Media Studies Representation – Sooty

The characters are being represented, Sue, the eldest of the three puppets is confident and intelligent. She’s represented as the calming influence and the motherly figure, as she’s the only lady. By being the motherly figure she often speaks with a high tone and points her finger when correcting the boys. She’s also represented as being mature, which is shown when she is making a cup of tea; if she were young she wouldn’t have been doing this. She’s also wise and knowledgeable as is shown because she always knows the answer to arithmetic and puzzles.

Being very feminine by having a sweet voice and by saying things like, ‘That mug is pretty’ represents her. Her outfit also symbolizes her, which is pink and yellow. At one point the characters are counting, they all count objects that represent them, in this case Sue counts her dresses, which are blue, red and yellow. These colours also denote her; red meaning she is dominant, yellow meaning she is feminine and blue meaning she has a tomboy side to her, probably because she is always with three boys.

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Her puppet is a panda bear and her colours are black and white, these signify her being innocent and full of purity as she is mostly white. The second character is Sweep; he’s the most frustrated of all and never gets his sums correct. He’s being taught to count which represents him being the youngest whom is still learning. E. g. at one point he puts Sue’s orange dress on. He’s also very confused easily. His character is a dog and he’s represented in this way by wearing a collar and he ‘tries’ to count his bones.

The third character to be represented is, ‘Sooty’. He doesn’t speak, instead he always whispers and then the others always repeat what he says. He always does a lot of visual expressions. Sooty always does as he’s told; he gets called a, ‘Good Boy. ‘ This represents him being the most polite of them all. When he’s upset he always puts his hands over his eyes, this is visual representation. His puppet represents him, it does this because he’s yellow, and this suggests he’s young. The last character represented is the narrator and overseer, Mathew.

He is a human, which immediately represents that he has the control and authority. He’s self-represented by being the typical father figure as he puts them to bed and by being masculine. He reads the newspaper, which is stereotypical. Mathew interlinks with how parents can help their children because he’s always doing this with the puppets. He’s always direct and speaks to the audience; this is superior because it makes the audience feel as if he’s talking to them, he says, ‘Do you want to help? ‘ The programme is successful as it uses a lot of repetition, i. e. Counting.

There are also a lot of visual images such as cups and envelopes, which are familiar to the audience. Songs and rhymes are also used which gives children a break from the narratives. The characters are also representing children as an audience; as they play hid ‘n’ seek. They are being actively engaged. The BBC as an institution is also being represented as it provides education and entertainment. The puppets are being represented by creation. The audience is being represented, which is targeted towards 2 – 7 year olds and the narrator, as the storyteller guiding the narrative.

A lot of visual representation is used, e. g. when Sue points her finger she’s represented as being demanding, also the objects as they represent each individual, such as honey for Sooty the bear. Self-representation is used by the three puppets, Sooty as he always follows Mathew; this shows us he’s young and that he still follows his father figure. Sweep when he wants to play games and Sue wanting to play games because she won. In conclusion I think this programme was fair and accurate as everyone and everything was represented.