Do you remember King Rollo? When kid’s telly was simple? I’ve discovered something that rekindles that joy. Poppy Cat. Lionsgate presented the first Poppy Cat DVD, Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures on 3rd September 2012 and we were sent a copy to review.
King Rollo Films produced Poppy Cat for Nick Jr, so it has that wholesome, old school animation feel. It’s beautifully observed and colourful animation with happy-go-lucky music which makes you feel a whole lot better about the world. I love the sketchy drawing style, it feels like the characters came to life and hopped off the artist’s pad. The Guardian called it ‘the soothing soundtrack to your feeble attempt at a weekend lie-in’ and they’re right, it is soothing (and my lie ins are feeble).
I thought mine might be a bit old for the DVD, although they were transfixed by the reading from Lara Jones’ Poppy Cat books at Lollibop:
Poppy Cat at Lollibop
But how wrong was I? Just a few quotes from 3yo Mr G from the last week:
‘Poppy Cat, Poppy cat, yay I love Poppy Cat! ‘
‘Mummy I Love Poppy cat!’
‘When I gorw up I will have a cat and it will be called Poppy Cat!’
‘Yay! SCREEEAAAAM! We’re watching Poppy Cat!’
‘Mummy, Poppy Cat is my favourite’
‘Mummy tell me a Poppy Cat bedtime story.’
And so on and so forth. I will not quote my 3 year old any further (or tell you the way he says Poppy Cat is unbelievably cute and makes my heart melt). Instead I will disclose he believes he is a cat, so perhaps Poppy Cat was destined to appeal.
Mr G and friend exploring their feline side
However, my soon -to-be-6 -year-old also loved Poppy Cat which pleased me immensely as we are beginning to struggle to entertain both children with the same programmes and when she says things are babyish it makes me just a bit sad that’s she’s growing up so fast. Poppy Cat is so heart-warming and beautifully made, it’s kind of ageless.
‘Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures’ is available at all good retailers with a RRP of £12.99. It is two hours long, with 11 episodes and includes a buy one get one free voucher to Chessington World of Adventures. It also features the lush voice of Gavin and Stacey’s Joanna Page. (Aha, so that explains why it is so soothing).
For more information on the pre-school series and DVD launch, visit www.poppycat.com, or become a fan of Poppy Cat’s on Facebook or Twitter