Ink and Light’s new RTÉjr series Ollie has taken flight in Ireland, opening a new world of animation and excitement for young viewers. Aimed at children 3 to 5 years old, the show introduces a new forest favorite, Ollie the owl, and premiered on December 2.
Right in the middle of a very busy city, there is a peaceful place. It’s a cosy park, closed off and forgotten, a true oasis. This is where you will find Ollie, the little blue owl, and his friends — a small stork, a young frog and five little birds. If you want to meet Ollie and his friends, you best come at nightfall. That’s when the city turns quiet and everybody goes to sleep… Except for Ollie and his friends, who are still awake, just long enough for a little adventure.
Ollie’s storyline touches on big issues like discovery, friendship, being alone and the importance of the little things in life, aimed at the dreamer in all of us.
“When we first saw the pitch for Ollie, the gentle humor and beautiful design stood out immediately as something special, and we were in love. We are so proud to have played a part in bringing this gorgeous new show to life and grateful to be a part of the vibrant animation industry in this country right now,” said producer Tamsin Lyons of Ink and Light.
“We are extremely passionate about putting positive messages out into the world, by making content that entertains and engages our audience. We can’t wait to share Ollie with audiences in every home. We are extremely proud of our new production and can’t wait for everyone to see Ollie unfold.”
Ollie is a co-production between Ink and Light in Ireland and Lunanime in Belgium. The show is created by Belgian director Anton Setola.
“It was a challenging but satisfying process to create these little stories,” said Annemie Degryse, producer at Lunanime. “We produced 52 episodes of four minutes that are poetic, trigger children’s imaginations, are playful and have a sense of humor in it. It has been a very enriching experience to coproduce Ollie with our amazing partners in Ireland and Norway.”
Ollie is produced by Lunanime, Ink and Light and Storyline and distributed by BETA Film. The series is supported by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, RTÉjr, Ketnet, VAF, Screen Flanders, Creative Europe MEDIA, Lum.Invest.
The show currently airs on RTÉjr Mondays at 10 a.m. and is available on the RTÉjr player.