As promised a couple of days ago, here's our first
look at young
Randolph the rhino. He's the star of Honeycomb Animation's
new toon "Randolph - A Rhino for the 21st
Century", which is being
brought to Cartoon FORUM this year, in the hope
of winning a
broadcast commission, and the Honeycomb folks
on a quartet of images for our perusal:
Randolph is a thoroughly modern young rhino, with
Internet access and
a penchant for purchasing all sorts of new-fangled
gadgets and gizmos
for use around the African plains. Most of said
items have limited appeal,
it must be said, so that's when Randolph's pals
step in. Ruff and Tumble the
hyena brothers, Marco the antelope, Enid the elephant,
Keynar the giraffe
and Victoria the secretary bird have become rather
adept at recycling
Randolph's purchases into things they can all
have fun with!
Randolph was created by Honeycomb's Graham Hayter,
and this will be
his first foray onto the front credits of a series,
should that Big Commission
come calling. Lending his voice to the show will
be Danny John-Jules,
and Honeycomb regular Ed Welch will be providing
Hopefully, this young rhino will charge down any
and take up residence on our tv screens very soon!
According to Pete Nash's postings on the Striker
3D forum, it seems
that the top cg soccer strip is all set to return
to a national daily
newspaper - four
months after the weekly
"Striker" comic folded...
Muddy Mildred, what a turnaround that would be!
- Striker 3D started life
in the pages of "The Sun". The strip
focused on the exploits of Warbury
Warriors, a fictional football team fuelled by
gossip, sexploits, and tabloid
hysteria. In 2003, the team struck out for glory
via a weekly "Striker" comic,
and over the course of 87 issues gave us almost
as many thrills and spills
off the pages as on them, before evenutally folding
in May of this year.
But now there's Nashy's news. He's keeping tight-liped
about the title
concerned, untill the "i"s are dotted,
and "t"s are crossed, but if it comes
to fruition it means fans will once more be able
to oggle the antics of this
utterly outrageous football team.
Could the squad be returning to "The Sun"?
That would be almost as
outrageous as the strips, given the animosity that
was sparked by the
strip's original departure. Plus, of course "The
Premiership" has sprung
up in the interim period, as a mockery of its
What ever the outcome, the Striker 3D team have
never denied their
ambitions, and they have to be applauded for their
to keep the Warbury dream alive...
Simon Bor dropped us a line this morning, direct
Animation. Simon and Sara Bor and their Honeycomb
team are the
folks behind those award-winning "Grizzly
Tales for Gruesome Kids",
adapted from the books by Jamie Rix.
Grizzly viewers will already know that series
3 has recentlly been
screened again on CiTV, and currently, series
4 is being re-broadcast
in its full 10minute format (they inexcusably cut the
3D intro from it's first
run last year- tch). But those same viewers will be
even more grizzled
to hear that two more series of the show are currently
Series 5 is set to air from January next year,
with series 6 following
in September. And what's more, Granada Ventures
are due to release
a Grizzly DVD early next year.
But there's yet more news of interest from Honeycomb,
announcement of a forthcoming Binka
DVD. Plus, they've a brand
new toon to take to this year's Cartoon FORUM,
in the form of
"Randolph, a Rhino for the 21st Century". Simon's promised
more info on that one very soon - so stay tooned!
High has finally arrived on Channel 4. Tonight brings the premier
of this outrageous new toon, here in the UK. And
as regular Toonhound visitors
will know, it's arrived a few months after its
launch in Canada, where it's
been ruffling feathers and rubbing folks' funny
bones in equal measure...
"Bromwell High" (formerly Streatham
Hill) is set in a rundown inner city
school campus, and promises much mayhem
and madness from pupils and
teachers alike. Director Pete Bishop has been
keeping The Hound informed of
developments, and he's kindly passed on
a Quicktime Trailer for our viewing
pleasure, which I've posted below. But just a
warning folks, this may be
school-based, but it ain't preschool - so you
should keep your little'uns
away from the clip:
And that's just a taste of what's to come over
the next six weeks. If shooting
monkeys is your "thing" (and I'm
afraid, it works for me!), then you should
set your video for Channel 4, Friday 19th
"Basil Brush: Sports Spectacular" features
three fun-filled episodes of
Basil's new show, plus some boom-booming extras.
