Goodness, this is tight. But here we are, on March
there's just enough time for one last mad
selection of new Brit-toon
art to get collectors and fans in a spin...
This final selection brings us full circle, back
to our friends at The
Animation Art Gallery. And as you can see, they've just
unveiled the first pieces in a new selection
of fine art prints taken
from the pages - and indeed, covers - of "2000ad".
giclee selection includes classic cover art
Gibbons. These two numbered pieces are restricted to
just 150 editions...
Then there's a BIG line art giclee by Mike
McMahon. It's the
ridiculously detailed wraparound cover to
prog 169. This one's
restricted to just 50 editions and measures a whopping
Big enough to get in all that detail, that's
Finally, in this first selection, there's
a classic standalone piece
starring ol' mean eyes himself, Judge Dredd.
This one's available in
sizes, to suit your wallspace...
Given the wealth of fantastic artwork that's
been generated for this
comic over the years, it's safe to say the
range has plenty of room
And - phew-ee! - I reckon that'll do for the
month. Now some folks
reading these recent entries may be forgiven
for thinking that
Toonhound has become nothing more than a walking,
advert for the companies we've been writing
about. But you know,
this old dawg's a fan of all things brit-toon
related. His kennel is
stuffed-to-busting with giclee prints, original
art and figures. It's
a natural extension of his cartoon enthusiasm...
so it surely
makes sense to fanfare some of these tie-in
goodies, one in
Er, doesn't it? - If you disagree with me,
let me know. And similarly,
if you've been tempted by the trinkets highlighted
here, drop me a
line and share your enthusiasm. Should The
Hound continue with
these intermittent round-ups, or should he
simply stick to good
old-fashioned toon news....?
March Art - Part 4 (26.03.08)
Call yourself a Gerry Anderson fan? Really?
Oh. Then you'll
already have one of these on order...
What we have here, folks, is an extraordinary
Replica Puppet brought to us by geniuses at
And by that we mean a complete, authentic scale
replica of the
puppet used in the original series. The official
site features lots
of mouthwatering pictures of the puppet in
production. And it
lets us know that there are only going to
be 500 of these beauties
made, with each presented in its own display
case, complete with
a handsome plaque. These are more than just replicas,
more like museum pieces. And of course, they're
They'll set you back somewhere in the region of
But if you count yourself as a hardcore Scarlet
fan... and this
here Hound is most certainly one of them...
well... you just have
to dig deep... you really do...And
what's more, Captain Black
will be following on, later this year...
Oh... My... Goodness...
The folks at Iconic previously brought us
three eyebulging replica
Thunderbirds vehicles. Yep. We've had Thunderbirds
presented in fantastic prop form. They've been amazing.
And again, they don't come cheap. But a certified
just can't afford to miss out...And
Iconic have devious plans
to bankrupt us all, because there are a line
puppets under construction now too... Plus
from Space: 199, U.F.O. and more. Wow.. Wow...
Phew-ee. March really has been a mad month
But even now, as we close in on April, there's
still more amazing
Brit-toon art to fanfare here at Toonhound - as
you'll soon see...
Here we go again with some more Spring releases...
This time, we're trumpeting some brand new
giclees, prints and
canvasses from the folks at Riviere Publishing.
All the editions
profiled below are available right now, from
First up is that great green wobbling pooch,
Roobarb, and his
pink pal Custard. Riviere's range is ushered
in with two rather
desirable giclee prints. The storyboards/sketches
the key art are a super touch. "When
Custard Cried With Laughter"
and "When Roobarb Outsmarted Custard"
measure 46cm x 30cm
and both are restricted to just 250 numbered
Riviere have also produced a selection
of hugely affordable canvas
editions. Canvas art has become all the rage
of late, and our pink
and green stars look just great in this
format. They're big colourful
wall-fillers, these, and they're available
in a variety of sizes. But
some folks will still simply want a traditional,
old school print to
hang on the wall, irrespective of edition
sizes, or fashion trends,
so Riviere have made the same images available
happy-go-lucky 35.5cm x 28cm prints, too -
Now. Let's move on from wobbling teatime wonders,
to the clean lines
of Nutwood. The great John Harold has put
his signature to a divine
selection of giclees, prints and canvasses starring
Rupert Bear and
We'll start with the giclees. These feature
two panel and four panel
reproductions and each piece is restricted to just
200 numbered and signededitions. What's more, they're
completely beautiful things.
