Bucky O’Hare (1991)
This is an American cartoon that was in the science-fiction genre and set somewhere in space. Well, it had to be fiction really as it starred a talking green hare who was something of an intergalactic hero. It was first shown on CBBC in the afternoon strand in early-1992, and it had a memorable theme that Andi Peters liked to song along to in the Broom Cupboard (some TV magazines listed the show was Bucky O’Hare, but its full title was actually Bucky O’Hare And The Toad Wars).
The origin of Bucky O’Hare was in a series of comics in the 80s, but it was then turned into an animated TV series in 1991. Bucky and his team were members of the SPACE organisation (Sentient Protoplasm Against Colonial Encroachment), and he had a spaceship called The Righteous Indignation. Bucky’s home planet Warren has been taken over by the Toad Menace, and is now ruled by a big computer called KOMPLEX (they really liked their acronyms didn’t they), which is why the opening theme informs us “let’s croak us some toads!“.
Also on Bucky’s crew were Jenny The Cat, who had really long pink hair and special secret supernatural powers, Deadeye Duck, who had one eye and four arms, Bruiser The Baboon, who replaced his brother Bruce who had something of a setback in the first episode, and Blinky The Robot (who often liked to say “calamity and woe!” when things began to go wrong, which was as close as the show got to a catchphrase). The United Animals Federation also try and help Bucky out, and in later episodes we also meet Mimi The Fox and Commander Dogstar.
They were also joined by the human boy Willy, who helped them with their technology, and he would often save the day (the show featured the nastiest cartoon toads beyond Danger Mouse), just as long as he could get back to Earth in time for school. Most episodes of Bucky O’Hare were written by Christy Marx, who was also the creator of 80s cartoon Jem that I really enjoyed, there were also a few odd moments including adverts for bread with flies in it, and lots of talent voiced the characters.
There were only 13 episodes made of Bucky O’Hare that were around 20 minutes long, and for a short while it was rather popular on CBBC, also being repeated on Saturday Mornings, and it was last shown in 1996. There was also lots of merchandise. As well as the usual VHS release, around the 1992/1993 mark there was also a comic that was often advertised in The Beano, although I don’t ever remember having it myself. Along with this, there were also some computer games and toys released.