To celebrate the release of Sammy J and Randy in Ricketts Lane on Tuesday 1 September on ABC iview, we’re looking back at some other well-known Australian puppets who have made it big on the small screen.
Mr Squiggle from Mr Squiggle
Australia’s longest-running kids TV series, Mr Squiggle was created by Norman Hetherington and first went to air 1 July 1959 on ABC TV. The last episode aired more than 40 years later, on 9 July 1999.
B1 and B2 from Bananas in Pyjamas
Bananas in Pyjamas first aired on 20 July 1992 on ABC TV. It was inspired by a popular Play School song of the same name. Today, Bananas in Pyjamas is an animated kids TV series.
Johnson, McDuff, Diesel, Alfred, Squeaky and Victoria from Johnson and Friends
Johnson and Friends aired from 3 September 1990 to 30 October 1995. It followed Michael’s toys, who unbeknownst to Michael, got up to hijinks while he was asleep or out of his room.
Agro from Agro’s Cartoon Connection
Agro was the host of popular kids cartoon show, Agro’s Cartoon Connection, which aired for almost ten years – from 1989 to 1997 – on Channel 7.
Rattus, Modigliana, Mixy and Derryn from The Ferals
The Ferals ran for two seasons on ABC TV from 1994 to 1995. After the show, Mixy the rabbit went on to host ABC kids shows, Rattus the rat and Modigliana the cat were featured in Numbers Count, and Modigliana also co-hosted Creature Features.