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Noot! Noot!

It’s true! Our childhood hero Pingu has just arrived here at Truffle Towers and is already causing quite a splash!

First launched back in 1986 and running for a whopping 157 mischief filled episodes, Pingu has been such a classic part of many of our childhoods and has always remained one of our best-loved characters ever. Often finding himself in tricky and seriously funny situations, the mischievous penguin meets the weird and wonderful challenges of life head on, as he grows into a cooler and wiser penguin along the way.

As suuuuch big fans of this little guy and his family, it was only a matter of time before we opener our doors to some super cool Pingu Merchandise…. and here it is!

Filled to the brim with retro nostalgia, we’ve managed to get our little penguin wings on some amazing new Pingu Mugs which are sure to complete your commute thanks to our trusty Pingu Travel Mug, and spice up any morning tea round at home or work with this sweet new Pingu Mug

Sit up and take note in style with our funky new Pingu notebooks and stationery! Sure to help you stand out from the crowed and be the envy of the class, office or cafe, this super cute range includes; Pingu Super Stationery Set, Pingu A5 Hardback Notebook and Set of 3 Pingu Mini Notebooks.

Looking to communicate in Penguin language only? Send the right message and carry Pingu with you at all times with one of our Pingu bags including a Pingu Face Drawstring Bag and Pingu Face Pencil Case.

So there you have them folks! What are you biggest Pingu memories? Let us know with a comment below or on on our Twitter/Facebook.

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‘YOU CAN WRITE ABOUT ANYTHING FOR CHILDREN AS LONG AS YOU’VE GOT HUMOUR…’
Happy Roald Dahl day! Never have we been so excited about a birthday other than our own!
No matter what you’re doing today; hosting your own Roald Dahl party, raising funds for the Roald Dahl museum or simply reading your favourite book – it’s a great time to reflect on the great adventures shared on the pages produced by our favourite author.
Do you prefer to pay homage in some awesome new threads? If so, we have a great range of exclusive Roald Dahl clothing, and some accessories to leave you feeling super nostalgic. Oh, did we mention we also have a whizzpopping 20% off all Roald Dahl products today? Simply enter: TYTDAHLDAY …you’re welcome.
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Transport yourself to new Worlds with the help of our range of Matilda clothing and accessories.
 
 
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Two huge bits of new here for you peeps, firstly the absolute legendary retro 80s cartoon The Raccoons turns 32 years old today (yes… this makes us feel old too), and secondly, it’s back!!

Yep, during our recent interview with The Raccoons creator Kevin Gillis, we discovered that he is busy working away on a Raccoons comeback and they are creating all new episodes for us to binge on the floor in front of the TV in our PJs with a bowl of cereal…. just like old times. Exciting!

With a slightly new and more modern look using the latest animation technology, The Raccoons are set to hit our screens once more with a crisp, bold new look which aims to still capture the magic of the classic show we all know and love.

What’s more, Kevin kindly send us some snaps of the initial designs for this return and we couldn’t resist sharing them with you guys. Let’s take a look!

Just from this logo of the mighty Evergreen Forest, we can see that things are looking bolder, brighter, and more crisp. Moving with the times, modern animation allows shows to be made much quicker and with much more dynamic movements.

Bert is back! We love this new look and it feel that this really help to capture some of the magic we all knew and loved from this cult classic.

Can’t help but love The Pig right?! The Pigs are Cyril’s right hand men. They are constantly trying to impress The Boss, in search of the elusive “raise”. Inevitably, they are so incompetent that they can’t even be trusted with their own lunch! Food is usually a powerful incentive for them – that and the threat of Cyril’s wrath. Loving this new look and it will be great to see them much more animated than ever before.

Boooooooo Hisssssssss! Super rich, super evil and super awesome! He’s the guy we all love to hate and he’s sure someone we can’t wait to see back on our screens! Notice the lack of cigar? Times have changed peeps, time have changed.

So there you have it folks! What do you think of these concepts?

HAVE YOUR SAY!

