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Before each segment of Teletubbies, there are scenes that introduces the setting of where the segment is going to be. These are called Opening Shots. Opening Shots are actually called an establishing shot.

Purpose

Opening Shots are used to introduce the setting of a Teletubbies segment. For example, if the setting is inside the Home Hill, then an Opening Shot of Teletubbyland moves so that you can see the Home Hill.

There are also background music for the Opening Shots A common tune would be bells chiming the Teletubbies tune and a piano piece playing with a woodwind instrument ending the tune.

Opening Shots

Home Hill 1: The very first Opening Shot used in Teletubbies. Obviously used in the first episode of the show, Ned's Bicycle. The camera scrolls past two trees as the Tubbytronic Superdome and the Magic Windmill are visible. Many rabbits can be seen as the camera scrolls around Teletubbyland. As the camera scrolls slightly to the right, the camera stops as we see the Tubbytronic Superdome and the Magic Windmill up close. Most of the time, the tune with the bells chiming in the beginning will play. But in some cases, the tune with an extended opening with the bells chiming in a different key plays during this Opening Shot.

Home Hill 2(Birds Eye View With No Sparkles): The second opening shot used in the show. The camera is still and doesn't move. We see two rabbits on a hill and the right side of the Tubbytronic Superdome with the Magic Windmill spinning normally in the background. This opening shot is one of the rarest. Also, this opening shot is the same shot of "The bird's eye view", an animation of the Windmill. In its first use, we hear the ditty that was used later in The Grand Old Duke of York, and in its second use, the rabbit song plays with the bells chiming at the end. You can see this opening shot in Ned's Bicycle, Swimming With Stephanie, Favourite Things (VHS/DVD), and the VHS Uh-Oh! Messes and Muddles.

Home Hill 3: This Opening Shot is similar to Home Hill 1, but slightly different. In this Opening Shot, the camera scrolls past three trees, with one being larger. The camera moves slightly different further in the shot, as the camera moves to the right until the flowers are visible on a hill. The camera stops as we see the Tubbytronic Superdome and the Magic Windmill up close, though the Tubbytronic Superdome is shot from a different angle. There are not many rabbits in this version. This shot was first used in the episode The Beach

Home Hill 4: This Opening Shot is different to the previous Home Hill shots. Instead of the camera scrolling towards the Tubbytronic Superdome, the camera moves down towards the Tubbytronic Superdome. The camera stops once it moves down. We can see the Tubbytronic Superdome and the Magic Windmill up close, but it is slightly zoomed compared to the other Home Hill shots. The tune with the bells chiming in the beginning plays. This shot is first used in the episode Painting With Hands and Feet.

Home Hill 5: This Opening Shot is actually a Closing Shot when the segment ends without any interruptions (ex. The Magic Windmill) inside. The camera is still and doesn't move. We can see the house and the Magic Windmill spinning normally. This Opening Shot is frequently used in episodes from 1997, but is occasionally used further on, and later uncommon at the end. The tune with the bells chiming in the beginning plays during this Opening shot. It is first used in the episode Naughty Sock.

Field 1: This is the Third Opening Shot used in Teletubbies. First used in the episode Our Pig Winnie. In this shot, we see two blue flowers and the left part of the Tubbytronic Superdome. The camera zooms straight towards the fields of Teletubbyland. It doesn't stop zooming until we can see the fields closely. The tune with an extended, but beautiful opening before the bells chime plays. This Opening Shot was reversed in an episode, Picking and Sorting. Also, in Collecting Stones and Bird Bath, the extended music plays in a lower tune.

Field 2: We see two rabbits relaxing, with one eating grass and one looking at the horizon. The camera scrolls up left until it stops. We see a field, a path, and part of the circular border encircling the Tubbytronic Superdome. This Opening Shot was first used in the episode, The Grand Old Duke of York. The tune with the bells chiming in the beginning plays during this shot. But in its first use in The Grand Old Duke of York, a small Teletubbyland ditty plays, with bells chiming in a different key and a woodwind instrument playing for the remainder of the tune. Some episodes like Harp, Dentist and Rangoli use the extended opening instead.

