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Developed by  Sleepy Kids
Ending theme  Instrumental Theme
Final episode date  25 March 1996
Written by  Brian Trueman
Networks  ITV, Fox Kids
5.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Animated series
Theme music composer  Dennis C. Brown
First episode date  4 January 1994
Created by  Sarah, Duchess of York
Number of seasons  3
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Opening theme  Paul K. Joyce (Main Title Theme)
Country of origin  United Kingdom Canada United States
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Budgie the Little Helicopter is a series of children's books and animated television series relating to a fictional character 'Budgie' and his friends. The characters were based on the books by Sarah, Duchess of York. The show was coproduced by Fred Wolf Films Dublin, The Sleepy Kids Company and Sarah, Duchess of York for The west version of HTV for ITV and Scottish Television Enterprises, and originally aired on British television in 1994 on CITV, where it ran for 39 episodes. A range of videos, books, and toys were released under the Budgie label.


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On release of the first book, the Duchess was accused by the media of copying the idea for the series from an out-of-print 1960 book Hector the Helicopter, by A.W. Baldwin, which she denied.

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Main aircraft

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  • Budgie the Little Helicopter (Voiced by Richard Pearce) — Budgie is a small blue helicopter (that seems to resemble a Bell 206) with a big yellow cap covering his entire airframe. He lives and works at Harefield Airfield, and he and Pippa are best friends. He can be cheeky and troublesome, but he works hard too, and continuously tries to please Lionel. He will also bravely come to the assistance of people in danger. He hates going through the heli-wash, and avoids doing so whenever he can. A white teddy bear named Snowy can almost always be seen carried in a pocket on Budgie's starboard side (although in "Budgie Takes a Catch", he was changed to two lollipops instead). His catchphrase is "Rocketing Rotors!"
  • Pippa the Green Plane (voiced by Abigail MacVean) — Pippa (inspired by a Piper Warrior aircraft) is a small green single-engined monoplane with a tuft of yellow hair and a big pink bow. She was the second aircraft to arrive at Harefield Airfield, and at first, teased Budgie and called him a yo-yo. After a race and several comparisons about who was the best, they both became firm friends. She enjoys helping out, and also loves using the heli-wash (as opposed to Budgie).
  • Chuck the American Helicopter (voiced by Kerry Shale) (was stated in the second TV episode as being a Boeing CH-47 Chinook) - is a twin-rotored helicopter. He comes from America and does not understand British English well. He sometimes gets cocky and likes to show off, but this led him to trouble when he disrupted an air show and finished up in a pond. He also has a bad habit of calling Lionel "Captain".
  • Lionel the Aircraft in Charge (voiced by Jeremy Nicholas) - Lionel is the senior helicopter in the series (influenced by a Westland Lynx). He does not take kindly to Budgie, Pippa, or especially Chuck causing trouble and making themselves nuisances, but he keeps things in order with his patient but firm ways. He insists on cleanliness from all aircraft at all times. His catchphrase is "Juddering joysticks!"
  • Other aircraft

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  • Patsy the American stunt plane (was stated by Lionel as being a Pitt's Special).
  • Wally the old Supermarine Walrus
  • Jean Claude the pompous French Concorde
  • Jasper Jeer-jet. Jasper was a joker to start off and kept on radioing Harefield Airfield pretending there was an emergency, but when he really did need help in a storm, Budgie came to his rescue, and since then Jasper has realised it is not a good idea to play the fool all the time.
  • Henley the three-winged propeller-driven 1930's airliner
  • Olivia The Edgley Optica
  • Dougie The Police Helicopter (only in Eye in The Sky)
  • The Emerald Helicopter (only in Eye in The Sky)
  • Unnamed Boeing 747 jet plane in The Plane that Cried Wolf
  • The naughty Piper plane, Pippa's "double" (only in Double Trouble)
  • Aircraft Carrier Helicopter
  • Gloria The Glider
  • Mini Planes (only appeared in Deep Sleep)
  • Three other gliders
  • Gus the Guppy (based on an Aero Spacelines Super Guppy), is a huge American transport aircraft.
  • Harvey the grey Royal Navy BAE Sea Harrier jet fighter. Harvey appeared in All at Sea and Boats, Boots and Budgie. His name was revealed in Blown Up Let down. He speaks with a traditional Royal Navy pilot voice.
  • Harvey's 2 BAE Sea Harrier brothers
  • Buddy the Sikorsky Skycrane
  • 3 French Super Jets (from Budgie Barges In)
  • Genevieve – a French female Jodel D11 aircraft (The Air Show and Budgie Barges In)
  • White jet plane with blue line (only appeared in magazines)
  • Other planes and helicopters (only appeared in books)
  • Monsieur the Mime Helicopter (only appeared in books)
  • Bobby the Blue Helicopter (only appeared in books)
  • Western the Mexican Plane (only appeared in books)
  • Unnamed blue helicopter (only appeared in magazines)
  • Hot air balloons (only appeared in The Balloon Goes Up)
  • Spaceship (only appeared in magazines)
  • Non-aircraft characters

