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Competition – WIN Roobarb on DVD and Blu-Ray

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Ginger and Nuts Join Forces with Fabulous Films to Give Away Roobarb DVD and Blu-Ray

Win Roobard and Custard

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beloved Roobarb and Custard animation series, Ginger and Nuts have partnered with Fabulous Films to offer two lucky listeners the chance to win a copy of Roobarb on DVD or Blu-Ray ahead of its release on February 19, 2024. With a retail value of £39.99 for the DVD and £49.99 for the Blu-Ray, this giveaway is not to be missed!

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Roobarb burst onto our TV screens in 1974, featuring the jangly theme music composed by Johnny Hawksworth, the wobbly animation created by Bob Godfrey, and the unforgettable voice-over talent of Richard Briers. Even after 50 years, Roobarb continues to captivate audiences of all ages with its four-and-a-half-minute episodes of anarchic cartoon brilliance. Made entirely with magic markers, it’s a true masterpiece of television entertainment.

The 50th Anniversary Edition set, titled Roobarb…and Custard: The Complete Collection, includes all 30 episodes of the first series originally aired on the BBC in 1974. These episodes have been fully restored from the original film negatives, ensuring fans can enjoy the show’s timeless charm. Additionally, the set includes all 39 episodes of the second series, Roobarb and Custard Too, which premiered in 2005, bringing back the beloved characters and the essence of the original cult show. Richard Briers narrated both series, creating an indelible mark on viewers’ hearts.

The journey of Roobarb began with its pilot episode When Roobarb Made a Spike, which was celebrated as “one of the outstanding short films of the year” when it was screened at the National Film Theatre in 1973. It also received recognition as one of the best international animations at the LUCCA9 International Exhibition of Animated Films in Italy. Within three weeks of its television debut in 1974, Roobarb was attracting a whopping seven million viewers per week, captivating adults and children alike. The show’s popularity even resulted in it being sold to over 40 countries worldwide, solidifying its place in animation history.

One of the unique aspects of Roobarb is its deliberately shaky animation style, known as “boiling,” which adds an energetic and distinct feel to the show. This contrasted with the smooth and polished cartoons of the 70s, making Roobarb a standout series in its time.

Over the years, Roobarb and Custard have become iconic animated characters in British culture, receiving the title of “Britain’s Best Animated Cartoon Characters” in 2000 through a public vote. In 2002, creator Grange Calveley created a tribute website for Roobarb, which led to an overwhelming demand for new episodes and created the second series.

Both series of Roobarb were written by Grange Calveley, who based the lovable character of Roobarb on his own Welsh Border Collie, coincidentally named Roobarb. The dog became integral to Calveley’s life when he moved into a home in Hertfordshire, promptly marking his territory in the rhubarb patch.

In addition to Roobarb, animator Bob Godfrey has made significant contributions to the world of animation, including creating Henry’s Cat and the famous Trio chocolate bar advert in 1984. His 1971 animated short film Kama Sutra Rides Again was handpicked by the legendary Stanley Kubrick to accompany the screening of A Clockwork Orange in cinemas.

Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of animation history!

Experience the magic of Roobarb and Custard all over again, and indulge in the nostalgia of this beloved series.

Competition Closes on Friday 16 February 2023.

COMPETITION IS CLOSED

The lucky winners were

Laura Hancox in Lichfield, and Marie Rowley in Willenhall.

Written by: Kat Y (Ginge)

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