New preschool series will use animated paper and clay to tell humorous stories that teach kids about kindness.
LONDON -- CAKE has announced they will launch an imaginative new preschool series, Kiri and Lou at the upcoming MIPCOM international market. Hand-crafted in paper and clay and created using traditional stop-motion animation by Antony Elworthy (Coraline, Corpse Bride and Wes Anderson’s recent Isle of Dogs), Kiri and Lou invites children to learn about kindness, empathy and how to get along. The 52 x 5-minute series is voiced by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Moana) and Olivia Tennet and is written and directed by feature film director Harry Sinclair. Aimed at children 3-6 years old, its gently humorous storylines will also entertain parents and siblings.
At the heart of the show is the friendship between Kiri, a feisty little dinosaur with overpowering emotions and Lou, a gentle and thoughtful creature, who may seem unlikely best friends. Joined by a diverse group of characters including motherly Pania, who offers advice, sensitive Dalvanius, who disappears completely when he feels shy and Sorry, a small but extremely fast little animal who cares about everyone’s feelings, they navigate a forest of feelings together with laughter, song and adventure.
Kiri and Lou is produced by Fiona Copland for the new animation brand Stretchy and Heather Walker of Yowza Animation (Curious George, Welcome To the Wayne). Set to air on TVNZ in New Zealand and CBC in Canada next year with Wow Dadi for Greater China, CAKE handles international sales.
Ed Galton, CCO & managing director at CAKE, said, “Kiri and Lou is a show that doesn’t come around very often. Beautifully animated with heart-warming characters and stories told with humor and joy, this is one of the most stand-out series we’ve seen in a long time and we are very excited to be showing it to the rest of the world.”
Copland, producer at Stretchy said “There’s been a fantastic creative bubble around the project and it’s become a kind of oasis for children and parents alike. It’s a funny but hopefully calming show! We’re thrilled with it.”