Maddocks Cartoon Prods. animation: cel
animation episodes: 25 x 5min
never find a Nessie in a zoo...."
You may never find a Nessie in a zoo,
but there's a whole family of them
dwelling in the depths of Loch Ness,
as brother and sister Angus and Elspeth
discover one day when they encounter
a monster called Silly-Ness stuck in a
hole on the shore of the loch. Pretty
soon they're making friends with other
monsters like Ferocious-Ness, High-Ness,
Mighty-Ness and Heavy-Ness and young
Silly-Ness is soon freed. To thank the
children for their assistance Highness gives
Elspeth and Angus special Thistle Whistles
which they can blow to summon
a Nessie-or-two when e'er they feel inclined.
Which opens the door to numerous
Highland games in and around Loch Ness
and its environs, because nobody
else knows about or believes in the
existence of those Nessies.
Those doubters include Elspeth and Angus'
father and loch-keeper Mr McTout,
Sergeant McFuzz the policeman and his irritating
son Willie, Mrs McToffee
who runs the local sweet shop, the Mayor
and Mayoress of Inverness,
Captain Steadfast and Farmer McSpreading.
Not so doubtful is mad Professor
Dumkopf who is determined to "discover"
the monsters in the loch and bring
them to the attentions of the world - but
Angus, Elspeth and the Nessies
always manage to scupper his plans just in
"The Family-Ness" was the
first TV toon from prolific cartoonist Peter Maddocks.
Like his subsequent series the show
looks and feels like a kids' comic strip,
with the characters and strips appearing
to have stepped straight out of a
Fleetway or DC Thomson title. The show
is bolstered by some strong voicework
from Peter "Pugwash" Hawkins and
Susan "Noddy" Sheridan and episodes are
topped and tailed with two infectious songs
from Roger and Gavin Greenaway.
Note the spelling of the series title
"Family-Ness", with a hyphen and the Nessies'
names also hyphenated.
Whilst the Nessies may well be fictional,
Loch Ness and its environs are
very real and various Family-Ness tales
take us to actual loch-side locations
like Castle Urquhart and Drumnadrochit,
and of course, the highland city
More or Ness
the episode "Elspeth
and Angus Buy a Puppy" the kids acquire a cute
little pup from a
mean tinker, but it's not until several episodes later in
and the Mayor's Statue" that the puppy is actually
to by name. His name
Loses His Roar"her High-Ness reveals that she
actually breathe fire...
A decade after "The Family-Ness"
debuted on British TV, an animated Nessie
series surfaced in America. Abrams Gentile's
1995 show "Happy Ness: The
Secret of the Loch" featured a family
of non-hyphenated Nessies, like Happy
Ness, Kind Ness, Lovely Ness (!) and more.
And yes, there were also two local
children at the heart of the show, this time
called the McCoy kids. You'll find an
indexing for this Saturday-Morning series
over at Toonarific...
and Angus Meet the Loch Ness Monster
Professor Dumpkopf's Underwater Telescope
Elspeth and Angus Buy a Puppy
Ferocious-ness Changes His Colour
Ferocious-ness and the Look-alike Contest
Clever-ness Helps With the Homework
Speedy-Ness Saves the Day
Ferocious-Ness Loses His Roar
Baby-Ness Gets the Measles
Silly-Ness and the Bubble Machine
Ferocious-Ness and the Sound Machine
Clever-Ness and the Curling Championship
The Maze of Urquhart Castle
Professor Dumkopf Makes a Monster Film
Professor Dumkopf and his Amazing Cannonball
Sporty-Ness and the Highland Games
Hungry-Ness and the Diving Bell
Professor Dumkopf and the Hungry Monster
Clumsy-Ness Upsets Captain Standfast
Angus and the Monster Kite
Captain Standfast and the Golden Key
Thirsty-Ness and the Part-Time Witch
Baby-Ness and the Mayor's statue
Captain Standfast and the Stowaway
You'll Never Find a Nessie in a Zoo
The series first aired on BBC1,
5th October 1984, at 4.10pm.
Episodes continued, one at week, at around
the same time,
through to 28th March 1985 - with just a
short break for
Christmas (21st Dec 1984 - 3rd Jan 1985)...
written and created by Peter Maddocks
a Ness Company Ltd Production
in association with MAM
Maddocks, Nick Roberts, Gus Angus director: Jack
Stokes music: Roger
and Gavin Greenaway animation: The
Animation People head of
Smith layout: Ted
Pettengel, David Elvin dubbing: Magmasters voices: Peter