Blobby Blobby Blobby!

blobby3-1
…Blobby Blobby Blobby! I don’t know whether to apologise to those outside the UK for introducing you to Mr. Blobby, or to those inside the UK for reintroducing you to Mr. Blobby. Perhaps both would be wise.

Mr. Blobby was a fixture of Saturday night TV in the 90s, the sidekick to Noel Edmonds on the hugely popular Noel’s House Party. He was created as part of the ‘Gotcha’ segment – an elaborate prank played on various celebrities, captured for our amusement – but apparently became so popular with the audience that he not only earned his spot on the program as a recurring character, but also spilled out into other avenues.

Like the 1993 Christmas Number One. Yes, that song.

Wikipedia says there was a follow-up in 1995, Christmas in Blobbyland, which bombed in comparison. I genuinely had no idea.

I shouldn’t really criticise the character, though, for I loved Blobby at the time, and seemed to fall for a lot of the merchandise. I had Blobby toys and always used to get cans of Blobby pink lemonade from Woolworths (that’s going back, too). For my second birthday, which would have been just a month after that wonderful song topped the chart, I had a Blobby birthday cake – it was quite a marvel, and it’s lucky I wasn’t older as I probably wouldn’t have let it be eaten otherwise.

blobbycake

Don’t I look impressed?

Blobby’s repertoire of waddling about and saying nothing but “Blobby Blobby Blobby!” did, surprisingly, get stale after a while – eventually the character faded away, much like House Party itself. By the end, the only real enduring feature for me was the Gotcha. The one they played on Richard Whiteley was and remains excellent; on a scale of its own, they rigged and recorded a whole brilliantly nightmarish episode of Countdown with the most troublesome (and flatulent) contestants ever. Astonishingly, only a few minutes ever made it to air, but the uncut recording session is on YouTube. Highly recommended.

How hilarious it is to see Whiteley trying so hard (and failing) to keep patient and salvage the programme right to the end. Mr Blobby didn’t feature – that might have given the game away, even to Richard. But, while most younger than me will likely have very little idea of what on earth this thing is, Blobby continues to crop up here and there, and, for all the foibles I can now observe, the memories of coming together as a family to watch Noel’s House Party on a Saturday evening are, collectively, very fond ones.

Advertisements
44 comments
  1. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    You look adorable as a litlle boy 😉 Nice drawing ❤

    Like

    • Jacob said:

      I still look adorable, thank you! 😉 Thanks, Geke!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        Send me a recent photo, and I will give you my honest opinion haha 😉 ❤

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jacob said:

        I wouldn’t want to give you nightmares!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        Haha, that is a ting I don’t get easy from just a photo 😉 lol

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Bill Fufkin said:

    Jacob, I accept your apology! B

    Like

    • Jacob said:

      Hahaha! Thank heavens! Cheers Bill.

      Like

  3. Hahahaha!! Mr. Blobby is so deliciously weird!! I LOVE it!! What a freaky little video of that guy. I think he’ll likely haunt my dreams tonight. I had no idea he even existed, so thanks for the introduction! Lol😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jacob said:

      Haha! My pleasure, Charlie! I might have known you’d take to him 😉 But you’re right – you’ll probably be seeing pink and yellow tonight. Apologies in advance. I expect there were just as many kids who loved him as there were who indeed had horrible nightmares about him.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yeah…my dreams were weird. Thank you! Hahaha! I had nightmares about clowns. So many things to be terrified of when adults make characters they think kids will love. Lol

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jacob said:

        I was being chased by a girl with a bear (the grizzly kind). Haha, perhaps there’s something in a future series of yours – stuff you dreamt! That could bring up some fun images! 😉

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jacob said:

        Hahaha, last night there was a handsome man wearing only a pair of shorts. He told me had a mobile phone in his underwear, and gave me a paper bag with two grand cash inside. I’m as confused as you are. Think of how fun a doodlewash that would be! 😉

        Liked by 1 person

      • Oh my…that is quite a confusing dream. Too bad it was only a cell phone…that’s quite disappointing when I’m sure you I initially though he was just happy to see you. 😉 Too weird to doodlewash!! Lol

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jacob said:

        A little disappointed, but indeed, the need to have a phone in there suggests he does a lot of talking out of his arse! 😉

        Liked by 1 person

  4. I don’t mean to ruin your childhood memory by saying that Blobby is quite creepy…LOL! I think your painting is pretty cool, though, despite the creepiness…or maybe it’s because you did such a bang up job on conveying creepiness? 😀 And look at your adorable 2 year old face!! So cute!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jacob said:

      Oh no, Teresa, I totally agree with you looking back. Creepy as anything! I bet most kids today would think the same thing… Blobby was very ‘of his time’. And thanks – I still love that cake!! I want another for my 25th! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  5. jmnowak said:

    Did I see a young Jeremy Clarkson, right at the front of the Blobby video? Wow! How long ago is that?! I notice Mr Blobby also had a child-blobby with bow tie, so must’ve been a boy. I think Blobby’s cute! And you in your horse bib and that cake…well!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jacob said:

      Thanks Janina! Glad you like Blobby (and my Blobby cake – I certainly liked that!). And you did indeed see Clarkson! This was 1993.

      Like

      • jmnowak said:

        Ha! He was quite handsome then!

        Liked by 1 person

    • Jacob said:

      Oh dear! Sorry Michael! Ha, I did think when making this that you might not be a Blobby fan 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      • Jacob said:

        Cheers Michael, much appreciated. I did consider maybe a looser approach to Blobby, but compassion won over (if you can call this compassionate!)

        Liked by 1 person

    • Jacob said:

      There’s a good lad – Countdown is fantastic. Glad you enjoyed this (and the cake!)

      Like

  6. Oh how funny. Very cool Mr. Blobby art. Thanks for the UK tv history. I will give these videos a view. Thanks Jacob. And, you look adorable with you cake!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jacob said:

      Aw, thanks Sharon! Apparently I was overjoyed by that cake – I think I would be today! Hope you enjoy the clips.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Jacob said:

      Haha – I was so thrilled with that cake! Thanks so much Laura – he was deceptively difficult to draw actually, so I’m glad you like it. Have a wonderful Sunday yourself!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Tori said:

    Great Blobby Jacob!
    In my younger years I once worked in an office for a completely misogynistic boss. All the girls were creeped out by him and we gave him the nickname Mr Blobby. Whenever he went on holiday we would sit a life size blow up Mr Blobby in his office, Daft I know, but it gave us all a laugh!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jacob said:

      Thanks Tori! Haha! How brilliant. It would have given me a laugh too if I passed the office and saw Blobby sitting there!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Tori said:

        Well it certainly brightened up a dull day in the office 😄

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jacob said:

        Haha yes, I think you can always count on Blobby to brighten the place up!

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Amazing…..but it’s brought back horrific memories of that ghastly song, still that era was full of all sorts of weird additions on the tv, Roland rat, Gordon the gofer, to name a couple. Great picture

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jacob said:

      Oops! Sorry Rebecca! If it’s any consolation, this awful song has been stuck in my head since posting this. Never have I regretted a post so much 😉

      Indeed there was an ecclectic assortment of characters on TV back then. Wasn’t Gordon the Gofer with Phillip Schofield? MIght have been a bit before my time. I remember Ortis the Aardvark on CBBC! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      • Quite right it was Phillip.s……sorry for delays in reply my app has been crashing for the last week, just deleted and re installed, phew it’s working.

        Liked by 1 person

Talk to me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: