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Rupert the Bear

STRING-POWERED ANTICS for early-morning kiddies’ telly. Credits sequence featured young child at bed time being read to from illustrated “Rupert” book, before the characters would come to life in Nutwood. Terrifying jumping-from-out-of-nowhere stick-creature, “Raggetty”, provided the pre-adolescent nightmares (although he/she/it wasn’t even in the original stories, and we can only surmise that some fat, ciger-chomping exec issued a decree from his desk to introduce an element of terror to the otherwise gentle cartoons.)



  1. Palimpsest

    July 27, 2022 at 12:20 am

    The tension used to increase as I viewed each episode of this awaiting the horrific moment the “Raggetty” would emerge from his hiding place. It used to scare me witless, some sort of old religion simulacrum brought to life from a bundle of sticks held together with dried blood. All these thoughts and more would meander through my mind later in the evening as I fearfully kept looking at the closed airing cupboard door from the confines of my bed. Until fatigue eventually forced me into a cold, sweaty slumber. God I hated what ever it was supposed to be.

  2. Glenn Aylett

    July 27, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    I can remember this show being a little bit unsettling as well as Raggety wouldn’t be out of place in a horror film. However, you still watched it as the animation was good and the theme tune was excellent. Now did the singer also sing White Horses?

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