They're back. 32 years after they first appeared
on our screens, iconic duo Roobarb and Custard return for
more wacky and wonderful adventures in this brand new series,
Roobarb and Custard Too. Featuring the antics of Roobarb
the ever optimistic green dog, whose inventions more often
than not go spectacularly wrong - much to the delight of sarcastic
pink cat, Custard. The gentle charm and edgy wit of the original
series has been combined with a vibrant new look to give this
loveable and unique show a modern update. So look out here
One of Roobarb and Custard Too sees the return
of the world's most famous green dog and pink cat. The
producers have attempted to stay as close to the original
cartoon's roots, while at the same time dragging the show
kicking and screaming into the 21st century. As the first
episode (When There Was a Surprise) opens, Roobarb
is in the middle of building a new super computer. However,
he need the brains of Mouse from Silly Cone Valley to ensure
that it's up and running correctly. Meanwhile Custard watches
on waiting for the inevitable accident to happen.
Briers returns to provide the narration and character voices
(well, it wouldn't be Roobarb and Custard with out
him would it?); the animation still wobbles, and that familiar
theme tune is still at the beginning of every episode (with
a slightly tweaked animated sequence). The end credit music
is slightly different, but close enough to the original to
not have old fans moaning.
collection contains ten seven minute episodes which cover
subjects including Custard becoming a published writer, Roobarb
putting on an air show for the locals, Roobarb discovering
an elephant wandering around his neighbourhood and Custard,
armed with just The Big Book of Puns, challenging Roobarb
and his computer to a battle of wits.
include character profiles for both Roobarb and Custard, as
well as a seven minute featurette entitled Inside the Shed.
This interviews Richard Briers and the makers of the new series
and is quite entertaining. I particularly loved the tale that
Briers tells about how his grandchildren made him turn off
the original Roobarb and Custard video he bought them,
because the screen movement made them feel sick.
obviously not as good as the '70s series (we were only tiny
then and easily amused), this new series will surely be just
as fondly remembered by 30-somethings in 30 years time.