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What are the Flumps exactly?

They're a typical loving family of furry characters that have rather big eyes and noses who also like to wear hats, wiggle their fingers, and have Yorkshire accents (Gay Soper) and had their own language quirks using obscure or nonsense words. 

They were burrow-dwelling creatures that lived and played in a ramshackle house at the bottom of a grimly forlorn garden.

Pootle Flump
The Flumps Outdoors


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Pom-pom, pom-pom, pom-pom-pom-pom...
Pom-pom, pom-pom, pom-pom-pom-pom...

Grandfather Flump


During early 2008, The Flumps theme tune was used in a series of adverts for Auto Trader magazine in the UK


In 1978, the BBC released a record, The Flumps (REC 309), that had 4 stories "Keep Fit", "Balloons", "Moon Shot" and "Something Different”.

The Flumps Record
The Flumps TV show DVD
The Flumps DVD


The Flumps DVD was released In 2000, followed by a promotional DVD by Contender Home Entertainment that was distributed by The Times. 


Stop Motion is a technique of animation involving physical models as opposed to drawings or CGI. The models have to be moved into a different pose for every frame. This sort of thing can take a very long time to film.

Stop motion animation can be thought of as just a series of still photographs. Objects or puppets are moved and filmed frame by frame to simulate movement. TV programs like The Wind in the Willows,

Paddington Bear, Postman Pat, The Flumps, Wallace and Gromit, and films like the original King Kong and Star Wars made heavy use of stop motion animation using miniatures and puppets. This was the only way to bring objects that cannot move by themselves to life on screen.

The advent of computer generated imagery has removed stop motion animation from the mainstream but its unique effect and the realistic textures it brings (since actual materials are used in filming) means it will not die out anytime soon. It is still widely used in artistic films, shorts, and commercials.

Notable feature-length films all done in stop motion animation and released in the “CGI boom era” are:

  • Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005)

  • Chicken Run (2000)

  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

  • Coraline (2009)


Stop motion example

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