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The Dreamstone
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Format Animated series
Created by Michael Jupp
Starring Gary Martin
Melvyn Hayes
John Franklyn-Robbins
Stuart Lock
Derek Wright
Richard Tate
Leonard Whiting
Anthony Jackson
Jackie Clarke
Peter Craze
Nancy Hendry
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52
Production
Running time 22 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Original run 25 September 1990 – 28 March 1995

The Dreamstone is a British animated television series that ran for four series of 13 episodes between 1990 and 1995. The original concept and artwork were created by Michael Jupp. The series was animated by the Filmfair animation studio (famous for producing The Wombles) as a Central production for ITV. In 1996 Filmfair was bought from the Caspian Group by the Canadian company Cinar, now known as Cookie Jar Entertainment. This resulted in Cookie Jar's ownership of the first two series, with ITV plc retaining ownership of the third and final series.

The Dreamstone is set in an alternative world called the 'Sleeping World,' and concerns itself principally with the struggle between good (personified by The Dream Maker, a Gandalf-esque white magician), and evil (personified by Zordrak, Lord of Nightmares).

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Principal characters

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The Land of Dreams

The Land of Dreams is also known as the light side of the planet, and is peopled by Noops (who live and work like humans) and Wuts (the defenders of the land, who fly around on leaves and ward off Zordrak's evil forces with globes of light).

  • The Dream Maker (voiced by John Franklyn-Robbins): Head of the Council of Dreammakers, also known as Lord Highest, he is responsible for mixing dream bubbles and sending them out to the sleeping world through the Dreamstone. He was responsible for ejecting Zordrak from the council, and the two have been mortal enemies ever since. The relationship is possibly based on that of Gandalf and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings mythology. The Dream Maker is quite a laid back character, though he can be quite fearsome when facing off against Zordrak and his henchmen.
  • Albert: The Dream Maker's pet dogfish. The story goes that the Dream Maker saw Albert in a dream, and liked him so much he decided to make him real. Albert swims in air rather than water and his personality is that of a loyal dog. Albert later became the mascot/logo for Martin Gates' production company.
  • Rufus (voiced by Stuart Lock): A Noop who enjoys dreaming so much that he has vivid daydreams. Sadly because of his over-active imagination, Rufus has trouble holding a job. After being fired from the waxworks in the first episode, Amberley suggests Rufus applies to be the Dream Maker's assistant, as he is perfectly qualified for it because of his constant daydreaming. Though Rufus lets his mind wander sometimes, he is a brave character and believes strongly in the friends he has. Rufus is the main protagonist of the series, and more often than not saves the day.
  • Amberley (voiced by Nancy Hendry): A female Noop who is Rufus's best friend. Amberley is the one who suggests that Rufus work for the Dream Maker. For a while she works at the baker's but it is later assumed that she, too, starts working for the Dream Maker. Amberley is quite a brave character although she does have a temper. She understands Rufus's daydreaming habit and tends to stick by him in most episodes. She was named after Amberley, West Sussex, a village creator Michael Jupp used to visit regularly.
  • Pildit (voiced by Derek Wright): The leader of the Wuts and The Dream Maker's most trusted ally, he is often called upon to defend the Land of Dreams from Zordrak's forces. He and the Dream Maker are old friends and often help support each other. It is Pildit that teaches Rufus and Amberley how to use the special leaves the Wuts use to fly.
  • Wildit (voiced by Jackie Clarke): Pildit's grandmother. Well-meaning, and as handy in a fight as her grandson. She has something of a crush on the Dream Maker. She is quite an eccentric character and tends to act younger than her years. Though when trouble comes she is just as good at planning as she is at having fun.
  • Spildit: Pildit's niece. A little female Wut who is prone to getting herself in trouble.
  • Mr. Blossom: The Dream Maker's gardener, a wizened old Wut who constantly seems to have something to complain about.
  • Wottles: The Wottles look very similar to Wuts, only they are much smaller and have furry chests. Their job is to look after the Dream Bottle trees from underground to make sure they are healthy. Two Wottles who often join Rufus and Amberley in their adventures are called 'Hat' and 'Egg'.
  • Planet Dreamstone: The planet itself seems to be a sentient being, able to talk to other characters. It speaks with a gentle, female voice, and is also a figure of authority in the Council of Dreammakers. Being the source of power for all Dreamstones in the universe, the planet is very powerful, and actually fights with Zordrak in "Megattack".

The Land of Nightmares

Zordrak, Lord of Nightmares, first appeared in the pilot episode.

The Land of Nightmares, also known as the dark side of the planet, is populated mostly by Urpneys, who basically resemble human beings except for the large bulbous nose and tails. They live in Viltheed, a tall black mountain in which resides Zordrak. Although all the Urpneys in Viltheed are male, female Urpneys do exist, as Urpgor has both an auntie and a niece.

