Doctor Snuggles

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Doctor Snuggles
Dr Snuggles.gif
Dennis the Badger, Doctor Snuggles, Knobby Mouse and Snuggles's umbrella
GenreChildren's
Created byJeffrey O'Kelly
Written byOriginal scripts and ideas by:
Jeffrey O'Kelly
with episode scripts by
Richard Carpenter
Paul Halas
Douglas Adams
John Lloyd
Loek Kessels
Voices ofPeter Ustinov
Olwen Griffiths
John Challis
Narrated byPeter Ustinov
ComposerKen Leray
Country of originThe Netherlands
United Kingdom
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13[1] (list of episodes)
Production
ProducerJoop H. Visch
Running time30 minutes[1]
Production companyKidpix[1]
Release
Original networkITV/Channel 4
Original release1 October 1979 (1979-10-01) –
1979 (1979)
External links
Website

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 it had a variety of supporting characters who were mostly anthropomorphic animals.[2]

Production[edit]

The show was a co-production between British and Dutch producers. The animation was split by two studios: Topcraft in Japan (episodes 1-6, 8, plus intro and ending) and DePatie-Freleng (episodes 7 and 9-13) from the United States with some minor differences in animation. All Topcraft episodes (with its unique sound effects) were directed by the prolific Tsuguyuki Kubo, who worked with Rankin/Bass (among others) on many of their features, movies (The Hobbit and The Last Unicorn), and syndicated series (ThunderCats). English, Dutch,[3] German, Swedish and Spanish[4] 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.[5] The show debuted in 1980 and consisted of thirteen half-hour episodes.

The show was based on original artwork by British illustrator Nick Price,[6][7] original scripts and ideas by Jeffrey O'Kelly, and television scripts for each episode by Richard Carpenter and John Halas. Two episodes (#8 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 as well as being broadcast on The Children's Channel on cable and satellite television. In Canada, the series aired on TVO in Ontario and on Knowledge Network in British Columbia. It also aired on the ABC in Australia and ran from 1 March 1982 to 20 September 1991, M-Net and Bop TV in South Africa, RTB in Brunei, RTÉ in the Irish Republic where it began airing in 1989 and was shown a number of times up until 1998, PTV in Pakistan, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. in the US, TV2 and TV3 in Malaysia, MediaCorp Channel 5 in Singapore and in New Zealand on TV1 and TV2.

The Dutch dubbing was directed by Frans Voordrecht, by with voices by Jules Croiset, Trudy Libosan, Dick Scheffer and Rupert van Woerkom.

A German dubbed version was also produced, starring Walter Jokisch as Doctor Snuggles, produced by the Bavaria Atelier GmbH, that premiered in June 1981.

The Swedish version features John Harryson and the French version Roger Carel as Doctor Snuggles.

Also, a comic series was produced, published in Germany and Sweden.

Plot summary[edit]

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; across the series he 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.

DVD release[edit]

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.

VHS release[edit]

SWE - (Independent Video, re-released by Vision Park Video and Pan Vision ) The edge of this 5 Vol forms a picture when put together.

Vol 1: - Hur Matilda Järndotter Kom Till (Ep1) - Det Flyggande Sirapsträdet (Ep2)

Vol 2: - När Beata blev bortförd (Ep3) - Äventyret med den otroliga maskmobilen (Ep4)

Vol 3: - Ballongtävlingen (Ep5) - Jättediamanten (Ep6)

Vol 4: - Den ängsliga floden (Ep8) - När häxan valborg lekte med elden (Ep7)

Vol 5: - När grävlis inte var sig själv (Ep9) - Det magiska skrinet (Ep10)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dr Snuggles to resume duties after 20 years". C21media. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  2. ^ Doctor Snuggles (Animation, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi), Peter Ustinov, Lambert Hamel, Walter Jokisch, Ulli Philipp, PolyScope BV, Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep (AVRO), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), 1 October 1979, retrieved 5 November 2020CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Doctor Snuggles (Dutch) Het geheim van de toverpaddestoel #1 - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Youtube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Animatrix To Launch Brand New Dr. Snuggles Series". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  6. ^ http://www.illustrationweb.com/artists/NickPrice Archived 21 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine Illustrator Nick Price
  7. ^ Works by or about Doctor Snuggles in libraries (WorldCat catalog)

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