Goodness, here's another Mad March DVD for us to "ketchup"
This time, the folks from Fremantle Home Entertainment
are presenting us
with "Count Duckula: Series Two", which
does exactly what it says in
the title, and includes all 19 episodes of the quacked-up
second series on a two disc set. You can pick it up from
from March 26th (RRP £17.99).
is a top drawer Cosgrove Hall creation, of course, but it's his
sidekicks who steal the show. Igor the manservant
is a wondeful, droll
foil to the Count's effervescence. And Nanny is
just plain bonkers.
Actually, Fremantle must be rather bonkers too,
because, hot on the
heels of their Wind
in the Willows Giveaway, they've handed over a
Duckula double: Two copies of series two, and two
of the first for you
to win here at Toonhound. Just pop by the Double
to get your name in the hat!...
BOD for you (16.03.07)
Look over there - Here comes BOD... And PC
Copper... And Aunt Flo,
and Farmer Barleymow and Frank the Postman
in a wonderful series
of giclee prints for sale at Lollipop
BOD's a Toonhound favourite, of course. The
Hound has talked to Lo Cole,
and kept abreast of all things BOD-ifiedover recent years. The books,
series and stories have a marvellous simplicity
to them. Does all that
talk of strawberries and cream and holes in
the ground have some deeper meaning? - Who knows. But there
so much pleasure to be
had in deciphering it all...
...And now we can look long and hard at the
best of BOD on our wall. There
are 13 prints in the range, with each design limited to just 250
numbered editions. And all are signed in person
by Lo Cole. They're
joyful things indeed. It's going to be very
difficult choosing a favourite,
although "BOD and the Grasshoppr"
(above) is particulary good.
Oh, but Lollipop aren't making things any
easier for us, because they've also just released lovely new prints starring
Paddington Bear and Rupert.
Those Paddington prints are particularly appealing,
and some are to be
signed by Michael Bond, which makes them so
And there's more to come soon, I'm told. Goodness,
will we have
enough wall space available?!...
Spring is in the air at last. And what could
be better than taking
a rowboat out on the river and drifting down to
home, to dabble with ducks, to partake of
High Tea and scones
with Moley and Badger, and then, when fully
refreshed and revived,
to steal yourself away to Toad Hall where
the owner will regail
you with his stories about poop-pooping motor
Well, thanks to Fremantle Home Entertainment
you can do just that,
because the complete First Season of that
Cosgrove Hall gem
is at last coming to DVD on March 26th. Goodness
waited a long time for this. We've had tasters
of course, courtesy
and last year's seasonal
finally, folks in the UK can get their paws upon
13 episodes of that
There have been many versions of Kenneth Grahame's
tale. But no one has captured the simple pleasures of
quite like Cosgrove Hall. The beauty's in the detail
of Mole and Ratty's
home. It's in the seasonal landscapes, the twitching hawthorn
blackberry bushes. It's in those perfectly realised
models, and the
exquisite way in which they move and interact
with one another.
This series is more than twenty years old,
but still it holds itself
head and shoulders above the crowd...
Yep, this particular Riverbank is well worth
revisiting. And better
still, you have the chance to win a visit
for free. That's because the
folks at Fremantle have passed on two fab
copies of this DVD set
for The Hound to give away...
Metcalfe has dropped us a line recently, in regard to his
late friend and colleague Robert Nixon. As
most folks who visit this
site will know, these two chaps were responsible
for some of the
very best comic strips that Fleetway and DC
Thomson had to offer,
over the years. And they were, quite simply, the
best of buddies:
Ah, yes. Robert Nixon brought us the glories
of Frankie Stein, Roger
Kong, Little Plum, Lord Snooty, The
Buytonic Boy and so
very many more. But he wasn't "just"
a cartoonist, of course, and Trevor
is keen to remind us that he also continued to
paint and illustrate his
own standalone pieces, alongside his bread and
butter employment in
the comics world. And what better way to highlight
this work than via
a web site?
If you drop by the new Robert
Nixon art site you'll find a very intriguing
mixture of art samples on display. Some of
the fantasy art paintings are
fascinating. Those Narnian
wardrobes, stuffed-to-busting with oddities,
or those perculiar tree
houses. Very Oriental, but also very Seuss-like.
And what a contrast to the soft pastels of
art, and those cutesy
pixies in the kidsart section....
As well as the artwork to view, and in some
cases, to buy in print form,
There is also a handy biography page, with a trio
of early art samples,
and we're promised more to come across the
site, in due course.
This is definitely one to watch, and a fitting
tribute to a master artist
It's taken two
and a half years, but Shaun the Sheep's fantastic new series
is finally going to air on CBBC. It actually
starts this afternoon, 5th March
at 3.45pm on BBC1 with the footballing episode
"Off the Baa!". And it's
"Shaun the Sheep" is, of course,
a spin-off from that Wallace and Gromit
Close Shave, where he was brought to life by Nick Park and the
folks at Aardman Animation. Now director Richard
Goleszowski holds the
Aardman reins and he and they have airlifted
Shaun out of West Wallaby
Street to a rather splendid country farm.
Shaun remains a sheep of
words, but he's now top of the flock with
his bleating pals, and they
can all run rings around the farmer and his whistle-blowing
Seriously folks, this is unmissable stuff.
There are lots of little Aardman
flourishes in the background details, in the
reactions of the characters
and the interplay. And the timing is so pefectly
precise. The episodes
play out like a silent movie, accompanied
by a tumbling banjo, lots
of bleating and some increasingly frustrated
If this show doesn't win awards, The Hound
will eat his hat.
Tune in each weekday, on BBC1 at 3.45pm.
Giveaways are rather like buses, aren't they?
- You wait ages for
one and then three come along at the same
Wait up. Did someone say "three"?
Well, so far this Mad March,
we've had a Wind
in the Willows Giveaway and a Double
event, thanks to the folks at Fremantle. But there's
also a third
fabulous giveaway arriving any moment, which
raise the "tempo" round here...
Did you get the hint there? - Well, even if
you didn't, this mighty
fine freebie will be launching
very, very soon. And there may well
be a fourth forthcoming too!
Crazy, innit? - But it's just that time of
year. The DVD distributors
have come out of their shells for Spring and
they all want to promote
their exciting new releases. Like March Hares
fisticuffing in the fields,
each is spoiling for the best position in
the market. Which means,
our cup overfloweth with competitions and