Roobarb the green dog's enthusiasm for inventions and harebrained schemes to liven up life in the garden know no bounds. It's up to Custard the indolent, grinning purple cat, and the rest ... See full summary »

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Grange Calveley
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Richard Briers ...  Narrator 30 episodes, 1974
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Roobarb the green dog's enthusiasm for inventions and harebrained schemes to liven up life in the garden know no bounds. It's up to Custard the indolent, grinning purple cat, and the rest of the garden animals to make sure nothing comes of them so that their idle tranquility can be preserved, and score points off Roobarb's inflated ego at the same time. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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The animators used marker pens to draw each image, so the animation "wobbled". See more »

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Referenced in Motormouth: Episode #4.8 (1991) See more »

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Enjoyable
25 September 2019 | by DeonJ2006See all my reviews

Roobarb is a pretty enjoyable cartoon and a hidden gem. I wish this show had at least a few more seasons because it's sad how this show only got one with 30 episodes (though it did get a really good reboot).

The art style is very unique, rather than having the generic way shows are animated, Roobarb is completely animated with marker pens with plain white backgrounds, which is impressive to say the least.

The plots and characters also have their own charm, especially our protagonist, Roobarb, who invents stuff that goes wrong in many hilarious ways. Grange's writing is great, with many interesting storylines that are short and simple, but entertaining as well.

Richard Briers is a great voice actor and narrator, seeing a lot of old UK cartoons only have one actor for all of the roles is very fresh and talented, and Briers is no exception. Shame he died in 2013 though.

The music itself (especially the theme song) is really catchy and upbeat, much better than the bland and generic music from the disaster known as Peppa Pig.

The only thing I hate about this show is the animation. WAS THIS EVEN FINISHED?! Even if the show does have a unique look, it does not change the fact that the animation (even for the time) is horrendous. It can look okay at times, but most of the time, it's very limited and choppy. The character designs, while good, can look inconsistent and the lack of lip-synching for most episodes gets on my nerves. If I was an animator that was around when this show was starting production, then I could animate this show, it would look FAR better than the animation we got. I'm not insulting the late Bob Godfrey or anything, but he could have done a lot better.

But despite the atrocious animation, this show is still great, and I hope another reboot gets made soon since the older reboot (Roobarb & Custard Too) also only ran for one season (such a shame as both series had potential to become a full series with more seasons). Roobarb is a classic and I highly recommend it.


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21 October 1974 (UK) See more »

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Roobarb and Custard See more »

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