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CBeebies Orders More "Large Family"

CBeebies has ordered an additional 26 episodes of The Large Family, World Screen reports. The Coolabi-produced series is about the domestic life of an elephant family.

HIT Shows Head to iTunes

Starting in April, Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, and other titles from HIT Entertainment will be available for purchase through the iTunes Store in the UK, World Screen reports. Half-hour episodes will cost £1.89 will be viewable on a Mac, PC, video-enabled iPod, iPhone or Apple TV.

UK Department Backing New Aardman-Sponsored Animation Center

The UK’s Department for Media, Culture and Sport will propose to establish a new animation education center to be backed by Aardman Animations and the South West Regional Development Forum, Digital Arts reports. The proposal for the new center apparently will be made as part of the department’s Creative Economies Programme, which will outline plans […]

First Episode of "Pedro and Frankensheep" Available On-Line

Animation historian and scholar Jerry Beck has posted the first short from the Brothers McLeod’s Pedro and Frankensheep, a new short film series that will debut on Children’s BBC starting next week. The 5-minute shorts will air every day at 4:30 PM for two weeks.

"World of Quest" Is New Show of CN-UK

Cartoon Network UK has picked up the first twenty-six episodes of World of Quest, producer Cookie Jar Entertainment announced yesterday. The comedy-adventure series, which is based on a graphic novel series by Jason Kruse, is about the adventures of Prince Nestor and his friends as they try to save his parents and kingdom. It is […]

"Phineas and Ferb" Hits in UK Too

Phineas and Ferb gave Disney Channel UK its best animation launch in its history, World Screen reports. The series, which also premiered well in the United States, ranked number one in its time slot among boys ages 6 to 12.

Naked Chef Producing Preschooler Cookery Show

TV chef Jamie Oliver will produce a live-action/CGI show about cooking for the UK’s Nick Jr., the Telegraph reports. The show, Made with Magic, will be produced by Oliver’s Fresh One Productions and designed for preschoolers. Oliver, a.k.a. “The Naked Chef”, will executive produce; he is not expected to appear in the show.

"Ben 10: Race Against Time" Gets Celebrity Screening in UK

Cartoon Network UK will hold a special screening of Ben 10: Race Against Time at the Vue Cinema in London’s Leicester Square on Sunday, KidScreen reports. The screening will be for film cast, celebrity guests, and 400 contest-winning Ben 10 fans.

British Animation Awards Announces Nominees

Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep was nominated for Best Children’s Series by the British Animation Awards (BAA), the organization announced yesterday. It will compete against KNTV Philosophy and The Secret Show. Other nominees put forward by the BAA include “The Pearce Sisters” for Best Short Film, Pocoyo for Best Pre-School Series, and Peter & the Wolf […]

Buyers Circling "Postman Pat" Producer

UK animation house Entertainment Rights says it is in takeover talks with unnamed buyers, c21 Media reports. The parent of Classic Media and owner of Postman Pat, Basil Brush, and Rupert the Bear recently saw its share price plunge when it said its revenues and profits for 2007 would come in at the lower end […]

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