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SimsalaGrimm II: The Adventures of Yoyo and Doc Croc 

SimsalaGrimm II - The Adventures of Yoyo and Doc Croc builds upon the success of the first season and develops the concept further. Yoyo and Doc Croc embark on a new and even bigger journey... See full summary »
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Nicola Coughlan 26 episodes, 2010
Rod Goodall Rod Goodall 26 episodes, 2010
Nigel Greaves Nigel Greaves ...  Yoyo 26 episodes, 2010
Helen Greg Helen Greg 26 episodes, 2010
Eric Hansen Eric Hansen 26 episodes, 2010
Gary Hetzler Gary Hetzler ...  Gepetto 26 episodes, 2010
Hillary Kavanagh Hillary Kavanagh 26 episodes, 2010
Matthew Keenan Matthew Keenan 26 episodes, 2010
Marcus Lamb Marcus Lamb 26 episodes, 2010
Marcus Lamb 26 episodes, 2010
J. Drew Lucas J. Drew Lucas 26 episodes, 2010
Paul McCloskey Paul McCloskey 26 episodes, 2010
Nigel Pegram ...  Doc Croc 26 episodes, 2010
Petal Pilley Petal Pilley 26 episodes, 2010
Paul Tylak 26 episodes, 2010
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SimsalaGrimm II - The Adventures of Yoyo and Doc Croc builds upon the success of the first season and develops the concept further. Yoyo and Doc Croc embark on a new and even bigger journey through the wondrous variety the fairytale world has to offer: they visit more fairytales by the Grimm Brothers and introduce fairytales by Wilhelm Hauff, Ludwig Bechstein and Hans Christian Andersen among others.Suspense in heightened with Yoyo and Doc Croc moving further to the centre of the action in season two. The stakes are raised and the fun doubled when Yoyo and Doc Croc have to gather all their wits to help others and stay out of trouble themselves. Written by Nicole Skorke

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The Adventures of Yoyo and Doc Croc
27 October 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As said many times, have always had a lifelong love of animation, old and new. Disney, Studio Ghibli, Hanna Barbera, Tom and Jerry, Hanna Barbera, Looney Tunes and also the works of Tex Avery and Fleischer. With a broader knowledge of animation styles, directors, studios and how it was all done actually love it even more now.

It's not just animation held in very high regard by me. Have also had an undying lifelong love for the classic stories of the Grimm Brothers and some other authors. Their tales are beautifully written, full of soul, imagination and joy and enchanting in their own way, if quite dark in some stories and at times gruesome, and with many memorable characters that are iconic in literature. Their fame, importance and the timeless appeal of their stories are more than justified and Would see any adaptation of his work, animation or live-action, and there have been numerous times where his work has lent well to animation.

For an introduction to their stories if unfamiliar with them, this overlooked animated series (although there are a more with other authors than in the other seasons, being basically the third season of the German series that expands further on the Simsala universe) fits the bill very nicely. Even those familiar with the stories are likely to find the series and how it approaches and tells the stories featured interesting. It was great to see the famous tales and also the not so familiar and not often adapted ones. In its own right, it is quite well done, not one of my favourites but it's an interesting approach to the various stories and a great way to introduce newcomers to them, which will give them the want to read the stories.

'Simsala Grimm: The Adventures of Yoyo and Doc Croc' has a couple of things that stop it from being perfect. There are instances of not so good writing, being someone who winced during some of 'Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp'. Not all the animation is great, again in that.

Most of the characters are done well, but there are a few bland and annoying ones here and there, or ones that act in a way that makes them less appealing.

However, Doc Croc and Yoyo are very entertaining and likeable characters and their roles in telling the stories and playing roles in them, namely being helpful or being voices of reason, are done cleverly. Personally didn't find their scenes wasted time or felt like filler. There are occasions where they intrude a little or overused that they waste some characters by filling their roles instead, but mostly they're fine. Doc Croc is the more interesting personality, love his resourcefulness and has some nice lines but there is a preference for the adorable and very funny Yoyo. Loved generally how they interacted with the characters.

Had little problem with how most of the fairytale characters were written, the villains were suitably menacing and enjoyably hammy in some places. The heroines are relatable and sincere, written in a way that doesn't make them feel bland and one feels sorry for them. Most of the heroes are dashing, with a couple of exceptions. They are all ideally voiced, though occasionally with the odd irritating one.

More so than not, the stories are engaging, ideally paced and entertaining and relaxing watches, with emotional impact and cuteness. There is plenty for youngsters, without being juvenile or dumbed down, while also enough for adults feeling nostalgic and traditionalists, as there are a lot of familiar elements of the original stories minus the gruesome stuff. The spirit may not always be there but there are enough details. The writing is neither too complicated or simplistic on the most part, with 'Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp' being an exception.

While not always great, the animation is quite nice and easy on the eyes as an overall whole. Simple and not always imaginative, but generally colourful, nicely detailed, fluidly drawn and the charming traditional look was perfect. The music fits well and is dynamic. The intro has a nostalgic charm.

Overall, interesting and mostly very well done animated series based on the work of these great stories, that are a nice mix of famous and under-exposed. 7.5/10 Bethany Cox


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