Mr. Squiggle (partially lost Australian puppet TV series; 1959-1999)
Mr. Squiggle, also known as Mr. Squiggle and Friends, is an Australian puppet TV series that aired from July 1, 1959, to July 7, 1999. It was first a short series on ABC's Children's TV Club and then moved to its own show.
The show aired in various formats, from five-minute slots to 30-minute segments during the 40 years of its broadcast. It is one of the most popular Australian children's programs and toured around Australia to entertain several generations.
Mr. Squiggle is an alien from the moon that comes to Earth to draw upside drawings.
Kids will send in "Squiggles," and Mr. Squiggle will come to finish the drawings. What Mr. Squiggle will do is he'll draw on these drawings in different angles and make up a new drawing out of the existing drawing.
The show will also put in some jokes and messages for the kids who watched it.
Though being very popular and being one of the longest running Australian TV programs, many episodes are lost.
It had a few DVD and VHS releases, but those are rare and hard to come by online. However, there are a few clips & episodes around on YouTube.
- Mr. Squiggle at the National Film and Sound Archive
- Episode 148 of Mr. Squiggle
- Episode 21 of Mr. Squiggle