"Roobarb and Custard Too" has finally
escaped on DVD. Ten episodes
of the all-new-but-so-similar-you-can't-see-the-join
series can be
found on Roobarb
and Custard Too: Here Comes Trouble,
was released by Pathe a week-or-so ago.
The new series is directed by Jason Tammemagi
and you may recall
that The Hound had a little chat with him
last year, when it launched
on the UK's Five channel.Roobarb
wobbles and wiggles just like he
used to. There's even Richard Briers doing
We seem to be in the middle of a new wave
of toon revivals right now,
because alongside Roobarb there's the all-new
"Willo the Wisp", Maverick's
the Mule toon, cgi "Captain Scarlet" (which appears
come and gone now - sadly), Postman
Pat and "Fireman Sam" and coming
soon we have Pinky
and Perky, Bleep and Booster,
and Rupert Bear.
Many folks cuss and tut at the thought of
so many revivals. But to
be honest, most of the ones we had in recent
years have been tiptop
quality - Roobarb being the perfect example. It's
instantly familiar to
folks of a certain age, but updated with just
enough modern references
bring in to the noughties....
Goodness me. Did you know that Bob the Builder
Ballerina are both playing across UK cinema
screens, right now?
No, neither did The Hound until a jolly email
from Bob's co-director
Geoff Walker landed in his Inbox. You'd certainly
be hard-pressed to
find much mention of it in the media, but
on July 8th, HIT Entertainment
released their "Family Bonanza" films
in selected Odeon cinemas.
On Saturdays Bob has been starring in his
new feature film
"Built to be Wild", and on Sundays, Angelina
has starred in "Angelina
Sets Sail". Not only that, but our poop-pooping
penguin pal Pingu
has also popped up alongside them, in new
But this fab news seems to have been lost somewhere
those cinematic pirates, high-flying superheroes,
head-butting footballers and a baking hot July.
Let's start with Bob.
"Built to be Wild" is co-directed
by Geoff Walker and Jackie Cockle.
It's billed as a musical adventure which sees
Bob and the gang taking
a vacationto the Wild West of America. They
travel to the one-horse town
of Cactus Creek, where they explore a gold mine,
share campfire tales
and track down a long-lost treasure. And this being
a Bob the Builder special,
there are several special guest stars too. This
time we have Suzi
as a rottin' tootin' cowgirl called Rio, who
rides a horse called Dollar.
And hold on to your hearts girls, because
Donny Osmond is the
voice of her big blue talking jeep called Jackaroo!
It's very easy to be cynical about these kind
of productions, but the
Bob the Builder specials have always been that
little bit - well - special.
The team at HOT Animation have lavished each
one with attention, and
detail. They're certainly not just extended
episodes. They feel like proper
little movies. Which is precisely why the
first A Christmas to Remember,
picked itself up a BAFTA. And precisely
why it's so exciting to see
this new film geting the Big Screen treatment
As for Angelina, well in "Angelina Sets
Sail" she and her mousling
pals are sailing to Dacovia for a special
performance. There's an onboard
romance that needs Angelina's asistance, and
a titanic intervention looming
on the horizon. But fear not folks, this isn't
a disaster movie. Angelina's
iceberg serves merely as the cataylst for
True Love. Once again Ginger
Gibbons and Grand Slamm have steered the mice
HIT's "Family Bonanza" is still playing
until August 6th. The Odeon web
site has the screening info for you. But if you're like me
a) far too
old to go to kids' matinees without untoward
questions being asked,
or b) simply too far from your local Odeon
(mine's 100+ miles away,
since the Aberdeen one closed), you'll be glad
to hear that both films
will be getting the DVD treatment in good time
for christmas. And
needless to say, these being HIT Entertainment
are lots of tie-in toys forthcoming too!...
Oky, so this little site usually promotes
other folks' characters and
creations, but - darnit - your faithful Hound
also has his own uncontrollable
urge to doodle and create. And so he presents
for your - er - pleasure,
Captain Brutus Alexander Pedigree and a host of
and Coarsehairs, who have just embarked on
their first adventure!
I've put together a little mini-site
here, including the first eight pages
for your persual. Pedigree's been riding the
waves in my head for several
years - way-y-y before a certain film came
to light - but I thought I'd finally
cast off online, so to speak.
Imagine Hornblower with dogs, if you will.
I've several extended tales
to tell, and in my daydreams I can imagine
a series of graphic novels,
sitting on the shelves of Ottakar's, a range
of collectible figures,
and even a CGI feature - *sigh*.
Okay, okay. So that's not gonna happen. But
if you happen to be
who wants to talk,
well, let's talk. And if you're just a regular
visitor, I'd still appreciate
Should I stick to the day job, or keep on doodling?
Pigeon Fancier (19.07.06)
If you're a Pigeon
Street fan, you'll be cooing when you hear that Lollipop
Animation are today releasing a rather splendid quartet of
pigeon prints for our delight.
Lollipop are hosting "The Art of Pigeon Street",
at Hurst House in
London's Covent Garden tonight, from 6pm to 9pm.
13 original works
of art will be on display for the first time ever,
plus those four exclusive
"Pigeon Street" prints will be unveiled.
