Ice Cream Man and the Jelly Incident (3 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Ice Cream Man and the Jelly Incident

Pies fight puddings in this chuckle-worthy children’s tale

With its healthy eating message and cheeky send-up of a celebrity chef, there’s an educational element to Ice Cream Man and the Jelly Incident that many parents will love. Yet it’s delivered with such fiercely imaginative silliness that children won’t fail to be captured either.

Brothers Jonny and Davey Dimm take us through a colourful, music-filled journey into the Foodiverse, where the planets Maincourse and Dessert are at war and their only salvation is the lost planet of Fruitopia. At times the story takes unnecessary twists and turns (Jonny has to explain where we are in the plot at a few points along the way) but many of the children are so engaged that there’s no shortage of volunteers to help out when called upon.

Written by Dude! Where’s My Teddy Bear? creators, Jonny Berliner and Dave Labi, Ice Cream Man and the Jelly Incident may not go on to emulate the former’s far-reaching success but with its jaunty tunes and happy-go-lucky spirit, it’s an undeniably fun show. Be sure to pack some (healthy) snacks for after, as all the talk of food can’t fail to stimulate little appetites.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 31 Aug, 11.45am, £7.50–£8 (£5.50–£6).

Ice Cream Man and the Jelly Incident

  • 3 stars

War in the Foodiverse: can Ice Cream Man bring peas? Smash-hit 'Dude! Where's My Teddy Bear' creators serve up lashings of musical hilarity in this delicious tale of dietary balance, for ages 4-400.

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