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Invasion of the Moon Creatures 

Graeme starts a space program using lab rabbits, but the pair he sends to the moon are male and female. Predictably, their scientifically-enhanced offspring take over the moon, and set their sights on Earth.

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Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
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Graeme Garden / Big Bunny
Bill Oddie ...
Roland MacLeod ...
James Burke
Patrick Moore ...
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Graeme has agreed - without Bill and Tim's consent, as usual - to help the government start a British Space Program. He has several scientifically enhanced lab rabbits he's been training, and he chooses Flopsy and Spiro as his first test pilots. But they lose contact with the rabbits soon after the launch, and after several months of waiting Bill and Tim want to either send another pair of rabbits or give the whole thing up as a loss. Graeme decides to send them instead and forces them, despite much protest, into a rocket and launches them to the moon. However, when they get there they discover that the rabbits have populated and taken over the moon, and become intelligent. Flopsy now calls himself "Big Bunny", and having set his sights on Earth, he brainwashes Tim and Bill, dresses them as rabbits, and sends them back as furry heralds of doom. Written by E. E. Buchanan

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8 December 1973 (UK)  »

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When the rabbits learn to speak it is revealed that Flopsy is, in fact, male. Flopsy and Spiro were the only two rabbits sent, and they bred. Therefore it follows Spiro must actually be the female of the pair. See more »

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Bill & Tim: [as rabbits] Nnnyeeehh
Graeme Garden: [Serves them a whole lot of carrots] There we are eat 'em all up.
[Bill and Tim refuse, showing a great dislike for the carrots]
Graeme Garden: Aw c'mon, if you're real rabbits you can't get enough of those.
Tim Brooke-Taylor: Course we're not real rabbits;
[suddenly realise]
Tim Brooke-Taylor: Oh, did I say that?
Graeme Garden: [Pleased, and slightly cocky by this reaction] It's wearing off isn't it?
Bill Oddie: No it is not!
Graeme Garden: [Adamant] In that case eat your carrots!
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Big Bunny Is Watching You!
7 December 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Graeme is asked by the British Government to organise an expedition to the Moon. He sends Tim and Bill. After waltzing about on the lunar surface to the strains of Strauss, they find carrots and lettuces in abundance, sustenance for an army of super-intelligent rabbits led by 'Big Bunny' - originally known as 'Flopsy' - sent there by Graeme during a test run.

A brainwashed Tim and Bill return to Earth, where they embark on a spree of ultra-violence. Its up to Graeme to stop Big Bunny's army of rabbits from taking over the world, but who will believe him?

The Apollo space missions having ended the year before, the time was right for the Goodies to spoof sci-fi. 'Creatures' makes fun of 'The Quatermass Experiment', '2001: A Space Odyssey', '1984', 'A Clockwork Orange' ( here renamed 'The Transistorised Rabbit' ), 'Star Trek' and, of course 'Dr.Who'. 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' is referenced in one scene, eliciting a cheer from the audience. The space-suits and consoles hailed from Gerry Anderson's 'U.F.O.'.

Roland McLeod appears as the B.B.C.'s science correspondent, the legendary James Burke. No-one is safe from Big Bunny's power, even Prime Minister Ted Heath is seen getting into a limousine sporting a fluffy tail.

Pretty daft even by 'Goodies' standards - but I love it! If the spectacle of rabbits wailing the theme from 'Star Trek' doesn't amuse you, nothing will. Garden and Oddie would return to sci-fi seven years later with 'U-Friend Or U.F.O.', as well as creating the forgotten A.T.V. sitcom 'Astronauts'.

Funniest moment - Tim and Bill racing around Cricklewood on a motorbike in rabbit costumes, and attacking pedestrians with giant carrots!


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