Roddy The Rooster Promo Reel
Roddy The Rooster is an animated series of 13 x 24 minutes episodes for 4 – 7 year old children, centred round Roddy The Rooster and his eclectic collection of friends living in the barn at rundown Tumbledown Creek Farm.
Abandoned by the previous owners, this curious amalgam of chickens, a duck, two piglets, a calf, a sheep and a foal – joined by a snake and a resident mouse – have to learn to get along together and to work together and, once they have learnt to accept each other and their differing lifestyle and idiosyncrasies, to live and play together.
Their now pleasant world is about to be shattered when new owners arrive from the city to take possession of the farm. For the new owners initial impressions are laced with disappointment at the rundown state of the farm and, in particular, the old barn where Roddy and his friends live.
Overhearing that the new owners intend to demolish the old barn, Roddy and his friends rally to save their home.
Solving day to day dramas, battling the joys and fury of mother nature and the ever looming threat that one day soon they may lose their home, Roddy & his friends determine, with the support of some local native bush animals, to preserve their comfortable and enjoyable way of life in drama-filled adventures.
Each episode tells of a new adventure as the barnyard animals face new challenges to be resolved in a playful mix of fun, songs and just a touch of their usual mayhem. All of which enhances and extols the core of the series – a multi-cultural microcosm – living in an environment of acceptance, inclusion and participation.
Roddy the Rooster
RODDY is the cocky rooster who rules the roost on Tumbledown Creek Farm. Bright in colour and bright in demeanor, he’s a natural leader who is always positive and outcome-driven. There’s more than a touch of vanity there and a bit too much confidence that he is always right. He isn’t. For all his good points, he’s over enthusiastic at times and has a tendency to overplay the fact that he likes to be in charge. He’s a bit too eager to rush into action when taking things slowly and taking time to think would be better. Unfortunately, this sometimes makes for a problem arising and unnecessary complications needing to be solved. Fortunately, on these occasions, his good friends Bongani and Arana keep him in check.
BONGANI is quiet and calm and is always blessed with a friendly disposition. But she always calls a spade a spade. Her frankness, though, is comforting and welcome amongst the farmyard friends. Bongani is Roddy’s best friend and guards the team from her favourite spot under a pile of wood beside the barn. Her sense of everything being as it should be occasionally clashes with the irritating indecision of Arana.
ARANA, a cute charcoal-coloured lamb, finds making a decision a challenge. Before he was in a flock so there weren’t any decisions to make. Just follow the leader and life is perfect. Life was simple. But now he’s the only sheep in the Barnyard. So now, if something has to be decided, HE has to make the decision. It makes life hard. No wonder he looks up to Roddy. He’s very loyal and cares a lot for his friends – even Bongani. Arana lives in the paddock beside the barn.
Henrietta Hen & her cheeky chicks Paris, Marseille & Lyon
HENRIETTA HEN is a kindly soul, simple and loving. But she is very protective and her aggressive side quickly appears if there is any threat about. She absolutely fits the characteristics that define “Mother Hen”. She is a senior member of the group. The Cheeky Chicks (PARIS, MARSEILLE & LYON) take some looking after. They are full of life and boundless energy and need plenty of watching and disciplining.
CHARLIE DUCK is a wisecracking big-billed orange duck with attitude. He may be small in stature, but he has a big mouth. And to make matters worse, he is a great practical joker. It’s just as well then that if there is some barnyard crisis or threat, , he is a valuable member of the team. He is a little over-confident and, perhaps, a little overtly confident as well. It’s just a pity about his endless corny jokes. They do get a bit hard to deal with at times. For everyone.
FREDDY FETLOCK is the voice of caution. Ever alert, his prudent vigilance and careful thinking counteracts Roddy’s blind enthusiasm for solving dilemmas. Freddy’s logic stems from his gift of storytelling, his tales of his ancestors and his recall of situations past. Freddy’s physical strength comes to the fore on occasions it is needed and although reserved in many ways, when action is needed, Freddy is at the forefront of confronting dilemmas.
Penny & Pixie Piglet
PENNY & PIXIE are twin girl piglets. They are inseparable. Like all twins, they can read each other’s mind, feel what the other is feeling and finish each other’s sentences (with snorts). They grovel and wallow and eat practically anything. They (kindly, of course) stick their snouts into everybody’s business. But everyone puts up with it because they are clever and they are avid students of life keen to learn and grow, enthusiastic for knowledge. Penny & Pixie live in the pigpen next to the barn.
MARCELA is a Friesian calf – a keen participant in any adventure and a positive force in the group as she is not easily rattled – a trait that is, not surprisingly, appreciated and needed in the life of the Barnyard. As is her strength that she is happy to use when the occasion arises. She’s a bit of a thinker. Spending most of her life in the paddock means that thinking is a good way of passing time. She’ll join in the barnyard activities but is quite happy with her own company.
Klaus The House Mouse
KLAUS is a cute and feisty house mouse who lives in the homestead. He is quite fastidious and precise, prides himself on his appearance and is quite adept at keeping himself out of sight if there’s danger about. And his size and his ability to gnaw his way through anything is very handy. Klaus is a good friend to all the barnyard animals.
Uncle Tim the Koala
UNCLE TIM is a creature of reason. He is warm, cuddly and, from his vantage point up his tree is a very useful early warning system when danger approaches.
Kenny Kangaroo and Joey Joey
KENNY has been everywhere – bounding all over the farm and the nearby bush. And he knows everything about the area and the creatures that inhabit it. So there are heaps of things he has to teach his young, orphaned nephew JOEY JOEY. It’s all a bit too much for Joey Joey. He’s young. He wants to play. He misses his mum and dad. Letting him have fun as he grows up is something that Henrietta has to constantly remind Kenny about. The ground-speed of this pair is a handy asset in times of turmoil that demand a fast response.
KIRA is a nosy, flighty bird of aging years who can relay news and spread gossip faster than any other bush animal. She loves a good laugh and is the only one for kilometres around who likes Charlie’s jokes. And she’s not past being happy to spend a few hours having a chat.
Old Mr Wombat
OLD MR WOMBAT is a cantankerous old character who resides in his burrow not far from Tumbledown Creek. He tolerates Roddy (just) and his friends who often visit the nearby swimming hole – as long as he’s not disturbed and they keep the noise down.
MRS POSSUM is a busy old maid who occupies her time keeping her tree-house spick and span and eating anything off any tree that grows anything edible. If the trees are bare, she is prepared – with a store of nuts in the base of her treehouse. She’s dithery and can be quite a nuisance at times.
All songs, words & music by Roddy Lee & Tony King except Ging Gang Gooli – Traditional arrangment by Roddy Lee & Tony King
I Wouldn’t Live Anywhere Else