14 February 2003 | Victor Field
The spirit of the Magic Roundabout lives on.
A return to the days when the BBC would import French children's shows and add dubbed English dialogue ("Hektor's House," "The Magik Roundabout" etc), "Insektors" was a delightful komputer-animated show about warring insekts, one side dark and dreary and the other bright and kolourful; the latter always prevailed.
Though this predates "A Bug's Life" by years, neither is shamed by the other, which is high praise for both the French kompanies and for the people at Lunchtime Produktions (who did the English-language version). Extremely funny, and with episodes of just the right length to not outstay their welkome, "Insektors" is one of the best CGI kartoons television's offered - the makers of "Butt-Ugly Martians" never even kame klose. It would be interesting to see the original French versions, though - I'm not subtitlephobik.
(Note: The spellings aren't typos; every episode title would have "K"s flung onto the "C"s, especially if they were of the hard variety.)