KOMIXX DELIVERS 52-EPISODE ‘DOG LOVES BOOKS’
ANIMATED CHILDREN’S SERIES TO BBC, ABC AUSTRALIA AND KiKA
Komixx Entertainment has completed delivery of its 52-episode series ‘Dog Loves Books’ for BBC CBeebies, ABC Australia and German children’s network KiKA, featuring voices from award-winning British comedy actors John Thomson and Craig Cash.
Based upon the Roald Dahl Funny Prize award-winning book by Louise Yates, the new 2D animation series is aimed at kids aged 4-7. The Fast Show and Cold Feet star John Thomson (Pete) features as ‘Dog’, while his best friend ‘Pug’ is voiced by Gogglebox and The Royle Family favourite Craig Cash (Dave).
The 52 seven-minute episodes were co-produced with Flix Facilities in association with Flix Facilities IOM, which also brought equity investment to the project. With delivery of the first episodes in February, it debuted on CBeebies at the beginning of March. Overcoming challenges posed by the pandemic, episodes 26 to 52 were still delivered according to schedule to CBeebies, ABC and KiKA at the end of May, with post-production undertaken in full compliance with the tight lock-down regulations using remote virtual working by the studio team.
Dog Loves Books is now being marketed worldwide by BBC Studios Distribution.
Developed by Komixx Entertainment Head of Development Melanie Halsall, the series also includes characters from celebrated voice-over artists Jimmy Hibbert and Kathryn MacColl. Komixx Entertainment Head of Animation Production Richard Randolph is the Series Producer, Alan Gilbey is the Head Writer and Vincent James directed the series.
Melanie Halsall said: “Dog Loves Books tells the story of a loveable duo who like nothing better than getting into a good book, quite literally. Dog and Pug simply love books, from the smell to the touch to the sound of them, but most of all because of the adventures inside them. This series is a celebration of literature and of books, taking young audiences into imaginary situations that come alive in worlds hidden between book covers.”
The series is the latest delivered by the children’s division of independent film and TV production company Komixx Entertainment. Komixx is responsible for two other global successes in children’s entertainment, in the guise of Toby’s Travelling Circus and Wanda and the Alien. Both series were earlier examples of Komixx and Flix working together and both have been sold to TV networks worldwide
Ed Glauser, Komixx Group CEO and series Executive Producer, said: “While we have developed our Komixx business into other areas of young-adult and family entertainment across multi-media channels, we have always been proud of our original work for pre-school and young children’s audiences. Dog Loves Books is the latest and is hitting TV screens in the UK and Germany while our partners at BBC Studios are also attracting huge interest from broadcasters worldwide.”
Leo Casserly, Managing Director of Flix Facilities, said: “Given the problems posed by a global pandemic it is testament to the hard work, dedication and talent of all involved that delivery of such high quality has been achieved both on time and within budget.”
Komixx Entertainment is currently developing a range of pre-school, children’s, young-adult, and family entertainment. It’s next production hits Netflix screens on July 24, with the global launch of The Kissing Booth 2, the sequel to its blockbuster smash hit film that first aired as a Netflix-original movie in 2018, starring Joey King and Jacob Elordi.
ABOUT KOMIXX ENTERTAINMENT
Established in 2007, Komixx Entertainment is an independent film and TV production company that holds a significant portfolio of original and adapted rights. Headquartered in London, expansion has since seen Komixx establish offices in Los Angeles, USA, and Perth, in Western Australia.
The Komixx Media Group acquires, develops, and produces feature films, TV series and other multi-media content for kids to young-adult audiences with fast evolving tastes and preferences. Komixx uses trend analysis, evaluation of social and behavioural patterns and in-depth audience research to ensure that each production is developed with creativity at its heart and wrapped with a strong commercial and financial strategy.
Working both with original ideas and book adaptations, Komixx brings to screen imaginative, character-driven stories and creative concepts with an enduring, global audience appeal.
ABOUT FLIX FACILITIES
Established in 1992, Flix Facilities has Animation studios in Salford at MediaCityUK and in Douglas on the Isle of Man. Flix Animation brings investment and a unique creative perspective to projects, offering 2D and 3D animation services from concept and design through to final delivery. Using Toon Boom, Adobe CC, Maya, 3DS Max, Vray and Realflow the team has worked on several iconic brands including the Bafta award winning Old Jack’s Boat, Danger Mouse, Dinopaws, Tree Fu Tom, Postman Pat SDS, The Furchester Hotel (for Sesame Workshop and CBeebies) and several exhibition films for film director Tim Burton.
Flix’s post-production services have a combined offering of 50 offline suites, 10 online suites including DS Nitris, 4 high spec 5.1 dubbing theatres, three spacious voice over booths and a bespoke Da Vinci Resolve Grade suite, as well as production space and offices for clients.
With an expanding animation offering across both MediaCityUK and the Isle of Man sites, Flix is currently developing a range of in-house children’s animation series. Work is currently underway on a unique live action and animation show.