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Bod

© Michael Cole Estate, by kind permission.

Little Gems - Bod

This is another superb animated children's program from the talented makers Joanne Cole and David Cole (click to visit their home pages) - same stable as Fingerbobs. It was originally produced back in 1975 / 1976 and shown on the BBC for particularly younger children (although I admit to still watching at 16). The stories were narrated by the late John Le Mesurier (Dad's Army fame) who both introduced and told the story. His voice was perfectly calm and smooth for this kind of animation. Maggie Henderson did the end pieces including Alberto the Frog and his amazing Band. The music throughout the series was performed by Derek Griffiths who was a veteran of Playschool and other children's series. Bod was a simple animation but produced in a very charming way. Even now the program captivates all who hear the introduction and they find themselves once again watching this strange animated little character.

Each story concerned the adventures of Bod - no one really knows of a Bod was a small boy or an adult (we only assume he is a child by virtue of his size in comparison to the older characters). He was definately male though - no arguments there. He was in essence timeless and still remains that way to day. Nothing has changed since I saw him through the eyes of a ten year old, to today through the eyes of a thirty ahem ahem year old. It was not even possible to determine Bod's nationality (not that it matters). We suspect he is British since PC Copper (one of the main characters) wears an old constable's uniform and cape (more like a policeman from the forties though). Bod had many friends including PC Copper, Farmer Barleymow, Frank the Postman and his Aunt Flo. At the end of each episode Bod would appear and walk off into the distance and the familiar voice would be heard saying "There goes Bod, and his friends." Occasionally, at the end of each animation there would be Playschool like activities for children to watch followed by an episode of Alberto the Frog and his Amazing Animal Band.

Characters seen in Bod

Bod
Bod
Aunt Flo
Aunt Flo
PC Copper
PC Copper
Frank the Postman
Frank the Postman
Farmer Barleymow
Farmer Barleymow
Alberto Frog
Alberto the Frog and his Amazing Animal Band

Click Below to see some of the episodes

Bod main page Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6
Bod main page Bod's Dream Bod in the Park Bod and the Rain Bod and Breakfast Bod and the Apple Bod on the Beach
Episode 7 Episode 8 Episode 9 Episode 10 Episode 11 Episode 12 Episode 13
Bod and the Dog Bod and the Cake Bod and the Kite Bod and the Birds Bod and the Grasshopper Bod's Present Bod and the Cherry Tree

Narrated by John Le Mesurier
Narrated by Maggie Henderson
Music by Derek Griffiths
Pictures by Joanne Cole
Written and Produced by Michael Cole
Copyright BBC Colour Michael Cole 1975
BODFILM
Animated by Denise Shackell and Alan Rogers
Produced by David Yates
BodFilms Ltd

Credits

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Little Gems is very much obliged to Alison Cole who granted permission to retain the visual elements of "Bod" (© Michael Cole Estate, by kind permission)