Doctor Snuggles is a 70’s Children’s TV cartoon. Jeffrey
O'Kelly created Doctor Snuggles after he starred in the
movie 'The Thin Red Line'. One day he decided to write a
small story about Doctor Snuggles, plus create some
drawings of him. His wife Angela helped out by building a
Doctor Snuggles doll, to illustrate what the series could look
But Jeffrey still wanted to fine tune the look of Doctor
Snuggles and had seen a poster that he liked. He
contacted the illustrator, Nick Price, to see if he could come
up with drawings for 2 of the characters. Nick based the
look of Doctor Snuggles on his grandmother and also came
up with the look of Miss Nettles.
When Jeffrey received the drawings back, he knew that this
was the look of Doctor Snuggles.
It was initially made into a cartoon for Dutch TV, by
Jeffrey O'Kelly and Polyscope Productions, and was
animated in Japan. It was shown in the Netherlands in
1979 and in 1980 the US received it, who loved its
quaint English sound.
Doctor Snuggles was voiced by the unmistakable
Peter Ustinov, who was always a great storyteller and
he brought the programme to life with his voice. He
had been chosen especially for the US market, where
they had kept refusing shows because they couldn't
understand what they were saying. They had no
problems with Peters voice.
Peter was joined by a number of other voice actors - John Challis and Olwen Griffiths. Olwen is
better known for providing some of the voices in 'Ivor the Engine'. Even Douglas Adams (of
'HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy' fame) was involved, as he wrote 2 episodes for the show.
But it looks like Doctor Snuggles hasn't finished his adventures yet! There are 26 scripts that are
being written and developed and Jeffrey now has his son, Sean, involved with this production.
Each adventure was split up into 5 parts and the lyrics
to the theme tune were:
“Doctor Snuggles, friend of the animal world.
Doctor Snuggles, dreaming of better Tomorrows
Doctor Snuggles, you'd better start working today
Doctor Snuggles, flying away to the stars
Doctor Snuggles, finding a path to the rainbow
Doctor Snuggles, build us a clever machine”
Doctor Snuggles is a little man who likes to invent things. He must be little, because some of his
animal friends are the same height as him.
He lives in a house in the country and is always considerate about others and their feelings. He
will always help them out and will even go to the ends of the earth, or space, to help them.
Yes, Doctor Snuggles has even invented a Rocket Ship out of wood and pots and pans, which he
has named 'Dreamy Boom Boom' (I think he must have been on magic mushrooms to come up
with a name like this).
He was most concerned when his Treacle Tree flew off
into space and had got lost, so he went to find him,
once he'd fuelled the ship up with tea!
If you think of unbelievable things, then Doctor
Snuggles would have done them.
He visits strange lands, such as The Land of the
Terrible Horrendous Snarky Quark, where everything is
made out of rock and it even rains rocks.
Doctor Snuggles Characters
Doctor Snuggles (voiced by Peter Ustinov)
He is an inventor who likes to look after all his friends. He carries around
an umbrella with him that has a handle shaped like a Duck's head. But
as you can guess in this magical land, the umbrella can talk back to him
and he can use it as a pogo stick to get around.
He also carries around with him a talking watch called Ticker. Not
content with hopping around using his umbrella, he created his own
rocket ship, so he can fly round the Universe and drop in on some of his
friends, like Woogie the freckled camel.
One of his hobbies is collecting precious stones and he loves nothing more than sorting them. He
was shocked when Woogie told him that he would have to convert them into diamonds to fix the
rainbow (whose colours were fading and it was breaking up). So the Diamond Making Machine
was used to create a massive Diamond, which they used in a Rainbow Fixing Machine (are you keeping up with me?). This beamed each colour of
the rainbow, onto the rainbow, which restored it to its former glory.
One of his inventions appears from a trap door in the bottom of Rickety Rick, called the Whereabouts Machine. This is useful when Doctor Snuggles
wants to find someone or if he feeds it an object, then they can find out the history/location of it.
Dennis the Badger is one of Doctor Snuggles' closest friends and assists him with his inventions, by using the Badger Graph
to draw them out (with the help of the mice - Ringo and Kingo).
He is a courageous Badger and flinches at the sight of danger :)
He lives in a burrow, with a lovely front door and is an excellent climber. Once he caught the Cat sneezing illness and
sneezed so much that he blew off Ricketty Rick's door, which landed on him. He stopped sneezing, but had suddenly
become bad tempered. So Doctor Snuggles had to use the Sunny Smile Machine on him, the trouble was, he became too
happy and had fallen in love with Miss Nettles and everything around him. It was when Miss Nettles accidentally hit him on
the head with her broom, when chasing Nobby Mouse, that Dennis returned to his normal self.