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  • Dell the yellow Baggage cart Towing Truck (voiced by Jeff Rawle, who also serves as the narrator)
  • Smokey the airfield fire engine
  • Don the blue stairs lorry
  • Ernest the tractor
  • Julie the posh purple vintage car
  • Nosey the driller (spoofed on The Three Stooges)
  • Backhoe the Backhoe Loader (spoofed on The Three Stooges)
  • Sonia The Limousine
  • Jake the Steam Train
  • Fred the Canal Barge
  • Harry The Inflatable Boat (only appeared in Blown Up Let Down)
  • Gimbus The Cement Mixer (only appeared in Budgie Sticks To It)
  • Cubey the Stuck Up ROV Submarine (only appeared in the last episode)
  • Sharkey The Aircraft Carrier (only appeared in the book Budgie Goes To The Sea)
  • Unnamed Blue Car (only appeared in Boom Boom Budgie)
  • Pirate Ship (only appeared in magazines)
  • Tugboat (only appeared in magazines)
  • Aircraft Carriers (only Appeared in Books)
  • Human characters

  • Mrs Nancy Kitchen
  • Ben Kitchen
  • Lucy Kitchen
  • Mike Sprocket the mechanic
  • Ken Wrench the mechanic
  • The control tower operator
  • Animal characters

  • Rabbit
  • Fergus the cat
  • Oliver the hangar owl
  • The hangar mouse
  • Cast

  • Richard Pearce
  • Abigail MacVean
  • Jeremy Nicholas
  • Kerry Shale
  • Jeff Rawle
  • Ray Lonnen
  • Tony Jackson
  • William Vanderpuye
  • Melvyn Hayes
  • Pippa Haywood
  • Peter Lloyd
  • Ania Sowinski
  • Zoe Hodges
  • Adrian Hansel
  • CGI Series

    A CGI Remake of that series is in Pre-production being produced by UmberellaFX, with Sophie Aldred will be voicing as Budgie. coming in 12 March 2018.

    Home video releases

    In 1997, UAV Entertainment released some episodes of the series on individual VHS tapes and the complete series tapes were also released. A 1997 film special titled Budgie the Little Helicopter: The Movie also was released on VHS and Redesigned into a Theatrical-release by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment. Two DVDs were released in the UK in 2004 and 2006 with selected episodes. In 2007 Jigsaw Entertainment released the complete series on DVD in Australia and New Zealand.

    International broadcast

  • Australia
  • ABC (18 November 1994 – 26 January 2001)
  • Israel
  • Israeli Educational Television (1997)
  • Chile
  • Canal 13 (1999–2006)
  • Megavision (2004–2009)
  • Chilevisión (1999–2000)
  • UCV TV (1998–present)
  • Telecanal (2007–present)
  • TVU (Chile) (2011–present)
  • Portugal
  • TVI (1996)
  • Canal Panda (2006–2007)
  • Indonesia
  • Spacetoon (2005–2010)
  • Global TV (2002–2011)
  • Poland
  • TVP1
  • TVP2
  • MiniMini
  • Minimax
  • Russia
  • BETTA (1998)
  • Telenyanya (2009–2010)
  • Middle East
  • Spacetoon (2016–present)
  • The Fox Clubhouse (1994–1996)
  • Fox Family (1999)
  • Disney Channel (1995-1999)
  • Playhouse Disney (2000-2012)
  • France 3 (1997-presents)
  • References

    Budgie the Little Helicopter Wikipedia

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