Twenty years on from their million-selling No. UK 1 smash Teletubbies Say Eh-oh!, the fab four are once more eyeing the charts with an irresistibly catchy new album, Big Hugs. Featuring a mix of new songs from the current series of the iconic show alongside a selection of children’s classics with a Tubby twist, the record will be available both digitally and on CD from 13 October, 2017.
Music and dance are integral to Teletubbies, so what better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking preschool show than with a brand new album for youngsters to sing and dance along with.
With distribution handled by The Children’s Group, Big Hugs will be available from HMV, Amazon.co.uk, iTunes,& select FOPP locations in the U.K. It will also be released in the US, Canada, Australia and throughout Europe. Tracks will also be available to download individually, with the title track “Big Hugs” available digitally on September 29th and can be streamed on Spotify.
Narrator Daniel Rigby lends his vocals to many of the songs, including the title track Big Hugs, the popular Bottom Bump Song and Tiddlytubbies Songtime, which introduces the world to the delightful Tiddlytubbies. In addition to music from the first two series of the revamped Teletubbies, the 19-song soundtrack features timeless favourites that kids know and love performed by the voice of the Tiddlytubbies and Voice Trumpet, Teresa Gallagher. Preschoolers will be moving and grooving to children’s classics such as Wheels on the Bus, Four in a Bed and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.
Daniel said: “It’s amazing to sing the Teletubbies theme tune. Highly surreal, but wonderful, as well, and any one of my friends, or my family, who I say, ‘I am now singing the theme tune of the Teletubbies,’ it’s like I’m saying, ‘I’ve been knighted,’ or, yeah, ‘I’ve won £1 million’.”
The full track listing is: Teletubbies Theme; Big Hugs; Tubby Car Song; Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes; Tubby Packing Dance; Tiddlytubbies Songtime; Bottom Bump Song; Tubby Phone Dance; Tiddlytubbies Playtime; Four Little Monkeys; Puddle Dance; If You’re Happy and You Know It; Party Dance; The Custard Ride; Stomp Dance; Wheels on the Bus; Old MacDonald Had a Farm; Five in the Bed; and Tiddlytubbies Sleepybyes.
Unparalleled in children’s TV brand history, Teletubbies pioneered the foundations of fun learning for a new generation globally. The December 1997 number 1 hit Teletubbies Say Eh-oh!, championed by Simon Cowell, sold 1.3 million copies, went double platinum and stayed in the top 75 for six months. The Teletubbies were in a closely contested race for the coveted Christmas Number One with the Spice Girls but in the end were pipped to the post by the Spice Girls’ single Too Much. Now the new Teletubbies from DHX Media is delighting another generation of Teletubby devotees. Combining all the charm of the original with a little 21st-century technical magic, the ever-innovative show adds exciting new elements and a wonderful cast of British acting talent, including Jim Broadbent, Jane Horrocks, Fearne Cotton and David Walliams.