Yes, indeed. Aardman's ANGRY KID has finally debuted
on the web.
'Swearing' and 'Buzz Off!' are the first 1min films
online courtesy of atomfilms.
They've also got some AK wallpaper for you lucky people,and
an Angry Kid
screensaver is arriving soon - Coo!
I encountered a few glitches signing up, but all
seems fine and
viewable now. Remember he's loud, lewd, and definitely
not for kids.
Got get steamed up for yourself at:
Brace yourselves, boys and girls. It seems
nostalgia is coming back to
terrestrial TV with a vengeance. Don't know
what I'm talking about? - Then
you'd best read on at once...
Yes indeedy, put your sticky little paws together
for the one, the only
Mr Basil Basil!
Basil's new show 'The Brush Is Back' was
subject of a hot bidding war between the BBC
and ITV down at the
Cannes TV Festival. A primetime site beckons
once more - Coo...
Not so good, perhaps, is
the news that France's AB Productions are
talking to Disney with a view to them purchasing
rights to 'The Magic
Roundabout'. Apparently the mouse house wants
to give Dougal and
co. the old Hollywood makeover treatment!
Does that sound like bad news, or what?
According to The Sunday
Times' even Nigel Planer - he of the more
recent C4 relaunch - has
apparently urged Disney to resist the temptation
to meddle. Looks like
the only beneficiary of this deal could
be Emma Thompson and family,
who stand to receive a hefty sum if rights
to the late Eric Thompson's
400 or so magic tales do get sold...
Who needs ACDC? - Those rock bastions Pinky
and Perky are staging yet
another comeback! They took the world by
storm after appearing on the Las
Vegas stage in 1959. The following year
they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show,
and from there, well, the world became their
oyster. The porky duo have
scratched up 16 albums all told, and are
credited with launching one of the
largest merchandising assaults of the 60's.
And now they're back. Creators Jan and Vlasta
Dalibor sold the rights to
entertainment company Just Group for a tidy £500,000.
A funky new series
is planned for 2001 plus another ocean of merchandise,
including a new P&P
There's a P&P website being planned
(nothing here yet, though)
You want more? - So how about news that
the BBC are producing all-new
versions of 'Watch With Mother' classics
'The Woodentops' and
'Andy Pandy'! - Looks like nostalgia's back
with a vengeance, eh?
S'funny how everyone's looking back for new product,
when there's some
modern-day classics right under their noses: Witness
'The Big Knights'
a brilliant show lost in the wilderness of Xmas and
You'll find plenty of nostalgia at:
Uh-oh! - It seems that lovable laborer 'Bob The
Builder' has upset our
Far-East friends. See, our Bob only has
three animated fingers per hand.
That doesn't go down too well in Japan,
where the Triads frequently
remove the pinky from their victims, as
a sign of strength. Hence the
announcement that Big Bob is to gain the
required extra digit for all
licensing deals over there...
Could they fix it? - Yes, they could!
You'll find the three-fingered Bob at his
Meanwhile, an interview with Mr Nick Park in
'The Sun' (April 20th) confirmed
that the next Aardman/Dreamworks movie
will be an adaptation of the classic
tale of 'The Hare and The Tortoise'.
When you think about it that could be
a perfect CR follow-up: There's loads of
potential in the notion of these two
critters scheming to go faster than
The same interview also reconfirmed
Park's desire to make a 'Wallace & Gromit'
movie and, apparently, he already
has an idea of what the story will be. Says Nick:
'...While I've enjoyed working
with a bunch of chickens, those two are my
Stay informed with Aardman's official
Speaking of aardman (again), if you collect
movie posters, like me, then you'll
be salivating over these:
Yep. That's right. Courtesy of spielberg-dreamworks.com,
six advance one-sheet
posters for the pant-wettingly exciting 'Chicken
But you'll have a dog of a time trying to find
them anywhere. So far I've only got
hold of Rocky as 'The Lone Free Ranger' (thank
you, Mr M). If anyone stumbles
across a source for these please let me know
Check out these and loads more up-to-date CR
info at the 100% unofficial:
And don't forget the official ones:
USA - http://www.reel.com/chicckenrun
UK - http://www.chickenrun.co.uk
The search goes on no more for one of my
Those fabulous Big Knights at 'Little Gems'
have conjured up
a 'Noah and Nelly'
page at: http://www.fortunecity.com/lavender...
So now I know you're listening:
Can someone unearth a 'Cockleshell
Or this here gem: a 'Cloppa
- Till next time!