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Tale Of The Tape: Telly For Tots

With the current British invasion aimed at the newest generation, it may soon be your children who end up talking like the Material Mum. Will they be asking for toMAHtoes in their cheese sandwiches and Wellies for the inclement weather? Here's a roundup of the latest in a growing group of cheeky, pint-size Anglophiles.

TUBB'S PIRATE TREASURE (G, 50 mins., 2004, HIT Entertainment) The gist The adventures of Rubbadubbers -- bath toys that leave the tub behind and take off on holidays to the desert or the North Pole; originally a Nick Jr. show. With mates like Finbar, Terence, Amelia Junior may start saying ''Please do come in.'' ''Brilliant!''

KIPPER: FRIENDSHIP TAILS (Unrated, 50 mins., 2004, HIT) The gist An ever-so-polite dog solves problems (hiccups, stranded kittens) with the help of his friends; based on books by author-illustrator Mick Inkpen. With mates like Tiger, Pig, Jake, and Arnold Junior may start saying ''You really gave me a fright!'' ''I'm off to the jumble sale.''

ANGELINA BALLERINA: LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! (G, 52 mins., 2004, HIT) The gist Mouselings who do ballet; based on the books written by Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig. With mates like Mrs. Thimble, Mrs. Hodgepodge, Priscilla, and Penelope Pinkpaws Junior may start saying ''I've been so horrid.'' ''Oh, crumbs!''

Originally posted Mar 26, 2004 Published in issue #757 Mar 26, 2004 Order article reprints