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Encyclopedia > The Animals of Farthing Wood (TV series)

This article is about the Animals of Farthing Wood television series. For the series of books, see The Animals of Farthing Wood (book series).

The Animals of Farthing Wood
Genre Children
Created by European Broadcasting Union
Starring Jeremy Barrett
Rupert Farley
Jon Glover
Sally Grace
Stacy Jefferson
Pamela Keevilkral
and Ron Moody
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 39 (3 seasons with 13 episodes each) (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 0:30 (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel BBC
Original run 19921995

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Contents

Synopsis

The series followed the basic plots of the series of books, although certain elements were changed. It followed the animals of Farthing Wood, who were forced to flee their homes after humans started destroying the wood in order to build houses. Led by Fox, and guided by Toad, the animals left Farthing Wood on a journey to White Deer Park, a nature reserve where they would be protected. Fox is a fictional character from the animated childrens television series The Animals of Farthing Wood based upon the books of the same name by author Colin Dann. ... Toad is a fictional character from the animated childrens television series The Animals of Farthing Wood based upon the books of the same name by author Colin Dann. ... White deer park is a fictional place from the animated television series The Animals of Farthing Wood based upon the books of the same name author Colin Dann. ...


Unlike other children's series, The Animals of Farthing Wood did not feature much comedic content but rather relied on its strong storyline and plot, and multiple main characters are killed or die during the journey. Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke[[ laughter in general). ...


Season one chronicled the journey to White Deer Park, season two took place in White Deer Park and chronicled the feud between the Farthing Wood animals and the hostile blue foxes, the third and last season chronicled the invasion of the rats into White Deer Park and the animals attempts to fight them off.


Seasons

Three seasons of the show were produced, each based on one or more of the Farthing Wood books.

  • Season 3 (1995)
    • In the Path of the Storm
    • Battle for the Park

The first two seasons were seen by fans as among the best animated shows on TV at the time due to its complex and intriguing plot, but the third series was seen as a disappointment. Fans claimed this because of its inferior story and script as opposed to the first two series', but the change in animation also did not help.[citation needed] The Animals of Farthing Wood is the first book of The Animals of Farthing Wood series. ... In the Grip of Winter is the second book of The Animals of Farthing Wood series. ...


Episodes

See: List of Animals of Farthing Wood episodes Episodes of The Animals of Farthing Wood. ...


Characters

See: List of Animals of Farthing Wood characters


Cast

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Merchandise

Apart from books and videos, there was also a Farthing Wood CD and in the mid-1990s, an 130-part magazine for kids titled "Farthing Wood Friends" was also developed. Audio tapes recapping the first two seasons were released, with the story being told to young fox cubs by several of the cast who would also debate the events and mimic some of the other characters. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


There are also three TV tie-in books available, one to accompany each of the TV series:

The Animals of Farthing Wood links with series one.
The Further Adventures of The Animals of Farthing Wood links with series two.
The Animals of Farthing Wood - Spirit of Survival links with series three.

These follow the same storylines, but are presented in a comic-strip style.


Differences between the books and the series

  • Adder, Weasel, Kestrel and Owl were male in the books but female in the TV series. However, Kestrel still had the colourings of a male kestrel rather than a female.
  • The newts were originally lizards in the books, and their fate was never known. They left the expedition early and were suggested to have died in a fire.
  • The name of Tawny Owl was changed from Tawny Owl in the books to just Owl in the television series.
  • There were many characters who did not feature in the books, such as the Shrews, Hurkel the badger, Measley and Speedy.
  • Badger died in the series, but survived in the books.
  • Scarface and his tribe were not blue in the books. Scarface was just a rival red fox. His mate was not also named in the books and was not evil.
  • Plucky is Bold's GRANDSON in the books and not his son.
  • Bold left the Park following an argument with his father. In the book, he leaves after Scarface's death and his intention was to find a mate.
  • Friendly actually lives up to his name in the books. In the series, he sort of replaces Bold as a sneak towards Ranger and Charmer.
  • The reason for Scarface attacking the Farthing Wood animals was different in the books.

