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Sun baby returns to haunt your nightmares as Netflix unveils Teletubbies reboot

Jayden Collins

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Sun baby returns to haunt your nightmares as Netflix unveils Teletubbies reboot

Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po will be making their grand return to our TV screens as Netflix is planning on a Teletubbies reboot.

Already having flashbacks of that creepy sun baby staring into my soul.

Over the hill, but not too far away the Teletubbies are coming to play on the streaming giant come this November.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the preschool-show reboot is part of a slate of shows coming to Netflix targeted at young children in the next couple of months. 

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The show will once again feature the four coloured characters exploring and discovering their world and will be narrated by Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess.

It will premiere on November 14 and will join a lineup of new kids' shows such as Spirit Rangers, Princess Power, and returning seasons of Waffles + Mochi’s Restaurant and Gabby’s Dollhouse.

For 90s kids, the television-wearing, gibberish-speaking fellers were an integral part of their childhood. 

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Whether that be for their entertaining nonsense or the nightmares that sun baby starred in. 

The original series only lasted four years between 1997 and 2001, but in that time became a commercial success and earned multiple BAFTA awards and was nominated for two Daytime Emmys.

Credit: Teletubbies.
Credit: Teletubbies.

These kids really have some swing on those awards shows.

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Back in 1999, right-wing pastor Jerry Falwell accused the show of promoting LGBTQ values.

He accused Tinky Winky of pushing gay-pride propaganda as he carried a bag and was ‘purple - the gay-pride colour; and his antenna is shaped like a triangle - the gay-pride symbol’.

The comments in fact only served to raise the show’s profile. 

You heard it here folks, Tinky Winky - certified LGBTQ icon. 

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Although the head of the show’s production company, Ken Viselman noted that Tinky Winky is ‘not gay’.

Adding: “He’s not straight. He’s just a character in a children’s series. I think that we should just let the Teletubbies go and play in Teletubbyland and not try to define them.”

The series was rebooted in 2015 and premiered on CBeebies in the United Kingdom and on Nick Jr in the United States, running for three years until 2018.

Shows from the original series are still being aired today, showcasing just how beloved the show was - by children at least.

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For parents, the characters could most definitely be a little grating.

So time for those kids that grew up making their parents listen through balderdash throughout their childhood to cop it with their own kids.

Hopefully sun baby doesn’t haunt their dreams this time around.

Featured Image Credit: Teletubbies.

Topics: TV and Film, Netflix

Jayden Collins
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