Usually, the Windmill is seen spinning slowly in the background. Whenever the wind picks up, the Windmill will begin to spin faster, with magical pink sparkles appearing and surrounding the Windmill.
It is used as a transition method for the Teletubbies. Once the Teletubbies hear the Windmill spinning, they will stop any activity that they are doing, say "Uh-oh!", and immediately go where the Event takes place.
There are three types of Events that can happen when the Windmill spins. They are explained below.
Used once in every episode or once, twice or the third time in every volume VHS. The Windmill is spinning with a jolly, upbeat piece of music playing in the background. In Teletubbies 42, the Magical Event tune was playing at the same time as the jolly tune. The Teletubbies have a Big Hug and fall to the ground, where each of their tummies and antennas begin to glow. They all run up to the top of a high hill to get a good signal. The Windmill picks a random Teletubby to show a video on their tummy. Once the Teletubby is picked, their tummy lights up and everyone cheers and gather up to watch the video clip.
Each video clip features real children asking the viewer to "come and see" what they are doing. The children will show viewers an activity that they are doing (e.g. playing in the rain, herding sheep, etc). After the activity is completed, the children will say goodbye and the clip will end.
In many episodes, after the video ends, the Teletubbies will want to see the clip again, so the chosen Teletubby's tummy will light up again, showing the clip one more time.
But in many volume VHS the clip is shown once.
A similar event occurs in the Teletubbies Everywhere segment of the show. One of the Teletubbies will be seen in front of a solid-colored background. The wind can be heard and the pink sparkles can be seen, but not the Windmill itself, as the sequence does not take place in Teletubbyland. The Teletubby's tummy glows and shows a clip. The clips in Teletubbies Everywhere are educational videos of kids from all around the world, speaking languages other than English.
Activities before TV Reciever sequences appear at the end. If the windmill is shown at that time, the Tubby Bye-Bye event will occur.
If time allows, towards the end of an episode, the Windmill will begin to spin once more. This time, a special visitor will appear in Teletubbyland. There are seven Magical Events in the series and two that were seen in Play With The Teletubbies the video game:
Dancing Bear in a Magic Carousel
5 doves in a Magic Tree
3 Ships on a Magic ocean
Puppet Man in a Magic Pink House
Bear and Lion
Little Bo Peep
A Train Track with a Train That Lights Up pink green blue and red and moves backwards and forwards by pushing buttons on or using those round things that made the teletubbies move in the game from the controller.
Clouds That Play Music by Making Them Go Up and Down by pressing buttons on the controller.
Before the windmill whooshes if it's time for a magical event, mostly a cymbal will be heard at the beginning. And at some point, while the Teletubbies are running, there is an instant silence. Then after a few seconds, the sequence begins with the Windmill spinning fast, with a soft, magical tune in the background (in the original Lion and Bear sketch, some creepy, upbeat music piece is heard playing over this tune, while in the edited sketch the normal magical event tune plays). Po, Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, and Laa-Laa gather up together silently, the Baby Sun will be seen giggling and laughing. In some sketches of The Three Ships the Baby Sun is silent. The Teletubbies will then look around, hear a sound, and run over to where it came from. When the Teletubbies run to where the magical event happens They will then all witness the special visitor. After the visitor is done performing, it will disappear, and the Teletubbies will head home, usually for Tubby Bye-Bye.
The Magical Events have also been quite controversial for being too scary or creepy for young children, especially the Lion and Bear sketches.
If there is no time left in an episode after a Magical Event or during an activity (mostly activities before the TV Reciever sequence), the Windmill will be seen spinning at with no musical piece playing in the background. The wind begins to slow down, causing the Windmill to decrease speed. It will spin slower and slower, with the pink sparkles disappearing, until the Windmill completely stops and freezes in place. The Tubby Bye-Bye sequence will then take place at the end of every episode and volume VHS.
The Magic Windmill resembles a large pinwheel, though it is still considered a windmill. It has a tan propeller with a metal stand. A black cube which holds the propeller from behind is also visible. When it spins fast, pink sparkles surround it.
