"As if by magic... the Shopkeeper appeared!" What wonderful memories this brings back to me! Mr Benn is possibly my favourite cartoon from the 70's. Such simple animation, but I always loved the fascinating storyline.
The series was transmitted
by the BBC in 1971 and 1972. Mr Benn's adventures would always take on a
similar pattern. Wearing a black suit and bowler hat he leaves his
house at 52 Festive Road and
visits a fancy-dress costume shop where he is invited by the shopkeeper
(in a fez hat) to try on an outfit.
He leaves the shop through a magic door in the changing room and enters a world appropriate to his
costume. Then Mr Benn has an adventure (which usually contains a moral)
before the shopkeeper re-appears to lead him back to the changing room,
and the story comes to an end.
Mr Benn always returns to his normal life, but is left with a small souvenir of his magical adventure.
And who would believe that a DVD of the series would still be a big-seller at Amazon today, after all these years.
Now, take a look at this Mr Benn themed bedroom. It's been created using wall stickers which you can buy for around £9.99 from The Binary Box on the Amazon website. If only these had been around when I was young.
Mr Benn - The Complete Series (DVD)
As I write, this DVD is
in the top 300 bestsellers at Amazon. Unbelievable after all these
years! But it proves that the old classics are still as popular as ever,
and the kids of today can still enjoy them just as we did, back in the day.