David McKee / King Rollo Films animation: 2D animation episodes: 13
King Rollo is like a child in royal clothing.
He's a happy-go-lucky fellow who
explores his kingdom with a twinkle in his
eye, ever eager to learn about the
ways and wiles of the world. Luckily for him, there
are friends at hand to
help him through the day...
Rollo's royal pals include Queen Gwen, who
lives in the palace next door.
Then there's King Frank, and the royal
Magician. But best of all there's Cook,
the royal cook, who arguably rules King Rollo's
kingdom for him given the
amount of advice and assistance she offers!
Rollo's very bestest pal, however,
is Hamlet the clever cat. He's always tagging
along behind his master. And in best the tradition
of sidekicks everywhere, he
too reveals more worldly savvy than his happy-go-lucky
"King Rollo" is another bright David
McKee creation - Mr. McKee being the prolific
author and artist whose most famous creations
are Mr Benn and Elmer the
Elephant. The King first appeared in print
in 1979 and over the years we've
watched him learn to tie his shoelaces, wash
dishes, make his breakfast,
take a bath, and tidy his royal bed chamber.
Oh yes, it's all pomp and
ceremony for this bumbling blueblood. Rollo
oozes charm. There's just a
simple joie de vivre about the creation, which
is probably why he's remained
in the public's affection for so long. All
hail King Rollo, indeed!...
Rollo gave his name to the production company formed by McKee
and his associates Clive
Juster and Leo Nielsen. King Rollo films have brought
Tony Ross' Towser
and Eric Hill's Spot into
animated life. In 2000 they acquired
a BAFTA for their splendid tv
adaptation of "Maisy Mouse"...
2001, King Rollo returned to print, following a ten year abscence.
Rollo and the New Stockings"
finds our favourite King bemused and confused
by his left and right foot. And
things get even trickier when he tries to
deliver Mrs Harris' birthday
Rollo" premiered on BBC1, 1st October 1980, at 1.45pm.
Episodes one to six were broadcast
in the same weekly slot,
until 5th November...
The series resumed with episode seven
on 22nd December, at the
earlier time of 9.55am and subsequent
episodes aired once a day
over the festive period in the same
The series concluded 31st December 1980.
Rollo Books originally published by Andersen
1979 - King Rollo and the New Shoes Board
1979 - King Rollo and the Bread King
1979 - King Rollo and the Birthday King
1980 - King Rollo and the Balloons King
1980 - King Rollo and the Tree King
1980 - King Rollo and the Dishes
1981 - King Rollo and the Bath Collected
1981 - King Rollo and King Frank The
Adventures of King Rollo
1981 - King Rollo and the Search The
Further Adventures of King Rollo
1982 - King Rollo and the Playroom King
Rollo and the Playroom, and
1982 - King Rollo and the Breakfast
1982 - King Rollo and the Dog
1982 - King Rollo and the Mask
1984 - King Rollo and the Letter
1990 - King Rollo and Santa's Beard
2001 - King Rollo and the New Stockings