Foxbusters (1999)

Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - Canada   |  
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From the same folks who brought you such cartoon delights as Danger Mouse and Count Duckula, the animated British series Foxbusters was a spoof of the "maverick freedom fighter" genre. The title characters were three hens -- Ransome, Jeffries, and Sims -- who devoted their lives to protecting their farmland friends from marauding bands of foxes. The series was able to accommodate not only takeoffs of James Bond-ish techwear, but also the passing political scene. Voices were provided by American comic actress Whoopi Goldberg and two alumnae from Absolutely Fabulous, Jane Horrocks and Joanna Lumley. Adapted by Dave Freedman and Alan Gibney from the children's book by Dick King-Smith, the 13 ten-minute episodes of Foxbusters were telecast in Great Britain beginning September 9, 1999, earning the series' creators the 2000 BAFTA Children's Award for Best Animation.