|Created by||Mike Young|
|Written by||Mike Young
|Directed by||David Edwards|
|Narrated by||Peter Hawkins|
|Country of origin||Wales|
|Original language(s)||Welsh, English|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||36|
|Executive producer(s)||Mike Young
|Running time||10 mins|
|Production company(s)||Siriol Animation
Williams and Glyn Leasing Group Ltd.
|Original channel||S4C (in Welsh)
BBC1 (in English)
RTÉ 2 (in Irish)
TF1 (in French)
|Original run||10 October 1983 – 5 December 1985|
SuperTed is a Welsh fictional anthropomorphic bear character created by Mike Young. Originally created by Young as a series of stories to help his son overcome his fear of the dark, SuperTed became a popular series of books and led to an animated series produced from 1983 to 1985.
- 1 Creation
- 2 Story
- 3 Characters
- 4 Television Series
- 5 International screening
- 6 The Further Adventures of SuperTed.
- 7 Public Service Film
- 8 Awards
- 9 Commercial availability
- 10 References
- 11 External links
'SuperTed' was created by Mike Young in 1978 for his son to help him overcome his fear of the dark. Later Mike decided to put the stories into book form. Superted originally was a bear from the woods who was also afraid of the dark, until one day Mother Nature give him a magic word which gives him superpowers and transform him to SuperTed. After a while, Mike started to write actual story books about SuperTed. Then after some unsuccessful attempts, he was able to get his book published by a local printer. This led Mike to a successful career, writing and publishing over 100 SuperTed books, with illustrations done by Philip Watkins, until 1990. Just after his first book was published, his wife suggested he should produce a stuffed toy version of SuperTed which was done in 1980.
The process also drew the attention of Warner Brothers in 1980 who made an offer of £250,000 for the film rights. Mike was determined to keep SuperTed Welsh, as he wanted to help create local jobs and prove places outside London had talent. In 1981, S4C enquired about making Superted into animations, but Mike decided to create Siriol Productions to produce the series himself. Siriol management wished to create SuperTed in a way which their own kids could be proud of, free from facile plots and hard line violence. This concept continued to be adopted to all series made by Siriol, which proves soft edge and quality animation can be more appealing to children than any amount of violence. Superted was also turned into a stage show. Melvyn Hayes reprised his role but other parts were taken by other actors. Superted's popularity even led to the production of a line of vitamin supplements for children.
In 1989 Mike Young sold the rights to SuperTed to Abbey home media.
SuperTed is a teddy bear found to be defective in the toy factory where he was made, and "threw him away like a piece of rubbish! Into an old dark storeroom." A Spotty man found him there and brought him to life with his "cosmic dust". He was then taken to Mother Nature and given superpowers that enabled him to fight evil. SuperTed's powers are activated by his "secret magic word", which (as the name suggests) remains a secret. SuperTed whispers it every time he or someone else is in peril and he transforms into a superhero with Superman-like red suit with rockets built into the boots. These allow him to fly (in one episode, Bulk overhears the secret magic word and also whispers it, briefly acquiring identical powers to SuperTed. However, fortunately, he subsequently forgets the word). The evil invariably takes the form of Texas Pete (an evil cowboy, the antagonist of the series) and his gang; Bulk (an overweight, bumbling fool) and Skeleton (an undead, outrageously camp, cowardly skeleton with pink slippers). Texas Pete's plots are generally aimed at advancing his own wealth, ruling the world and the power or the destruction of SuperTed, his nemesis.
- SuperTed – A teddy bear brought to life by "cosmic dust", and given special powers by Mother Nature. He is voiced by Derek Griffiths.
- Spotty – SuperTed's bumbling companion and best friend, a yellow alien covered in green spots, from the planet Spot. He brings SuperTed to life with his cosmic dust, took him to Mother Nature to give him special powers and flew through space in a spotted rocket. He is voiced by Jon Pertwee.
- Blotch – Spotty's sister, voiced by Sheila Steafel.
- Mother Nature – Mother Nature, voiced by Sheila Steafel, portrayed as a fairy that grants SuperTed superpowers. Mother Nature's friends are SuperTed & Spotty.
