Click Ludwig Image for a zipped wav of the theme music
This has to be one of the most bizarre but quite charming additions to Children's Television era. It concerned the adventures of an ovoid crystalline entity which liked to play music and draw things from inside the egg shaped outer shell (see characters below for visual). The creature draws out helicopter blades at the start of each episode in order to land safely. Throughout the series other items such as, violins, cellos, mechanical looking arms and legs are all drawn out of the shell for a particular purpose. The Egg shaped character was called Ludwig, a name given to him by the weird man with the binoculars and hat, who hangs out in the bushes spying on Ludwig and the forest animals. His, is the only narration in the series as the rest of the action centres around the animals, Ludwig's music and the items they come across. Ludwig, definitely had metal / mechanical legs but for some reason wore normal shoes. At least 14 episodes were made although there could well have been more. It was not a particular success with children, although today, my kids quite like it. Ludwig played with and entertained the other main characters in the five minute animation. These included, The cheeky Magpie, Mrs. Magpie, The timid Squirrel, The curious Owl and The troublesome Hedgehogs.
Episodes released included:
|A strange egg shaped object lands in the wood. Only Magpie is brave enough to go and check what is playing the music. Ludwig is here to stay
|The Hedgehogs youngsters have hiccups and it will not stop. Perhaps some music will help.
|A horn appears on the grass in the woods. As usual Magpie is first on the scene to check it out.
|Ludwig has a problem and only some glue will fix it. The woodland animals though get into all kinds of trouble with this sticky substance.
|Ludwig gives the animals kites. The young hedgehogs are literally swept off their tiny feet by the kites.
|The animals are introduced to the game of tennis. Owl in particular takes an interest in the game.
|The swing goes down a treat with the animals although it really was only built for one animal at a time.
|Winter hits the forest and the animals are shown how to skate on thin ice.
|Ludwig frightens some of the younger animals by creating stone look a likes.
|The young hedgehogs did not learn the lesson with the kite experience and suffer the same gusty problem with the umbrellas.
|Ludwig likes a game of football.
|A shiny coin proves too much for the cheeky young Magpie.
|Bubbles, bubbles everywhere but not where they should be - in the bath
|Magpie plays with a bell and discovers his reflection. Ludwig gives the other animals small shiny glass ball balls which they use to decorate the tree.
The Weird Man in the bushes
The Hedgehog Family
The Story of The Bell
As usual, the spy in the bushes is busy watching Ludwig and the forest animals at play. Ludwig is playing the violin and is surrounded by all the animals, except one. Magpie is not to be seen. Magpie is elsewhere in the wood as he has found himself a small shiny bell with a red ribbon attached. Magpie is excited about his find and rings the bell. Owl tells him to be quite as he is interrupting Ludwig's musical session. He tries to take it up to his nest but it is far too heavy for such a small bird. He crashes into a branch and by accident, the bell starts to fall to the ground with Magpie stuck inside. All the animals and Ludwig scatter as the bell crashes where they were playing. Thank goodness Magpie is okay. The small ball on the inside is easy to move but Magpie notices his reflection in it. He introduces it to Owl and the Hedgehogs.
Ludwig then opens up and from inside he gives all the animals ball balls of their own. they each can now look at their own reflections. The spy in the bushes is as usual watching all the proceedings. As the animals take their balls balls back to the tree, the whole plant shines like a Christmas tree. Magpie is still trying to repair the pieces of his ball. Ludwig plays a special piece of music on his cello for them.
|Jane Tann and Susan Kodicek
|David Yates Ltd.
|Ludwig Van Beethoven
|Mirek and Peter Lang
|Copyright Mirek Lang 1977