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The Complete Bod [DVD]

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  • Actors: John Le Mesurier, Maggie Henderson
  • Writers: Michael Cole, Joanne Cole
  • Producers: David Yates, Michael Cole
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2004
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VVRG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,998 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Every single episode of Bod is collected together here, plus five extended programmes featuring Alberto the Frog and his Animal Band. Stories featured are: 'Bod's Dream'; 'Bod in the Park'; 'Bod and the Rain'; 'Bod and the Breakfast'; 'Bod on the Beach'; 'Bod and the Dog'; 'Bod and the Cake'; 'Bod and the Kite'; 'Bod and the Birds'; 'Bod and the Grasshopper'; 'Bod's Present'; amd 'Bod and the Cherry Tree'.

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Those who remember the children's animation Bod from the 13 episodes broadcast by the BBC in 1975 generally recall, with considerable precision, not stories but images. This is because the stories that constitute Bod, created by Joanne and Michael Cole, are mere wisps of narrative, in which, almost always, almost nothing happens (in "Bod and the Cake", for example, no cake arrives), serene anti-dramas which are elusive and thus hard to remember as stories. Its images, by contrast, are the heart of its minimalist charm and its unforgettable strangeness, from narrator John Le Mesurier's unvarying announcement, "Here comes Bod", to the moment the unvarying fivefold cast sashay towards the horizon at the end. Bod is small and bald, with a yellow dress and a Buddha-like imperturbability. He and his four eternal companions--Aunt Flo, Farmer Barleymow, Frank the Postman, PC Copper--are animated as sparely as a 60s cartoon from the Eastern bloc. In each episode, the five gather one by one, each arriving to their own characteristic perky jazz-folky theme, in their own characteristic gait (indeed, like a zen riddle, the walk itself is far more important than where they're walking to, or why). Some viewers consider the cartoon's mysterious pastoral stillness alarming, as if something terrible were going on that we're never told about or shown--"Waiting for Bodot", as it were--but most found its calmness both beguiling and addictive. As in the original Watch with Mother format, Bod is paired with Alberto Frog and his Amazing Animal Band (in which an all-animal orchestra plays the classics, then guesses what flavour milkshake their frog conductor will reward himself with). Who knows how tots so exposed to the over-active kids-fare of today will respond, but the grown-ups in their charge will find The Complete Bod soothing, seductive and bizarre. --Honey Glass

On the DVD: the DVD contains all 13 episodes of Bod. Five of these are extended, as originally broadcast, to feature animal identification games, counting songs, Bod snap and Alberto Frog and his Amazing Animal Band. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I used to watch Bod in bewildered awe as a small child (the bizarre leg movements intrigued me) but I'd forgotten all about Alberto the Frog, which is very funny and frightfully English. It certainly brought the memories flooding back.
One of the best things about Bod is the truly strange plots (woman saved from drowning by police helmet, a prophecy about strawberries that comes true when most of the cast falls down a manhole, etc.). The animation is unashamedly poor, but it adds a magic to the show that is entirely unique. You simply could not make a programme like that in this day and age.
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oh my god... "here comes bod!!" i totally loved bod as a kid although i could never really make out if it was male or female.. (erm... does anybody actually know??) actually none of it made sense but i still loved it all the same.. in fact i still do! the guessing of albertos milkshake always made my day.. i always seemed to get it right!! and i used to copy the noises he made drinking it (in public) much to the annoyance of my dad! and u really cant beat bod snap.. what excitement!! it may be boring and even weird to some of u but bod certainly used to make me happy as a kid!! hehe *smiles*
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For all those of you who affectionately remember Bagpuss, The Clangers & Mary, Mungo and Midge, Bod must also be a firm favourite.
This new edition not only has all 13 episodes of Bod that were made on it, but also 5 episodes of the lunchtime special they were shown on.
Help Alberto the frog decide what flavour milkshake to choose...strawberry, I think!! And don't forget to play Bod snap at the end!!
A must for all true cult kids classics fans!
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Ah, the memories come flooding back of this little Buddhist monk looking character coming from a dot in the centre of the screen.

Sadly, nothing has been done to clean up the film, there are numerous hairs, scrapes, cuts, dust and just general old film flutter. On the other hand, the audio is very crisp and bright.

Only after living with a Buddhist monk did I reminisce about this series, I thought, perhaps, Bod = Bodhisattva (someone motivated by great compassion, has a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings)
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After coming back to Bod after 40 years, now as a 82 year old man I can

safely say that Bod has aged. However when you think about the innovation

of Bod during the 1970s and 80's you think about the effect it has had on the

cartoon industry. Such revolutionary characters such as PC Copper have really

set the standard for media in todays modern society. Such themes as capitalism

and slavery are explored in the classic episode 'Bod and the Dog'
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Who could forget Bod? It was lucky I didn't! Aunt Flo's 'Spin' was my favourite cast manouvrere, closely followed by PC Copper's deep knee bend. I heartily recommend this to all kids who grew up in the 70's - Teletubbies have nothing on this zen like autistic (and, indeed, artistic, to a lesser extent) achievement!
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This is just great. Sometimes you can revisit your youth and find a pleasant surprise in store.
The music, the surreal stories, the enjoyable way in which the characters co-operate, and the songs for each character.....it's just what we need.
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Very reasonable quality used DVD : part of the (now seemingly obsolete) Kult-Kidz collection of long decommissioned children's TV programmes. I bought this for my own kids but only because I had fond memories of watching them when a young-un myself. Interested to see how well they have stood the test of time: despite being on dvd, they are not digitally remastered but do produce the same sense of nostalgia that you might experience from a scratchy old vinyl record;- obviously they are a delight and an oddity as well as occasionally revelatory. Although TV is restricted to an X amount down our way, our young-un's love and request these old retrospective series' as much as they do the new one's, and sometimes, surprisingly, much more often, which just goes to reinforce the old adage: they don't make em like they used to . . . . !
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