- Texas Pete – An evil cowboy, voiced by Victor Spinetti. He is SuperTed's nemesis, and the main villain of the series. Texas Pete's friends are Bulk and Skeleton, and his enemies are SuperTed and Spotty.
- Skeleton – A very cowardly and outrageously camp skeleton, voiced by Melvyn Hayes.
- Bulk – An overweight fool with intense stupidity, voiced by Roy Kinnear. His friends are Texas Pete and Skeleton.
As Mike was determined to keep SuperTed Welsh, he entered into partnership with S4C ( the newly formed Welsh television channel) in 1981 who approached him about producing an animated series of SuperTed. He set up Siriol Animation with his wife, to procure the series locally, which first aired on 1 November 1982 on S4C in Welsh. The following year, it was dubbed into English and broadcast throughout the whole of the United Kingdom on BBC1, from October 1983.
Unlike the books the television series was ghost written by Robin Lyons and director Dave Edwards, who were also Directors of Siriol Animation, and between 1982–1986, 3 series were made:
Series 1 (1983)
This series consisted of 12 episodes, as listed below. In 1994 all 12 episodes of Series 1 were released as part of The Biggest Ever SuperTed Video by Tempo Video (Cat No 97192)
|1||SuperTed and the Inca Treasure||10 October 1983||In the pilot episode of the series, SuperTed and Spottyman go to find the lost Temple of the Incas, but Texas Pete, Bulk and Skeleton plan to beat them to it.|
|2||SuperTed and the PearlFishers||11 October 1983||SuperTed and Spottyman fly to the South Pacific Islands to stop Texas Pete, Bulk and Skeleton from stealing pearls from the ocean floor.|
|3||SuperTed and the Stolen Rocket Ship||12 October 1983||Texas Pete, Bulk and Skeleton plan to sabotage three astronaut's mission to travel deeper into space that any man has ever been before, but SuperTed and Spotty come to the rescue.|
|4||SuperTed and the Elephant's Graveyard||13 October 1983||SuperTed and Spotty go to East Africa to stop Texas Pete, Bulk and Skeleton from stealing bones from the elephant's graveyard.|
|5||SuperTed and the Train Robbers||14 October 1983||SuperTed and Spotty's skiing holiday in the Alps is interrupted by Texas Pete's plan to steal a train carrying a cargo of chocolate.|
|6||SuperTed and the Giant Kites||17 October 1983||In the mountains of Wales, SuperTed and Spotty must stop Texas Pete and his cronies from stealing the eggs of a rare bird known as the Giant Red Kite.|
|7||SuperTed and Nuts in Space||18 October 1983||SuperTed and Spottyman must thwart Texas Pete's plan to take over a freighter carrying a special consignment of nuts for the planet Polly.|
|8||SuperTed and the City of the Dead||19 October 1983||SuperTed and Spottyman travel to the ancient city of the dead to find an archeologist who has gone missing.|
|9||SuperTed at Creepy Castle||20 October 1983||A girl's father has gone missing at the Creepy Castle in Eastern Europe and SuperTed and Spotty go to find him. However, Texas Pete, Bulk and Skeleton are also using the area as a hideout after robbing a bank.|
|10||SuperTed on Planet Spot||21 October 1983||SuperTed's holiday on the friendly Planet Spot is interrupted when Texas Pete's rocket crash lands on the planet. Tex is after the cosmic dust that brought SuperTed to life.|
|11||SuperTed at the Funfair||24 October 1983||A boy is kidnapped by Texas Pete on his visit to the funfair. With Spotty unwell, SuperTed goes alone to find him.|
|12||SuperTed and the Goldmine||25 October 1983||In the heart of Africa, Texas Pete, Bulk and Skeleton go to steal gold inside the mine. SuperTed and Spottyman head off to the rescue.|
Series 2 (1984)
This series consisted of 12 episodes as listed below. In 1994, 7 of the episodes: "Bulk's Story", "SuperTed at the Toy Shop", "SuperTed In the Arctic", the 2 parts of "Superted and Trouble In Space", "SuperTed and the Gun Smugglers" and "SuperTed and The Lumberjacks" were released as part of The Biggest Ever SuperTed Video by Tempo Video (Cat No 97192)