The Windmill stands on top of a high hill behind the Teletubbies' Home Hill, where it can be seen from all over Teletubbyland. There is also a brown path to the left of it, which curves down to the bottom of the hill, near the Home Hill's front doors.
When the Magic Windmill spins, different shots and angles are filmed to fit the certain circumstances that the show could possibly have. Some of the animations filmed are common, while others are only used rarely. Below are descriptions of the animations seen in the series and never before seen animations with sounds that weren't even used for the other ones. Even the one that was used in the Play With The Teletubbies video game. Some of them aren't proper animations just modified versions of normal animations. These ones are marked with a *.
Normal: The Magic Windmill is seen spinning at a close up view in a straight angle. The ground and some of the The Normal path are visible. The sky is light blue with a few clouds. This is the most commonly used animation in the series. It can also be seen during the TV Reciever sequence spinning at top speed. A modified version is used when the Windmill spins while the Teletubbies are inside the Superdome, where it can be seen through one of the windows. It was also heard with the sound from the Stop Spinning animation if you look up Ballyhara Teletubbies on YouTube. It was also heard with the modified version if you look up Teletubbies 46 from 00sima0 on YouTube. The Normal animation without windows was playing the Magical Event sound from the TV/Magical Event animation if you look up Teletubbies 53 from 00sima0 on YouTube. It also played the Magical Event tune in the video Asad wa Dubbu. It was also seen in Blue Sky. The modified version was seen during the Magical Event sequence if you look up Teletubbies 42 from 00sima0 on YouTube. In some episodes if the Teletubbies run's are short a little bit of the music from the TV/Magical Event Windmill will play on the other Windmill animations. It also is seen during the theme song when the Teletubbies pop out of their house.
Original: Similar to the Normal animation, but filmed from slightly farther away. The sky is also a duller blue color. This animation was apparently the first one filmed, and is most notably used in the Theme Song. Otherwise, this animation is only used seldom. It can sometimes be seen during the TV sequence. It was once seen in the Magical Event sequence if you look up Teletubbies 45 from 00sima0 on YouTube and once used in Dance With The Teletubbies. It was once seen in the Tubby Bye-Bye sequence before the Stop Spinning animation If you look up Teletubbies 38 from 00sima0 on YouTube.
Normal Window: The Windmill is seen spinning through one of the windows. Most of the hill is seen and the Windmill is shown from far away. The window blocks some of the view. This animation is used whenever the Teletubbies are inside when the Windmill decides to spin. A second version of this animation is also used frequently. This version is basically like the first, but is zoomed in to show the Windmill better, and only some ground is seen. It is sometimes heard with the sound from the Stop Spinning animation if you look up Teletubbies houbicky, Teletubbies sest spinavych kolen, and Teletubbies oci, usi, pusa a nos from lasoft123 on YouTube.
Original Window: Similar to the second version of the previous animation, but the Windmill is shown at an angle slightly to the left. The sky is also a very bright blue, and the Windmill seems to pick up speed faster in this animation than usual. This animation is rare, and is most notably used in the Here Come the Teletubbies VHS/DVD. It was also seen during the Magical Event sequence if you look up Teletubbies 43 from 00sima0 on YouTube. It can also be seen in the very first episode Ned's Bicycle and the episode Larette Tap Dancing.
TV/Magical Event: This animation is used at the beginning of every TV and Magical Event sequence. The Windmill will initially be seen spinning from far away, with the camera zooming in closer to it's propellor. The sky appears sunny, but rather cloudy. The Windmill's propellor is also a dark brown color, in contrast t The TV/Magical Event it's usual tannish color. This suggests that a different Windmill prop was used for this scene. It is sometimes heard when the Teletubbies look at it and go "Uh-Oh" with out running away before the music plays. It was once seen spinning with the Stop Spinning animation sound before the Magical Event sound if you look up Teletubbies schiffe from strempel1949 on YouTube. This animation has many variations.
