Saturday, 22 March 2014

Birdman and the Galaxy Trio

Another old Hanna-Barbera classic for you, it's Birdman and the Galaxy Trio! (not to be confused with the much later Harvey Birdman, although many of the same characters were used from this show)


Birdman - An ordinary human endowed by the sun god Ra (although this origin is only vaguely and briefly hinted at during the series; his real name is given as Ray Randall) with the ability to shoot solar rays from his fists and project "solar shields" to defend himself against attacks. He was recruited by a top-secret government agency, Inter-Nation Security, and now works full-time fighting crime, assisted by his eagle sidekick Avenger. In addition to the abilities he received from Ra, Birdman also possesses the power of flight, thanks to the giant wings which sprout from his back. His sole weakness is that he must periodically recharge his super powers through exposure to the sun’s rays. His trademark is his battle cry of "Biiiiirdman!!" when he goes into battle.

The Galaxy Trio are a group of three extraterrestrial superheroes, Vapor Man, Meteor Man, and Gravity Girl, who patrol space in their cruiser Condor One maintaining order and fighting evildoers in the name of the Galactic Patrol law enforcement agency. The ship was equipped with a "displacer" very similar to the transporter device on Star Trek which was a contemporary show.

Vapor Man - He has the ability to transform part or all of his body into gaseous form (a power shared by at least some residents of his home planet of Vaporus), enabling him to fly, escape from physical bonds, and squeeze through very small spaces, as well as producing various forms of "vapor" (such as "freeze vapor") from his hands. 
Meteor Man - A native of the planet Meteorus. Meteor Man is distinguished by his ability to increase or decrease the size of any part of his body. He gains superhuman strength in any limb that he chooses to enlarge. 
Gravity Girl - She has the ability to bend the laws of gravity to her will, allowing her to fly and lift very heavy objects with her mind. The daughter of the king of the planet Gravitas, she left her luxurious home and life of privilege at an early age to fight crime with the Galactic Patrol and was subsequently assigned to the Galaxy Trio team, with whom she has served ever since.

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

I think this is possibly the oldest show on the BCC so far as it originally aired in November 1959 in America! I used to watch this in the late 80's though in the summer holiday mornings, It's Rocky and Bullwinkle!

The lead characters and heroes of the series were Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel, a flying squirrel, and his best friend Bullwinkle J. Moose, a dim-witted but good-natured moose. Both characters lived in the fictional town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, which was based on the real life city of International Falls, Minnesota. The scheming villains in most episodes were the fiendish, but inept, agents of the fictitious nation of Pottsylvania: Boris Badenov, a pun on Boris Godunov, and Natasha Fatale, a pun on femme fatale. Boris and Natasha were commanded by the sinister Mr. Big and Fearless Leader. Other characters included Gidney & Cloyd, little green men from the moon who were armed with scrooch guns; Captain Peter "Wrongway" Peachfuzz, the captain of the S.S. Andalusia; and the inevitable onlookers, Edgar and Chauncy.

Friday, 21 March 2014


What pet do you like better? Cats, or Dogs? Like both? Why not get a CatDog!

The series follows the adventures of CatDog, a conjoined twin hybrid of a cat and dog with two heads (one at either end of its single body) and no tail or hind legs. The series depicts them as opposites, with disparate interests: Dog loves rock n' roll, Cat does not. Dog loves to chase garbage trucks, Cat does not. However, they are best friends.

The series revolves around Cat and Dog, who share the same body, and although they are best friends and brothers, they have very different personalities, similar to The Odd Couple mixed with elements of Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello. Cat is very cultured while Dog is very fun-loving and enjoys chasing garbage trucks, chasing cars, and exploring many things in which Cat does not want to take part. Dog enjoys eating at fast food restaurants (such as Taco Depot), whereas Cat does not. The series takes place in Nearburg, a town dominated by anthropomorphic animals and the occasional humanoid.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Wombles

Underground, Overground, Wombling free... Here are a collection of episodes of The Wombles!

Wombles are small furry creatures with long noses that live in an underground burrow on Wimbledon Common, London, UK. The burrow is a strange place, as it has a drawbridge for a front door, the walls are lined with newspaper and everything inside of it looks like it has been made from rubbish. In fact most things in the burrow has been made from rubbish, as Wombles go out on the common, with large bags, looking for rubbish that people have thrown away. You see a Womble is very environmentally friendly and loves recycling things (they call it Wombling). The burrow on Wimbledon Common is lead by Great Uncle Bulgeria, who makes sure that Bungo, Orinoco, Tomsk ,and Wellington go out and retrieve the day's rubbish.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014


Say his name three times...if you dare! It's Beetlejuice!

Loosely based on the 1988 film of the same name, it was developed and executive-produced by the film's director, Tim Burton. The series focus on the life of goth girl Lydia Deetz and her undead friend Beetlejuice as they explore The Neitherworld, a wacky afterlife realm inhabited by monsters, ghosts, ghouls and zombies.
Beetlejuice's core character, that of a ghostly con artist, remained fundamentally the same as in the original movie, but was considerably softened, from maliciousness to pranksterism; nor, in the series, did he display the rampant lechery he did in the film, only occasionally embracing (or being embraced by) Lydia as between good friends. Although he had been seen ogling particularly gorgeous ghouls from time to time.
Lydia's character is portrayed as an upbeat goth girl who likes "weird" things from spiders to sloppy horror movies. As in the film, Lydia could summon Beetlejuice out of the Neitherworld (or go there herself) by calling his name three times, sometimes as part of a set chant:

 "Though I know I should be wary,
 Still I venture someplace scary;
 Ghostly hauntings I turn loose ...
 Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!"

