Ig's good! (30.05.10)
Hound is a sucker for a good stop-motion series. And he loves
him some dino-fun,
too, so "Igam Ogam" is a new prehistoric
preschool series that certainly ticks a couple of big
That's Igam, above. Or Ig, as she's called by the narrator
lovely Ruth Jones). Ig is a jolly young cavegirl
who lives on a
strange topsy-turvy planet. Her pals include a banana-infatuated
monkey called Roley, and a lickysaurus dinosaur pup called
Doggie, Birdie is a small blue pterodactyl and Triple Tog
talking saber-toothed tiger duvet ("tog", "duvet",
And they're watched over by a big green fatherly dinosaur
known as Big Daddy. If that all sounds a little off the wall,
it is. And delightfully so. If you kick back and let Ig
around your living room you'll have great fun. She's a
playful little lead, full of fun and energy and demands.
The gal uses toddler-speech to converse with her pals,
off simple remarks, war cries, and instant reactions
And they're usually accompanied by an accusing finger,
or a precocious scowl.
The 26 x10mins series was created by Andrew Offiler
by Calon TV, in
Cardiff, working in coproduction with Five, S4C and
ZDF Enterprises. Calon are the name to watch right now, what
the delightful Hana's
Helpine already in the bag. That show was
nudging at the door of The Hound's Top
Ten Toons list, at the end
of last year.
"Igam Ogam" has been beautifully designed
by Tim Farrington.
Ig's cave bedroom is lit by a bunch of cool blue glowing
shards that poke out of the walls. And there's always
volcano or two in the background. Ig has this wicked
of dragging Triple Tog around by the tail behind her,
moans and mopes. It's a fab idea. Kids can often be so wonderfully
cruel, as their enthusiasm takes hold...
Oh, and by the way, "igam ogam" means "zig-zag",
With HOT Animation in decline, and Cosgrove Hall gone
four winds, it's great to see that we can still
stop-motion shows like this, here in the UK. The series
currently airing weekdays on Five as part of their Milshake!
scheduling, and it's recommended viewing, for sure...
Ogam on Five