What's more, Alan Rogers of
Cut-Out Animation will be there to meet and greet
visitors, and to
sign the prints which will also be available through
The prints measure 11" x 14" in size, with
20cm x 28cm image size.
And the signed editioins are just £20
each, which means they should
be in reach of even the very poorest of fans.
Although they're being
kept under wraps until the launch, The Hound
has been given a
sneaky-peek, and he has to say they look terrific...
So sad to hear that Peter Hawkins has passed
on. For many, he
was the voice of teatime tv, having
loaned his talents to so very many
top toons. That stuttering starfish, Captain
Pugwash floats to the surface
of his lengthy CV, alongside those Flowerpot
Men, Bill and Ben, whose
fabulous Oddle-Poddle language he invented.
Peter was the narrator for "SuperTed"
and "Bleep& Booster". He was
Sir Prancelot, Nelly in "Noah & Nelly",
Dennis in "Penny Crayon", BH in
"The Perishers". He was Jimbo's Chief,
Angus in "The Family-Ness",
Samson Snail in "Toucan Tecs", and oh-so
many more. "Dr Who" fans
will be no doubt be in mourning too, because Peter was
voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen.
He'd retired from the limelight some time
ago, and died on July 8th
after a long illness...
A little more Flushed (12.07.06)
If you're hankering for a little more of "Flushed
Away", you'll find
a slightly new International trailer to view
There are a few little tweaks and edits from
earlier promo, but
most noticably this one has its eye on the
recent World Cup, with a
footy game playing on Roddy's penthouse TV.
I'm not sure if it really
adds anything to the mix. Indeed, it feels
a tad clunky to this particular
viewer. But it gives us an excuse to catch
up with Roddy and
pals once more...
When it comes to stop-motion, Aardman are
in a Premier League
all on their own. But "Flushed Away"
pitches them into the rough
and tumble world of CGI football (albeit with
DreamWorks in goal).
Let's hope they stay afloat!
Bobbi Spargo has dropped us a line this
week. As most folks know,
she's the daughter of the late Nick
Spargo, animator and creator
the Wisp and friends, and she's the lady who sowed the
seeds for their
welcome return with James Dreyfus rolling his
"ahhhhs" and elongating his "ooohs"
in place of the late great
Well, Bobbi just wanted to remind us
all that the all-new Willo show
(complete with widescreen Evil Edna),
is currently airing three times a day
on Playhouse Disney UK, which is jolly good
news indeed. And it means
there's no excuse for folks to miss
out on its broadcast...
Um, that is unless you don't have cable or
satellite tv. But never fear,
Silva Screen plan to release the
new series on DVD, later this year!
Ricky Gervais has had huge success with his
series of Flanimals books,
in which he presents us with a cockeyed guide to some
craptastic creatures. Indeed, a third guide
book "Flanimals of
the Deep" will be hitting stores this
Autumn, and there's an
increasing amount of tie-in apparrel to purchase...
...But now, flanophiles everywhere will be
rejoicing at the news
that those Gernloids, Mung Unglers, Mungefuddlers
and the rest are
to be filmed for a brand new tv series. Caramel
Uncut an producer
Chris Gepp are putting the Flanimals series together
in Bristol, for ITV.
The adaptation will be written and narrated
by Gervais, and the critters
brought to life through a combination of traditional
and CGI. But the very best news of all is
that Boni and Berk themselves,
Charles Mills and Terry Brain have been lured away
Animation to direct the 6 x 30mins production!
Although they've worked on "Chicken Run"
and "Were-Rabbit", Messrs
Mills and Brain are best known as CMTB Animation,
and together they
brought us those beasties lurking in and around
The Trapdoor, and the
not-sobad mannerisms of Stoppit
and Tidyup. They're surely the perfect
duo to take on Gervais' bumbling beasties...
Hot, isn't it? - Up here in my Elgin attic it's bloomin'
It's too hot for dogs too. They've sought
sanctuary in the bowels of
the house, but alas I can't follow them. Putting
the office up here
made perfect sense on paper. It stays lovely
and warm during our
wild scottish winters, thanks to all our lovely
insulation. But come
the height of Summer...
Still, this Hound's staying put and continuing
to upgrade and update,
quick as he can. My wife's just started 6.00am
work shifts, so I'm able
to ensconce myself up here before the heat
gets a chance to burst
I'd hoped to have all the TvToons pages updated
by now. But time and
again, events conspire to prevent me from
reaching my goal. For starters,
I'm knee-deep in my first proper novel and
it's painfully slow work. I hate
the writing process. I've already written
this thing umpteen times over
in my head. Now I'm... typing... it... down...
It's such a chore. Mind you,
I do get great pleasure when I go back to
what I've written at a later
date and find that, in my own humble opinion,
it ain't all that bad.
But who am I kidding? I've yet to start the
pitching process, and
I'm sure that blissful bubble will be burst
Alongside the writing, there's Toonhound.
One of the biggest headaches
here stem from those darned external links.
Over the years, many, many
folks have been in touch requesting links and reviews,
and if their site
has been relevant, I've duly obliged. But you know,
very few of those
folks have ever bothered to reciprocate. And
worse, a good many of
them have moved on. They've dumped their pages,
changed their URL
or simply pulled their site altogether. And have
they bothered to let
me know? - Have they heck! Sometimes it can
be very lonely on
this one-way street to nowhere...