Christmas Cartoons You Probably Don’t Remember: Good King Wenceslas

For some reason, some animated Christmas specials just stay in your head. That’s fine and dandy if it’s some bygone classic like A Charlie Brown Christmas or Frosty the Snowman, but what if it’s some random thing that was on for one year, then never got shown again? That’s exactly what happened to me back in 1996, back when I saw this cartoon one Christmas Day.

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Twang!: Robin Hood in modern-day media

Recently, I came across Robin Hood by Jim Bradbury; a surprisingly informative read detailing the historical facts from the Robin Hood legend, mostly by looking at the ballads, poems and plays starring (or at least mentioning) Robin Hood. In that respect, it’s an excellent and concisely told book.

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Cartoons You Probably Don’t Remember: Stoppit & Tidyup

As you may or may not be aware, Sir Terry Wogan passed away today. I have fond memories of listening to him charm the nation on BBC Radio 2, and slowly lose the will to live while enduring The Eurovision Song Contest. However, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to The Togmeister’s dulcet tones at a very early age, thanks to my parents buying me and my brothers a VHS cassette containing every episode of Stoppit & Tidyup.

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The beauty of this screencap is that I don’t even need to tell you anything about the title characters – this sums them both up quite elegantly.

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Christmas Cartoons You Barely Remember: Jingle Bell Rock

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One of the things I remember of Christmases as a child was watching all kinds of animated Christmas specials on TV after opening my presents. Most of those specials have faded away into the mists of time, but a few bob up every now and then, usually because they’re still shown around the festive period.

However, in recent years I keep recalling one particular yuletide cartoon that’s never been repeated since, called Jingle Bell Rock. I finally caved in to nostalgia and tried to find a way to watch this cartoon in a way that was completely legal, just to see if it still measured up to the scraps of memory I possessed of this odd little tale… and boy is this odd. Continue reading

Cartoons You Probably Don’t Remember: Animals of Farthing Wood

As you may know, Ron Moody passed away more than a month ago. If that name seems vaguely familiar, then this video may jog your memory.

If you’re not a big fan of musicals, and you’re of my generation, then it’s perhaps more likely that you remember as one of the voice actors for Animals of Farthing Wood.

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Animals of Farthing Wood was in many ways quite unique; based on a series of children’s books that started in 1979 (seven years after Watership Down revolutionised the children’s novel) it was also one of the few British cartoons to have an overarching narrative; the titular wood was to be destroyed at the start of the series to make way for housing nasty old humans, so the eponymous animals decide to embark upon a mass exodus to White Deer Park, a nature reserve where they can live in peace. Guiding them there (under the leadership of the wise and brave Fox) is Toad, voiced by the late Ron Moody. Continue reading