Tree Fu Tom

Monday 20 February 2012, 12:00

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I'm Dan - Producer working in CBeebies and proud dad of a five-year-old daughter who watches CBeebies even when I'm not testing new programme ideas on her - so I hope that means we're doing something right!

I'm very pleased and proud to be able to say that Tree Fu Tom, the show I have been working on for the best part of five years, is soon to launch on the CBeebies channel.

We think Tree Fu Tom will be unlike anything you've ever seen before on CBeebies or anywhere on Children's TV.

Tree Fu Tom is a fun fast-paced adventure show which is packed with amazing roller-coaster action sequences, so will probably be most enjoyed by the older end of the CBeebies audience.

The show may surprise little ones - so if you do have younger children, you may want to watch the first episodes with them to talk about how exciting it is.

It's different but of course embodies everything you've come to expect and trust from a CBeebies show; everything always works out in the end and every episode has a strong emotional theme and a moral lesson.

In a nutshell, Tree Fu Tom is an epic, comedy, fantasy, action-adventure series following the amazing adventures of a young boy from our world called Tom.

Tom is able to create magic by doing sequences of cool-looking, simple, fun movements called 'Tree Fu'. Using Tree Fu, Tom is able to transform into a magical superhero, travelling to 'Treetopolis' - an enchanted, miniature world nestled in an ancient tree at the bottom of his garden.

In every adventure there are critical moments when Tom's normal action and magic skills are not enough to overcome the challenges that he and his friends face.

At these times the audience is encouraged to get up and copy Tom's Tree Fu moves to help create 'Big World Magic'. In this way, the audience can help Tom to save the day, and be heroes too!

Tree Fu Tom

What the children won't know is that the 'Tree Fu' spell moves they're copying have all been designed by Child Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists from the movements that experts use to help children with conditions like Dyspraxia to assist and enhance the development of all participating children (whether they have movement challenges or not).

The movements are designed to teach children new skills and help them improve their abilities in foundation movements essential for all complex movement - anything from learning to write to playing football.

I was inspired to create Tree Fu Tom because I found out that many children today are not being exposed to or experiencing the full range of movements they need to develop typically.

I felt that we should use the power of TV and the web to do something to support movement development at this critical time in their lives.

Tree Fu Tom is also a fully multiplatform production which means it comes with an amazing online experience through which children can enter the magical world of Treetopolis.

Using Webcam technology children can move to make Tree Fu magic and become the hero in amazing interactive action adventure stories with Tom and his friends.

So, as Tom says, "Come on, join in, time for Tree Fu!". I hope you enjoy the show!

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    I am a Paediatric OT, and one of my parents has just e-mailed to say she saw you on the BBC this morning talking about this new children's program.... I will watch with interest - a very good concept to incorporate developmental movements into a TV character show! I will definitely be one of your viewers :)

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    Comment number 3.

    Interesting -sounds good. Any plans in producing multilingual versions?

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    Comment number 4.

    hello my 10 yr old daughter and I will be watching this tonight together as she has dyspraxia and we are really interested in this programme even though it is on CBeebies.
    if it goes well would you think about expanding something for the older children with dyspraxia on cbbc?

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    Comment number 5.

    My 5 year old loved it! My Mum told me all about it because we are on a waiting list to see specialists regarding Dyspraxia for him and she had heard about it on Breakfast. He really liked joining in with Tom to make the magic work. I could see he struggled with some of the movements but over time I am sure that will improve as he gets used to it.

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    Comment number 6.

    I really didn't feel this was appropriate for my 3yr old - i like cbeebies because I know I can switch it on and whatever is showing will be suitable. Unfortunately neither she nor I liked this program and I certainly won't be letting her watch it again.
    It felt very much like something one would find on a satellite kids channel - very disappointed bbc!

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    Comment number 7.

    Wow, we LOVE this. Hooked already! Love the quality - it's brilliantly done. My 3 year old son (who spends most of every day being a superhero) really got into the character of Tree Fu Tom, and has been role playing him ever since. When watching, he loves joining in with the actions. My 6 year old daughter is similarly impressed with the programme. We will look forward to new episodes daily : D

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    Comment number 8.

