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Roobarb & Custard Too

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Now this is how you do a reboot of a British animated series.

Roobarb and Custard Too is a British children's animated series based on the 1974 cartoon Roobarb. It debuted on Channel 5 on 8 August 2005 and like the original series, it was written by Grange Calveley and narrated by Richard Briers. The series introduced a large number of other animal characters who also got involved in Roobarb's schemes. It was produced by Adam Sharp and Bernadette O'Riordan for A&B TV, and directed by Jason Tammemagi; the animation was by the Irish company Monster Animation & Design. The revival used computer animation, but kept the "wobbly" look and plain white backgrounds from the original series. The music for the revival was by Jon Atkinson. There were 39 episodes.

Why It Rocks

  1. While it modernizes the original 1974 cartoon, it still keeps the same charm that made it great to begin with.
  2. Despite being a reboot, it has some nice nods to the original series and it feels more like a continuation.
    • It reuses the original 1974 opening theme, as well as utilizing a superb recreation of the original opening credits.
    • It keeps the "wobbly" look and plain white backgrounds from the original series.
    • Grange Calveley (who wrote the show) and Richard Briers (who narrated the show and voiced every character) are actually involved in this reboot.
  3. Nice animation that's a step up from the original.
  4. The returning characters, as well as the new characters, like Mouse, are still likeable.
  5. Poodle Princess and Moggy Malone's redesigns are surprisingly not that bad.
  6. This is actually a rare case of where a reboot is better than the original.


  1. Like the original, it was short lived as it only lasted 1 season with 39 episodes.
  2. While Volumes 1-2 are available on DVD, Volumes 3-4 have yet to be released.


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