Five’s Milkshake! and Nick Jr. in the U.K. have commissioned a second season of Chapman Ent.’s stop-motion-animated preschool series Fifi and the Flowertots. U.K. animation house Cosgrove Hall Films is in production on the first 13 10-minute installments, which will begin airing soon on Five. The remaining 39 episodes to be delivered between this summer and spring 2007.
The new season promises brand new adventures and a lot more music for Fifi Forget-Me-Not and her Flowertot friends. The episodes will introduce exciting new characters including Diggly, a wiggly worm who lives in a compost heap in Flowertot Garden. The show will also take viwers to new settings, such as Pip’s Playground and Aunt Tulip’s tropical ‘Pineapple Palace.’
Led by creative director Keith Chapman, originator of the popular Bob the Builder series, Chapman Ent. has sold Fifi in more than 125 territories since it’s launch just one year ago. The show has been one of the top-rated shows on Five’s Milkshake and Nick Jr., is No. 1 with preschoolers on ABC in Australia and is rapidly climbing the charts in France.
‘Our tiny little Flowertot looks set to grow into a major global pre-school property this year,’ says Chapman. ‘The new commission means that with 104 episodes of Fifi she will have a broadcast platform for a long time to come.’
Fifi also has a strong licensing program behind it. According to Chapman Ent., the property is the No. 1 preschool brand in the U.K., and the Flowertot Cottage play set from Vivid Imaginations was the best-selling non-electronic preschool toy over the Christmas period.