Children's TV Favourites Are BackPosted on: 07 October 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
The old television favourites Paddington Bear, The Magic Roundabout and The Wombles are all back with a bang for 2008.
Three of children's television most famous cartoons are making returns to the small screen and we have five copies of their latest limited edition DVDs to give away.
The fictional Paddington Bear character first appeared in 1958 and was subsequently featured in several books, most recently in 2008, written by Michael Bond and first illustrated by Peggy Fortnum.
The polite immigrant bear from Darkest Peru, with his old bush hat, battered suitcase and marmalade sandwiches has become a classic English children's literature icon.
Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Over 265 licensees, making thousands of different products across the UK, Europe, USA, Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia and South Africa all benefit from the universal recognition of Paddington Bear.
The Magic Roundabout was created in France in 1963 by Serge Danot. Some 500 five-minute-long episodes were made and were originally broadcast between 1964 and 1971 on ORTF.
It was in the UK that the series became best known. The English version was narrated by Eric Thompson, the father of Emma Thompson, and broadcast from 18th October 1965 to January 1977. This version of the show attained cult status, and was watched as much by adults for its dry humour as by the children for whom it was intended.
The main character was Dougal with Zeberdee, Brian the jack-in-the-box, Ermintrude and Dylan all featuring prominently. The programmes were created by stop motion animation, which meant that Dougal was made without legs as it was felt that with them he would be too difficult to animate.
The Wombles were created by author Elisabeth Beresford, originally appearing in a series of children's novels from 1968. The characters later became nationally famous in the mid 1970s as a result of a popular BBC children's television show using stop motion animation. A number of spin-off novelty songs also became major hits in the British music charts.
Wombles are pointy-nosed furry creatures that live in burrows, where they help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish in useful and ingenious ways.
Their green motto "Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish" was a reflection of the ecology movement of the 1970s. Although Wombles live in every country in the world, the stories focus on the life of the burrow in Wimbledon Common in London.
What was your favourite children's cartoon character as a child? What do your grandchildren and children watch today?
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