…they hate people:
Billed as the ‘Animal Magic of the 21’st Century’, the 15-part series is due to air on Monday and features real creatures with computer-generated mouths to give a realistic impression that they are actually talking.
Beginning in 1962, Animal Magic ran for more than 20 years and was a long-standing hit with families up and down the country.
It was presented by the kindly Johnny Morris and combined humanising voiceovers adapted to creatures at Bristol Zoo with basic educational features.
Who could object? Well…
But the Born Free Foundation claims the country has ‘moved on since Animal Magic’ and has called for the new series, filmed at Paignton Zoo in Devon, to be scrapped immediately for being ‘seriously misleading’.
*rolls eyes* Misleading how?
In a letter to CBBC’s controller and commissioning editor Cheryl Taylor, the charity’s president Will Travers condemned the show for making light of animals in captivity.
Oh, for pity’s sake….
Instead of crumpling the letter up and throwing it in the bin, the Beeb decided to give the publicity hound something else to whinge about.
Mr Travers received a reply from the BBC’s director of children’s Alice Webb, who likened the series to Seventies prison-based sitcom Porridge.
She added: ‘It isn’t funny because people are in prison, rather from the misunderstandings and mishaps of human interaction in small community.’
But Mr Travers said he was ‘astounded‘ by Ms Webb’s comparison.
Of course he did. Any excuse to run to the papers, eh, Will?
He added: ‘One is a dearly-loved comedy starring the late Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale. The other is about captive animals given human voices, expressing humanistic viewpoints about their totally artificial lives.
‘Prison is what we do to people who have done something so bad that society deprives them of their freedom.
‘A zoo is an entity that deprives wild animals of freedom for entertainment and dubious education.’
And preserves their species. Funny how that bit always slips out of your diatribe, eh?
A BBC spokesman told The Daily Telegraph: ‘There is widespread and mainstream scientific evidence about the positive educational and conservational value of good quality zoos, and we’d suggest people watch the programme before passing judgement.‘
So all you people who gave the Born Free Foundation money because they thought they existed solely for the laudable aim of rescuing abandoned and mistreated wild animals, you’ve been had. That was only part of their agenda.
Like all charities, they got too big.