doesn't have a fancy pad,
(Rom-Rom-Romuald The Reindeer!)
He lives at home with his Mum and Dad,
(Rom-Rom-Romuald The Reindeer!)..."
Welcome to the Lapland home of Romuald Haroldson, a
Christmas reindeer who seems to be forever dragging around
a sled-load of
teenage angst. There's his knitting-mad mum Hilda, his
dad Harald, his younger
sister Ulrika and the leather-clad reindeer-gang of
Clint, Kirk and Burt jostling him
hither and thither. They're all havin' a rockin' good
time of things, whilst Romuald
just can't get with the Lapland beat, poor thing. But
never fear, life's twists and
turns nearly always work out in our boy's favour...
With its doo-wop soundtrack, "Romuald the Reindeer"
is billed as "Happy Days"
with antlers, which tells us that Romuald is the Richie Cunningham
of the North
Pole. These jolly reindeer walk on all fours, but are
able to use their antlers as extra
"hands" to pick things up, knit, throw things,
play instruments, hold phones and
- well - anything else you care to mention. And being
special Christmas reindeer,
they can fly too. Or in Romuald's case, fly very badly.
The gangly fellow is always
colliding with things. Living close by is a rambunctious
elf called Grandpa Ivy. He
and his elf associates operate the Christmas toy machines
for Santa Claus, and
they tend to the witless sheep who wander around Reindeersville.
levels aren't helped by the fact that his Mum just loves
him to wear her latest knitted
creations. Oh, and then there's that younger sister of his,
Ulrika - baby sitting a
three-and-a-half year old can be so embarrassing...
This is a fun series, with lots of pop culture references
and gags shoehorned into
each episode. Romuald was animated by Siriol Productions,
the Cardiff-based outfit
who brought us the award-winning SuperTed
back in the 1980s. Our reindeer friend
previously appeared to two half-hour specials. In "Santa
and the Tooth Fairies",
Romuald finds himself left behind by Santa Claus on
Christmas Eve because he
has such a bad winter cold. But the chap saves the day when
he comes to the aid
of some overwrought Tooth Fairies desperate to make
their own toy-delivery.
Romuald's second appearance was in the mock-umentary special
detailed Santa's very first night delivery prersents around
Notice the names of Roger and Nigel Planer in the production
credits. The brothers
previously brought us 39 rediscovered episodes of The
Notice too, the name of Joe McCaffrey lurking in the
animation crew. Joe came
to animation via a spell working for Fleetway comics,
and The Hound chatted to
him about his days drawing Mustapha Million and friends in
our Toonhound Q&A.
we are introduced to Mrs Haroldson's knitting teacher
who is guest-voiced by Molly
Sugden. Mrs Haroldson's knitting skills take her
to a tv knitting show called
"The Froze Show", named after it's real-life
counterpart "The Clothes
It's also interesting to see
that, in this episode, Hilda Haraldson is an orange
reindeer. In subsequent episodes
she is tan in colour...
Grandpa Ivy likes to water ski. In the episode "Deerwatch"
he tells us that
it's good for his arthritis. That
episode titles is, of course, a spoof on the
title of "Baywatch", the
bums and beaches hit series that was airing around
the globe when this show was being
the episode "Music
Maestro", a toffee-nosed caribou Prince gets stuck in
Reindeersville. Grandpa Ivy gives
him a tour of the town and shows him the
new Civic Center for the reindeer.
"What a hideous carbuncle!" mutters the
Prince, echoing the words of our
very real royal Prince Charles and his views
on modern architecture...
Romuald tells his trendy pal from Florida, Renaldo, that he's
won the lead role in the musical
"Guys and Does" and that his family live
at Haroldson Hall - which is actually
the local stately home, Elk Hall.
Romuald shares a bath with his sister Ulrika and her
imaginary friend ZuZu. Cheeky
ZuZu blows bubbles in the bathtub between
the two deer. Or is that Romuald....?
In that same episode, we meet
Romuald's own fictional friend ZumZum and
we discover that cool Clint
runs a Donut Shop...
Michael Carrington for BBC Television
Patrick Moine, Mikael Shields, Steve Walsh
Roger Planer, Robin Lyons, Andrew Offiler
Robert Brown, Chris Glynn, Andrew Offiler
Andy Janes, Adrian Jenkins, Wayne Thomas
Tom Bailey, Christophe Barret,
Jean-Louis Garcia, Adrian Jenkins,
Lionel Kerjean, Mathilde Lafabrie
Dale Edna Evans, Mike Hill, Graha Howells,
Dominique Kerjean, Miuchel Simon,
Jean-Charles Andre, Les
Robert Brown, Gilles Burgard, Mike Coles,
Laurince Commeyras, Nigel Davies,
Jean-Claude Dandrieux, Sega Fayre,
G.B.H., Ken Hayes, Dick Horn, Steve John,
April Johnston, Lionel Kerjean,
Mathilde Le Fabrie, Ionel Luca,
Alexis Madrid, Nicola Malborough,
Joe McCaffrey, Les Orton, Gary Owen,
Phil Parker, Mike Price, Manuel Rodriguez,
Jose Solis, Wayne Thomas, Hugh Workman
John McBurnie, Amanda Driver,
Nigel Planer (Romuald)
Kenneth Waller (Grandpa Ivy)