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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:46 am    Post subject: UK educational cartoon involving primitive tribe Reply with quote

This is the first of two cartoons that I haven't been able to find anywhere.

It was probably a series of educational videos rather than being on television, as I remember watching it in class in the first year or two of primary school between 1984 and 1986. The actual release date might have been earlier than that.

All I remember about it was that in each episode (5-10 minutes) a primitive tribe would struggle with some insurmountable problem and have to go and visit a more advanced tribe who lived on the mountain who had the requisite technology to help them (I think it was a mountain, or they might have been on the other side of the mountain, it was something like that).

There might have been a boy whose job it was to ask them - or I might have got that idea out of Vicky the Viking.

From what I remember the art style was naturalistic and had soft tones. I can't remember if it had a voiceover. I believe they lived in huts and wore leather clothes - sort of like you'd see in a textbook about stone age anthropology. The more advanced tribe might have had woven textile robes. It was the same people every episode. There were at least 4 episodes but probably not a long series. In class we might have watched two a day for a week - I think I would remember it better if I had seen more than a few of them.

It was almost certainly on a VHS tape, but it might have been something that the school bought out of a local education authority catalogue rather than being on general release. It's *possible* we might have had something odd in the classroom like a reel-to-reel A/V system or betamax - but I doubt it. It's also possible the teacher was tuning in to live TV at the end of the day (3pm to 4pm) rather than it being a video at all - but I doubt that too.

Thanks very much for reading and I hope someone else knows of it. Please spare a thought for my 60 or 70 year old former primary school teacher who is going to get looked up and asked about this if nobody else can tell me Smile

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