You really hit the nail right on the head when it came to what didn't work about this series of cartoons. I have that DVD actually, and I watched it and said to myself, "These cartoons are good, but not great" but I couldn't put my finger on why exactly.You got it right, though. The characters were either cutesy, or they were slightly mischievous but nothing more. There was nothing really special or distinct about them, despite my never having seen an animated platypus before.Good review, though, and I must say that you summary on David Hand's career was far better and more interesting than the one provided on the DVD's special features. It was just much better timed, and the pictures you provided actually corresponded to what you were saying.