Dennis the Badger, Doctor Snuggles, Knobby Mouse and Snuggles's umbrella
|Created by||Jeffrey O'Kelly|
|Written by||Original scripts and ideas by:
with episode scripts by
|Voices of||Peter Ustinov
|Narrated by||Peter Ustinov|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||13 (List of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||Joop H. Visch|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Polyscope Production|
|Original channel||ITV/Channel 4 in the United Kingdom
AVRO in the Netherlands
Nickelodeon in the United States
TVO in Canada
ABC in Australia
|Original run||1 October 1979 – 1980|
Doctor Snuggles is an animated television series created by Jeffrey O'Kelly based on original artwork by Nick Price, about a friendly and optimistic inventor named Doctor Snuggles who has unusual adventures with his friends. The show featured fantastical scenarios which usually involved Doctor Snuggles inventing something outlandish such as a robot helper or diamond-making machine, and had a variety of supporting characters who were mostly anthropomorphic animals.
The show was a co-production between British and Dutch producers. The animation was primarily done by two studios, Topcraft in Japan and DePatie-Freleng in USA. English, Dutch, German and Spanish language versions exist, among others. In the English-language version the title character was narrated by veteran actor Peter Ustinov, with Olwen Griffiths and John Challis. The show debuted in 1980, and consisted of thirteen half-hour episodes.
The show was based on original artwork by British illustrator Nick Price, original scripts and ideas by Jeffrey O'Kelly, and television scripts for each episode by Richard Carpenter and John Halas. Two episodes (#7 and #12) were written by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd, both dealing with ecological issues. Episode 9 was written by Loek Kessels.
In the UK the show featured as part of the Watch It! strand for children on the ITV network and later got repeated on Channel 4. In the United States, the series aired on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. block and in Ontario, Canada, on TVO. It also aired on the ABC in Australia and ran from 1982 to 1991.
A German dubbed version was also produced, starring Walter Jokisch as Doctor Snuggles, produced by the Bavaria Atelier GmbH, that premiered in June 1981.
- See also List of Doctor Snuggles episodes
The show followed the adventures of Doctor Snuggles, a kind old gentleman who lives in a comfortable home with his elderly housekeeper, Miss Nettles. Doctor Snuggles spends most of his time inventing, and throughout the series creates a housekeeping robot (Mathilda), a wormmobile, a machine to restore the colours of the rainbow, a gadget to fight depression, a fire-proof lotion and a time machine, amongst other inventions. He travels by means of a talking pogo-stick/umbrella and a spacecraft made of wood called the Dreamy Boom Boom. Doctor Snuggles also has to deal with the malevolent powers of the crazy magician - Professor Emerald, who is his arch enemy.
On 4 July 2005, Firefly Entertainment released Doctor Snuggles on DVD in the UK. The four disc box set, entitled Doctor Snuggles - The Complete Collection, features all thirteen episodes of the series.