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4.0 out of 5 stars Chorlton the Happiness Dragon still making us smile!, 21 Aug 2002
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Miss S F Simms (Wolverhampton, West Midlands United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Complete Chorlton & The Wheelies - Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)
There aren't many people I bump into who remember Chorlton and the Wheelies. When you do find someone the first thing asked is "I wonder if you can buy them?" so you can imagine my elation at finding them here.
Chorlton is a Happiness Dragon who hatches out of a bizarre egg in Chorlton-cum-hardy (hence his name) in the middle of wheelie town. Fenella the Welsh witch, who lives in a big kettle on the hill, doesn't like anyone being happy and so tries to stop Chorlton and all the Wheelie folks from having any fun.
The theme tune is fantastic, only trouble is if you watch the whole vid at once you hear it so many times it gets a bit annoying! The quality isn't great but what do you expect from a 1976 copy?
This is highly watchable for young and old, for those of you who remember, and for those of you just discovering the magical Wheelie world and the Happiest Dragon around - Chorlton. Well worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hello, Little Old Lady, 25 Nov 2011
This review is from: The Complete Chorlton & The Wheelies - Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)
These unassuming stories use stop-frame animation with wit and humour to encourage charity and stoicism in viewers of any age. They create wonder, because they're not immediately accessible to young children: what I mean is that the colour and characters fascinate them, but they have to think hard about what's actually happening, and about the bizarre symbolic elements like the toadies and the spikers. We've never met a child that didn't like them and we know three adults (besides me and my partner, aged 70) who still enjoy the battles between Fenella the Welsh witch and the Wheelie World, won, usually without having the least idea of it, by the most gormlessly adorable dragon that ever lived. Mildly subversive satire? Anti-Welsh womem? Pro-Lancastrian men? If you're a PC person with no sense of humour, don't buy it. Retro animation at its best, in our opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives you a great runaround., 9 Aug 2013
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This review is from: The Complete Chorlton & The Wheelies - Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Cartoons Chorlton and the Wheelies (1976 -1979 &...)

Once upon a time, the first time, called Happy and the Wheelheads,
Chorlton and the Wheelies remains nonsensical, zany delight;
Accents poured by the teapot, dotty plot by the dotty tealeaf:

Dragon from spotty egg spreads happiness by his presence alone
Chorlton: unaffectedly good-natured, unendingly clueless,
Gormlessly cheerful, gawkily unaware

Completely unconscious of any speciality.
The inhabitants of Wheel Estate are ‘three wheelers’
Two at the front, one smaller at the back,

(A great aid to stop frame animation.)
Only Fenella Fellorick, the kettle witch, and Chorlton have legs
And Fenella tele-transports rather than flies or walks.

Story pedalling is provided by her hatred of happiness:
“Nothing but hideous happiness everywhere,” she screams.
“I can’t stand all this goodness,” she wails.

The tantrum witch and her cronies:
The Toadies, emotionally poisonous fungi
And her Spiker henchmen, all threat, no action;

Claptrap von Spilldebeans, the scheming spell book;
O'Reilly, the one eyed telescope... the long distance spy
And her massively giant son Clifford

Too big for anything but his leg in a T.V. set...
All trying to aid her cause of misery-havoc for all
Out of her cauldron loathing of loveliness and charm.

She definitely lacks charm but not magic!
And Chorlton’s very lack of recognising evil
Counters every plot she conspires.

No cats, no dogs, no pets; everything is wrong!
Wheelies persecuted by a kettle witch
Until Chorlton comes along, hatches and decides to stay.

King Otto and Queen Doris, The Minister, Jenny, Zoomer
Wheelies who delight in Chorlton’s disarming powers
And the easy way he thwarts wickedness and wicked ways,

Her need to cause trouble and spoil all Wheelie fun.
Even her Welsh accent doesn’t help Chorlton’s "sweet little ol' lady".
And she can no longer shrivel the Spare Part Trees.

Once upon a time, the first time, called Happy and the Wheelheads,
But ending up: Chorlton and the Wheelies:
Animation but still, nonsensically, zanily delightful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE WHEELES, 24 Dec 2012
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This review is from: The Complete Chorlton & The Wheelies - Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Ihave get series 1 and 2 now i have all 3 series for my grandchildren this christmas thank you from SUSAN CLAYTON
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4.0 out of 5 stars bygone days, 12 Feb 2012
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Perfect revision material for my book. Material that i remember from my son's younger days. Also bought others in the series.
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