from the best-selling picture books from Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski
"Meg and Mog" follows the day-to-day adventures
of the good witch Meg and her
familiars, a black cat called Mog and Owl.
Together these three make breakfast,
they picnic, go boating,
have fun at the circus, frolic with their witch friends
Bess, Jess and Tess, and most importantly cast
spells with Meg's
big black cauldron.
Meg isn't the most skillful of witches, though, and
a great many of her spells
go awry and asunder, causing all manner of colourful
problems. But everything
is safely back to rights before the credits roll.
Jan Pienkowski is a legend in his own lifetime.
are instantly familiar,
and utterly unique.
They tend to focus on simple, black-outlined characters
posed against bright blocks of colour. And they leap
off the page - often quite
literally, because as well as the "Meg and
Mog" books, Jan has brought us
a number of extraordinary award-winning
pop-up books like "Haunted House",
"Small Talk","Fancy That",
and "Dinner Time".
The producers of "Meg and Mog" have
resisted the temptation to meddle with
magic. They've worked closely with their creators
and as a consequence Meg
and her friends seem to have sprung effortlessly
into life. It therefore goes
without saying, if you're a fan of the books you'll
enjoy the series too.
Mog" was produced in the UK, but animated in Hungary by
Varga and Happy life.
Roger Mainwood animated
and directed sequences for
Father Christmas, Granpa,
The Bear, TVC's Wind
Willows and several of their Beatrix
Potter films. He was also
employed on Stressed
Eric, an earlier production for Absolutely,
which is how his name came
up when "Meg and Mog" went into
Before they hit
our screens, Meg and Mog appeared on stage, courtesy
of David Wood (The
Gingerbread Man). Jan designed this theatrical
production too and under
David's assured hand, four Meg and Mog
stories were brought to life
with accompanying songs...
When Meg casts a spell it usually involves
her big black cauldron.
The ingredients go in, Meg chants the required
magic rhyme and
a dazzling lightning bolt strikes the cauldron.
A spell to turn witches
into mice (by mistake)
Frog in a bog, bat in a hat,
Snap, crackle, pop and fancy that!
A spell to make your cake
Feather, frog, and ten black flies,
Cake grow fat before our eyes!
A spell to make eggs
Lizards and newts, three loud hoots,
Three frogs legs, three big eggs!
A spell to visit the moon
Three chunks of cheese, a very loud sneeze,
Man in the Moon, we'll see you soon!
Spell casting is tricky business for Meg,
but she can't be that bad
because Mr and Mrs Farmer are quite happy to let
her baby-sit for them,
whilst they hop off to market ("Meg
and the Baby")...
Hound: The Main Man
a Q&A with director Roger Mainwood...
and Mog episodes
Meg, Mog and Owl
Meg at the Funfair
Meg on the Moon
Meg at Sea Meg's
Meg at the Circus
Meg Up the Creek
Meg and the Baby
Meg and the Sheep
Mog in the Fog
Owl at School
Meg and the Snow
Meg's Fancy Dress
Meg and the Volcano
Mog at the Zoo
Mog Can't Sleep
Meg and the Kitten
Meg and the Viking
Meg and the Pirates
Owl at the Vet
and Mog on DVD
and Mog: Volume 1
episodes / R2 / Momentum Pictures / April 2004
and Mog: Volume 2
episodes / R2 / Momentum Pictures / October 2004
from the books by Jan Pienkowski
and Helen Nicoll
series director: Roger
anim producers: Kirstie
Baillie, Claes Dietmann
exec producers: Andras
Erkel, Peter Gustafsson,
Bullough, Chris Pye
episode dirs: Miklos
Varga, Elena Rogova
Baikie, Willie Dowling
Petterson, Raul Lunia,
art director: Diana
inbetween, paint by Varga Budapest
Banks (additional voices)
Shearer (additional voices)