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I remember some books from my childhood, it might also have been a cartoon, about a professor who had a spaceship that looked like a barrel. He had an enemy who could turn into a crow. I hope it’s a real thing and I haven’t just dreamed it...
James Morley, email
Guest SFXpert Matt Dray:
This is Dr Snuggles. It started as a series of books in the 1970s by Jeffrey O’Kelly. The cartoon was originally shown in 1980, consisting of 13 half- hour episodes which ITV showed in serialised five minute chunks. It featured the voices of Peter Ustinov and John Challis ( Boycie in Only Fools And Horses). His spaceship did indeed look like a barrel, though the bird his enemy Professor Emerald turned into was a vulture. It was released on DVD in 2005.
Bad costume. Bad film. Bad memories.