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Bod

Posted by Big Boo on November 23rd, 2007

BodI think Bod was a boy. I’m sure narrator John Le Mesurier used to call him “him” anyway. It’s hard to say as he was fairly androgynous, being little more that a yellow triangle with a bald oval head, and two yellow rectangles with shoes for legs, which could telescope in and out of his body – or at least that’s what it looked like.

Bod was created in the 1960’s as a series of childrens books but was made into a cartoon during the 1970’s. It was still being aired well into the 1980’s, which is why I remember his adventures and his regular companions Aunt Flo, Farmer Barleymow, PC Copper and Frank the Postman. The first time you saw one of these characters a short animation would be played, accompanied by that characters signature tune. For example, Aunt Flo always entered with a slow walk on finished off with a little twirl with her arms stuck out from her sides. PC Copper always entered with that classic policeman stereotype of a bend of the knees. I’m sure he dropped his aitches, and would quite often say “‘ello ‘ello ‘ello, what’s goin’ on ‘ere then”.

Some of Bod’s adventures were quite far out, partly because he was quite a dreamer. In one episode he had a dream about strawberries and cream, and eventually fell down a big hole. At the bottom of the hole was a big bowl of strawberries for some reason. In another, Bod became fixated with the idea of having a dog, and would greet all his friends by saying “Good Dog” instead of “Good Morning”.

I believe Bod was originally a stand alone cartoon, but I always remember it being grouped with Alberto and his Amazing Animal Band. This was one of those cartoons with minimal animation, basically just cardboard cut outs being moved about at best, and often not animated at all. Alberto and his company of musical animals would sort out various peoples problems by playing different pieces of classical sounding music. As a reward, Alberto would always ask for a milkshake. This was a guessing game for the viewer, as three different types of animals would predict what “particular flavour” Alberto would ask for. I remember one time it was a trick question, and he chose a completely different flavour to any of those predicted.

Finally, to round things off there would be a song (normally Ten Green Bottles with the words changed very slightly) and a game of Snap with playing cards featuring the Bod characters. For more Bod action, check out the Bod website which has some interesting information on his history, and also a full episode to watch!

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