Or is that "were"? Goodness, the weeks
have flown by. It seems
like only yesterday The Hound was reporting on
the nominees for this
year's Children's BAFTAs. Now, all too soon,
the big event has been
and gone (25th Nov) and we're here to applaud
So here's the lowdown:
and Lola earned Tiger Aspect the award for Best Preschool
Animation, and Bridget Hurst won the Writersaward for her work
on the show. The wins weren't really a surprise,
given the popularity
of Lauren Child's star characters...
And Victor Volt and Anita Knight got two as
well, because The Secret Show won
Collingwood O'Hare the coveted Best Animation trophy, and
the show's super
shiny web site won Complete Control the Interactive
prize. The Collingwood O'Hare trophy cabinet must
be positively groaning
by now, what with all the BAFTAs their toons
over the years...
You might argue, those super secret agents
stole their main prize from Shaun the Sheep.And they
lost out twice, because those toe-tapping
Happy Feet penguins flushed away Roddy and
Rita to the Feature Award.
ButAardman Animation didn't leave the night
empty-hooved, 'cos they
were consoled with the Independent Production
Company of the Year award...
But this was the year when the award discussions
by a bigger debate. The crisis in UK Kids TV dominated
And rightly so. The UK's industry pool is
drying up rapidly in the face
of so many adversities. It certainly took
the lustre of what should have
been a super, shiny industry event. And it
makes this commentator
so cross. We have a fabulous cartoon tradition in
this country. Where
others sacrifice quality for output, we take
risks with defiantly unique
and original animated creations. We lead the way
in the preschool arena,
and older viewers get to feast on a fine toon
selection too. The Secret
Show, Charlie & Lola, Shaun the Sheep,
Peppa Pig - these are
spectacularly imaginative, one-of-a-kind series
that stand head
and shoulders above a crowded marketplace, with
appeal to young
and old alike. And they're just the latest
in a wonderful production line
that stretches back to the birth of Kids TV.
How on earth did we
allow ourselves to get to such a low point? *sigh*
As always, congrats to all - winners and
losers alike. Even a
nomination is something to be proud of, after
all. And you'll find
a complete list of winners on the BAFTA
web site.But given the
state of play right now, one wonders if they'll
be any toons left to
vote for in a few years time....?
to dream (25.11.07)
Remember how, in
August, we were told that Virgin comics was
reinventing Dan Dare again? Well, the first fruits
of their labour are
now upon us - or rather, the fruits of Garth Ennis and
hard labour are here.
Dan Dare Issue #1 hits stores from 28th
November, but those of us
who can't bear the wait any longer can preview
the first six pages of the
on Newsarama. In this latest incarnation, the UK is the last
remaining superpower and Dare is now
in self-imposed retirement. But events are moving quickly and it looks
like our galactic
hero may soon be dragged into service again...
Virgin have made much of Dare's "return".
It makes sense, given
that he's been out of the wider public eye for
a while. But of course,
with all those Titan reprints of the original strips,
the recent misfiring
tv series and the ever-present continuation that
well, we know he never really went anywhere.
Oh, and by the way. Dare fans would do well
to drop by Chris Weston's rather
fine little blog. You see, he's been rather busy of late, designing
something that will get you salivating...
If you love the Hampson
original, well... let's just say, you're in
for a treat!...
Wow. 2007 has certainly been the Year of the Brit Toon
Already this year we've had Mr Benn, BOD, Paddington, Rupert
Peppa Pig, and The Mr Men - this after an era that's
devoid of anything British and animated and framed...
And now, just in time for Christmas, we've
got a handsome giclee
to get us grinning yet again. This new print comes to us from Cult
Prints and it's been produced in celebration
of his 30th anniversary year.
"The Many Faces of Morph" is a 46 x 38cm
print which features a
montage of some of the original drawings of
Morph from Peter Lord's
very own sketchbook, together with an exclusive
new illustration of our
plasticene pal, as drawn by our Aardman hero. There
are only 250
editions available, and what's more, each is numbered
by Peter himself.
Sounds like the perfect pressie for any Aardman
fan out there.
You can find out more about the piece, and
how to buy it directly
Cult Prints site. But I'd hurry if I were you, 'cos with the
festive season almost upon us these are bound
to be popular!...
Collingwood O'Hare have a secret to share.
There's a Double
Agent at large in The
Secret Show and he's going to be
exposed on December 1st!...
And here's another for you, courtesy of
The Hound. "The Secret
Show" is one of the best toons on tv
right now. And it's British.
And Brit-created toons need all the promotion
they can get during
these miserable tv times. So skip on over to the
now and support your those super Secret AgentsVictor Volt and
Anita Knight as T.H.E.Y. fight for U.Z.Z.
And set you recorders
for 18:00hrs on December 1st when the cat
is finally out of the
bag... The Double Agent is unmasked... The
revealed... in the episode "Secret Double
There's some great news for Bob the Builder fans
this week - and let's
hold our hands up here, The Hound is a big
fan - because an all-new
special has just skidded on to DVD, here in
to the Rescue
sees our titular vehicle leading a snowy
rescue mission out of Sunflower Valley, with Zoomer
But we know from past experience how those pesky
to learn a thing or two about teamwork, and sure
enough, our dynamic
duo take a wee while to get their heads together
to save their snowed
up friends, and newcomer R-Vee, the - erm
This one's "only" a short - it's
got a running time of 24mins - but all five
previous specials have been fab, regardless of
their varying lengths, so
it's a safe bet that number six will match them
in terms of topnotch
animation and storytelling. Seriously folks,
the HOT Animation team
have delivered the goods time and again. It's sad
to think this might
be the last such outing from them, given all
the chatter that's surfaced
in recent months....
But let's not dwell on industry gloom. Instead,
let's savour Bob and the
gang once more, in full filmic flight. Each special
tale has developed
another facet of our star's life, whether it be
revealing more of his past,
his family, or his plans for the future. Bob's
world just keeps getting bigger
and brighter. The Hound reckons it's only a matter
of time before the
bright sparks at HIT
decide to marry their star off to his best pal.
Oh yes, "Bob Loves Wendy" is bound to
be in the creative pipeline
somewhere. And if we're taking things
to their logical conclusion,
why, "Bob Junior" can only be a twinkle
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