Say hello to young Ogo, Oglas, Ogla, long-haired
Igi, grandpa Gogas and baby Girj,
otherwise known as The Gogs, and otherwise
unnamed within these two series
of prehistoric encounters because The Gogs do
not actually use language to
communicate with one another. Instead they gesticulate,
thump, grunt, and
- um - expel in equal proportion. Yep, the Gog
family are our all-farting, all-belching,
snot-dribbling, bottom-exposing caveman ancestors.
More missing stink, than
missing link. They inhabit a lost world of hungry
dinosaurs, extremes of climate, and
environmental chaos. The word "subtlety"
hasn't been invented here. They're crude,
a little rude, and frequently very funny to watch...
This prehistory claymation was the brainchild
of Mike Mort and Deiniol Morris of
Aaargh! Animation. A pilot was developed in 1993
and the subsequent first series
brought initially to welsh screens by Meirion
Davies of S4C. From there it was
sprung on to a national platform with the help
of Colin Rose at the BBC.
The five episodes of that first series - Gogs
I - were first screened nationally on
BBC2 as a run of daily episodes during the Christmas
Holiday schedules in 1996.
Gogs went on to acquire a 1995 Children's BAFTA
Award for Best Animation, and a
prestigious Banff Animation award, and it
also spawned a sequel, imaginatively
titled Gogs II.
But that wasn't the end of things, of course.
A half-hour feature beckoned. Gogwana
has bigger sets, bigger effects and bigger bogeys
and takes the club-thumping clan
out of their cave and off on an extraordinary
dino-filled, pygmy-stuffed adventure to
a new home. What's more BAFTA stardom beckoned
again when the film was
nominated for Best Animation in the prestigious
Aaargh! went from strength to strength on
the back of those Gogs. They
won plaudits for their Levi 501s commercial
- the Mr Bombastic/Shaggy one -
they also animated for ReadyBrek, and in
2001 they mined still more BAFTA
gold, winning their second Children's BAFTA for
Best Animation for the film
"Aunt Tiger". This was Aaargh!'s contribution
to the "Animated Tales of the
World" tv series. The Animated Tales series
proved to be the world's largest ever
co-production venture with numerous animation
studios contributing versions
of famous and some not-so-famous folk tales
from around the globe.
those who need to know, the ever-chomping dino in that first Gogs
series has a name.
He's apparently called Ray...
Hounds will also note that comedian/actor Josie Lawrence lends
her voice to The
Gogs. And that's her shrieking tones on the funky
end titles, too...
1998 British Animation Award
- Best children's Series
1995 Children's BAFTA - Best Animation
1995 Banff Animation Award
Deiniol Morris producer:
Helen Nabarro exec prod: Mike
Mort, Deiniol Morris for S4C: Meirion
Davies for the BBC: Colin
Rose voices: Marie