  • Zordrak (voiced by Gary Martin): The Lord of Nightmares and the principal antagonist of the series. He has a Welsh/Asian Dragon like look, characterised by a deep, demonic voice, he stands at least fifty feet high, and spends much of his time sitting on his throne dispensing punishment to wayward Urpneys. Zordrak was once a Dream Maker himself, but when ejected from the council for turning dreams into nightmares, and transformed himself into a monster you see now, enraged he vowed vengeance. His fearsome appearance is a sharp contrast with the simple cartoon-like style of his Urpney henchmen. While not physically disabled, he very rarely moves from his throne, and can transform into a mist/apparition in order to leave Viltheed in which he only did in two episodes, 'The Knitted Balloon' and 'Spildit.' His goal is to dominate the Sleeping World, but was revealed in 'A Day Out' that he wanted to be Lord of the Universe. In Mike Jupp's original draft of the story, Zordrak was known as Nasta Shelfim, an anagram of 'Satan Himself', but this was changed because the producers felt it was too long and that it may offend religious people if they worked out the anagram.[1]
  • Urpgor (voiced by Leonard Whiting (Season 1 only)): The chief (and, it seems only) Urpney scientist. For reasons that are never explained, he has green skin, pink mohican-style hair and orange eyebrows. He habitually wears a white lab coat and three pairs of glasses on the end of his nose. In the fine tradition of cartoon scientists he is also completely mad and is often seen insanely bounding around, having fallen in love with his latest invention. Publicly hates the other Urpneys, and secretly covets Zordrak's throne. He is prone to make weird noises and expressions as he talks. On the whole his inventions always work but are often let down by their extreme Heath Robinson complexity and reliance on Urpney muscle power to operate them. Although he starts the series with a minor role, he appears in every single episode, with several episodes centred around the character.
  • Sergeant Blob (voiced by Richard Tate): The military leader of the Urpneys, who takes over Operation Dreamstone after the former commanding officer, Captain Crigg, is fed to the Frazznats at the start of the first episode. He usually has Nug and Frizz accompany him on missions, having appointed them his 'elite squad' in the pilot episode because they were too slow to run off with the others. It is later revealed that the two are corporals, possibly having been promoted during the first series. Blob seems to suffer from malapropism, for example "sensationalise" instead of "surprise".
  • Corporal Frizz (voiced by Melvyn Hayes): An Urpney whose cowardice knows no bounds. Finds himself in a position of responsibility simply because he could not run away as fast as the others. He would much rather be at home with some sandwiches than fighting deadly Noops. He was voiced by Melvyn Hayes, who played something of a similar character in the sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum. Frizz seems to be an Urpney that appreciates the arts. A recurring device in the series is that, at the end of each episode, Frizz speaks the final lines. This occurs in every episode except the opening 'special'. In the first season he wears glasses, but these appear less frequently in the second season, and disappear completely by the third season. He dislikes Urpgor more than the other Urpneys, and on a few occasions tries to attack him (notably after meeting Urpgor's aunt).
  • Corporal Nug (voiced by Anthony Jackson): Another Urpney who, while not as cowardly as Frizz, certainly has his moments. Seems to be far cleverer than the other Urpneys, and speaks with a thick Brummie accent. Nug sometimes provides good ideas, which are usually adopted by Blob and passed off as his own.
  • Argorribles: Ghostly purple clouds that Zordrak sends out each night to deliver nightmares to the sleeping world. The power of the Dreamstone is often far too much for them and so only occasionally do they slip through. However, with the power of the Nightmare stone the Argorribles are powered up and are more likely to bypass the Dreamstone's defences. They are incorporeal, although one is briefly made solid in the episode "Horrible Argorrible".
  • Zarag: Zordrak's sister, who was shut up in a bottle for five hundred years until accidentally being released by Nug. It is suggested in Zarag that she was once romantically involved with the Dream Maker. She also wants the Dreamstone, but to wear in her hair rather than to unleash nightmares on the unsuspecting world. She also tried gaining servants through 'Obediance Drops' in Zarag Rules. Her last apperance was The Substitute where she corrupted dream bottles with Argoribbles.
  • Frazznats: Creatures that live in the Pit of No Return and feed on Urpneys, but one time ate sweets and chocolates as seen in "The Invisible Blob". They resemble a cross between a shark, a serpent and a Venus Flytrap, with lobster-like pincers.
  • Urpgor's Auntie: Urpgor's Auntie (her real name is not mentioned on the show) lives on the planet Tempus Fugit, where she has placed traps for unexpected visitors should they dare to go there. She can be just as mad as her nephew, Urpgor. She shares several of Urpgor's distinguishing features (green skin, pink hair and glasses).
  • Urpip: Urpgor's troublesome niece, although it is unknown which brother or sister of Urpgor she is the daughter of. She is as intelligent and obnoxious as her uncle, and likes to use big words. She causes trouble, although this is a result of childish curiosity. She looks like a younger version of Urpgor, with several of his distinguishing features.

Episodes

The Dreamstone aired between 1990 and 1995 with a total of 52 episodes. Each episode has basically the same plot - Zordrak instructs his henchmen to steal the Dreamstone, which he plans to destroy, so that nightmares will plague the sleeping world. The plan usually involves Urpgor, his right-hand man and scientist inventing some means with which the Urpneys - led by Sergeant Blob, an archetypal Sergeant Major type - crosses the Mist of Limbo (a vast Purple Mist) to get to the Land of Dreams. The plan invariably fails, the main problem being the cowardice and incompetence of the Urpneys, who often want no more than to 'go home' and get some sandwiches.

