BING: SWING AND OTHER EPISODES

PrintE-mail Written by Grant Kempster

DVD REVIEW: BING: SWING AND OTHER EPISODES / CERT: U / DIRECTOR: NICKY PHELAN / SCREENPLAY: VARIOUS / STARRING: ELLIOT KERLEY, MARK RYLANCE, EVE BENTLEY, AKIYA HENRY / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

Imagine a world where sentient knitted cuddly toys are tasked with bringing up talking toddler animals inside the confines of a world entirely suited to their needs. In what seems like some kind of idealistic biome, Bing (a young black bunny) learns valuable life lessons from his stuffing-filled carer, Flop, ranging from learning to cope when toys break to taking turns and where shadows come from. Is this some sinister alien plan to raise a menagerie and intelligent animals to conquer the universe? No, not really, it’s just a very endearing (if undeniably odd) children’s TV series aimed at pre-schoolers.

While the vivid colours and simplistic (yet effective) stories are a large part of the attraction here, the key to its resounding success is down to the wonderful Mark Rylance. It’s the Olivier Award-winning actor’s calming tones as Flop which really hook you in to the show’s purpose, essentially showing parents of little ones how best to guide their impressionable offspring through the various challenges facing them. The little knitted ‘parent’ takes everything in his stride, never gets cross and always keeps his cool (definitely an alien!).

There are 10 five-minute episodes here covering subjects such as sharing, winning and losing and generally learning to cope with disappointment. All are great and eminently re-watchable which is essential for parents of little ones who value repetition.

Beyond that there are no extra features, but then this is for toddlers and we doubt they’d be interested in a Director’s Commentary, unless it was narrated by Mark Rylance of course.

Special Features: None

 


Suggested Articles:
Released in 1987, around the same time as Dirty Dancing, Luis Valdez's film chronicling the successf
Caradog W. James’ new feature Don’t Knock Twice is an interesting film, but not necessarily for
First broadcast in 1973 as an episode for the long running, German detective series, Tatort (which s
Based on Adelaida García Morales’ short story El sur, this 1983 film version was voted one of the
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in DVD / Blu-ray Reviews

LA BAMBA - 30TH ANNIVERSARY 21 January 2017

DON'T KNOCK TWICE 20 January 2017

DEAD PIGEON ON BEETHOVEN STREET 15 January 2017

EL SUR 15 January 2017

BODY MELT (1993) 12 January 2017

VALLEY OF THE SASQUATCH 12 January 2017

FIRST MEN IN THE MOON 10 January 2017

SAUSAGE PARTY 09 January 2017

HEAD OF THE FAMILY 09 January 2017

CREEPY 09 January 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
 
 
 
 
 
...
 
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144