Stop Spinning: The Windmill is seen up close at a left angle view. The ground is not seen, but the sky is darkish-blue with thin clouds. The Windmill will initially be seen spinning fast, and will begin slowing down. The pink sparkles begin to fade away as well. The Windmill eventually stops spinning and freezes in place. Following this animation is the Tubby Bye-Bye sequence. This animation is also seen spinning at top speed during the TV Reciever sequence spinning with the sparkles from the Normal animation. It was once seen in the Magical Event sequence in the original 00sima0 Teletubbies 07b on it's TV reciever version with the sparkles from The Normal animation. On one video the Windmill was seen on it's regular Stop Spinning animation and it was making the Magical Event sound when it was slowing down if you look up Teletubbies puding a sedatko from lasoft123 on YouTube It was shown in the episode called 'Urban Birds'. In lev a medved, it was at top speed, but was playing the stop spinning sound. It is also seen during the ending scene when the Teletubbies go into their house and is seen with some ground. This animation has many variations, which are explained at the bottom below.
Start Spinning: Used in some episodes, the Windmill is seen as it is on its Stop Spinning animation. It then starts to pick up speed and the pink sparkles appear as it picks up speed. It is not shown on TV anymore because after that animation was the Lion and Bear original sketch. It was used when Laa-Laa found a watering can and watered a few flowers, when Tinky Winky, Dipsy, and Laa-Laa was surprised that the Magical Chair was gone, and when Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po were walking around a voice trumpet, when Tinky Winky bumped into Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po, and when Po, Laa-Laa, Dipsy, and Tinky Winky were playing Peek-A-Boo and then it occured. It was first shown in the episode "Making Flowers"
Bird's Eye View: One of the rarer animations. The Windmill is filmed spinning from the bottom of the hill, from a left angle view. Two rabbits can be seen in front of the camera view. Part of the Superdome is also seen. The sky is dark blue with several clouds. This animation is notably used in Teletubbies Again, Again! It was once seen in the Magical Event sequnce if you look up Teletubbies lev a medved from lasoft123 on YouTube. In Tubby Custard Cloud, this animation is seen without the sparkles.
Close Up (aka Spinny Ride): Used only during the Falling Down Dance sequence. After the Teletubbies finish dancing, the wind is heard, and the camera slowly shifts to the Windmill (which the Teletubbies were dancing close to), and will zoom in on the propellor at a right angle view. Then is surrounded by the sparkles from the TV/Magical Event animation. It got recorded by SuperJacdan who has a playlist of the Teletubbies on YouTube. It was seen during the Magical Event sequence. This animation is one of the most rarest used. It was first found in the episode Walking in the Woods. The Teletubbies do not go Uh oh when it occurs. It is known as the Spinny Ride because it spins really fast. Then it got recorded by deniserocks100 on youtube.
Far Away: The rarest one used. Only used when the Teletubbies dance in front of their house. After the Teletubbies finish dancing, the wind is heard and the windmill is seen spinning without sparkles, and then they see the windmill spinning with sparkles. The Voice Trumpet is heard when it is spinning without sparkles. The sky is a pale blue with clouds and the whole of Teletubbyland, including the Teletubbies Dome, is seen. It occured in Rockpool. It also occured in the USA version of Feeding the Chickens.
Running Away: Also very rare. The Teletubbies are seen running out the Superdome's front doors, with Tinky-Winky first and Po last. The Windmill is seen spinning in the top-left corner of the screen. The sky is grey and cloudy, with the wind blowing the trees. A notable time you'll see this animation is in the episode See-Saw, where the Teletubbies encounter The Lion And Bear for the first time. It was once seen when the Teletubbies ran out of the house with the sparkles around it if you look up Teletubbies kocour a zidle (Hey Diddle Diddle in English) from lasoft123 on YouTube at the very end. It also occured in a video called Run Away, the english adaptation of kocour a zidle. A slow version is also seen with the Teletubbies running slow and the Windmill spinning slow without sparkles in Teletubbies 43 and in Teletubbies (dancing bear) (the english adaptation of Teletubbies 43.)
Without Sparkles: If you look up Teletubbies 40 and Teletubbies 34 from 00sima0 on YouTube you will see the Windmill making the whooshing sound without sparkles. When Dipsy was standing next to the windmill and when the Teletubbies were dancing on the path while the voice trumpet was playing then the windmill's whooshing sound occured without sparkles if you listen closely due to the music coming from the voice trumpet. It is also used in Oooh!
