Animal Puppets Return To Television

7 11 2011

Tonight sees the return of Mongrels to Television. Mongrels is a Comedy Puppet Show about a group of animals living in London. The show is the best puppet show on television since Roger and the Rottentrolls (over 10 years ago) and tonight it is the start of the 2nd series.

The show is made by puppeteer Andy Heath and Director Adam Miller. The two guys worked together on Ripley and Scuff (the Rubbish spin-off of Roger and the Rotten Trolls) and it was here where the Idea for Mongrels started. The 2 wanted to make an American styled comedy but with puppets. They wanted to achieve something similar to the Simpsons but with Puppets.

“We wanted to make something that had the pace of an American animation but with British sensibilities, that was adult, but not crude, that was based in the realities of the animal world, and that didn’t rely on the puppets to do the comedy.” – Adam Miller

Mongrels arrived on Television last year and was really funny. The show starred a Fox named Nelson, a Cat called Marion (my favourite character), Vince the Fox, Destiny the Hound and Kali the Pigeon. Nelson is a fox trying to be more than a fox and is always trying to be upper class. Vince is a fox but is also quite rude but all of his bad language is bleeped out (“adult, but not crude”). Destiny is a dog (possibly an Afghan hound) who acts a bit like a teenager/pop singer. Kali the pigeon is a villain type character. Marion the Cat is an extremely daft animal who is Nelson’s sidekick and is always doing something funny.

The show includes little sketches in between the main dialogue and scenes. Kind of like the clip scenes from Family guy. The show also contains celebrity appearances and a song during the show performed by the puppets, one of which appeared at this year’s BBC Proms.

Some of the adult humor can be really close to a step too far (and sometimes a bit offensive) but because the puppets are animals they can kind of get away with it. While the show does contain adult themes some of these elements are still pretty funny (with only a few pieces which are almost a step too far). The show is enjoyable to watch and has some really funny scenes but just be warned that it does have some Adult Themes. While it does contain adult themes the show as a whole is really good, with some really funny scenes and funny characters.

Watch Mongrels tonight at 22:30 on BBC Three (WARNING: Show Contains Adult Themes and Strong Language)


I Remember The 1990’s – Part 1: Time To Look Back

24 09 2010

Welcome to the First part in a series Where I Reminisce about the 1990’s. A time when the world was at peace, only show offs had Sky and Mobile Phones, The Internet was exciting, there was only 3 political parties, Big Brother didn’t Exist, Plasters healed Everything, Going to the toilet was funny and the only thing on my mind was getting home quick enough to watch Cartoons, (technically I am Reminiscing about my child hood but it happened during the 1990’s and I will be mentioning other 1990’s stuff as well).

This is the First Part in how many I decide to do because I haven’t planned these out, it’s all random what I am talking about.

This time I want to give a summary of what the 1990’s was like and go into detail of these things at a later time. So sit back and relax as we look back at the 1990’s

Yes, The 1990’s was the time of your life, Life was excellent, the news was the only Reality TV show on the TV, Children’s Television was Enjoyable, Plasters Healed Everything, The Mobile Phone was only used by Rich Show-offs and so the world was a lot more quiet.

Back then School was the thing you dreaded the most, You didn’t want to go, You tried to sleep in to avoid it, you didn’t like maths and the was only one computer in the classroom if at all, and the only thing to do on the computer was Paint. Playtime and free milk was the best part of school.

There was no such thing as Health and Safety, you could do want you wanted without having to fill in the Paperwork. Nowadays Plasters don’t heal everything, You need to first wash the wound, clean the wound, dry the wound, put cream on the wound, put a plaster on the wound, take a pain-killer and fill in the paperwork (or at least you do if you are at work or school).

Everyone has a walkie-talkie and is on it 24/7 with their new language that doesn’t make sense with those of us who use punctuation, it would be nice just to have 5 minutes of no mobile phone noises, just 5 minutes of peace.

Nowadays everyone uses bad language – constantly, is it too much to ask for just to have a conversation with someone without a swear word in it. You can only buy cards for people with rude jokes on, who wants to get a rude joke on their birthday or mother’s day or father’s day or Christmas and many other events. In the 1990’s Nobody used bad language and if they did they got told off, Not anymore.

Everyone starts saying odd words which they invented like LOL, WUU2, ATM, GR8 and many other odd things. Back in the 1990’s people talked proper words with punctuation.

Voting for political parties was easier because there was only 3 political parties, You didn’t care about the news, you didn’t read the newspaper.  The One Show didn’t irritate us every week day and Ballroom dancing was boring.

We had proper TV in the 1990’s with Robot Wars, The Demon Headmaster, Roger and the Rottentrolls, The Crystal Maze, Gladiators, Play days, Thomas the Tank Engine, Sooty, Chucklevision and many more.

Our toys were better, We had Tommy Trains, Lego, Meccano, Train Sets, Plasticine, Puppets, Cuddly Toys and Tamagotchi’s. Our imaginations would run wild, An empty card board box was a Train, a bottle of water was a plane or a rocket ship and we were the pilot.

Going on the train was exciting; going for a ride in the car was exciting.

Back in the 1990’s we didn’t recycle, we could just throw our rubbish in the bin.

I should end otherwise I won’t have much left for the rest of the series, So return soon for more reminiscing of the 1990’s.

Off-Topic: This week I am going  to University.


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