Isn't it typical? - You wait eons for a good old-fashioned
spoof, and then two turn up together, nose-to-tail.
You see, whilst this
Hound has been raving for far too long about
the feline pleasures of
"Frankenstein's Cat" (via Curtis
Jobling) , the Brothers
been tinkering away in their own cartoon laboratory.
and hammered and toiled.. they've added a dash
of Clasky Csupo
craziness... some SpongeBob anarchy.. and they've
a cyborg sheep... and two ticks and - um - a Guinea
and they've sent them to Lake Poopo in Bolivia...
Yep. "Pedro and Frankensheep" is
on its way to CBBC this February.
And this 10 x 5min series is a freewheeling,
But how to describe it, exactly? - Take a
look for yourself:
Guinea pig, sleep!
If you don't your head will explode!"
Now that's a lullaby. And if you like
that, there are a bunch
more song-filled episodes to view on the CBBC
What a great little series. Full of bug-eyed
invention, and something
that's clearly been created outside of any
corporate corridors. By the
way, in a spooky bit of cross-series
pollination, Myles McLeod tells
me he's also written three episodes of "Frankenstein's
It's enough to make your brain ache, it really
Now what we say the other day: 2008 is the
Year of the Cat?
Well, that needs adjusting right now, 'cos
2008 is most surely
now the Year of the Frank!
Big congratulations today for Suzie Templeton,
Breakthru Films, Se-ma-for Studios and Storm Studios.
adaptation of Peter
and the Wolf has been nominated for Best
Animated Short Film at the 80th Annual Academy
This year's short film selection is a doozy,
with five films representing
a sizable range of animated styles and media:
This is a very fine selection, and it's going
to be tough choice, come
Awards Night. Right now, the smarter money
seems to leaning towards
the sublime "Madame Tutli-Putli".
But is it too esoteric for the Academy?
And you can't ignore the magnificent work on "Moya
Lyubov" (My Love)
either. And then there's our Templeton Wolf. It's
a very accesible film,
and beautifully crafted. Oh, we could preguess
all day if we want.
But on Oscar night, anything can happen, so
let's keep our paws
crossed for the Wolf on 24th February.
Of course, for us in the UK, "Peter and
the Wolf" has aired on tv and
moved on to DVD a long while ago. But the
film only reached big
screens in the USA in 2007. Hence its
It's crude. It's rude and scattergun with its lampooning.
comedy bullets will skim over the heads of
many-a-viewer. But others
can't wait to be struck by 'em...
What are we talking about? - Modern
Toss, of course. Stephen Cavalier
tells us that Series Two is in the bag and ready for transmission
on Channel 4 from 23rd January. Now Spy
Pictures' animation may look as
simple as Simon's pieman, but when it works, it works
so sublimely. This
Hound loves the Space Arguments, in particular.
So he's delighted to hear
they will be returning, in even longer sequences.
And it gives us a jolly
good excuse to post this YouTube clip. Don't
worry about it's content,
though. This one's PG certificate, unlike
most of the Toss toons!
Yes, I know. This Hound's been raving about far
too many giclee
art prints over the last twelve months. And
far too often, too.
But you know... We're in a special place right
now... We've gone
from an era almost devoid of British goodies,
to one which is
positively dripping with delights, and honestly,
these things are
just too good - and too relevant - to pass
over. After all, if you're
a fan of all-things British and animated,
if you're a sucker for
all those classic creations of the past, then
chances are you'll
be just as delighted with all these fabulous
Well, that's what I'm banking on, anyways.
And so, we can finally get to the crux of
this particular story.
You see, The
Animation Art Gallery in London have recently launched
another extrordinary Mr Benn giclee. And it's
quite probably the best
yet. The print is called The
Costume Shop. It measures 29" x 25"
and is restricted to just 200 editions. And frankly,
if one of these
doesn't make it to my home I think I shall
die lonely, stinking
and afraid in some desolate hole...
Ain't she beautiful?
Aside from Mr Benn prints, there's a second
reason for plugging
the AAG again this month. They're being highlighted
in one particular
daily newspaper, 'cos The
Times is currently fanfaring a series of
articles regarding classic kids tv of the past
and present. They've been
enouraging readers to share their views on
their favourite kids tv
series, and they've been giving away DVDs
of shows via coupons
in the daily editions. Plus, our friendly
neighbourhood Gallery has
been running two
rather spiffy tie-in competitions. In the first, folks can
win an original DangerMouse cel for their
wall. And if they don't win this
most handsome and desirable top prize, there
are are runner-up
DM art giclee editions up for grabs too, as
created by Brian
Cosgrove... And in the second, well, it's our old
friend Mr Benn
again. Yep. You can win
a copy of Mr Benn Waving. The Hound's
already got one of those, and let me tell
you, they're fab, fab,
fabbity-fab. With fab on.
Mr Benn and DangerMouse are just two of the
creations which the
AAG are promoting under their Art
You Grew Up With banner. Check
by their web site to find out who else is
on their slate...
Three great animated shorts have been nominated
for this year's
Short Animation BAFTA. Now, just before we
get confused, this
particular award stands apart from the Children's
at the end of last year. Think of it as the
grown up cousin, although
frankly, there's just as much artistic integrity
in many a pre-school
series, but we can see where they're coming on...
