Pib & Pog, these two bulgy-eyed lumps of dough, first appeared way back in 1994 in a film short directed by Peter Peake — one of the claymation folks at Aardman Animation who brought us the delightful dog-and-gizmo act, Wallace and Gromit. In fact, the short appears on their 2004 British DVD, Aardman Classics.
Pib & Pog are indeed classic comic creations in that they’re rubbery buddies on a kiddie TV show that turns into quietly aggressive mayhem. Each one takes revenge on the other in an escalating battle involving beatings, sulphuric acid and cannon fire, while a polite British matron coos on the voiceover, saying things like “Yes, Pib does have jolly poor manners.”
Late last year, though, Atom Films with Aardman made Pib & Pog a “broadband series” — meaning six short episodes are now available online. The best of the not-suitable-for-easily-frightened-little-uns bunch is still this one, though, the first and longest. It’s like Itchy & Scratchy Attack Sesame Street.