Alphablocks

Alphablocks is a British-American CGI-animated children's educational television programme that is designed 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.

Alphablocks
GenreLearning
Pre-School
Written byMax Allen
Joe Elliot
Neil & Annabel Richards
Maurice Suckling
Voices ofTeresa Gallagher
David Holt
Lizzie Waterworth
Composer(s)Ben Lee-Delisle
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes94 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Rebecca Shallcross
Joe Elliot
Producer(s)Sioned Wyn Roberts
Running time3 minutes (series 1–3–4–5)
5 minutes (series 1–2–3–4–5)
Production company(s)Alphablocks Ltd. (Season 1-5)
Release
Original networkCBeebies
Picture formatWidescreen
Original release25 January 2010 (2010-01-25) 
19 December 2014 (2014-12-19)
Chronology
Followed byNumberblocks
External links
Website
Production website

Characters

Name Main ColourInformation
A Light green and dark greenShe 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-orangeShe plays the bass guitar.
C Red and white with blue starsThe only letter who performs stunts. She wears goggles and makes cracks in the ground. She often worries why She's even a letter because she makes the same sound as K.
D Purple and bright greenHe is a proper cube shape and he plays the drum kit. His catchphrases include "Don't despair" and "Disaster!"
E RedHe 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 visorShe 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 GreenShe 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 redShe likes to run, but she can get tired when running. Her 'h-h-h-h' sound is panting.
I Dark pinkHer 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 pantsHe likes to kick his football. Sometimes he cooperates with his because the hard C makes the same sound as K.
L Lilac-pink with green bootsShe 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 feetHe 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 VermilionHe 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 OrangeHe does not speak, only being able to make his "o" sounds, 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 shoesShe 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 Teal with indigo hairShe 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.
R Red and blackShe 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 yellowShe 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 blueHe 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 blue shoesHe 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 whiteHe 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 blueHe 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 capeHe 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 YellowHe is the youngest Alphablock and the only consonant who can make a semi-vowel sound (see Series 5, Episode 7). He perseveres even if he has trouble doing things.
Z Lime green with silver-white beardHe 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

Episodes

Phonics First Steps (2010)

Volume 1 originally ran in the UK from January to February 2010.[2]

  1. Alphablocks
  2. Taps
  3. In
  4. Man
  5. Din
  6. Dog
  7. Kick
  8. Cat
  9. Dot
  10. Pen
  11. Up
  12. Red
  13. Hen
  14. Bop
  15. Top
  16. Fred
  17. Lips
  18. Hill

CBeebies and Alphablocks

Phonics Next Steps (2011)

Volume 2 originally ran in the UK from February to March 2011.[2]

  1. Van
  2. Zap
  3. Web
  4. Wig
  5. Rainbow
  6. Box
  7. Quick
  8. On
  9. ABC
  10. The Cat Sat on The Mat
  11. Wish
  12. Snowman
  13. Win
  14. Hat
  15. Little Red N
  16. Odd

[3] CBeebies and Alphablocks

Letter Teams (2012)

Volume 3 originally aired from October 2012 to March 2013

  1. Champ
  2. Song
  3. Thing
  4. Train
  5. Sail
  6. Beep
  7. Tightrope
  8. Toad
  9. Book
  10. Moon
  11. Hey!
  12. Race
  13. Card
  14. The End
  15. How Now, Brown Cow?
  16. Fair

CBeebies and Alphablocks

Letter Blends (2013)

Volume 4 began in the UK in June 2013 to June 2014

  1. Sing
  2. Band
  3. Four
  4. Art
  5. Frog On A Dog
  6. Clap
  7. Fit
  8. Best
  9. Prank
  10. Ants
  11. Ink
  12. Crash!
  13. Plusman

CBeebies and Alphablocks

Long Vowels (2014)

Volume 5 began in the UK in July 2014 to December 2014.

  1. Alphabet
  2. Name
  3. Sleep
  4. Space
  5. Surprise
  6. Mine
  7. Why
  8. Hide
  9. Home
  10. Note
  11. Bus
  12. Glow
  13. Fox
  14. Blue
  15. Magic
  16. Outlaw
  17. Jaybird
  18. Party
  19. Birthday Girl
  20. Cowboy
  21. Zzzzz
  22. Bee
  23. Key
  24. Map
  25. Cha Cha Cha
  26. Quiet
  27. Alphalympics
  28. UFO

CBeebies and Alphablocks

Numberblocks

On January 23, 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.[4]

Note

    References

    1. "Alphablocks". Blue Zoo Animation Studio. Archived from the original on 14 April 2012.
    2. "Alphablocks". tvdb.
    3. "Episodes from Alphablocks: Series 2 broadcast in 2012". BBC. 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
    4. "Blue Zoo Animation's 'Numberblocks' Launching on CBeebies". Animation World Network. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
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