At the ending of each episode apart from the The Dreamstone, Into Viltheed, Zarag and The Stowaways, who were done by the Dream Maker, Zordrak and Nug. Frizz, one of the three main Urpney characters, delievers the final lines in a total of 48 Episodes.

Series 1 (1990–1991)

# Episode Name Description Frizz's last words
1 (Pilot Movie) The Dreamstone After the execution of Captain Crigg, Sgt Blob took charge of Operation Dreamstone. After Rufus was fired from Mr Wacks Candle Shop for daydreaming, his friend Amberley suggested that he should be a Dream Maker, in which he was hired and shown around by the Dream Maker. He even showed him the Dreamstone as a secret, and was promised not to tell anyone. Meanwhile in Viltheed, Sgt Blob hired Frizz and Nug as they got onto the Whirleyped and set off to steal the Dreamstone. Whilst the Dream Maker was having a nap, Rufus washed the Dream Bottles until Amberley appeared to see how he was getting on, only for Rufus to show off the Dreamstone and let it get stolen by the Urpneys. Amberley was captured when trying to get back the Dreamstone, just as the Dream Maker saw what happened. The Dream Maker - 'Well, well we haven't got a moment to lose so, If you think you have the strength and the courage, then I will tell you how to get to the Land of Nightmares!'
2 (Pilot Movie) Into Viltheed (aka The Dreamstone part 2) Rufus resolves to redeem himself by getting the Dreamstone back from Zordrak and rescuing Amberley, who had now been turned to stone. Rufus met Pildit as they set off to rescue the Dreamstone, but after being chased by the Whirleyped, they were buried in a landslide created by Zordrak's fury. Rufus, who had survived, managed to brake Amberley's spell by tears of love, and managed to retrieve the Dreamstone from the Frazznats. The Noops escaped and returned back to the Dream Maker's house as heroes, whilst Zordrak plots that he will have the Dreamstone. Zordrak - 'Dream Maker, Beware! The Force of Nightmares Never Sleeps, I WILL HAVE THE DREAMSTONE!!?'
3 The Knitted Balloon The Urpneys were busy knitting for Urpgor's latest invention, 'The Knitted Balloon.' Meanwhile in the Land of Dreams, Amberly was overworked and was tired out. Zordrak meanwhile decides to leave his body as a mist and travels to the Land of Dreams himself. There, he would possess the body of a sleeping Noop. Sgt Blob and the Urpneys followed and waited as Zordrak possesses Amberley and steals the Dreamstone for them. The Urpneys and Zordrak failed and Zordrak flew back to Viltheed. Meanwhile, Urpgor realises that, should Zordrak fail to return in time, his body will crumble and he would be in charge; an idea he loves. However, his dream was short lived when Zordrak returned to his body in time. 'Couldn't we just buy a balloon, Sarge?'
4 The Invisible Blob Urpgor invents a potion to turn the Urpneys invisible so they can enter the Dreammaker's house undetected and steal the Dreamstone, but when they put the potion on the Dreamstone, Albert and the Noops could see the potion on them wearing off. The Urpneys fell over outside and have lost the Dreamstone, ending up returning to Viltheed before capture. Albert with his nose found the Dreamstone, but as the spell wore off, everyone can see it. 'I wish Urpgor would disa...!'
5 The Voice of Zordrak Urpgor had invented a keyring Zordrak with a hypnotising voice inside of it, in which he tested on the Urpneys and made them when they snap out of the trance, hit their noses whenever everyone says 'Obey!' The Urpneys managed to hypnotise Rufus and made him steal the Dreamstone and was taken back to Viltheed. This time it is Amberley's turn on saving Rufus with the help of Pildit. 'I still don't get this sarge?'
6 Albert Is Fishnapped Having decided that the Dream Maker's watch dogfish Albert is the main reason their attempts to steal the Dreamstone fail, Zordrak has Blob, Frizz and Nug capture him during a festival in the Noop village. It was a festival to celebrate the eclipse, just like in South America, and Wildit, Pildit's grandmother came to help. Meanwhile, with the eclipse causing an eternal night in the Land of Dreams, all the sunlight engulfs the Land of Nightmares, making the ground lush and verdant. Joe Brown performed "The Vile Brothers Mountain Band", and Gary Glitter was involved with the recording. 'I could have been a star, I know I could!'
7 The Shrinking Stone Urpgor invents a 'shrink-ray' powered by an oar called a Shrinking Stone, in which can shrinks the Urpneys so they can sneak into the Dreammaker's house, shrink the Dreamstone and escape without being noticed. However, after being chased by a hungry bird, thrown into a Dream Bottle, and been played about as Chess ornaments. They were soon found out, and from being Albert Food, they gave the Dreamstone back. 'Very funny Urpgor, very funny!!'
