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Roary the Racing Car is an animated children's television show, which is currently broadcast by PBS Kids Sprout, Milkshake! on Five, Discovery Kids Latin America and Nick Jr. in the UK. Produced by Chapman Entertainment, the producers of Fifi and the Flowertots, It follows the adventures of Roary and his race car friends at Silver Hatch race track. Roary is a red racing car shaped similarly to a grand prix car. He lives at the Silver Hatch racing circuit.

The stop frame animation was initially provided by Cosgrove Hall Films, and latterly by Chapman Entertainment's own in-house studio the series uses a combination of computer-generated imagery (Created by Studio Liddell [516333]) and stop-motion animation.

The series was originated by David Jenkins, who spent four years working in senior management at Brands Hatch Race Circuit. It was designed and developed by Keith Chapman, creative director of Chapman Entertainment and the originator of Bob the Builder and Fifi and the Flowertots. The series executive producer is Greg Lynn.

The Setting

Roary the Racing Car is set around a motor racing circuit called Silver Hatch (an amalgamation of the names of the two British Grand Prixmarker racing circuits, Silverstonemarker and Brands Hatchmarker). It takes place in the pits and the workshop. Roary and his friends all live at Silver Hatch.

The Characters

The voices for the characters come from Peter Kay, Maria Darling, Dominic Frisby, Marc Silk, Tim Whitnall and Frank Welker. In the US version some voices are by Kerry Shale.

Vehicular characters

Roary the Racing Car

Roary is a young and enthusiastic junior single-seater racing car. He is the main character in the show and is Big Chris' "number one star". Roary is inexperienced and he often makes mistakes. However, with the help of his friends, he always learns from them. Roary wears a white baseball cap and with a number 1 emblazoned in a red star. Roary's catchphrase is "Light 'em up". He is voiced by Maria Darling.

Maxi

Maxi is an older yellow Formula 1 type racing car who was the star of Silver Hatch before Roary arrived. He is temperamental and expects the best of everything - including first use of the tyre warmers. He wears sunglasses and a blue cap and sports the number 5. Maxi is Italian and is the favourite of Mr Carburettor. Maxi's catchphrase is "Mamma Mia!" He speaks in a mock Italian accent, although this is de-emphasized in the US voiceover. When starting a race Maxi can make flames erupt from his exhaust. There is a healthy sibling rivalry between Maxi and Roary. Voiced by Marc Silk.

CiCi (Zizzy)

CiCi (known as "Zizzy" in the US voiceover) is a bright pink and flirtatious stunt car with a number 3 painted on her front. She carries solar panels on her roof and is always challenging Roary to "Catch me!" CiCi is French and has a French accent. Her catchphrase is "Race you!". She is one of Roary's best friends and the first car to talk to and race Roary on his first day. CiCi and Roary seem to have a crush on each other, though CiCi is often very impressed by Maxi as well. Voiced by Maria Darling.

Tin Top

Tin Top is a big and powerful stock car. He often takes his corners too fast and wide and regularly ends up in either the Sand trap, the tyre wall or the mud, generally in a tangled heap of disconnected parts. Tin Top's catchphrase is appropriate given his frequent visits to the workshop: "Tape me up, hammer me in and send me out!" He speaks in a mock-American accent, and is voiced by Peter Kay. Like Maxi, Tin Top can make flames come out of his tailpipes. In the US version, Tin Top speaks in a stereotypical "urban" accent, and does not seem to have a catchphrase. Voiced by Peter Kay.

Drifter (Dragga)

Drifter (known as "Dragga" in the US voiceover) is a very hi-tech Drift racing car. In line with his name he can be observed to exhibit extreme oversteer handling characteristics, with his tail end swinging out wide on every corner. He has an on-board computer with a head up display in his windscreen. Drifter has a fabulous dragon on his sides and also sports blue neon undertray lighting. He speakes in a mock Japanese accent. Drifter's catchphrase in the UK version is "Go-go nitro boost!"; he does not have a catchphrase in the US version. Voiced by Marc Silk.

Rusty

Rusty is an old, rusty, immobile caravan who lives at Silver Hatch. He is often found to be sleeping, but rarely minds being woken up by the other characters and he enjoys reminiscing about his time as a mobile caravan. He can give useful advice, but often entirely by accident. Big Chris lives in Rusty. Voiced by Dominic Frisby.

