In spite of the challenges of COVID-19 lockdown in the U.K., award-winning studio Ragdoll Productions is putting the finishing touches on its new animated preschool series B.O.T. and the Beasties, which will launch on CBeebies (U.K.) in early 2021. Developed and in production during lockdown with a team of young animators given their first professional opportunities, the show celebrates silliness, playfulness and invention during these difficult times.
The 50 x 5′, 2D animated series introduces pre-schoolers to the trials and tribulations of a loveable robot called B.O.T. (Beastie Observation Transmitter) as he discovers new worlds and all manner of new Beasties that inhabit them. B.O.T. must collect data on the comically unpredictable Beasties — the mission is never easy, but always very funny!
The animated adventure launches with a host of bizarre Beasties from five different worlds and each episode offers wonderful storytelling as B.O.T. goes on a hilarious Beastie journey of discovery.
“B.O.T. and the Beasties has been developed with a commitment to watching how children interact and develop, and as B.O.T. journeys to the different worlds, children will develop counting, sorting and categorizing skills as well as first steps in storytelling,” said Anne Wood, Founder & Creative Director of Ragdoll.
With this project, Ragdoll’s creative team have also been able to develop some young animators who have been given their first professional opportunity creating this innovative new series.