8 Blob's Incredible Plan Blob, Frizz and Nug steal Urpgor's latest invention, the Molemobile, and travel to the Land of Dreams, in an effort to steal the Dreamstone and win Zordrak's favour over the hated Urpgor. After hearing about this, Rufus creates a fake Dreamstone to fool the Urpneys, and fool them even more with different worlds created by the Dream Maker's imagination in the walls of the house. Afterward, they allowed them to escape with the fake and was given to Zordrak, in which realised immediately that they have failed again. 'Any more good ideas, Sarge?'
9 Too Hot to Handle Urpgor invents some exploding candles which the Urpneys switch the real Dreammaker's candles for when they took over Mr Wacks candle shop. Amberly managed to see through Blob's disguise and tied her up with Mr Wacks. Only when Frizz gave the candles in to the Dream Maker disguised as Amberley, and when the Urpneys were waiting for the right time. Frizz pointed out that Wildit and Rufus had rescued Mr Wacks and Amberley, and were on their way back. As the candles exploded, it distract the Dream Maker as the Urpneys went and steal the Dreamstone whilst the Argorribles attacked. Only when the Urpneys crashed into Mr Blossom, the Argorribles ran away and the Urpneys turned nice by the dream beams. This Episode is notorious on having a lot of flashbacks and origins, such as how Frizz got his injuries in the beginning, where Albert originated from, how Wildit taught Pildit how to fly a leaf, and the end of the Dream Maker's very first Dreambubble Pump. It also has a flashback on Rufus' experience in Wacks Wix Works from the first episode The Dreamstone.' 'I said it wouldn't work!'
10 The Daydream Bubble As a reward for their hard work, the Dreammaker sends Rufus and Amberley into a daydream bubble, where anything they imagine can actually happen. Meanwhile, fed up with their incompetence, Urpgor punishes Blob, Frizz and Nug by firing them from a large cannon. The Urpneys land in the bubble and are carried wherever the Noops' imagination takes them, which the scenes had similarity to Rufus' dream in the beginning of the first episode The Dreamstone. The Urpneys tried to capture the Noops, only to be blasted back to Viltheed and onto a very disappointed Urpgor. This episode is also notable for showing the origin of Zordrak. 'As you know, Sarge, I'm not a sentimental sort of Urpney, but, there's no place like Viltheed.'
11 The Statue Collection Zordrak decides he wants to add Pildit, the leader of the Wuts, to his statue collection, and sends the Urpneys to capture him with 'The Hand of Zordrak' Urpgor had invented. Albert meanwhile ran away by being afraid of water when going to have a bath, they then saw Pildit been captured by the Urpneys. They then crashed into the sea of destruction by Rufus and Amberley and Albert, in which got in trouble with a hungry Cyclopse Monster. Albert (Despite not liking water) distracted the monster while they save Pildit. Albert then catapulted the monster from an old machine into Viltheed, in which Zordrak decides that its more valuable than Pildit, he turned it to stone and put it in his collection. 'I do like a happy ending!'
12 Argorrible Attack Urpgor invented a machine to store Argorribles, and Zordrak had the Urpneys to take them to the Land of Dreams and unleash them before the Dreamstone can be used against them. After the attack, in which they were too late to defend, Rufus and Amberley decided to fight back the same way as the Urpneys did, in which failed to them, but succeeded when Pildit and Wildit joined in. 'I'll tell you one thing, I'm not cleaning up all this mess, I'm just not!'
13 Megattack Zordrak unleashes the full force of his Urpney hordes and Argorribles on the Land of Dreams in an attempt to destroy the Dream Stone. Sgt Blob and the Urpneys went ahead to try and steal the Dreamstone, and tried a ransom that ended in fighting. Urpgor converts Zordrak's throne into a flying machine so that Zordrak can also travel to the Land of Dreams, but when challenging against the Dream Maker, he was fought by the Planet Dreamstone, in which with the help of Rufus and Amberley by unplugging the power supply, sent Zordrak into space. This episode is featuring the singing voices of Ozzy Osbourne, Frank Bruno, and Billy Connolly on "The War Song of the Urpneys". 'I wish someone was here, I wouldn't even mind if it was... Urpgor!'

