‘It’s all fun and games till someone loses an eyelet…’
EDUCATIONAL PRESCHOOL SERIES | 2D ANIMATION | 26 X 7 MIN | AGES 2 – 5
1: Who are You?
It’s Mango’s birthday, announces Schloff to the others. While Mango’s asleep, the Shooz plan a surprise.
They wrap up a mysterious parcel in tinfoil. Only Mathilda knows what it is, and she’s not telling. Then they plan the entertainment: Each shoe will dress up as one of the others – Mango will have to guess who they’re representing.
Sid the runner borrows the Mathilda the nerd’s glasses, and covers his colours with brown watercolours.
Schloff uses toilet paper tubes to become the bodyguard, Groombie, and slicks his bright green fur down with yellow paint.
Gina the dancer paints herself orange and blue and borrows Sid the runner’s eyebrows and moustache.
Groombie the bodyguard rolls down his top and uses belts which (Hey!) just happen to be lying at the bottom of the Lost Property box, then tries out a few dance moves on tippy-toe, whirling the belts a little recklessly.
Mathilda the nerd uses bits of lawn from outside and Schloff’s hat and hey presto- a bunnyslipper. with plastic teaspoon-ears as a last-minute addition.
All jump up and down outside Mango’s bowl till he wakes up and emerges from his shell. Now he has to to guess who’s who, before he can have his gift. Amazingly, this doesn’t take Mango long.
As a reward, his gift is dropped into the bowl and all watch him unwrap many layers to reveal – a ping-pong ball! Mango tries to stash it in his clamshell but it won’t stay. Each shoe leans in, falls in or jumps in to help, and all lose their disguises. After the ball flies out of the water for the fifth time, everyone’s wet, but Mango cheers them up – he’ll share the ball! They can have a game of soccer with Schloff as the goalie.
All the Shooz cheer – an excellent idea. Now, it’s time for the Shooz to sing ‘Who are YOU?’ playing out the episode with a dance which they invite the viewers to join. (See Songsfor full orchestralvideo)
2: Wet & Dry & Warm & Cold
Schloff (bunny slipper) and Gina (dancer) are talking to Mathilda (nerd) who says it looks very wet out.
Groombie the wellie comes in and says it’s also very cold. Sid bounces out of the box and mourns ‘no run today’. They discuss ‘dry’, ‘wet’, ‘warm’ and ‘cold’. Schloff refuses to let Gina sit inside him and row him around for extra warmth. Mango asks questions about what is dry and wet at the same time? (A bath towel). Cold and hot at the same time? (Bathwater). All these revelations appear in a bubble floating up from Mango and popping in mid-air, after which the picture goes full-screen. A Human comes down the passage and all revert to their ordinary states. Ends with song: ‘Wet & Dry & Warm & Cold.’
3: Clever Clogs
After Schloff refers to Mathilda as a ‘clever clogs’, the Shooz ask what that is.
All try to guess as to what a clogs can be. Finally, Sid zips up to Mango’s bowl and knocks on it with his laces to wake him.
When Mango wakes he blows a bubble featuring a Japanese koi pond from his dream, which floats up above them. Then he answers their question, and many bubbles float above them revealing shoes from all over the world.
Clogs, Japanese wooden sandals, beach thongs, Florsheim shoes and high heeled court shoes. All decide on a favourite, and viewers are asked about theirs. Song: ‘Shoes are cool.’
(Still being composed!)
4: Sounds Like…
The Shooz hear a strange sound.
All kinds of guesses at what it could be, including ‘It sounds like a mouse’, (Schloff), who once saw one in the kitchen.
Finally the mystery is solved – Hilda has a squeak. After dreadful puns from Groombie (Are you squeaking to me?),
Mango introduces a quick series of sound-bites from nature, including frogs, bees, cicadas, and birds, each one adding to the racket.
The viewers can contribute a few sounds too. Finally, Mathilda says she knows a song. ‘Old MacDonald’ follows, with Mango encouraging young viewers to participate in the ‘ee-eye, ee-eye-oh’ and the animal sounds. In the finale, the Shooz act out the motions too, and invite the viewers to join in.
5: Password Please!
Groombie has made his new base under the table. The others can only enter if they know the password.
(Gina is practicing her ballet in a far corner). Mango explains ‘password’. Gina arrives back, and Groombie comes out.
He explains the password story to Gina, and she offers to do a new dance for Groombie in return for the password. He agrees, and the others come up with offerings too – soon all are together under the table, wondering what they’re hiding from.
Schloff asks Groombie about the password idea. Turns out he heard a mother give her child a very secret password, and ‘she must never go with anybody who doesn’t know it, ‘cos some people are tricksy.’
All like this idea. Now it’s time to sing. Ends with song: ‘Password please’, with a call-and-response format the viewers can respond to as well.
6: Mango Says!
Groombie tells the others how important it is to listen carefully so they can help.
This after Gina has tangled her ribbons because she didn’t listen to Sid who told her the right way. Schloff snores loudly during Groombie’s lecture.
Mango announces a test of skill: Who knows how to listen properly? They begin a game of Simon Says, slightly adapted. The viewers can join in.
When only Gina and Schloff remain, Mango announces that the winners must come up and join him on the table by his bowl. Both hop up, and are immediately disqualified as well, because he didn’t say ‘Mango says.’
