Muzzy in Gondoland
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|Muzzy in Gondoland (Muzzy)|
|Directed by||Richard Taylor|
|Written by||Wendy Harris|
|Produced by||Richard Taylor Cartoon Films|
|Music by||Peter Shade|
Muzzy in Gondoland (often shortened to simply Muzzy) is a British animated television film, first created by the BBC in 1986, as a way of teaching English as a second language. The English version of Muzzy features the voices of Willie Rushton, Miriam Margolyes, Susan Sheridan, Derek Griffiths, Jack May, and Benjamin Whitrow. DMP Organization later acquired the rights to Muzzy and translated it into other languages (see below). It is unknown, however, who plays whom in the various dubbed versions of the film.
A sequel, Muzzy Comes Back, was released in 1989.
Digital Education has developed a new version of the course, which was released in 2013.
Muzzy, a large extraterrestrial with greenish-blue fur, who eats clocks and metallic objects, arrives from outer space to visit Gondoland, which is ruled over by the King and Queen. Their daughter is Princess Sylvia; Bob is their gardener; and Corvax is a scientist who works for the King. Bob and Sylvia are secretly in love and decide to elope. However, Corvax, who also loves Sylvia, sees what is happening, and informs the King and Queen. Angered, the King pursues and catches them, forcing Bob to confess his love for Princess Sylvia. The King catches his tone, and orders for Bob to be sent to jail for seduction, while Sylvia is taken back to the palace. Bob shares a cell with Muzzy, who tells him that he has been jailed for eating parking meters. Realising Muzzy's unusual diet,[note 1] Bob encourages Muzzy to eat the bars of the prison cell, and they escape.
Meanwhile, back at the palace, Corvax tries flirting with Sylvia, but she angrily protests that she loves Bob. Crestfallen, Corvax uses his computer to clone her, but the duplicate hates him just as much as the original. Furious, Corvax hits his computer in frustration, causing it to malfunction and produce five more duplicates who roam around the palace.
Bob returns to the palace with Muzzy, where they find the real Sylvia in the garden. She tells them to hide in the tool shed and wait for her to bring them food there.
Back in the computer lab, Corvax attempts to recall the six duplicates of Sylvia, but the computer malfunctions and begins to infinitely produce Sylvia clones. Before long, hundreds of duplicates are swarming the palace.
Down on the ground floor, the King notices that the Sylvia duplicates are coming from Corvax's room, and decides to investigate. Seeing that Corvax cannot stop the computer, the King decides to fix it himself. He pulls a plug attached to the computer, which stops the process, but he is sucked up inside the computer himself as a result. Not knowing how to save the King, Corvax decides to escape by helicopter, with Bob in pursuit.
Sylvia and Muzzy enter the computer lab, and Muzzy is able to release the King from inside the machine. Bob then returns with Corvax, and Bob is exonerated, while Corvax is taken away by the King's troops. Bob and Sylvia are reunited; by then, the King's hostile feelings towards the couple have dissolved. The King and Queen, Bob, Sylvia and Muzzy have themselves a laugh.
Afterwards, Muzzy manages to send all of the Sylvia duplicates back into the computer. Norman inquires of Sylvia, causing Bob to become angry and knock him off his bike. Bob and Sylvia get married, while Corvax is given clock duty. Muzzy leaves Gondoland in his spaceship, while the King thanks him for his help and hopes that he will one day return.
- Jack May as Muzzy (a furry, greenish-blue extraterrestrial)
- Willie Rushton as the King Nigel (a lion), and some additional voices
- Miriam Margolyes as the Queen Elza (a rat), and Norman's human wife
- Susan Sheridan as Princess Sylvia (a rat), and some additional voices
- Derek Griffiths as Bob (a mouse), Corvax (a green goblin), and some additional voices
- Benjamin Whitrow as Norman (a human)
As a language course
DMP Organization, the worldwide distributor of the Muzzy courses, has licensed the development of the New Muzzy to Digital Education SA. There are various distributors of the course around the world. The original system was available in the following languages: French, Spanish, Italian, German, Welsh (advertised only on S4C in Wales), Irish (advertised as Muzzy Mór, literally Big Muzzy) Scottish Gaelic (Muzzy Mòr), Esperanto, and Japanese (vocabulary builder only). The program was well-known for its long-running television commercial, which received heavy airplay on Nickelodeon.[failed verification][unreliable source?] As of 2018, it is now available in the following languages: English, Esperanto, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.
- See also: Michel Lotito, a real-world case.