Series 2 (1991/1992)

# Episode Name Description Frizz's last words
14 The Nightmare Stone Zordrak returns with an evil and powerful opposite to The Dreamstone, The Nightmare Stone, and Rufus and Amberley had to go into Viltheed to steal it for The Dream Maker to send it into space from where it came from. 'That Zordrak's got such a temper!'
15 Zarag Nug accidentally opened a bottle, releasing Zordrak's Sister Zarag, who was shut up for five hundred years for disagreeing with him. She stole the Dreamstone to wear in her hair for grand occasions. A ball is on the way, but came a competition for both sides. The Dream Maker - 'I just followed as a kind of backup really, in case you didn't managed to get the Dreamstone. And I always did enjoyed dancing!'
16 Urpgor's Island Urpgor ran out of ideas, but thanks to his mobile mudbath and his recently made Boomerang, he came up with an Urpney made island to hide the Dreamstone on, making it hard to find for the Noops when they go to Viltheed, but even harder to find for Sgt Blob. 'Are you quite sure about this sarge!?'
17 RoboBird Urpgor invented a RoboBird with a beautiful song to be used as an ingredient for Dreams, from their it would snatch the Dreamstone. But first, it hypnotized Frizz and Nug, and when it stole the Dreamstone, it started to disobey Urpgor and thinks that the Dreamstone is an egg. Only when Urpgor built a female Robobird, the Noops managed to rescue the Dreamstone before Urpgor can steal it. 'I'm never allowed to fulfill my true potential!'
18 The Dark Side The Dream Maker had to take the Dreamstone to the Planet Dreamstone for recharge, and Rufus and Amberley came along with him. The Urpneys were waiting for them at the Asteroid belt, but had missed. They successfully captured them on their way back, but then caused everyone to crash on the Dark Side. 'Come on Nug, let's have another glass of Gunge.'
19 Albert's Ailment Urpgor invented a teleporter to steal the Dreamstone in a blink of an eye. Meanwhile, Albert strangely became ill, and it is now a race against time to find a cure, and the only one to be found is in Viltheed itself. Albert soon got well after Wildit found the mushroom in a pit full of monsters, just in time to save the Dreamstone from being crushed in the pulverizer. 'You're right Nug, Were just a victims of circumstance!'
20 The Monster Blob, Frizz and Nug accidently activated an old invention of Urpgors that then turned into a giant robot, It is completely disobedient until Blob inserted an obedience program in its nose. Blob and the urpneys used it to steal the Dreamstone in the 'Land of Dreams.' It started to obey Amberley's kindness when she had the microphone last, in which it gave back the Dreamstone, took the Urpneys back to Viltheed and committed suicide by switching itself off. 'There's one fool who doesn't!'
21 Spildit Pildit's Niece Spildit had came to visit, and the Noops took her and the Dreamstone for a Wut picnic, meanwhile, Zordrak decides to leave his body as a mist and travels to the Planet of Doom to recharge his powers, but on his way back, he took a shortcut through a whirlpool of time that then changed the error of his ways, so when the Urpneys had stolen the Dreamstone after Spildit went to the Isle of Catastrophy, only for Blob to be stolen by Urpgor. Zordrak tells them to return it with apologies and flowers. However, as the effect wore off, Zordrak was furious when the Urpneys said that they have returned the Dreamstone. 'I told you it wouldn't last!'
22 Wildit's Whistle Zordrak needed a plan to keep the Wuts earthbound, and the solution is some hatched bugs that specialises on Wut Leaves, The Noops and Wut's managed to keep them at bay by Wildit's Whistle that can charm both leaves and animals, and also brought the bugs mother, in which it took them to the dark side to find proper food. 'Well, if you ask me...but then, nobody ever does!'
23 Sports Day The Noops were having a Sports Day, with a cake in the shape of the Dreamstone as a prize. Suddenly, the cake was squashed by Rufus' daydream, and made Rufus take the Dreamstone out for display. The Urpneys had borrowed a Wut leaf and disguised themselves as Wuts to try and steal the Dreamstone, but thanks to Spildit, she swapped it for the cake Dreamstone!] 'Some people are never satisfied!'
24 Frozen Assets Snow has fallen. Urpgor invents a Snow Plowing Machine in order for Blob, Frizz and Nug to get through the snow. Whalst the Noops were celibrating a Winter Celebration, the Urpneys stole Albert after swallowing the Dreamstone in act of protection. Amberley went after the Urpneys whalst Spildit warned the others. 'Ready for the next wonderful adventure!'
25 The Bottle Harvest The Dream Maker's bottles had became worn and broken, so he, Rufus and Amberley had to get new ones. Meanwhile, Urpgor invented a 'Mekbeav,' a Mechanical Beaver (Which has a crush for Sgt Blob) to cut down the Dreambottle Forest and Dam up the rivers to stop the Dreambottle trees from growing. Whilst Frizz and Nug would steal the Dreamstone while the Watts inspect the problem. The Dreamstone was put in an invisible spell and wasn't stolen by the urpneys. 'Well it's a nice change isn't it, a happy ending!'
26 Return of the Nightmare Stone Zordrak and The Dreammaker had discovered The Nightmare Stone on a red planet, and Urpgor helped out in word that he would not be kicked out as in (The Nightmare Stone). He disguised Blob, Frizz and Nug as the birds who guard the stone. They managed to get the stone before Rufus and Amberley could, and when the stone was given to Zordrak, he went back on his word to Urpgor and kicked him out again. Urpgor decided to launch the tower where the stone is to outer space, but was with the Noops when it took off, sending Blob, Frizz, Nug and the birds into orbit. Rufus, Amberley and Urpgor were thrown into the dungeons, and Urpgor suggested that Rufus should drop the stone into the pit of storms, which sent all of Viltheed sky high inside a huge whirlwind. Rufus and Amberley were rescued and taken back to the Dreammaker with the good news! 'This is it, this is the end!!'

