Kind and gentle Dr. Snuggles (Sir Peter Ustinov) is like few other doctors. Seemingly capable of communicating with anything, he finds himself in a seemingly endless variety of adventures with his animal friends that take him around the world and beyond.Written by
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On July 4, 2005, Firefly Entertainment released Doctor Snuggles on DVD in Region 2. The four disc box set, titled "Doctor Snuggles - The Complete Collection", features all thirteen episodes. The series has yet to be released in any other region. However, purchasing a region-free DVD or Blu-ray player will enable anyone from around the world to watch the DVDs. See more »
Imagine a series combining the finer aspects of Doctor Who, Doctor Doolittle, Yellow Submarine, The Wind In The Willows and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and you've got Doctor Snuggles.
This series is hard to find in the U.S. and I imagine a lot of fans of contemporary anime won't be able to get past its low-tech limited animation and corny-looking 1970s visuals. The scriptwriting (some of it by Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy author Douglas Adams) ranges from above average to brilliant, as is the soundtrack, which features the great Peter Ustinov as the voice of Snuggles and several other characters. The tone is laid-back, funny and just a little bit trippy, as you'd expect from the era.
Despite his visual similarity to Mr. Pickwick, Snuggles is closest in spirit to the Doctor as played by Peter Cushing in the Doctor Who feature films of the 1960s. He's a lovable grandfatherly eccentric genius with a Tardis-like space shuttle named Dreamy Boom Boom and a variety of companions, mostly male and mostly talking animals, including an obnoxious mouse who provides the one note of rudeness in this otherwise fairly decorous series. He is eco-friendly and a bit of a bodhisattva in terms of his worldview but basically a sensible English gentleman ready to lend a hand to any living being in a predicament.
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