and Ruff in
Puppydog Tales (1992) producers:
PDT and Doris Films animation: 2D animation episodes: 13 x 10mins
on, play with Rosie,
Rosie's your best friend..."
Rosie and Ruff are puppydogs. Rosie's a cheerful
black and white mongrel,
with a white flash on her chest, and Ruff
is her blue best friend. Together with
their pals Scratch and Sniff, these four dogs
get up to much mischief around
town, and along the way - through their stories,
jokes and songs - they learn
just how young pups ought to behave...
These friendly dawgs were created by Hilary
Hayton, of Crystal Tipps
and comedienne Victoria Wood gives voice to
them. 'Tis a curious production,
with a skittering format, hopskotching between
the little tales, songs and
intermissions. "Puppydog Tales"
has an order of play which tends to run
The pre-credits joke
In which Rosie tells a joke
pertinent to the theme of the day's episode.
She sits behind a big radio
mike for her presentation, in the manner of
an olde time radio presenter.
Then we're led into the credits...
Stories are based in a "real"
inner-city environment. They're around three
or four minutes long and feature
photographic backgrounds and artwork.
This starts with another
"joke" with Rosie. Then we're taken to a strange
geometric environment. Rosie
shows Ruff a special trick with something
like a box, or boxes, or balloons.
It varies, episode to episode. But whatever
she uses, when her blue
pal tries to copy her, he invariably comes unstuck -
poor old Ruff!
The song Rosie, Ruff and
friends finish off with a song, but not before we've had
yet another "joke"
from Rosie. The song that follows is again based around
the theme of the current
episode, and a suitable tempo is adopted...
Yes, it's very curious indeed, and very
much "of its time". But there are some
droll lines from Ms. Wood buried in the framework,
and there's that unmistakable
"Hayton" look. The
pups' tales are all about looking after a new puppy, changing
your looks, vandalism, and being kind to old
folks. There are lots of pop culture
you ever wake up and wish you were Michael
Madonna? Well don't bother, 'cos they're
certainly not waking
up and wishing they were you!"
Well, there are some better ones there. Honest.
Hilary Hayton produced "Puppydog Tales"
under the banner of Doris Films.
is so-called because he's always scratching his pink spots.
Sniff sports a bright orange beard. And he reveals
he has a spare, in
the episode "Jealousy"...
house is decorated with "Gruffiti", created by Ruff in
the episode "Vandals"...
Granddad stars in "Be
Kind to Old Folk". He's football
mad, is Granddad...
Care on the Road
Beware of Fire
Take Care of Pets
Don't Be Dirty
Watch Out For Strangers
Be Kind to Old Folk
The series was first broadcast on BBC1
from 17th September 1992
to 18th Dcember 1992,
once weekly, at 3.55pm...
and written by Hilary Hayton
scripted and narrated
by Victoria Wood
Hayton producer: Hilary
Hayton assoc prod: Fiona
Dickson music: Derek
Wadsworth songs: Hilary
Wadsworth b'grounds: Paul
Double:Take have clip rights to
a trilogy of series from Hilary
Hayton - Rosie and Ruff included...