May 272012
 

I am sure I am not the only one who has watched a kids tv show and wondered: How is a kids tv show born? Who is behind the characters? Where do the director and the team draw their inspiration from? Recently I had the fabulous opportunity to find out the answers to some of these questions from mum Kristie, the talented lady behind the new Nick Jr. show Didi and B.

Creator Kristie developed Didi and B. with curious preschoolers in mind, they will love going on many fun adventures with butterfly Didi and a cute spelling bee B. Singing songs, learning the alphabet, practising the days of the week and much more, kids will have a ball in Didi and B. garden world of learning.

What does your ideal Sunday look like?
I work in Sydney and live in the Southern Highlands, so my ideal weekend is snuggling back at home with my family. My hubby usually cooks a big Irish fry-up which we often eat in the garden, followed by a morning browsing country markets, bric-a-brac and bookshops. Usually we end up with a playdate for us all with other families who have a similarly hectic city/country lifestyle. (I also love popping down the South Coast for a weekend at the beach – this photo was taken last weekend at one of my favourite spots.)

How did you come up with the idea of Didi and B.?
I was given the task of finding a new couple of characters for Nick Jr. and it was wonderful discovering who they might be. I’ve worked at Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. for 17 years and have spent a lot of time trying to understand what kids enjoy and endeavouring to create that for them. Nick Jr.’s shows are some of the most progressive pre-school shows in the world for kids, and we draw on the latest research and expertise of educators and colleagues, as well as watching our own little kids play, and that all feeds into that journey of development. (I also remember very well what I loved as a kid and I definitely tapped into that!) I then collaborated with a wonderful team of the most talented artists who helped draw what was in my mind’s eye, and others who sculpted and lovingly built the puppets. Set builders created the world by turning fluff and paint into magical grass on bolders and the most talented kids, producers, puppeteers, writers, composer, the most brilliant cinematographer and director all collaborated to create golden moments. It really is so fulfilling to see it all come to life.

Are the characters based on someone you know?
I wanted a boy and a girl character that would appeal to both boys and girls and that they would want to cuddle. The characters needed to have a warmth and humour that would enchant kids and add some joy to their lives. I’ve always been drawn to nature and know how much little girls love sparkles and glitter and wings. My own girls are obsessed with craft, so nature-inspired crafts were perfect for Didi.

Didi’s name actually came from a baby word my daughter, Gracie used to call butterflies before she could say the word. B and D are also some of the first sounds a baby makes. I’ve also always loved bees, especially the fluffy ones in Tasmania, and the idea of a spelling bee that could play with words appealed. I also wanted B. to be cheeky and funny, and be a real boy. Finding 8 year old Jordan to be the voice was so important. His husky cheekiness sums up B!

What did you think when you got to see the finalised show for the first time?
I was so proud of what the whole team achieved together, and I hoped that the kids at home would love them as much as we all do. I hope that all the love that went into it comes across to the kids at home. I also thought, thank goodness I listened to Gracie and Rosie’s feedback and changed the puppets’ eyes! They are way cuter with the girl’s expert feedback!

What part of the Didi and B. show do you like most and why?
I think B. is cheeky and charming, I especially love his B. song and had a tear when recording the Goodnight song. The Days of the Week song makes me laugh and is exactly the tone I was aiming for. I’m excited that we’ve created a show that not only reflects daily routines of littlies but also gently educates and entertains both kids and their caregivers. At Nick Jr. our whole philosophy is play along and learn and I think we have created something special that kids will want to play along with, giggle with, and grow with . I am most proud of the authentic warmth and humour, and the gentleness of the world we created out of fluff, and paint and a whole lot of love.

To find out more about Didi and B, to watch Didi and B. videos and to check out some fun activities visit www.nickjr.com.au.

  26 Responses to “Sunday Coffee with Didi and B.”

  1. My son is already obssessed with B from didi and B are they toys availible as I’d live to get him a B teddy

    • Didi and B. fans will be pleased to know that there is now a special Didi and B. app available in the Apple iTunes App store. Enjoy!

  2. Hi I have the same question as Naomi, is there anywhere that we can buy the Didi and B toys? Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Alysia and Naomi,

      Unfortunately there are no Didi and B. toys available just yet, but who knows in the near future! I will make sure to let you know as soon as I hear some exciting news.

      Simone

      • My 8 month old stops whatever she is doing when Didi and B come on and tries to reach out to them. She particularly loves the Goodnight Song. We would also love some toys when they become available! I’ll keep checking in 🙂

        • Didi and B. fans will be pleased to know that there is now a special Didi and B. app available in the Apple iTunes App store. Enjoy!

