The Further Adventures of SuperTed

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The Further Adventures of SuperTed
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Opening titles
Genre Animation
Created by Mike Young
Developed by Dave Edwards
Directed by Bob Alvarez
Paul Sommers
Creative director(s) Ray Patterson
Voices of Derek Griffiths
Jon Pertwee
Melvyn Hayes
Victor Spinetti
Danny Cooksey
Tress MacNeille
Hamilton Camp
Pat Fraley
B.J. Ward
Frank Welker
Pat Musick
Narrated by Derek Griffiths (UK version)
Brian Mitchell (US version)
Theme music composer John Debney
Country of origin United States
Wales (United Kingdom)
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Charles Grosvenor
Running time 22 mins
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
S4C
Siriol Animation
Broadcast
Original channel BBC
Original run 31 January 1989 – 1 December 1990

The Further Adventures of SuperTed is an American/Welsh animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera and Siriol Animation in association with S4C, and continues the adventures of SuperTed.[1][2] There was only one series consisting of thirteen episodes and originally broadcast on The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera in the United States on 31 January 1989.

Synopsis[edit]

The original SuperTed, created by Mike Young became the first British cartoon series to be aired on The Disney Channel in the United States in 1984. Mike Young moved to the United States to work on more animated series. In 1988 he made a Superted-sequel-type cartoon called Fantastic Max produced by Hanna-Barbera, who decided to create a new series of SuperTed.

This new series takes on a more epic Americanized format, with Texas Pete, Bulk and Skeleton also joined by new villains, the theme song was replaced with a more American overture, and the show poked fun at all aspects of American culture, from the Grand Ol' Opry to Star Wars.

Changes by the BBC[edit]

Only two of the original cast were used for this new series: Victor Spinetti and Melvyn Hayes returning to voice Texas Pete and Skeleton. In the UK, Mike Young and the BBC decided to rerecord the series to use the original voices of Derek Griffiths for SuperTed and Jon Pertwee for Spotty, which also resulted in some minor script changes. The episodes were also split into two parts, thus creating 26 10-minute stories, which resulted in the series not being broadcast until January 1990 on the BBC. It was repeated again twice in 1992 and 1993.

Characters[edit]

Heroes[edit]

  • SuperTed (voiced by Danny Cooksey in the US version, Derek Griffiths in the UK version) - A teddy bear who was thrown aside of the rejects and bought to life by Spotty's cosmic dust, a be given special powers by Mother Nature. the main hero of the series who rescues all people who need help like Billy (who loses his father), Kiki (who had her pet Whale kidnapped by Texas Pete), Blotch (Spotty's sister who needed both his and Spotty's help find Speckle the Haproo), the boy of the 'Sheepless Nights', The Olkahoma kids in Texas (Slim, Hoppy and Kitty who Texas Pete ruined their rodeo and then took their pet animals and the entire state of Texas) and Prince Rajesh (whose uncle villain is making a mess of being a Raja).
  • Spotty Man (voiced by Pat Fraley in the US version, Jon Pertwee in the UK version) - SuperTed's loyal friend who is a yellow alien in a yellow jump-suit with green spots all around him and came from the Planet Spot that bought SuperTed to life with his cosmic dust and flies with SuperTed on every mission, he likes a few things to be covered with spots, a number of things he hated were being tied up by Superted (aka Terrible Ted), his travelling bag being carried away by biting ants, being locked up at Fort Knox by Texas Pete, being knocked in the Texas snake pit by Texas Pete and a haybail, having a couple being ice-danced by Pengy and Dr Frost, looking good in stripes with a white tiger disguise over him and having his Spots taken away by Texas Pete. he is the second main hero of the series.

Friends[edit]

