Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Bottersnikes & Grumbles

On Saturday Noah and myself were invited up to London to watch the premier of Bottersnikes & Grumbles.
As soon as I told Noah he was coming to an event with me he was over the moon a day out in London and no crazy brothers getting in the way.

He didn't even care he had no idea what Bottersnikes & Grumbles was all about.


To be honest neither did I, but trusty google came to my rescue and I liked what I saw and knew instantly it would be right up all the boys street, even though the twins are 4 I still think they would enjoy it.

If you're a bit like Noah and have no idea what I'm going on about, let me fill you in!


Funny, endearing, award-winning: new kids’ series launches on CBBC, 25 July 2016

The series brings to screen the much-loved 1970s classic children’s books by Australian author S.A. Wakefield and illustrated by Desmond Digby.
Each episode features the charming adventures of the loveable Gumbles as they endure timeless battles against the evil Bottersnikes in a forgotten valley of abandoned junk.
Full of action, suspense and laughs, Bottersnikes & Gumblesis set to thrill the imaginations of kids aged 6+ years. 

Harry Potter star and BAFTA winning Miriam Margolyesvoices ‘Weathersnike’, one of the nasty Bottersnikes – whilst fellow Harry Potter and Hollyoaks actor, Jeff Rawle, voices Happi, a wise old Gumble.
Proving this is no ordinary CGI show, Bottersnikes & Gumbles has already picked up this year’s Pulcinella Award for Best Kids TV Series at the prestigious international animation festival ‘Cartoons on the Bay’ in Venice.

Programme Synopsis:
In a far away forgotten valley, heaped with long abandoned junk, a timeless battle rages between good and evil… and also between squashy and scaly, happy and grumpy, clever and wily… cute and plain old ugly. 
This is the land of Bottersnikes and Gumbles.

Follow the adventures of our three Gumble heroes: Tink, Bounce and Willi, who love nothing better than to ‘gumble’ all day long, which means crazy, stretchy capers around their junk valley, while carefully avoiding getting tin-canned by the Bottersnikes who are led by the foul tempered and vain Bottersnikes King. Bottersnikes are the stinkiest, ugliest, laziest and most mean spirited creatures. They eat mattress stuffing and rusty nails and like to put the Gumbles to work whenever they can lay their claws on them. “Oh Crumbleguts, that’s Womp!”…a bad thing in Gumble-speak!
Endless battles ensue involving plenty of stealth, trickery, daring rescues and narrow escapes as the Gumbles try to outwit the Bottersnikes in every episode.  

Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC said: I adored the Bottersnikes & Gumbles books as a child, and am delighted that we are now bringing these original and engaging storiesto CBBC. Gumbles are bouncy and bright, Bottersnikes are lumpen and uptight, and both creatures work really well in thenew magnificent and colourful animation. I’m sure that a whole new generation of children will fall in love with this brilliant new series.”

David Webster, B&G Series Director, Cheeky Little Media said: “This is an incredible collaboration between inspired partners who are all highly motivated by the original source material to produce something very special. The world we are privileged to be creating here is truly original and is going to blow kids minds.”

Patrick Egerton, B&G Executive Producer, Cheeky Little Media said: “The books contain such a rich, distinctive world and made an indelible mark on my mind as a kid. With the CG tools and skills now available, we knew the timing was right to develop the property for TV and really do it justice.”

Darren Price, B&G Series Director, Mighty Nice said: “When I met Sam Wakefield back in 1996 and I enthusiastically shared my love of his books, never would I have believed I’d later be directing an international TV series based on his charactersWe can’t wait to bounce, roll and stretch through these adventures!”

Tom van Waveren, CEO and Creative Director, CAKE said: “Every element of this series permeates the passion that the core creative team have had for this universe from a young age. Such a passion is infectious and makes this project feel very special indeed.
Bottersnikes & Gumbles is produced by CAKE, Cheeky Little Media and Mighty Nice for CBBC, Seven Network Australia and Netflix. The 52-episode series comprises 11-minute episodes. 
You can also watch the show on BBC iPlayer.


We had a blast at the preview, it was lovely to have the opportunity to meet the cast and talk with them.
Noah was all up for interviewing them but when it came to it, he got a little shell shocked, so it was left to me to ask the questions.

 When Akiya Henry asked Noah who his favourite character was, to which he replied 'Willi' she jumped up and said 'that's me!!!' he got ridiculously confused as Willi is a boy and its quite obvious that Akiya is not.

You could literally see his mind blow up.




We spoke to Akiya and Kathryn Drysdale both of whom were lovely and both said how much fun it was to be part of the Bottersnikes & Grumbles team.


Not only did Noah get to watch the show before all his friends and meet the lovely cast he got to have a go at making his very own animation!

It was very clever, even I wanted to have a go.
He was first in line to get a tattoo or two.
He had some more in his goodie bag, which went straight on him and his brothers as soon as we were home.

Noah also got a chance to have a go on the game, which will be out soon and he was very impressed with it.


We both enjoyed ourselves and Noah was more than eager to get to school on Monday morning to tell his friends all about it.


Make sure you catch Bottersnikes & Grumbles on CBBC on the 25th July, I promise you will love it just as much as your kids will!!

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