MTV2 has joined up with Aardman Animations to broadcast a series of shorts featuring the character Big Jeff.
MTV2 is MTV Networks U.K. & Irelands channel dedicated to guitar-based music. The 10 BIG JEFF films range from 90 to 180 seconds in duration and will be scattered amongst the MTV2 schedule from mid June. The animations were created, written and directed by Aardmans Tom Parkinson and exec produced by Miles Bullough, Pete Lord and Dave Sproxton.
THE ADVENTURES OF BIG JEFF feature the exploits of back-to-basics macho Australian Big Jeff. Nicknamed the aussie with no cossie, Big Jeff is a nature-loving, beer drinking, hallucinogen-taking naturist, who is always naked bar his cork-hat and disco roller boots. A sometime-TV presenter, Big Jeffs catchphrase is bloody marvelous.
The surreal MTV2 shorts include BUSHCRAFT ALPHABET, in which Big Jeff presents his own unorthodox guide to survival in the Bush; THE DIGERIDOO, which sees the hero learn the digeridoo and loose himself to a bizarre trance; and CAKE, in which viewers meet experimental hippy, Mother Hendrix.
Steve Shannon, vp creative MTV Networks UK & Ireland, said, Were delighted that such a creative and illustrious team as Aardman have provided animations for us. BIG JEFF is a great fit for MTV2, and perfectly encapsulates the channels unpolished and irreverent character. I expect our viewers will agree with us in thinking that Big Jeff is indeed bloody marvelous.
Helen Brunsdon, broadcast and development manager at Aardman Animations, adds, "We're so pleased to be working with MTV2 on BIG JEFF, we hadnt realized they were into nudity. Tom Parkinson, our BIG JEFF genius is full of new and original ideas and we're positive that MTV2 fans will want to watch the new series over and over again."
Aardman, based in Bristol (U.K.), co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television series and television commercials for both the domestic and international market. For more information, visit www.aardman.com.