Field 3: We see a window of the Tubbytronic Superdome up close. We could also see some of the Superdome's interior. The camera moves up and zooms straight to the fields. This motion is similar to Field 1, where the camera simply zooms straight to the fields. The tune plays with the bells chiming in the beginning. This Opening Shot was reversed in the episode Haymaking. It was first used in the episode Making Flowers/Carded Wool.

Field 4: We can see the house with the magic windmill behind until the camera moves to the left. The field will be seen. This Opening Shot is occassionally used further in the show. The tune plays where the opening is extended and the bells chiming further in the tune with a different key. The sky is cloudy in this shot. There's also a second version of this shot, but the Magic Windmill is offscreen, just like Right Path 2. You can see the first version in Cat's Night Out and the second version in Jabadao.

Field 5: One rabbit is seen on the bottom of a hill. The camera turns in a clockwise direction and we can see a field, with many hills surrounding it. This Opening Shot is occassionally used for outside segments and activities. The tune plays the bells chiming in the beginning. However, in My Pretend Friend, the tune plays the extended opening with the bells chiming in a different key, though the extended opening of the tune is truncated.

Field 6: One rabbit is seen on a hill, until the camera moves to the right and we see a beautiful field. In Picking and Sorting Field 1 accompanies this Opening Shot right after its over. The tune that plays during this shot is a brief synth, then the extended opening with the bells chiming further in the tune. Interestingly, a beautiful piano ditty plays at the end of the tune, though this melody only appears in Field 1. You can see this Opening Shot in the episodes, Picking and Sorting and Monkey Safari.

Field 7: We see a rabbit in front of the Tubbytronic Superdome until the camera moves up and zooms towards the fields. The tune with the bells chiming plays during this shot. This opening shot is first used in the episode Playing in the Rain.

Field 8: We see a window of the house with a rabbit on the sill, the camera moves to the left, then moves up and zooms towards the fields of Teletubbyland. This opening shot is similar to Field 3 and Field 7. This opening shot was first used in Emily and Jester.

Field 9: This opening shot is similar the the two previous shots. We see a window of the house and the camera moves up and zooms towards the fields. The only difference to the two previous shots is that: the window is shot from the ground.

Field 10: We see the front door of the house with some rabbits, the camera moves to the top of the door arch and turns around until we can see the fields. This opening shot is the rarest one used. The tune with the bells chiming plays during this shot. You can see this opening shot in Numbers - 3.

Right Path 1: We see some rabbits in the grass and a pathway. The camera moves towards to the left to see that it's a right pathway to the house. This Opening Shot is frequently used for inside and outside activities and segments. The tune plays where the bells chime in the beginning, but in some episodes like Rolling and Digging In The Sand for Worms, it uses the extended opening. In Dirty Dog, we hear the tune with the bells chiming at the beginning in a lower tune. A second version of this opening is sometimes used with the twin flowers facing the camera. Also, the big rabbit goes behind the yellow flowers instead of eating the grass. The farthest rabbit is close of the two blue flowers. This was first used in Naughty Sock.

Right Path 2: We see some rabbits in the field then the camera moves to the point where we can see the side of the house. The Magic Windmill is also visible on the right side of the screen. A second version of this opening is also used frequently. This version is essentially the same as the first, except the Magic Windmill is offscreen in this version. The tune plays where the bells chime in the beginning. In Peacocks, we hear a slightly slower version of the extended opening, and only part of it (this ditty was later reused in Puppies). There are no bells chiming.

Christmas 1: We see a beautiful Christmas tree with very bright lights and ornaments. When the key changes, the camera zooms straight to the Tubbytronic Superdome. This opening shot was first introduced in Christmas Cards and Crackers. Basically used on Christmas and Winter activities either outside or inside. The tune with the extended opening and the bells chiming in a different key is used in this shot, and a beautiful Christmas version with Christmas bells accompanies the music.

Christmas 2: Snowflakes are falling and a rabbit is sitting on snow. The camera pans to the right, and we see another rabbit in the snow and the Tubbytronic Superdome. The tune with a quiet, mellow piano and bell Christmas tune is heard.

Christmas 3: The camera is still, snowflakes are falling, and the Tubbytronic Superdome is seen. The snow then stops falling. The tune with a quiet, mellow, piano and bell Christmas tune is heard.

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