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Published: November 29, 2007
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So, who recognises these fellows? If you watched plenty of cartoons on the telly during the late 80s or early 90s, there's a very good chance you'll have seen them before.

They appeared in a cartoon that started life as a Dutch comic strip called Boes, which followed the amusing exploits of a big bovine chap in dungarees and a huge cast of other animal characters. It was turned into an animated series in Japan, it was broadcast across the world in dozens of different languages, and it was one of the most consistently funny and imaginative shows on television (I personally think it's on a par with the classic Warner Brothers cartoons, and I don't say that at all lightly) - and yet, in Britain and the US at least, it's now been largely forgotten about, which is a wracking shame.

In English-speaking countries the show was known as Ox Tales, and the trio seen here were renamed Ollie the Ox (the hero of the piece, more or less), Jack Turtleson (his luckless best friend whose shell was smashed, stolen or otherwise rendered uninhabitable in practically every episode) and The Toucan, whose marvellously sardonic narration punctuated just about every scene. They were a spiffingly entertaining bunch (and they still are - do a search for Ox Tales on YouTube and see for yourselves. Just try to ignore the laughing mole), and this illo is a homage to their chucklesome grooviness.

I was inspired to create this picture by an utterly brilliant bloke by the on-line name of MarkOut, who runs an Ox Tales tribute blog full of pictures and interesting info about the show and the comic that inspired it. (You can find it here: [link] and you really ought to give it a read.) Earlier in the year he very kindly made it possible for me to watch a whole bunch of episodes that I hadn't seen in years, and I thought it'd be nice to create some pictures of the characters with which he could decorate his blog (and the Ox Tales website that he's hoping to set up). This one here will hopefully be the first of several, so watch out for more ox-related antics in the not-too-distant future!

Oh, and if you're wondering what the title of this piece is all about, it's to do with the extremely cheesy but strangely likeable theme tune that was composed for the English-language version of the cartoon. (Again, look it up on YouTube, and prepare to have the music stuck in your head for the next fortnight.)
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JoeltheSwedishDragonStudent Filmographer
Long Live Bo the ox! Clap A huge part of my cubhood he had played during summers. :meow:
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gato303coStudent Traditional Artist
Nice drawing, it's a cute ox you got here ;)
FelixCraft's avatar
When I was a wee lad, this was my primary reason for cheering on the shrubbery one.
Even at that stage I had the "holy lulz" inside of me.
HogashTheOrc's avatar
oh my gooooooooooooooddddddd!!!!!!!!!!!
In italy :D
Caessaes's avatar
I reconise this, I laugh do much with this cartoon. Here in my country, Chile, call this "Toribio"

Sorry for my english, I speak spanish.
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pink-mira-chanHobbyist General Artist
i always watched this when i was young great job on it every time i hear the dutch opening iget it stuck in to my head
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MrTukeProfessional Traditional Artist
Ah yes i remember this guy. Edward the Elephant was my favourite character i think.

Great job mate. :)
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MammaCarnageHobbyist Digital Artist
LoL You're Welcome
Luiz4200's avatar
My favorite part is when the groundhog laughs at something. Specially when something happens to her (it was a female groundhog, right?) to interrupt the laffing.
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It could get a bit wearing after he/she turned up for the 18th time within a single episode, but I agree, it was always a splendid surprise when the laughter cutaway got interrupted by something else. I'm sure The Toucan threw something at his/her head on one occasion because the constant giggling was getting on his nerves as well.
DemonofBlood's avatar
Wow! Thats awesome!! I loved this!!
MatthewSmith's avatar
Ta very much! Glad you like it.
colinsbob's avatar
OH my heck! I dint see this show for ages!!! I love this show.
MatthewSmith's avatar
Always good to hear from fellow fans!
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Good job :D
narfeth's avatar
What a revolting development this is!

It's kind of a shame, not too much fan art on this cartoon. :|
MatthewSmith's avatar
Yes, it's a pity the show doesn't get more recognition, because it is indeed a Very Good Thing. Still, I'm happy to be able to redress the balance somewhat, and I fully intend to come up with a few more pics of these fellows just as soon as I can get round to it...
narfeth's avatar
Oh cool, I eagerly await said pictures. It would be fun to see someone make a few more fan arts of the show. :P
Nostromino's avatar
Craziest cartoon ever! I love it!
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