Occasionally, there are other effects from that chant, such as Lydia's room changing to a gothic castle. On a few occasions, other people and ghosts went to the Neitherworld or the living world, either when Lydia takes them with her by chanting Beetlejuice's name, or presumably through a door that connects Lydia's and Beetlejuice's homes.

Fred Basset

There's a very opinionated dog around, who seems almost human! It's Fred Basset!

Alex Graham's pompish hound toddled off the pages of "The Daily Mail" and onto our screens in this fondly-recalled adaptation from the seventies. Our hero mutters and mumbles his way through a series of doggy misadventures whilst his human owners look on aghast and agog. They can only see the outcome of his errors and mishaps, but if they'd just listen to him once in a while, it would all make perfect sense. And as for his doggy pals, Fifi and Jock - why - they have no excuse. They really should know who's in charge by now...

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


Time for some babies eye perspective on life with Tommy, Chucky and the rest of the Rugrats!

The series focuses on the experiences of a courageous, adventurous one-year-old baby named Tommy Pickles and his group of playmates – several other infants and toddlers, some of whom debuted later in the series. Chuckie, Tommy's bespectacled, redheaded, insecure cowardly best friend; the twins Phil and Lil, noted for their revolting eccentricities and love of digging for and eating insects and earthworms; Tommy's baby brother Dil (who was born in The Rugrats Movie); Angelica, Tommy and Dil's outrageously spoiled, selfish older cousin and the main antagonist of the program; Kimi, Chuckie's adventurous, playful stepsister (introduced in Rugrats in Paris); and Susie, Angelica's schoolmate and kindhearted, understanding rival who is better liked by the infants and far more reliable than Angelica.
Rugrats visualizes ordinary, everyday activities through the eyes of a group of toddlers. Using their imaginations, the babies transform routine tasks into surprising adventures. The show plays with baby talk, having the group constantly mispronounce words and use improper grammar. Challenges often emerge because the babies misinterpret the adults, usually caused by Angelica's deceptive translations. The grown-ups of Rugrats are simultaneously quirky, over-cautious, and oblivious. The series portrays adults as mysterious eccentrics. Episodes usually center on a moral lesson that the babies learn during their imaginative explorations. Angelica serves as a negative influence on the show but her attempts to mislead the babies are always foiled.

Monday, 17 March 2014


Today's next show is a real oddity. I never quite understood this one as a kid, maybe you can figure it out? It's Ludwig!

Ludwig was a surreal British-made children's cartoon animation about a magical egg-shaped gemstone who lived in a forest.
The character's name came from Ludwig van Beethoven, whose music he played in the background of each episode. The series consisted of 25 five-minute episodes, in each of which something would happen to the animals of the forest and Ludwig would come to the rescue.
His "body" facets would open up and out would pop arms, legs, gadgets or even a helicopter rotor blade when he needed to get somewhere fast. He was constantly watched by a human birdwatcher (voiced by Jon Glover) who had a deerstalker and large binoculars. This character was both the viewer's point-of-view and narrator, as no other character talked. At the end of every episode Ludwig played the final movement of Beethoven's first symphony through the credits.

Your Mother Wouldn't Like It

As the title suggests, my mother really didn't like this sketch show in the slightest. I, however...

The first two series of Your Mother Wouldn't Like It were mainly based on the conceit of a few of the children - Loaf, Lonnie, Cans, Mary Rose and Pam - running and writing the show itself, interspersed with sketches. The third series did away with most of this narrative, but retained Loaf as an essential linking device. Loaf was a dogsbody character, with Cans as the main boss to everyone. A puppet worm - Tapeworm - would interrupt proceedings now and then with a sneery comment. On the last episode, it was revealed to the audience that Loaf was the puppeteer and voice behind Tapeworm, although the puppet's voice really belonged to performer Karl Collins throughout the show's life. The final series also featured Richard Allenson playing the part of Mr. Briefcase, the sneering man from the ministry of wholesome television who repeatedly tried to close down the show and invariably ended up failing. Richard Allenson went on to create the character Professor McGinty, a time-travelling detective who tours the country with his mobile museum. Familiar concepts from anarchic children's programmes were present, such as slapstick humour featuring custard pies and gunge as visual punchlines, and a healthy disrespect towards authority.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Doctor Snuggles

Grab your pogo stick, it's time to go and see what Doctor Snuggles is inventing today!

The show followed the adventures of Doctor Snuggles, a kind old gentleman who lives in a comfortable home with his elderly housekeeper, Miss Nettles. Doctor Snuggles spends most of his time inventing, and throughout the series creates a housekeeping robot (Matilda), a wormmobile, a machine to restore the colours of the rainbow, a gadget to fight depression, a fire-proof lotion and a time machine, amongst other inventions. He travels by means of a talking pogo-stick/umbrella and a spacecraft made of wood called the Dreamy Boom Boom. Doctor Snuggles also has to deal with the malevolent powers of the crazy magician - Professor Emerald, who is his arch enemy.

Puddle Lane

Let's head to the Magician's house and visit Toby the Spell Dragon in the house at the end of Puddle Lane!

The main characters were the Magician (played by Neil Innes, who also composed music for the programme), and a Spell Dragon named Toby; the Magician told Toby stories by moving his finger around in a puddle, or a cauldron, or the water barrel outside (both the cauldron and the water barrel could talk) and producing images. The stories he told were presented as animations, narrated by Kate Lee (who also played a minor character, Aunt Flo). The Magician lived in a large house at the end of Puddle Lane, hence the name of the programme.