Dot To Dot Productions appoints Lisle Licensing as its UK & Eire licensing agent for hit pre-school series SCHOOL OF ROARS
SCHOOL OF ROARS is a 2-D animated comedy that began on CBeebies on 6th February 2017, created by Dot To Dot Productions and animated at Dot To Dot’s in-house studio in Chiswick.
ZDF Enterprises are distributing the series worldwide and have also confirmed Sprout as the broadcast partner for the USA. Sprout launched in August 2017.
The series helps children prepare for school life by seeing relationships and experiences through the eyes of 5 mini monsters. Because they’re monsters, the little heroes go to school at night, led by their lovely teacher Miss Grizzlesniff. The class learn monstery lessons, like counting the legs on spiders in maths, how to howl at the moon in music, or making delicious Blushberry Blob Cakes in cookery. Through their adventures they experience life-lessons – caring, sharing, friendship and fun – mirroring the social and emotional behaviour and group dynamics of the audience.
It features the superb voice talent of national treasures Kathy Burke, who plays kind teacher Miss Grizzlesniff, Sarah Lancashire the quirky Headmonstress and Andrew Scott, the comical cookery teacher.
Kathy Burke says: “My character Miss Grizzlesniff is a monster-mazing teacher and very beautiful. She loves her class because every little monster is unique. I was born to play Miss Grizzlesniff. I’ve got lots of friends that are little humans who are very excited about me being in School Of Roars.”
Sarah Lancashire exclaimed: “I’m thrilled to be involved in School Of Roars and to be able to bring the rather eccentric Mrs Twirlyhorn to life.”
SCHOOL OF ROARS will be supported by strong interactive elements including games apps, story apps and a website.
Hachette Publishing has been appointed to produce a series of exciting books including storybooks, sticker books, shaped board books and recipe books, which are due to launch Spring 18.
Signature Entertainment has acquired the DVD/Home Entertainment rights.
Francesca Lisle of Lisle Licensing is looking forward to presenting the series at BLE: “From the second we saw School of Roars we fell in love with it. Not only does the show have fantastic stories & bright and fun designs, but it also has an incredible cast! We now look forward to progressing conversations with licensees & retailers for categories such as toys and seeing the brand come to life!”
School Of Roars (52 x 7’) was acquired by Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies and Jackie Edwards, Head of Acquisitions and Independent Animation. The series was created by Alan Robinson, Head of Development at Dot To Dot and is executive produced by Jo Killingley for Dot To Dot and Sarah Legg for CBeebies.
Kay Benbow, Controller, CBeebies says: “We’re sure our youngest viewers will be enchanted by the friendly school-based adventures, the bright design and the quirky humour, whilst parents may be surprised by the hugely talented stellar supporting cast. We hope it’ll become another monster-mazing, super-snufflesome CBeebies favourite!”
About Dot To Dot Productions
Dot To Dot is an award-winning, multi BAFTA-nominated children’s production company with commercial experience in devising, developing and delivering all genres of children’s programming, for British and International Broadcasters including; CBeebies, CBBC, Nick Jnr, Disney, S4C, Sprout and ZDF.
Dot To Dot was set up in 2004 by children’s producer, Jo Killingley. Jo, a former primary school teacher has worked in the industry for over 25 years and has devised and contributed to many award-winning shows.
Alan Robinson joined Dot To Dot as Head of Development in 2010. Alan left university with a first class animation degree and is an integral part of the Dot To Dot team. He has created many of their popular branded concepts, character designs and formats.
Dot To Dot makes much-loved, ratings-winning programmes for children. Their aim is to engage and fuel imaginations with humorous, enriching and above all entertaining content.