Haas Das se Nuuskas

TV series, 1976-1980

Children’s series in which rabbit Haas Das brings the daily news from the animal kingdom. He is assisted (or hampered) by Piet Muis, the rather neurotic mouse who brings in the late bulletins and reads the weather. Haas Das was known for his sense of style: every week he sported a new tie, and as the series became more popular, viewers would send him ties to wear. (His name translates to "Hare Tie"). The newsworthy characters from Diereland ("animal land") included Koning Leeu, king of Diereland; Skillie Skilpad, chairman of the sportsclub; Stinkie Muishond; the meddling, bellyaching Moeder Raaf; wrestling champ Die Gemaskerde Wonder; Grootoom Flapoor, the old elephant in charge of the crèche; and Dokter Karools Krap, the golf-loving, pill-peddling local doctor. Haas Das and Piet Muis were puppet characters, and the news stories were presented in animation.

Haas Das se Nuuskas was the first series to be shown on the opening night of SABC TV on 5 January 1976. Soon it became one of South Africa’s most popular programmes, not just among its intended audience, but especially with adults, due to the humour and social and political satire. Indeed, newspaper cartoons often commented on the series' popularity and how even church and political leaders had become engrossed. Haas Das se Nuuskas was created by Louise Smit, who was behind many of South Africa's most beloved children's series such as Wielie Walie, Pieriewierepark, Mina Moo en Kie, Pumpkin Patch and Kideo.

Haas Das se Nuuskas
Haas Das se Nuuskas
Characters from Haas Das se Nuuskas
Piet Muis
Die Gemaskerde Wonder
Kongo Kangaroo and Koukou Koala
Wrestling match in Haas Das se Nuuskas
Die Gemaskerde Wonder
Skillie Skilpad in Haas Das se Nuuskas
Piet Muis at the rugby
Rugby in Haas Das se Nuuskas
Rugby in Haas Das se Nuuskas
Rugby accident in Haas Das se Nuuskas.

Production summary: 

Premiere date:

5 January 1976

Channel:

SABC TV

Language:

Afrikaans

Genre:

Children's television; Puppets; Animation

Number of episodes:

±111

Production company:

SABC

Director:

Louise Smit

Writer:

Louise Smit; Cobus Robinson

Translation of title:

"Haas Das' news box"

Cast and Crew: 

Voice artistCharacter
Riaan CruywagenHaas Das
Monica BreedPiet Muis

Louise SmitDirector; Writer; Lyrics
Cobus RobinsonWriter (16 episodes)
Flip RedelinghuysAssistant director
Ria HumanAssistant director
Alida von MaltitzPuppets; Puppet manipulation (Haas Das, first 10 episodes)
Ann BailesPuppet manipulation
Hansie VisagiePuppet manipulation
Butch StoltzAnimation; Graphics
Cherry MelvinAnimation; Graphics
Rodney PeelProps

Theme song: 

Music and Lyrics: 

Theme song

The theme song for Haas Das se Nuuskas was written by Bennie Bierman and Louise Smit.

Koe-koe-roe-koe-koe, dieng-e-long-dong, haas tyd vir die nuus
koe-koe-roe-koe-koe, dieng-e-long-dong.
O! o, wikkel tog, jong!
Koe-koe-roe-koe, dieng-e-long-ding, Haas Das gaan vertel.
Koe-koe-roe-koe, dieng-e-long-ding, wat die wêreld bring.

Koe-koe-roe-koe-koe-koe, dieng-e-long-daan, sit dan tjoep-tjoepistil,
koe-koe-roe-koe-koe, dieng-e-long-daan,
as ‘ie klok koe-koek slaan!

Other songs

Gert van Tonder wrote a well-known children's song Haas Das se Nuuskas:

KOOR:
Ons kyk na Haas Das se nuuskas, vroegaand net na 6
Ons kyk na Haas Das se nuuskas, dis die grootste pret
Ons kyk na Haas Das se nuuskas, groot en klein kyk saam
Al die nuus uit Diereland bring Haas Das vanaand.

Hasie Kwas, die groot lawaai, hardloop dat dit kraak
Maar Skillie het die geelwortels oor sy pad gesaai
Hasie eet hom trommeldik en raak toe aan die slaap
En Skillie word organiseerderskorps se eerste kandidaat

[ KOOR ]

Groot Oom Slapoor Olifant het 'n crèche begin
Waar al die dierekindertjies saam kan speel en sing
Maar die stoute apies het vir dae lank geraai
Sou hulle aan Oom Olifant se slurp of stertjie swaai

[ KOOR ]

Piet Muis het die laat berig haastig ingebring
Die stoeigeveg op Leeupark is nou net die ding
Droster die renoster het vir Krokkie uitgedaag
En niemand weet ou krokodil gaan 'n masker dra!

Awards: 

1976 Artes Awards

  • Award for best contribution in scenic services (Butch Stoltz, animation for several TV productions, including Haas Das se Nuuskas)

1977 Artes Awards

  • Award for Best producer in any field other than drama (Louise Smit for Wielie Walie and Haas Das)

Sources: 

  • CvR, Haas Das eerste groot TV-persoonlikheid. Die Burger, 7 January 1976, p.3.
  • Wilhelm Grütter, Fokus: Haas Das bly op hoë peil. Die Burger: TV-Bylaag, 9 April 1977, p.4.
  • Pictures from Louise Smit, Haas Das op Leeupark (Human & Rousseau, 1978) and Louise Smit, Haas Das en die Gemaskerde Wonder (Human & Rousseau, 1977).

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