The Hound's favourites include "Spooky
Surprise". That one's a
28cm x 28cm delight:
And "Flight of the Firebird" is a super example
of a two-panel edition,
measuring 58cm x 36cm:
Then, as with Roobarb, there are umpteen different
standard prints to choose from, in all sorts
of sizes and prices.
But the best of the bunch by far is this wondrous
This is "A Yuletide Promenade".
It's a fine art giclee print on canvas
measuring 60cm x 40cm. It's taken from the
endpapers of the 2006
Annual, and it's restricted to just 100handsigned editions. It's
Harold at his very best indeed, and it's got an
ethereal twilight feel
that's just a joy to behold...
Ah me... So much merry art, and not enough
pennies in my wallet
for them all. The glut of new toon goodies
this Spring is really rather
extraordinary. And we're still not finished,
as you'll see very soon!...
Do excuse the cheeky headline, but you see, Wallace
new sweetheart. That's Wallace, as in, "Wallace &
course. And this particular sweetheart is Miss
who's costarring in the duo's latest animated outing
Nick Park, Aardman Animation and the BBC.
In "Trouble 'at Mill" Wallace and
Gromit's West Wallaby Street
home is transformed into a Dough-to-Door bakery,
a grinding windmill on the roof. The new film
was announced last October,
and Piella also had a name check in the press releases.
But, but, but... whilst her name was there
in black and white, the
voice behind her had not yet been cast...
Well now it has. I mean, "she" has.
And stepping up to the
microphone is the lovely Sally Lindsay. She
became a household
name here in the UK a wee while back, when
she played Shelley
Unwin the reet mouthy barmaid in the ITV soap
"Coronation Street". Apparently,
Nick Park picked her out after hearing her on
the radio. And it must be said, she's the
perfect voice choice.
But hang on. In the midst of the
BBC's report, there appears to
be a title change. The new film is no longer
being billed as
"Trouble 'at Mill". Instead, we're
told it's now called "A Matter
of Loaf and Death". Which is a fab title
change, indeed. Presumably,
the original billing was just too colloquial
for the world market. The
new Powell/Pressburger spoof works just as
It's not the first time Nick Park and Aardman
have swopped titles
mid-production. If you recall, "Curse
of the Were-rabbit" was originally
billed as "The Great Vegetable Plot". But what ever
title is eventually used, the new toon sounds
a - um - breadwinner...
Toot-toot! - Thomas the Tank Engine now has
his very own UK theme
Land is a £5.5m theme park based in Drayton
near Tamworth, where visitors can take a ride
on the Troublesome Truck
or the Runaway Coaster, they can stop by Cranky's
Drop Tower, and
brush up their skills at Terence's Driving
School. They can take a trip
with Thomas himself, on to to Drayton Park
Zoo, or pause for a cuppa
at Mrs Kindley's Kitchen, or the Knapford
Station Cafe and if they're
lucky, they might spy the Fat Controller himself,
strolling around the
The theme park doors open to the public today,
March 15th. And
if it's anything as popular as its Japanese
well, it's sure
to be a chuffing success...
Theme parks can be very risky ventures, of
course. Witness the rise
and fall of Mr Blobbyland. And for a whole
lot of years, there was
talk about a Dan Dare theme park that, alas,
came to nowt. But
all this theme park chatter gets you wondering..
Wallaby Street... a Bristol-based theme park
where you get to meet
Wallace and Gromit and friends, and take a
crazy ride on some
of their latest hare-brained inventions... Or
World, in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, where you're
greeted by a giggling
Happiness Dragon, before you take a spin on
a wild Wheeliworld
ride.. or Beanotown.. or a real-life Trumptonshire,
More March madness now, with our second round-up
goodies, hitting stores any day now...
