Animalia
Created byGraeme Base (book)
Based onAnimalia
by illustrator Graeme Base
Developed byGraeme Base
Tom Ruegger
Ewan Burnett
Doug MacLeod
Robyn Base
Bruce D. Johnson
Written bySherri Stoner
John P. McCann
Deanna Oliver
Tom Ruegger
Nicholas Hollander
Mark Seidenberg
John K. Ludin
John Loy
Directed byDavid Scott
Voices ofBrooke Anderson
Katie Leigh
Robert Mark Klein
Kate Higgins
Dean O'Gorman
Christopher Hobbs
Peta Johnson
Theme music composerGraeme Base
Yuri Worontschak
ComposerChristopher Elves
Country of originAustralia
United Kingdom
Canada
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersGraeme Base
Tom Ruegger
Ewan Burnett
Murray Pope
Bruce D. Johnson
ProducersEwan Burnett
Murray Pope
EditorTom Ruegger
Running time24 minutes
Production companiesBurberry Productions
Animalia Productions
PorchLight Entertainment
Lux Animation
DistributorPorchLight Entertainment (North America)[1]
BBC Worldwide (Internationally)[2]
Release
Original networkNetwork Ten (Australia)
CBBC (United Kingdom)
PBS Kids Go!/PBS Kids/Disney XD (United States)
Kids CBC/Teletoon (Canada)
Picture formatNTSC (480i)
720p
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release11 November 2007 (2007-11-11) –
7 November 2008 (2008-11-07)

Animalia is an animated children's television series based on the 1986 picture book of the same name by illustrator Graeme Base. The series premiered on Network Ten in Australia on November 11, 2007, airing two seasons before ending on November 7, 2008.

Plot

Animalia tells the story of two human children, Alex and his friend Zoe, who stumble into the magical library which transports them to the animal-inhabited world of Animalia. Strange events have undermined the Animalian civilization, and Alex and Zoe join forces with their new friends G'Bubu the gorilla and Iggy the iguana to save Animalia from evil and comical villains.[3]

Characters

Humans

Animalians

Note: In a nod to the book, the names of all the Animalians begin with the first letter of their species name.

Core Spore Types

There have been many different types of Corespores throughout the series, each causing a wide variety of adverse effects on Animalia and its inhabitants when they blast off from the Core.

Production

The series is computer-animated, and 40 half-hour episodes were produced by Animalia Productions, based at Village Roadshow Studios in Queensland, and Australian visual effects companies Photon VFX, and Iloura Digital Pictures.[4]

Development

The series was first conceived in 1999 when Australian producer Ewan Burnett met with Base, and obtained the rights to an adaptation of the best-selling book. In early 2002, Burnett finalised the funding arrangements with Australian and international broadcast partners and investors, but the project was delayed when the British government revised the United Kingdom's taxation laws so that projects claiming special tax status had to be delivered in the financial year they were claimed. After three years of re-financing, Animalia began production in 2005.[5]

The book on which the series was based is a picture book with each spread depicting an elaborate illustration in which every animal and object begins with a particular letter of the alphabet. As there was no coherent narrative or central characters, these were developed with the concept of a fantasy world where animals of all kinds intermingled and interacted becoming the central theme.

As the series was to be broadcast internationally, the alphabetical theme central to the book was dropped, as it was based on the English language alphabet and would lose its meaning if the program were dubbed into other languages.

Episodes

Two seasons, consisting of 20 episodes, have been made, and the first season was first broadcast in Australia on November 11, 2007, in the United Kingdom on November 19, 2007, and in the United States on PBS Kids Go! on January 5, 2008.

Season 1

  1. "Hello, We Must Be Going" (November 11, 2007)
  2. "Goodbye, We Must Be Staying" (November 18, 2007)
  3. "The Mist of Time" (November 25, 2007)
  4. "Catcher In The Rhyme" (December 2, 2007)
  5. "Forget Me Not" (December 16, 2007)
  6. "Long Story Short" (December 23, 2007)
  7. "Righting The Writing" (December 30, 2007)
  8. "Butterfly Winter" (March 21, 2008)
  9. "Speechless In Animalia" (April 4, 2008)
  10. "Don Iguana" (April 11, 2008)
  11. "Over & Beyond" (April 18, 2008)
  12. "Being Peter Applebottom" (April 25, 2008)
  13. "Animalia's Talent -O-Topia" (May 2, 2008)
  14. "Brain Drain" (May 9, 2008)
  15. "Save Our Swamp" (May 16, 2008)
  16. "Tunnel Vision" (May 23, 2008)
  17. "Iggy's Quest" (May 30, 2008)
  18. "What's the Good Word?" (June 6, 2008)
  19. "Alex's Secret Code" (June 13, 2008)
  20. "Whistling in the Dark" (June 20, 2008)

