UK composer and Wombles creator Mike Batt has revealed big plans for a new movie, new TV series and even a Womble World interactive experience.
The Wombles were a furry 1970s UK TV hit, who went on to film and chart success.
The Guardian reports Batt recently gained a controlling interest in Wombling Copyright Holdings, the company that owns the creatures and is now angling for a major relaunch. Batt previously enjoyed a 50-50 share of the company with the estate of the author Elizabeth Beresford, who wrote the original Wombles story back in 1968.
“We have plans for two new 26-part TV series, a feature-length movie and an interactive Womble World experience,” he announced.
“We think there are audiences of new children and international audiences who missed the Wombles the first time around and will be thrilled to see the brilliant high-quality animations and new musical productions we shall be mounting.”
Batt cut his teeth writing songs for the Wombles‘ BBC TV show in the mid-1970s. The Wombles went on to enjoy a string of UK chart hits, including Remember You’re a Womble, and featured in the 1977 movie Wombling Free, which co-starred Frances de la Tour and Bonnie Langford.