Mais oui, oui! French toddlers give Noddy the nod

17th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

17 May 2004, PARIS - Noddy is the favourite fictional TV character for French two to four year-olds, beating even Babar the Elephant and Asterix, according to a poll just released.

17 May 2004

PARIS - Noddy is the favourite fictional TV character for French two to four year-olds, beating even Babar the Elephant and Asterix, according to a poll just released.

Oui-Oui, as Enid Blytoin's blue-bonneted, spotted-scarved creation is known in France, topped the survey carried out by marketing firm Logistix Kids World-Wide, which questioned 250 families of French toddlers.

Noddy, whose adventures appear on French TV in a regular cartoon series, polled 23 percent of the vote, against 19 percent for Babar, both arriving ahead of French folklore hero Asterix, as well as characters like The Teletubbies, Winnie the Pooh and Bob the Builder.

A spokesman for Chorion, the company that owns Blyton's copyrights, said: "We see Noddy as quintessentially British, but he is a favourite all over the world."

Blyton, who also produced the best selling Famous Five series of children's books, created Noddy in 1949, with his first appearance in Noddy Goes to Toyland. It wasn't until 1962 that the plum-cheeked, puppet-like boy character crossed the Channel for the first translated book publication in France.

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