Monday, February 06, 2006

Aardman Productions and CBS Sign Deal for Clay Animated Series

2006 is looking to be a good year for Aardman Animations, and it is much needed -- especially after a 2005 fire destroyed artifacts from earlier animation projects. Coming quick on the heels of their Oscar nomination for last year's Wallace and Gromit film, Aardman has signed a deal to produce an American Version of its Creature Comforts Claymation series. (You can view a clip of the BBC version here.)

According to ICV2, "The CBS Creature Comforts series will be produced in England and Los Angeles, with King of the Hill scribe Kit Boss serving as executive producer." The Futon Critic has additional details:
The project, which is being targeted for a January 2007 bow at the earliest, is a U.S. version of the ITV series of the same name. Here's how BBC America, which also aired the series last year, describes the project: "Creature Comforts, a hilarious collection of film shorts from the makers of Wallace & Gromit, puts interview responses from the British public into the mouths of over one hundred animal characters. In Creature Comforts, a shar-pei will do his best impression of Julia Roberts, hens will explain how feng shui should be incorporated into the work place, and sea lions will speak out against liposuction."

The show has been given an initial order of seven episodes and is slated to be run during CBS's primetime lineup. As both Futon and ICV2 point out though, with the development time required to begin an animated project, we wond be seeing any episodes until January 2007 making Creature Comforts one of the first announced mid-season pick ups for next year.

Aardman Animation has a long running history of well crafted programming and Number One greatly looks forward to this show's first broadcast.

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