George and Martha - Two hippopotamuses who happen to be best friends
on the animated series GEORGE AND MARTHA/HBO/1999-2000 (26 episodes).
The Nelvana/HBO preschool cartoon series was inspired by the
lighthearted children's stories written by James Marshall about two
Throughout all their activities like going to the
movies, playing at the beach, and just hanging around with each
other, George and Martha learn to accept their failings and maintain
their friendship. Nathan Lane is the voice of George, and Andrea
Martin is the voice of Martha.
Their friends include Penny the
Flamingo (Robin Duke), Frieda (Kathryn Greenwood), Anton (Greg
Kramer), Oscar/Valerie Chuckles the hyena (Debra McGrath), Bud
Chuckles the hyena (Colin Mochrie), Wilde/Eton (Sean Cullen), and
Duke the Toucan (Tony Rosato).
TRIVIA NOTE: The idea for the
George and Martha come about one fateful summer afternoon in 1971
while James Marshall lay on a hammock drawing pictures at his
mother's house in Hilotus, a little town outside of San Antonio,
Texas. Inside, his mother was watching the film Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf
on TV with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as the protagonists
George and Martha. And so the hippos were born.
Marshall wrote seven George and Martha books before his death in
1992. A few years later, "George and Martha: The Complete
Stories of Two Best Friends," the 25th anniversary compilation edition
of all seven of Marshall's books—thirty-five stories—was published by
Houghton Mifflin Company.
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