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Elephant Prods. Trumpets New Projects

London-based Elephant Prods. is expanding its slate of animated projects it will take to MIP-TV. Heading the slate is WAVERLY A HAMSTER OF SOME IMPORTANCE. The 2D series follows the adventures of the Wilson family and daughter Jessicas most unusual pet, a quirky hamster that speaks only to Jessica. The series is written by Roger Planer whose previous credits include, ROMUALD THE REINDEER for the BBC, THE NEW MAGIC ROUNDABOUT and HILLTOP HOSPITAL. The companys animation studio, Elephant Egg, is producing the show for kids 4-8. WANGANUI follows a small boy named Wanganui Wiffler, and his family who have terrible body odors and no sense of smell. The exception is the poor family dog, Wolamalu, who can sniff them out so he bathes often, living in the underutilized bathroom. Aiming for a slightly older audience of 7-10, DR. DIABLOS NIGHTMARES is a CGI animated comedy horror about a brain suspended in a tank. While he has eyes, a nose, ears and a mouth, he lacks eyelids and therefore cannot sleep. Jealous of others' ability to dream, he takes peoples dreams and turns them into nightmares. Since he's consumed their dreams, they can't remember them when they awake. The show features a 3D style popular with viewers of Elephant's GRIZZLY TALES FOR GRUESOME KIDS, which airs on CITV in the U.K. Elephant Productions was founded in 1990 by actor and writer Nigel Planer and producer, director and childrens author Jamie Rix. Elephant's ANIMAL SCHOOL airs in the U.K. on CBBC.