Season 2

  1. "The Call to Action" (June 27, 2008)
  2. "The World According to Iggy" (July 4, 2008)
  3. "Nothing But the Truth" (July 11, 2008)
  4. "The Dream Weavers" (July 18, 2008)
  5. "Getting Over the Glums" (July 25, 2008)
  6. "Tunnel King" (August 1, 2008)
  7. "The Day Zoe Listened" (August 8, 2008)
  8. "Alex's Treasure Island" (August 15, 2008)
  9. "Taking a Guilt Trip" (August 22, 2008)
  10. "The Animal Within" (August 29, 2008)
  11. "The Mystery of the Missing Melba" (September 5, 2008)
  12. "Scary Story Go Round" (September 12, 2008)
  13. "The Ballad of the Creeper" (September 19, 2008)
  14. "From 'A' to 'Z'" (September 26, 2008)
  15. "The Dragon and the Night" (October 3, 2008)
  16. "Tomorrow" (October 10, 2008)
  17. "Guardians of the Core" (October 17, 2008)
  18. "Paradise Found" (October 24, 2008)
  19. "Back to the Present" (October 31, 2008)
  20. "What the World Needs Now" (November 7, 2008)

Broadcast

The series began running in Australia on Network Ten at noon on Sundays beginning on November 11, 2007, and also on Nickelodeon since May 2008. In the United Kingdom it aired on CBBC on BBC One beginning on November 19, 2007. The series also aired in the United States on PBS Kids Go! beginning on January 5, 2008.

As of November 3, 2008, the show is also running on NRK in Norway. In Latinoamerica, the series began running on Animal Planet and later in Venezuela on Tves.[6] In India, the show is broadcast on Cartoon Network India.

The other broadcast partners and investors in the series have not yet announced their broadcast schedules. The international networks involved in the production are: the BBC in the United Kingdom and CBC in Canada. The series will also be broadcast by SABC 2 in South Africa,[7] Al Jazeera and in Israel.[5]

Home Media releases

Reception

Critical response

A New York Times reviewer commented that the phrase "'based on the book by' may never have been stretched so far" in the creation of this TV series, while characterizing it as "weird" and "intermittently interesting."[10]

Awards

In 2008 Animalia was nominated for BAFTA Children's Kids Vote Award.[11]

In 2009, composer Christopher Elves won a Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for his work on Animalia's musical score.[12]

APRA-AGSC Awards

The annual Screen Music Awards are presented by Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC).

Other merchandise

In 2008, BBC Children's Books and the Penguin Group published four books by Mandy Archer based on the series: the Animalia Colouring Book, the Animalia Sticker Activity Book, plus two storybooks, Animalia: Hello, we must be going and Animalia: Goodbye, we must be staying which were based upon the first and second episodes of the same name and adapted from the scripts by Tom Ruegger. All four books have text and design by Children's Character Books and all but the colouring book are heavily illustrated with colour screenshots from the series.

References

  1. ^ https://www.awn.com/news/porchlight-bringing-animalia-pbs
  2. ^ https://www.awn.com/news/porchlight-bringing-animalia-pbs
  3. ^ Animalia prepares to launch on-air on Ten Archived 2 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Digital Media World.
  4. ^ Animalia Animation Series To Be Made Archived 15 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Photon VFX, 2 October 2006
  5. ^ a b Kalina, Paul: Series that (almost) never was, The Age, 8 November 2007
  6. ^ "TVes - Animalia". 26 April 2012. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  7. ^ TVSA Mini-Site
  8. ^ Lambert, David. "Animalia DVD news: Press Release". PorchLight Home Entertainment. Archived from the original on 8 February 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Animalia: Volume 1". 1 May 2012 – via Amazon.
  10. ^ NY Times staff (4 January 2008). "Boy and Girl Meet Beasts, Armadillo to Zany Zebra". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  11. ^ "CHILDREN'S AWARDS NOMINATIONS". BAFTA. Archived from the original on 31 October 2008.
  12. ^ Hurst, Brian: Qld composer hits the big time with Animalia score, Brisbane Times, 30 August 2009.
  13. ^ "2008 Winners – Screen Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 8 March 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2010.