Tiger Aspect Productions will go into production on TINGA TINGA TALES, a brand new animation series (52x11) with leading children's broadcasters, CBeebies in the U.K. and Playhouse Disney in the U.S.
Entertainment Rights (ER) is managing worldwide distribution rights for the brand across all media and it will form an integral part in ER's continued global business development over the longer term. The series is currently being produced in Kenya for delivery from autumn 2009 into 2010.
TINGA TINGA TALES sees a return to traditional storytelling, bringing to screen animal stories that have been passed down from generation to generation all over Africa. Adapted from African folk lore, it is told through the eyes of Africa's diverse and most loved animals.
The series, aimed at preschoolers, will have global appeal. Tales are brought to life by a cast of returning characters led by a young, cheeky Monkey. The bright and exuberant imagery will be hand painted and animated in an explosive mix of African colour, pattern and music. The style is based on the famous Tinga Tinga art of Tanzania. All images in the series will be hand painted by local African artistes and then expertly computer animated to produce a wonderful visual experience.
Tiger Aspect, in association with Homeboyz in Nairobi, has set up a fully equipped animation studio in Kenya and employed local designers, writers, musicians and animators to work on TINGA TINGA TALES. After production completes in 2010, the studio will continue to provide jobs for a new animation industry in East Africa, encouraging the creation of original African content which will work in the International arena.
TINGA TINGA TALES is brought to screen under the direction of Tiger Aspect's Head of Animation Claudia Lloyd. Lloyd comes to this project off the back of the BAFTA Award-winning CHARLIE AND LOLA. Her other previous credits include MR BEAN (52x11) and BOSOM PALS (2x30) BBC1 specials based on the art of Beryl Cook.
Half of Tiger Aspect's profits from the show will go toward helping make a difference in improving the educational needs of children in East Africa.