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I’m ready for a trip to Nowhere Land

January 23rd, 2008

Maggie and the Ferocious BeastIt has been a long time since my children and I last visited Nowhere Land, at least four or five years I’d say, and we have truly missed our friends Maggie, Ferocious Beast, and Hamilton. If you’re not familiar with Maggie and the Ferocious Beast then you’re missing one of the best animated adventures ever!

Maggie and the Ferocious BeastFor those who love the Maggie and the Ferocious Beast series you’ll be as excited as I was to hear Maggie’s adventures are now available on DVD. And if you’ve never visited Nowhere Land you’ll want to pick up one or two (or all) of the DVDs, they’re that fun. I hovered over our mailbox waiting for advance copies of the two newest DVDs, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: Rain Showers & Spring Flowers and Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: Recipes for Trouble. (These titles won’t be available until February 5th, but you can pre-order them now!) We’ve had ours for less than a week and I swear we’ve already worn the DVDs out—and Mom’s watched them as much as the kids! My favorite episodes are “The Push-Me-Popper” (maybe because I’m glad my kids no longer own one) and “Louder! Louder!”

Maggie and the Ferocious BeastWho is Maggie? She’s a red-haired, imaginative, spunky five-year-old who’s created a whole world (Nowhere Land) for her two favorite stuffed animals—and best friends—to explore. The characters are based on the popular children’s books created by Michael and Betty Paraskevas. I was able to ask Michael Paraskevas a few questions for our Daily Dish readers. Here are his answers in his own words:

1. Where did you get the inspiration to create Maggie (e.g., did you create monsters or other imaginary creatures when you were a kid?)
Maggie was originally a book that Betty wrote called simply The Ferocious Beast with the Polka-dot Hide… Maggie wasn’t in the book. It was a story about how Hamilton, a pig, meets a Ferocious Beast and convinces him not to eat a pig…it’s pretty funny and we always get asked about it. It has a much harder edginess to it than the series itself. Also we always like Winnie the Pooh so the map from the show is a direct link to that idea. Maps were always special to me as a child.

2. Why do you think Maggie appeals to children?
The simple stories allow a child to understand what’s actually going on… the pace is less frantic than most shows..and the bold colors have a way of holding the attention. The pace allows the child to think about what’s going on instead of being catapulted along at a frantic pace that most cartoon shows use now.

Maggie and the Ferocious Beast3. What was it like to adapt your books for the small screen?
It was quite satisfying… we enjoyed the process… animation is made or broken in the script process… bad script, bad show.. you can’t dress up a bad script with great animation ..many try but they learn a lesson that the show is just awful without a solid script..and Betty unlike most children’s authors today.. got to write most of the scripts for this show…so that in itself helps keep her vision.

Take your own trip (via DVD) to Nowhere Land with Maggie and her Ferocious Beast. I promise you’ll visit often!—Emily

* Giveaway Shout! Factory is giving away one set of the Maggie and the Ferocious Beast DVDs mentioned above! Please leave a comment with a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: January 31, 2008 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

* Congratulations! Taryn Scarfone is the winner of our Maggie and the Ferocious Beast giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

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71 comments on “I’m ready for a trip to Nowhere Land

  1. I love Maggie! Please count me in.

  2. Jenny M on said:

    Wow- Im going to have to check out the books at the library- thanks for the tip!

  3. My kiddos love this show on Noggin. Count me in! {sj1026 at gmail dot com}

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  5. lana Gilles on said:

    I would love to win this!

  6. Jennifer H. on said:

    I’d love to win, so please count me in! Thanks for the chance! Happy Sunday!

    Jennifer :-)

  7. Taowyn on said:

    My niece is named Maggie and she loves this video.

    taowyn (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. This would be super! I think this would be fun to add to our collection! Thanks~
    sharvey at connections-etc dot net

  9. oh cool! enter me!

  10. Don H. on said:

    count me in to win.

  11. Danielle S on said:

    please add me in to the hoopla!
    dansan826 at yahoo.com

  12. Karen (Mommy of Three) on said:

    My boys would love this, thanks!

  13. michelle on said:

    My daughter would love it, we used to watch this show all the time and don’t see it on Noggin anymore!
    notsoanonymousmichelle at gmail dot com

  14. My daughter adores Maggie! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ksrutledge at hotmail.com

  15. Annie H on said:

    Cute. Would love to get one.

  16. Shannon B. on said:

    I think my daughter would really like this!

  17. JewelsHud on said:

    My little guy would love this – it looks super cute and imaginative!

  18. Marissa on said:

    My daughter would actually flip if I won this. Super cute!

  19. This is a wonderful program – and thank you for the chance to win!

  20. Vicki Wurgler on said:

    I enjoyed watching this show with my grandchildren

  21. Count me in

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