Roary the Racing Car

Roary the Racing Car is a 2007 British stop-motion children's television series created by David Jenkins and produced by Chapman Entertainment and Cosgrove Hall Films. It follows the adventures of Roary and his four racing car friends at Silver Hatch race track.

Roary the Racing Car
Nickelodeon
Series 1 characters (from left to right): F.B, Zippee, Tin Top, Dinkie, and Mr. Carburettor (behind Tin Top), Hellie, Maxi, Big Chris, Rusty (behind Big Chris), Roary, Marsha, Flash, Cici, Drifter, Plugger, and Farmer Green.
GenreComedy
Children's Television show
Created byDavid Jenkins
Directed byTim Harper
Voices ofMaria Darling
Tim Whitnall
Marc Silk
Peter Kay (UK)
Dominic Frisby
Kerry Shale (US)
Katie Leigh (US)
Phil Lollar (US)
Narrated bySir Stirling Moss (UK)
Sam Hornish Jr. (US)
Theme music composerAlan Coates and Kim Goody
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes108
Production
Executive producerGreg Lynn
ProducerKeith Chapman
Running time10 minutes (approx.)
Production companiesChapman Entertainment
Cosgrove Hall Films
DistributorTarget Entertainment[1]HIT Entertainment (US)
Release
Original networkFive
Nick Jr.
Picture format576i (16:9)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original release7 May 2007 (2007-05-07) –
29 September 2010 (2010-09-29)
Chronology
Related showsFifi and the Flowertots
External links
Website

OverviewEdit

PlotEdit

The series follows the lives and adventures of five racing vehicles, Roary, Maxi, Cici, Drifter, Tin Top, and the people which they still work for, Big Chris the mechanic, Marsha the race marshall and the owner of the race track, Mr Carburettor. Also there's PC Pete, Farmer Green, Molecom the Mole, Flash the Rabbit and many more. The plot sometimes revolves around other vehicle characters, such as Rusty, FB, Nick, Plugger, Zippee the Scooter, Hellie the Helicopter, Breeze the Beach Buggy, Conrod, James, and Loada the Lorry.

SettingEdit

Roary the Racing Car is set around a fictional motor racing circuit called Silver Hatch (a portmanteau of the names of the two British Grand Prix racing circuits, Silverstone and Brands Hatch). The majority of the action takes place at the track's pits and workshop, although we often follow the cars on their laps around the track. Occasionally, the characters venture to external locations such as the nearby beach.

NarrationEdit

Every story begins and ends with some brief narration normally from racing car driver Sir Stirling Moss. He is also used as a voice-over. The US version is narrated by American stock car driver Sam Hornish Jr.

Characters and voice castEdit

Main charactersEdit

Side charactersEdit

ProductionEdit

The series uses a combination of computer-generated imagery and stop-motion animation; the stop frame animation was initially provided by Cosgrove Hall Films, the producer of Noddy's Toyland Adventures, Little Robots, the 2003 Postman Pat series, and many other shows produced by said company, and latterly by Chapman Entertainment's own in-house studio. The series was originated by David Jenkins, who spent four years working in senior management at Brands Hatch Race Circuit. The idea was conceived while watching the Grand Prix on television with his then-18-month-old son, Tom. It was designed and developed by Keith Chapman, creative director of Chapman Entertainment and the creator of Bob the Builder (both 1998 and the later 2015 series), Fifi and the Flowertots, and later, PAW Patrol, and the series executive producer is Greg Lynn. When the show came to the US, HIT Entertainment took the distribution rights, along with Fifi and the Flowertots.

