By a customer
, 23 Jun 2008
This TV series is quite different to the excellent Raymond Briggs book. The book hasn't got a real storyline, being more like an comic strip encyclopedia on the life of Bogeymen (Fungus) and bogeywomen (wife Mildew) and their bogeychildren. The book just charts a day in life of a bogeyman, who it seems, exists merely to torment us 'Drycleaners'. Briggs illustrated study of bogeydom delights in all things revolting, putrid, and lavatorial, and even raises deep questions on the meaning of Bogeydom life. However considering the TV serial has a lot of live action as well as animated bogeys, it works very well in terms of visual quality. The only weak aspect is that the storyline is a bit poor and there just aren't enough visual and literary gags compared the book, e.g. in the book hidden on Mildrew's bathroom shelf there's 'FemStench' perfume which is real Eau de Toilete (toilet water).
This TV series runs into three 40 minute episodes and is probably just too long overall - it's simply not revolting enough, and worst still it's just a bit dull despite the good actors and visuals. So if I had to chose, it would be the original 38 page 1977 Fungus the Bogeyman illustrated [Picture Puffin] book every time - it's also a fair bit cheaper than the DVD and would be great for any kid over 7 - boys might go for it at an earlier age. However once you get to know the book, this TV series becomes far more tolerable, and worth renting or perhaps buying if very cheap. It's just that you get the feeling, as with many CGI dominated programs, sometimes they spend less attention on the storyline and script compared to the visuals.
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