This 80s cartoon was originally a Welsh cartoon, and later dubbed into English. It did actually make it to the US in the 90s under the name of SuperTed Returns or something, but it was quite different, with Spotty remaining the only original cast member. Each episode would begin with the story on how SuperTed came to be.
This is a story about an ordinary teddy bear. When he was made, they found something wrong with him, and threw him away like a piece of rubbish into an old dark storeroom. Then from outer space, a spotty man bought him back to life with his cosmic dust. He took him to a magic cloud where Mother Nature gave him special powers. That bear became Super Ted!
I have very fond memories of coming home from school and watching this as a kid in the late 80s. His mortal enemies were Texas Pete, with his sidekicks skeleton and Bulk. His best friend and savior was Spotty.
SuperTed's powers are activated by his secret magic word, which (as the name suggests) remains a secret. SuperTed whispers it every time he or someone else is in peril and he transforms into a Superman type red suit with rockets built in to the boots. These allow him to fly.
In one episode, Bulk overhears the secret magic word and also whispers it, briefly acquiring identical powers to SuperTed. However, he subsequently forgets the word. I heard once that the magic word were actualy the words, magic word, although I have not been able to veryify this as yet. If anybody knows, then leave a comment!
When not battling them or other forces of evil, Ted and Spotty spent their time either in their tree-house home or up on an orbiting space station. Judging by Spotty, I reckon that they were probably doing gay stuff up there.
It does make you think though. He was thrown away because there was something wrong with him. What exactly was wrong with him? Its a very worrying fact that he has special powers and we have no idea why he was thrown away in the first place. For all we know, he could have a split personality, and one day he might flip out and destroy the entire planet. Nobody thought to check these things, did they? All we know is that there was something wrong with him. He looks perfectly healthy to me, so thats why I now have a phobia of teddy bears.
Anyway, great cartoon with an amusing bear and his blatantly gay spotted robot friend.
Spotty was very gay, and Skeleton in particular was also very camp. If you are in any doubt over the campness of Skeleton, please look at these select quotes
Do you mind? Barging in here without so much as a by your leave! I could?ve been doing something really personal!
Oh, Bulk. You are so uncouth.
Skeleton, let go! You are pulling down my pants!
There isn?t anything else to hold onto!
Ooh, Tex! You are so naughty!
Youre cold? With all that blubber? Im positively chilled to the bone! And my mittens clash with my muffler!
Cant we steal it, Tex? Id look lovely in that tiara.
The dont make em like they used to do they!
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