Frequentry Asked Questions

Welcome to the Doctor Snuggles FAQ, here you will find many of the often asked questions about Doctor Snuggles and his creator, Jeffrey O'Kelly. If you still have a questions that is not answered below then send us an email and will add it in. Click on the question below to move to the answer, click the question title for the answer to return to to the top of the page.

Q.1 When did you first think of creating Dr Snuggles?
Q.2 What gave you the inspiration to conjure up Snuggles and all the other chacters?
Q.3 What is your favarouite character in the series?
Q.4 What has been your greatest achievement to date?
Q.5 Do you think you are like Snuggles in  any way?
Q.6 Where are you currently Living?
Q.7 How do you spend your time?
Q.8 Do you have any favourite hobbies and interests?
Q.9 Which is your favourite Snuggles episode?
Q.10 What has been the best moment in your career with Snuggles?
Q.11 Do you have any children?
Q.12 Do you have any grandchildren?
Q.13 Is there another particular cartoon you like?
Q.14 What is your favourite country or place to visit?
Q.15 What is your favourite invention in any Snuggles episode?
Q.16 Do you have a special message for the fans present and future of Dr Snuggles?
Q.17 Who is writing the new Snuggles episodes?
Q.19 When will we see a new series of Dr Snuggles
Q.20 What are your future plans for Snuggles?

 

Q.1 When did you first think of creating Dr Snuggles?

A. It was in 1966, at the Regents Palace Hotel in London and I was having a cup of tea in the lobby when the idea came to me. I started to write on the back of an envelope, and I got through quite a few envelopes and old theatre pamplets from my pockets before the porters kindly gave me some paper. But they probably regretted the idea when I was still writting at midnight!

Q.2 What gave you the inspiration to conjure up Snuggles and all the other chacters?

A. I had a chameleon which I called Mooney Snuggless, which gave me the idea for the name. He had quite a character. Once he ran away and I couldn't find him anywhere. I had almost given up looking for my little green lizard when I spotted him clingin to the curtains. The curtains were green and yellow, and so we he! I wasmost impressed. Later, at the home of Ted Hughes, where I was writing my first film, I completed the philosophy of Doctor Snuggles being a benign little character, an eternal optimist who wants to make the world a better place and solve the problems of mankind as I saw then.

Q.3 What is your favarouite character in the series?

A. Apart from Dr Snuggles who is the hero of the piece, Uncle Bill, the fearless explorer. I had a real Uncle Bill who was Welsh and he was a German Prisoner of War and a fabulous guy. He and my wonderful Aunt Lizzlie were a great influence in my early life, so its not surprising I immortalised him in Doctor Snuggles.

Q.4 What has been your greatest achievement to date?

A.Seeing my characters take shape and fly out into the world, and of course, the great joy and comfort from my family.

Q.5 Do you think you are like Snuggles in  any way?

A. I believe I am most like Dr Snuggles because I am perennially optimistic, innovative and constantly striving to make things work with hope and ingenuity. Like the plump little inventor I never give up, and often come up with the solution when all others have failed. However, some people tell me I am the opposite of Dr Snuggles, and I am neither plump or little! They say I can be impatient and difficult, not to mention rather eccentric, although the real Miss Nettles tells me that I too am very cuddly!

Q.6 Where are you currently Living?

A. Tucked away in a little old farm house in the English Countryside.

Q.7 How do you spend your time?

I admit I lead a rather charmed life. Towards what you might call the end of the morning, my Miss Nettles brings me breakfast in bed, or if it is sunny, in the garden. I spend the day making calls and writing faxes towards my goal of spreading the Snuggles world, and my evening relaxing with friends and family.

Q.8 Do you have any favourite hobbies and interests?

A. Several, I like walking with my lurcher dog, Lena, in the countryside and  I keep an active eye on the development of media, communications and technology. I regularly enjoy boating with my sons, not to mention my passion for small aircraft and racing cars! I appreciate fine food and interesting real ales and meeting people from all walks of life, and I love travelling and seeing new things and different cultures wherever I go.

Q.9 Which is your favourite Snuggles episode?

A. Dr Snuggles and his Remarkable Wormobile, where the inventor journeys to the Amazon and meets Snarky Quark, and where Uncle Bill is turned into a butterfly and the Great Llama helps them in their quest.

