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Old October 20th, 2013, 07:57 AM #1
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Martin Gates Animation Catalog Released In HD (The Dreamstone, Bimble's Bucket)

This was reported in August, but I only recently learned of this from Youtuber David315842. Pretty big news for UK Animation fans. Irish distribution company Monster Entertainment will be making the entire Martin Gates animation library availible to celebrate the animation company's 25th anniversary. The package will include high quality prints of the beloved Mike Jupp animated series The Dreamstone and another show from the same mind, Bimble's Bucket.

"We are delighted to be working with Martin Gates, a legend of the animation industry and our wonderful friends at Connexion to bring these rejuvenated classics to a new generation of children,” says Monster Entertainment’s chairman Andrew Fitzpatrick.

The remastered toons are:

The Dreamstone (52×30), a show set upon a distant planet that tells the gripping tale of a battle between dreams and nightmares. To date the show has been sold in over 30 different countries.

Mole’s Christmas (1×30) is a story adapted from Dulce Domum, a chapter in Kenneth Grahame’s well loved classic book The Wind In The Willows. The show has been sold in over 50 different countries and has been licensed by such broadcasters as BBC Kids and The Disney Channel.

Bimble’s Bucket (13×30) is a show about an anthropomorphic young male named Bimble who receives a magic bucket that will give him any object he asks for. The show has aired in over 50 different countries and has been sold to broadcasters such as Sky Digital and CITV.

Santa’s Last Christmas (1×30) is a Christmas special featuring the voice of Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie. When Santa and his elves oversleep they run the risk of causing a toy shortage at Christmas. To date the show has aired in over 40 different countries.

Monster Entertainment will launch the catalogue MIP Jr. and MIPCOM this October.
Note: Bimble's Bucket actually had 26 episodes, but each ep was like ten minutes long so likely they will be packaged as double bills on the 13 eps listed

http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/...gates-library/
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I used to watch The Dreamstone when I was a kid. Seeing it in HD shouldn't be half bad.
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Old October 21st, 2013, 11:32 AM #3
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I especially liked how they reminded everyone of Rufus's dream from the pilot every weeK by sticking it in the end credits. Never got tired of it.

The one ep where the dogfish (Albert) is kindapped resonates strongly with me.
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I was thinking of the Dreamstone not that long ago. Looking at Zordraks Original Council form before he transforms into the Dark Lord of the Nightmare realm.
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This is great news! I NEED the Dreamstone in my collection.
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I especially liked how they reminded everyone of Rufus's dream from the pilot every weeK by sticking it in the end credits. Never got tired of it.
Well, dreams WERE sort of the point of it all, so wouldn't it be silly NOT to reuse it?

I obtained the soundtrack to this a while back, some of it instrumental, but also included another song,

The War Song of the Urpneys with vocals by Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Connelly and Frank Bruno... which is one hell of a line up however you slice it!
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Well, dreams WERE sort of the point of it all, so wouldn't it be silly NOT to reuse it?
Fair point.

Alas, not many shows on ITV even have great ending credit sequences anymore, it's just all black background and static credits.
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I loved Bimble's Bucket for the voice acting, and Dreamstone was epic, especially that theme song. Good news.
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Monster Entertainment put up a small trailer demonstrating how The Dreamstone looks in HD
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Nostalgia levels now at maximum...
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Monster are beginning to upload the remastered Dreamstone episodes on to Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...-YPXyHBjj_kxiy
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Amazon Prime are now streaming The Dreamstone

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BL1B6..._tt_wbr_piv-21

German animation distributor Pidax are releasing the series in DVD sets too. Series three comes out July 27th

https://www.pidax-film.de/Kinder/Jug...l-3::1339.html
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Youtube are streaming a marathon of all 52 episodes of The Dreamstone right now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCN8...30n-CcmD7I9VKw
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