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Bleep and Booster - A full episode from 1968 - In Black & White.
The little alien Bleep and his young human pal Booster traversed the distant
galaxies in Space Freighter 9. Their galactic missions were handed down by
Bleep's father, the moustached Captain. Bleep and his alien race haled from
the planet Miron (or Myron, it varied between the books and films) and their
adventures took them to numerous far-flung and varied alien worlds...
These gentle science fiction tales surfaced on BBC tv's "Blue Peter" circa 1963.
They were drawn by William Timym, who was then known as Tim, and 'animated'
using simple rostrum techniques - panning the images and zooming in on details
whilst Peter "Pugwash" Hawkins narrated the stories - a technique referred to as
animatic animation. Stories were episodic, told in five parts or more on occasion.
Of course, these little films were presented in black and white on tv, but Bleep And
Booster quickly became regulars in the accompanying Blue Peter Annuals too and
here their tales were frequently illustrated with Tim's rich, full-colour art. The duo
were granted their very own tie-in Annuals too and Purnell published special
stand-alone stories, like Bleep And Booster's Space Secret which appeared
Out of control and heading straight for the sun, Bleep's space cousins Blink and Twink
have accidentally launched themselves in the experimental spaceship and are doomed to
become molten metal unless our diminuative duo and their heat shield can get there in time;
in this thrilling race; against time !
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