Chuggington

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Chuggington
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Also known asChuggington: Tales from the Rails (Series 6)
Voices ofMorgan Overton
Edward Sharpe
Teddy West
Charlie George
Toby Davies
Harry Reeve
Imogen Bailey
Alyssa Burton
Jadie Rose Hobson
Lola Shepelev
Arthur Lee
Lawrence Matthews
Pax Baldwin
Sacha Dhawan
David Gyasi
Elëna Gyasi
Maria Darling
Nicole Davis
Colin McFarlane
Lorelei King
Jordan Clarke
Angelo Cola
Andy Nyman
Paul Panting
Jill Shilling
Steve Devereaux
James Naylor
Narrated by Sacha Dhawan
Theme music composerChris McHale
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series7
No. of episodes176 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time10 min/4 min
Production companiesLudorum (Seasons 1-5)
Herschend Entertainment Studios (Season 6)
DistributorLudorum (Seasons 1-5)
Jetpack Distribution (Season 6) [1]
Release
Original network CBeebies
Original release22 September 2008 (2008-09-22) 
present
Chronology
Followed by Chuggington: Badge Quest
Chuggington characters in their roundhouse Chuggington charactersjpg.jpg
Chuggington characters in their roundhouse

Chuggington (also known as Chuggington: Tales from the Rails since series six) is a British computer-animated children's television series aimed at toddlers, produced by Ludorum PLC (Series 1–5) and Herschend Entertainment Studios (series six). It is broadcast on the BBC’s CBeebies channel and other channels internationally. Originally composed of 5 series running from 2008 to 2015, the series left its five-six year hiatus when a new batch of episodes was released on Disney Junior in the United States on June 29, 2020, and on CBeebies in the United Kingdom on January 2, 2021. [2] A seventh series is currently in production.

Contents

Setting

In the fictional town of Chuggington are young novice railway anthropomorphic locomotives, called "Trainees", Koko, Wilson, Brewster, Hoot, Toot and Piper. The trainees and sometimes the more experienced chuggers learn the value of loyal friendship, telling the truth, listening carefully, persisting under adversity, completing tasks, resolving conflict without violence, and similar values. The locomotives, called "Chuggers", are intelligent, empathetic, independent and somewhat self-directed. They have mobile facial and body features. Chuggers have no crews, yet some have crew doors that can open. Chuggers regularly interact with humans such as passengers and maintenance crews. Some chuggers are modeled after well known locomotives.

The town of Chuggington has a central area of large modern buildings. Side-by-side railway tunnels coloured red, blue, yellow and green run under the town centre, leading to the outside world. Countryside settings include a farm, a safari park, and a quarry. A 'Chugston Hotel' is mentioned. "Old Chuggington", an abandoned old town with a similar name to the titular town, overgrown with wild vegetation, is occasionally visited.

Episodes

SeriesEpisodesU.K. airdateU.S airdate
First airedLast airedFirst airedLast aired
1 5222 September 200811 May 20096 May 20091 September 2011
2 2613 September 201015 December 20103 September 20116 June 2013
3 1428 November 201115 December 20113 August 201321 April 2014
4 2627 August 201321 April 20146 June 20146 May 2015
5 1018 May 201529 May 20155 June 201520 March 2016
6 462 January 202112 March 202120 September 20216 June 2022
7 17TBA
Specials 726 August 201319 December 20216 June 2016TBA
Badge Quest 4624 July 201014 February 201226 September 20112 July 2013

Characters

Wilson, Brewster and Koko are the main characters in Chuggington.

Young trainees

Main

  • Wilson (voiced by Morgan Overton in Series 1 [3] -3, Edward Sharpe in Series 4–5, Teddy West in Series 6 in the UK, Tony Terraciano in Series 1–5 and Jordan C. Reed in Series 6 in the US) is a red diesel-electric hybrid chugger whose enthusiasm is opposed by his short attention span, and most of his adventures as of Series 4 are in Chug Patrol. He is the main protagonist of the series. His catchphrases are "Let's ride the rails!" and "Perfecto!" He is based on the EMD F-unit.
  • Brewster (voiced by Charlie George in Series 1 [3] -3, Toby Davies in Series 4–5, Harry Reeve in Series 6 in the UK, Miles J Harvey in Series 1–5 and Jacks Dean in Series 6 in the US) is a strong, blue and yellow diesel-electric locomotive built to pull heavy loads. He is as of series 4 a member of the Chuggineers, the building team on Chuggington. He likes to haul heavy loads on pick-ups, and often picks up too much load. Other chuggers may rush when given a task, but Brewster asks questions if he is unsure. He is dependable, respectful and can be relied on when there is trouble. His catchphrase is "Honking horns!" He is based on a British Rail Class 55. [4]
  • Koko (voiced by Imogen Bailey in Series 1–5, Alyssa Burton in Series 6 in the UK, Brigid Harrington in Series 1–5 and Madigan Kacmar in Series 6 in the US) is a green, purple and white electric locomotive who was built for high speed, being one of the fastest chuggers in Chuggington. She loves to explore and have adventures, and to challenge her friends to a dare or a race. Although she can get into mischief, she always means well and knows when to apologise. Her catchphrases are "Chugga-chugga-choo-choo!", "Traintastic!", "Go Koko! Go Koko!" and "Ooooooh!" [5]

