Aussie-made ABC KIDS series centres around an inquisitive six-year-old with a vivid imagination, and his best friend pig.
Another new Aussie-made animation is coming for pre-schoolers.
Kazoops centres around Monty, a spirited boy of 6, with a vivid imagination and his best friend is Jimmy Jones, the family pet pig.
The series is produced by Australia’s Cheeky Little Media as a coproduction between ABC, Netflix and CBeebies.
Cheeky Little Media, headed by Patrick Egerton & David Webster, have also produced the animation Bottersnikes and Gumbles based the series of children’s books by Australian writer S. A. Wakefield and illustrator Desmond Digby.
Aimed at 3-5 year old viewers, it follows the adventures of Monty, an inquisitive six-year-old with a vivid imagination, and Jimmy Jones, his loyal best friend. In each episode Monty confronts a preconception about the world in which he lives, usually imposed by grownups, and sets out to challenge it by embarking on a wild imaginary adventure with Jimmy Jones that offers them a fresh perspective.
Each adventure is set to unique songs written and recorded by Australian musician Scott Langley. The music covers a rich variety of styles and incorporates everything from guitars and ukuleles to drums, glockenspiels, retro synths, strings and vocals.
Kazoops demonstrates the value of critical thinking and creative play, encouraging preschoolers to learn valuable lessons from Monty and Jimmy Jones’ adventures and to cherish friendships and the value of childhood wonder and creative thinking.
8am and 5.50pm Monday to Saturday from August 1 on ABC KIDS (ABC2).