King Rollo

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For the tenth-century Viking ruler, see Rollo of Normandy.
King Rollo
Genre Animation
Written by David McKee
Narrated by Ray Brooks
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 5 minutes
Production company(s) King Rollo Films
Release
Original channel BBC1
Original release 1 October 1980 – 24 December 1980

King Rollo was a children's character created by David McKee in 1979, starring in a series of books, animations (narrated by Ray Brooks), and a comic strip in the magazine Buttons. In all, thirteen episodes of the animation were produced in 1980 (shown in two halves), by McKee's own King Rollo Films, and originally shown as part of the pre-school 'See-Saw' strand.

The central character of the stories was Rollo himself, a childlike King who was always in need of advice and assistance from his friends. Among these were The Magician (a father figure); Cook (the king's cook, a mother figure, who was arguably the real ruler of the kingdom); his neighbour, Queen Gwen; King Frank; and Rollo's cat, Hamlet, who was generally portrayed as wiser than Rollo himself.

The animations used the same distinctive colourful cut-out paper look as McKee's other works, such as Mr Benn, and one memorable aspect was that the characters' legs would rotate outwards when walking until they were at right-angles to the sides of their body.

Episode Listing[edit]

  • The Bread (1 October 1980)
  • The Playroom (8 October 1980)
  • The Bath (15 October 1980)
  • The Dishes (22 October 1980)
  • The New Shoes (29 October 1980)
  • The Breakfast (5 November 1980)
  • The Tree (12 November 1980)
  • The Comic (19 November 1980)
  • King Frank (26 November 1980)
  • The Birthday (3 December 1980)
  • The Balloons (10 December 1980)
  • The Search (17 December 1980)
  • The Dog (24 December 1980)

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