Q.10 What has been the best moment in your career with Snuggles?

A. To date I have had three great moments from Snuggles:

1) Having Philips, Polygram and Siemens agree to help me make it, and seeing it translated into various  languages around the world.

2) Getting my rights back after an exhausting legal battle in 1985.

3) The fantastic and touching response I now have from all over the world on the internet from fans who have grown and demanding Snuggles be brought onto their TV screens so they may relive the happy memories and share them with their children. This has been brought about by the miracle of online communication and I see a great future for Snuggles beaming down the Internet. We are working on this at present.

Q.11 Do you have any children?

A. I have three sons and three daughters.

Q.12 Do you have any grandchildren?

A. I have three grandchildren. My granddaughter Rosie, my grandson Andreas and a recental arrival, Anthony Charles.

Q.13 Is there another particular cartoon you like?

A. I particularly like the older style cartoons like Mr Magoo, the Talking Parcel, the original Snow White film, although I do enjoy the new innovations in animation that I see and festivals like Annecy and Cannes.

Q.14 What is your favourite country or place to visit?

A. France, which I consider the Disneyland of Europe, at least until it embraced the worst aspects of Amirican culture! I also love Morocco where I lived in te desert for a while, and Atlas Mountains. Other places I have loved to visit where Italy, the west coast of Ireland and the Delaware Valley between Pennsylvannia and New Jersey, the Caribbean and parts of California including Desert Hot Springs. I also love parts of Scotland and Spain. In fact, the world is my wonderful fabulous oyster.

Q.15 What is your favourite invention in any Snuggles episode?

A. The Dreamy Boom Boom rocket and the Multi-Wherabouts Machine, but I also like Mathilda Junkbottom and all the other inventions which Dennis and the animals build with the help of the Badergraph.

Q.16 Do you have a special message for the fans present and future of Dr Snuggles?

A. My primary message to each and every one of you is that if you have any sort of a dream in your heart, you should work consistently to make it come true and it will certainly happen. Remember, with hope and determination you can do anything you want.

Q.17 Who is writing the new Snuggles episodes?

A. My Assistent Viviennt Hoffman has worked diligently in the last five yearrs to bring you unique and spellbinding new adventures. She is creative and imaginative, and apart from Angela, Sean and Jerome, who are currently working on the feature film, she is one of the few people I can confidently trust to continue the Snuggles' philosophy.

Q.18 Will there ever be a Dr Snuggles Film?

A. Yes indeed. At present we are working on a special which is shortly to be dubbed with great voices from the acting world and fabulous music called "Doctor Snuggles and Nearly the End of the World". We have a further two scripts completed, one for animation and one for live-action with special effects. Further to that, we have just completed a script which we are planning to turn into a virtual creality game called Dr Snuggles and the Planet of Games. This will come complete with an interactive boardgame and e-toys.

Q.19 When will we see a new series of Dr Snuggles

A. At present we are refining and editing the scripts while generating the financial funding to produce the new episodes which will continue the wonderful and wacky adventures of Dr Snuggles.

Q.20 What are your future plans for Snuggles?

A. To explode into virtual reality, 3D and motion capture and deliver the content by web broadcast, bringing you the most magnificent electronic voyage through Snuggles Land on the net. I also intend to build a theme world of Snuggles Land one day in the not too distant future. It will be quite unlike any theme park you have ever visited.

Currently, we are working on the preperation of six seasonal specials from New Year through to Christmas. Also we are building a catalogue of the greatest creative content ever assembled around this children's favourite global classic, the magical entertaining world of Dr Snuggles, with edutainment and other wondrous spin-offs that will amuse and educate generations to come.

Dr Snuggles was voted the first non-violent children's show when it began broadcasting into the USA and other countries. It has now become a cult classic with a repeat following in over seventy countries of the world. We are tirelessly labouring to build the blocks to a better Snugles World for children and adults everywhere. Look out for the great Snuggles revolution on the web, the first children's classic hero of our times bouncing happily along the net and introducing you to the wonders and magic of Snugglesland.

If by chance you're passing by
On some adveture through the sky,
And if I'm fully awake,
Do stop in for tea and cake!