Anyways, here are the three nominees:
John McCloskey/Pearse Moore - Raw Nerve Prods Ltd
THE PEARCE SISTERS
Luis Cook/Jo Allen - Aardman Animation
HEAD OVER HEELS
Osbert Parker/Fiona Pitkin/Ian Gouldstone - LUX/Channel
As to choosing a winner, well, those twisted Pearce
been a big hit on the festival circuit over the
last year. There's an official Aardman
site for the film, with clips and background info too, and
it's got a really raw, chillblained atmosphere
"Head Over Heels" is a film this
Hound has yet to see, but Osbert Parker
has a signature approach to film making which
involves mixing cut-outs
with live-action and other media...
And then there's that Crumblegiant. T'is a
beguiling film, indeed,
with Bernard Hill narrating... Such beautiful
a clip for you:
So that's your trio. We'll find out which
of them collects that
coveted prize on Sunday 10th February. And
similarly, we'll learn
which of the three big American productions
walk off with this
year's BAFTA for Animated Film. That's the
prize most recently
collected by Wallace and Gromit, with their Were-Rabbit
This year's nominees are of course, Brit-free.
SHREK THE THIRD and THE SIMPSONS MOVIE will be
it out for that shiny smiley face...
Finally! - The freaky fun series we've been
waiting for is about to premiere
on CBBC. "Frankenstein's Cat" is the
brainmoggy of the multitalented Curtis
Jobling, and he's been stitched together by Mackinnon
and Kayenta Production (in association with
CCI). Put simply, Nine the
cat is a munster moggy created by the twisted
genius that is Dr Frankenstein.
He's a patchwork of fur and thread that's
prone to falling apart, but he's all
heart inside and he and his best friend Lotte
get up to all sorts of mischief
around their Transylvanian hometown. Oh yes, and his
voice is delivered by the one and only Joe
Goodness, this is a show that seems to have
taken an age to get to our
screens. The foul but friendly feline began
as a stop-motion project, before
contorting into two dimensions. The show looked
like it was about
to nestle into the Autumn schedules last year,
but at last we can set
our recorders for the CBBC Channel, on February
4th at 6.00pm,
And then we can all get to listen to that
brilliant theme song, with
lyrics by Alan
Gilbey, which is worth the price of admission on its own.
Seriously, folks will be humming this one in the
playground, on the Bus
and down the Pub in years to come. And just to
tease us still
further, there's a series trailer now online
for our perusal:
See what I mean? - It's infectious!
Oh, but just before we move on. Let's
hear it for Curtis
very own, and very real, pet cat called
Ernie. You see, the poor
fellow fell victim to a horrible drive-by
shooting, in the week
before Christmas. Seriously. He was
shot in the rump, just by
his tail and has had to undergo some
very painful and unpleasant
surgery and recuperation as a result
of the "prank". How ironic.
And horrible. Ernie, we wish you all
the best, we really do...
And as for the show, well, you
heard it here, people.
2008 is definitely the Year of the Cat!
No, really. Dreadful Taggart puns aside, today
we've learned that
Oor Wullie's flatfooted antagonist - PC murdoch
- was based upon
a very real police constable and contemporary
friend of cartoonist
Dudley D Watkins!
Sandy Marnoch was as a reserve constable in Kincardine,
with Watkins, who served time in the force during
the war. And
Watkins drew upon Marnoch's no-nonsense approach
procedure when he was creating the character
for DC Thomson.
So why is this news today? - Well, a photo
of the Kincardine coppers
was recently given to the force, and it's
now hanging in the
Kincardine's spanking new police facility...
And whilst we're Wullieing (?!), this smashing
bit of china evidently
passed me by in the Christmas rush:
See? - It's a limited edition Broons figurine,
created especially by
current artist Peter Davidson, and its release
follows up on the hugely
succeful Oor Wullie edition he sculpted back
in 2006. This time,
we're presented with Maw and Paw Broon, and
The Bairn, and
only 3300 pieces have been produced. If it's
anything like as
popular, these Sunday Post stars will sell-out
time. So you can purchase yours right now,
web store, so help me boab!...
200 at last! (12.11.07)
This time last year, The Hound was celebrating
the imminent arrival of
a very jolly milestone. He was closing in
rapidly on the big 200. That is
to say, the 200th animated series to have
entered the TvToons index.
He had his streamers and party poppers at
the ready... The cake was
in the oven...
then, fate intervened. 2007 has been a ridiculously busy year.
I've been pulled everywhichway, offline and
on, and the amount of new
additions to the various indexes have slowed
to a mere trickle of late...
But finally, twelve months later than planned.
We've done it. We've hit
that double century, courtesy of Roger Hargreaves
and those fantastic Little Miss,
who joined the site this week. And it's rather apt because,
Mr Hargreaves was a masive influence on this
dawg's formative years.
His Mr Men books were my first love when I
was five, and their
elegant simplicity encouraged me to pick up
a pen for myself and
get drawing... Why, those are just felt pen
drawings.. I could do
what he did... Easy-peasy...
But of course, that's the beauty of the Mr
Men. They are, in fact,
defiantly sophisticated. Oh for sure, my young
hand could draw a
big wobbly shape, colour it purple and call
it "Mr Greedy". But
Mr Hargreaves' original had such splendid
control to it. A perfect
smile... dinky little fingers on the tummy...
I spent a whole Summer
drawing Mr Men over and over, but they were
never as good as
those originals.... and maybe I'm not alone, given
the furore that's
been building over "The Mr Men Show"!
let's not get mired in that debate. Instead, let's celebrate
that 200th addition to the index. Of course,
there are still plenty of
missing shows - Roger Hargreaves' "Timbuctoo"
amongst them -
but you can bet the index will keep growing,
slowly but surely.
As long as they keep makin' them, Toonhound
will keep on