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Australia's Animalia heading to CBBC

In addition to commissioning two homegrown animation series, CBBC controller Alison Sharman has also picked up an Australian 3D CGI series for transmission on the UK digital kids channel in 2007.

Animalia (40x24’), aimed at six- to nine-year-olds, is the first animated project from Australian producer Burberry Productions, and features a collection of eccentric animals which possess virtues and failings of a ‘distinctly human nature’.

The series, for Ten Network in Australia, is based on a successful alphabet picture book by Graeme Base, in which each page features a different letter of the alphabet, with animals and objects all beginning with that letter. Base's company Double Base and Aussie animation house Animal Logic were also involved in the series, alongside an undisclosed UK studio.

Animalia joins the previously reported Aardman Entertainment toon Shaun the Sheep (40x7’) and Collingwood O’Hare’s The Secret Show (52x13’) on the 2006/2007 CBBC slate.

By Jo Anne Kenny
September 26, 2005
C21 Media