days and happy dreams, boys and girls.
Dr. Snuggles is a scatterbrained inventor/doctor
and all-round jovial genius,
with a menagerie of human and animal friends for
company, and an equally
large number of not-so-human-or-animals associates
to "snuggle" up to.
Top of the list are the doctor's housekeeper
Miss Nettles, and a clever
badger called Dennis. But Dr. Snuggles' extended
family includes Mathilda
Junkbottom the robot, Granny Toots and the Cosmic
the messenger bird, Winnie Vinegar the witch,
the Treacle Tree and the
all-walking, all-talking, wooden shed called
Rickety Rick. Add to these
Nobby Mouse, Woogie the freckled camel, Ticker
the talking pocketwatch,
and - well - you can see that Snuggles is a friend
to seemingly everyone
But there are enemies abroad too, and the
doctor's antagonists include the
scheming Professor Emerald and his possum-assistant
Willy Fox and Charlie Rat and mad Madame Midas
- they all seek to
undermine the good man's work when e'er they
It's all very Heath Robinson, with the
doctor using his fantastic, cockeyed
contraptions and creations to assist in the various
takes us from the Doctor's little cottage
out to the likes of Woogie's residence
in the Lavender Lullaby, Winnie Vinegar's Bottle
House, the Salt and Pepper
Mountains, and Professor Emerald's abode called
Seaweed Castle, housed in
the middle of the Viridian Ocean. Snuggles pogos
around with the aid of
Jefferson, a duck-headed umbrella. Rickety Rick
transforms into a boat,
on occasion, and there's also a wooden barrel-shaped
flying ship called
the Dreamy Boom Boom and an eccentric jalopy
This splendid toon was animated in the Netherlands,
but qualifies for
Toonhound by way of its original creator
and writer Jeffrey O'Kelly who is
100% British, and boasts a seemingly boundless
imagination. Some top
British talent was also involved in
writing the scripts; namely John Lloyd
(yes, that John Lloyd, comedy producer),
Richard Kit' Carpenter (Robin Hood,
Dick Turpin, etc), Paul Halas, and incredibly
the eternal galactic hitchhiker,
the late great Mr. Douglas Adams. Snuggles
himself was voiced by the
late great Sir Peter Ustinov.
Twenty five years on, the good doctor
continues to be a fan favourite and
indeed, it's those same fans who
have inspired Jeffrey O'Kelly to revitalise
his creation. A brand new series and
a feature length production are now in
production, and judging by the elements revealed
on the official
Jeffrey and his team are putting together
an even more expansive and incredible
realm for the doctor and friends to roam
(with Snuggles now voiced by Jim
Broadbent too). Snuggleland is
a limitless place indeed!...
The Hound had
copies of the DVD to give away...
Hound: September 2002
The return of Dr Snuggles...
and broadcast info
It's often forgotten that ITV originally
broadcast the adventures in
5min chunks (65 x 5mins in total).
The first story was shown over two
days, Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st December
1980 at 4.15pm.
The rest of the series aired in a regular
week-day slot, between
6th January 1981 and 2nd April 1981, once
more at 4.15pm.
are the 13 stories:
The Fabulous Mechanical Mathilda Junkbottom
The Astounding Treacle Tree
The Spectacular Rescue of Miss Nettles
The Unbelievable Wormmobile
The Sensational Ballon Race
The Magical Multi-Coloured Diamond
The Remarkable Fidgety River
The Fearful Miscast Spell of Winnie the Witch
The Extraordinary Odd Dilemma of Dennis the
The Wondrous Powers of the Magic Casket
The Turn of Events with the Unwelcome Invaders
The Great Disappearing Mystery
The Amazing Reflective Myth
Our friends at Lollipop Animation have
some original Snuggles cels
for sale via their web site and gallery.
You'll need deep pockets for
these desirable pieces, but they're
worth every penny!
Snuggles collectors might like to keep
their eyes open for the tie-in
storybooks published by Studio Publications
around the time of the show's
first UK transmission. These four books faithfully
adapted the tv scripts and
illustrated them with a quantity of top-quality
shots from the episodes -
although book No.3 sports an all-new
title - which makes it well
worth tracking down!...
1.The Fantastic Flight of the Treacle Tree
2.The Spectacular Rescue of Miss Nettles
3.The Mystery of the Enchanted Mushroom
4.The Magical Multi-Coloured Diamond
Snuggles on DVD
Snuggles: The Complete Collection
discs / R2 / Firefly Entertainment / May 2005
written and created by Jeffrey
television scripts: John
Lloyd, Richard Carpenter,
Halas, Douglas Adams
original artwork: Nick
art director: Angela
The 'official' site, as
run by the O'Kelly family and it's really rather good.
A colourful interface offers
up info on the original creation and series,
as well as the very latest Snuggles
news, including lots of info and
downloads for the all-new
Snuggles - coming soon!
Arvid's site is offered
to us in swedish or english. This too is an excellent
site brimming with details, info,
pictures, facts, sounds, a thorough look at
those characters and a little
bit of magic thrown in for good measure...
Looks equally good, but
it's not presented in English. Still, the multiple
screen grabs alone are worthy
of praise. Like before, all aspects of the
show appeared to be covered superbly.
Another excellent site, methinks...
This one has been approved
by Jeffrey O'Kelly himself, it seems.
It's great on detail, but construction
is a bit cold and its showing its age.
But if you're patient navigating
through the pop-ups and such you
should be well rewarded...
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