We would like to also say that at this time, these are working ideas, so things could change depending on YOUR feedback. Yep let us know or Kevin Gillis himself what you think of this new look. What do you like? What don’t you like? What would you like to change and why? It’s time to have your say folks.

Left wanting more? Panic not, we’ve got a awesome range of 100% official and 100% exclusive The Raccoons TShirts in stock ready for you to snap up. Take a peep…

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Transformers fans rejoice!  This week sees the release of the long awaited new film Transformers: The Last Knight and expectations are suitably high!

Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it’s up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world.

Any other plot details are being kept under lock and key but trailers of Optimus Prime fighting Bumblebee has got everyone talking, why are they at war with each other? Could the leader of the Autobots have turned to the dark side?  There have been multiple tag lines used on various promotional material for this new film such as ‘Rethink your heroes’, ‘Every legend hides a secret’ and ‘For One World To Live, The Other Must Die’.  These cryptic clues have got us very excited and we can’t wait to find out the true story!

It’s been reported that this is the last Transformers film that Michael Bay will direct and also rumoured to be following him out the door is Mark Wahlberg, so will the next film follow a new direction?  Either way, Transformers and Michael Bay go hand in hand so enjoy his last film in the franchise while you can!  He recently said in an interview “I’ve done it enough, and I’ve had a great time doing it. I’m going out with a bang on this one, and I feel like you gotta go out while you’re ahead, you know.” which all sounds positive for an action packed film!

You can show your appreciation for Transformers with some of the amazing Transformers TShirts and Cartoon TShirts on our site!  Perfect for rocking up the cinema in!

If you’re off to see the film this weekend we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you thought!

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That’s it folks! It’s allll over but hopefully you all had some fun and at least got to check out our amazing interview with Mr Raccoons himself Kevin Gillis!

As some of the biggest The Raccoons fans in the land, we always after some new and exciting designs to call our own which is why we snapped up the chance to create some exclusive new Raccoons TShirts… which is what we’ve just done!

Inspired by the classic characters we all know and love, our latest comic style designs are some of our best yet and are sure to hit the right mark with any ran of this retro classic. Take a peep!

So what’s it all been for?

To celebrate in true TruffleShuffle style, we thought we could give you guys the chance to bag some amazing Raccoons goodies which we managed to get signed by Kevin just to sweeten the deal.

Up for grabs we had an exclusive TruffleShuffle Raccoons TShirt, season one and season two of the Raccoons on DVD and a helping of Raccoons badges to help decorate you or you home with!

How are our lucky winners chosen?
Our competition was run through Gleam who have collected all the various entries and added them into a big competition hat of sorts. Their nifty system then picks out a winner completely at random! Easy huh.

The Winner!!

We have rummaged through alllll the entries you guys have been busy submitting and can now reveal that the lucky winner of ALLL these amazing goodies IS…

Tracey Pankhurst

Congratulations!

We will be contacting you shortly to arrange delivery of your winnings.

Huge thanks again to everyone who entered but weren’t so lucky this time. Stay tuned for plenty more competitions to come either on our blog, Facebook PageTwitter or Instagram.

See you next time!

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This is the TruffleShuffle blog, quiet, peaceful, serene… that is until our new The Raccoons TShirts and COMPETITION wakes up! Yaaaahoooooo!

Luckily, we have a good friend to help us out in the form of The Raccoons creator Kevin Gillis!

Like busy little Raccoons ourselves, we’ve been hard at work with Kevin to create some all new and exclusive Raccoons T-Shirts which are now on the site! We have one new design which has been lovingly screen printed onto four styles and colours including grey & white tees, blue vest and a grey baseball raglan TShirt!

To celebrate our latest arrivals in style and give you guys a little glimpse into the world behind The Raccoons, we stole Kevin away and threw some questions at him (don’t worry we were gentle). Take a look below to see what we found out from the man himself….

Hi Kevin, thanks for taking to time to chat with us! So… we hear you’re currently working on a reboot of The Raccoons which we’re very excited about! What made you decide to do this and how will it differ to the classic 1980s series?

