The Ratties live behind the skirting
board in the living room of a pink country
cottage. And they're mad. Stark-raving,
cross-eyed, bonkers. Tatty, Aunt Hatty,
Uncle Matty, Baby Batty and The
Fatty Brothers get up to all kinds of loopy
mischief as they emulate the human
owners of the cottage or enact their
own preposterous fantasies and daydreams
- like pretending they're cowboys,
or circus stars, or attempting to
fly, or lord-knows-what-else...
Tatty would dearly like to be loved
by humans, but he only ever seems to scare
them. Aunt Hatty's a houseproud
rat, forever washing and knitting everything and
anything she can lay her hands on
including the other Ratties. Baby Batty is a
genius in a nappy, whilst The Fatty Brothers
are geniuses at inventing stupid
games and pranks, most of which
are targeted at poor Uncle Matty although
he barely has the sense to know
"The Ratties" series was
created by Mike Wallis and Laura Milligan, she being the
daughter of the maddest March Hare
there ever was or will be, Spike Milligan.
What's more, Spike narrates the
series and "sings" the title song with its
incessant "Ratties" chant.
Spike rattles off the narration at a breathless pace,
often far ahead of the viewer .
It's easy to miss some splendid asides and
Two "Ratties" compilation
Great Escape and The
released in the late 80s, but these
are long deleted now. Grandreams
produced a 1989 Annual, and there
was at least one tie-in book adapted by
Alison Boyle. Carnival also published
at least four tie-in storybooks.
But just like those videos, these are
tricky to track down...
as a rat
Apparently brainy Baby Ratty can
do the Times crossword in 7.85 seconds,
whilst breakdancing and listening to
his personal stereo. In the episode
Day he ends up writing a television series for Spike Milligan
whilst practising a triple time
step and reading "War and Peace" at the same
time - clever chap!
Aunt Hatty's washing line regularly
has carrots, lp records, hammers, and
nails pegged out to dry upon it. What's more,
in the episode Circus
Hatty ends up washing every piece
of Baby Batty's 50,000 piece jigsaw
The Fatty Brothers are identical,
but you can tell them apart because one
brother likes to wear a medallion
of cheese around his neck...
In the episode Way
Out West, the Ratties watch a wild western starring
that Hollywood legend Skwint Westward...
And who's this in the episode Jumping
Beans? Why, it's none other
than our narrator, Mr Milligan,
silhouetted against the animation.
He's wittering on about Harry Secombe...
until a Fatty Brother clonks
him off the screen!
Way Out West
The Great Escape
created by Laura Milligan and Mike
Milligan, Mike Wallis
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