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Published on February 24th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

Tree Fu Tom is Coming…

This is likely to be one of the most-hyped children’s shows yet, thanks mainly to the presence of David Tennant and former Doctor Who companion Sophie Aldred – but how will Tree Fu Tom compare with other animations such as Chuggington or Charlie & Lola?

It’s tricky to say right now, but at least we’ve got some videos of the time travelling voice over artists to find out more about the show.

Just so you’re in the loop, Tree Fu Tom (voiced by Sophie) is an ordinary eight-year-old boy who transforms at the beginning of every episode into a powerful, magical superhero, performing Tree Fu moves and prompting his young audience to copy him in order to create amazing magic that will help him save the day.

Here’s Sophie Aldred:

Meanwhile, here’s the quite famous David Tennant, who voices Twigs, Tom’s best friend and sidekick. He’s a – wait for it – tree sprite who goes everywhere with Tom and is the comic heart of the show. This tiny acorn sprite is like the wide-eyed, fun-loving, free-spirited and seriously silly child in each of us, apparently.

A few stills now of the artists and characters:

The production values of this new CBeebies show are clearly high. You should also be aware of the importance of the movements of Tree Fu Tom and their part in overcoming dyspraxia. The movements are designed to help all children – regardless of whether they have any movement challenges – to learn, practice and perfect the key skills and abilities crucial for development. While you might have reservations about youngsters performing strange movements in front of the TV, it seems there is nothing to worry about.

Tree Fu Tom starts on March 5th on the CBeebies channel.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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