She is Doctor Snuggles' grumpy housekeeper, who was always trying to give notice and pack her job in. This was usually
because she would catch Nobby in her kitchen and try to squash him with a rolling pin, as she really hates mice. She uses
one of Doctor Snuggles' strange inventions to get around, which is some sort of motorised bike. Doctor Snuggles even built
Matilda Junkbottom to help her out with the housework, but they didn't get off to a good start as Matilda got carried away and
danced with Miss Nettles, into the nearest pond. After a few adjustments to Matilda and a small amount of time, Miss Nettles
became good friends with Matilda.
Housekeepers are so hard to find, that she was kidnapped by Professor Erasmus Emerald, the most wickedest magician in
the world. But he couldn't bear to be bossed around by her and was begging Doctor Snuggles to take her away again.
Not only that, but she was frozen stiff when she tasted the contents of a tin of food that Benjy, Freddy and Nobby found.
Matilda Junkbottom - She is one of Doctor Snuggles' inventions and as her name suggest, she was made with a load of
junk. She was created to help Miss Nettles out with the housework, but she couldn't function without a heart, so they used
Doctor Snuggles' lazy alarm clock as the heart (who thinks she looks beautiful).
She couldn't speak, but she printed off pictures that came out through her mouth, and her eyes would flash. I think that this
was a large oversight when Doctor Snuggles created her, as they were always trying to puzzle over what she had meant.
For such a small robot, she has got super strength and can even lift up Rickety Rick.
He is a shed where Doctor Snuggles makes all his inventions. But as you can tell he isn't an ordinary shed, as he can talk
and walk (he's really tall when he stands up) and a talking Bat lives in his roof.
When needed, he can even turn himself into a boat, with some help.
He's a mouse, who likes mountaineering around Doctor Snuggles' house (he uses a small anchor that is attached to a rope
ladder). He likes Doctor Snuggles' special cheese, if he can get his hands on it.
He even stowed away on the Rocket Ship, so he could stay near his beloved cheese. Not only that, he's very mischievous
and loves to break things and upset Miss Nettles. He also hates for things to be clean and tidy.
The Treacle Tree
He is a Talking Treacle tree, who decided he was bored and wanted to fly. The Squirrel who lived inside of the tree wasn't
too happy about this idea.
So Matilda Junkbottom suggested that to fly like a bird that he needed feathers from the birds and lessons from them. And
do you know what? It worked and he soared into the sky.
Doctor Snuggles went searching for his 'lost' tree and found him on Plant Planet, where he had become the Plant Emperor
of all plants. He was now very conceited and he ordered his plants to lock them up, after they dared to speak to him! Luckily
with the help of Dennis and the two rabbits, they tunnelled their way out.
In the meantime, Nobby had not been captured and he crept up to the Treacle tree. while he was sleeping, and gnawed away at the rope keeping his
wings on. The next time he flew, his wings fell off and the plants banished him for tricking them.
He is a messenger bird that lives in a little wooden house that is attached to the top of the chimney of Doctor Snuggles
house. He's nearly always sleeping and has some string attached to his leg when he is. This is so that when Doctor
Snuggles uses a contraption downstairs, it hoists Coot Boot up into the air in his house, as he's such a heavy sleeper this
seems to be the best way to wake him up! He then exits his house through a trapdoor on his ceiling and zooms down the
chimney to see what Snuggles wants.
She is one of Doctor Snuggles oldest and dearest friends. She lives in a house that is built into the side of the Great Beech
Tree. She shares this strange, large house with hundreds of cats by making it into a cat hospital. As you can tell, she loves
cats dearly. But there were so many sick cats, that her house was getting over crowded and so Doctor Snuggles thought
he'd help by winning the Great Balloon race and winning £1000. He gave Granny Toots this money, to build a proper Cat
Hospital (isn't he thoughtful).
The Cosmic Cat
He is cat from outer space and arrived in his own cat spaceship. He lives with Granny Toots and can visualise the present
and the future for people. He is a strange cat, as his ears are metal and you can see a never ending spark of electricity
going between them and has magnetic powers. Not only that he speaks in a very strange voice. If you gaze into his eyes,
you can see what the Cosmic Cat is visualising. He talks in riddles, but luckily Doctor Snuggles can work them out.
When he sleeps, he has a habit of levitating up and down.
Woogie lives at Lavender Lullaby (the first colour of the rainbow) in Rainbow Land. He is a wise freckled camel and is
always happy to see Doctor Snuggles and sit down and drink tea.
