Driver Dan’s Story Train
52 x 11 mins new series for preschool boys and girls on CBeebies
TX date – 9 January 2010 at 12:30
Interactive CGI animated/live-action mix, produced in HD.
Click on the image to the right to see a trailer of this great show!
Launching on CBeebies this January 2010, “Driver Dan’s Story Train” is a CGI animated/live-action series that welcomes its young audience aboard The Story Train, with its cast of loveable new animated friends, led by the grown-up lion, Driver Dan.
The “Driver Dan’s Story Train” television series captures all the magic of storybooks and storytelling … Choosing, telling, sharing, listening, remembering …
Each episode begins with Dan driving The Story Train from a page in a pop-up book into a bright, fresh and vibrantly coloured three-dimensional world. Here, he collects the day’s passengers for some fun and adventures, inviting the audience to guess who it is and join in the fun. It might be Loopy, the dinosaur who is always bouncing around and ready for fun, or Tallulah, the elephant, remembering things and looking out for everyone. Or Precious, the enthusiastic and inquisitive camel, or the rabbit twins, Hip and Hop, identical but opposite in every way. Or maybe the gentle, shy, nature-loving panda, Sweetie, the youngest and cutest of them all. Each one has their own special train carriage too, reflecting their individual characters, which Dan also picks up and attaches to The Story Train as he goes. Loopy’s carriage opens into a trampoline, Precious has a sand-pit, Hip and Hop have a whole playground, whilst Sweetie has a garden around hers.
At the end of their adventure, the friends’ carriages are hitched up to The Story Train and Driver Dan drives them at last to Story Corner. There, they snuggle up on the cozy cushions to listen as Dan reads from one of the special books that he keeps in the Library carriage on The Story Train. As he reads, we see the illustrations of the storybook itself so that at the end of the story, when Dan invites the audience at home to “Show me the story!”, real live-action children leap into the pages of the storybook where they act out their favourite bits amongst the characters and scenes from the illustrations themselves. Then it’s time to say goodbye, as Dan and The Story Train drive off into the distance. But do come back soon, because we all love stories!
“Driver Dan’s Story Train” is an original, entertaining and engaging show that introduces young children to the wonder of storybooks. It holds at its heart the importance of pre-literacy, delivered through a cast of special, new friends and the age-old art of storytelling. Choosing, telling, sharing, listening, remembering …. because stories matter.
Episode 1 - Dance Yourself Dizzy
Driver Dan reads Congo Conga by Rachel Dawson
Episode 2 - Bigger and Bigger
Driver Dan reads Ben's Birthday by George Tarry
Episode 3 - Vrooms Go Crash
Driver Dan reads And They're Off! by Rachel Dawson
Episode 4 - Loopy Cake
Driver Dan reads Pirate Pie by Gillian Corderoy
Episode 5 - Hide and Sheep
Driver Dan reads I Can Do That by Vivian French
Episode 6 - Special Friends
Driver Dan reads One Stripey Seed by Gillian Corderoy
Episode 7 - All Play Together
Driver Dan reads Boing Bang A Toot by Dave Ingham
Episode 8 - What's Wrong With Angus
Driver Dan reads Leon Knows by James Mason
Episode 9 - Surprise
Driver Dan reads Down at the Waterhole by Dave Ingham
Episode 10 - I Can Do, You Can Do
Driver Dan reads Sir Tiny by Dave Ingham
Episode 11 - Tallulah's Favourite Food
Driver Dan reads Bob & the Big Red Apple by Art Taylor
Episode 12 - I wish I Was
Driver Dan reads Little Weed by Dave Ingham
Episode 13 - We're Not the Same
Driver Dan reads Playtime by Sue Nicholson
The series was created and designed by Rebecca Elgar, produced by Teresa Reed and Estelle Hughes and directed by Mark Taylor.
“Driver Dan’s Story Train” is a 3Line Media and twofour54 Abu Dhabi production for CBeebies UK.
The featured Voice Artists are Peter Serafinowic as the voice of Driver Dan, with Maria Darling and Alex Kelly.