Video Game: The Windmill is seen at a computer animated form. Some of the Windmill's stand is seen and the windmill's propellor is seen close with the sparkles around it but not on the stand. This is notably used in the video game "Play With The Teletubbies."
'Before Music Plays': Used in some episodes the Windmill is seen at it's TV/Magical Event animation when the Teletubbies look at it and it is seen spinning with one of the TV sounds playing while the Teletubbies say "Uh-Oh" without running away then the music plays. It was also seen during the Magical Event sequence when the Teletubbies in front of their house and the windmill seen without sparkles when The Three Ships On A Magic Ocean occured.
Without Being Seen: Used in some episodes the Windmill is heard without the Teletubbies looking at it. It is sometimes used during the TV Reciever and Magical Event sequences.
Waking The Teletubbies Up: Used in some Teletubbies episodes the Teletubbies are sleeping and then the wind is heard then the Teletubbies wake up and see the Windmill with sparkles. It was seen in Teletubbies Bedtime Stories and Lullabies and Teletubbies 38 during the Tubby bye-bye sequence with Tinky-Winky, Laa-Laa and Po outside and Dipsy inside the Tubby tronic superdome. In Teletubbies 53 the Teletubbies were outside sleeping then the Windmill was seen at it's Normal animation the Teletubboes wake up and see it and run taking their favorite things with them.
No Music*: Only used in Dance With The Teletubbies after Tinky-Winky lies down then the Windmill is seen at it's TV/Magical Event animation without the piece of music from it playing in the background. Which includes the Teletubbies having a big hug then falling down and the Windmill on it's Normal animation spinning at top speed.
Magical Event Sound Playing*: Only used in Teletabiai dideli ir mazi gyvunai (Teletubbies Animals Big & Small in a different language) after the butterfly segment and the Teletubbies run out of the house with Tinky-Winky taking his bag with him after watching the Windmill through the Normal Window then the Windmill is seen at it's TV/Magical Event animation with the Magical Event tune playing in the background (without the TV theme song) then the TV theme song plays with the Teletubbies falling down after having a big hug. It was also used in Teletubsie: Och! Co za balagan!
No Windmill Or Sparkles: Used once after the rain segment in the VHS Teletubbies All Weather Stories the Windmill and the sparkles are not seen it will be playing in different things such as rabbits different places in Teletubbyland and the Baby Sun.
Getting To The Zooming*: Used twice in the VHS Teletubbies All Weather Stories the Windmill is seen at it's TV/Magical Event animation then goes right to the zooming close to it's propellor, rather than waiting a few seconds. After the Rain segment and after the Weather Book segment. It was also seen in the original 00sima0 Teletubbies 17a on YouTube.
With the Magic Tree Tune Playing: Used in the original 00sima0 Teletubbies 17a on YouTube the Windmill is seen playing the Magical Event tune and the beginning of the Magic Tree music on it's TV/Magical Event animation.
The Beginning Of The Magical Event Tune*: Used in Teletubbies for the edited Bear and Lion sketch. The Windmill is seen at it's TV/Magical Event animation playing the beginning of the Magical Event tune to the part when the Teletubbies in order with Po 1st, Tinky-Winky 2nd, Dipsy 3rd, and Laa-Laa 4th with the deep whoosh in the Magical Event Tune.
Snow: Used in Christmas in the Snow and All Weather Stories the Windmill is seen spinning with sparkles with snow on the ground. The animations used: Normal, Normal Window (zoomed in version), and TV/Magical Event. The animations not used: The modified version of the Normal animation, Original, Normal Window (far version), and Original Window. Without snow on the ground: Stop Spinning.
Spinning Backwards: Used in some episodes and VHS volumes of Teletubbies the Windmill is seen spinning backwards at a mirrored view. It is not seen spinning with sparkles in this animation.
