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CBBC commissions animation shows

MUMBAI: UK pubcaster the BBC's children's channel CBBC has comissioned two new homegrown animation series. This is part of the ongoing commitment to supporting the UK animation industry.

 
 
 

Production house Aardman Entertainment is bringing to CBBC the 40 episode show Shaun The Sheep for CBBC in 2007. The character made his debut in the 1996 Oscar Award-winning short film A Close Shave.

The series follows Shaun's adventures as he makes his mischievous way in the world, never just one of the flock. The series is aimed at six to nine-year-olds and is stop-frame animation.

Meanwhyile The Secret Show has been created by Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment, who made the recent CBeebies success Gordon The Garden Gnome, and is set to hit CBBC screens next year.

Aimed at eight to 12-year-olds, the series is described as "A secret show about people doing secret things," and is a quirky, action-adventure series for kids with a big sense of humour.

CBBC controller Alison Sharman said, "I am very happy we have secured commissions on these outstanding projects – each one not only has a charm of its own which I'm sure children will love, but is all the more entertaining because of the homegrown style and humour."

CBBC has also commissioned Animalia a series in full 3D CGI. This is being done by Australian producer Burberry Productions in partnership with a UK animation studio. It is aimed at six to nine-year-olds and features a collection of eccentric animals which possess virtues and failings of a distinctly human nature.

It will also transmit on CBBC in 2007.

Sharman added, "We are single-minded about our support for the UK animation industry and hope to be commissioning more, fresh and innovative series in the near future. A great example of this is Charlie & Lola, which hits our screens later this year and is made by Tiger Aspect. I know that it's going to resonate both with children and adults because it is so funny and distinctive."

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