When I started researching my review of The Fox Busters I discovered a cartoon TV series was made between 1999 and 2000. I was thirteen years old when the show was on the air so it passed me by but as I have recently reviewed the book, what better time to look at the TV series, mainly the first three episodes, which are:
- Hen Night – At a party, Sims finds the charming cockrel Wilby who lures her to the treacherous foxes. Ransome rescues Sims and the Fox Busters repel the fox invasion.
- Where Egos Dare – After a lot of showing off, Ransome lands herself right into the foxes, then her comrades get caught. The Fox Busters escape after they cause the foxes to squabble.
- Winging It – Todd accidentally flies on a glider which impresses the foxes and catches the Fox Busters by surprise. On his third flight Jeffries rescues him from the jealous King Voracious.
If I was in a proper cartoon, I bet I would find myself on a cliff top round about now singing a song about how I don’t fit in.Of course two seconds later he finds himself on a cliff top singing a song that sounds like A Whole New World from Disney’s Aladdin. From there the comedy keeps on going with confusions over left and rights and the proper use of the world duck around ducks. Of course terrible puns also get a look from, my favourite being from episode two where a mole who introduces himself as:
It is I Moleier, the leader of the forest underground.Yet, despite all these problems The Fox Busters cartoon is good fun and grew on me the more I watched. The theme tune is lively and great fun while the style is a mixture between Road Runner and the Dennis the Menace cartoon made in 1996. The only thing I have yet to get over is the voice actors of Jefferies, Sims and Ransome. Jane Horrocks, who around the same time was starring in Chicken Run is a perfect choice for Jefferies while Joanna Lumley is equally great as Sims, however, the problem belongs to Ransome who is voiced by Whoopi Goldberg. Now in may ways she is great, the problem is that our three leads are all sisters and they just don’t sound a like. I realise this is over thinking it to the extreme but hey these things are important! Check out all the episodes on YouTube and let me know what you think.