Re: Designers Magical Mystery Toolbox
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Designers Magical Mystery Toolbox is a long-running British television programme produced by the BBC that ran from 1974-2007. The programme depicts the adventures of a Designer of a large company who inherits from an old mysterious artist a toolbox filled with magical and mysterious tools. The Designer uses these tools not only to solve artistic problems but also to help ordinary people and right wrongs.
Six artists have headlined the series as the Designer, representing such diverse fields as advertising, marketing, professional art, media consulting, commercial art, and tee shirt design. The transition from one artist to another is written into the plot of the show using plot devices like promotion, retirement, alien abduction, involuntary confinement in a mental institution, and suicide. In each case, the passing along of the Designers Magical Mystery Toolbox--and, equally importantly, an explanation of how the tools work--occurs immediately before the change.
In addition, the tools themselves--which come to life using a mixture of traditional animation, puppetry, costumed little people, stop-action photography, and computer animation--changed over the course of the show’s run, with some tools being introduced to reflect changes in the design world. For example, in the late 1970s Basil the Brush was replaced by Marvin the Magic Marker, and in the early 1980s Sloane the Slide Rule was phased out and replaced with Colin the Calculator, a character who holds the distinction for being the most short-lived. When the show was finally cancelled in 2007, there were five Magical Tools left in the Toolbox:
Pete the Pencil
Timmy the Technical Pen
Simon the Stylus Pen
Phyllis the Photoshop Toolbar
Polly the Pad...
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