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Rex the Runt
The series began with a short, Ident, in 1989 directed by Richard Golezsowski. After a long gestation period this developed into two unaired shorts and then thirteen ten-minute episodes that first aired over two weeks on BBC2 from December 1998. A second thirteen episode series aired from September 2001 on the same channel. As well as the core cast guest voices included Morwenna Banks, Judith Chalmers, Antoine De Caunes , Bob Holness, Bob Monkhouse, Jonathan Ross, Arthur Smith, June Whitfield and Eddie Izzard.
The animation is unusual in that the models are almost two-dimensional and are animated to exaggerate this - they are flattened in appearance and animated on a sheet of glass with the backgrounds behind the sheet.
The stories are quite surreal with plots including:
- Using Bob's shrinking ray to reduce the city of Birmingham to a domestic ornament (with a waste disposal problem)
- Going back in time to prevent their house being stolen
- Rex being turned into spaghetti
- Rex, Wendy and Bob fall down the bottom of the bed and find a sex clinic
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