City Films / Heather Pedley
& Philbert Frog Ltd.
13 x 5mins
silliest frog in the world..."
Philbert Frog was billed as the silliest amphibian
ever to have hopped through
Noggit Wood. And he was. He had thirteen fabulously
daft adventures with his
friends Tiffany Tortoise, Monty Mole, Oscar
Owl, Melvin Mouse, Willie Worm,
and Bertie Bird. He was a Super Hero, a Super
Detective and above all,
The series was narrated by Rob Rackshaw and
the package pitched perfectly
at that indefinable point between bright enthusiasm
and keen idiocy. Philbert
hops around somewhere just to the left of
utter stupidity. In "Philbert
Sleepless Night' he can't get to sleep because
he's forgotten to close his eyes.
and the Dinosaur" the dozey frog mistakenly reconstructs
Philbertsaurus dinosaur out of underground
sewerage pipe. Yep, he's that
stoopid he even forgets how to hop!
On three occasions, Philbert had to seek medical
advice from a vole-like
Doctor, who took great pleasure in stating
the obvious. Philbert also had to
deal with the unwelcome attentions of his
annoying nephew Kevin, and Naughty
Nora the Naughty Witchbat who attempted to
steal the woodlanders' voices.
Philbert's nearest toon relation is that equally green
keen canine Roobarb.
Like our wobbling friend, Philbert spends a lot of time
pondering the perculiar world
around him - usually perched upon his favourite log by
the pond. The show also
features a similarly addictive electric theme tune;
kids singing Philbert's name
over and over in that kind of uncoordinated pleasurable
way that kids have. So where on earth has Philbert hopped to now? Sadly
he was only around
for this single series and the 1995 compilation video
is now a deleted title.
That should be rectified at once. Indeed The Hound reccomends
a DVD release
to catch a slice of the kids-tv pie that's all the
rage right now. This daft frog is
a hoot, and he's hopping around out there in Noggit
Wood with his pals just
waiting to be re-discovered...
Mark Mason apparently animated and inbetweened all
13 episodes singlehandedly, in
13 weeks - a spectacular feat!
And pendants should
note that the correct title is "Philbert Frog" not
"Philbert the Frog".
No one told Paul Joyce, though, because the
lyrics to his bouncy title tune
include just that error. A fate that
previously befell Rupert
Bear, of course...
Philbert Frog Super Hero Philbert
Frog and the Giant Ape
Philbert and the Sleepless Night
Philbert and the Dinosaur
Philbert and the Swimming Adventure
Philbert Builds a House Philbert
Philbert Goes to the Moon
Philbert Frog Forgets to Hop
Philbert the Artist Philbert
and the Snowy Day
Philbert and the Race
directed and produced by Vincent
James executive producer Heather
for BBC: Theresa
Plummer Andrews music: Paul
Joyce scripts Phil
Jackson storyboards: Vincent
James, Jez Hall layouts: Jez
Hall, Paul Salmon animation: Mark
Tony Garth Animation Ltd backgrounds: Michelle
Graney, Aileen Raistrick paint & trace: Greg
Smith, Aileen Raistrick,
Graney, Cel Mates xerox: Wendy
Senior editing: Flix dubb mixer:
John Wood voice: Rob