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Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone
Midnight Patrol & Potsworth & Co. (television series' logo).png
The logo for both versions of the show.
Genre Animation
Adventure
Fantasy
Comedy
Created by Martin Powell
Vivien Schrager-Powell
Developed by Dave Edwards
Directed by Don Lusk
Paul Sommers
Animation Directors:
Robert Alvarez
Creative director(s) Ray Patterson
Voices of Michael Bell
Hamilton Camp
Joan Gerber
Elisabeth Harnois
Whitby Hertford
Janice Kawaye
George Lemore
Kenneth Mars
Rob Paulsen
Clive Revill
Frank Welker
Theme music composer Michael Tavera
Country of origin United States
United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Martin Powell
Vivien Schrager-Powell
Paul Sabella
Producer(s) Davis Doi
Running time 21 mins
Production company(s) H-B Production Co.
Sleepy Kids PLC
Distributor Worldvision Enterprises
Release
Original network BBC
The Children's Channel (UK)
Syndication (US)
Original release 1 September (1990-09-01) – 24 November 1990 (1990-11-24)

Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone is a British-American animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera in conjunction with Sleepy Kids PLC and is known outside the US as Potsworth & Co. In the United Kingdom, the BBC felt that the suggestion of children being awake after midnight was inappropriate (which is reflected in the theme song's lyrics in the British broadcast); thus the name was changed.

The show is about four children who meet in their dreams every night, accompanied by their dog Potsworth and a toy dinosaur, to protect the sleep of the innocent from the dreaded Nightmare Prince.

Premise

The series tells of four children and Potsworth the dog who live in the same neighborhood. When they go to sleep at night they turn up in the Dream Zone where, as the Midnight Patrol, they are appointed by the Grand Dozer to protect it from nightmares and other threats and are given their missions by the Snooze Patrol. Their main enemy is the Nightmare Prince.

Whilst they are in the Dream Zone, the five have special powers. Keiko has a flying skateboard; Carter can draw anything and then have it come to life; Nick is super-strong and is able to fly; his stuffed toy Murphy comes to life; whilst his cynical sister Rosie tags along. Potsworth himself acquires the power of speech which enables him to complain about the way he is treated in the real world, and make wry comments about the kids and their own attitudes and relationships. The cartoon Potsworth had a very "English" accent, even in the American version of the programmes, reflecting his real-life counterpart's British origins.

Computer game

An officially licensed computer game of the series, using its British title of Potsworth and Co, was released in 1992 by Hi-Tec Software for the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and Atari ST.

In this scrolling platform game, the player took on the role of one of the characters in each themed level and had to collect various items and then reach the exit.

Characters

Midnight Patrol

The 5 Midnight Patrol members are the main stars of the show. Each one has his/her individual abilities.

  • Potsworth - A sarcastic 10-year-old English Springer Spaniel who is the leader and has the ability to talk when he enters the Dream Zone.
  • Carter - Potsworth's owner. A 10-year-old African American boy who is an expert artist. In the Dream Zone, his magic paintbrush can bring many things to life.
  • Keiko - A 9-year-old Asian American girl who rides a flying skateboard in the Dream Zone. She is energetic and very optimistic and likes to be seen as the leader of the group.
  • Rosie - An 8-year-old girl. A rude, annoying brat who gives the group a very hard time (in ways similar to Lucy van Pelt in the Peanuts comics by Charles M. Schulz, Margaret Wade in the Dennis the Menace comics by Hank Ketcham, Zoe in H-B's Fantastic Max cartoon series or Angelica Pickles in Nickelodeon's Rugrats cartoon series), though she still helps out in dangerous situations. She calls her brother Nick by his full name "Nicholas" whenever she yells at him, which is quite often. She is the only member of the Midnight Patrol without a special ability.
  • Nick - Rosie's 6-year-old brother who is a flying superhero when he's in the Dream Zone and is sometimes referred to as "Super Nick".
    • Murphy - Nick's toy Brontosaurus who comes to life when he enters the Dream Zone.

Other Dream Zone characters

The Dream Zone has a number of inhabitants, the principals of which include:

  • The Grand Dozer - The King of the Dream Zone, he spends his time half-asleep on top of a pile of mattresses. He has to stay this way because if he were to be fully awake the Dream Zone will come to an end. He gives advice but in the form of riddles which can be a bit of a frustration.
  • The Chief - A large but friendly woman who heads the local police and assigns the Midnight Patrol with their missions.
  • Sebastian - The Grand Dozer's head butler. He is always anxious that his King is safe and asleep. A running gag of the series is that, whenever Sebastian claims the Grand Dozer is in a certain mood, the Grand Dozer would be shown sleeping, prompting Sebastian to state the Grand Dozer would be in that mood if he were awake.
  • The Greystone Giant - A giant made of rock who lives in a cave filled with various objects which he supplies for people's dreams. Because there are so many dreamers he is always at work and never stops grumbling about it, though deep down he loves his job.
  • The Nosey Bird - A talking bird who enjoys spreading gossip. He talks creeky like Peter Lorre and only appears in The Nightmirror and Santa-Napped.

