The Animates

Leo the lion-mate leads Wizzy (the owl-mate), Mopey (the monkey-mate), Brenda (the bushbaby-mate), Carla (the cat-mate) and Timmy (the mouse-mate) to find a new home.

They find a clearing in the forest outside the Personates’ town. Their new village is friendly and warm, whereas the Personates’ town is cold and not very friendly.

Animates Film Productions

Produced: 1978

13 episodes x 5 minutes

Written By Sylvia Anderson

Music by Vic Elmes and Roger Flavelle

Puppetry by Stage Three

Character Voices by Sylvia Anderson and Roy Dotrice

Puppets and Sets made by Peter Holmes

Cameraman Ian Struthers

Film Editor Mick Monks

Executive Producer Sylvia Anderson

Producer Roger Gawn

Directed by Stuart Freeman

Episodes List
1 The Arrival

Original UK airdate: not transmitted

Leo and Wizzy promise the King that the Animates will help the Personates in return for letting them stay.

But some Personates, led by Mafia-mate, aren’t happy and threaten to run the Animates out of town.

2 Mopey Gets the Measles

Original UK airdate: 21st July 1980 (Thames)

Covered in spots and in hospital, Mopey swallows a thermometer. He stands on his head and the thermometer drops out, saving him from an operation!

All the Animates (apart from Brenda) end up catching the measles from Mopey!

3 Royal Birthday

Original UK airdate: 22nd July 1980 (Thames)

It’s the King’s birthday so the Animates  prepare to celebrate.

They surprise the King with a cake and a lovely party.

4 Finders Not Keepers

Original UK airdate: 24th July 1980 (Thames)

Mopey finds Boss-mate’s lost watch when he’s gardening with Brenda the bushbaby, and keeps it.

When Mopey comes clean and returns the watch, the King decides to reward him with his own watch.

5 The Silver Jubilee

Original UK airdate: 25th July 1980 (Thames)

Mopey finds his way into the Personate palace and meets the King.

Wizzy agrees to be the King’s counsellor and help the Personates learn to laugh and be kind to each other.

6 The Missing Crown Jewels

Original UK airdate: 28th July 1980 (Thames)

Mafiamate steals the Crown Jewels and ensures that Mopey gets the blame.

Carla sees the jewels whilst cleaning Mafia-mate’s windows and clears Mopey’s reputation, and Mopey learns that honesty always pays.

7 Holiday Time

Original UK airdate: 29th July 1980 (Thames)

The King agrees that the Animates can all have a two-week holiday to visit their old home, Never Ever Land.

Wizzy agrees to stay behind to look after their homes whilst they’re away, so the King invites him to the palace for supper so he won’t be lonely.

8 The Animates’ First Christmas

Original UK airdate: 31st July 1980 (Thames)

Whilst they’re preparing for Christmas, Mopey is kidnapped by the Mafia-mate.

Mopey swaps places in the cage with Mafia-Mate, and everybody enjoys their first Christmas together.

9 Mopey Goes to School

Original UK airdate: 1st August 1980 (Thames)

Mopey want to learn to read, so the Animates build their own school.

The Mafia-mate and the Ban-a-mate are jealous and plan to burn down the school, but Mopey catches them before they can do any damage.

10 Mopey Learns about Money

Original UK airdate: 4th August 1980 (Thames)

The King proposes that the Personates pay the Animates for the work they do.

Mopey is caught stealing money from the bank and, whilst he’s taken to the King to explain, Mafia-mate steals all the remaining money. 

11 Valentine’s Day

Original UK airdate: 5th August 1980 (Thames)

Love is in the air for everyone but Mafia-mate.

Brenda works hard, painting Valentine’s cards for all the Animates.

12 Snow Time

Original UK airdate: 7th August 1980 (Thames)

The Animates are afraid when they wake up to their village covered in a white blanket of snow.

The King explains the different seasons to Leo and Wizzy.

13 The Animates Start a Newspaper

Original UK airdate: 11th August 1980 (Thames)

The Animates start a newspaper and Mopey gets a scoop when he overhears Mafia-mate and Ban-a-mate plan to kidnap the King!

The Animates publish the story and the plan is quashed.