  3. Firstly i just wanted to say what a wondeful job you and your team have done with creating Didi and B! My lovely little 31/2 year old is besotted by them and i have to admit that when they come on, i drop the washing basket and take a few minutes out to watch them along side my little girl, as they are such gorgeous wee puppets-heehee.
    So i myself am also very much looking forward to having my own fluffy DiDi and B when they are out in the shops! I also wondered if you ever have your devoted fans on the show, as my all my little girls wishes and dreams would come true if she got to be on the show to meet the puppets??? Shes very comfortable in front of a video camera and great little performer-not to mention she absolutely adorable (lol), so if there was ever a chance of getting her on id really really appreciate it if someone would email me about it! Anyway guys well done again and will be keeping an eye out in the shops for these cute wee characters! Keep up the good work.
    Kind Regards
    Michaela (mum) and little Lily (besotted with B).

    • Didi and B. fans will be pleased to know that there is now a special Didi and B. app available in the Apple iTunes App store. Enjoy!

  4. My 6 month old has been loving Didi & B for months. His face just lights up and smiles so much when they come on. His favourite is the Dazzle Day song (I’d say it’s mines too, haha), I always play it for him on my phone on YouTube. I have been searching the net for months looking for a set of Didi & B toys and would love to know when some come out. My 2 year old is into Dora, but he stops and watches when they come on. It’s the cutest thing and we all love them here:)
    Cheers
    Michelle

    • Didi and B. fans will be pleased to know that there is now a special Didi and B. app available in the Apple iTunes App store. Enjoy!

  5. HI Kristie
    Just a short note to say thankyou for Didi and B. I have been taking care of my two nieces for 3 weeks and have just be introduced to the show. My 3 year old niece and myself just get into fits of giggles with B when he says the random ‘Bananas’. His laughter is so infectious. (I agree with you that Jordon voice is perfect!). The songs are just gorgeous as well and listening to my niece singing along, I have to suppress the urge to go over and hug her to death!
    Keep up the great work.
    Regards Tracey

    • Didi and B. fans will be pleased to know that there is now a special Didi and B. app available in the Apple iTunes App store. Enjoy!

  6. My son loves Didi but has a special place in his heart for his favourite B, I really hope you guys are working on some plush toys for in time for Christmas! Ones that sing songs in their original gorgeous voices would be awesome!!!

    • Didi and B. fans will be pleased to know that there is now a special Didi and B. app available in the Apple iTunes App store. Enjoy!

  7. My 11 month old daughter just loves them too! No matter what she is doing, she will stop and start to dance when they come on the TV. We are actually having a Didi & B themed cake for her first birthday next month! Can’t wait to see her little face when her favourite little characters are sitting on top on her cake. Looking forward to merchandise! Would probably buy the lot haha.

    • Didi and B. fans will be pleased to know that there is now a special Didi and B. app available in the Apple iTunes App store. Enjoy!

  8. My daughter loves didi and bee,I mean loves,is there is toys if them or something??

    • Didi and B. fans will be pleased to know that there is now a special Didi and B. app available in the Apple iTunes App store. Enjoy!

  9. We also love Didi and B, and would love to buy a toy.. Hope they become available soon, keep up the good work xo Thanku

    • Didi and B. fans will be pleased to know that there is now a special Didi and B. app available in the Apple iTunes App store. Enjoy!

  10. My 12 month old son is also in love with didi and b, he stop every time it is on and yells b b. I would also love some toys and DVD’s hope they are out soon.

    • Didi and B. fans will be pleased to know that there is now a special Didi and B. app available in the Apple iTunes App store. Enjoy!

  11. My granddaughter Kaylee just loves Didi and B she here’s them on yells out to me to come quick Didi and B are on nanny hurry up!! She sits and singsalong with a great big smile it’s a delight to see, we can’t wait for toys etc

  12. My 10 month old son has loved Didi and B ever since he saw the first episode. The smile on his face every time the show (or even the promo) is on is fantastic! Thanks a million for creating such a fantastic pair of positive characters, can’t wait for the plush toys, please bring them to market soon!

  13. We LOVE Didi & B. My daughter (3) one day started running around screaming BANANAS at everyone and I couldnt figure out where she got it from! Cant wait for a dvd and toys to come out!

  14. Didi & B is really a miracle show! Bubba started watching it when he was 8 months old and just really loves it! Especially the Goodnight song and the B song! He stops (even from crying) when he hears it on Nick Jr. I hope you have a CD or DVD available and toys too! He loves B a lot! Wonderful job to the creators! Thank you!

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