Antagonists

  • The Nightmare Prince - The villain of the series. The Nightmare Prince is always coming up with ways of disrupting the Grand Dozer's sleep or other nasty schemes in order to allow nightmares to take over from dreams. He is the Midnight Patrol's main enemy, though he is such a bungling idiot that his plans can fail due to his own incompetence.
    • Igor - One of the Nightmare Prince's dimwitted potato-shaped minions.
    • Irving - One of the Nightmare Prince's dimwitted potato-shaped minions.
    • Shorty - One of the Nightmare Prince's dimwitted potato-shaped minions.
  • The Nightmare Prince's Mother - This unseen character is always phoning up to tell her son to get on with destroying happy dreams, and reproving him when things go wrong. The fact that the Prince has a large-sized telephone (as opposed to a mobile phone) literally up his sleeve means that she calls him almost all the time. Her constant yapping through the phone is reminiscent of the General from Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.
  • Count Bubba Bonebreaker - The nephew of the Nightmare Prince's Mother and the cousin of the Nightmare Prince. This villain was once in charge of nightmares when the Nightmare Prince's Mother demoted the Nightmare Prince to janitor. He only appears in When Bubba Rules.

The Cat - A giant cat who enjoys bullying and terrorizing the dogs in Dogland. He only appears in King Potsworth.

Episode guide

Title Original air date
1 "Night of the BedBugs" 1 September 1990 (1990-09-01)
The Nightmare Prince unleashes a horde of creatures called BedBugs in an attempt to destroy the Dream Zone. But when they start eating his castle, he needs the Midnight Patrol's help to get rid of them.
2 "The Dozer Walks Among Us" 8 September 1990 (1990-09-08)
When he sleepwalks, the Grand Dozer goes around the Dream Zone causing unintentional chaos and destruction. Thus, he has to be locked up once in a while in order to prevent this — that is, until the Nightmare Prince lets him loose.
3 "King Potsworth" 15 September 1990 (1990-09-15)
Potsworth becomes the somewhat reluctant king of a kingdom of dogs, under threat by a giant, devastating cat.
4 "The Nightmirror" 22 September 1990 (1990-09-22)
The Nightmare Prince steals the Nightmirror which he uses to create evil twins of the Midnight Patrol who wreak havoc in the Dream Zone.
5 "When Bubba Rules" 29 September 1990 (1990-09-29)
Exasperated by her son's constant failures to destroy the Dream Zone, the Nightmare Prince's mother assigns her monstrous nephew Count Bubba Bonebreaker to act as his supervisor. Though Count Bonebreaker takes over his job and demotes him to janitor. Before long, the Midnight Patrol decide that the Prince was not such a bad thing after all.
6 "Nick's Super Switch" 6 October 1990 (1990-10-06)
Nick switches places with a superhero boy named Wonder Kid after having been bullied by a boy named Moose.
7 "Dozer Quest" 13 October 1990 (1990-10-13)
The Grand Dozer is not sleeping and if he stays awake, the Dream Zone will end. The Midnight Patrol have to go to all lengths to get him back to sleep. Carter has an idea, but then he can't sleep either.
8 "Rosie's Extra Sweet Day" 20 October 1990 (1990-10-20)
After a conversation with a talking tree, Rosie gets turned into the nicest girl in the Dream Zone.
9 "I Was a Teenage Babysitter" 27 October 1990 (1990-10-27)
Rosie must take care of the Greystone Giant's little son Rocky.
10 "The Wishing Whale" 3 November 1990 (1990-11-03)
The Midnight Patrol (minus Keiko) meet the Wishing Whale who grants them their fondest wishes. But then the wishes get somewhat out of hand.
11 "Santa-Napped" 10 November 1990 (1990-11-10)
The Nightmare Prince captures Santa Claus, and the Midnight Patrol must rescue him to save Christmas.
12 "Save the Cave" 17 November 1990 (1990-11-17)
The Greystone Giant is too far behind in his dream supplies, so the Midnight Patrol help him keep up with the dream orders. Though the Nightmare Prince plans to disrupt their plans.
13 "Rosie's Fuss Attack" 24 November 1990 (1990-11-24)
Rosie changes form every time she complains, so the Midnight Patrol must find a special cure for her.

Cast

  • Charles Adler - Rocky (in "I Was a Teenage Babysitter")
  • Christine Avila -
  • Michael Bell - Sebastian
  • Hamilton Camp - The Grand Dozer
  • Brian Cummings -
  • Jim Cummings - Giant Cat (in "King Potsworth"), Rags (in "King Potsworth")
  • Judyann Elder -
  • Patrick Fraley - Jester Dog (in "King Potsworth")
  • Dick Gautier -
  • Joan Gerber - Nightmare Prince's Mother
  • Dorian Harewood -
  • Elisabeth Harnois - Rosie
  • Whitby Hertford - Nick
  • Janice Kawaye - Keiko
  • Emily Kuroda -
  • George Lemore - Carter
  • David Lander -
  • Marilyn Lightstone -
  • Allan Lurie -
  • Kenneth Mars - Greystone Giant
  • Scott Menville - Wonder Kid (in "Nick's Super Switch")
  • Brian Mitchell -
  • Howie Morris - Dr. Akenhoffer (in "Rosie's Fuss Attack")
  • Ron Palillo -
  • Rob Paulsen - Nightmare Prince
  • Henry Polic II -
  • Clive Revill - Potsworth
  • Ronnie Schell -
  • Tom Scott -
  • Hal Smith - Santa Claus (in "Santa-Napped")
  • B.J. Ward -
  • Frank Welker - Murphy, Nosey Bird (in "The Nightmirror," "Santa-Napped")
  • Anderson Wong -

Ratings (CBBC Channel)

Monday 6 May 2002- 20,000 (9th most watched on CBBC that week)

Home media

In 1991, Hanna-Barbera Home Video released a single VHS cassette of the series in the United States entitled Potsworth and the Midnight Patrol containing four episodes which are "Save the Cave", "The Wishing Whale", "King Potsworth", and "The Nightmirror".

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