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The Official BBC Children in Need Medley is a single by Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band. It is the official Children in Need Single for 2009, and was released on 21 November 2009. The cover art is a parody of the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles.

History

The project was carried out in top secret at the request of executive producer Peter Kay. Celebrities and voice artists who voiced characters' original vocals were brought in without being told details of the project. When contacted by Cartoon Network Studios Casey Kasem agreed to take part on the condition that Shaggy was shown to be a vegetarian and asked not to be given credit as he was officially retired.[2][3]

The project had taken 132 hours to mix the vocals of the seven different songs, 8 months to animate and around two years in total. Many of the original character models had been packed away, given to museums or burnt. Where possible the originals were found and transported to Chapman Studios in Altrincham from all over the world. In cases where the original models no longer existed, such as the characters from Camberwick Green and Trumpton[4], new ones were created.

Because permission was not given by Royal Mail to use their current logo, Postman Pat's van was a modified model from the most recent series with no logo.[5]

The single raised at least £170,000 for Children in Need after more than 265,000 CD, DVD and download sales by mid-December 2009.[6]

Composition

The single is a medley of multiple songs played out in the following order:

I. "Can You Feel It" - The Jacksons (1981) (0:00 - 1:08)

II. "Don't Stop" - Fleetwood Mac (1976) (1:08 - 2:27)

III. "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" From The Film (Slumdog Millionaire) - A.R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls (2009) (2:12 - 2:41)

IV. "Tubthumping" - Chumbawamba (1997) (2:41 - 3:00)

V. "Never Forget" - Take That (1995) (3:00 - 3:18)

VI. "Hey Jude" - The Beatles (1968) (3:18 - 4:30)

VII. "One Day Like This" - Elbow (2009) (3:37 - 4:30)

The music video shows the Animated All Star Band meeting and recording the song in a studio, parodying other charity songs in the style of Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?", with Big Chris, the character voiced by Kay in Roary the Racing Car, first arranging the recording session and then leading the singing. Most of the contributions are stop motion characters. Those who are not are displayed on a TV screen with in the stop motion world "via satellite"

Characters

HIT Entertainment and Classic Media

  • Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps (AB)
  1. Angelina Ballerina
  • Barney & Friends (BF)
  1. Barney
  2. B.J.
  3. Baby Bop
  4. Riff
  • Bob the Builder (BB)
  1. Bob the Builder
  2. Wendy
  3. Farmer Pickles
  4. Spud
  5. Scoop
  6. Pilchard
  7. 5 unnamed photographers
  8. 1 cameraman
  9. 1 man at mixing desk
  • Fireman Sam (FS)
  1. Fireman Sam
  2. Firefighter Elvis Cridlington
  3. Station officer Basil Steele
  4. Firefighter Penny Morris
  • Kipper
  • Pingu
  • Postman Pat (PP)
  1. Postman Pat
  2. Jess
  3. Ajay Bains
  4. Nisha Bains
  5. Sara Clifton*
  6. Mrs Goggins
  7. Ted Glen
  • Rubbadubbers (RBD)
  1. Tubb
  2. Terence
  3. Finbar
  4. Reg*
  5. Sploshy
  6. Winona*
  7. Amelia*
  • Thomas and Firends (TF)
  1. Thomas the Tank Engine
  2. Percy the Small Engine*
  3. The Fat Controller*

Chapman Entertainment

  • Roary the Racing Car (RRC)
  1. Roary the Racing Car
  2. Big Chris
  3. Marsha
  4. Mr Carburettor
  5. Rusty
  6. Flash
  7. Big Christine
  8. Farmer Green
  • Fifi and the Flowertots (FFT)
  1. Fifi Forget me Not
  2. Mo
  3. Stingo
  4. Violet
  5. Bumble
  6. Primrose
  7. Slugsy
  8. Buttercup
  9. Daisy

Create Media Ventures

  • Little Robots (LR)
  1. Tiny
  2. Stretchy
  3. Scary
  4. Noisy
  5. Sporty

King Features Syndicate

  • Betty Boop (BB)
  1. Betty Boop
  • Popeye the Sailor (PS)
  1. Popeye
  2. Bluto
  3. Oilve Oyl

Woodland Animations Ltd.

