Granada Int’l, part of Granada plc., is bringing two animated properties to NATPE 2003. The Cosgrove Hall productions Engie Benjy and Albie are both aimed at preschool audiences but each features a distinct look, feel and animation style.
The 26×10 Engie Benjy uses a mixture of stop motion and CG animation to create the vibrant and colorful world of Engie the engine doctor and his very special team as they make things better for sick planes and tired buses. The series debuted on CiTV in the U.K. earlier this year and has emerged as a favorite among the target audience.
The multi-award-winning Albie (26×10) lets viewers experience the world through the eyes of a six-year-old boy with an explosive imagination. The animators blend simple character designs, watercolor-like backgrounds and CG elements to realize the title character’s rich fantasy life.
Created by Andy Cutbill and produced in association with Ripping Gags Ltd., Albie picked up the award for Best Animated Series at the British Animation Awards, 2002. It has also won the Pulcinella award, the Canal Grande prize for Best European Program at the Cartoons on the Bay Festival in Positano, Italy.
Granada Int’l represents programming across all genres both from Granada-owned production houses and from independent production companies around the world.