a snot-nosed ginger-haired kid with no mates and a disrespectful
attitude towards authority. Angry Kid spends his spare time
tearing around on his Raleigh Chopper (wearing his very stylish
Parka jacket) getting into all sorts of bother, and verbally
abusing his father and sister. David Cox recently chaired
a press conference with the creator of the little rascal who
generally causes havoc wherever he goes...
Cox: What was your inspiration for Angry Kid? Explain
Walsh: I think it's my older brother. Yeah, my older brother
is about three years older than me and most of the stories
are based on true stories, based on him. It's sort of a get
We did a little pilot, which was basically a spoof based on
him, and sent it to Aardmann about six years ago, and they
sort of gave me the chance to develop it and turn it into
we had this luxury of being able to develop something with
a budget. We made them bit by bit, we've got about 50 episodes
now and they've all been made as the money's come along, and
he's sort of matured during that period.
Kid was an endless non-starter. The big problem with a
one-minute format is that no TV stations really know what
to do with it. We finally got there when Channel 4
were doing 4 Later, but things went wrong at the eleventh
hour and we decided well shit we've been doing this for three
years now, so we just gave it to Atom Films, who came to us
with a really good plan and said here's what we're going to
do with it and here's your audience.
we had someone telling us who our audience was rather than
us telling them, or lying to them about who our audience was.
And they just stuck it on the net for anyone who wanted to
see it, because that was the whole thing, it was just throwaway
normally so expensive and so precious, but this was throwaway
stuff and it belonged on the net for that whole building up
period and developing of character. It did really well and
without that whole Atom thing I don't think we'd have got
much further. We certainly wouldn't have gotten this whole
series going. After all, it's very difficult to get money
for a character based on a ginger haired kid who doesn't really
We've seen what great work they've done on the DVD. Do you
see DVD as being the way forward for Angry Kid?
Yeah, I think it's going to work quite well. What we've seen
so far of the DVD is great. We came in earlier when just the
menu was playing and it really pisses you off after a while,
because it keeps running on a loop. It's very Angry Kid.
So you've got no option other than to play something whatever
it might be, so that's a good thing.
[To the audience] Any questions, come on don't be shy.
Audience question: Is Angry Kid's voice based on anybody?
We did a pilot way back and it was a voice based on Phil Daniels
in Quadrophenia. There's one bit where he falls and
gets knocked off his Lambretta by a postman and he goes into
a rant and it's just brilliant. Yeah, so it's sort of Phil
Daniels meets my brother.
question: Have you had any obsessive Angry Kid fans
from the Internet dressing up like him and so on?
There's a fan site in Germany where people, it's normally
office workers, scan their faces in and whack the Angry
Kid wig on and then send them to me. It's really scary.
They're normally 20-something blokes, which is a bit weird.
Who is your target audience?
I don't know. There isn't one. We've done a second series,
and we're talking about doing a longer format as well, and
[people are always asking] what our target audience is. Well
I suppose, if I was going to be really boring, I'd say the
target was going to be 23 to early thirties, but to be honest
it doesn't mean everyone within that bracket is going to enjoy
it. That's the target, but other age groups enjoy it as well.
Kids seem to really love it, which is a bit dodgy.
question: How much of a longer format are you talking about?
It's two things, one was a feature and the other one is working
on a series of half hours, so we're sort of expanding. The
big thing in this country is that everyone wants to do the
next Simpsons, but we aren't going to get it. Because
we've got a different sense of humour and I don't think we're
as willing to take the piss out of ourselves as the Americans
are. So I'm avoided that sort of Simpsons thing and
trying [instead] to come up with a sitcom based on what you've
seen up there [points to the screen], which is more of a mix
and match, lick both sides and hold, rough as a cat's arse
I think the rough [production values] look great and I think
you could extend it to half an hour and keep a good audience.
But with a few better writers than me obviously...
Audience question: Can you put a finger
on why Angry Kid has been so popular?
I don't know. Is it really popular? I think it's all wrong,
I mean it doesn't look much like a kid, it looks like a bloke
and he's not very angry, so we got it all wrong in the description.
Maybe it's just the stupidness. You know we're not trying
to say anything clever, the scripts are moments in time that
have come from me. It's always my brother or people I know.
got a few episodes that nobody will ever see because they're
rubbish, but because we can make them so quickly, because
we can churn them out, because it's real, because it's flashbacks
and stuff that people remember and did, we can make it all
happen with him. It's so quick and cheap.
You must be quite chuffed about the popularity of it.
Nearly 10 million people have watched it on the Internet.
And they're all asking why.
DC: Didn't you have something to do
That's how I got into Aardmann about seven or eight years
ago. Aardmann is a very traditional 3D animation company and
I'd never done anything of the sort. But they were interested
in Angry Kid, so they gave me the joyous task of cutting
my teeth on Morph. So I took over Morph from
Peter Lord, who was the creator obviously, and it was quite
a big responsibility, and I learnt a lot from it actually.
fact, the first Morph job I got, I was phoned up by
Morph himself, the bloke who does the voice, to ask what his
motivation was, because I'd sent him the storyboard. And it
was just some bloke with a normal voice going, "So what's
my motivation" and I was like "you're not Morph".
on Morph you'd have this one guy, I can't remember
his name now, but he did the voice and he did all the sound
effects and he was in charge of everything you heard on Morph
and they'd just ramp his voice up on a quarter inch tape and
speed it up and that was it. So I got asked what Morph's motivation
question: If you're going to turn it into a longer format,
what characters do you think you might bring out?
Well, we're going to expand on his world, which doesn't go
much beyond his own street and school. Which is kind of the
way it is for a little kid. You see the news and see what's
going on, but you kind of imagine it all happening in your
there's going to be his girlfriend, who isn't his girlfriend,
he just thinks she is but she actually hates him. And this
strange little women at the end of the road, who's called
Mrs Jobling. She's a weird witch, well that's what he thinks,
but she's actually a nice old lady.
Audience question: Did you ever find
yourself vetting your own ideas because they're just too sick?
Yeah. No actually, it's normally other people who pick me
up on it being too sick. There have been some really, really
dodgy ones that have been stopped at the eleventh hour, because
we've thought we can't do this, somebody's paying for it.
We've got one or two that probably won't be seen until we're
forced to show them, because they're just a little bit wrong...
But I think we could have been much worse than we have.
thanks to David Cox at DSA
one of Angry Kid is available to buy from Pathe
Distribution Ltd from 09 June 2003 RRP