Strange Hill High

I've worked in animation my whole life and I've never seen a show as groundbreaking as Strange Hill High. And when the ground breaks at Strange Hill, you never know what will come out."Josh Weinstein
Date: 24.04.2013     Last updated: 25.03.2014 at 13.20
Category: CBBC
Strange Hill High is CBBC’s innovative new animated comedy, voiced by Emma Kennedy, Richard Ayoade, and Ben 'Doc Brown' Smith, with Caroline Aherne and John Thomson. Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons/Futurama) is the series showrunner.

Strange Hill High, an all-but-forgotten inner-city school filled with fantastical secrets and outlandish mysteries, has been created using ‘hypervynorama’, a groundbreaking new animation technique that combines Japanese vinyl toy design and puppetry with stop-motion animation and computer generated imagery (CGI).

The 13x22-minute series follows the quick-witted and street smart Mitchell Tanner (Doc Brown), the new kid at school and his two new besties, ever-confident Becky Butters (Emma Kennedy) and class nerd Templeton (Richard Ayoade). The three intrepid Year 7s set out to investigate the strange, mysterious, and often other-worldly occurrences at their school.

The show follows the trio as they explore Strange Hill High, uncovering the absurd and outrageous, from the evil Tooth Fairy, to Sir Bogivere, a vigilant Knight and guardian of an ancient Arthurian lavatory.

A funny, clever and contemporary adventure, Strange Hill High sees the students attempt to solve the mysteries of their strange school, with hilarious results. It’s weird, it’s cool, it’s school!

Emma Kennedy, who stars as Becky and also wrote an episode of the show, comments: “It's a show that's ostensibly about an odd little school where anything and everything weird and wonderful can happen, but at heart it's about three friends and how they stick by each other through thick and thin.

"The best thing about it is its sense of energy and fun. I love the puppets, the sets are incredible and the storylines are incredibly inventive."

Josh Weinstein comments: “I've worked in animation my whole life and I've never seen a show as groundbreaking as Strange Hill High. And when the ground breaks at Strange Hill, you never know what will come out."

Strange Hill High is co-produced by CBBC, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and Factory Transmedia and created by Kat Van Henderson at Factory Transmedia in Cheshire. The show’s vinyl puppetry is created by Mackinnon and Saunders.

Strange Hill High comes to CBBC this spring.

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