Saturday, 15 November 2014

Wacky Races

Classic cartoon don't come better than this. A cavalcade of crazy competitors in a high octane charge across America, it's Wacky Races!

Wacky Races is an animated television series from Hanna-Barbera, about a group of 11 different cars racing against each other in various road rallies, with each driver hoping to win the title of the "World's Wackiest Racer." The cartoon was unusual in the large number of regular characters, twenty-four in total: the twenty-three people spread among the 11 race cars, plus the unseen (and never identified) race announcer. Another unusual feature of the series is that the stars of the show are the villains as opposed to the heroes.
Attempting to foil the racers' efforts were the show's resident villains Dick Dastardly and his canine sidekick, Muttley. Dastardly would usually gain a large lead, then execute all sorts of elaborate schemes to trap, divert, blow up or stop the other racers, only to see them backfire spectacularly. The intended object lesson may have been that Dastardly might have easily won several races had he only kept his mind on the race and off dirty tricks.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Foxbusters

One of Cosgrove Hall's later series now on the BCC, loosely based on the Dick King-Smith book of the same name, here is The Foxbusters!!

The show is primarily set on Foxearth Farm, a fictional farm based in the English countryside in the West Midlands which is dominated by a variety of animals, particularly the chickens. The Foxbusters are three chickens, Ransome, Sims and Jeffries, who have the unlikely ability to fly. Each has a different personality; Ransome is the best flyer, Sims is the smartest and Jeffries is the comic relief. The Foxbusters also have the ability to spit grit like machine guns, and drop hard-boiled eggs like they were bombs - and these are used to effect among other methods to keep the hungry pack of foxes in Foxearth Forest at bay.

The arguments and conversations between the chickens makes an effective comedy. The foxes' attempts to get the better of the chickens are often unsuccessful, but they add a lot of humour to the show. The show itself is laden with gags and action, and is of a quality which led to its receiving two major awards in 2000.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Snow Spider

Presenting to you the first part of The Magician Trilogy, based upon the novels by Jenny Nimmo, here is The Snow Spider!

Set in present day Wales, the story begins as young Gwyn celebrates his ninth birthday. He recieves five unusual gifts, which are to set him on a voyage of discovery - as he finds out whether he has inherited the magic powers of his Celtic ancestors and as he attempts to solve the five year old mystery of his sisters disappearance in a snow storm.
Gwyn's adventures involve him in strange encounters with other worlds - of snow and silver - and, strangest of all, is the snow spider, weaving a silken web around a girl - a girl who reminds Gwyn of someone...