Advantages Some of these make me feel young
Disadvantages Some of them make me feel very old - even at 29
Children's programmes. The bane of parent's lives? Or a harmless pastime for anybody who is young at heart?Quite frankly I have no idea, and I care even less.
I love children's TV (much to my wife's annoyance) and I watch it as often as I can.And so this "Top Ten" is a mish mash of some favourite classics and a few modern bastions of childhood hilarity...
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++1. Chorlton and the Wheelies
Very few of my friends have ever heard of this and so I have great difficulty describing it to anybody. It comes and goes in waves, much like some ribena induced acid flashback.The programme was animated in a very similar fashion to the likes of Camberwick Green, in that it was stop motion. Other than that it bore no resemblence whatsoever.
Chorlton was a dragon, who was orange, with multicoloured hat and a yellow t-shirt. He also had a Huddersfield accent (?).Chorlton lived with the wheelies, little heads that ran around on wheels, and they lived oblivious to the fact that a Welsh witch, who lived in nearby kettle, was trying to harm everybody.
That's about it really. I just think that somewhere in my twisted head the insane near breakdown of that witch every programme was really funny.
A Hanna Barbara cartoon, much in the same vain as Scooby Doo (what ones weren't - The Schmoo, Fangface, etc) in which a thawed out prehistoric superhero (the eponymous Captain) helped a group of pretty young girls solve crimes.It outdid the old Scoob in one very, very appealling area for a young boy... what other show allowed you to scream "CAPTAIN CAAAAAA-AAAAAAAAAA-AAAAAAA-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE-MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" at the top of your lungs? I ask you.
Okay, whoever came up with this programme had to be on some serious medication. Bod was a bald kid, with only one set of clothes and a theme tune that followed his every move. He lived with his Aunt Flo (dear god), who also has her own theme. As did the local bobby, farmer and anybody else.
There was also a strange frog that loved "Strrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwberry"!LSD for the young and no need to pay man.
Has anybody ever heard of Firestar? No? Neither had most comic fans until the advent of this superteam cartoon.
4. Spiderman and His Amazing Friends
The simple premise was that the yougest of Marvel's catalogue of heroes at that time (the surprisingly adult looking Peter Parker, Bobby Drake and a girl) share a flat and use their varied superpowers to save the day. Peter of course wa the ever bouncy Spiderman, Bobby is Xmen's Iceman and the girl was just Firestar (still none the wiser). I understood the yin yang of the ice and fire, but never quite understood where Spidey fit into that at all (except as a well known hero).It was crass and laudible, but I don't think I ever missed an episode. Does that make me sad?
I talking aboput them when they were still under the oblivious watch of Fulton Mackay, not John Gordon Sinclair.
5. The Fraggles
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