Cult Cartoon Essentials: The Telebugs

The Telebugs was a cartoon series that lasted for three seasons (86 episodes) between 1986 and 1987.

The show consisted of three good Telebugs C.H.I.P. (Coordinated Hexadecimal Information Processor), S.A.M.A.N.T.H.A. (Solar Activated Micro Automated Non-inTerference Hearing Apparatus) and B.U.G. (Binary Unmanned Gamma camera) – who were accompanied by a flying video pack called M.I.C. (Mobile Independent Camera).

All the male voices were provided by Ron Moody (Oliver!) and the female voices by Suzy Westerby.

There was also a fourth Telebug – Zudo Bug – who short circuited and turned evil.

The Telebugs were invented by Professor Brainstrain (aka Pwofessor Bwainstwain, owing to his unfortunate speech impediment) and together they teamed up to stop evil schemes from the likes of Baron Bullybyte, Magna, Angel Brain, and Arcadia, whilst working as reporters for a TV executive named Mr McStarch.

The series was also best known for its closing theme song “I Have a Heart” (which debuted in season 2) written by American singer, pianist and songwriter Mort Shuman. It was sung by Samantha in season 2 and American disco singer George McCrae in season 3.

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