Song and dance: ‘Stand up, sit down, one finger one thumb.’
7: Shapes that fit together:
Sid comes in and talks about running along the top of a high wall, fitted together with lots of pieces.
Mango shows a few examples of walls in his bubble show. All kinds of tessellated shapes appear. Honeycombs, spiderwebs, his own scales, a stained glass window…
A few boxes of jigsaw puzzles and the window frame are discovered when the Shooz look for ‘local’ examples. But now it’s puzzle time and everyone will help to make a puzzle, including viewers at home.
A piece of paper is torn into four and put together again, so all the pieces fit. Then, each piece is torn again to make another one, making it harder. Will they put it together again after they tear each piece again?
Especially after Groombie hides a piece inside Schloff? Fortunately Mango spots this from on high… Ends with ‘Tessel-tessel-tesselated.’
8: Weather: What is a ‘nice day?’
Mango asks the Shooz this question after Gina admires the view of the garden from the window.
There is a loud argument when the Shooz all shout. Mango shows them a Karoo farmer looking for rain; a boy looking out of the window at a cityscape with his skateboard and it’s pouring; washing being fetched in quickly as big drops fall but the women are laughing; animals coming to a river that’s almost dry.
Mango’s questions the viewers: ‘Do you like the rain?’ Gina says rain is just rain. It depends on whether you need it or not. Groombie and Schloff loudly voice their opinions. Mango starts a song about the rain called Pitter Patter. All do the gestures as they sing.
The Shooz turn to the viewers: Is it raining where you are?
After a quick introduction to the San and Native American rain dance tradition, Groombie shouts ‘Let’s make it rain with a rain dance!’ and a rain dance begins, to play the episode out. Groombie encourages the viewers to dance and stomp as well, to a Zulu song about the rain (to be sung about 3x faster)
9: Pitch & Toss:
Gina has a cold.
After a big sneeze, a used Kleenex comes sailing out, in the direction of the wastepaper basket, but landing in Groombie with a squelch. Mathilda leaps up to grouse at Gina who apologises.
Groombie graciously accepts. They agree it could have been worse if Schloff had caught it! All giggle at Mango’s image.
But Gina has an idea for a game. Groombie offers to be the wastepaper basket, (‘again’ says Groombie), and Schloff forms them into a queue.
They hurl various objects into the obliging Groombie and note how the type of object has a bigger effect than the distance.
Schloff takes a turn so Groombie can prove how good his aim is. Also, because Groombie has started to jump out of the way, to tease the others. Mango encourages the viewer to practise at home. Song: ‘Let’s try again.’
10: Phone home:
The boots have a tin-can ‘telephone’.
Mango invites the viewers to get help to make one, as tin cans have sharp bits.
Gina ‘phones’ Groombie under the table from the shoebox. ‘‘Password please!’’ shouts Groombie, and Gina whispers it back. The others remind her they all know the password. Gina says it’s secret so she has to whisper it back through the ‘phone’.
What’s the new password, she asks Groombie, who whispers it back, leaving the other Shooz frustrated but impressed.
Mango explains telephones with a quick history ending with smartphones. He says if a child is lost, they can give people a cell number to phone.
Finale: song to help remember the number so viewers can memorise theirs, using this tune. They don’t have to sing it to the policeman, though, says Mathilda. They can if they want to, says Schloff. Ends with the ‘Ring-ring’ song.
Shloff the bunny slipper is sulking because nobody is going to come looking for him in the lost property box in this heat.
He knows it was cold when someone last wore him. Everyone wonders why, except Sid the runner, who’s doing laps around the classroom.
Mango explains about seasons, with images starring various pairs of shoes abandoned in one corner, to cheers from the ‘others’ who come into their own in ‘their’ time.
Mathilda the nerd is huffy about the summer holidays. Schloff feels slightly better. All he has to do is wait for winter.
Mango offers a story about the swallow who was left behind. Ends with ‘Seasons’ song with viewers and the Shooz acting out their reactions to the seasons, with Groombie fetching out an autumn leaf from under his sole, after which the others imitate falling leaves.
12: Patterns from Nature:
Schloff is talking about an amazing thing he saw: his Boss had put him and his wife on a table next to the bath because the floor was wet.
They saw the water going down the plughole making a strange shape. ‘It was very beautiful but it made a horrible noise.’
All are spellbound. Gina can’t imagine it, so Mango makes a whirlpool in his bowl, and Schloff recognises it.
Mango explains about whirlpools – how their spiral shape is often found in nature. He presents bubble pics of a big whirlpool in a river, a nautilus shell, a spiral galaxy.
But there are more patterns, says Mango. Can the viewers think of any?
Of course the Shooz jump in with dappled things, random dots, striped animals, all with Mango doing his utmost to keep up with visuals. Ends with San story about how the Milky Way was formed and finally a song: ‘Stars, stars’.
13: Follow the sun!
It’s a very rainy day.
The Shooz are confused because they don’t know what time it is, without the sun to tell them.
They discuss how and where the shadows normally lie, when kids come into the classroom, when they leave, when it’s teatime and so on. This is Mango’s cue to show a series of sundials, even a vertical one against a wall.
The viewers could make their own, suggests Mango, with a stick in the ground, or a tall thin object on the windowsill. The song, ‘Let’s follow the Sun’ follows, with the Shooz imitating the actions in the song, and Gina inviting viewers to join in.