Original Heath Robinson artwork, shown by kind permission of The Estate of Mrs J C Robinson, and Pollinger Limited
Consistent with the challenges required of all great epic hero journeys, 'The Adventures of Uncle Lubin' brings alive one of literature's most determined and indomitable characters… the inexhaustible and resourceful 'Uncle Lubin'. With his outlandishly floppy hat, his long baggy cloak (that conceals a seemingly endless number of invented wonders that aid him in his quest) and his striped saggy stockings, the quiet and gentle genius that is Lubin becomes utterly beside himself when, on one fateful day, a great and evil 'Bag-bird' (Pelican) swoops down and carries away his beloved baby nephew, 'Little Peter'.
Distraught and horrified by this unexpected turn of events, Uncle Lubin resolves to set out and rescue the child from the wretched Bag-bird's clutches. Journeying far and wide, while searching (quite literally) high and low, Lubin's inventive ingenuity and loyal determination proves boundless. He builds an amazing hot-air balloon to follow the Bag-bird to the moon (subsequently using his hat as a parachute to return to earth again once his efforts to rescuer Little Peter are thwarted); he invents a bizarre submarine to cross above and beneath the ocean to 'The Land of Chilblains' (where he almost rescues Peter by melting an iceberg with a candle); he thwarts both a sea-serpent (by putting salt on its tail… because everyone knows that this is the only way to kill a sea-serpent) and a dragon-snake (that he ties-up in knots through playing his accordion and making the poor creature dance incessantly). He even climbs an incredibly tall tree for over a day and a night in order to rescue the young and defenseless child from his wicked captor.
Then, as all great adventure stories should end, Little Peter and Uncle Lubin are ultimately reunited with one another to the great delight of all concerned... making this unique and utterly endearing animated children's classic as vital and as enjoyable today as it was when it was first published in book form back in 1902!