    Congratulations on Tree Fu Tom - my three-year-old son is in love with "Treacle Tom" and enjoys trying to copy the moves. Sorry Octonauts you are history in this house...(sniff sniff...I shall miss Kwazi and Co).

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    Comment number 9.

    Well done BBC for providing Tree Fu Tom.
    My almost 4 year old has grown out of many of the CBeebies programmes and seems to think he's a 10 yr old already. He would be extremely happy if he was allowed to watch programmes like Ben 10, Spiderman etc... on other channels, which at his age are just not appropriate. He loves anything with superheroes and fighting which just seems to be innate inside little boys - we have certainly done nothing at all to encourage it!
    Tree Fu Tom, Mike the Knight and Andy's Wild Adventures all seem to have captured his interest, so thank you. I had no idea of the ideology behind Tree Fu Tom's moves until logging onto here either - what a clever idea. Rachel

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    Comment number 10.

    Are there plans to air this program in the US? I am sure my nieces would love it. My child won't be ready for this for a few years but I hope this will be on the air in the US when he/she is old enough to enjoy it.

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    Comment number 11.

    What a great program. My boy has just turned 4 and was getting bored with cbeebies and only liked Mike The Knight. Now he can't wait till Tree Fu Tom is on and does all the actions and waves goodbye at the end, plus he makes me do it! Great program!!

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    Comment number 12.

    My 2 year old son and I love this new show. He really enjoys copying Tom in doing the moves. We love watching this each day. Lovely show.

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    Comment number 13.

    My little boy is nearly 5 & his little brother is nearly 3. It is fantastic that a programme has come along which they both want to watch. I'm not sure it will become the favourite over Octonauts but they both do the actions. Mike the Knight is great too! Keep up the good work!

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    Comment number 15.

    My children aged 1 & 3 LOVE this programme. I had no idea that the moves were so carefully thought out. My 3yr old wonders how the boy has the magic to become a cartoon character. As a parent I love interactive programmes and think its great that the children get up out of their seats and concentrate on the moves! ..... and then look for their own magic land at the bottom of the garden. Great Cbeebies proogramme thanks!

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    Comment number 16.

    Fantastic programme, my 3yr old is completely enthralled by Tree Fu Tom. He now knows the moves to the spells and says 'it's not scary'! Well done on a great imaginative show. I hope it lasts as long as Mr Tumble!! Looking forward to the live shows as we will definitely have tickets! Ps where can u get the costume??

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    Comment number 17.

    My 6 and 2 year old have been hooked in with this one, to be honest I was a bit worried that it was based on the now discredited 'brain gym' nonsense. I was glad to come on here and see that it had been developed by physio's etc.

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    Comment number 18.

    I appreciate the idea behind Tree Fu Tom. However, I think you may have overestimated the attention span of your target audience! I feel the opening credits are far too long and that the 'moves' take too long to explain. It just doesn't 'flow' which spoils the storyline. (if you can find it...)
    Having said that, I can see what it's trying to achieve. Disappointed with this one I'm afraid.

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    Comment number 19.

    Both my daughters age 4 and 7 rush home to watch Tree Foo, they love it and jump off the sofa to stand side by side and make magic! My 7 year old has dyspraxia and recently started to shun programs on CBB's, she previously loved. I think this may be partly due to her age and partly because she has worked out how to use the remote! Thanks for thinking outside the box and providing something that is for the general population, which, includes children with extra developmental needs.

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    Comment number 20.

    I love this show on two levels--firstly I'm a mum of 3 young boys (3yrs - 8 yrs) and they all really enjoyed helping Tom with his magic spells. They were up and moving in no time. Secondly I'm a childrens OT and I'm delighted to see something like this which is designed to meet the needs of children with coordination difficulties. I frequently train teachers on this topic and I will make sure to mention this new programme as a means for them to engage more specific movement techniques in class. I especially like the interactive web site and think the magic dust is just that---magic!!

 

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