name's James, James The Cat....
I've had fame, money, and all that!..."
is a very well-to-do black and white cat abandoned in the wilds
for himself, or rather, forgotten on the
doorstep in his basket when his owners
move from The Corner House (number 104)
to a new home. A tear-stricken James
writes to his Aunt Maude for assistance,
maybe she'll let him stay with her?
Meanwhile, he gets acquainted with the garden
wildlife, for this pampered moggy
has never set foot outside the house before.
He quickly makes friends with Rocky
the rabbit (or rather Wocky the wabbit - he's
an ex-prizefighting buck), there's
Mrs Lavender the Irish snail, Citron the French
frog, and Freda Auntie Maude's
go-between who happens to be a cheeky
kangaroo. Maude, it seems, is not able
to take in young James but she does send
a friend in the form of clever Dennis,
a bright pink fire-breathing Welsh-accented
Chinese dragon. So James doesn't
get to move on with his owners, and neither
does he move on to Auntie Maude's
castle, but life in the garden might not
be so bad after all, with all those birds
and butterflies to chase and thos busy
buzzy bees and flowers...
An intriguing little series is this one,
with a colourful assortment of characters and
a cute if rather frustrating star, prone
to a little too much over-privileged moaning.
The 'chunky' boardbook design is very
appealing and many have taken to Dennis
in particular, who resembvles an animated version of
George from Rainbow. The
title song is a most hummable ditty too...
The Big Top
created by Kate Canning
anim team: Jane
Gotts, Louise Waugh
Cel (cartoon graphics)
links right now....
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