Series 3 (1993/1994)

# Episode Name Description Frizz's last words
27 The Return After finding out that the Dreammaker is responsible for the previous episode's damage, Zordrak, the Argorribles and the Urpneys went back to Viltheed to rebuild and take revenge. Urpgor on the other hand had kept the Nightmare Stone to himself by hiding it and drawing a map, only for it to be screwed up and thrown into Urpgor's mouth by Zordrak for thinking that it was a plan for getting the Dreamstone. Blob, Frizz and Nug were accidently caterpulted to the Land of Dreams where they were brought back to Viltheed by Spildid, in which the Noops thought the Urpneys had kidnapped her. 'Well I suppose, in a silver way its quite nice to be back!'
28 Electric Eggs A pull beam had run out of power. The Urpneys went to find a Battery Fish and its Electric eggs on the isle of catastrophe. Meanwhile, Rufus, Amberley, Spildit and Albert were sent to the island for a Rainbow. Spildit and Albert helped the Battery Fish by making fake eggs that are stones. 'And after all we've suffered, no gratitude some people!'
29 Moon of Doom The Urpneys are sent to orbit to get the Moon of Doom, but after capturing the Noops when trying to put it in a Dreambubble and let it float off into space, the Urpneys were pulled into the bubble thanks to the Dreammaker's magic as he used another to put the Moon of Doom in, and dropped off the Urpneys in Viltheed. 'You'll be so jealous when you hear, we've had such a lovely time!'
30 Zarag Rules Zarag had created Obedience Drops to make servants from Noops. The Urpneys had forgotten a Widget(Key)for the sling and ended up trying to find Urpgor. Meanwhile, as Urpgor was following Blob, he crashed and was hired and fired by Zarag for trying to make her home bigger. The spell was broken by loud noises from the Urpney's failed attempts on stealing the Dreamstone. 'Personally, I'll be pleased to get home. Viltheed's so quiet and peaceful!'
31 The Dream Beam Invasion Urpgor had created a Shrinking machine, hidden inside a cloud, with a funnel on top for shrinking Urpneys into Dreams when turned upside-down, so that they can mess them and spoil them. The Dreammaker and the others managed to put a stop to the invasion, but Frizz and Nug has managed to spoil one dream. Rufus, Amberley and Albert tried to get them out, but the urpneys started to grow and were force to retreat. But the growing was caused when the dream was been used up, and eventually burst with the Urpneys in their normal size, over a river. 'Nug, guess what!?'
32 Urpgor's Auntie Urpgor sent Blob and his men to Tempus Fugit to get Time Crystals for his Time Machine to go back in time and steal the Dreamstone when left unguarded, but were sabotaged thanks to the Noops. 'Probably Auntie!'
33 Wottles The Urpneys used a MoleMobile car to cut the roots of the Dreambottle trees, but were in fear of Wottles, which Amberley befriended. In Australia (where the show aired on ABC TV) the episode title was actually spelled "Woitles". 'The Wottles!'
34 The Mirror Urpgor had built a robot to steal the Dreamstone, in which was controlled by a trapped Blob and his men, treating it as a vehicle. Meanwhile, the Noops managed to fix the Sun Mirror by going to a dangerous Mirror Lake, but helped by short-circuiting the robot. 'In future Urpgor, you can do your own dusting!'
35 Spildit's Birthday A Mech Fish was built by Urpgor to look like Albert, they disguise themselves as bushes to capture Albert, but were soon discovered by Amberley and Spildit, who then decided to have some fun by tricking the Urpneys and rescuing the Dreamstone. 'Nug, I've got a terrible sinking feeling!'
36 A Day Out Rufus and Amberley decided to go hiking and skiing on a mountain. Meanwhile, Urpgor had built a reflector to be placed on the mountains to learn the goings-on in the land of Dreams. When the Noops accidentally crashed into the reflector, the Urpneys discovered that they had the Dreamstone (which Spildit had accidentally packed!) and went back to Viltheed with orders from Zordrak to have three Whirlypeds follow the Argorribles into the Land of Dreams. When the Noops went to Viltheed to get the Dreamstone back, they overheard Zordrak saying that he wants to be 'Lord of the Universe.' The Noops got the Dreamstone back, made the Whirleypeds crash and scared the Argorribles away! 'Serves them right!'
37 Urpgor's Great Adventure Zordrak says that if Blobs irritated Urpgor so much, Urpgor should go and get the Dreamstone himself. He did and kidnapped Albert and stole the Dreamstone, but was foiled by the Noops when in a Wut leaf race, who then rescued Albert and the Dreamstone. Blob stole the Dreamstone when the old rocket they were in to find Urpgor crashed and exploded. Blob and the men attacked Urpgor, thinking that he is a noop behind the bushes, in which Albert rescued the Dreamstone. 'And once more, we could have been doing culture, we could have been doing all that...lovely singing!'
38 The Neemod An old uncontrolable creation of Zordrak's that he buried, burst through the crystal quarry walls and headed to the Dreamstone, but was driven back to Viltheed, thanks to Rufus and Amberley who had the power source with them created by The Dream Maker. As they arrived, they destroyed it by giving it the power source which turned out to be sunshine. 'Poor old Nug!'
39 Mr Blossom's Present A keen gardener decided to give Mr Blossom a present for his birthday, but it was spoilt when the Urpneys used the box for Frizz to be in, so that he would get the Dreamstone. However, the present turned out to be a seed that (in Viltheed's atmosphere) grew into a Giant Venus Flytrap that covered all of Viltheed. 'Well, every cloud has a silver lining!'