Non-Advanced

  • Hoot (voiced by Tommy Romer Lee in Series 2–5 Beau Robertson in Series 6 in the UK, Ben Hudson in Series 2–5 and Ethan Cutillo in Series 6 in the US) and Toot (voiced by Mihira Philip in Series 2–5, Matilda Majilton in Series 6 in the UK, Tori Feinstein in Series 2–5 and Vivian Watson (Series 6) in the US) are twins. [6] They are nearly always seen joined back-to-back, but in at least two episodes by strong pulling they manage to separate. Their catchphrase is "Hoot and Toot are ready to scoot!" [7]
  • Zephie (voiced by Jadie Rose Hobson in the UK in Series 1-4, Lola Shepleve starting from Series 6, and Isabella Palmieri in the US in Series 1-4 and Lily Sanfelippo starting from Series 6) is a young direct drive system trolley car [8] equipped with a scissor-lift trolley so she can life and rotate her cab which allows Eddie to work on things not normally accessible. She is particularly flighty and giggly. Her catchphrase is "Yippee!"
  • Piper (voiced by Eve Bentley in Series 3–5, Faith Delaney in Series 6 in the UK, Eve Bentley in Series 3–5 and Dakota Phillips in Series 6 in the US) is a small orange, pink and black oil-fired steam cab forward locomotive. In her first episode, Old Puffer Pete says that she runs on vegetable oil. In another episode we find out that Piper can be mischievous. Though she means well, she is very inexperienced and won't often take time to think, but realises her mistakes and does well in the end.
  • Tai (voiced by Mia Lakha in the UK and Angelica Hale in the US) is a purple trainee shunter from Zheng-Chu who works at the Docks. She reuses Calley's S1-S3 model.

Adult trains

Ambiguous

Humans

Production

The creative core behind Chuggington is Sarah Ball, a producer and director who worked on Bob the Builder , and Don Toht, who designed the characters and sets. [13]

The computer animation is made with Autodesk Maya software. [14]

As well as the regular ten-minute episodes, there are four-minute shows, Chuggington: Badge Quest, focusing on the trainees' efforts to earn reward badges for their "Chugger" training. [15]

Three Chuggington specials were commissioned for release on DVD from 2013 onwards. [16]

On 10 December 2018, Herschend Entertainment Studios acquired the rights to the series. [17]

Broadcast

The first series of 52 episodes was sold to broadcasters including the BBC, ABC (Australia), TF1 (France),Super RTL (Germany) and Fuji TV (Japan) in a deal announced in February 2008. [18] A second series of 26 episodes was purchased by the BBC and many other broadcasters throughout the world. Aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 6, Chuggington made its UK debut as a "soft launch" on BBC Two on 22 September 2008.

Merchandise

In January 2009 it was announced that RC2 would be producing Chuggington toys under their Learning Curve brand; the toys were released to the market in 2010. [19] RC2 contributed to half of the series' production budget in exchange for long-term global toy licensing rights. [13]

Media

DVDs from Anchor Bay Entertainment include the first, entitled Chuggington: Let's Ride the Rails was released in March 2009 containing six episodes. A second DVD, Action Stations, released in October 2009, contained another six. The third DVD release, Wheels to the Rails, with another six episodes, is due out in late November. Anchor Bay's Chuggington: Let’s Ride the Rails was the first Chuggington DVD to be released nationwide in the United States on 8 February 2011.

In the UK, several children's books are in the works, including Koko on Call: A Nightlight Adventure, based on an early episode. [20] Publications International and Scholastic introduced Chuggington books to the US market in late 2010 and early 2011, respectively.

Toys

In early 2010, the Chuggington Diecast Series of model trains was released in the UK. The Chuggington Diecast Series by Learning Curve was released in the US nationwide in late 2010. In 2012, the system was rebranded to StackTrack, in which children can stack the railway tracks on top of each other with supports. This system was discontinued by 2017, however the StackTrack track system is still in use.

Later in 2010, the interactive range was released in the UK. The chuggers and Vee, their dispatcher, can interact with each other using 'Smart Talk' technology and over 300 stored phrases. Each chugger can recognise the other chuggers, and their train stops. The interactive phrases spoken depend on which chuggers and locations are placed together, giving a more varied, but not random, conversation. The Chuggington Interactive Railway was released in the United States in February 2011. This system was discontinued by 2017.

The Chuggington Wooden Railway was released in September 2010 to Canada, and on 1 March 2011 to specialty retailers in the United States. It is compatible with all other wooden railway systems. This system was discontinued by 2017.

In late 2011, Mega Brands released the 'Chuggington Construction' range, but was now discontinued, as of 2013.

In the United States other Chuggington products include games (I Can Do That! Games), puzzles (Cardinal), and activity sets (Crayola).

In 2012, the Plarail Chuggington range was released and was discontinued around 2016.

In 2013 Bachmann Trains made a series of Chuggington electric train sets and separate sale engines and cars. It is compatible with all other HO scale systems by other companies and is made to work with the Thomas & Friends range. In 2017, Bachmann Trains have discontinued the Chuggington range.

In 2019, Alpha Group Co., Ltd. acquired the rights for any future Chuggington vehicle toys.[ citation needed ]

Train and Tramway

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The body of character of Chuggington as a motif, in Okayama Tramway in Japan (2019)

According to Okayama Electric Tramway press report on 12 January 2018, it will be operated in 2 cars and 1 train with its own decorated appearance that reproduced Wilson and Brewster in Japan. With the all-seat reservation system, the operation start date is 16 March 2019. It is confirmed as the world's first in the railroad and tram related motif with this character as a motif. [21]

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