Hollywood heavyweights have signed up with UK multi-media company
Galleon Holdings PLC to bring a major new animated series to life.
of the OGGIES, Fistral Freddie was created by Newquay school
producer Chris Henderson and Emmy-award winning writer Carter Crocker
will work on the production of Oggies - a children's cartoon series
featuring extreme sports stars that surf, skate board and mountain
comes from the same stable as 1980s hit series The Shoe People.
The idea came from St Ives businessman Vincent Walker and has been
developed and co-created by Galleon Chairman Jim Driscoll and Rob
Lee, who also created one of this country's most popular children's
cartoon series, the BBC's Fireman Sam.
Zennor strums out a groovy tune
Henderson, a producer on Disney's 101 Dalmations, said: "Oggies
is a really exciting project to be involved with - it is a great
concept, has unique characters and the potential to be a hit with
children across the world. I am looking forward very much to work
with Jim and his team again."
previously worked with Jim on the series Astro Knights, which is
set to be premiered at MIPTV in Cannes this year. Chris's credits
include four years as a Disney producer, also working on Hercules
and Hunchback of Notre Dame II. His most recent work for Scholastic
and Warner Brothers, animated feature film Clifford's Really Big
Movie, is due for release later this month.
Stevens is always on hand with some 'energy food'!
who has received two Emmy Awards for writing 'New Adventures of
Winnie the Pooh', also worked on Clifford The Big Red Dog, Peter
Pan II Return to Neverland and The Jungle Book 2.
Chris and Carter have a combined total of over 20 years of Hollywood
experience. Oggies will be previewed at the MIPTV Festival in Cannes
in April this year and is set to be broadcast in 2005.
Crocker said: "This series has everything to make it a huge
animation success. It is right for the American market and a breath
of fresh air that both Chris and I are delighted and excited to
be working on."
very cool 'Elvis' OGGIE
Driscoll MBE, Chairman of Galleon Holdings PLC, said: "These
are two major signings and confirms my belief that in Oggies we
have something really special.
has been a positive response to Oggies in the US, and the addition
of Chris and Carter gives us an extremely talented and highly respected
series sets out to encourage children to get fitter while having
fun. Extreme sports are increasingly popular with youngsters, and
also a great way of helping tackle serious issues such as child
obesity - an ever increasing problem both here and in the USA."
Freddie is now the face of the BSA's Unleashed Surfing School
animation will be produced by China-based Colorland Studios whose
President Louis Sek worked with Jim in the late 80's on The Shoe
People. The entire project team has a combined total of over 500
hours of TV production.
series consisting of 26 x 11-minute shows is now in pre-production.
Some 30 characters will feature throughout the series with more
to be added as the show progresses.
Australia and the British Surfing Association (BSA) have signed
agreements to use Oggie characters to encourage children to the
sport and to surf safely. The BSA launched the Fistral Freddie Surf
Academy for children in June 2003 and Surf Australia will launch
the Bondi Bruce Surf Academy in June 2004.
Metropolitan Police in conjunction with Crime Stoppers also launched
a Safer Surfing on the internet initiative in October 2003 featuring
Oggie Superhero Fistral Freddie.