Tinga Tinga Tales - Season 1

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  • Why Cheetah Has Tears
    3/18/14
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    Why do Zebra have stripes and Leopard spots, Rhinos horns and Camels humps? Tinga Tinga Tales tells a modern, young audience what really happened. You see there was a time when Cheetah didn't have tears. She was the fastest animal in the whole of Tinga Tinga. Cheetah was faster than even the Wind. Every year Cheetah and Wind would race to see who was the fastest and every year Cheetah would win. Until one day..moreless
  • Why Meerkat Is Always on the Lookout
    3/27/14
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    Meerkat learns to always be on the lookout.
  • Why Squirrel Gathers Nuts
    3/27/14
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    Why do Zebra have stripes and Leopard spots, Rhinos horns and Camels humps? Tinga Tinga Tales tells a modern, young audience what really happened. There was a time when Squirrel didn't gather nuts; she was far too busy braiding her bushy tail. Then one day there is very little food in Tinga Tinga and Lion summons all the animals to pull together and help find food for everyone.moreless
  • Why Moles Live Under Ground
    3/20/14
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    Moles learn to live underground.
  • Why Cricket Chirrups
    4/1/14
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    Cricket discovers rhythm and begins to chirp.
  • Why Skunk Smells
    Why Skunk Smells
    Episode 47
    3/31/14
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    Skunk gets a foul smell after being tricked into tasting some bad fruit.
  • Why Eagle Rules the Skies
    3/28/14
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    Why do Zebra have stripes and Leopard spots, Rhinos horns and Camels humps? Tinga Tinga Tales tells a modern, young audience what really happened. There was a time when Eagle didn't rule the skies. She was a humble bird who kept herself to herself. But then one day things start going wrong for the birds - some beast steals Hen's eggs, Hummingbird loses her hum and Tickbird goes missing! Eagle quietly saves the day and Lion rewards her with half his Kingdom.moreless
  • Why Puffadder Sheds His Skin
    3/27/14
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    Puff Adder learns to shed his skin.
  • Why Buffalo Has Horns
    3/26/14
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    Why do zebras have stripes and leopards spots, rhinos horns and camels humps? Tinga Tinga Tales tells a modern, young audience what really happened. There was a time when Buffalo didn't have horns. He had long shaggy hair and he lived near the swamp. Then one day the swamp moves and Buffalo has to find a new home.moreless
  • Why Guinea Fowl Has Dots
    3/25/14
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    A guinea fowl gets its dots.
  • Why Bushbaby Has Big Eyes
    3/24/14
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    Why do Zebra have stripes and Leopard spots, Rhinos horns and Camels humps? Tinga Tinga Tales tells a modern, young audience what really happened. There was a time when Bushbaby didn't have big eyes. She had tiny little eyes and she was always getting lost. Strange things begin to happen and there are stories that Majitu the Great Giant has returned to Tinga Tinga. Young Bushbaby doesn't believe a word of it... until she sees the Giant herself.moreless
  • Why Parrot Can't Keep a Secret
    3/21/14
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    Parrot tries to keep a secret but has difficulty doing so.
  • Why Whale Spouts
    Why Whale Spouts
    Episode 40
    3/20/14
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    Whale learns to spout when a storm's strong winds carry her to a waterhole.
  • Why Aardvark Has a Sticky Tongue
    3/19/14
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    Why do zebras have stripes and leopards spots, rhinos horns and camels humps? Tinga Tinga Tales tells a modern, young audience what really happened. Aardvark didn't used to have a sticky tongue, just a long nose and big clumsy paws, and he found it very difficult to eat. Then one day Aardvark's tongue got stuck in the honey log! All his friends pulled and pulled until Aardvark's tongue finally came unstuck. From that day on Aardvark's tongue was all long and sticky - perfect for eating yummy termites.moreless
  • Why Peacock Struts
    Why Peacock Struts
    Episode 38
    3/18/14
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    Peacock learns to strut.
  • Why Bees Sting
    Why Bees Sting
    Episode 37
    3/18/14
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    Bees develop the ability to sting when their honey begins to disappear.
