A Misleading Photo Of The Original 'Sun Baby' From 'Teletubbies' All Grown Up Has Twitter Feeling Way Old
The show Teletubbies first aired in 1997.
It followed the adventures of Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po—four creatures with televisions in their stomachs.
They used those televisions to watch human children from their brightly-colored utopia ... which human children then watched on TV.
If you didn't watch it, or didn't have a sibling/child that watched it, we probably just made it sound like a horrific Inception sort of deal.
Not our fault. The plot is what it is.
Other characters regularly appeared on the show, but none as frequently as the Sun Baby.
Sun Baby showed up every episode to giggle and coo her way through the day as she watched over the Teletubbies.
The show initially went off the air in 2001, but new episodes started happening earlier this year. With those new episodes came renewed interest in what the original cast was up to.
The only real face that people got to know was Sun Baby. So she's the one people checked in on, of course.
That curiosity lead to this tweet and image going viral.
Sun Baby grew up!
The teletubbies sun baby has a baby. https://t.co/z7P3vMKVCW— thatUnkoolKid👀 (@thatUnkoolKid👀)1563654445.0
It's been twenty-two years since we first saw her face, but still the image of her as an adult had quite a few people feeling their age.
And not exactly loving it.
This has made me feel 800 years old https://t.co/8KJx1Y8tiq— Greg James (@Greg James)1563783085.0
@Lu_Lams_ Now I'm old for real.— Pick (@Pick)1563816772.0
@gregjames Imagine how the sun feels— Ali Plumb (@Ali Plumb)1563788047.0
@shyne_brav @Lu_Lams_ Me too :(— komang astra (@komang astra)1563786416.0
@gregjames completely unnecessary, now I'm having a quarter-life crisis and I'm not even 25— 🧡 Ines Tabilidad 💚 (@🧡 Ines Tabilidad 💚)1563785198.0
@Lu_Lams_ We've been alive for so long— Hellen of Troy (@Hellen of Troy)1563784740.0
@gregjames https://t.co/pYN67wSMc4— Cat Chambers (@Cat Chambers)1563787857.0
The idea of Sun Baby making a Sun Baby had a lot of people facing some serious quarter-life crisis issues, but there was a problem.
While original Sun Baby, Jess Smith, was now an adult woman and more than capable of having a baby, the child in the image is not hers.
Teletubbies stepped in to clear things up.
.@gregjames This is the original Sun Baby, Jess Smith, with our new Sun Baby, Berry! Seeing Jess all grown up makes… https://t.co/d6yXK4Ih0j— Teletubbies (@Teletubbies)1563788375.0
As we mentioned before, new episodes came back this year. OG Sun Baby can't rule forever—particularly since she hasn't been a baby in a long, long time.
A new celestial ruler had to be crowned and now we have Sun Baby Berry.
But people aren't sure if that's better or worse...
@gregjames @TeletubbiesHQ So... ...The kid is not her sun...?— Albert Latham (@Albert Latham)1563815181.0
@gregjames @TeletubbiesHQ Still, she's still old enough people readily believed it, so i still feel old 😫— Meg-a Queer (@Meg-a Queer)1563820672.0
@TeletubbiesHQ @gregjames I feel older again now knowing that there's a NEW sun baby 😭😲— olivia 🌹 (@olivia 🌹)1563815848.0
AH! It’s not quite true... The @TeletubbiesHQ have tweeted me (!!!) It’s the ORIGINAL sun baby with the NEW sun b… https://t.co/hDKf5I0PZK— Greg James (@Greg James)1563789751.0
@TeletubbiesHQ @gregjames ?! How old am I 😳— 𝓶𝓲𝓴𝓪𝔂𝓵𝓪 (@𝓶𝓲𝓴𝓪𝔂𝓵𝓪)1563821074.0
@gregjames @TeletubbiesHQ God dammit Twitter trending makeup your mind did she have a baby or not I can't deal with this type of stress— unexpected idea (@unexpected idea)1563826256.0
@gregjames @TeletubbiesHQ Well, I wish they would have cleared this up sooner. It would have quelled my existential… https://t.co/yMxPBtSNV2— Becca (@Becca)1563850104.0
So does knowing there is a new Sun Baby make you feel old? Would it make you feel worse to know there are new Teletubbies also?
Yup, the 2019 version of the show features toddler Teletubbies called "tiddlytubbies."
Happy #NationalSiblingsDay! Did you know the Teletubbies and Tiddlytubbies are actually siblings? Big Hugs! 💜💚💛❤️ https://t.co/IzZTEyDzm6— Teletubbies (@Teletubbies)1554912640.0
Enjoy that quarter-life crisis!