Two new homegrown animation series have been commissioned by CBBC Controller Alison Sharman as part of the ongoing commitment to supporting the UK animation industry.
Aardman Entertainment is bringing to CBBC Shaun The Sheep, a 40 x seven minute series for CBBC in 2007, a character some may remember from his debut in the 1996 Academy Award-winning short film A Close Shave.
The series follows Shaun's adventures as he makes his mischievous way in the world, never just one of the flock.
The series is aimed at six to nine-year-olds and is stop-frame animation.
The Secret Show, a 52 x 13 minute animation series, has been created by Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment, who made the recent CBeebies success Gordon The Garden Gnome, and is set to hit CBBC screens in late 2006.
Aimed at eight to 12-year-olds, the series is described as "A secret show about people doing secret things," and is a quirky, action-adventure series for kids with a big sense of humour.
Alison Sharman, Controller of CBBC, said: "I'm very happy we have secured
commissions on these outstanding projects - each one not only has a charm of its own which I'm sure children will love, but is all the more entertaining because of the homegrown style and humour."
CBBC has also commissioned Animalia - a 40 x 24 minute series in full 3D CGI, brought to us from Australian producer Burberry Productions in partnership with a UK animation studio.
It's aimed at six to nine-year-olds and features a collection of eccentric animals which possess virtues and failings of a distinctly human nature.
It will also transmit on CBBC in 2007.
Sharman added: "We are single-minded about our support for the UK animation industry and hope to be commissioning more, fresh and innovative series in the near future.
"A great example of this is Charlie & Lola, which hits our screens later this autumn, and is made by Tiger Aspect. I know it's going to resonate both with children and adults because it is so funny and distinctive."
Head of CBBC Animation & Acquisitions, Michael Carrington, is editorially responsible for the animation production slate.