  • Why Baboon Has a Bare Bottom
    4/2/14
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    Why do Zebra have stripes and Leopard spots, Rhinos horns and Camels humps? Tinga Tinga Tales tells a modern, young audience what really happened. You see there was a time when Baboon didn't have a bare bottom and he was very naughty. Baboon loved to play tricks. He played tricks on Elephant. He played tricks on Ostrich. He even dared to play tricks on Lion, the King of Tinga Tinga! And then all the animals decided it was time for the tricks to stop and Baboon to get a dose of his own medicine.moreless
  • Why Hummingbird Hums
    3/21/14
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    Why do Zebra have stripes and Leopard spots, Rhinos horns and Camels humps? Tinga Tinga Tales tells a modern, young audience what really happened. There was a time when Hummingbird didn't hum. She was called Songbird and thought she could sing like a Bird, but sadly that was not the case. All the animals tried to help Songbird improve her singing but nothing worked. Then Tortoise has an idea, maybe Songbird can sing without opening her beak.moreless
  • Why Flea Jumps
    Why Flea Jumps
    Episode 34
    3/21/14
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    Flea learns to jump.
  • Why Ants Work Together
    3/18/14
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    Ants learn to work together.
  • Why Hyena Has Short Back Legs
    4/1/14
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    Why do Zebra have stripes and Leopard spots, Rhinos horns and Camels humps? Tinga Tinga Tales tells a modern, young audience what really happened. You see there was a time when Hyena didn't have short back legs. He was always chasing around and nipping other animals on the bottom. Then one day the animals had enough. It was time to teach that naughty Hyena a lesson!moreless
  • Why Leopard Has Spots
    4/30/14
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    Why do Zebra have stripes and Leopard spots, Rhinos horns and Camels humps? Tinga Tinga Tales tells a modern, young audience what really happened. You see there was a time when Leopard didn't have spots. All the animals had something special; Lion had his mane, Peacock his beautiful tail, Zebra his stripes - but Leopard was as plain as plain can be. Then one day Leopard made friends with Puff Adder with his bright colourful spots. (T) (Digital Dolby 5.1)moreless
  • Why Ostrich Sticks Her Head in the Ground
    There was a time when Ostrich was all covered in feathers, but wasn't very good at flying at all. Then one night Spider steals the feathers from Ostrich's neck and legs until she looks like a very big plucked chicken! The next day Ostrich is mortified and sticks her head in the ground so she looks just like a bush.moreless
  • 2/17/11
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    There was a time when Woodpecker didn't peck. All the birds had their very own sound, but Woodpecker didn't make a sound at all. Then one very dark night in Tinga Tinga, the Moon and the Stars disappear! The animals summon the birds to tell Lion, but Woodpecker can't pass the message on! Distraught, Woodpecker flies up to the skies, but where are the stars? And where is the Moon? In desperation Woodpecker pecks at the dark sky, and a star comes back, then another, then another! Everyone is delighted, no beast more than Woodpecker who now has her very own special sound - pecking.moreless
  • 5/7/11
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    Why does Flamingo stand on one leg? Well you see you have got to make room for the crabs!
  • 2/25/11
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    There was a time when Zebra was skinny and white all over. Eagle discovered the Great Cave. All were interested except for Zebra, who was happy munching and munching on his grass, getting fatter and fatter. Tortoise thought that a new black coat might help Zebra hide better in the savannah, so Zebra tried it on, but the coat was too tight and it ripped. Zebra has been stripy from then on.moreless
  • Why Lion Roars
    Episode 8
    2/24/11
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    You see there was a time when Lion had lost his roar. Crocodile was snapping at all the animals in Tinga Tinga and ruling over the Waterhole. Lion could do nothing about it as he had lost his roar. Then one day Flea told Lion that if Lion dares to enter the Great Cave of Tinga Tinga, maybe he will find his roar. Lion plucked up his courage and confronted the Great Cave. He roared with all his might. An even bigger roar came back, but Lion stood strong. He roared again and an even bigger roar came back. Lion's very own Echo! He found his roar! From that day on Lion has always roared with pride, showing any beast who's the real King of Tinga Tinga.moreless
  • 2/16/11
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    Why is Caterpillar never in a hurry? Well you see good things come to those who wait!
