Tiger Aspect Prods. is going into production on Tinga Tinga Tales, a new animated preschool series commissioned by broadcasters CBeebies in the U.K. and Playhouse Disney in the U.S. Entertainment Rights (ER) is managing worldwide distribution rights for the brand across all media. A set of 52 11-minute episodes are being animated in Kenya for delivery in late 2009 to 2010.
Tinga Tinga Tales will feature animal stories that have been passed down through generations all over Africa. Led by a young, cheeky monkey, the cast of characters and their world are being brought to life with a mix of distinctively African colour, pattern and music. The style is based on the famous Tinga Tinga art of Tanzania, and all images are being hand-painted by local African artists and imported into computers for animation.
Working with Homeboyz in Nairobi, Tiger Aspect has set up a fully equipped animation studio in Kenya, employing local designers, writers, musicians and animators. Once production on the first season wraps, the studio will continue to support a new animation industry in East Africa, encouraging the creation of original content that will work in the International arena.
‘This is one of the most ambitious projects we’ve ever taken on,’ comments Tiger Aspect managing director Andrew Zein. ‘On top of everything else, it is truly inspirational to think that 50% of Tiger Aspect’s profits from the show will go toward helping make a real difference in improving the educational needs of children in East Africa.’
Production on Tinga Tinga Tales is is being overseen by Claudia Lloyd, Tiger Aspect’s head of animation and children’s properties. Lloyd comes to the project after working on the BAFTA Award-winning Charlie and Lola, with other credits including the animated Mr Bean series and Bosom Pals, two half-hour BBC1 specials based on the art of Beryl Cook.