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"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 store room. Then from outer space a spotty man brought him to life with his cosmic dust. He took him to a magic cloud where Mother Nature gave him special powers. That bear became... SuperTed!"
Fly off to the making of superted.
SuperTed was created by Mike Young. The story grew from tales Young told his stepson, which later became a series of more than 100 books.
The books were noticed by Welsh television channel S4C, which approached Young to suggest creating an animated show.
SuperTed was first broadcast as a Welsh-language cartoon on 1 November 1983, S4C's first day of transmission. It was made by Siriol Productions, the company formed by Young and his wife in Pentyrch, near Cardiff. Also at Siriol were animator Dave Edwards and writer/producer Robin Lyons.
49 episodes of SuperTed were made by Siriol, along with a special film made specifically for the Welsh Office. Supersafe With Superted was a public information film featuring SuperTed, Spotty and his sister Blotch, created to help teach children about road safety. It included scenes of Cardiff Castle, Castle Street and the Arms Park Stadium.
The cartoon was later dubbed into English and was shown throughout the UK by the BBC. It was a huge success, winning a number of awards including the 1987 BAFTA for best animation.
In 1984 SuperTed became the first British cartoon series to be shown in the US on the Disney Channel. 36 episodes were later released on six video cassettes by Walt Disney Home Video.
In 1989 Hanna-Barbera renamed the show The Further Adventures Of SuperTed, creating a new theme song and more villains to join Texas Pete and his gang. Thirteen episodes were made with a new animation style, with different actors providing many of the voices.