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The Complete Ivor the Engine: All Colour Episodes Ever Made [DVD]
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All the colour episodes of the classic Sixties and Seventies children's series. Enjoy once again the adventures of Welsh steam engine Ivor, Jones the Steam and the good people at the Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company - not to mention the dragon and his chestnut barrow!
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Some things don't change, however, and this is one of them. The DVD contains the 24 colour episodes that Oliver Postgate's Smallfilms made in the 1970's and were shown on the BBC, usually around 5.30 just before the news in the spot The Magic Roundabout had on occasion. There aren't any extras, or the original black and white episodes. To be honest there is no need for them.
The animation is simple (some might even say rather primitive and simplistic) and others yet may blanch at the rather stereotypical view of the Welsh, but they shouldn't because each character is imbued with warmth and real fondness (even the slightly pompous Dai Station is shown to have softer side from time to time) and each story is a beautifully drawn and affectionate little vignette looking back to a time that has long past and perhaps never really existed at all. The stories are accompanied mostly by the sound of Postgate's own melifluous narration, though other voices do creep in on occasion. The episodes range in length from the more usual 5 minutes to around 20 for some of the longer ones.
Step back a little though, and beneath the cuddly exterior is a faint hint of gentle subversion. The subtext is always about the value of community and friends, and supporting the underdog against authority. Some examples of these ideas include the episode where the railway is to be sold, or when Idris the dragon arrives in Llaniog. Best of all is the brief pen portrait of Jones allowing a fox to escape some noticeably chinless hunters. Postgate introduces this idea of standing up for the underdog and of maintaining a type of kind decency all through his work and Ivor the Engine does it very well.
The other little trick childhood plays is that you always think there are more than the 24 episodes collected here. Postgate made a habit of this too. But no matter, the episodes are delightful little pieces of art and it's nice to have them collected in one place. The fact that they are priced so low makes this an utter steal of a purchase.
This is definitely classic children's fare, the nostalgia works still very well, the quirkiness and directness of the stories, and the diverting Welsh accents of the characters, as well as the music, charm and delight in equal measure. Most of the episodes are either 5 mins or 9 minutes, though one is 22 minutes. Take them as they come to you, there is much to enjoy in these short journeys on a branch line...
Ivor is excellent. Very slow paced and mellow with basic storylines and just charming in a way a lot of kids tv nowadays isn't. My son is 3.5 and loves Ivor, to the point of permenantly naming one of his Brio engines after him. Ivor has dragons living in his fires and is in the choir. What more could you want?!
Mrs Porty's Foxes
The Lost Engine
The Cuckoo Clock
The Water Tower
The Fire Engine
Ivor works on so many levels that it could take me all day to describe it, but if your interested you possibly already know.
Unlike other 'cartoons' with their line drawings and in-your face large areas of bold colours Ivor differs considerably, there doesn't seem to be the need to rush things, the animation is much simpler but that never detracts from the story or your interest. The colours are more muted but they are the most wonderful watercolour images that match the words being said by the narrator, they merely server to ignite your own imagination and many parallels can be drawn to books.
That is what I feel Ivor is, it is a moving, illustrated book reading and that is what seems to give it so much more depth, it doesn't lay it all out there on a plate, your imagination needs to be involved.
Ask any child that has watched this and they can describe what is in the next valley or the next town with total ease, they are part of the story, their imagination has been engaged and that is such a hard thing to do.
Worth every last penny.
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