|Rex the Runt|
|Genre|| Live action |
Stop motion animation
|Created by||Richard Goleszowski|
|Developed by||Aardman Animations|
|Written by||Richard Goleszowski |
David Max Freedman
|Directed by||Richard Goleszowski|
|Creative directors||Peter Holmes|
|Voices of|| Andrew Franks |
Arthur Smith Sean Connolly Doug Wort Beverley Cressman
|Theme music composer||Kevin Wrench |
|Opening theme||"Rex the Runt"|
by Kevin Wrench
|Ending theme||"Rex the Runt"|
by Kevin Wrench
|Composers||Stuart Gordon |
|Country of origin||United Kingdom United States|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Executive producers||Executive Producers for Aardman:|
Executive Producer for BBC:
Executive Producers for Egmont Imagination:
Tom Van Waveren
|Producers||Michael Rose |
|Cinematography||Frank Passingham |
|Editors||Ben Jones |
|Running time||10 minutes|
|Production companies|| Aardman Animations |
|Original network||BBC Two UK Techtv USA Atom.com|
|Picture format||Season 1 4:3 Season 2 16:9|
|Audio format||Dolby Surround|
|Original release||21 December 1998 –|
16 December 2001
Rex the Runt is a British live action stop motion animated claymation pixilation comedy series, primarily consisting of a television show and two short films produced by Aardman Animations for BBC Bristol in association with EVA Entertainment and Egmont Imagination. Its main characters are four plasticine dogs: Rex, Wendy, Bad Bob and Vince.
Rex was first introduced as a minor character in Ident (1989), a short film directed by Richard Goleszowski for the Lip Synch series.During the seven years of development of the characters, Goleszowski produced three pilots, subtitled How Dinosaurs Became Extinct (1991), Dreams (1991) and North by North Pole (1996).
Thirteen ten-minute episodes of the series aired over two weeks on BBC2 from December 1998.A second thirteen episode series aired from September 2001 on the same channel. As well as the core cast guest voices included Paul Merton, Morwenna Banks, Judith Chalmers, Antoine de Caunes, Bob Holness, Simon Day, Bob Monkhouse, Jonathan Ross, Graham Norton, Arthur Smith, June Whitfield, Kathy Burke, Pam Ayres and Eddie Izzard.
The animation is unusual in that the models are almost two-dimensional and are animated to exaggerate this - they are flattened in appearance and animated on a sheet of glass with the backgrounds behind the sheet. In 2021, Peter Lord said AardBoiled's uploading Rex the Runt Season's 1 and 2 and Compilation's
Many one-off and recurring characters in Rex The Runt are voiced by various well-known UK celebrities. These include:
Several episodes of Rex the Runt contain inside references to other projects created by Aardman Animations:
|1||Holiday in Vince||The Runts try to cure Vince of his Random Pavarotti Disease (a Tourette syndrome-like singing of phrases of opera) by miniaturising a submarine to go on a journey through Vince's brain.||21 December 1998|
|2||The Adventures on the Telly, Part I||After their television getting broken, the Telly Man wants them to cover for him while he is fixing the family's TV. First, they need to find money to start their adventure, which causes Bad Bob to accidentally Rob a bank.||23 December 1998|
|3||The Adventures on the Telly, Part II||The family is short of money again, and lend themselves to Dr. Dogg's animal experiments. NOTE: This episode is an expanded version of the pilot "North by North Pole".||24 December 1998|
|4||The Adventures on the Telly, Part III||After accidentally destroying the Earth, the Runts head towards a black hole.||25 December 1998|
|5||Bob's International Hiccup Centre||Bob loses his comic timing, so he turns to medicine.||31 December 1998|
|6||Easter Island||The Runts' helicopter crash lands on Easter Island, where they meet visiting aliens who resemble the local statues.||22 December 1998|
|7||Too Many Dogs||After Rex's house is stolen, the Runts go back in time to recover it, and meet parallel versions of themselves.||22 December 1998|
|8||The Trials of Wendy||Wendy is arrested after shooting Vince. After she is proven not guilty, she starts to make a name for herself, causing Rex the Runt to get cancelled by the Telly.||27 December 1998|
|9||Stinky's Search for a Star||The Runts enter a talent contest hoping to win enough money to pay the gas bill.||21 December 1998|
|10||Under the Duvet||The Runts visit the University of Love under their bed, while Vince falls in love with a vacuum cleaner.||30 December 1998|
|11||Johnny Saveloy's Undoing||Wendy joins Johnny Saveloy's following.||31 December 1998|
|12||The City Shrinkers||The Runts win Birmingham in the lottery. After shrinking it with their shrinking gun, Bad Bob and Wendy go on a city-shrinking craze.||23 December 1998|
|13||Carbonara||Rex is accidentally run through a sausage mincer, and must avoid the attentions of a hungry Vince.||1 January 1999|
Series 2 was aired between 23 September 2001 to 16 December 2001 (Excluding 2 December) on late nights, afterwords, each episode that air on the next Sunday, after CBBC on BBC 2, episode 11 however it was aired on BBC 2,
|1||Mouse in Me Kitchen||Upon returning home, Rex finds that his kitchen has been occupied by a mouse.||23 September 2001 [REPEAT] 30 September 2001|
|2||Wendy's Hot Date||Wendy gets a date with a handsome dog, who is also called Rex.||30 September 2001 [repeat] 7 October 2001|
|3||Patio||The garden ants object when the Runts lay down a patio.||7 October 2001 [repeat] 14 October 2001|
|4||A Crap Day Out||A new garden centre is opening, and Bad Bob needs a new shed.||14 October 2001 [repeat] 21 October 2001|
|5||Slim Bob||Bad Bob consults Dr. Dogg about weight loss.||21 October 2001 [repeat] 28 October 2001|
|6||Private Wendy||Vince, Wendy, Rex and Bob join the army.||28 October 2001 [repeat] 4 November 2001|
|7||Rocket Raymond||The inhabitants of a distant planet believe that Rex is their hero, Rocket Raymond.||4 November 2001 [repeat] 11 November 2001|
|8||The Plasticene Gene||Dr. Dogg cons Rex out of his ear, and later clones Vince.||11 November 2001 [repeat] 18 November 2001|
|9||Wendy's New Hairdo||Wendy gets a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for her truth drug.||18 November 2001 [repeat] 25 November 2001|
|10||Wayne the Zebra||With Rex on holiday, Bob is left in charge of a production involving "The Beast of Crannock Moor", but can his choice for the star character, Wayne the Zebra, fulfil expectations?||25 November 2001 [repeat] 2 December 2001|
|11||The Art of Cooking||Bad Bob steals Rex's food creations and enters them in an art exhibition.2||December 2001 [repeat] 9th December 2001|
|12||Bob Joins a Gang||Bad Bob joins a not-so-bad gang.||9 December 2001 [repeat] 16 December 2001|
|13||Hole in the Garden||Bad Bob's lawn mower crashes through the garden and lands in Australia.||16 December 2001|
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