A lot of the Raccoons fans are now having kids of their own. Many of them were reaching out and suggesting that we should think about doing a re-launch and aim it towards them and their new families – sort of a co-viewing opportunity. It was a very difficult process trying to decide which direction to go. Do you keep the ‘classic’ animation style – updating it from the original, or do you create a brand new modern approach to the characters’ style? Further, do you stay 2D as the original was – or do you go CGI – which many of the pre-school shows are produced in? We have opted to update the original designs but kept much of the traditional classic tone and look that The Raccoons were known for.
Stay tuned – as the jury is still out!

Not that we’re biased, but the 80s and 90s produced some of the best cartoons ever, of course including The Raccoons. What do you think made this such a special and iconic time for the entertainment biz?

Up to this time, most of the animation we had known came from large US animation studios who had created their own iconic styles: Hanna-Barbera; Disney; Warner Bros; etc. Suddenly there was an appetite – mostly driven by broadcasters and young upstart studios and producers, to reach beyond the US fare and create new characters and styles of their own. It was a time when promoting independent creativity was cultivated. It was before the accountants ran the broadcasting systems – and original untested ideas from young writers, producers and directors had an opportunity to reach an audience.

Although we’re sure there are many, if there was just one lesson you would like us 80s kids to have taken away from the years growing up with The Raccoons, what would it be?

Hah! Well, seeding an interest in our fragile environment would have to be near the top of my list. That — and enjoying the characters and their stories.

Which other classic cartoon show would you most have liked to have been a part of and why?

I’ve always been a fan of The Simpsons. I guess I like dysfunctional family comedies. They seem so real!  And The Simpsons was ground-breaking, giving rise to a burgeoning field of adult animation. And let’s not forget some of the great pioneer shows of animated comedy: The Flintstones, The Bugs Bunny Hour!

Who were your favourite characters from the series and why?

Writing for a villain is always fun. Cyril Sneer was no cookie-cutter villain. He was much more grey than black-hearted. He had a very soft spot for his son Cedric and was vulnerable to early childhood emotional scars – his obsessive need to constantly prove himself to Mr. Knox and Mr. Mammoth come to mind, as does his all-encompassing distaste for anything that the Raccoons were up to – especially Bert!
I think Cyril’s complexity made him a favourite of mine. Can’t decide between the Pigs or Bert after that. They were both fun. Interestingly, the actor who played both Bert and Pig #2 (the “sycophantic, slow” one) brought both characters to life and made my job worth getting up for every single day. He was Bert Raccoon incarnate! Sadly, Len Carlson has moved on to the Evergreen Forest in the sky, where I am sure he is dreaming up new-fangled adventures just as Bert Raccoon would!

If you could go back and do it all over again, what one thing would you most like to change about The Raccoons? Perhaps a character trait? Storyline? Or maybe something about how it was made?

That’s easy: in hindsight, I would not have had Cyril with a cigar. We of course wanted to make Cyril the anti-hero and gave him character traits that you would not aspire to emulate as a child: how he treated his underlings (employees), his rants, his paranoia, his unending quest for wealth over anything else, his destruction of the environment, even his control over his son’s friends. We thought a cigar would just add to the persona. Regrettably, it has become a bit of an albatross as today’s broadcasters are concerned that it is politically incorrect and are reluctant to broadcast the series.

We’ve always imagined working on one of our childhood favourite shows to be an absolute dream job (apart from creating amazing tees with them on that is!). Were there any funny stories or goings on in the making of The Raccoons you can share?

I’m afraid if I did my life would be in danger.

Did you ever slip any ‘Easter eggs’ or hidden gems into any of the episodes? We’d love to look out for them if so!

We did our best to seek them out and destroy them. The animators, being the “paragons of virtue” that they are, would occasionally try to create, shall we say, visual “double-entendres”. I will leave it to your imagination what we were able to find. I’m sure we didn’t get them all – so if you find one, keep it to yourself. Check the Pigs scenes – they were notoriously risqué. Also the backgrounds in Cyril’s mansion – you never know what you are going to find in those dark recesses.