Doctor Snuggles goes to him when he has a problem and Woogie offers him any advice he can. But poor Doctor Snuggles
finds it hard to stay awake there as the flying Lavender Sheep keep singing lullabies.
Willy Fox and Charlie Rat
These two are not a nice duo to bump into. Willy is the brains of the two and he gets Charlie to do all the work for him. They
are always doing underhand things for money (at any cost), such as the time they tried to cheat in the Balloon Race. They
really wanted the £1000 prize money and used an engine to propel them along quicker than everyone else. But eventually
Doctor Snuggles won.
Not surprisingly they tried to steal the massive Diamond that Doctor Snuggles was using to try and fix the rainbow.
Winnie Vinegar Bottle
She is a witch who lives in a very large green bottle in the Salt and Pepper Mountains. Inside the bottle is a house that takes
up all of the room, its a perfect fit. But being a magic house, it's much bigger on the inside.
The trouble with Winnie, is that she is a Wicked Witch and is mostly in a foul mood. She especially likes to turn her Postman
into a toad! Which is why Doctor Snuggles and friends are scared of her.
Apart from being wicked, she loves to fly around on her jet propelled broomstick, but she was so upset when it broke, that
Doctor Snuggles felt compelled to fix it for her.
He is the Uncle of Doctor Snuggles (I think?). He is a very important explorer who likes nothing else than discovering lost
cities and is always on the lookout for strange things.
He needed the help of Doctor Snuggles when he found out all the animals in the jungle were being turned into butterflies!
(something to do with a Magic Mushroom!!) Even Uncle Bill was turned into one. So Doctor Snuggles and friends had to
seek the help of the Great White Lama, to turn them all back again.
He even lived underwater for a while in his Lobsterscape (a mechanical lobster) and used the sea creatures to help to keep
it tidy, as it was flooded inside you see (apart from when guests turned up).
As you can see, he's a rather eccentric type of man (that's supposed to be his thinking cap).
Doctor Panicky Pill
His is a very nervous Doctor that looks like a large pill. I'm not sure he is the right person to look after sick people, because
he doesn't like to treat ill people as he's scared of catching their illness.
He is a friend of Granny Toots and is always in a rush. Because of this he gets clumsy and he accidentally breaks a number
of things. It was by accident that the Sunny Smile Machine was used on him and he became more confident and a better
Professor Erasmus Emerald & Horner
Professor Erasmus Emerald is the most wickedest magician in the world, who has a Spanish Bush Baby living in his hat.
Both can turn into birds, so that they can spy on people.
He loves to get his own way and if he sees something he likes, then he steals it. He even stole Miss Nettles because he
wanted a house keeper to look after 'Seaweed Castle' (which sits in the middle of the ocean). But he got more than he
bargained for when he found out how bossy Miss Nettles was and he was so relived when Doctor Snuggles came to rescue
her (or was it the Professor?).
You would have thought he would have learnt his lesson, but no, this time he stole a casket that contained Pandorium, one of the rarest elements in
the universe (which has extraordinary powers). But he wasn't the only one that was after the casket, The Space wanderer, was a knight on a quest to
return the casket to the planet Pandor.
Professor Erasmus Emerald was affected in a strange way, when exposed to the Pandorium. Instead of being nasty to everyone, he became quite
nice, which was plain weird and every time the box was shut, then he became angry and abusive again.
Eventually Doctor Snuggles and the Space Wanderer recovered the box from the Professor and returned it to its home planet.
Benjy and Freddy Rabbit
They are two brothers that help Doctor Snuggles.
Hugo the Frog
Hugo doesn't do much, apart from sitting on his lily pad and smoking cigars.
Quiffy and Quoffy
Quiffy is a Naval duck married to Quoffy and they have 3 cute ducklings.
Doctor Snuggles Images
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Doctor Snuggles DVDs
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Doctor Snuggles Video Intro
Doctor Snuggles Episodes
Series 1 (1979)
1. The Fabulous Mechanical Mathilda
2. The Astounding Treacle Tree
3. The Spectacular Rescue of Miss Nettles
4. The Unbelievable Wormmobile
5. The Sensational Balloon Race
6. The Magical Multicoloured Diamond
7. The Remarkable Fidgety River
8. The Fearful Miscast Spell of Winnie the
9. The Extraordinary Odd Dilemma Of
Dennis the Badger
10. The Wondrous Powers of the Magic
11. The Turn of Events with the Unwelcome
12. The Great Disappearing Mystery
13. The Amazing Reflective Myth
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