  • Why Rhino Charges
    Why Rhino Charges
    Episode 21
    7/17/14
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    Monkeys make Rhino a horn out of wood so he can go to the Dance of the Horns with all of the other horned animals.
  • Why Rhino Charges
    Episode 21
    5/3/11
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    You see there was a time when Rhino didn't charge and he couldn't see very well at all. Poor old Rhino really wanted to be invited to the Dance of the Horns up on the plains with Buffalo and all the other horned animals. But Rhino didn't have a horn, so he wasn't allowed. The Monkeys decided to help Rhino and made him a horn from a piece of old wood. But when Rhino woke up, he didn't know what it was. 'Aargh! Thing on the end of my nose! CHAAaarge!' And that's why Rhino charges.moreless
  • Why Mosquito Buzzes
    Why Mosquito Buzzes
    Episode 20
    7/16/14
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    Tinga Tinga Tales tells a modern, young audience why animals are as they are. Mosquito's tales send the whole of Tinga Tinga into a complete panic, so the animals decide to tie a grass around Mosquito's tail. From that day on Mosquito buzzes and everyone can swot her away rather than listen to her gossipy tales.moreless
  • Why Mosquito Buzzes
    Episode 24
    12/5/11
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    Why does Mosquito buzz? Well you see, it’s not good to tell tall tales.
  • Why Hare Hops
    Episode 11
    3/1/11
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    You see there was a time when Hare did not hop. He was one of the speediest animals in Tinga Tinga but none of the other animals wanted to race with him because Hare always won and it was boring. Then one day, slow-but-clever Tortoise decided to challenge Hare. At first Hare could not believe his luck, but then Tortoise won and he won and he won. When Hare realised it is not such fun being on the losing end, Tortoise let him hop past the finishing line in first place.moreless
  • 12/5/11
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    Why does Jackal howl at the moon? Well you see it’s because it’s made of MOOOooon honey!
  • 5/6/11
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    Why does Crocodile have a bumpy back? Well you see thats what happens when you get too much sun near too many Wildebeest.
  • 2/15/11
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    Why does Lizard hide under rocks? Well you see he is ashamed to show his naughty face.
  • 3/8/11
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    You see there was a time when Porcupine didn't have quills, she had the softest coat in all of Tinga Tinga and Jackal wanted it. Despite warnings from all the animals, Porcupine allowed Jackal to invite her to his cave to keep out of the rain. Porcupine took off her coat to allow it to dry, but while she slept, naughty Jackal ran off with it. When she awoke, Porcupine was covered in lots of tiny ant bites and they itched and they itched and they itched. Tortoise suggested Elephant squeeze some milk from the milky quill bush but Porcupine couldn't wait anymore and ran into the quill bushes to relieve her itching. Crash! Crash! Crash! Porcupine crashed through the quill bushes and emerged covered in spiky quills! The animals couldn't believe their eyes! But Porcupine was delighted as no beast would ever come near her sensitive skin ever again! Tales from Africa.moreless
  • 2/23/11
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    You see there was a time when Giraffe didn't have a long neck. Her neck was all short and stumpy, and she was a very delicate eater. All the food in Tinga Tinga seemed to make her tummy go funny. Then one day Lion suggested she try some honey. With the Bees' permission, Giraffe tried to lick the honey, but it was deep, deep inside the tree. Giraffe squeezed her head into the honey tree and then - eeeek! Her head got stuck! Summer, autumn and winter passed by with Giraffe's head stuck inside the tree, but she was quite happy because the honey was so delicious. The tree grew and Giraffe's neck got longer and longer! After a whole year 'POP!' she managed to pull herself free, and from that day on Giraffe has a very long neck and can eat the freshest leaves on the very tops of the trees! Tales from Africa.moreless
  • Why Vulture Is Bald
    Episode 22
    12/5/11
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    Why is Vulture bald? Well you see that’s what happens when you are too boastful and vain.
