Animation fans around the world will have the chance to enjoy the new animated series from BAFTA-winning and Emmy nominated studio Sixteen South, ‘Claud’. Disney Junior Europe, Middle East, Africa & Australia/New Zealand has picked up 52 x 11 episodes of ‘Claude’ that has just gone into production at the Belfast-based studio, and is set to air in 2017.
Based on the beloved, best-selling book series by Alex T. Smith, and targeted at kids in the upper end of the preschool age, the new series has been adapted for television by Sixteen South with a unique 2D hand-drawn style that maintains the beautiful world of the original books.
Claude’ follows the comedic adventures of an extra-ordinary dog named Claude, who lives with his owners Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes at 112 Waggy Avenue. Every day when the Shinyshoes step out for work, Claude embarks on an amazing activities with his best friend, Sir Bobblysock (who is, in fact a bobbly sock). Claude’s world is full of colourful characters like Miss Highkick-Spin the dance teacher, Belinda Hintova-Tint the hairdresser and Lord Turret of Armslength Keep, the local castle.
“We fell in love with Claude when we first saw the books and we’re thrilled that Disney have fallen in love with him too,” commented Colin Williams, Sixteen South’s Creative Director. “We’re delighted that our little four-legged hero will be popping up on Disney Junior all across the world and we know that his fun stories and silly humour will appeal to children everywhere!”
Author-illustrator Alex T. Smith said, “I’m thrilled to be working and writing with Sixteen South on this very special project, and can’t wait for everyone across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia to join Claude and Sir Bobblysock as their adventures move to the small screen.”
Claude was developed for television by Sixteen South’s Colin Williams and Michelle Forde. It is produced by Colin Williams, directed by Tim Harper with a musical score by Mark Gordon. The series is Sixteen South’s sixth major children’s television project, following ‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’, ‘Pajanimals’, ‘Big & Small’, ‘Sesame Tree’ and ‘Big City Park’, on the company’s award-winning slate.