Bird's Eye View (with Stop Spinning and Start Spinning): Seen on Teletabiai lietiviskai 14 the Windmill is seen at it's Bird's Eye View animation with the Stop Spinning and Start Spinning Windmill on the hill no rabbits are seen only trees the Stop Spinning and Stop Spinning sky half of the Superdome including the little bush next to the Windmill. It does not spin with the sparkles from the Original Bird's Eye View animation. This animation is the rarest one used.
Stop Spinning and Start Spinning (with no sparkles): Also seen in Teletabiai lietiviskai 14 the Windmill is seen at it's Stop Spinning and Start Spinning animation spinning with no sparkles.
With Dipsy and Tinky Winky: This animation is similar to Far Away. Unlike Far Away, Dipsy and Tinky Winky only appear, The whole area of Teletubbyland is seen, the sky is Pale Blue, then the sparkles from the Teletubby Screens animation appear surrounding the Windmill and it cuts to the Normal animation, as Dipsy has to go down the slide and run to the outside of the Superdome to Tinky Winky. It occurred in Dla dzieci. This animation does not include Laa-Laa and Po.
Teletubby Screens: During the TV Reciever sequence Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa, and Po glow and the Windmill's sparkles and its invisible shadow is seen. The sparkles from the Teletubby Screens animation were seen in the With Dipsy and Tinky Winky animation when they fade in.
Without Propeller and Sparkles: Seen after the Peek-A-Boo segment where the Teletubbies played in front of their house then they hear the wind is heard then they turn behind them and the Windmill is seen without the propeller and the sparkles. It cuts to the Normal animation. In the original Teletubbies 17a it cuts to the Start (Stop) Spinning animation then it cuts to the Teletubbies going Uh oh then running away then cuts to the TV/Magical Event animation.
With Tinky Winky and Po: Seen in Teletabiai lietuviska, Tinky Winky and Po only appear walking down a hill and the Windmill is seen spinning slowly as they walk into the Superdome. The Windmill is not seen spinning with sparkles in this scene. This animation does not include Dipsy and Laa-Laa
When the Teletubbies are dancing next to the Windmill: In the Marching Dance and the Falling Down Dance and the Jumping Dance the Teletubbies are dancing close to the Windmill.
With Tinky Winky: Seen in Teletubbies 39, Tinky Winky is seen walking on the path that leads to the Windmill. The Windmill is not seen spinning with sparkles in this animation. This animation does not include Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po. It also was in Teletubbies Here Come The Teletubbies.
With Laa-Laa, Dipsy, and Tinky Winky: Seen in Teletubbies 39, Laa-Laa, Dipsy, and Tinky Winky are seen walking around the Superdome with the Windmill spinning slow. It is not seen spinning with sparkles in this animation. This animation does not include Po.
With Laa-Laa and Po: Seen in Big Hug, Laa-Laa, and Po are seen in a distance and the Windmill is spinning slow. The Windmill is not seen spinning with sparkles in this animation. This animation does not include Tinky Winky and Dipsy.
Teletubbies Dancing To The Back Of Their House: When the Teletubbies are dancing the Windmill is seen spinning at top speed. It is not spinning with sparkles in this animation.
Looking Here, Looking There, Tubbies Looking Everywhere: Seen in Teletubbies: Favorite Things, the Teletubbies are seen running around their house looking for their favorite things and the Windmill is seen spinning, it does not show sparkles. It is shown in four versions which tell how they go.
Version One: Tinky Winky, Dipsy, and Po are seen looking for Laa-Laa's ball and the Windmill is seen spinning slow.
Version Two: Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po are seen looking for Tinky Winky's bag and the Windmill is seen spinning slowly and then picks up speed.
Version Three: Tinky Winky, Laa-Laa and Po are seen looking for Dipsy's hat and the Windmill is seen spinning really fast.
Version Four: Tinky Winky, Dipsy, and Laa-Laa are seen looking for Po's scooter and the Windmill is seen spinning very slow, stopping for a second, and then spins at slow speed.
The Teletubbies Movie: Not only does music play in the background, but the windmill makes a "soi soi soi soi soi" (also "soy soy soy soy soy") sound, which resembles a ROFLcopter or a helicopter blade (a whispered "swah").