Tinga Tinga Tales

Tinga Tinga Tales


June 19, 2018

The Tinga Tinga Tales


The immense popularity of Tinga Tinga Art eventually culminated and inspired Tinga Tinga Tales, a British–Kenyan children's television series, based on African folk tales and aimed at 4 to 6-year-olds.

It was commissioned by the BBC for its CBeebies channel, and by Disney Channel for its Disney Junior block. Named after Tingatinga art from Tanzania.

Tinga Tinga Tales was produced in Nairobi, Kenya by Homeboyz Animation, a studio of approximately 50 people. The music is produced by Kenyan singer-songwriter Eric Wainaina. The series comprises 52 episodes.

The series was first conceived by Claudia Lloyd, head of animation at the London-based Tiger Aspect Productions, while travelling through Africa. The first three episodes premiered on the BBC website in early February 2010. The distribution rights have been bought by Entertainment Rights.

Main characters

  • Monkey (voice by Eugene Muchiri (UK)/Geoffrey Curtin (US)): He's the narrator for all episodes.

  • Elephant (voice by Lenny Henry): He has a tiny brain that makes noise when shaken.

  • Lion (voice by Patrice Naiambana): He's well known as the king of Tinga Tinga since he found his roar.

  • Hippo (voice by Johnnie Fiori): She usually lives in the Tinga Tinga waterhole.

  • Tickbird (voice by Tameka Empson (UK)/Elizabeth Curtin (US)): She became hippo's best friend ever since she beat her in a "sea drinking contest".

  • Monkey 2 (voice by Ben Spybey): Monkey's brother.

  • Monkey 3 (voice by Faraaz Meghani): The youngest monkey in Tinga Tinga.

  • Tortoise (voice by Shaun Parkes): The genius in Tinga Tinga and also Elephant's best friend.

African characters

  • Buffalo (voice by Lenny Henry)

  • Bat (voice by Prince Abura (UK)/Jules de Jongh (US))

  • Frog (voice by Wakanyote Njuguna)

  • Warthog (voice by Kennie Andrews)

  • Porcupine (voice by Catherine Wambua)

  • Crocodile (voice by Edward Kwach)

  • Chameleon (voice by Patrick Kayeki (UK)/Kerry Shale (US))

  • Hare (voice by Felix Dexter (UK)/John Guerrasio (US))

  • Vulture (voice by Felix Dexter (UK)/Lorelei King (US))

  • Giraffe (voice by Miriam Margolyes)

  • Lizard (voice by Junior Simpson)

  • Eagle (voice by Ninia Benjamin)

  • Mosquito (voice by Ninia Benjamin)

  • Bushbaby (voice by Bhumi Patel)

  • Cheetah (voice by Angelina Koinange (UK)/Sophie Okonedo (US))

  • Snake (voice by Johnny Daukes (UK)/Dan Russell (US))

  • Aardvark (voice by Johnny Daukes)

  • Puff Adder (voice by Johnny Daukes)

  • Jackal (voice by Terence Reis)

  • Rhino (voice by Terence Reis)

  • Ants (voice by Terence Reis)

  • Chief Ant (voice by Peter King)

  • Lieutenant Ant (voice by Eric Wainaina)

  • Wildebeests (voice by Terence Reis)

  • Zebra (voice by Eddie Kadi (UK)/Dan Russell (US))

  • Parrot (voice by Eddie Kadi)

  • Flamingo (voice by Flaminia Cinque)

  • Ostrich (voice by Janet Suzman)

  • Camel (voice by Paul Shearer in season 1 and Jim Cummings in season 2)

  • Dragonfly (voice by Corine Onyango)

  • Leopard – (voice by Dona Croll)

  • Hyena (voice by Stephen K Amos)

  • Millipede/Pediless (voice by Stephen K Amos)

  • Baboon (voice by Anton Rice)

  • Owl (voice by Meera Syal)

  • Guinea Fowl (voice by Rosemary Leach)

  • Mole (voice by Sophie Thompson)

  • Meerkat (voice by Morwenna Banks)

  • Hen (voice by Lindiwe Brown Mkhize)

  • Antelope (voice by Claudia Lloyd)

  • Bees (voice by Claudia Lloyd)

  • Queen Bee (voice by Penelope Keith)

  • Fish (voice by Claudia Lloyd)

  • Cricket (voice by Derek Griffiths)

  • Cubs (voice by Tracy Rabar, Mikayla Odera, Cullie Ruto)

  • Tinga Tinga Birds (voice by Atemi Oyungu, Muthoni Mburu)

North American characters

Asian characters

Ocean characters

  • Whale (voice by Ruth Madoc)

  • Crab (voice by Terence Reis)

Mysterious characters


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