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Albus
26.08.2007, 16:05
The Dreamstone

Okay, this is very off topic, but I was wondering if anyone remembers this.

The Dreamstone was a British childrenís TV cartoon that ran from 1990 to 1995. It was, for me, the programme that sparked my love for furry creatures. Ironically my favourite character was the Dreammaker, the only human in the whole show. Sadly, despite being a popular TV show at the time, with Ozzy Osbourne, Frank Bruno and Billy Connolly singing one of the soundtracks, The War Song of the Urpneys, the show has almost completely disappeared. There is a little stuff online, but not much. Fan art is rare, and Iím yet to find any of the Dreammaker. :(

Basically each story was a classic goodies versus baddies scenario. The good side being the Land of Dreams, and the bad side being the Land of Nightmares.

On the good side there is The Dreammaker, the guardian and user of the Dreamstone, along with his pet dog-fish Albert, and his two assistants Rufus and Amberley. Rufus and Amberley are Noops, which are hard working furry creatures that the Dreammaker makes and sends dreams to. Also on the good side are the Wuts, plant creatures that live in a forest outside the Valley of the Noops. The Wuts both help guard the Dreamstone, and grow the dream bottles, which are in fact a type of fruit. Underground shy creatures called Wottles help with the growth of the dream bottles.

On the bad side is Zordrak, Lord of Nightmares. He wishes for nightmares to rule the sleeping world, so he sends his Urpneys to steal the Dreamstone. With the help of the completely potty scientist Urpgor, a team of three Urpneys, lead by a rather over keen St. Blob, set out with some wacky invention to try and get the stone. Most of the time the other two Urpneys, Fizz and Nugg want nothing more but to go home. The Urpneys are normally the comedic element of each episode.

I believe the show was never aired in the US, but I am aware that it was shown in Germany and other European countries, as well as Australia.

Here are some links that might help jog any memories:

The Dreamstone (http://www.nyanko.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/dreamstone/)
Wikipedia: The Dreamstone (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamstone)
You Tube: The Dreamstone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ijzFH-KA7o) - English version of the opening
You Tube: Der Traumstein (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBbNISnfuWo) - German version of the opening
You Tube: The Invisible Blob part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8HopKk1v6Y) - A full episode
You Tube: The Invisible Blob part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxP1_0W6BfA) - A full episode
You Tube: The Invisible Blob part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHcLEZQPrB0) - A full episode

Kirauni
30.08.2007, 11:04
Yes, I remember this TV-show quite well. I watched it quite often when I was a teenager. However, there seem to be two different versions in Germany, at least there were two different dubs with completely different voices. I don't know why they did that but it confused me very much when I was younger.

I recall that I really came to like Albert and Rufus, though I don't remember why. ^^'

Another show similiar to this one is Teddy Ruxpin. I don't know if you ever heard of it, Albus. This is one show I really liked watching as a child, but it suddenly disappeared and it's hard to find information on it. The funny thing is, I completely forgot about these two shows unless I discovered an old recorded video tape with a short extract of Teddy Ruxpin. This and reading your thread made me remember those two shows.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Teddy_Ruxpin

These two, The Gummibears and "the Racoons" were the shows that caught my interest and made me aware of furry creatures.

Albus
01.09.2007, 19:54
Wow, someone actually knows what I'm talking about! I half expected no one to reply. :P How strange that they did two dubs in Germany, though.

I'm afraid I've never heard of Teddy Ruxpin, but I used to watch The Gummibears and the "Raccoons" too. Though I don't remember much about The Gummibears, just odd bits. I used to have the theme tune on my computer for a while. And I still have the song "Run With Us" from the "Raccoons"in my favorites list. :)

Kirauni
01.09.2007, 20:39
Yes, "The Raccoons" came with many great songs. I also got "run with us" in my playlist and I used to have other songs as well. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find them anymore on my harddisk. Too bad :(

Kirauni
26.02.2009, 10:12
I know this topic is old... but I just found something and thought I'd let you know :)

I just dug up the intro of "Teddy ruxpin". You might have a look at it, Albus:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGrhQXtn92g


And I mentioned two different dubs of "the dreamstone" in German.
You posted the intro of one version which supposedly is a VHS-rip. And here is the version I know. Recorded from television. You might want to compare them. The text is rather similiar, but the voice is different.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSqUgUm6A4U

And I found this song on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7tX39NdDs4

Albus
27.02.2009, 11:04
Kirauni, I could kiss you. Though I'll save you from that meerkat smooch. xD All I wish is that I'd looked Teddy Ruxpin up at the time. You see I *have* seen one episode, but I was *really* young. Like 3 sort of young. For *years* I have been able to recall an animated clip of a strange airship, with some professor like guy, and two others flying over mountains. And because I was so young at the time, I couldnít put a name to it. It was driving me crazy. And now, here it is, after all these years. It wasnít a dream. Thank you, Kirauni. ^^

It's interesting to hear the other version of the German intro too, but it still leaves the question of why they changed it. The logical answer would be that the first voice actors weren't free at the time they were turning it into video format. Or they thought they could improve on it. i guess we'll really never know why.

And yes, that wonderful soundtrack from The Dreamstone. I love that track. If you've got £200 to spare you could by the soundtrack CD. :/ (Or, shh, you could ask me to send you them, cos' I've got them on my computer).

Whilst Iím here, Iíll link you to this: http://dolphy.deviantart.com/art/The-Dreamstone-107990560 :albus:

josh_down
27.02.2009, 17:17
maybe i'm too young... i was four when it finished lol

Lucy
27.02.2009, 21:24
Never liked it, dunno why. As far as I can remember there're two different opening version out, one with the full intro theme and the more known one with the tie-in into the episode.

Anyway, I liked The Raccoons a bit more, especially the Intro Theme ^_^ got it as MP3 Instrumental and is my personal favourite next to Run With Us.