A melancholic children's animation from the 'Smallfilms' team of Postgate and Firmin. Bagpuss and his friends are toys in a turn of the century shop for 'found things'. When young Emily ... See full summary »
A team of six contestants enter the maze, where they take part in a series of tests and challenges across four themed zones in order to win time crystals. Those will determine how long they get within the crystal dome at the finale.
Mr Spoon and his family live on Junk Planet. He travels in his baked bean tin spaceship across blanket sky to Button Moon. There he meets many strange characters and watches stories unfold on other planets using his telescope.
The true story of Sherwood Forest is finally revealed: Robin was a cowardly tailor from Kensington, and Marian was the brains behind the Merry Men. With her ruthless band of freedom ... See full summary »
The Mr Men are a whole host of brightly colored characters that live in Misterland. All of them have names like Mr Happy, Mr Clumsy and Mr Greedy and their appearance and personality match their name. Narrated by Arthur Lowe.
3D plasticine animation, featuring Berk, a blue creature who lives as servant to the unseen 'Thing Upstairs' in an old dark house. Every time the trap door opens a new adventure begins for ... See full summary »
Popular British children's animation series, repeated almost constantly since 1971. Mr Benn is the ordinary, bowler-hatted office worker who lives in the ordinary suburban street of Festive... See full summary »
Legendary British children's animation of the early 70s made by the 'Smallfilms' team of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, this series chronicled the melancholically funny lives of the ... See full summary »
On 13 September 1991 national British newspaper 'The Guardian' claimed that certain characters names could be viewed in a vulgar context (e.g. Master Bates and Seaman Staines). Such character names did not form any part of the series and creator John Ryan successfully won retractions and settlements from both 'The Guardian' and another British newspaper, 'The Sunday Correspondent', which also printed a similar story. See more »
Good writing and nostalgia both help make it worth a look still
Aboard his ship, Captain Pugwash is a jovial and rather innocent pirate certainly a stark contrast to the scheme and rather underhand personae of fellow pirate but mortal enemy Cutthroat Jake. Along with Master Mate, Pirate Barnabas, Pirate Willy and Tom the cabin boy, Pugwash sails to adventure on a regular basis.
Spread over 86 episodes, this is one of those animations that many viewers remember from childhood and tends to get great praise because it is viewed through the fog of nostalgia and so forth. The animation is naturally dated as it tends to use drawn backgrounds and cut out figures that are manipulated on screen there is limited motion of the characters and things are left as static as they can be; imagine a story book where the pictures change on each page to get the rough idea. However it still works well enough once you have accepted that it is doing this, and the main reason it does work is because the stories are mostly well written and interesting. The narration is wholesome and clean, as are the stories, although there is a fine smattering of wit throughout it.
Overall this is not a cartoon that will win many new fans particularly not among younger viewers used to fancy animation, noisy and action; but it is still a pleasurable watch when you have a nostalgic link to it. The animation is basic but the stories are mostly interesting and it rarely bores.
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