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Noah and Nelly

LESSER-KNOWN FARE from the dependable ROOBARB stable, which is a shame, as this second Grange Calverly-written series kept most of Roob’s existential confusion. Nutty Noah and Niggly Nelly travelled the world and beyond in two-headed all terrain vehicle The Skylark, along with an assortment of two-headed animals – Humphrey the pig, Achmed the camel, etc. Each had one head permanently cheerful, one depressed, and used to argue with themselves in a schizophrenic manner. At the opening of each sub-five minute tale the occupants of the Skylark would be either bored or deafened by noise, upon which an animal would pick a destination to go to on a completely blank map. So it’s “All aboard the Skylark!”, and off they go, encountering a load of anthropomorphic weirdos (door knockers with headaches, toby jugs without handles etc.) Whereupon Nelly would knit some contraption to solve the problem, and off they went. Animation was of the more conventional cell variety (Roobarb’s famous ‘boiling’ technique being unnecessary now they had some money), but the rest, down to more RICHARD BRIERS voices than you could shake a knitting needle at, was still top notch.

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  1. Richard Davies

    August 27, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I was too young to remember the cartoon (it didn’t get the repeated every few years treatment Roobarb did.) but a comic strip of it ran for years after in Buttons or Pippin.

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