  • 3/12/11
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    One day greedy Spider heard of Four Feasts in Tinga Tinga and she wanted to go to them all! So she spun four threads and attached them to various animals going to the feasts. But Monkey, Frog, Hippo and the Bees all set off in different directions - North, South, East and West, and Spider's thread soon ran out. Eeeeek! The threads got tighter and tighter and tighter, making Spider's waist smaller and smaller and smaller! Luckily the threads broke, but from that day on Spider has always had a tiny waist.moreless
  • Why Frog Croaks
    Episode 5
    2/19/11
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    You see there was a time when Frog didn't croak. Frog sang like a bird and the birds didn't like it. Birds were the masters of song and that's the way it should be! So the birds tricked poor old Frog into a singing duel and sang and sang and sang until poor old Frog's voice was reduced to a ribbit. Tales from Africa.moreless
  • 3/11/11
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    You see there was a time when Tickbird didn't sit on Hippo's back, in fact they weren't friends at all! Tickbird was sick of Hippo splashing all the time. One day tiny Tickbird challenged big Hippo to a contest - who can drink the most water in a single gulp? Tickbird outwitted Hippo by using the tides, and from that day she has been allowed to sit on Hippo's back and pick off all the yummy ticks she can eat! Tales from Africa.moreless
  • 2/18/11
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  • 2/26/11
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    You see there was a time when Owl's head didn't turn all the way round. She had tiny little eyes and tiny little ears, and she found it very hard to stay awake. Then one day all the mangoes started disappearing in Tinga Tinga. Against all the animals' better judgement, Owl was ordered to watch over the mango tree - but the mangoes kept disappearing. Desperate to catch the thief, Owl stretched and strained to see who was stealing the precious mangoes, until Ker Shwing! Her head turned all the way round and she saw who it was - it was the ants! From that day on Owl was made the official night guard of Tinga Tinga.moreless
  • 3/5/11
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    You see, there was a time when Warthog was really rather handsome. And did he know it! He strutted around Tinga Tinga as if he owned the place. All the animals were fed up with Warthog's boasting, and then one day Lion decided to give chase. Yikes! Warthog ran headfirst into Porcupine's burrow! After that, he was no longer the prettiest beast in Tinga Tinga.moreless
  • 3/10/11
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    You see there was a time when Bat didn't hang upside down. He used to fly all over Tinga Tinga, saying 'Boo!' to all the animals and giving them a fright. Nothing could be more fun for Bat. But one day Bat went too far and the animals decided to give Bat a dose of his own medicine. Tales from Africa.moreless
  • 3/9/11
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  • 3/4/11
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    You see there was a time when Tortoise's shell was all shiny and smooth. One day Tortoise discovered the birds were having a Feast in the Heavens and he tricked the Birds into making him a pair of wings. Greedy Tortoise raced the birds beyond the clouds and scoffed the whole feast! When the Birds found out Tortoise had to jump off a cloud until - BOOF! He landed on his shiny shell. All the animals pieced Tortoise's shell back together but from that day on Tortoise's shell was all bumpy and broken and he never moved speedily again. Tales from Africa.moreless
  • 12/5/11
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    Why doesn’t Hippo have any hair? Well you see Hippo used to have lots of hair until one night when things really got hot in Tinga Tinga.
  • 3/2/11
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    You see there was a time when Snake did have legs - hundreds and hundreds of them. But poor old Snake had no eyes, not a single one. Then on the day of the great Tinga Tinga Festival of Colours, Snake quite literally bumped into Millipede, who was stuck in a hole. They decided to swap eyes and legs just for one day, so that Snake could see all the wonderful colours and Millipede could run all over Tinga Tinga. But when Snake came back to return Millipede's eyes, Millipede couldn't be found anywhere! So to this day, Snake has no legs.moreless
  • 2/22/11
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    You see there was a time when Elephant had no nose. He couldn't swat away the flies, or scrub his belly - he couldn't even blow his nose. Then one day snappy Crocodile snapped! Crocodile pulled and he pulled and he pulled - until ker-doing! Crocodile let go and Elephant's nose was all long and wiggly! And that's why Elephant has a trunk. Tales from Africa.moreless