|1||SuperTed at the Toy Shop||6 December 1984||Whilst searching for a birthday present for Spottyman, SuperTed discovers that Texas Pete and his cronies are planning to rob the biggest toy shop in the world.|
|2||SuperTed in Texas||7 December 1984||A girl called Judy has had her long horn cattle stolen. SuperTed and Spotty fly down to Texas to retrieve the cattle. Once there, they meet up with a cowboy that is similar to Texas Pete.|
|3||SuperTed in the Arctic||10 December 1984|
|4||SuperTed and Trouble in Space – Part 1||11 December 1984|
|5||SuperTed and Trouble in Space – Part 2||12 December 1984|
|6||SuperTed and the Gun Smugglers||13 December 1984|
|7||Spotty and the Indians||14 December 1984|
|8||SuperTed and the Crystal Ball||17 December 1984|
|9||SuperTed and the Lumberjacks||18 December 1984|
|10||SuperTed's Dream||19 December 1984|
|11||Bulk's Story||20 December 1984|
|12||SuperTed Meets Father Christmas||21 December 1984|
Series 3 (1985)
This series consisted of 12 episodes as listed below. In 1994, 6 of the episodes: "SuperTed and Mother Nature"', "SuperTed and the Pothole Rescue", "SuperTed Kicks Up the Dust", "SuperTed and the Gorilla", "SuperTed and the Great Horrendo" and "SuperTed in ChinaTown" were released as part of The Biggest Ever SuperTed Video by Tempo Video (Cat No 97192)
|1||SuperTed and Mother Nature||20 November 1985|
|2||SuperTed and the Magic Word – Part 1||21 November 1985|
|3||SuperTed and the Magic Word – Part 2||24 November 1985|
|4||SuperTed and the Pothole Rescue||25 November 1985|
|5||SuperTed Kicks Up the Dust||26 November 1985|
|6||SuperTed and the Whales||27 November 1985|
|7||SuperTed and the Gorilla||28 November 1985|
|8||SuperTed and the Great Horrendo||1 December 1985|
|9||SuperTed Goes Round the Bend||2 December 1985|
|10||SuperTed and Tex's Magic Spell||3 December 1985|
|11||SuperTed in Chinatown||4 December 1985|
|12||SuperTed and the Rattlesnake||5 December 1985|
The series has been broadcast and dubbed in over 50 countries around the world:
- Broadcast on several local NTA stations.
- The series was broadcast in Welsh on S4C
- The series was dubbed into Irish for RTE, and also broadcast in English
- The series was broadcast in English on the BBC between 1983 – 1994.
- was broadcast on SVT1 and released in several VHS tapes.
- First appeared in 1983 
- First appeared on 4 October 1984
- was broadcast on TV Slovenia as Supermedo and become very popular.
- was broadcast on Hrvatska televizija as SuperTed dubbed into Croatian.
- Dubbed into French and broadcast on TF1
- Dubbed into Finnish and broadcast on MTV3
- The Series was broadcast on The Disney Channel from 1984, making it the first British cartoon series to be aired on the Disney Channel in the United States.
The Further Adventures of SuperTed.
In 1989, SuperTed was revived in America by Hanna Barbera (who also made Fantastic Max). The revival was one of four series aired as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera syndicated animation block.
Public Service Film
SuperTed, along with Spotty and his sister Blotch, appeared in a Public Information Film in 1986. The film, commissioned by the Central Office of Information, was entitled "Supersafe with SuperTed", and featured the three characters being flown to Earth by SuperTed, in order to teach Spotty how to cross the road safely. A flashback during the short reveals an incident when Spotty was nearly killed, running across the road on the planet Spot (his home), to talk to his sister. It was released on two VHS videos: Magic Of SuperTed (1986) and The Biggest Ever SuperTed Video (1994).
SuperTed proceeds during the animation to teach Spotty the right way to cross the road, including not running, not standing behind vehicles, etc. He then warns the viewer: "Remember, I can't be there to save you, especially on the planet Earth". The animated "setting" for the film was based on Castle Street in Cardiff city centre, Wales with Cardiff Castle as a backdrop.
The complete original series of Superted was released on June 2008 in Region 2 (UK). The series has since also been released in Region 4 (Australia), but is yet to be released in other regions.
