By Eric Rosane / [email protected]
Instruction YouTuber Stevin John — recognised by his youthful fanbase as Blippi — stopped by Tenino for another stop by final week to film segments for an impending online video.
Mayor Wayne Fournier mentioned the quirky character and his crew stopped by the Stone City from Tuesday via Saturday and were fast paced filming pitches he experienced provided them soon after their initially trip to the region last August.
Throughout his latest go to, Blippi stopped by a nearby pottery shop, welder, go-kart observe, construction site and the Airlift Northwest plan at Olympia Regional Airport, Fournier stated.
“They really enjoy filming here. There is no crowds, the people are awesome and Tenino can do truly properly at representing any city in America,” Fournier mentioned, incorporating later on: “They just variety of fell in appreciate with that can-do angle that we gave them, and it really went nicely.”
“Blippi — Instructional Videos for Kids” is a channel on YouTube that follows the orange and blue clad entertainer as he learns about “vehicles, animals, the natural earth and so significantly far more.” The sequence can help young young children, age 2 and up, with vocabulary development and mastering about the earth.
The channel has accrued extra than 9.5 billion sights and about 12.5 million subscribers. Blippi is owned by London-based mostly Moonbug Amusement, but John and his crew are initially from the Puget Seem space.
Blippi’s go to very last summer time observed him explore the Tenino Quarry Pool, Tenino Stone Carvers and the neighborhood fire section — all from the comfort of 1 of the Tenino yellow bikes, offered no cost to the neighborhood by way of the Tenino Yellow Bicycle System.
The video — “Blippi Learns and Explores The Town on a Bicycle” — was posted to YouTube on Sept. 5 and has additional than 5.5 million sights.
Fournier explained that, right after that initially take a look at, he adopted up with the channel by e mail and pitched some extra stops they could make if they returned.
Right after a winter season that observed Blippi learning to make fruit popsicles and how to snowboard, he lastly manufactured a springtime return to the South Thurston County community.
“They were being pretty much form of taken away at how simple it was to movie right here as opposed to a denser region, this sort of as L.A. or a little something,” Fournier mentioned, later on introducing of their city-enterprise romantic relationship: “He’s not just a minimal character. People today my age really don’t know that he’s an international brand name, and when he mentions Tenino, 20 several years from now, grown ups are likely to try to remember that … It is a seriously great marriage for us.”
This is not the initial time the Stone Town has landed a Hollywood connection.
Back again in 2017, actor Jeff Goldblum and Vice Studios filmed together Sussex Avenue in the downtown area for the 2019 indie movie “The Mountain.”
The Journey Channel and Oxygen Television networks have also stopped by for filming, Fournier claimed. Most recently, however, Tenino and its community pitched itself to HGTV’s “Home City Takeover” to assist the metropolis spruce up its downtown core, but Fournier said they went with a further metropolis.
Fournier reported he’s hopeful Blippi will make an additional return quickly, as there is continue to some unfinished enterprise on their listing of thoughts.
“I actually want to get them to Wolf Haven. And South Seem Speedway. I truly want to get Blippi in a racecar,” he explained.