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5 Magic Ball DVDs to be won!
Now here's some magic news. The fine folks at Network are releasing
the complete first series of "The Magic Ball" on DVD (RRP £14.99)
on 6th November, and to celebrate, The Hound has five fab copies
to give away...
This is it, folks. This is where the Cosgrove Hall magic truly began.
Back in 1971 The Magic Ball was the very first tv collaboration between
the duo of Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall, who later clubbed their surnames
together to form our favourite toon studio.
The series is set in the little seaside town of Haythornswaite, which is
home to Sam, his Magic Ball, and his Aunty's equally-magic shop.
Whenever sam gets curious about an object, or a person or a thing
within the store, his Magic Ball pulses and sparkles and whisks him
away on a mini-adventure to meet a caveman, a highwayman, cowboys,
indians and pirates and more...
"The Magic Ball" features some surprising and experimental animation,
with strange inked backgrounds and photo cut-outs inserted into the more
familiar cel work. And the simple tales are embellished with fanciful dialogue
and delicious twisting narration courtesy of Eric Thompson. Which explains why
the series won two Silver Awards at the Venice Film Festival of Children's
Films and a Silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival.
Thirty-five years on, and the series remains a timeless delight. Of course it
shares many similarities with its contemporary, Mr Benn, but there's just
something about the way each episode comes together which allows us
to forgive its derivitiveness and just allow ourselves to be seduced by its
melabcholic theme, to drift back in time and away with Sam on another
The 13 episodes on this first-season DVD include:
The Story of the Cave Man
The Story of the Princess in the Castle
The Story of the Chimney Sweep
The Story of the Six Winged Lions
The Story of the Highwayman
The Story of the Circus
The Story of the Weathermaker
The Story of the Chimpanzee
The Story of the Grandfather Clock
The Story of the Toy Soldier
The Story of the Flying Carpet
The Story of the Cowboy and the Indian
The Story of the Pirates
More info: Network
"There's something just so magical about this series. Maybe it's
the quaint seaside locale... the clever narration... the experimental
design... or that hypnotic theme... turning the clock back to a special
place and time..."
THE SMALL PRINT
Prizes go to the first five entries drawn after the closing date.
Winners agree to having their names and country of location included on this web site.
Names and addresses of entrants will not be disclosed to any third parties, or used for
any marketing purposes.
The DVDs are identified as Region 2 discs, compatible with UK machines.
Please check you can play these discs before entering the Giveaway.
The Magic Ball is rated U in the United Kingdom.
Sorry, but we can not replace faulty or incompatible discs.
© Stop Frame Productions / Fremantle / NetworkDVD / F2006