- SuperTed (VC1058), 6 Episodes – Released: 1986
Episodes featured- 'SuperTed and the Stolen Rocket', 'SuperTed and the Inca Treasure', 'SuperTed and the Elephant's Graveyard', 'SuperTed and the Train Robbers', 'SuperTed and the Giant Kites' and 'SuperTed and the Pearlfishers'
- SuperTed Volume 2 (VC1059), 6 Episodes – Released: 1986
Episodes featured- 'SuperTed and Nuts In Space', 'SuperTed and the City of the Dead', 'SuperTed at Creepy Castle', 'SuperTed on Planet Spot', 'SuperTed at the Funfair' and 'SuperTed and the Gold Mine'
- The New Adventures of SuperTed (V9062), 5 Episodes – Released: 1988
Episodes featured- 'SuperTed at the Toyshop', 'SuperTed Goes to Texas', 'SuperTed in the Artic', 'Trouble in Space (Parts 1 & 2)' and 'SuperTed and the Gun Smugglers'.
- The Heroic Adventures of SuperTed (V9113) 6 Episodes – Released: 1988
Episodes featured- 'SuperTed in Spotty and the Indians', 'SuperTed and the Crystal Ball', 'SuperTed and the Lumerjacks', 'SuperTed's Dream', 'Bulk's Story' and 'SuperTed meets Father Christmas'.
- The Original SuperTed Bumper Edition (GMH 101) 9 Episodes – Released: 1989
- SuperTed: The Special Edition (GMH 102) 12 Episodes – Released: 1989
- Superted's Bumper Video (93852), 7 Episodes – Released: 1990.
Episodes featured- 'SuperTed and Mother Nature', 'SuperTed and the Magic Word (Parts 1 & 2)', 'SuperTed and the Pothole Rescue', 'SuperTed Kicks Up the Dust', 'SuperTed and the Whales', 'SuperTed and the Gorilla' and 'SuperTed and the Great Horrendo'.
- The Original Adventures of SuperTed: Special Edition (94982), 8 Episodes – Released: 1991
Episodes featured- 'SuperTed Goes Round the Bend', 'SuperTed and Tex's Magic Spell', 'SuperTed in Chinatown', 'SuperTed and the Rattlesnake', 'SuperTed at the Toyshop', 'SuperTed and the Whales', 'SuperTed in Spotty and the Indians' and 'SuperTed and the Crystal Ball'.
- The Biggest Ever SuperTed Video, 25 Episodes – Released: 1994.
Episodes featured: 'Be Safe with SuperTed' (as episode 1) and 25 other episodes that are all 12 episodes of Series 1 (as episodes 2–13 on the video), 5 episodes of Series 2 (as episodes 14–18), 5 episodes of Series 3 (episodes 19–23), Both parts of 'Trouble In Space' (from series 2 and as episodes 24 & 25 on the video) and 'SuperTed in ChinaTown' (from series 3 and as the 26th and last episode on the video).
Tempo Kids Club
- The Original Adventures of SuperTed: Trouble in Space (94622), 3 Episodes – Released: 1991
Episodes featured- 'Trouble in Space Part 1', 'Trouble in Space Part 2' and 'SuperTed's Dream'.
- The Original Adventures of SuperTed: SuperTed Goes to Texas (95862), 3 Episodes – Released: 1992
Episodes featured- 'SuperTed Goes to Texas', 'SuperTed and the Magic Word Part 1' and 'SuperTed and the Magic Word Part 2'
US Home video
All 36 episodes were released over six videocassettes by Walt Disney Home Video.
- SuperTed and the Stolen Rocket Ship from Children's TV Favourites – Released: 1990
- SuperTed Kicks Up The Dust from My Best Friends – Released: 1993
- SuperTed's Dream from My Best Friends Too – Released: 1994
- SuperTed and Mother Nature from Children's Favourites (WHSmith Exclusive) – Released: 1995
- SuperTed at the Toyshop from My Favourite Teddy Bears Video- Released: 1993
- SuperTed Meets Father Christmas from The Biggest Ever Christmas Video (Released: 1993), Christmas Favourites (WHSmith Exclusive) [Released 1995] and 110 minutes of Christmas Crackers (Released- 1996).
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