1990 - Dennis & Gnasher, TV Stars!
These days, Dennis the Menace and
Gnasher are stars of their own CBBC animated series,
but they actually made their TV debut back in 1990 as stars of
their own series on satellite station The Children's
Like the current series, these were animated adventures, but
instead of fully drawn characters and scenes, it used a combination
of puppetry and painted backgrounds.
The animation combined puppets and props - like Gnasher
springing onto the screen on his springs, here - with flat
The puppeteers would be digitally removed, allowing the puppets
to move freely in front of the artwork.
Captions and drawn effects were included to preserve the feel of
the famous BEANO
And naturally Dennis and Gnasher's behaviour still caused
...and sometimes landed them in at the deep-end! Click the link
below to view an extract from a documentary on puppetry to see more
about how the series was made.
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