Teletubbies are back in a brand new reboot of Netflix, but not everyone is thrilled with the first look at the revived kids show.
Netflix released a teaser trailer for their revival on Tuesday, revealing the return of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po and introducing new narrator Tituss Burgess.
While the reboot looks largely unchanged in design, some fans are outraged by one major difference.
Coming soon: Teletubbies are back in a brand new Netflix reboot, but not everyone is charmed by the first look at the revived kids show
While the original British show, which ran between 1997 and 2001, was filmed on a real outdoor set in England, the American team’s reboot relies more on CGI.
The original sun-baby has also had a CGI makeover, and some fans aren’t thrilled with the new iconic image that greets viewers at the start of each episode.
“I’ll never be able to find out what they did to Sun. Just get back on this,” one critic wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo of the original Sun baby.
“Of all the things that need to change for Netflix’s US dub, why the Sun Baby, and by the way, why are they doing it in the laziest, most inconsistent way possible? It never broke, so why try to fix it?’ another agreed.
Fresh Faces: While the reboot looks largely unchanged in design, some fans are outraged by one big difference: the new look sun-baby
Original: The original sun baby has had a CGI makeover and some fans aren’t happy with the new image greeting viewers at the beginning of each episode (pictured, the original sun baby)
‘Couldn’t they even make it yellow? The other versions worked fine.’
“Honestly, the baby sun really bothers me. They could have made the baby’s head yellow to resemble a sun like the other versions. Here it looks like a giant baby head floating in the air, it’s just weird.’
“Okay, even ignoring the fact that they’re rebooting the TELETUBBIES for some wicked reason, why isn’t the Baby Sun….not a sun…?
Raging: ‘I will never be able to find out what they did to Sun. Just go back to this,” wrote one critic
New faces: two kids appear in the trailer for the new reboot as sun-baby
Jess Smith, of Chatham, Kent, was selected as the original giggling baby sun when she was just nine months old.
Speaking to the BBC about how she got the part, the former child star explained: “I was weighed in the hospital. My mom took me and it just happened to be the same time the producer of the old series came in and wanted the hospital to contact them if they saw smiley babies.
“It was just a matter of sitting in front of a mirror and a camera and my dad was playing with toys and racing cars and things like that to try and make me laugh at the camera.”
In 2014, Jess – who has not pursued an acting career – revealed that she only revealed her secret during a game with her college friends – where they all had to say something about themselves that no one else would guess.
Reboot: The original Teletubbies are pictured in Teletubby land in 1997. At the time, the show was filmed on a real outdoor set in England, with the Netflix reboot appearing to use a lot more computer-generated footage
She then used Facebook to confirm it was her — and photos show she still has the same sassy face.
Jess joked, “I thought I might as well tell them because I’m going to be spending the next three years with them. My mother is really overjoyed.’
In addition, the child star welcomed her first baby in 2021.
Teletubbies’ 26 new episodes will hit the screen on November 14 and is the second revival of the iconic British show, which first ran between 1997 and 2001. It was revived in 2015 and went off screen again in 2018.
Child star: Jess Smith, of Chatham, Kent, was selected as the original giggling baby sun when she was just nine months old – pictured at age 19
The show’s creator, Anne Wood, is said to be worth $170 million in 2000, with Netflix’s revival of her biggest hit set to swell her coffers even more.
The Teletubbies reboot is led by the co-creator and writer of the original series, Andrew Davenport, who is collaborating with fellow writer Catherine Williams. The first season will consist of 26 12-minute episodes.
The show will bring back a crew who worked on the series that aired on Nick Jr. from 2015 to 2018. in the United States, including Jeremiah Krage, Nick Kellington, Rebecca Hyland and Rachelle Beinart to reprise the roles of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, La-La and Po,
They’re back! Teletubbies 26 new episodes set to release on November 14 and is the second revival of the iconic British show