Series 4 (1994/1995)

# Episode Name Description Frizz's last words
40 Auntie Again Urpgor had invented a flying blimp drilling machine, which drilled a hole through the roof of the Dreammaker's house and stole the Dreamstone. In a chase, it came to Tempus Fugit again, and caught Urpgor's Auntie along the way, in which she said that she would place the Dreamstone inside her purple servant for safe keeping. The Noops on the other hand were unfortunate when they landed, they fell into a pit, and managed to escape before being Scorpion chow! Urpgor's Auntie teamed up with Urpgor and came back to Tempus Fugit, with her wanting to be ruler, but Urpgor protested. Urpgor fell into a Scorpion pit and the Dreamstone fell back into Blob's hands again, only to be thrown to the Noops after being hit with dreams from a dream recipe book, which they were suppose to deliver to a colleague on Junious. 'Well now, there's a thing!'
41 The Substitute The Urpneys tricked the Dreammaker into going in an emergency to one of his colleagues, and said that a substitute is on the way. After a negotiation about stealing the Dreamstone, Zarag agreed to be the substitute, with a hood over her face. She polluted the Dreambottles with Argorribles, so that she can give everyone nightmares, and decided to steal the Dreamstone for herself with Blob in hot pursuit (without realising that it was an empty container) 'Perhaps not! Why don't we play I Spy? We've got loads of time!'
42 The Stowaways Urpgor came up with an idea of paintgunning the Dreammaker's windows in order to unleash the Argorribles from a tank. The Wottles who were having a walk, hid inside the Whirleyped when chased by Blob, causing Rufus and Amberley to go to Viltheed to find them. They got back by stealing the Whirleyped that landed on the Isle of Catastrophe for maintenance. Nug - 'What's that you were speaking about, Frizz?'
43 Trouble with the Miners A big freeze hit Viltheed, and the boiler stopped working. The way to make it work was to go to the Fire Rock mines. Meanwhile, Rufus and Amberley had to get some Grow Rock for poor Mr Blossom's plant. However, they were blown into the Fire Rock mines and had managed to swap the Urpney's Fire Rock for their Grow Rock (to slow the Dreamstone stealing planning with no heat for the boilers!). The Noops escaped on Urpgor's Hoverbike after Urpgor crashed when trying to find Blob. Mr Blossom accidentally used the Fire Rock on the plant and took off and exploded like a firework, making him very puzzled! Whilst in Viltheed, a flower bloomed inside the boiler, he blamed Blob and his men, but as they left, Urpgor had his tail caught in the doors. 'Compared to those miners, I think he's quite sweet!'
44 The Basilic A comet passed by the isle of catastrophy, awakening a Basilisc that has the power to turn anyone stiff as stone, the Urpneys used it as a weapon for the Dreammaker, but he was prepared with a mirror! 'Whoopse!!'
45 Dreambubble Mixture As Zordrak went through a two week nap, The Urpneys took a bus to the swamps, whilst Urpgor plans a great idea on stealing the Dreamstone. The Dreammaker told Rufus and Amberley to go along the underground supply canal to get more Dreambubble Mixture, supplied by Mrs Blossom. It soon turned into a rollercoaster ride for poor Blob and his men. 'Well, it sounds like this afternoon's going to be a long round of uninterrupted pleasure!'
46 Little Urpip Urpgor's Niece came to visit, but was proven to be a nuisance. Meanwhile, Rufus and Amberley were bored and decided to help Mr Blossom by driving his Lawn Mower. But when getting off after Mr Blossum topple over when trying to stop them, Amberley accidently stepped on Mr Blossom's glasses and had to get new ones. Urpgor meanwhile gave his Niece a Noop costume and managed to steal the Dreamstone, but was spoilt when Blob and the Urpneys arrested her, and the Noop costume caused Rufus and Amberley to go to the rescue! This episode has a flashback on Rufus' experience in Wacks Wix Works from the first episode The Dreamstone' as Rufus and Amberley borrowed the trays as grass tobogens while the Opticians fix up Mr Blossom's glasses. But near the end of the episode, Amberley ended up accidently stepping on it again after crashing into Mr Blossom with them on. 'She's a real chip off the old block isn't she? Little Urpip!'
47 Horrible Argorrible Zordrak creates a solid Argorrible that he grew and sent to the land of dreams, destroying the Dreammaker's house to try and find the Dreamstone. Urpgor and the Urpneys try and stop the Argorrible from replacing them. 'Now all you've got to do is to decide how are you going to explain this to Zordrak!'
48 Hod An Urpney rocket lands on top of a huge spaceship belonging to a travelling Noop Dreammaker called Hod. Rufus and Amberley had to help with his problems. 'Well, at least we didn't get turned into frogs.'
49 The Jolly Bird Urpgor needs a mineral to power his spaceship for an invasion of the land of Dreams, and sends Blob on a quest, as does Rufus and Amberley for The Jolly Bird's feather to cheer up poor Spildit, after her winning prize was smashed. It turned out that the two elements were connected with each other as the mineral is the jolly Bird's nest. The Urpneys managed to get a sample of the mineral, but was found that it had a huge limited powerlife! 'I just thought you might want to know that, Urpgor!'
50 Planet Prunus Rufus and Amberley had to go to Planet Prunus to get a new Daisyapple tree for the Dreammaker, but were also followed by Urpneys, thinking that they have the Dreamstone. 'Isn't that pretty, I think that's really really pretty!'
51 The SpiderMobile Urpgor invents a superweapon that can shoot webs, this machine manages to get by Wuts and Noops and manages to steal The Dreamstone. What a struggle it must have been to stop Zordrak from going to the Planet of Doom. 'Urpgor certainly knows how to make a splash!'
52 Urpjaws Rufus and Amberley had to get a magic sand from the bottom of the sea of destruction in order to save Planet Dreamstone, in order to also recharge the Dreamstone. Meanwhile, Urpgor had invented a SharkMobile to suck up the Noops at the regatta in order to get the Dreamstone. 'I wonder, if that Noop ever got his regatta timetable sorted out?'