What we have here are some of the latest releases
from Robert Harrop
Designs. No one does this kind of figurine
quite like Harrop. Their
ongoing collections continue to amaze and
This year's Spring collection is ushered in via
two beautiful new
Mr Benn pieces. "Mr Benn & The Clown
Car" is restricted to just 350
colourful editions. And it's supreme. And I want
one. Now.Before they
all sell out. Fortunately, its companion,
"The Costume Shop Front"
has no such restriction on it, being an open-ended
that doesn't make it any less desirable!
It's a great idea, that, producing facades
from our favourite toon
series, to sit behind the indivual 3D figures.
And it's a notion that's
taken even further with a brand-new Ivor the Engine
It's "Ivor & The Signal Box",
in which Peter Firmin's delicious artwork
is transformed into three stand-up facades. There
are just 600 editions
out there, on the collectors market. And if
you spin down to our first round-up, you'll
see that this is the same artwork used in that
"On the Railway" giclee we've been salivating
ltd edition Ivor figurine has long sold out
from most dealers,
so it's a safe bet this new release will quickly
Robert Harrop have so many top toon creations
on their books, it's
always difficult choosing ones to fanfare
here. And to make
matters worse, they're constantly introducing
new ranges to
get us hopping and huffing. Due very soon
is a magnificent new
range of Paddington Bear figures, in celebration
of his 50th
anniversary . And it's not just any old Paddington here,
Oh no. This new range is based upon our favourite bear's
appearances. There are four introductory pieces, including
edition below, which depicts Paddington's magnificent
rendition of "Singin' In The Rain",
as witnessed in his film
special "Paddington Goes to the Movies".
Ain't it great?
Well, as great as that is, there's yet one
more crowning delight
for us to fanfare here. You see, the Harrop
team have also produced
an amazing Paddington Musical Box. Wind it
up to hear that famous
FilmFair theme tune:
Now take heed. There's only 1000 of these
blighters available, so
get 'em whilst you can!
It will be very interesting to see how this
range develops. Given how
Harrop have started producing those lovely
new facades... well..
Paddington will surely lend itself to that
format very handsomely indeed...
Meanwhile, as if all that wasn't enough, there's
a brand-new range in the
pipeline for Autumn this year that will really
get you in the collecting
"moog".. Tee-hee... But they'll be more
on that one at a later date...
As always, you can purchase all the new Harrop
releases, and all
their current ranges and pieces, from the fine
folks at Boojog Collectables...
Likeballs have been making records recently.Last week,
they joined forces with 1,200 school kids
from 212 schools, up and
down the country, who clubbed together in
an effort to break the
keepy uppy World Record... And they duly broke
it, with 634 children
successfully keeping their uppies - er - "uppy"
The record attempt was all for Sport Relief,
folks, with all the
kids involved raising money for the big event.
You can read more
about their endeavours here.
Oh, and whilst we're talking about those Likeaballs,
want know that their first DVD has just hit stores.
five episodes for our viewing pleasure, and the
extras include some early production line art for
Wow. March is shaping up to be a busy month for
Brit-toon collectors. There are several new giclee ranges launching
at our favourite galleries,
over the coming weeks, and a bunch of new limited
edition figures to
get super-excited about ...
Here's the first of the bunch, then. It's
a wonderful collection of
SmallFilms giclees, coming to us from the folks
Gallery. There are prints from Bagpuss, The Clangers and
Ivor the Engine to look out for. Many are signed
too, by Oliver
Postgate and Peter Firmin. How fab is that?
The Hound has a particular liking for the
two Ivor the Engine prints. Tea
With Ivor and On
the Railway measure approx. 22"x19", and
are restricted to just 200 editions. Peter
Firmin's artwork here is just
exquisite, and "On the Railway" is already
heading for The Hound's
kennel wall - Woof!...
Oh, but, the two larger Bagpuss prints are
classy too. And like those
Ivor editions, The
Ballet Shoe and The
Pilots are also signed and
so very desirable. If you're on a tighter
budget, there's also a
smaller Bagpuss giclee, and two fun Clangers
designs for your
consideration - including a cute pair
Drop by the Gallery now to see the entire
range in all its glory. But,
but, but... These are just the first few tempting
trinkets in this
month's ongoing round-up, as you'll soon see!
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