Award-winning kids’ TV creator Dot To Dot Productions will deliver a new 2D-animated preschool series titled School of Roars (52 x 7) on top kids channels CBeebies (UK) and NBCUniversal’s Sprout (US) early this year. ZDF Enterprises is handling worldwide distribution, and further investment comes from Creative Europe.
School of Roars follows five mini monsters through their school day as they learn “monstery lessons” in mathematics, music, cookery and life. Their teacher is the lovable Miss Grizzlesniff, voiced by Kathy Burke (Gimme Gimme Gimme), who is joined on the cast roster by Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) as “Headmonstress” Mrs. Twirlyhorn, and Andrew Scott (Sherlock) as the narrator and characters including cookery teacher Mr. Marrow.
The series is being produced in-house, and will be supported by interactive elements including game apps, story apps and a dedicated website. Dot To Dot is a 25-person, Chiswick-based studio behind Get Squiggling!, Footy Pups and Art Ninja.
“School of Roars is a unique and exciting property that will appeal to both children and their parents, as it not only educates but prepares children for school in a fun and engaging way,” said Dot To Dot’s Founder, Jo Killingley. “What makes it even more exciting is that it is created, developed, produced and animated in-house by Dot To Dot following the launch of our own animation studio. The new studio will be producing and developing material for children of all ages.”
School of Roars is created by Alan Robinson, Head of Development at Dot To Dot, and executive produced by Jo Killingley for Dot To Dot and Sarah Leggs for CBeebies. The series was acquired by Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies, and Jackie Edwards, Head of Acquisitions and Independent Animation.