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ONE OF those offbeat half-remembered cartoons produced by Rankin/Bass in conjunction with British cartoon studio Halas And Batchelo, the humour on the show centered around riddles, puns, and nonsensical jokes, with the titular Tom Foolery, a long-legged ball thing, a Yongy Bongy Bo, a chicken being hit by a jigsaw piece, all based around the poems of Edward Lear with characters such as Fastidious Fish and The Ubiquitous Umbrella Maker. “We’re putting on the nonsense, The funny stuff and nonsense, with riddles, jokes and silly things, it’s all Tomfoolery….”



  1. Ilovehughlaurie

    November 27, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Oh my God! Someone besides me remembers this! And why isn’t it on DVD? there’s no copyright issue with Edward Lear. all I could find was a ten minute clip on youtube.

  2. Tom Ronson

    March 31, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    The Fastidious Fish! The Enthusiastic Elephant! The Umbrageous Umbrella Maker! The Scroobius Snake! The Yonghi-Bonghi-Bo! All told, a bit too lofty and literate for the audience it was aimed at, but a bold experiment and fondly remembered nonetheless. Produced by Rankin-Bass, but the animation was outsourced to the London-based Halas and Batchelor studio.

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