Lift Off is an innovative program about a group of young children who share a world of fun and imagination. Using a mix of actors, puppets and animation in a blend of fiction, fantasy and documentary, Lift Off is both educational and entertaining.
Nipper, Poss, Aku and the other children accept the fantastic as everyday – and interact with characters such as EC, the rag doll who makes dreams real; Lotis, the artificially-intelligent elevator; and Beverley, the magic pot-plant who sees into the world of nature. Other characters are designed to help children learn. For example, LOTIS is a lift that can take children to any place or time, encouraging them to explore the world and their imaginations. Backsaks uses language creatively and symbolically.
All of the characters' stories reflect the joys and occasional sorrows of growing up, and emphasise the wonder of new experiences. The storyline never underestimates the young child’s capacity to think, imagine, understand, question and learn.
Lift Offis an internationally acclaimed educational television series, integrating current thinking on child development and early childhood education. Each episode is underpinned by the acclaimed theories of Howard Gardiner; The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983) and Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences of the 21st century (1999).
A Load of Old Rubbish - Part A
A scruffy looking old doll (EC) falls off a dump truck and is rescued by Poss and Kim. Nipper won’t go to the fancy dress party because he doesn’t know what to wear, but EC helps him solve the problem.
A Load of Old Rubbish - Part B
Paul gets fed up when his little sister Aku breaks his kite. He objects to baby-sitting until Aku helps him out of an embarrassing and difficult situation. Paul realises that having a little sister might not be so bad after all.
Which One? - Part A
Poss gets very jealous when Kim gets special treatment from her family. Kim tells her how lucky she is to be able to borrow Poss' family.
Which One? - Part B
Kim and Poss make a video, interviewing parents about why they have children. The experience helps Kim work out her own feelings for her adopted parents.
THAT’S NOT FAIR - Part A
When Nipper is told he can’t play soccer with the other kids he persists and ends up joining the team and kicking a goal.
THAT’S NOT FAIR - Part B
Poss wants to win a pony in a competition and fights with Kim and argues with Ted and Jenny over it, but realises her hopes are unrealistic. She finds a solution that all of the family enjoys together.
ONCE I GREW - Part A
Aku befriends a struggling plant but it grows out of control and the children return it to the forest. Mr Fish just wants to grow hair.
ONCE I GREW - Part B
Although Kim is fearful she is promoted to a higher level in gym class. Encouraged by Poss and EC she overcomes her fears. Poss and Nipper argue about the use of the bathroom.
CLASH - Part A
Arguing over EC’s role in a game, Poss and Kim pull the doll apart. Nipper tries to fix EC but to no avail. Jenny suggests Ricardo could help. With EC fixed, the children play but ban Poss and Kim until they learn to play cooperatively.
CLASH - Part B
Ted gives Poss a treasured concertina that becomes the centre of an argument with her classmates.
GOING UNDER - Part A
Poss, Nipper and Max visit Grandma’s and Grandpa’s farm. They go on a treasure hunt and eat Grandpa’s cherry pie. Nipper gets a tummy ache from eating too many cherries.
GOING UNDER - Part B
Kim and Poss are enjoying swimming in the Stinsons’ pool until Kim is pushed under. Kim comes to terms with her fears with Lotis’ help and learns to dive under the water.