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05/07/2007

Blue-Zoo 'Boom Boom' With Animations for The Basil Brush Show

Award-winning animation studio Blue-Zoo Productions has been commissioned by RDF Media-owned The Foundation and Entertainment Rights, to create 65 animated shorts for the sixth series of the popular children’s series The Basil Brush Show for CBBC.
The animations will see the famous fox in adventurous visual situations such as surfing, tango dancing and flying through space, each time sharing a joke with the audience.
The new Basil Brush animations, which have also been designed for the multi-platform market, will be used in both the CBBC show and as stand-alone digital content for the Basil Brush website, www.basilbrush.com, and are also aimed at the mobile download market.
Tom Box, co-founder and Head of Creative Services, Blue-Zoo Productions said: "We’re thrilled to be bringing to life through animation one of children’s TV’s most enduring characters. The Basil Brush animations have a traditional 2D look which will give the flexibility to work both on TV, online and on mobile."
The Basil Brush Show (65x30-minutes) is one of CBBC’s most-popular programmes, attracting more than 1.5 million viewers a week.
Basil's dedicated website receives over 10 million hits a month and has a flourishing fan base of over 20,000 subscribers.
The Basil Brush animations are designed by illustrator Bill Ledger and produced by Animation Director Tom Box.
The Basil Brush Show is a The Foundation / Entertainment Rights production commissioned by Anne Gilchrist for CBBC. Executive Producers for Entertainment Rights are Mike Heap and Jane Smith, Vanessa Hill for The Foundation, and for the BBC, Alison Gregory. The Series Producer is Ged Allen.
The series is produced by David Collier, directed by Michael Kerrigan and Mark Sendell and written by Simon A Brown, Sean Carson, Peter Cocks, Craig Ferguson and Patrick Gallagher, and Ben Ward.
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