  • Slim, Hoppy and Kitty (voiced by Danny Cooksey and Tress MacNeille) - The kids of Olkahoma whose animals won first pride in the rodeo prairie, but needed SuperTed's help when Texas Pete was ruin their bull riding competition with a radio controlled bull and took them and the entire state of Texas, their only appearances were in "Texas Is Mine."
  • Major Billy Bob (voiced by Danny Mann) - The owner of the Grand Ol Opry who makes SuperTed a singing star by signing a contract after saving country music (after watching him sing with Texas Pete with his pal Coral) at the end of "Phantom of the Grand Ol' Opry" (the only episode he features in).
  • Billy the Kid (voiced by Robbie Lee) - The boy that needed SuperTed's help when his father Dr. Livings had been kidnapped by the Polka Dot tribe after a discovery in a cave of paintings at the primitive Brazilian Rainforest, his only appearance was in "Dot's Entertainment."
  • The Space Beavers (voiced by Frank Welker and Charlie Adler) - The Space Beavers get very naughty and they are invited to Dr. Frost and Pengy. They are greedy munching trees. Formally, they do not like SuperTed and Spotty. But they become good friends with them.
  • Kiki (voiced by Georgi Irene) - The child with the pet whale (who she gave a good scrubbing) that got kidnapped by Texas Pete, Bulk and Skeleton to find sunken treasure and needed SuperTed's help to save it, after she has been rescued she rewards SuperTed and Spotty Man with a couple of Spotty shells. Her only appearance (with her pet whale for that matter) was in "The Mysticetae Mystery."
  • Blotch (voiced by Billie Hayes) -
  • Prince Rajeash (voiced by Danny Cooksey) - An Indian prince who can't make decisions. He has an uncle, Prince Pyjamarama with his helper, Mufti the fool. Prince Pyjamarama is not happy with Rajeash. Soon, Rajeash is betrayed by Prince Pyjamarama and nasty Mufti. But luckily, Rajeash's new friends SuperTed and Spotty help him and In the end, Rajeash now becomes a new raja after Prince Pyjamarama and Mufti flew to the water.

Villains[edit]

  • Texas Pete (voiced by Victor Spinetti) - The principal antagonist of the series.
  • Polka Face (voiced by Howard Morris) - The Polka Dot Tribe leader. He turns into a nice character in the end of "Dot's Entertainment."
  • Bubbles the Clown (voiced by Frank Welker) -
  • Sleepless Knight (voiced by Kenneth Mars) - A knight who gives people nightmares.
  • Dr. Frost (voiced by Corey Burton) -
  • Prince Pyjamarama (voiced by Don Adams ) - Prince Pyjamarama is Prince Rajeash's uncle and the main antagonist of the episode "Ruse of the Raja." He and his helper Mufti become traitors to Prince Rajeash.
    • Mufti (voiced by Bob Arbogast) - Prince Pyjamarama's henchman.

Episode list[edit]

# Title original US
broadcast date
Summary
1 Phantom of the Grand Ol' Opry 31 January 1989 SuperTed loses his memory in a rocket crash and Texas Pete calls him "Terrible Ted" and joins him up in his gang with Skeleton and Bulk. in the jewelery store he ties up Spottyman (who follows tracks to the location). Then Tex starts to create music havoc with his 'I'm a big deal song' for his night at the Grand Ol' Opry (where Spotty brings Terrible Ted's memory back to 'SuperTed' again with his cosmic dust).
2 Dot's Entertainment 7 February 1989 Billy's father goes missing after a cave painting exhibition of 'Polka Dot Trible' in a Brazilian Rainforest cave, he comes to get SuperTed and Spotty (who have been watching a carnival in the Rio Street) to come to the rescue of his missing father. then Spotty gets to focus of some 'legendary' attraction when they get to the Polka Dots Village (to whom its leader Polka Face sells his tribal land to Theme park developers, then turns into a nice guy at the end)
3 Knox Knox, Who's There? 14 February 1989 Blotch (Spotty's sister) is in aid of Spotty and SuperTed's help to find Speckle the Hoparoo, our two heroes fly to a copule of planets (a desert one and an arctic one) where Texas Pete and his henchman Skeleton and Bulk (who kidnapped Speckle) find cosmic dust for a 'springing-to-life' goldrush at Fort Knox in Northern Kentucky. Whilst it is happening SuperTed, Speckle and Spotty find a recipe to capture the villains (by tipping chocolate over Bulk etc.) with a banjo.
4 The Mysticetae Mystery 21 February 1989 When SuperTed and Spotty enjoy a tropical holiday, Texas Pete and his cronies Bulk and Skeleton salvage sunken treasure that a whale eats up, then capture a child named Kiki and her pet whale (who calls on the short-waves for SuperTed's help). Meanwhile after Tex and his crew go scuba diving, SuperTed (who saw the big Whale collor that Tex put the whale in) and Spotty (who saw her lost charm bracelet on the boat) get a couple of dolphins to go under the ocean to stop the kidnap of Kiki and stop Texas Pete stealing treasure and set the Whales free.
5 Texas Is Mine 28 February 1989
6 Sleepless Nights 7 March 1989 SuperTed and Spotty travel to Lethargia where the children are all having the same scary nightmares. Ted enters their dreams to help. There he confronts the dreaded Sleepless Knight, whose goal is to give children everywhere nightmares.
7 We Got Nutninkhamun 14 March 1989 Texas Pete gets his hands on Cosmic Dust and uses it to bring an ancient mummy to life. Then the whole gang is off to Egypt to make the mummy lead them to the secret treasure. Can SuperTed stop them before they steal priceless artefacts?
8 Leave it to Space Beavers 21 March 1989 A villain called Dr Frost and his henchman Pengy (a penguin-type character) with a band of Space Beavers plans to destroy the world.
9 Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere 28 March 1989 After SuperTed declares Texas Pete Public Enemy No. 1, a clown villain called Bubbles steals Texas Pete's Public Enemy No. 1 title after a casino robbery and becomes companion to Bulk and Skeleton in a scheme to rob a diamond museum. Texas Pete has a chat with SuperTed and Spotty to help him get rid of Bubbles and his dog in two big bubbles. SuperTed rewards Texas Pete by being declaring him Public Enemy No. 33.
10 Farewell My Lovely Spots 4 April 1989 Spotty's spots have been stolen, and it looks like Texas Pete is the culprit. Only a ransom of cosmic dust will get them back. In a brilliant bit of sleuthing, SuperTed discovers that it was the work of a Texas Pete look-alike all along!
11 Ben-Fur 11 April 1989 SuperTed and Spotty journey to the "Kids Town Satellite". SuperTed recounts his adventures on the planet "Fluffalot" where he defeated the Hairmongers and their leaders, Julius Scissors and Marcilia in a series of "Ben Hur" like contests.
12 Spotty Earns His Stripes 18 April 1989 Spotty gets drafted into the Spotted Army. He becomes the unsuspecting dupe of the two spies from the enemy Striped Army, who plan to invade the planet. Can SuperTed help his friend in time to fend off the invasion?
13 Ruse of the Raja 25 April 1989 A young Indian prince asks SupeTted to help him be a better ruler. But the prince's evil uncle, Prince Pyjamarama, wants to snatch the kingdom with his helper, Mufti. Only SuperTed can foil his nasty plans.

