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Here’s the ‘Buzz’ on Aardman’s ‘Lloyd of the Flies’ Animated Series

The quirky, new comedy-adventure follows Lloyd B Fly, a housefly and middle child living at home with his family of 224; viewers will be introduced to the weird and wonderful world of insects when the show premieres next month on CITV.

According to the award-winning animation studio Aardman, “it is estimated that there are some 10 quintillion insects alive at any one time.” Thus begins the announcement for their new 3D animated series, Lloyd of the Flies (52x11), starring one of those special little bugs, Lloyd. Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner), Alex Lawther (The End of the F***ing World, Black Mirror), and Lauren Patel (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) star in the insect-inclusive project. The show targets kids 7-11, and their families and premieres on CITV this September.

The series follows the adventures of Lloyd B Fly, a housefly who lives with his family – including 224 of his maggot siblings – inside a compost bin they call home. As the middle child of 451, Lloyd is a young fly with plenty to prove. Alongside his best friend Abacus Woodlouse, his little sister PB, and his eccentric tagalong Cornea Butterfly, Lloyd is all set for misadventure in a family comedy of entomology. The series draws inspiration from the weird, wonderful, and bizarre world of insects and shines a light on what they get up to when we’re not paying attention.

Joining Rosenthal, Lawther, and Patel, additional cast members include Jamie-Lee O’Donnell (Derry Girls) as Louise Hunter, a spider who only hunts woodlice for the thrill of the chase, and Callum Scott Howells (It’s A Sin), in the role of Lloyd’s nemesis, Berry.

The series is created and directed by Matthew Walker, with Jane Davies as co-director and voice director. The series covers key themes of family and friendship with comedy and misadventure around every corner.

“I love the world of insects, and it has been a rich source for the stories, characters, and comedy of Lloyd,” shared Walker. “It has been wonderful to work with a fantastic team of artists and animators to bring this world to life, and the brilliant actors who have taken the warmth and humor in the script – qualities for which Aardman is renowned – and translated this beautifully to the screen. I can’t wait for viewers young and old to get to know Lloyd and the gang come September.”

Covering key themes of family and friendship with comedy and misadventure, Lloyd of the Flies introduces families to the weird and wonderful world of insects in a way that is both informative and entertaining for all audiences.

Lloyd of the Flies is Aardman’s first 3D series produced entirely from its creative hub at its headquarters in Bristol. The production was supported by the UK Government’s Young Audiences Content Fund. Managed by the BFI, the fund supports the creation of distinctive, quality content for young audiences. The fund is intended to provide content that informs our understanding of the world, stimulates knowledge and learning, and represents diversity and alternative viewpoints.

Source: Aardman

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.