Beloved kids' series returning to TV after three decades off screens | The Sun

A BELOVED kids' series is returning to TV after three decades off screens.

The Raccoons originally aired from 1985 until 1992 and followed Bert Raccoon and married couple Ralph and Melissa Raccoon.

The trio battled greedy aardvark millionaire Cyril Sneer, who tried to destroy their home in The Evergreen Forest in a bid to make even more money.

The Canadian animated series ran for five seasons and now every single episode has been 'completely restored and remastered’ for fans to enjoy again.

The massive undertaking involved studios across four countries, remastering the 65 hours of The Raccoons from its original 35mm film elements.

The new look episodes will be available on BritBox.

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Creator and Run With Us Productions chief executive Kevin Gillis shares his excitement at the UK relaunch, as there has always been a long-standing love for the show here.

He said: "The UK and Ireland were one of the first countries to partner with The Raccoons back when we first launched in the 1980s.

"We have incredible fans here and it is an honour to be back again for our existing fans and new ones alike."

The Raccoons originally began as a one-off special, The Christmas Raccoons in 1980.

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A second followed in 1981, The Raccoons on Ice! and then The Raccoons and the Lost Star in 1983.

Two years later, the series was born and explored themes including the environment, pollution, the importance of family and friends, kindness and bullying.

Bert, the show’s main protagonist, was voiced by voice actor Len Carlton, while the villain Cyril Sneer was played by Michael Magee.

The Raccoons is available on BritBox now.

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