 School Of Cool 5 February 2014 (2014-02-05)
29 Numbot 6 February 2014 (2014-02-06)
30 The Quest For The Hooded Paw 7 February 2014 (2014-02-07)
31 Unstuck With A Stick 10 February 2014 (2014-02-10)
32 Termite Takeaway 11 February 2014 (2014-02-11)
33 Painting By Numtums 12 February 2014 (2014-02-12)
34 Tum Tum Tap Tap 13 February 2014 (2014-02-13)
35 Faster, Higher, Funnier 14 February 2014 (2014-02-14)
36 Tent-o-saurus 21 February 2014 (2014-02-21)
37 Hoedown Havoc 10 March 2014 (2014-03-10)
38 Numpups Can't Fly 11 March 2014 (2014-03-11)
39 Beak Of The Week 12 March 2014 (2014-03-12)
40 Koala On The Loose 13 March 2014 (2014-03-13)
41 Larry's Takeaway Trial 14 March 2014 (2014-03-14)
42 Treasure Trail 17 March 2014 (2014-03-17)
43 The Mysterious Land Beyond Ten 18 March 2014 (2014-03-18)
44 Little Sandy's Rocket 19 March 2014 (2014-03-19)
45 Don't Forget To Remember 20 March 2014 (2014-03-20)
46 The Search For The Five Keys 21 March 2014 (2014-03-21)
47 Cafe Chaos 24 March 2014 (2014-03-24)
48 Billy And Champer's Big Adventure 25 March 2014 (2014-03-25)
49 Humpty Do's Zoo 26 March 2014 (2014-03-26)
50 Picture Perfect 27 March 2014 (2014-03-27)
51 You've Missed Your Cue, Humpty Do 28 March 2014 (2014-03-28)

Series 3 (2014)

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# Episode Name Original Airdate
52 Feet Don't Fail Me Now 29 September 2014 (2014-09-29)
53 Switcheroo 30 September 2014 (2014-09-30)
54 Larry Gets the Hiccups 1 October 2014 (2014-10-01)
55 Hunt for the Golden Treat 2 October 2014 (2014-10-02)
56 Gladdy's Special Birthday 3 October 2014 (2014-10-03)
57 Numpup Nursery 6 October 2014 (2014-10-06)
58 Gladdy's Secret Recipe 7 October 2014 (2014-10-07)
59 Larry and Billy's Dance Game 8 October 2014 (2014-10-08)
60 Yo Ho Bendy Go 9 October 2014 (2014-10-09)
61 Humpty Do, What about You? 10 October 2014 (2014-10-10)
62 Has anyone seen Hobart 13 October 2014 (2014-10-13)
63 Never Fear, Nimbin's Here! 14 October 2014 (2014-10-14)
64 The Great Hobarto's Magic Act 15 October 2014 (2014-10-15)
65 Finding Neddy 16 October 2014 (2014-10-16)
66 Find Those Flamingos 17 October 2014 (2014-10-17)
67 Running Like Clockwork 2 December 2014 (2014-12-02)
68 Little Sandy's Big Bug Hunt 3 December 2014 (2014-12-03)
69 The Great Numpup Rally 4 December 2014 (2014-12-04)
70 Dar Dar's Not So Lucky Flower 5 December 2014 (2014-12-05)
71 Hobart's Hand Bells 8 December 2014 (2014-12-08)
72 The Drumtums 9 December 2014 (2014-12-09)
73 Rules Are Rules 10 December 2014 (2014-12-10)
74 Flinder's First Sunset 11 December 2014 (2014-12-11)
75 Champer Loses His Bounce 12 December 2014 (2014-12-12)
76 The Best Hobart Ever 15 December 2014 (2014-12-15)
77 Flinders' Big Adventure 16 December 2014 (2014-12-16)

Broadcast

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The Numtums debuted on CBeebies in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2012 on the channel's Love to Learn block.[1] The series aired on ABC3KIDS in Australia and New Zealand.[when?]

References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Mercedes Milligan (23 February 2012). "'Numtums' Count Down to CBeebies Premiere". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  2. Hazel Bradley (10 March 2014). "Numbats by numbers". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 6 December 2014.

Other websites

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