the time of year when certain reindeer are gearing themselves
up for that Christmas dash.
And what better time to celebrate the comic genius of Bristol's
own famous reindeer Robbie.
your marks, get set...
first hit our TV screens in 1999 when he starred in a BBC One
special, Hooves of Fire.
Directed by former Aardman's animator Richard Goleszowski, the
film starred the vocal talents of Ardal O'Hanlon and Jane Horrocks
and was made by the BBC's animation unit here in Bristol.
The Bafta-winning claymation, tells the story of Rudolph's son
Robbie, who moves to the North Pole, hoping to take his place
among Santa's steeds.
But Robbie is soon convinced that he's hopelessly unfit to join
the crack team and faces the challenge of having to prove himself
to the other reindeer and try and win the girl.
The only way to do it is by running in the annual reindeer races
with hooves of fire!
success of Robbie's first film paved the way for a second in
2001 with the screening of Robbie the Reindeer 2 - Legend of
the Lost Tribe.
back and he's off on a new adventure
Again created by the BBC Bristol animation unit, though this
time directed by another former Aardman man, Peter Peake, Robbie
and friends returned in an hilarious new adventure.
Legend of the Lost Tribe follows Robbie as he sets out to discover
a lost tribe of Viking warriors to help him save his friends
from another dastardly plot by evil reindeer Blitzen (voiced
by Steve Coogan).
Robbie's in girl trouble too, as his girfriend Donner is feeling
a little neglected and decides to give Robbie an ultimatum.
of Robbie's films were actually made in aid of Comic Relief,
with 100 per cent of BBC Worldwide's net profits from Robbie
The Reindeer donated to Comic Relief.
And now to the competition where we have video and DVD copies
of both of Robbie's film up for grabs.
To stand a chance of winning just answer the following question.
Which claymation character, created by Aardmans in Bristol,
"helps out" on a BBC children's television art show?
competition has now closed - the answer - for those of you who
are curious - was "Morph".