producers: Cosgrove Hall Prods
Thames Television animation: 2D
animation episodes: 30 x 22mins
"They are the bunglers in
and Hugo are brothers and partners in crime. And this foolish French
are available for hire via their criminal
company, Naughtiness International.
But with Victor and Hugo crime never pays,
because they are always guaranteed
to come unstuck through their sheer bungling
incompetence. Their streetwise
parrot pal Interpoll doesn't help much, either.
He serves as the team's telephone
answering service - literally - because he's
regularly pulled from his perch and
held up like a telephone as calls come in and crooked
jobs are undertaken.
Mind you, Victor and Hugo's world is all-round
bizarre, because they frequent
an alternate earth where anthropomorphic animals
coexist with humans.
Cosgrove Hall bring us lots of euro-nonsense
and idiocy here, in what was the
last of their 2D productions before Thames
TV lost their franchise and Cosgrove
Hall Productions became Cosgrove Hall Films.
The two bungling burglars
actually have their origins in two guest villains
from Count Duckula -
of crooked birds called Gaston and Pierre
highlights the progression
beautifully). The voice cast features four
Cosgrove Hall regulars in the form
of Jimmy Hibbert, David Jason, Brian Trueman
and Edward Kelsey, and they
all have splendid fun with their characterization
- especially David Jason,
who borrows liberally from "The Goons"
with his voice for Hugo.
Needless to say, the names of our titular
stars combine to bring us that of
the French literary giant, Victor Hugo. Eagle-eyed and
eared, viewers will also
spy and hear several sneaky references and asides to
"Count Duckula" shoehorned into proceedings.
On the licensing front, Carnival Books published
a number of tie-in storybooks
by Jimmy Hibbert, and Rod Green penned several
more stories for a series from
Boxtree books. A handful of audio book editions
were also produced.
Two Panda-Monium! Acting
Spacial Event Artful
Water Boobies Is
There a Doctor in the House?
Cowboys and Indiscipline Woof
Auto-Manic Transmission Tempers
The Hole Truth and Nothing... French
The Case of the Vose Vase The
Dummy Run Jester
Scout's Dishonour Stone
Escort Red-Handed Tinker,
Tailor, Soldier, Dolt
Private Ears Pie
in the Sky
Blunder on the Orient Express Unstable
Hound of the Hobbes-Sutclyffes
Yule Be Sorry
But Me No Butlers
premeiered on ITV on 6th September 1991...
and Hugo on DVD
Wanted: Classic Kids TV
episode of the show - "Panda-monium" - is included in this
Hall compilation disc produced by Fremantle Home Ent.
Cosgrove producers: Brian
Cosgrove, Mark Hall exec prod: John
Brian Trueman, Jimmy Hibbert animation: Willard
Kitchen, Jean Flynn,
Offord music: David
Roylance voices: Jimmy
Jason (Hugo / Interpoll / Meccanaeux)
Hall Ate My Brain
A fabulous fan-site, this one. Nyanko
gives us a terrific close-up look
at the development of Victor and
Hugo, as well as a handy episode
guide, with notes and comments...