EpisodesEdit

Series 1 (2007–2009)Edit

Overall Episode Title Description
01 01 Roary's First Day Roary feels nervous as he waits to take part in a big race and Big Chris reminds him of his first day at Silver Hatch.
02 02 Roary Slips Up Roary feels foolish and very oily when he forgets to clean up a mess before a big race occurs.
03 03 Big Chris Flags It Up When Marsha suddenly comes down with a cold and gets sent home, Big Chris mistakes Marsha's flags for oil rags when he accidentally sends fuel dripping onto the ground instead of into Roary's fuel tank.
04 04 Express Delivery Roary fetches a box of six eggs, together with a bottle of milk from the farm for Big Chris, but unfortunately, he ends up breaking the eggs and spilling the milk over and over again.
05 05 Roary's Day at the Seaside Roary spends a day at the beach with Big Chris, Tin Top, and Plugger.
06 06 Roary Takes Off Big Chris discovers a new way of cleaning Roary's fuel intake.
07 07 Cici Takes the Blame (Zizzy Takes the Blame in North America) Marsha's picnic blanket is badly damaged and she believes that Cici is to blame.
08 08 Big Chris' Big Workout Big Chris tries to prove to Marsha that he is in good shape after she rescues Roary before he can.
09 09 Flash Flips Out (Furzz Flips Out in North America) Flash causes a problem when Roary and the other cars test out their new turbo chargers.
10 10 Rusty Remembers Rusty the caravan needs Roary to cheer him up, despite Big Chris being repeatedly told by Marsha to find a certificate before an inspector comes to the race track.
11 11 Easy on the Fuel Roary tries to include Maxi in the big race, even after he runs out of fuel.
12 12 Communication Breakdown Roary has a crash and is overheating at Hare-pin bend and Marsha and Zippee the Scooter must find a way to get him back to be fixed when the walkie-talkies break down.
13 13 Blue Light Job Big Chris tries to fix Drifter's neon light.
14 14 Make Your Mind Up Roary The gang prepare for a special trip, but Roary cannot decide whether the Silver Hatch crew should go to the countryside or the beach.
15 15 Workshop Roary Roary and Tin Top offer to run the workshop while Big Chris has a nap.
16 16 Tip Top Tin Top Tin Top impresses a visiting car designer.
17 17 Tunnel Vision Roary helps Maxi get over a fear of the dark.
18 18 Molecom Makes Music Molecom wants to be more musical like Big Chris.
19 19 Roary Goes Missing Roary gets stuck at the beach, but no one knows where he is, not even Marsha.
20 20 Mamma Mia Mr. Carburettor learns that his mother, Mamma Mia, is coming to visit.
21 21 Surround Sound Big Chris is annoyed when his karaoke machine breaks down just when he needs to rehearse for an important competition.
22 22 Plugger's on the Case (Lugga's on the Case in North America) Plugger discovers that he cannot do everything by himself - sometimes he needs his friends to help him.
23 23 Big Chris Learns to Fly Big Chris has problems while flying in Hellie.
24 24 Musical Mayhem Hellie the Helicopter breaks down and is unable to take Mr. Carburettor to the opera.
25 25 Breaking Promises Maxi is angry when Roary is offered his spare tyre warmers overnight.
26 26 Secret Treasures Roary, Tin Top and Drifter head to the beach to find some buried treasure, just like pirates.
27 1 Roary on Thin Ice On a cold day at Silver Hatch race track, Roary must find a way to warm everyone up in time for an important race.
28 2 Drifter's Last Day (Dragga's Last Day in North America) The cars worry that Drifter is to be taken to the scrapheap for good.
29 3 Out of Juice Big Chris takes delivery of special rainwater to make the cars run more smoothly, and Maxi drinks it all without sharing.
30 4 Roary's Wake Up Call Farmer Green has problems getting up in the mornings, so Roary finds a way to help.
31 5 Big Chris Says Sorry Big Chris thinks that Marsha is cross with him after he accidentally tells Mr. Carburettor that she made a mistake.
32 6 Maxi's New Engine Maxi's engine needs to be rebuilt, so he has to use a tractor engine, much to his horror.
33 7 Busy Day for Big Chris Big Chris struggles to find time to relax, because, every time he sits down, someone at Silver Hatch race track wants his help.
34 8 Tin Top Gets Scared Flash the rabbit decides to play a mischievous trick on Tin Top.
35 9 Roary Loses A Friend Big Chris accidentally throws away Roary's lucky teddy, and sets out to retrieve it before it reaches the rubbish dump.
36 10 Spooky Forest Maxi tricks the friends into thinking that the forest is haunted.
37 11 FB in the Fast Lane FB competes against Roary at the racetrack - along with disastrous results!
38 12 Roary Goes Back to School Roary heads back to school to brush up on his safety skills.
39 13 Rabbit That Yelled Stop Flash challenges Roary to take part in a race.
40 14 Cici Gets Fired Up (Zizzy Gets Fired Up in North America) Silver Hatch Race Track suffers a fuel crisis, so everyone relies on solar-powered Cici!
41 15 Stars 'n' Cars Big Chris is invited to sing karaoke on TV.
42 16 Crash Test Roary Roary is nervous about racing after crashing into a tree while racing against Maxi.
43 17 Roary Sees Red Cici gets stuck in the mud during a rainstorm while helping Farmer Green and FB with their annual hay harvest.
44 18 Rusty Takes A Trip Roary and his friends plan a surprise for Rusty.
45 19 Roary Cleans Up His Act Roary tackles a water shortage at Silver Hatch race track to make sure that he and the gang are ready in time for a tremendously important photo shoot!
46 20 Green-Eyed Roary Maxi chooses Cici as his training partner, making Roary jealous.
47 21 Big Chris Forgets Marsha celebrates her birthday, but Big Chris forgets all about the occasion.
48 22 Big Chris Babysits Big Chris looks after Roary and Cici, but it seems that he is the one who needs babysitting!
49 23 Roary and Nigel Roary makes friends with Nigel the crab, who lives in a rock pool on the beach.
50 24 Roary Gets It Wrong Farmer Green asks Roary to deliver parcels around the track, but in spite of his singing that he does while driving around the track, Roary gets the parcels all mixed up. What a muddle!
51 25 Computer Calamity Mr Carburettor announces he wants to move with the times and be more modern.
52 26 Roary Digs Deep Roary faces his demons when he races against Maxi.

