A quirky, colorful new preschool series called Olobob Top will soon launch on UK TV, with a premiere set to for CBeebies on Monday, July 17. Produced by UK animation shop Beakus in association with Cloth Cat Animation in Wales, the 52 x 5-minute show will air weekdays at 9:25 a.m. and 1:25 p.m. CAKE handles worldwide distribution.
CBeebies Executive Producer Sarah Legg-Barratt commented: “Learning through play has been a core aim of CBeebies and Olobob Top fits this ethos perfectly. We’re sure our audience will be surprised and delighted by the unique colours, quirky humour and ingenious characters in the show.”
Created by animation director/producer Steve Smith and author/illustrator Leigh Hodgkinson, Olobob Top features the vocal talents of Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Postman Pat, Green Wing). The series follows three child-voiced forest dwellers — Tib, Lalloo and Bobbie. Their world is made out of shapes, and each story sees them head to the Olobob Top where they use shapes to build new characters who come to life and join them on their creative, problem-solving adventures.
“We’re incredibly excited to launch Olobob Top on CBeebies this summer,” said Smith. “With a wonderful crew producing beautiful stories, design, animation and sound, we are hugely proud of Olobob Top and what it can do to empower children’s creative talents. CBeebies is the perfect home for our little characters, and we know families will embrace their world and love it like we do.”
Olobob Top has enjoyed strong pre-sales, with broadcast partners secured in Wales, Australia, Finland, Japan, Estonia and South Korea. A book program is set to launch in 2018, and a suite of online and digital games are on the way. Learn more at www.olobobtop.com and www.beakus.com.