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THAT WOBBLY felt-tip animation technique patented by Godfrey and co. was called “boiling”, and gave a distinctive look to NOAH AND NELLY and the Briers-narrated adventures of this acid-green nasal dog, forever trying to better himself to constant derision of garden birds, worms and hot pink next-door cat, Custard. Famous episodes involved Norse gods getting Roobarb to shut up, and abortive attempt at becoming a bird revealing one fatal flaw – birds had beaks, and Roobarb had a spike. And a beak is a beak, and a spike is a spike. Created by one Grange Calverley. Scuzzy guitar theme predated punk by at least a year.



  1. THX 1139

    June 23, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    The theme tune was brilliant, but so was the whole soundtrack, especially the jazzy double bass pieces. Also brilliant: the sound of the birds’ hysterical laughter.

  2. richardpd

    June 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Great fun, & timeless enough to still be repeated well into the 1990s, & managed to get a short lived revival on Channel 5.

    Supposedly it took until the mid 1980s to make a profit, as Grange Calverley, Bob Godfrey & co. had to borrow money to get it made.

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