UK VHS releases[edit]

Between 1990 and 1991 three videos were released by the BBC, whereas the two episodes of the UK dub on each of the VHS tapes were made into 20 minute stories. Sadly to date, No DVD releases have been done and No DVD releases have been done in the United States either.

VHS Name Catalogue Number Release Year Episodes
The Further Adventures of SuperTed: 'Phantom Of The Grand Ol' Opry BBCV 4304 26 March 1990 Phantom Of The Grand Ol' Opry, Dots Entertainment
The Further Adventures of SuperTed 2: 'Knox Knox, Who's There? BBCV 4394 10 September 1990 Knox Knox, Who's There?, Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere!
The Further Adventures of SuperTed 3: 'The Mysticetae Mystery BBCV 4635 15 July 1991 The Mysticetae Mystery, Texas Is Mine

Home Video Releases in the United States[edit]

  • The Further Adventures of SuperTed: 'Leave it to Space Beavers' (UPC: 017951751035)

Episodes feature: Knox Knox! who's There?, Phantom of the Grand Ole Opry, Leave it to Space Beavers and Ruse of the Raja. There are no plans yet of a complete series DVD of the show from Warner Archive.

International screenings[edit]

  • It was first broadcast on The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera as The Further Adventures of SuperTed: 1989 in the USA.
  • In Wales the series was dub into Welsh, Broadcast on S4C and kept its original name
  • In Ireland the series was screened on RTE, and used the BBC version.
  • The series was called The Further Adventures of SuperTed: 1990 - 1993 on BBC1 in the UK
  • The UK version of the series was dub into Finnish, debuted on a Finnish VHS release and kept the same name as The Further Adventures of SuperTed.

Cast[edit]

UK Main Cast[edit]

UK and USA Main Cast[edit]

  • Melvyn Hayes - Skeleton
  • Victor Spinetti - Texas Pete
  • Frank Welker - Bulk, Prince Pyjamarama (in "Ruse of the Raja"), Bubbles the Clown (in "Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere"), Pengy (in "Space Beavers")

USA Main Cast[edit]

  • Danny Cooksey - SuperTed, Slim and Hoppy (in "Texas is Mine"), Kids town boy (in "Ben-Fur")
  • Pat Fraley - Spotty Man
  • Brian Mitchell - Narrator, Polka-Dot Elder (in "Dot's Entertainment")

Additional voices[edit]

Crew[edit]

References[edit]

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