He’s a dog. He drives a car. He’s made of plasticine. He’s Rex the Runt. From the geniuses at Aardman Studios who brought us Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep, and their newest claymation feature, The Pirates! Band of Misfits (UK title: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists) comes Rex and his doggy buddies who go on exciting adventures to amuse us, the TV audience.
Rex is the fearless leader. He comes up with the ideas for the group’s adventures. Bad Bob sports an eye patch that never seems to stay on the same side. He’s a big, fat slob who loves Chuffy’s dog food and his revolver. Wendy is the girl. She likes to watch “holiday programmes” on telly. And then there’s the dogs’ pet dog, Vince, who suffers from Random Pavarotti Disease where he breaks out into operatic song at random.
Some of their crazy adventures include: using their shrinking machine to shrink a submarine and travel through Vince’s body to determine the cause of his Random Pavarotti Disease; drilling a hole into the Earth to see what it’s made of (Wendy hopes it’s chocolate), but they find out the Earth is filled with air and it deflates, sending the dogs off into space; Vince falling in love with and marrying a hoover (vacuum cleaner); the dogs winning the city of Birmingham in the lottery; Rex falling into a meat grinder and turning into a spaghetti version of himself. But that’s just the beginning!
What I love about this show is that it’s just so silly and so are the characters. In addition to Rex, Bad Bob, Wendy and Vince, you’ve got Dr. Dogg who always charges Rex and his buddies ten quid for his treatments, even if they don’t work. There’s Arthur Dustcart, a dustman with dirty underpants and nose hair, who takes a fancy to Wendy. There’s also Rocket Raymond, the immortal and sausage-shaped Johnny Saveloy, Wayne the Zebra and Stinky Basil.
Each episode is about 10 minutes long, just enough time for the dogs to get into trouble and then miraculously get themselves out if it.
Andrew Franks – Rex (Series 1)
Colin Rote – Rex (Series 2)
Kevin Wrench – Bad Bob (Series 1)
Andy Jeffers – Bad Bob (Series 2)
Elisabeth Hadley – Wendy
Steve Box – Vince
Total Seasons: 2 (26 episodes)
Seasons Available on US Formatted DVD: 2
In Production: 1998-2001
Viewer Discretion: Some adult situations and language