The world renowned and award-winning production company, Ragdoll Productions, has brought in Brands with Influence to manage the licensing for their new animated series B.O.T. AND THE BEASTIES which will be transmitted on CBeebies early in 2021.
The series has been developed by Anne Wood and the team at Ragdoll’s studios in Stratford upon Avon. Drawing on their unrivalled experience in the pre-school market, the series follows the trials and tribulations of a loveable robot called B.O.T.(Beastie Observation Transmitter) as he discovers new worlds and all manner of new BEASTIES that inhabit them.
The BBC has acquired 50 episodes of this hilarious new series and B.O.T. is now set to become a stalwart of the schedule. Crucial to the development of the series and its appeal has been Ragdoll’s research and development process where all the characters have been tested with the target market for appeal and comedic value. The result is a show that immediately attracts the pre-school audience and then keeps them engaged through strong visual comedy and imaginative play.
Talking about the appointment Martin Lowde of Brands with Influence said, “We have been working with Ragdoll for the last 18 months through the development phase of this exciting new series and it’s fabulous that we are now able to share this great show with the licensing industry. With a strong commitment from CBeebies across their platforms and a great production team at Ragdoll the series has all the ingredients needed in a new show.”
Talking about the appointment of Brands with Influence, Chris Wood of Ragdoll said, “We are delighted to be working with the team at BWI. Our new pre-school B.O.T. and the BEASTIES series is full of fun through silliness, play and imagination and has masses of potential for licensing as we have seen first-hand how children love to interact with the stories and characters.”
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A new series of silliness, play and invention in 2D animation.
B.O.T. and the BEASTIES is the latest series from award-winning children’s television producers, Ragdoll Productions, which launches in the UK on CBeebies in early 2021.
This new animated series of 50 x 5mins episodes for CBeebies introduces pre-schoolers to the trials and tribulations of a loveable robot called B.O.T. (Beastie Observation Transmitter) as he discovers new worlds and all manner of new BEASTIES that inhabit them. B.O.T. must collect data on the comically unpredictable BEASTIES – the mission is never easy, but always very funny!
The series launches with a host of bizarre BEASTIES from five different worlds and each episode offers wonderful storytelling as B.O.T. goes on a hilarious BEASTIE journey of discovery.
Ragdoll’s creative team have been able to develop some young animators who have been given their first professional opportunity creating this innovative new series.
Ragdoll’s Founder and Creative Director Anne Wood said, “B.O.T. and the BEASTIES has been developed with a commitment to watching how children interact and develop and as B.O.T. journeys to the different worlds, children will develop counting, sorting and categorising skills as well as first steps in storytelling.”
Ragdoll Productions is delighted to announce that TWIRLYWOOS, their latest comedy pre-school series produced for CBeebies, won the BEST ANIMATION / PUPPETRY AWARD 2017 at the Royal Television Society North-West Awards held on Saturday 11th November 2017 at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester. Nominees included Postman Pat – Special Delivery Service, Scream Street – The Grumpus and Danger Mouse.
Ragdoll Productions is delighted to announce that TWIRLYWOOS, their latest comedy pre-school series produced for CBeebies, won the BEST CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME PRE-SCHOOL AGE AWARD 2016 at the Royal Television Society North-West Awards held on Saturday, 12th November 2016 at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester. The runners-up included CBeebies A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Something Special and CBeebies Tortoise and the Hare.
Ragdoll Productions is delighted to announce that TWIRLYWOOS, their popular pre-school comedy series produced for CBeebies, won a Special Award: Best Production for Young Children (Ages 2-5yrs) at the 33rd Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, November 2016.
Ragdoll Productions is delighted to announce that TWIRLYWOOS, their latest comedy pre-school series produced for CBeebies, won the BEST ANIMATION / PUPPETRY AWARD 2015 at the Royal Television Society North-West Animation Awards held at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester on Saturday, 14th November and hosted by Ted Robbins. The runners-up included The Clangers, Strange Hill High and Share A Story.
UK broadcaster CBeebies has commissioned a brand new 50 x 11′ pre-school series set to air in 2015 from preeminent producer Ragdoll Productions. Twirlywoos, devised and executive produced by Anne Wood with lead creative and writer, Steve Roberts and producer, Chris Wood, combines stop-frame animation and live action sequences set in the real world. Executive Producer for CBeebies is Michael Towner. The series is produced in association with DHX Media, which will also handle global distribution, merchandising, brand management and marketing.
Continuing the innovative, nurturing, inspiring, children-led entertainment for which Ragdoll Productions is renowned, Twirlywoos features laugh-out-loud child-centric humour which encourages pre-schoolers to think for themselves, and gain confidence in their own perceptions of the world. Through the show, young audiences are able to reinforce their understanding as they grow and develop, becoming active and inquisitive within their own lives.
In September 2013 Canadian Company DHX Media acquired all the rights to Ragdoll Programmes, including Teletubbies but with the exception of Pob. This deal enabled Ragdoll to finance new productions starting with Twirlywoos in 2015.
Please note that any new version of past Ragdoll programmes (e.g. Teletubbies) will be produced by DHX Media and are no longer connected to Ragdoll.
All enquiries should be referred to DHX Media. www.dhxmedia.com