Series 2 (2009-2010)Edit

Overall Episode Title Description
53 01 Cici Spectacular (Zizzy Spectacular in North America) Roary tries to ease Cici's nerves when Mr Carburettor asks her to perform one of her stunts in front of a big crowd.
54 02 Dodgems Marsha tries her best to be the mechanic for the day while Big Chris takes a nap.
55 03 Flash The Marshall Mr Carburettor wants Flash to get out of Silver Hatch race track forever, but Flash is given a second chance to stay by becoming a race marshall.
56 04 Tall Story Roary The Silver Hatch team must find a way to bring Roary back to the race track after the loud-speakers (voiced by Big Chris) break down, and he has an accident.
57 05 Hot Stuff The cars go on a day trip to the beach.
58 06 Car Boot Sale Big Chris tries to get rid of his junk at Farmer Green's car boot sale.
59 07 Testing Time For Maxi PC Pete and his important police car Nick visit Silver Hatch to give the cars their road tests, but Maxi fails every single one. Oh no!
60 08 Horse Powered Dinkie Maxi and Drifter have an accident and they both become stuck in a ditch.
61 09 Flash's Tea Party (Furzz's Tea Party in North America) Flash the rabbit invites everyone for afternoon tea, but he forgets to tell them to bring a dish.
62 10 FB's Sleepover (Trucksy's Sleepover in North America) FB is invited to a sleepover at the workshop with the cars.
63 11 Hellie's a Winner Maxi accuses Hellie of cheating when he joins the cars out on the track.
64 12 Cry Cold Big Chris catches a cold, and enjoys being fussed over so much that he decides not to tell everyone when he starts to feel better.
65 13 Motormouth A commentator (Murray Walker) is invited to commentate for a very big race.
66 14 Demolition Derby Tin Top keeps crashing into things, and Big Chris tries to help him focus his energy into something productive.
67 15 Manners, Please Farmer Green and FB are nervous about going to Mamma Mia's garden party, so James and the other cars teach them how to behave at the event.
68 16 Crash Test Roary Hellie the Helicopter has trouble getting airborne again after breaking down and crashing.
69 17 Plugger's New Job (Lugga's New Job in North America) James breaks down, causing Mamma Mia to ask Plugger to drive her around, but when the pair have fun together, the out-of-action chauffeur begins to get jealous.
70 18 Big Chris' Fun Run Big Chris is uncertain about taking part in a fun run, so Roary and Plugger try to make sure he trains for it without realising.
71 19 Silver Hatch Heroes A film director visits Silver Hatch to record his new movie.
72 20 Nick Solves the Case Nick solves the case of the missing bio fuel.
73 21 Crash Landing Hellie makes an emergency landing. Despite everyone's efforts, Hellie won't fly again - what could the problem be?
74 22 Hi-Tech Overload Drifter's computer has overloaded and he became stranded in the countryside. Meanwhile, he starts to enjoy the peace and quiet.
75 23 Silver Hatch Stars Conrod and Roary rescue Breeze when she gets stuck on a cliff edge.
76 24 New Juice Conrod and Maxi have a race to test out some biofuel.
77 25 Simply The Best Plugger rescues Molecolm, and Roary tries to beat his best lap time.
78 26 Heavy Loada Loada gets stuck in the sand on the beach and released that sand and lorries don't mix!
79 27 Marsha's Wonderful Life Marsha overhears her friends and she believes that she is bossy, so, she decides to take Zippee and depart Silver Hatch for good.
80 28 Silver Hatch Shapes Up Conrod is having trouble with his engine and Loada has a rattling sound in his engine.
81 29 Silver Hatch Pizza Mr Carburettor wants pizza for Lunch, but what's he going to do when the pizzeria is closed?
82 30 Homesick Tin Top The cars try to cheer up Tin Top when he feels homesick.
83 31 How The Hatch Was Won Big Chris and Tin Top are watching a cowboy film, but someone is causing trouble on the race track!
84 32 Law and Order Mr Carburettor is fed up with the cars running amok on his track and summons Bill and Nick to restore order to the track. But might our overzealous policeman overstep the mark?
85 33 Mum's The Word Big Chris' mum is visiting Silver Hatch as is Mamma Mia
86 34 FB For Football Big Chris and his friends decide to play Football on the beach.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ McLean, Tom (18 February 2009). "Target Brings New Fifi, Roary Series to MIPTV". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 3 August 2021.

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