Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

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Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby Quatermass » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:24 pm

Well, I've got good news, bad news, and good news.

The first lot of good news is that I came across the two Cosgrove Hall Discworld cartoons on DVD in a shop today that specialises in hard-to-get DVDs (like those from the UK or the US). :D

The bad news? The DVDs were from Germany, and I didn't discover this until after I paid. :o

The second lot of good news? The English soundtracks are still present on the DVD as an option. :D :dance:

And it's playable on a Region 4 DVD player, even though it said Region 2 on the back. I still have a player that can play Region 2 DVDs, but this helps. :D

So, let's start a discussion about the Cosgrove Hall adaptations. I think it was their version of Soul Music that actually got me onto Discworld in the first place. Either that, or a demo of Discworld II: Missing, Presumed...? that came free with my PlayStation when I was a teenager.

One thing they undeniably got right was casting Christopher Lee as Death. I know that he played Death in The Colour of Magic, but Cosgrove Hall did it first.
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Re: Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby Bouncy Castle » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:06 pm

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Re: Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:28 pm

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Re: Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby Bouncy Castle » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:50 pm

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Re: Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby raptornx01 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:40 pm

:lol:

Can't say i ever liked the animation style in those. hate it actually, but they were fun. Though i loved their Magrat design.

And i have the soundtrack to soul music. The messenger is a great song, as is soni bod da. the other instrumental tracks aren't that great though.
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Re: Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby Quatermass » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:30 pm

They aren't bad, for the time. And I've had a soft spot for Cosgrove Hall since I learned they made Danger Mouse and Victor and Hugo, not to mention that later, they did the Doctor Who animations Scream of the Shalka and The Infinite Quest, along with the reconstructions of episodes 1 and 4 of The Invasion. :D



The main issue I have with the Cosgrove Hall Discworld stuff is the design. Some of the characters don't look quite right. I'm not sure that I viewed Lord Felmet as a more competent and paranoid version of the original Blackadder, and both Nobby and Colon are FUBAR.

I've watched Soul Music at least once before, so I think I'll start watching Wyrd Sisters properly. :think:
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Re: Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:17 am

They also produced the original short for Discworld before they packed up.
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Re: Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby Molokov » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:20 am

Quatermass wrote:The main issue I have with the Cosgrove Hall Discworld stuff is the design. Some of the characters don't look quite right. I'm not sure that I viewed Lord Felmet as a more competent and paranoid version of the original Blackadder, and both Nobby and Colon are FUBAR.

I've watched Soul Music at least once before, so I think I'll start watching Wyrd Sisters properly. :think:


I do agree, that the Colon & Nobby that appear in Soul Music are definitely /not/ the Colon & Nobby familiar to us from the books, but I think I heard somewhere (perhaps the DVD extras?) that they are visually based on Laurel and Hardy. Considering they're only in a scene or two in the entire thing, I can forgive that.

To be honest, I haven't watched either for a while, but I do think they are adapted rather well, even if the visual style isn't fantastic. And I do love the music from Soul Music, the CD is great.
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Re: Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby high eight » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:44 pm

Molokov wrote:
Quatermass wrote:The main issue I have with the Cosgrove Hall Discworld stuff is the design. Some of the characters don't look quite right. I'm not sure that I viewed Lord Felmet as a more competent and paranoid version of the original Blackadder, and both Nobby and Colon are FUBAR.

I've watched Soul Music at least once before, so I think I'll start watching Wyrd Sisters properly. :think:


I do agree, that the Colon & Nobby that appear in Soul Music are definitely /not/ the Colon & Nobby familiar to us from the books, but I think I heard somewhere (perhaps the DVD extras?) that they are visually based on Laurel and Hardy. Considering they're only in a scene or two in the entire thing, I can forgive that.

To be honest, I haven't watched either for a while, but I do think they are adapted rather well, even if the visual style isn't fantastic. And I do love the music from Soul Music, the CD is great.


I love. love, LOVE the music - I really thought that Neil Innes was involved in the parodies of famous bands and was surprised to find that he wasn't. Favourite track: - The Touchstone. The entire prog-rock era in under four minutes!

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Re: Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby raisindot » Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:08 pm

How many are there? The only ones I've seen are Wyrd Sisters and Soul Music. Can't say I was overly impressed with either. Even though they were dutiful adaptations, the pacing was slow, and the animation bargain basement.

Then again, I can't say that the only 'live action' adaptation (Hogfather) is all that much better. (Still haven't seen Going Postal yet).
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Re: Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby Molokov » Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:17 pm

Just the two you've mentioned were done as cartoons.

The live action ones are Hogfather, The Colour of Magic, and Going Postal, with Unseen Academicals going into production later this year (we hope).
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Re: Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby raptornx01 » Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:29 pm

lol i forgot about this thread so when i started reading i thought it was new, then i saw my own post and was weirded out :lol:

interesting now though that it was "hard to find" since i saw this a month or so back.

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Re: Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby Tiffany » Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:12 pm

I have both dvd's as a boxed set with the paperback of Going Postal.
I've watched them several times & I think they are very good. I love both stories anyway.
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Re: Got the Discworld cartoon DVDs...

Postby =Tamar » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:11 am

I have them on VHS and I think I also have them on DVD but I'm not sure. After having seen the live-action shows, I find it very hard to watch the Cosgrove Hall cartoons. On the other hand, what I do like very much is the CD with the full versions of the songs, uninterrupted by dialogue.
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