Dr Snuggles

(ended 1981)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    The Amazing Reflective Myth

    Aired 10/4/81

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    The Great Disappearing Mystery

    Aired 9/27/81

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    The Turn of Events with the Unwelcome Invaders

    Aired 9/20/81

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    The Wondrous Powers of the Magic Casket

    Aired 9/13/81

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    The Extraordinary Odd Dilemma of Dennis the Badger

    Aired 12/6/81

  • Cast & Crew
  • Peter Ustinov

    Dr. Snuggles/Narrator/Additional Voices

  • John Challis


  • Olwen Griffiths


  • Douglas Adams

  • Joop H. Visch

  • show Description
  • If by chance you're passing by On some adventure through the sky, And if I'm fully awake, Do stop in for tea and cake!Dr. Snuggles is a 13-episode animated series about a jolly inventor who lives in a forest in a house with his housekeeper, Miss Nettles. In the forest also live his many animal friends, talking treacle trees, and other bizarre creations.The show was created by Jeffrey O'Kelly and original illustrations were drawn by Nick Price. Jeffrey O'Kelly's wife, Angela Bloxham, served as the art director on the project. 26 new Dr. Snuggles episodes, currently on the storyboard, are being produced by their son, Sean O'Kelly.The official Dr. Snuggles website is located at http://www.doctorsnuggles.com/.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Dr. Snuggles theme song:

      Dr. Snuggles, Friend of the animal world. Dr. Snuggles, Dreaming a better tomorrow. Dr. Snuggles, You better start working today. Dr. Snuggles, Flying away to the stars. Dr. Snuggles, Finding a path through the rainbow. Dr. Snuggles, Builds a clever machine.

    • (when Rickety Rick refuses to let them in) Dennis: He's in a bad mood. Dr. Snuggles: Why is that, Dennis? Dennis: It's rained last night, he hates getting wet.

    • (about the pillow fight with Skybed Fred) Dr. Snuggles: So the next time you see the snow falling, just remember, it may only be feathers from one of Skybed Fred's terrible pillow fights, high above the clouds. (later, when Skybed Fred loses the fight) Dr. Snuggles: So next time the snow turns to rain, remember, it may be that Skybed Fred has lost another battle.

    • Apple Tree: Did you say 'eat'!? Dr. Snuggles: Well, what else would you do with an apple? Apple Tree: Did you hear what the ugly little plant said? Pear Tree: Disgusting!

    • Woogie: Welcome to Lavender Lullaby. Dr. Snuggles: Who said that? Woogie: Me. Dr. Snuggles: (voiceover) The sound seemed to come from the spotted hills. Woogie: A cup of tea, doctor? You take sugar?

    • Dr. Snuggles: Miss Nettles, we have come to rescue you! Professor Emerald: Oh yes, please rescue her. I'll give you anything if you just rescue her. She's making my life so miserable. I have to eat carrots. Well, I hate carrots!

    • Nobby: (after crashing Dreamy Boom Boom) I'm sorry. Dr. Snuggles: Never mind, Nobby. We can always build another rocket but we can't build another mouse.

    • Worm: (emerging from an apple) Just a moment, don't eat my home! Dr. Snuggles: Oh no, of course I can't. I'm very sorry. Worm: There's lots of empty apples.

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    Notes (11)

    • International Airdates and Titles
      The Netherlands Although most of the cast and crew were British, the animation company was based in the Netherlands, and this is also where Dr. Snuggles had its world premiere. The show was shown during October 1, 1979 – August 21, 1981 on AVRO. The U.S. In the U.S., Dr. Snuggles was first shown on the cable channel Home Box Office (HBO) in July 1981. It was shown on multiple nights of the week usually at 5:00, 5:30, or 6:00 p.m., and often in one-hour blocks (i.e. two episodes per night). The show entered syndication in September 1981, and after the initial run (September 13 – December 6, 1981), the same 13 episodes were shown continuously Sunday mornings until September 1983. The airdates listed here are the first-run syndication airdates on network television. It should be noted, however, that the airing order was not the one that has subsequently become the conventional order among fans: episodes 10–13 were shown first, and then episodes 1–9. Other Countries
      • Germany: Wednesdays June 24 – September 16 and Tuesday, September 22, 1981 on ARD (Doktor Snuggles)
      • Finland: 1983 on TV2 (Tohtori Sykerö)
      • Sweden: ? on SVT (Doktor Snuggles)
      • Norway: ? (Doktor Snuggles)
      • France: ? (Docteur Snuggles)

    • The inspiration for Dr. Snuggles' name came from creator Jeffrey O'Kelly's pet chameleon, Mooney Snuggless. Madame Dumpitoo's dog, Lord Louis, was named after a tame duck who belonged Mr. O'Kelly's friend.

    • In this episode there is a musical sequence with a scene in which several of the characters are facing the "camera", walking, but still stationary. A very similar image was later used in the opening sequence in Around the World with Willy Fog / Willy Fog Travels Around the Earth.

    • On the Dr. Snuggles Special Collector's Edition DVD box set, the order of the first two episodes is reversed compared to the order in which they were originally shown. The original order makes more sense since Mathilda Junkbottom is introduced (or built) in this episode and later helps Dr. Snuggles in other episodes.

