Telemaginations Ltd. animation:2D
systems - Go Telesonic!"
The Telebugs were a hi-tech trio of merry monitored
robots created by
absent-minded Professor Brainstrain - or indeed, 'Bwainstwain'
to his unfortunate lisp. Theses robots were 'Pwogwammed
to help people in twouble', but more specifically to combat
the new threat of computerized
villains and advanced adversaries springing up around
The Telebugs' leader was a white-shelled droid called
Chip. He was
a calculation robot, able to process data and statistics
at a phenomenal
rate. Samantha was the yellow one. She was a hi-tech
tracking device. Her bow-tie was actually a spinning
radar. Then there
was Bug, the red robot programmed to acquire video
footage and pictures.
Bug came with a sidekick called Mic, a mobile
The Telebugs attached themselves as associates
of the local tv station
run by the ill-tempered Mr McStarch. Their main
adversary was mad
Baron Bullybyte and his witch-like sister Magna.
Bullybyte was in possession
of an evil computer creation called Angel Brain.
This wicked trio cropped
up numerous times during the three Telebugs seasons.
In the course of the first season Professor Brainstrain
creates a fourth
black shelled Telebug called ZUDO - short for
Zero-failure Universal Data
Optimizer. Unfortunately Zudo's wires get crossed
and he sets off on
a wild rampage through the english countryside
proclaiming 'Evil okay!'
in a twisted electronic war-cry. In a final cliff-top
encounter Zudo appears
to be neutralized, but he rises from the depths
of the sea to return in
a later adventure...
Brainstrain's screwball cat was called Grumble,
good prof himself naturally called him 'Gwumble'.
Chip's first ever calculation: 'I calculate a ninety-six-point-two-three-five
that our help will be required at the TV building!'
Brain was first neutralized by the Telebugs inserting an
program called Sixth Dimensional Solitaire into
male Telebugs character voices were provided by Ron Moody,
for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Fagin in 'Oliver!'
the episode entitled 'Zudo Bug', the bad bug retreats to a mining facility.
The QSY Mining Ltd
hoarding states that they are 'part of the Lloyd-Jones
Group' - In real life,
Elphin Lloyd-Jones was the Telebugs' co-producer
'Telebugs' was an interesting concept, very
much of its time. Computers
were just beginning to infiltrate our everyday
lives, and kids were only just
becoming hooked on the electronic thrills
of hi-tech amusement arcades,
Atari and Amiga consoles. The show has dated
horribly, of course, but has
acquired a certain kitsch attraction as a result.
With its Casio rhythms and
digital theme tune, big chunky computer units
and painful techno-speak, The
Hound calculates a ninety-nine-point-oh-four-seven
percent chance of a
stimulating eighties reminiscence...
produced and directed by
John M Mills and Elphin Lloyd-Jones
Anna Home writers: Gwyneth
Smith, Glenn Tyler
Freeman, Terry Ward music: Andy
Murray animation: Mike
Pocock, Tony Guy, Dave Unwin,
green, Ray Kelly, Ramon Modiano,
McCarver, Alan Simpson, Janet Nunn,
Gooding, Gary Blatchford, Margot Allen, assistants: Claire
Bramwell, Nicola Mander, Helen Kincaid storyboard
Dave Elvin, Peter See backgrounds: Russell
Pierman, Kevin Smith voices: Ron