"The Story Store... The Story Store...
Stories, surprises and secrets galore...."
The Story Store is a magical shop run by a
doggy fellow called George, with
the able assistance of his hedgehog-like friend
Pip. It's an extraordinary
curiosity shoppe selling everything from Vanishing
Cream to Sausage Trees,
Speed-o Powder to Move-o devices, Helping Hands,
Musical Sweets and Huff Cure
and where amazing things are always happening
to George, Pip, and their good
friends and vistors like Bert the handyman terrier, Granny
Clump the elephant and
her grandson Sammy, Angus Puggle the miserly monkey,
Miss Grace Bygone
the genteel maiden cat, and Victoria Pumpkin
the clumsy hippo. George is
prone to feeling a little 'cobbly-wobbly-fied'
on occasion, especially when the
Magic Inspector is due to pay a visit. Invariably,
though, cobbles will be
unwobbled, muddles unmuddled, and messes unmessed
just in time for tea
and cakes - made with Raise-o flour, of course...
My, what a quality package from a pedigree crew.
The Story Store puppets
are beautifully realised and they're animated on sets
which are stocked and
stacked with miniature appliances, devices, utensils
and boxes of 'umbrage'
- all featuring individual, detailed Story Store labels. The
series is narrated by
Alan Bennett and if you squint your eyes up tight
The Hound reckons
you can see hints of the Bennet persona in George, Bert
Angus. Mackinnon & Saunders produced the Story Store
Pullen who can list so many FilmFair credits, was
director of animation here,
and so was Chris Taylor who has also brought us Lavender
the team of animators was Chris Collings who has
gone on to direct the
animation on Cosgrove Hall's Bill
and Ben. And shepherding the production
is none other than John Coates, an animation legend
in his own lifetime.
In 2001 we were treated to a Story Store half-hour
special called "Magic and
Moonlight", in which George and friends were joined
by a magical Music Box
and a well-meaning Monster. That vocal chameleon Rory
Bremner takes over
voicing duties for this festive film...
The Story Store is just one magical place in the equally-magical
Storyland. Not too far away, just over the hills
is "The Magic House" where
Teapot, Kettle, Pot, Wishing Well and a host of
inanimate creations are
magically alive and ready for adventures. Indeed,
55 x 10min episodes
of "The Magic House" have thus far been
have plans to expand the realm dramatically, intergrating
series, books and creative media in to one fun-tastic