Of those episodes,
"Revenge of the Mummy" is the best. It's
packed with pop culture references,
from Universal horror films to "Indiana Jones",
and even "The Italian Job"!
The gang regularly step off camera to remind us
of the absurdities. And there
are one-liners here aimed directly at a more knowing
audience. As for the
Brush himself, well, he's never looked better.
He happily dons all sorts of
outlandish attire, and takes on crazy caricatures
with a twinkle in his eye.
Yes, yes, this may be no-frills television,
but you know, it's funny. If you
throw enough jokes at the wall, some of them have
to stick. And that's the
case here. There's a whole lot going on in each
episode, and Basil and his
human pals throw themselves into the pantomime
scripts with gusto.
Never mind if something doesn't work, Basil and friends
have already moved on.
It's not the same Basil of old, of course, but times
have changed. Our foxy
friend has had to adapt to today's teatime tv
world. And what's more, he
seems to have done it superbly....
Would you believe Muffin
the Mule is about to turn sixty? Well, he is, and
Adrienne Hasler has been in touch to talk
about the hoss, and more importantly,
her rather nifty new book about him. No one knows Muffin
like her, it seems, and
her celebrational tome is touted as being "the
first accurate and comprehensive
record of the history of Muffin the Mule". To
support the claim, the book is divided
into three distinct sections. The first details
the character's tv history, then we
have a section recalling the memories of Ann Hogarth's
daughter Sally McNally,
before we are given a guided tour through the many
and varied Muffin collectibles
that have been produced over the years (even the
fakes!). It's also packed with
plenty of exclusive photos...
The book - simply titled "Muffin the Mule",
so you know exactly what you're
getting - was written with the support of Derek
McNally, the original Muffin
owner and copyright holder, and at the moment, it's
via the Muffin
the Mule collector's club. That said, there are hopes that copies
will also be available from stalls at the NEC Memorabillia
exhibition in Birmingham
on the 21st August, and at other similar events. Adrienne
says the retail price
is officially £15.00, but collector's club
purchasers can pick it up for the
web-only price of £13.00 (plus P&P).
Sadly, Sally McNally passed away before the book
hit the presses. Which
means she has also missed the long-planned
"Second Coming" of Muffin.
courtesy of Maverick Entertainment. They've cut
Muffin's strings and turned
him into a toon for their 26 x 10mins series,
which hits the BBC very soon.
In addition, to celebrate Muffin's sixtieth, they're
releasing the original
production on DVD,
with a rather classy cover. Goodness, that little mule
has come so very far...
Judging by the number of entries received, I'd
say last month's War Game Giveaway
was a hit with visitors. Hopefully, our five lucky winners are cracking
open their DVDs, kicking back and indulging in
that fabulous little film, even
now, as you read this. It's something you can
get used to, isn't it?
Well, I hope so, because it looks like there'll
be more of the same coming soon.
You see, your faithful Hound here, is regularly
contacted by folks in the PR
game, eager to promote their latest news and releases.
And an off-shoot of
of that has been prize offers. That's right, DVDs
and their ilk to give away
to you and yours, gratis. Now I've always shied
away from that area,
fearful of falling into some foul coroprate quagmire.
But Revelation Films
were so keen and accommodating with last month's
experiment, and you
folks so responsive, that I've decided to open
the door wide...
Which is why you'll see regular Giveaways here
at Toonhound in the future.
Indeed, right now, I'm putting together a BOOM-BOOMING
guaranteed to get your fur in a fizz. And I've
a CRACKING notion for October
too. So now there's even more reason for you to
keep checking back here...