Soundtrack

The show was notable for its musical score, which is practically unique among cartoons in that it was performed by a full-size professional orchestra, namely the London Philharmonic. The score, by Mike Batt, was heavily characterised by the use of leitmotifs and thematic variations, particularly on the two main songs used in the series, Better than a Dream (characterising the good characters) and War Song of the Urpneys (characterising the evil characters).

Ozzy Osbourne, Frank Bruno, and Billy Connolly provided lead vocals on The War Song of the Urpneys single and album track, although the version heard in the series was largely sung by composer Mike Batt. Other artists who sang for The Dreamstone soundtrack included Bonnie Tyler, who recorded a duet with Mike entitled Into The Sunset. This song was supposed to be used as the show's official love song (especially towards Rufus and Amberley) but it was never used. Plus Joe Brown performed The Vile Brothers Mountain Band, which was used on the show, during the episode Albert Is Fishnapped. Gary Glitter was also involved with the recording.

The TV version of Better Than A Dream contained some different lyrics to the version included on the soundtrack. The TV version mostily reflected Rufus' personality, with the lyrics 'I always dream myself to somewhere else each night' and 'I know I dream much more than other people do'. The soundtrack version contained 'I used to dream myself to someone else each night' and 'Until I chanced upon this road that led to you', among a few other changes that were made to the song. Mike Batt also re-recorded the chorus, used in the ending credits from Series 2 onwards.

The soundtrack has just recentily been re-released as part of the Mike Batt Music Cube released in December 2009 by Dramatico Records. However instead of the TV soundtrack, the CD features 6 newily recorded orchestrial overtures, as well as Better Than A Dream, The War Song of the Urpneys and Into the Sunset and a shorter version of The Dreamdance. The Vile Brothers Mountain Band was omitted from the soundtrack, probably very likely to do with recent events involving Gary Glitter's personal life.

Home media releases and worldwide airings

In the UK there were a few video releases from the Video Collection (VCI International, now known as 2 Entertain) covering all of series one bar the episode Megattack; plus several releases of most (but not all of) Series 1 from Tring International. Also in the UK BMG Video only released one video featuring 4 episodes of series 2.

The first two episodes were originally combined to form the Opening Special which contained extra footage that was edited out from the 22 minute TV broadcast versions of the Opening Special. The first six episodes of this season have been released on DVD in the UK by Abbey Home Media. At the present time there are no plans to release more episodes on DVD, due to poor promotion and distribution of Filmfair's catalog by Abbey.

After it was cancelled there were 6 videos from Reel Entertainment featuring all 13 episodes of series 3 released in Australia. They also had another video release, presumably of the first 3 episodes of Series 1.

The show was aired in the commonwealth countries of Canada and Australia, it was also aired in Germany and Austria as 'Der Traumstein' , and as 'Pedra Dos Sonhos' in Spain, Portugal, and even most of South America such as Brazil and Argentina , but only series 1 and 2 were aired.

By 2010, the first 10 episodes (Most of Series 2) have been available for free viewing on Cookie Jar's Jaroo online service. The website may have also covered Series 3 and 4, however at the present time, both of these series are owned by ITV PLC and so far no discussions have taken place between them and Cookie Jar over the addition of these episodes to Jaroo.

Airing history

Trivia

Unusually for an animated show, the series makes several references to death or being killed. While no main characters ever die, the hint of death seems very real. In the first episode, Zordrak throws an Urpney to the Frazznats as punishment. Zordrak also yells 'Then Die' to Rufus and Amberley in The Dreamstone Part 2: Into Viltheed (which was originally aired as the full length pilot), however they didn't get killed, though in the same episode it seemed Pildit had died in a landslide caused by Zordrak, but he survived. The series toned down the hint of death more and more during the course of the series.

Although the show is made in the United Kingdom, the cartoon itself was drawn in the Philippines for Series 1 and then probably moved to South Korea (much like for Mike Jupp's later other cartoon show Bimble's Bucket), for the other series. Like with American produced cartoons, Martin Gates Productions used foreign studios for the overall animation work. The names of the studios involved in the productions though are currentily unknown.

Surprisingly, Zordrak manages to get his evil hands on the Dreamstone once every Series!

  • Series 1: Into Viltheed, in which he threw the Dreamstone into the 'Pit of No Return.'
  • Series 2: Albert's Ailment, The Dreamstone was going to be destroyed by crushing it in a Pulverizer Urpgor had invented.
  • Series 3: A Day Out, in which Zordrak would comvert it to evil on the 'Nightmare Planet.'
  • Series 4: The SpiderMobile, in which Zordrak (Same as Series 3) would comvert it to evil, this time on the 'Planet of Doom.'

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