Around the World with Willy Fog is a cartoon series whose theme tune still haunts the minds of those who watched it. It was based on Jules Verne’s novel and only ran for 26 episodes between 1983-1985 – the show seemed to go on forever with each episode depicting another stop on Fog’s race against time.
An English dub of the series was directed by Tom Wyner, which featured artists such as Cam Clarke (as Rigadon), Gregory Snegoff (Inspector Dix), Steve Kramer (as Constable Bully) and Mike Reynolds. While the series never achieved popularity in the United States, the English version found fame when it was broadcast on Children’s BBC in the United Kingdom. The UK even celebrated “National Willy Fog Day” which took place on April 28, 1988, when Andy Crane (the presenter of Children’s BBC at the time) sent copies of the lyrics of the song to anyone who wanted them for a mass sing-along of the theme tune.
With all of the international versions, the height of popularity remains in Spain, where in 2008, the series spawned a live-action theatrical musical show in celebration of its 25th anniversary!