Tuesday 27 December 2011

Animation at Farnham

Grizzly Tales co producer, Simon Bor, writes about his time at art school in 1970s Farnham, for the University of the Creative Arts Alumni magazine  Here

Monday 19 December 2011

Honeycomb's Christmas Specials

After the huge ratings success of Wolves Witches & Giants series 1, ITV gave the series two Christmas Specials to follow series 2 and 3.  German co producers RTV then ordered a third special, not shown in the UK until the series was reacquired by CiTV a couple of years ago. Aladdin uses a previously aired episode with clips, new linking material and songs performed by Ed Welch.

1996  Cinderella   A Wolves Witches & Giants Special  first broadcast on ITV 1
1997  Snow White  A Wolves Witches & Giants Special  first broadcast on ITV 1
1999  Aladdin  A Wolves Witches & Giants Special first broadcast on Pro 7  (Germany)

2001  Lost in the Snow based on the book by Ian Beck first broadcast on ITV 1 Buy from Amazon

2004 A Grizzly New Year's Tale - The Crystal Eye  A Grizzly Tales Special first broadcast on ITV 1

2007 A Funky Christmas  A Funky Valley Special first broadcast on Channel 5

Thursday 15 December 2011

Read Bunny Boy for Free

Jamie Rix's Grizzly Tales story, Bunny Boy, is available to read for free  HERE or via his website. http://www.jamierix.com/

First published in the fourth Grizzly book, which had the inspired title of "More Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids", Bunny Boy also featured in series four of the TV series. The full book is available to buy as a download   HERE or as an audio book download or CD, HERE

The cover, featuring another story from the book, "The People Potter", was designed by Simon & Sara Bor of Honeycomb Animation, a couple of years before the episode of the same name was made. They then went on to make sure that the image on the cover was compatible with the series.

Wednesday 14 December 2011

Binka the Cat

Although Honeycomb Animation's pre school series Binka is no longer being shown on BBC channels, the series continues to run on S4C's preschool block, Cyw.

Completed in 2001, the Series originally ran on CBBC slots on  BBC 1 and 2 before moving to it's digital homes on BBC Choice and later Cbeebies.

Binca, as he is known in Wales, can be found HERE. English subtitles available

For more Binka trivia, go to binka.co.uk

Audio Go Download

Audio Go have added THE DREADED LURGIE to their collection of audio books by Jamie Rix Books. This one, available to down load HERE features, none other than the voice of Uncle Grizzly, Nigel Planer as reader.

Monday 12 December 2011

Christmas Grizzly Tales, and beyond

Grizzly Tales continues on NickToons for UK and Ireland in the run up to Christmas, at 10pm Monday to Saturday and 9pm on Sunday, as well as early morning broadcasts at 5am and 7.30 am.

Watch out for A Grizzly New Year's Tale, which should be broadcast between Christmas and New Year.

Beyond Grizzly Tales,

Funky Valley continues on Channel 5 at 9.10 on Sundays, with the complete series two still available at 5 on demand.

Wolves Witches and Giants is back on CiTV from at Christmas, with the specials being show at 3pm on Christmas Eve,  Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Wednesday 28th December has back to back Wolves Witches and Giants from 9.30am to 1pm.

Then from January 7th, the series returns to a regular slot at11.30 on Saturdays and Sundays

Saturday 3 December 2011

Smelly Farts on ABC 3 & Upset Stomachs on NickToons

Grizzly Tales - The Rise And ... Fall Of The Evil Guff

Childrens11 mins
abc36:20pm Sunday, December 04 2011
Bart Thumper refuses to eat vegetables. When his parents finally trick him into eating cauliflower he discovers that he has the smelliest farts in the world and uses them to pay back his poor parents.

While on NickToons in UK and Ireland, four more classic shows at 9pm Sunday 4th December including 

The Upset Stomach: 

Greedy Ethel wants an extra stomach to eat twice as much. But when she mistreats her pet stomach, it comes back for revenge and bites the hand that fed it.

Thursday 1 December 2011

Spike & Ed's early Wolves

Before the TV series of Wolves Witches & Giants, Ed Welch collaborated with Spike Milligan
on a Double Album of fairy tales of the same name.

This vinyl treat released in 1982, is still available from internet sites such as www.discogs.com

It features eight stories later re-recorded for series 1 of Wolves Witches & Giants

The Three Little Pigs
The Sleeping Beauty
Jack & The Beanstalk
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Little Red Riding Hood
The Wolf & The Seven Kids
Hansel & Gretel