|Starring||Griff Rhys Jones|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||5 minutes|
|Production company(s)||William Heinemann Ltd
|Original channel||S4C/BBC One|
|Original run||29 September 1992 – 15 December 1992|
Funnybones (Welsh: Y Sgerbydion) was a Welsh children's television comedy series that was first aired in Welsh on S4C and in English on the BBC in 1992. It was based on the eponymous series of books by Janet and Allan Ahlberg which were illustrated by Andre Amstutz and focused on the adventures of a family of skeletons, sometimes known as the Funnybones. There was Big ("Senior") Funnybone, (whose catchphrase was "Good idea.",) Little ("Junior") Funnybone, (who was the brains of the outfit, although, just like Big and Little, many characters, like Finny "Goldfish" Funnybone, Pretty-Polly "Parrot" Funnybone, Pretty Bird-Funnybone, Parrot Bones-Funnybone, Hippopotamus Funnybone, Mrs. "Mister" Hoppy "Rabbit" Funnybone the Rabbit, the Sister Rabbits, and Crab Funnybone, and even "Large Funnybone", "Tiny ("Sophomore") Funnybone", "Middle Funnybone", "Small ("Freshman") Funnybone", the Cousin Funnybones, and even Dr. Bones(-Funnybone) and the Twin-In-Law Funnybones and Mr. Bonehead(-Funnybone) and also the Pirates, the Dinosaurs, with Cousin and the Ghosts and Mother Ghost, Brother Ghost Baby Ghost, Sister Ghost and Father Ghost and Ghost Woman and also Niece and, of course, Wishbone, don't have any brains, all, except (Black, Black) Cat ("Those Bones") Funnybone, (Brown, Brown) Duck ("Them Bones") Funnybone, Something Dangerous, who is an octopus, and Nephew, and also Anything Dangerous, who is a gorilla and a cousin to Something, the Fish and, of course, Hedgehog, Purple Monster, Green Monster, Black Monster and also (Big, Big) Storm and the Dark, Dark Clouds, and also Spider Funnybone), and (White White) Dog ("These Bones") Funnybone. Each episode was 5 minutes in length. The voices were provided by popular comedian Griff Rhys Jones who also plays Moon Man, who serves as the narrator in the TV series.
|Title of Episode||Air Date||Summary|
|1. The Pet Shop||29 September 1992||Big and Little decide to swap Dog for another pet, because all he does is bark and dig holes.|
|2. Bumps in the Night||6 October 1992||It is particularly Dark, Dark Night, tonight, and Big and Little keep bumping into each other, making them come to pieces, and there is only one thing to do: send for Dr. Bones, who does a great job of patching them up.|
|3. Give the Dog a Bone||13 October 1992||Dog is having his favorite dream - the one about the Big, Juicy Bone.|
|4. Dinosaurs||20 October 1992||Dog gets left behind when Big and Little decide to visit the Dark, Dark Dinosaur Museum.|
|5. Ghost Train||27 October 1992||Big, Little and Dog are invited to take a trip on the Ghost Train full of monsters.|
|6. Skeleton Crew||3 November 1992||The Funnybones are on boat holiday on the Dark, Dark Sea.|
|7. Mystery Tour||10 November 1992||The Funnybones receive invitations to the Party at the End of the Mystery Tour.|
|8. Wishbone||17 November 1992||The Funnybones find the Huge Wishbone, and try to decide which one of them has the best idea for a wish to wish for.|
|9. Shake, Rattle and Roll||24 November 1992||The Funnybones decide to put on a show.|
|10. Cat Chase||1 December 1992||What happens when the White, White Dog disappears in the White, White Snow?|
|11. City Nights||8 December 1992||Little is bored with the quiet life on the Dark, Dark Hill.|
|12. Night Fright||15 December 1992||The Funnybones decide to go out and frighten anybody they come across.|
A BBC video entitled "Funnybones - Bumps in the Night" (BBCV 4871) which contained all 12 episodes was released soon after the series ended. The VHS tape was also released in Bulgaria by "Proxima Entertainment".
- Based on a series of books by: Janet & Allan Ahlberg
- Illustrated by: Andre Amstutz
- Published by: William Heinemann Ltd.
- Script: Jocelyn Stevenson
- Voices: Griff Rhys Jones
- Storyboard: Clive Dawson
- Layout: Neil Graham
- Animation: Graham Griffiths, Chris Webster, Steve Hayne, Reg Lodge, Sue Rowe, Bill Tapp, Robert Brown, Susannah Light, Michael Price, Steve John, Ken Hayes, Richard Wasilewski, Peter Arthy & Clive Dawson
- Trace and Paint and Backgrounds by: The Ink 'n' Paint Co.
- Production Co-Ordinator: Ceri Griffin
- Filmed by: Rostrum Camera Ltd. & Pineville Films
- Editor: Robert Francis
- Assistant Editors: William Oswald & Jane Murrell
- Sound: Taran
- Music: Ernie Wood
- Director: Gary Hurst
- Producer: Naomi Jones
- Executive Producers: Theresa Plummer-Andrews & Christopher Grace
- Made in Wales by Cartwn Cymru for S4C in association with William Heinemann Ltd. and BBC Enterprises Ltd.
- © S4C/William Heinemann Ltd./BBC Enterprises Ltd. MCMXCII
This was one of several cartoons dubbed by the young Irish post-production company Telegael to demonstrate children's-programming possibilities for a proposed Irish-language television station. The resulting series, "Smior agus Smiortán" was broadcast on Ireland's national television station, RTÉ 1 and RTÉ 2, in 1993.