It’s just two days before Christmas in the year 2349 when all of the world’s dogs, including the much loved Clark kids’ pet Hobart, suddenly disappear. The Clark kids make a promise to find all the dogs and return them back safely to Earth before Christmas… but not everyone is keen to see them return.
We’re excited to return to the AWSM universe of Dogstar with the new movie Christmas in Space! We spoke with show co-creator Doug MacLeod and the voice behind Glenn Clark, Brandon Burns, to find out what it’s like to be doing more Dogstar and the worst Christmas presents they’ve ever received!
MANIA: What originally inspired Dogstar?
DOUG: “Colin South, the co-founder and Managing Director of Media World Pictures, was very keen to an animated series that was entirely made in Australia. That was pretty rare back then – most people would get their animation done over seas. I had a story I wanted to do, so I got together with a team of writers to make something and we came up with Dogstar. It’s a missing dog story, but on a much larger scale.”
M: What’s it like revisiting Dogstar?
D: “Joy! A lot of fans of the shows will recognise one or two old moments, but it’s mostly new stuff. This movie is also the first time we meet a race of feline-evolved life forms. The animation looks incredible. I think it’s a pretty impressive package, really.”
M: How does it feel to be voicing Glenn again?
BRANDON: “I’m 32, and I’ve got a pretty low voice, so I was surprised that I could still able to do a higher pitched voiced for a young kid. The most exciting thing is that I have kids who can watch it now. “
M: Do they notice that it’s your voice?
B: Most of the time my son doesn’t, but my younger daughter does.”
M: It’s been a while since we’ve seen new Dogstar episodes. What do you think the characters have been up to during this gap?
D: “It’s like The Simpsons. When is Maggie going to stop being the baby? People can come to it fresh if they’ve never seen it, but it’ll please fans as well.”
M: How would you describe Glenn as a character?
B: “He’s well-intentioned, but a tad frustrated by his lack of intelligence compared to his younger brother. But his trust in Planet Man and Plant Man’s advice usually helps him get through at situation! He’s a leader, even if he doesn’t really know it.”
M: Are you a big sci-fi fans?
D: “Everyone on the writing team was. It’s kind of easy when you have nerds who speaks the same language as you. This was when Dr. Who was in hiatus, and we were so desperate for it to come back so we tried to make something with a similar feel. Lots of aliens and all that.”
B: “Not really. I’ve never been a massive Star War fan for example. But I love Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, and he did a bunch of sci-fi movies.”
M: Are you a big animation fans?
D: “I grew up watching Hanna-Barbera and Looney Tunes cartoons. I used to love the Bugs Bunny show. We were lucky that we had such a good character designer on our show, Scott Vanden Bosch.”
B: “I wasn’t a massive cartoon fan. I was more of a movie buff.”
M: Are you a cat person or a dog person?
D: “I like cats.”
B: “Dogs – because I’m allergic to cat hair!”
M: Was there a present you were dying to get for Christmas, but you never got it?
B: “A Super Soaker 5000 or a NERF gun.”
M: What is the worst Christmas present you’ve ever received?
D: “My grandma dressed up a bunch of celery as a baby. She put a hat on it, a nappy and stuck on some fake eyes.”
B: “Totem Tennis. The bats broke after a day.”
M: Will we be seeing anymore Dogstar in the future?
D: “I would love to see more Dogstar.”
B: “I’d love to do another season of Dogstar. I think it’s really well written and made. I’d like to see Glenn have his own talk-show with a Planet Man theme.”
Catch Dogstar: Christmas In Space on Friday, December 16th @ 6pm on 9Go!