Doris is an cool anthropomorphic black and
white cat who has all sorts
of dream-like adventures with her spectacled
ginger neighbour Marlon.
Macho cat Leo, Cavecat, Coolcat, Magicat,
Rastacat and Spacecat
also pop up to play along, and these p'erty puttytats bring
unique foibles and quirks into play as they meow
and mewl through
the fun and games...
This splendid, quirky series was devised and directed
by Hilary Hayton,
who is perhaps best known as the creator of
Crystal Tipps and Alistair.
It was adapted for television from the books she
created with Fiona
Dickson, published by Piccolo in 1981.
Doris and her feline friends "speak"
via a series of synthesised blips
and mips from the keyboards of Derek Mogford
and Dave Lawson. Cut-Out
animation's Peter Lang animated the first episodes, with Martin
Wansborough taking over for later tales. Those
initial stories focus
upon Doris and Marlon, and as you might expect
from a Hilary Hayton
production, there are some pretty wild flights
of fancy as we journey into
Doris' dreamworld, meeting the Queen, riding to
the moon, and beyond.
There's some terrific design on show here,
with the cats moving against
collage backgrounds that incorporate photographs
and pattern swatches.
Stories take surreal left and right turns,
almost on a whim. You can
never be sure of where you're going...
series received its first national broadcast on ITV in September 1983.
However, on his web
site, Peter Lang identifies working on "Doris" in
1980-1981. Does this mean it
had a standalone broadcast in the
region initially, prior to its nationwide launch...?
was in fact based on Hilary Hayton's very own pet cat...
subsequently set up Doris Films, and in 1992 she introduced
us to Rosie
and Ruff and their puppydog pals...
here's some detail to savour. Doris has a picture of George Herriman's
"Krazy Kat" hanging above her bed.
This famous american comic strip was
published daily between 1913 and 1944 and
is a surreal delight...
devised and directed by Hilary Hayton
Lang / Martin Wansborough production
Dickson music &
sound effects: Derek Wadsworth
& Dave Lawson editor: Robin
McDonell dubbing mixer: Steve Haynes
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