producers: Rodney Peppe / FilmFair for Central
tv animation: stop-motion animation episodes: 26 x 10mins
new dream every day, Huxley Pig - Oink! Oink!
Who you gonna be today,
Huxley Pig? -Oink! Oink!"
Cheery, chipper Huxley Pig was
always dreaming of adventure, of exciting
professions and encounters. The series
was adapted from Rodney Peppe's
picture book tales. Each episode would
begin with our Huxley in his bedroom
talking to Sam the squawking seagull
and "wondering" about some exciting
thing or other before we were whisked
off into his imagination.
Huxley's dreams featured the same
recurring characters in a myriad of
circumstances. Huxley would be there
with Sam, who could talk all "cock-a-ney"
now. They'd then be joined by effervescent
Horace, a breezy-natured hamster
with a black country accent who
had little time for Huxley's cheerfulness.
Vile Vincent was a very droll vampire
pig-butler, and close on his heels was
Chewit-monster lookalike Cuddles, a
fanged green beastie with a softhearted
centre. Episodes took Huxley and
the gang in space, on a fishing trip, into their
own restaurant - well, almost anywhere
really, provided there was food in there
somewhere. Food was always close to
Huxley's happy heart!
animation was splendid, with some terrific set details, an oink-ingly
good theme tune and fine interplay
between the main characters. Interesting
how the first Fun House Video releases
played up Huxley's picture-book origins,
with Rodney Peppe artwork on the
sleeves instead of screen shots (above, right).
Interesting, because there was and
is still greater crossover potential here.
HP plays equally well with adults
who can pick up on the subtleties of the
production. Vincent's drollness,
Horace's camp brusqueness and Huxley's
ever-jolly nature were offset
against one another to great effect and boosted by
excellent voice work from Martin
Jarvis. I mean, who can forget Horace cooing
for "Hooxley Pig"
In 1990, Alternative Software
produced a popular platform game for the
CMB64/128. The gameplay had
Huxley running around his house attempting
to collect toys and clothing
to take to his bedroom and help him sleep.
Of course, its all aged terribly
nowadays, but it was a well-played
platformer, back then...
The same software firm also
created a game for The Trapdoor.
Pig and the Sea Monster Huxley Pig Goes Camping
Huxley Pig and the Burglar
Huxley Pig Goes Flying
Huxley Pig in the Haunted House
Huxley Pig's Cinderella
Huxley Pig on a Desert Island
Huxley Pig in Space
Huxley Pig Makes a Movie
Huxley Pig Goes Fishing
Huxley Pig at the Circus
Huxley Pig the Magician
Huxley Pig at the Restaurant
Huxley Pig the Reporter
Huxley Pig Goes Skiing Huxley
Pig's Home Movie
Huxley Pig and the Village Fete
The Abominable Snow Pig
Stoneage Huxley Huxley
Pig at the Beach
Huxley Pig Meets Huxley
Pig at the Big Top
The Snow Monster
also find "The
Abominable Snow Pig" on
Huxley Pig by Rodney
dir of animation:
exec prod: Barrie
Gilluley, David Johnson
camera asst: Paul
model makers: Alan
Murphy, Heather Boucher
puppet makers: Justin
Exley, Pauline London
prod man: Kath
Sloss, Robert Dunbar
asst ed: Jackie
Abbey distribute the UK DVD.
They have their own web store too...