Plugger (Lugga)

Plugger (known as "Lugga" in the US voiceover) is a 4x4 off-road vehicle, or "mud-plugger". Plugger is the most laid-back character at Silver Hatch and he never gets rushed or panic-stricken. In the UK version, he speaks with a soft Caribbean accent; in the US version, he speaks in a mild Southern drawl. He often uses his telescopic winch to rescue Roary and Maxi from mud, gravel, or sand. Plugger can often be heard uttering his catchphrase "No need to race, Plugger's on the case!" Voiced by Dominic Frisby.

FB (Trucksy)

FB (known as "Trucksy" in the US voiceover) is Farmer Green's pickup truck. He is usually seen with Farmer Green, or playing with CiCi and Roary. Voiced by Dominic Frisby.

Zippee the scooter

Zippee is Marsha's motor scooter. Zippee is of indeterminate gender as the only vocalizations made by Zippee are a beeping sound, similar to a small car horn.

Hellie the Helicopter

Hellie is a bright red and purple helicopter, who transports Mr. Carburettor around the track. He has a large headset which he uses to communicate with the ground-crew, usually broadcasting a booming "Hellie is Go!" Voiced by Marc Silk.

James

James is a silver classic sports car, who takes Mamma Mia wherever she needs to go. He has several gizmos and gadgets including an ejector seat, an umbrella, water cannons and a towel. His catchphrase is, "The name's James", and he speaks with a posh British accent. Voiced by Marc Silk.

Nick

Nick is the Silverhatch police car, who works with P.C Pete to keep the cars safe. He enjoys playing with the other cars and he wishes he could race with them too. His catchphrase is "Wicked!" Voiced by Marc Silk.

Breeze

Breeze is a beach buggy who lives at the beach at Silverhatch. He is good at stunts like CiCi and loves it when the other cars come to visit. His catchphrase is "Life's a breeze", and he speaks with a strong Australian accent. Voiced by Frank Welker.

Loada

Loada is a transport truck who takes the cars to special occasions. He has lots of different stories from the road and he enjoys telling them to his friends. His catchphrase is "Lock n' Loada", and he has a slight Italian accent. Voiced by Tim Whitnall.

Human Characters

Big Chris

Voiced by Bolton-born comedian Peter Kay, Big Chris is Silver Hatch race track's mechanic. He occasionally commentates, and starts races. He lives in Rusty the caravan, and looks after the race track and cars. Big Chris has a typically northern catchphrase, "You bend it, you mend it." (The US version, much less mellifluous, is "You bend it, you fix it.") Big Chris is portrayed as being very messy and absent-minded, often "losing" objects directly in his line of sight, and eternally surprised by his own walkie-talkie. While working on the cars, he often practices his karaoke with an out-of-tune version of a song called "Motor Man". Peter Kay also sings the "Roary The Racing Car" theme tune. In the US version he was voiced by Kerry Shale (known for his voice roles in Dennis the Menace and Budgie the Little Helicopter) who also sang the American version of the theme song.

Marsha

Marsha is a race marshall and the unofficial administrator of the Silver Hatch race track. She loves things to be tidy and organised, which often puts her into conflict with Big Chris. She is very fit and enjoys a good run. Her UK-version catchphrase is "Gears to go, brakes to slow!", while in the US version she has no catchphrase. She is also voiced by Maria Darling.

Mr. Carburettor

Mr. Carburettor is the flamboyant owner of Silver Hatch race track. In the original UK version, he speaks with a pronounced Italian accent, while his US counterpart has a New York accent. His favourite car is Maxi, who he considers to be the greatest car in all the world. He has a gold tooth, which sparkles in the sun when he smiles. He has a quick temper, often turning red and yelling that the object of his anger is "driving me up the ceiling!" He is a perfectionist who sometimes berates Big Chris for tardiness, although Marsha often covers for Big Chris in front of Mr. Carburettor. Mr. Carburettor often likes to watch his cars race around the track, usually cheering for Maxi, although he does congratulate the winner, whoever it may be. He shares the same catchphrase as Maxi, "Mamma Mia", and he can often be heard singing opera. For some reason Mr. Carburettor can't say Tin Top's name right. His first name has been revealed to be Antonio. Voiced by Tim Whitnall.