Trivia

  • Some of the characters sounded like real comedians, in particular comedians from other BBC shows. Badger sounded like Ballard Berkeley, Owl sounded like Joan Sanderson, Toad sounded like Patrick Allen and Kestrel sounded like Una Stubbs.
  • Fox, the leader of the Animals of Farthing Wood, was voiced by Rupert Farley in the UK version but in the U.S. version he was played by Ralph Macchio.
  • The episodes were made in both the UK and France. Because of this, in Series 1 the motorway's carriageways have traffic driving on the right hand side of the road. However, they are briefly seen in Series 3 on the left hand side.

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Credits

  • Based on the Books by: Colin Dann
  • Written by: Alan Case, Steve Walker, Sue Butterworth, Jenny McDade, Gordon Harrison, Elphin Lloyd-Jones, Valerie Georgeson
  • Adapted by: Steve Walker
  • Music Composed by: Detlev Kuhne
  • Theme Music Composed and Arranged by: Dennis Scott
  • Recorded by: WDR Orchestra, KRO Cologne
  • Directors: Elphin Lloyd-Jones, Philippe LeClerc
  • Assistant Director: Emile Bourget
  • Animation Director: Alan Simpson
  • Character Designs: Elphin Lloyd-Jones, Philippe LeClerc, Patrick Michel
  • Storyboard: Gordon Harrison, Jean Francois Laguionie, Claude Aufrere
  • Backgrounds: Ian Henderson, Richard Mithonard, Valerie Carmona
  • Layouts: Sue Butterworth, Gordon Harrison, Ted Pettengell, Trevor Ricketts, Patrick Michel, Gerard Kiszel, Christian Ragoust
  • Animation: Thomas Barker, Monica Brutton, Alison De Vere, Andy Eraclerus, Christopher Evans, Joan Freestone, Tony Guy, Peter Hale, Arthur Humberstone, Simon Loxton, Fraser MacLean, Charlie MacRae, Janet Nunn, John Perkins, Mike Pocock, Paul Stone, Rosemary Welch, Jose Xavier
  • Key Animators: Chris Clarke, Gary Hender, Nathalie Biston, Marian Brooks, Valerie Pouyanne, Jean Francois Galataud, Monica Moinar, Lea Movement
  • Assistant Animators: Philippe Archer, Jean-Yves Regnault, Laurence Commeyras, Isabelle Pouyanne, Didier Chenu, Catherine Halvic, Muriel Chevallier, Sega Favre, Sylvia Bottiau, Sim Lignon
  • Trace & Paint: Audrey Hammond, Pat Arthy, Pete Arthy, Lynda Marmont, Chris Jones, Ross Marks, Sharon Martin, Becky New, Vivienne Redmond, Jenni Steers, Dominique Lenoble, Clarie Dame, Nancy Rey, Frederic Jaubert, Suzy Kopp, Sophie Beltran, Brigitte Boursereau, Rodney Crofton, Carole Dorange, Nathalie Finiels, Cathy Gentric, Isabelle Lanomann, Claire Larnelle, Cathy Rigall, Maria Stockman, Mireille Valentin
  • Checking: Ann Kotch, Janine Arthy, Isabelle Perrichon
  • Rostrum Camera: Chris Williams, Anthony Hagen, Jacques Armand, Yves Francon, Jean Paul Rossard
  • Software: Animo Cambridge Animation Systems
  • Production Supervisor: Jean-Paul Gaspari
  • Production Coordinator: Dominique Edmond-Marlette
  • Production Accountants: Helmut Breuer, Philippe Marteaux
  • Editing: Theresa Plummer-Andrews, John Daniel, Ken Morgan, Tom Oliver
  • Special Effects: Stephan Hartl, Malcolm Beattie
  • Picture Editor: Fiona Keene
  • Videotape Services: Video Time
  • Line Test Camera: Plaza Synchron
  • Dialogue Editor: Hans-Peter Kaufman
  • Track Readers: Otto Sander, Ulli Philipp, Tilly Lauenstein, Martin Semmelrogge, Helmut Ruge, Wichart V. Roell, Karin Kerke, Stephan Schwartz, Marion Martlenzen, Manfred Lehmann, Peter Fricke
  • Associate Producer: Wolfgang Wegmann
  • Producer: John M. Mills
  • Production: Telemagination (London), Praxinos (Montpeller)
  • EBU Coordinator: Marie-Claire Vionnet
  • Executive Producers: Siegmund Grewenig, Theresa Plummer-Andrews
  • Film Laboratories: European Cineman, Television Year

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