D.P. Films animation: cel animation
39 x 5mins
Aubrey is a round orange humanoid character
with a bulbous nose. He is
also an aspiring inventor. Aubrey creates devices,
contraptions and inventions
in his garden shed, which he uses to solve
his everyday problems. Sadly, his
ideas are somewhat mightier than his skills and
his poorly constructed designs
regularly let him down. But Aubrey is a tenacious
chap, which means he
often finds an even better use for his
broken endeavours, come the end of
each episode. Amongst other things, Aubrey builds
a boat, he plays with a
fire engine, puts his apple tree to good use
and accidentally discovers soap.
There's no narration, instead each calamity plays
out to the accompaniment
of a blomping synthesised music track...
Aubrey, Roobarb, and Henry actually share
many character traits. Each is
bursting with ideas and concepts, and each
of them finds that their enthusiasm
isn't always shared by the watching wildlife.
In addition, all three ultimately
fail because of a specific shortcoming.
Aubrey is let down by poor
draughtsmanship, whilst Roobarb is over-eager,
and Henry is just too
darned lazy to fulfill his potential!
Hounds will see that the Bob Godfrey connections continue with Stan
Hayward, who was
one of Aubrey's story advisors. Stan also wrote the "Henry's
Cat" series. He
and Aubrey's second story advisor Ted Rockley had worked
with Derek previously
on the 1978 short film called "When I'm Rich"...
Phillips' later series include "Crazy Crow" from
1991, and "Little
Brrrm" which was
produced in 1994 (and shouldn't be confused with
the way, the keen-eyed viewer will soon note that Aubrey is not
There are other
paler-skinned Aubrey-types co-existing with normal humans
and animals in this
series. But as to the whys and wherefores of this, well,
that's never explained...
Aubrey's Apple Tree
Aubrey Discovers Soap
Aubrey's Fire Engine
Aubrey and the Beanstalk
Sadly, Aubrey's one DVD appearance
has been deleted, but here's
the link anyway, just in case a Third
Party Seller has it on offer:
2 / six episodes / Contender
/ July 2004
made by Derek Phillips copyright D.P. Films
story advisors: Stan
Heyward,Ted Rockley painting: Nancy
Gems present us with two episode guides and plenty of
top-quality screen grabs...