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IT'S A PUPPET!
& finger puppets
& comic books
episodes: 5min episodes
a little Wimpole in your heart
and you'll get through..."
A gentle little series of stories starring
the inhabitants of Wimpole Village,
a friendly bunch, always looking out for each
other. All the Wimpole Village
characters had names akin to their employment.
Hence we had Dennis
Letterleaver (postman) and his dog Stamp, Horace
Ted Dripping (butcher), PC Crooknabber (policeman)
with his dog Bill etc.
The Wimpole menfolk all looked rather similar
with white hair, big
seagull-wing moustaches and little round glasses...
Stories included the unfortunate visit of Nigel
Notetaker, a Big Town writer
keen to report on the village for his magazine.
Then there was the adventure
on the beach, when the Breadsnapper Twins were
almost washed away onto
the rocks, or the day Major Stickwielder was called
upon to act as ringmaster
in Cyril Sideshow's circus. Each episode featured
two stories back-to-back,
with end credits after the second story...
The Breadsnapper Twins
Village was originally animated by Videola Ltd, using simple 'animatic'
techniques. Artwork was panned over to create
movement,or cut-outs married
on to backgrounds giving the illusion of
action. It was a technique used regularly
in the advertising industry at the time for
creating test commercials. Regular
Wimpole Village viewers will se the
repetitive use of shots to save further costs,
like the action of Captain Mainmast 'hurrying'
up and down his lighthouse...
Narrator 'Timbo' is in fact Tim Lloyd,
a radio dj and presenter who still
broadcasts regularly today...
True Blue Wimpole-ites should track
down the Wimpole Village books from
Studio Publications, written and illustrated
by creator Peter Kingston. Interesting
to see the differences between books
and series. For example, postman Dennis
Letterleaver is depicted as a typical wing-moustached
Wimpole in the books,
but in the series he is much younger, without
a moustache or glasses...
The rights to Wimpole Village have recently
been acquired by Cameron
who are now licensing the series to terrestrial television and cable
operators in North America and Europe - which
means Dennis, Horace, Ted and
the gang should be back on our screens in
the very near future. What's more the
company is rather keen to exploit the tie-in
possibilities too. Imagine, you could
soon be holding
a Wimpole in your hand as well as your heart!...
As anyone from Cambridgeshire can tell
you, there is a very real English
village of Wimpole out there. Is the series
connected in any way? - possibly
not, because Toonhound visitor Graham
Westrope recently passed on some
"...Years ago I recall a fellow primary
school kid who, in assembly,
brought his dad in, who happened to be the
creator of Wimpole
Village. In fact the kid (can't remember
his name unfortunately)
wrote one of the books. He lived only down
the road from where
I live, in a house called - wait for
it - Wimpole House. It still has
that name today..."
And that particular property stands
in Essex, which rather deflates that
first association of mine. But regardless
of the series origins I can still leave
you with a perplexing question. If Wimpole
is supposed to be a village - real
or imagined - why do the series logo and
opening credits only feature one
single house by a woody copse...?
and created by Peter Kingston
& Lisa Kingston
and voices: Timbo
They hold the rights to this series...
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