    • Woogie the freckled camel was named after the son of a then-girlfriend of one of Jeffrey O'Kelly's friends.

    • Episode # 1 on the Dr. Snuggles Special Collector's Edition DVD box set.

    • Episode # 5 on the Dr. Snuggles Special Collector's Edition DVD box set.

    • Episode # 4 on the Dr. Snuggles Special Collector's Edition DVD box set.

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    Trivia (18)

    • Characters Introduced in This Episode
      Dr. Snuggles The main character and hero of the series, Dr. Snuggles is a round old man, who invents a lot and is a friend to all animals in the forest. Miss Nettles Dr. Snuggles' bossy housekeeper. Dennis the Badger Dr. Snuggles' friend and assistant. He operates the Badger Graph to draw the schematics to Dr. Snuggles' various inventions. Nobby Mouse A mischievous little mouse who is always causing all kinds of trouble. He lives in Dr. Snuggles' kitchen and is obsessed about cheese. Ticker Dr. Snuggles' faithful pocket watch who reminds him what time it is. Jefferson Dr. Snuggles' talking duck-head umbrella/pogo stick. Although he is introduced in this episode, his name is not revealed yet. Rickety Rick Dr. Snuggles' talking, walking tool shed where he and his animal friends invent all sorts of machines. Rickety Rick can also turn into a boat. Madame Dumpitoo Miss Nettles' pipe-smoking, aristocrat friend. She also owns a dog, a greyhound named Lord Louis. Ringo & Tingo The two mice who wear blue and red overalls are Dennis' little helpers. Coot Boot The sleepy messenger bird who delivers letters and mail in the forest where Dr. Snuggles lives. Benjy & Freddy Benjy & Freddy are Dr. Snuggles' two rabbit friends. They help him on his adventures. Quiffy, Quaffy and their family Quiffy and Quaffy are a duck couple. Quiffy wears a navy uniform and Quaffy wears a green-and-blue dress with a matching bonnet. Hugo the Frog He lives in the pond near Rickety Rick.

    • Inventions in This Episode
      Give Notice Machine Because Miss Nettles so frequently gives Dr. Snuggles her notice, the good doctor has invented her a specific Give Notice Machine for the purpose. She can ride the machine away from the house when she quits, and when she's ready to come back, the machine takes her to the house again. Multi-Whereabouts Machine The Multi-Whereabouts Machine can be used to locate anything or anyone anywhere in the world. It needs to be given some kind of clue to help it find what it's looking for. In this episode Dr. Snuggles uses Miss Nettles' handkerchief to find her. The Badger Graph Dennis the Badger uses the Badger Graph to draw the schematics of Dr. Snuggles' inventions so that they know what parts they need before they start building the invention. The Badger Graph is made of a drawing board, a pen, and levers to move the pen around the board. Mathilda Junkbottom Mathilda Junkbottom is a housekeeping robot that Dr. Snuggles invented as a present for Miss Nettles to help her around the house. Junk-O-Scope Junk-O-Scope is a stethoscope of sorts, used to examine what's wrong with Dr. Snuggles' machines.

    • It is revealed that Miss Nettles' first name is Hilda.

    • Goof: When Miss Nettles climbs up after falling into the pond, her clothes are not wet. The same thing happens again when the house is flooded.

    • Goof: When Miss Nettles is reading the letter aloud to Madame Dumpitoo, her lips are not moving.

    • Characters Introduced in This Episode
      The Treacle Tree The Treacle Tree lives outside Dr. Snuggles' house. He belongs to the family of Syrup Trees and is also the home for a squirrel named Ed. Ray the Radio Ray is Dr. Snuggles' radio. He knows what the weather is going to be like, plays music and also keeps Dr. Snuggles up-to-date with his announcements. Woogie the Freckled Camel Woogie lives in the Lavender Lullaby, a huge pink cloud which is in the pink stripe of the Rainbow. His favorite pastime is drinking tea. Lavender Sheep The flock of Lavender Sheep also live in Lavender Lullaby, guarded by Woogie the Freckled Camel. When they speak, you will instantly begin to feel very sleepy. Skybed Fred Skybed Fred is a vicious space pirate who sails the skies in his bed. He and his navy of fellow pirates challenge their enemies to pillow fights.

    • Inventions in This Episode
      Dreamy Boom Boom Dr. Snuggles' space rocket, built of wood and capable of taking him anywhere in the universe. Curiously, Dr. Snuggles uses tea to fuel the rocket.

    • The forest where Dr. Snuggles and all the animals live is called Snugwood.

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    Allusions (3)

    • The Viridian Sea is named after viridian, a darkish green-blue color pigment, made of hydrated chromium oxide. It comes from the Latin word viridis meaning "green".

    • The Cosmic Cat is very similar to the Chesire Cat in Lewis Carroll's novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. They both talk in riddles, have a wide grin, and seem to possess some other-worldly powers. Creator Jeffrey O'Kelly has said having been inspired by Lewis Carroll when he was coming up with ideas for the series.

    • When the giant mushroom starts to flash, the drum music playing is very similar to Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra, made popular in the "Dawn of Man" sequence in Stanley Kubrick's movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Finally found it!

    By Jaykeson, Mar 29, 2009

  • A wild old doctor pilots a sort-of time machine, and befriends a talking tree.

    By BradGoddard, Aug 01, 2005

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