  • Charlie Chalk (CC)
  1. Charlie Chalk
  2. Captain Mildred
  3. Lewis T. Duck
  4. Arnold the Elephant

Mike Joyce / Mixpix

  • Christopher Crocodile

BBC Studios

  • Muffin the Mule (WWM)
  • The Woodentops (WWM)
  1. Daddy Woodentop
  2. Mummy Woodentop
  3. Jenny Woodentop*
  • Flower Pot Men (WWM)
  1. Bill
  2. Ben
  • The Basil Brush Show
  1. Basil Brush
  • Andy Pandy (WWM)
  1. Andy Pandy
  2. Looby Loo
  3. Teddy
  • Children in Need
  1. Pudsey Bear

Danot Enterprises

  • The Magic Roundabout
  1. Dougal the Dog
  2. Florence

David Yates

  • The Flumps
  1. Perkin
  2. Posie
  3. Pootle

Aardman Animations

  • The Amazing Adventures of Morph
  1. Morph
  2. Chaz

Queensgate Productions

  • The Trapdoor (TD)
  1. Berk
  2. Boni*
  3. Drutt*

Walter Lantz Productions

  • Woody Woodpecker

Telemaginations Ltd

  • The Cramp Twins
  1. Lucien Cramp
  2. Wayne Cramp
  • The Telebugs (TT)
  1. Chip the White Telebug
  2. Samantha the Yellow Telebug
  3. Bug the Red Telebug
  4. Mic the Flying Video Pack

Cookie Jar Entertainment

  • Paddington Bear
  • The Herbs
  1. Parsley the Lion
  • The Wombles
  1. Alderney
  2. Orinoco
  3. Bungo
  4. Great Uncle Bulgaria*
  5. Wellington
  • Moschops
  1. Moschops
  2. Ally
  • The Gingerbread Man
  1. The Gingerbread Man
  2. Sleek the Mouse
  • Huxley Pig

Cosgrove Hall Films Ltd

  • Engie Benjy (EB)
  1. Engie Benjy
  2. Jollop the Dog
  • Rotten Ralph
  • Oakie Doke
  • Oh Mr. Toad (OMT)
  1. Mr. Toad

Ragdoll Productions

  • Teletubbies
  1. Tinky Winky
  2. Dipsy
  3. Laa-Laa
  4. Po
  • Rosie & Jim
  1. Rosie
  2. Jim
  3. Duck*
  • Brum
  • In the Night Garden (ING)
  1. Igglepiggle
  2. Upsy Daisy
  3. Makka Pakka
  4. Tombliboos
  5. Pinky Ponk
  • Tots TV (TT)
  1. Tilly
  2. Tom
  3. Tiny
  • Boohbah
  1. Humbah
  2. Zumbah
  3. Zing Zing Zingbah
  4. Jumbah
  5. Jingbah

E1 Entertainment

  • Peppa Pig
  1. Peppa Pig
  2. George

Yorkshire Television

  • The Riddlers (TR)
  1. Mossop
  2. Tiddler

ITV International Media Limited

  • Thunderbirds (TB)
  1. Virgil Tracy
  2. Brains
  3. Parker
  4. Lady Penelope

Ealing Animation

  • Old Bear Stories (OB)
  1. Old Bear
  2. Little Bear
  3. Rabbit
  4. Bramwell Brown
  5. Duck

Smallfilms

  • Bagpuss
  • Clangers
  1. Small Clanger

Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network Studios

  • Scooby-Doo
  1. Scooby Doo
  2. Shaggy
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy (EENE)
  1. Ed
  2. Edd
  3. Eddy
  • Ben 10: Alien Force
  1. Ben Tennyson
  • The Huckleberry Hound Show
  1. Huckleberry Hound
  • The Yogi Bear Show
  1. Yogi Bear

Nickelodeon Studios and Monster Animations

  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Roobarb
  1. Roobarb
  2. Custard
  • Fluffy Gardens
  1. Paolo the Cat
  2. Mavis the Pony
  3. Small Green Thing

Thames TV

  • Rainbow
  1. Zippy
  2. George
  • Chorlton And The Wheelies (CW)
  1. Chorlton
  2. Fenella
  3. Zoomer
  4. Jenny
  5. King Otto and Queen Doris
  6. The Minister
  • Button Moon (BM)
  1. Mr. Spoon
  • The Sooty Show (TSS)
  1. Sooty
  2. Sweep
  3. Soo

Gordon Murray's Productions

  • Camberwick Green
  1. Windy Miller
  • Trumpton
  1. Chippy Minton
  2. Miss Lovelace

Spellbound Entertainment Ltd

  • The Koala Brothers
  1. Frank the koala
  2. Buster the koala

Mark Mason Animation

  • The Forgotten Toys (FT)
  1. Annie
  • The Raggy Dolls (RD)
  1. Claude
  2. Dotty
  3. Princess

Characters with an asterisk (*) after their names appear on the cover montage but not in the music video itself.

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