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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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:iconjoeboytiger92:
JoeBoyTiger92 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018
OMG OX TALES!!!!
OLLIE OX AND JACK TURTLE :D
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:iconjoeltheswedishdragon:
JoeltheSwedishDragon Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student Filmographer
Long Live Bo the ox! Clap A huge part of my cubhood he had played during summers. :meow:
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gato303co Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Nice drawing, it's a cute ox you got here ;)
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FelixCraft Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
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.
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HogashTheOrc Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
oh my gooooooooooooooddddddd!!!!!!!!!!!
Fantazoo!
"Alvaruccio"
"Camilla"
In italy :D
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Caessaes Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
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-chan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist 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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:iconmrtuke:
MrTuke Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah yes i remember this guy. Edward the Elephant was my favourite character i think.

Great job mate. :)
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:iconmammacarnage:
MammaCarnage Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ILY
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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Aw, thanks.
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:iconmammacarnage:
MammaCarnage Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LoL You're Welcome
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:iconluiz4200:
Luiz4200 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
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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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
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.
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DemonofBlood Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
Wow! Thats awesome!! I loved this!!
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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
Ta very much! Glad you like it.
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:iconcolinsbob:
colinsbob Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
OH my heck! I dint see this show for ages!!! I love this show.
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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Always good to hear from fellow fans!
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:iconmaxdeathknight:
MaxDeathKnighT Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
TORIBIO TU ERES UN GRAN HEROE... xD

Good job :D
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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
Many thanks!
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:iconnarfeth:
narfeth Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
What a revolting development this is!

It's kind of a shame, not too much fan art on this cartoon. :|
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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
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...
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:iconnarfeth:
narfeth Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
Oh cool, I eagerly await said pictures. It would be fun to see someone make a few more fan arts of the show. :P
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:iconnostromino:
Nostromino Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Craziest cartoon ever! I love it!
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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
Cheers!
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:iconataripunk633:
AtariPunk633 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
OMG! O_O i remember this cartoon!!!!! XDDD
its like a flashback to my childhood seeing this pic!
i totally forgot about this cartoon.
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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
I'm glad it brought back some pleasing memories!
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:iconneterg:
NeterG Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
LOL! Awesome show! Here in Argentina It was called Toribio.
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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
It's good to know there are plenty of other Ox Tales fans out there. And in fact there are some Toribio eps on YouTube as well, if you fancy enjoying some nostalgic toonage.
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NeterG Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Yea, I found two episodes but no oppening :(
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:icongalax:
Galax Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
I remember me on the show too :)
I love it ^^
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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Thanks!
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dth1971 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
The English version of Ox Tales cartoons were done by a Montreal, Canada based voice actor named A.J. Henderson, best known for voicing Ed Crosswire (father of Muffy Crosswire and owner of Crosswire Motors) and Grandpa Dave (Arthur and D.W.'s Grandfather) in the Arthur cartoon series (Based on Marc Brown's books).
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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Hey, nifty! The English-speaking voiceover artists were never credited on-screen, so it's splendid to know was behind Ollie's friendly drawl. Ta muchly for the info!
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sbfan101909 Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know this is an old comment but you posted the Jungle Book video twice and never posted the Japanese Ox Tales opening...
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studio-toledo Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh sorry, here you go...  www.youtube.com/watch?v=97HN5f…
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QwertyChris Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How could anyone forget about this show!? It was a laugh riot from end to end! Although I discovered that the comic was a little darker than the TV series. Love your blog as well and glad to hear it's being updated again :)
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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Yes, the comics are interesting - by and large they're just as harmlessly funny as the TV series, but every so often some material crops up that really isn't meant for kids. The strips involving amorous rabbits, for example...
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studio-toledo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've noticed that.  I pinned a few to one of my Pinterest boards lately, here's a few classics!
www.pinterest.com/pin/30891947…
www.pinterest.com/pin/30891947…
www.pinterest.com/pin/30891947…

I love Boes/Ollie trying to prevent rabbits from taking this strip out of G-rated territory due to their 'leisure activities'...
www.pinterest.com/pin/30891947…
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:iconitchyscratchy:
Itchyscratchy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I loved this show as a kid. I hope it makes it's way to DVD soon.
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Likewise. We shall have to petition Teletoon for a full boxset release.
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Granitoons Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup, I remeber this - weird Japanese movement but otherwise a fun show!
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MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Like certain other cartoons of the period (Talespin, for example), the animation quality sometimes varies between episodes and even, on occasion, between different scenes within individual eps - it's like every so often all the good animators went home early and left the cleaning lady to fill in the gaps. Even the ropily-animated bits are quite fun, though.
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Granitoons Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I understand that completely! I even have 3/4 of an episode on tape somewhere.
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:iconstudio-toledo:
studio-toledo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here in the US, the best we ever got of the show was several VHS tapes.
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:iconcrytus:
Crytus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
Yes Hound grey showed it to me and I agree... I wanted to pummel that mole
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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Even the narrator gets annoyed by him in certain episodes, and it seems that the mole was actually cut from the show in certain countries for being so intrusively aggravating. All of which goes to show something, but I'm sure I don't know what.
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Crytus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
lol yay!
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SewerGator Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
I've seen a clip (with bad quality) from the show in YouTube. Looks ok.
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:iconmatthewsmith:
MatthewSmith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Since much of Ox Tales' appeal derives from the numerous visual gags and the characters' wonderfully expressive faces, poor quality videos sadly do it no justice. If you feel so inclined, it's worth seeking out some of the decent-quality full episodes so you can fully enjoy the show's amusingness.
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