In a long-forgotten valley, deep in the Australian bush, rages an endless battle between the lazy Bottersnikes and the good-natured Gumbles.
The Bottersnikes are smelly, miserable creatures, with green, scaly skin and pointy ears that go red when they’re angry (which is most of the time). They live in a giant junkyard, and their favourite foods are rusty nails and barbecued mattress stuffing.
Gumbles are the most cheerful creatures in the bush. They can be squashed into any shape without being hurt (although when flattened completely they need help getting back into shape), and love a good giggle.
They spend their days gumbling along, and trying to avoid getting caught and squished by their obnoxious neighbours.
The much-loved Bottersnikes and Gumbles books of the 70’s have been brought to life in an award-winning CGI kids’ series of the same name. The animated adventures are aimed at children aged 6 to 9, and contain just the right amount of grossness to delight and entertain.
My girls were transfixed, giggling away as they watched the Gumble heroes, Tink, Bounce and Willi, outwit the lazy Bottersnikes. But if you think these are JUST tales of silliness, think again – there’s an underlying environmental message that draws attention to damage done to the bush by littering.
As the Gumbles would say – that’s awesomazing!
Bottersnikes and Gumbles has been airing on CBBC for a while now, and will launch on Netflix UK tomorrow (19 August). And if your little ones can’t get enough of the slimy Snikes or the giggly Gumbles, they can subscribe to the YOU TUBE channel for fun clips, songs and content of kids playing Gumble Run, a game based on the series that you can find on the CBBC website.
Happy gumbling everyone.