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The Complete Bod [DVD]
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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'.
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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!
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)
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'
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic kids tv - my daughter loved this - just shows you don't need flashy effects to entertain kids just great stories.Published 4 months ago by N Wright
Childhood relived for me! As a kid of the 70's this was staple diet. Loved watching them again....much to the bemusement of my teenage kids!!Published 9 months ago by Ranting Pastor
this is for my gd i watched this in my teens after work it was a brill storyPublished 15 months ago by gibson
I loved this series as a child and now my kids are enjoying them all over again. You gotta add it to your collection. Much better than modern cartoons with their slick CGI.Published on 13 May 2014 by D. M. Short