Farmer Green

Farmer Green owns the farm located just to the side of the Silver Hatch race track. He often waves as the cars zoom past. He owns Dinkie the Donkey, and likes to invent bio-fuels, which sometimes work, but often don't. His UK catchphrase is "Green by name, green by nature!", though like many of the other characters, his US counterpart has no catchphrase. Voiced by Tim Whitnall.

Mama Mia

Mama Mia is Mr. Carburettor's mother and the owner of James. When she first visited Silverhatch, it was thanks to Flash that she enjoyed the race (which resulted in every car except Roary crashing). Now she is a regular visitor to the racetrack. Her catchphrase is "Home James", and she speaks with an Italian accent. Voiced by Maria Darling.

P.C Pete

P.C Pete is the Silvehatch policeman and Marsha's younger brother. When he sees one of the race cars speeding away from the track, he calls to his police car, Nick to follow them. His catchphrase is "Follow that car", and he is voiced by Marc Silk.

Animal Characters

Flash (Furz)

Flash, known as "Furz" in the US dubbing, is an anthropomorphic rabbit, who lives under a tree on the edge of the track at "Hare-Pin Bend" (a play on 'hairpin turn'). He regularly tries to cause mischief, from small things like hiding equipment to intentionally trying to cause accidents by moving traffic cones around to divert the racing cars the wrong way. Flash really wants to be a racing driver and often challenges the Silver Hatch cars to race against him as he rides his high-powered skateboard. When Flash is caught getting up to no good you will often hear his catchphrase: "Flash, gotta dash!" In the US, he has several catchphrases: "Furz...must fly!" and "Chew my carrots!" being two oft-repeated ones. Voiced by Marc Silk.

Molecom

Molecom is a bespectacled mole who is often found clearing up the mess left behind after Flash has tried to cause havoc. Being a mole, he lives underground, and often digs out, causing molehills to appear when he comes up. By some kind of sixth sense, Molecom never seems to dig out through the track, although is often seen digging out through the concrete pit stop area. Voiced by Dominic Frisby.

Dinkie the Donkey

Dinkie is an old, grey donkey who is often seen at the side of the race track (and occasionally on it), with his ears flapping after the cars race past him. Dinkie's vocal effects are performed by Marc Silk.

Narration

Each story begins and ends with a brief narration from British Grand Prix legend, Sir Stirling Moss. He is never seen, but is used as a voice-over. The US version is narrated by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and former IndyCar driver Sam Hornish Jr.

Episode Guide

These are alphabetically;

  1. Big Chris Flags It Up
  2. Big Chris Learns to Fly
  3. Big Chris Says Sorry
  4. Big Chris's Big Workout
  5. Blue Light Job
  6. Braking Promises
  7. Busy Day For Big Chris
  8. Big Chris's Birthday
  9. Car Boot Sale
  10. CiCi Spectacular
  11. CiCi (Zizzy) Takes The Blame
  12. Cry Cold
  13. Communication Breakdown
  14. Dodgems
  15. Drifters Last Day
  16. Easy on The Fuel
  17. Express Delivery
  18. FB In The Fast Lane
  19. FB's Sleepover
  20. Flash Flips Out
  21. Flash's Tea Party
  22. Flash the Marshall
  23. Hellie's a Winner
  24. Horse Power Dinkie
  25. Hot Stuff
  26. Law and Order
  27. Let's Hear It For Big Chris
  28. Make Your Mind Up Roary
  29. Mama Mia
  30. Marsha's Wonderful Life
  31. Maxi's New Engine
  32. Molecom Makes Music
  33. Musical Mayhem
  34. Nick Solves the Case
  35. Out Of Juice
  36. Plugger's on The Case
  37. Rabbit Trouble
  38. Roary Goes Back To School
  39. Roary Goes Missing
  40. Roary Loses A Friend
  41. Roary On Thin Ice
  42. Roary Slips Up
  43. Roary Takes Off
  44. Roary's Day at The Seaside
  45. Roary's First Day
  46. Roary's Wake Up Call
  47. Rusty Remembers
  48. Secret Treasures
  49. Spooky Forest
  50. Surround Sound
  51. Tall Story Roary
  52. Tin Top Gets Scared
  53. Tip Top Tin Top
  54. Tunnel Vision
  55. Workshop Roary


External links

A new game (Pit Stop Panic) was added to the official site on 18/01/08


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