Moschops (1983) producers:
FilmFair London Presentations animation: stop-motion
animation episodes: 13 x 11mins
thought and thought until he got that dizzy feeling,
which meant a special thought was coming..."
Set in prehistoric times, this memorable series
stars the young baseball
cap wearing dinosaur Moschops and his friends,
Ally (an allosaurus), Uncle
Rex (a tyrannosaurus), Mrs Kerry (a triceratops),
big Grandfather Diplodocus
and Mr Icthyosaurus, a Welsh water-saurus who dwells
in the nearby lake.
These dinosaurs live in a brave new world,
with lots of strange scenarios
and concepts to get their heads around. Take
Flower. She appears over
night in front of Moschops' cave. She's a
pretty red thing, all on her own.
The first flower on earth, no less. And she's not
just a plant but a living
creature able to move with her moods and to "sing"
when she is happy.
Moschops helps to keep her content, watering her
when necessary and
protecting her from harm. Then there's the
notion of light and dark, and
night and day - a confusing concept for this
In between the complex things that make his
head dizzy, Moschops and
his best friend Ally like nothing better than
to munch on some fresh
horsetail plants, or to play prehistoric football.
But mean old Uncle Rex
is always on the prowl, looking to give Ally
more Fierceness lessons.
And Mrs Kerry is best avoided too, given her
penchant for tidying
and cleaning everywhere she goes...
What a classic series this is. There are some
great characters here,
a terrific easy-listening theme and the simple
stories are speckled with
some wonderful melancholy and musing. Bernard Cribbins'
laconic narration to proceedings, and the addition
of strange, mystical
Flower helps to lift "Moschops" up onto its
own unique plateau.
Only thirteen episodes were produced
and although more might have
been desirable at the time, with hindsight,
it's actually rather splendid
having one unique season to hold on to and
Kerry doesn't rumble into the valley until the episode "Tidiest
when she drops into make the place shipshape.
Distributors published a Moschops annual in 1983, featuring further
stories and games,
but alas, no pictures from the series apart from those
on the cover...
here's a gem: Prinknash Potteries created a small range of chinaware
for our delight. The range
included cups and plates adorned with wonderful
Books published six 24page mini-books.
Here are the
Digs a Hole
and the Mystery
and the Sneezes
and the Surprise
and the Fierceness Lesson
like many popular series from the time, Moschops appeared
in his own comic
strip, in copies of "Pippin" circa 1983/1984.
The First Flower Moschops'
All's Well That Ends Well Just
Ally Takes to the Air
Wheels Within Wheels
and written by Ruth Boswell and Gregory Stewart
Sue Marke exec prod:
Pullen editor: Robert
Dunbar assisted by: Andi
Sloss music: Daryl
Edwards as told by: Bernard
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