With huge changes in how shows are made these days, how do you feel kid’s cartoons have changed since The Raccoons first came out? Are there any new series that you’ve seen and are a fan of?

I am fortunate to have worked on a number of animated shows since The Raccoons with many talented young writers, animators, directors, actors, designers, etc. I have always been a fan of original designs and unique story-telling that pushes the accepted boundaries. I think what we did on Atomic Betty set game rules.  Computer assisted animation has made a huge difference. In many cases you don’t even have to know how to draw to work as an animator on a series. Creating and colouring fabulous backgrounds has become quicker and easier. The time to deliver a series is much faster – so the relevancy of subject matter can be a very powerful tool in the hands of writers.

I think the biggest change for young demos is the ubiquitous focus on 2 eleven minute episodes instead of a 22 minute “half-hour”. The format change has created quicker pacing, gag-oriented stories as opposed to more character based animated drama. Granted, we still have 22 minute stories for prime-time (The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, etc.), but I think we have created an audience that demands instant-plotlines with a preference for gags over depth of character.

Animating back in the 80s and 90s was such an intensive and manual process, do you think modern methods can still offer the same magic?

Absolutely! If anything, the ability to instantaneously see your work as opposed to waiting for the film “dailies” to come back from the lab gives the creative team a multitude of options to pivot, polish, re-work, fine-tune — and still deliver on time. Control over your work has improved immeasurably. The digitization of the creative realm has offered all of the creative team the ability to react, reflect and make choices in real time.

What do you think the animation industry will look like in ten years’ time? Do you think we’re likely to see more retro classics make a comeback?

I think that low cost animation tools will be ubiquitous – anyone that wants to create a professional product will have the technical ability to do so. We will still be interested in great stories and characters that we care for but the distribution channels will be full of UGC – User Generated Content. Having a network determine whether your creativity is seen or not will no longer be relevant – if it is today. Retro versions of today’s hits will undoubtedly be part of the creative landscape – it’s the stories and characters that make your memories happy and worth revisiting.   Regardless of method of delivery and/or technological advances, great content will always prevail.

We would like to say a huuuuge thank you to Kevin Gillis for taking the time to talk with us and providing us with some amazing signed goodies which you can now win below. Such an honour.

WIN! WIN! WIN!

That’s right folks! Celebrating the release of our exclusive new The Raccoons Clothing which is now available to buy (go take a look!), we’ve managed to get our hands on some simply amazing The Raccoons goodies which have been signed by creator Kevin Gillis himself! A true treat for any fan of this hit retro show for sure. Let’s take a look…

The Prize

Up for grabs we have have a signed exclusive The Raccoons TShirt, a signed copy of season one and two of the Raccoons on DVD and a handful of The Raccoons badges to sweeten the collection!

How To Enter

To keep things as easy, fair and as accessible as possible, we’re running the comp through our usual little system called Gleam. This will allow you to enter a number of times and in a number of different ways via Twitter, our blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and more. The more ways you enter, the more chances you have of winning. Nice n’ easy!

Just follow the directions below after securely logging in via one of the options to begin completing your entries.

WIN Signed The Racoons Goodies

How Long Do I Have?

The competition will close at 11:59pm on Monday 29th May (29/05/17). Entries made any time before then will be counted. After this time the system will not accept any further entries.

How Will The Winner Be Chosen?

In the interest of fun and fairness… totally at random! The nifty Gleam system will hop, skip and jump into all your entries and pick out our lucky winner at random. Don’t forget! The more ways you enter, the more chance the plucky Gleam bots will pick you.

Good luck!

Ts&Cs
Only one winner will be chosen at random
There will be no cash alternative of prizes offered
If we do not hear back from the winner within one week, another will be chosen at random and contacted
We reserve the right to cancel the competition at any time without warning
Questions? Email competitions@truffleshuffle.co.uk and we’ll get back to you pronto!

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