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6 January 2013

CBeebies: the tree pruner’s bible

CBeebies, channel 71 on Freeview, never ceases to impress me with its rendering of trees in the landscapes of shows like Baby Jake, Mike the Knight, and Roary the Racing Car (actually that’s on another channel, not sure which, possibly 5).
In the introduction to my book Niwaki, I urged readers to quickly draw a tree, to demonstrate my theory that Japanese niwaki trees are as much a human interpretation of a tree as they are natural - they’re an essence or caricature of the original. So it’s no surprise that animators come up with such sculptural, organic creations.
(all images from unless stated)

Baby Jake2
Mike The Knight