When you think about it, children's TV, past and present, is full of friendly, smiling presenters sticking their hands up various animals' bottoms. Harry Corbett was probably the first, giving Sooty cause to raise his eyebrows in mute surprise. I bet the little bear was happy when old ‘H’ popped his clogs. But then his dopey son, Matthew, came along and availed himself of a fluffy posterior.
And then there's Rod Hull and Emu - are you surprised he's such an aggressive bird?! Keith Harris's Orville deserves everything he gets, of course, but Gordon The Gopher's quite a lad. Do you think he's naturally that squeaky? Nope, unassisted by human digits he's a baritone for the local operatic society.
But what of Edd the Duck, Gordon’s replacement as CBBC mascot? Well, he may have a sore botty but at least he has the honour of his very own computer game. Striving for megastardom, Edd has to travel through the BBC studios collecting stars.
There are 20 stars in each level, but plenty of nasty creatures out to stop him. Hitting them with snowballs (?!)stuns them for a few seconds, allowing little Edd to waddle past.
When first released on the Speccy (Issue 84), Edd The Duck received a warm welcome from both Nick and myself. Okay, it owes more than a little to Rainbow Islands for inspiration, but that isn't such a bad thing. I'm a sucker for a good platform game, and Edd The Duck fits the bill (ho ho) nicely.
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Edd starts off on a new duckly adventure.