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Nickelodeon Gets Grizzly

Press Release from Grizzly TV and Honeycomb Animation

The multi award winning animated series GRIZZLY TALES is to be re invented for Nickelodeon UK. The 26 new eleven minute episodes are based on the recent series of books written by Jamie Rix and published by Orion. The new series is to be broadcast in 2011, preceded by re runs of the 79 original episodes in 2010.

"This beautifully conceived and executed series follows in the centuries-old Grimm tradition of sadistic fairy-tale fantasy, and there's something reminiscent of Heinrich Hoffman's "Shockheaded Peter" about the fiendishly cruel (yet satisfyingly appropriate) fates that befall badly behaved children in these modern-day cautionary tales" (Victor Lewis Smith, THE EVENING STANDARD)

The original six series ran from 2000 to 2006 on ITV1 and Grizzly Tales was consistently one of the highest rated children's animation shows on the channel with the special episode, A Grizzly New Year's Tale hitting No 2 in the Broadcast kids chart.

"They are superior morality stories and Nigel Planer reads them with a delight that borders on the fiendish." (SUNDAY TIMES)

The BAFTA nominated show picked up many awards including Animated Series and Children's Choice at the British Animation Awards, and Children's Animated series at Cartoons on the Bay. The original book, GRIZZLY TALES FOR GRUESOME KIDS, was a Smarties prize winner.

The latest offering from Orion, A GRIZZLY DOZEN, is published this month.

GRIZZLY TALES'Cautionary Tales for Lovers of Squeam'Narration: Nigel Planer (The Young Ones, Hairspray)Writer, Co director, co producer: Jamie Rix (The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury, Not Going Out)Co directors, co producers: Sara & Simon Bor (Wolves, Witches & Giants, Binka)Music: Ed Welch (One Foot in the Grave, Thomas the Tank Engine)Broadcaster: Nickelodeon UKProduced by: Grizzly TV Distributed by: ITV Global Entertainment

Grizzly TV is jointly owned between Honeycomb Animation Enterprises Ltd and Elephant Productions Ltd.