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18th October 2018

How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T Smith

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Deck the halls, buff your baubles and whack another batch of mince pies in the oven because we have the most festive of Christmas treats for you! Presenting the MUST HAVE Christmas book of the year, How Winston Delivered Christmas by our very own Alex T Smith (published by Macmillan Kids Books)

How Winston Delivered Christmas is a festive celebration book written in 24½ chapters, one to share every day leading up to Christmas. Follow Winston, a mouse on a mission as he sets out to deliver Oliver’s lost letter to Father Christmas on Christmas Eve. Packed with mild peril, frosted festive window displays, tasty treats and lot’s of new friends this cosy winter read will delight readers young and old truly re-igniting the magical meaning of Christmas.

Much like a traditional advent calendar counting down to Christmas, each day features a host of crafty things to make and do, from creating your very own tiny Winston finger puppet, to tips on making a delicious batch of stained glass window biscuits and helpful hints for making beautiful Christmas table decorations, this book offers an abundance of family fun in the build up to the big day.

Much like beloved a box of Christmas tree decorations this charming and heart-warming book is the is ideal for sharing and one to be brought out year on year. The warm glow of Alex’s illustrations in contrast to the bitter snowy street scenes make for a mesmerising story to be shared by all ages.

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Published on 18th October 2018

 

“utterly gorgeous” – Fiona Noble The Bookseller

Grab a copy for yourself and everyone you know HERE

View Alex’s portfolio HERE – Follow Alex on Twitter HERE 

 

11th October 2018

GIGANTOSAURUS by Jonny Duddle worldwide premier of new Kids TV series

The world’s leading kids’ entertainment industry event, MIPJunior takes place in Cannes, France and 13th  October 2018 sees the World Premiere TV Screening of “Gigantosaurus”

Gigantosaurus” is based on the bestselling book by author/illustrator Jonny Duddle, published by Templar. The full-CGI comedy action series brings preschool viewers along on the adventures of four young dinosaur friends as they explore their prehistoric world and the mystery of Gigantosaurus, the biggest, fiercest dinosaur of them all. “Gigantosaurus” will be launched on Disney Junior worldwide in early 2019, and will then air on major broadcast networks such as France Télévisions and Germany’s Super RTL, plus Netflix.

Pierre Sissmann, Chairman and CEO of Cyber Group Studios, says: “It is a privilege for us to have “Gigantosaurus” selected this year as the MIPJunior World Premiere TV Screening. It is a tribute to Jonny Duddle’s creations and to our artists at Cyber Group Studios who have done marvelous work in recreating a full Jurassic environment with our four little dinosaur heroes, living great preschool adventures together with Gigantosaurus, the biggest dinosaur of all.”

 

“This new production from Cyber Group Studios for Disney Junior illustrates the high-quality production coming out of the creative French animation industry, and will be an exciting exclusive premiere for the MIPJunior audience ahead of its broadcast early next year,” said Lucy Smith, Director of MIPJunior.

 

Gigantosaurus, a new full CGI animated series directed by Olivier Lelardoux, Senior Vice-President Studio & Associate Producer of Cyber Group Studios.

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Lisa Edwards, Publishing Director at Templar, said: “It’s been a delight to see the animations based on Jonny’s artwork take shape. Jonny has worked closely with the team in Paris and the finished footage has truly brought the world of Gigantosaurus to life. We look forward to bringing Jonny’s world to a whole new audience.”

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The original book was a one off picture book, so to expand on the world he created Jonny was asked to produce extra key character designs to populate the animation world. Working in the studio in Paris, Jonny originated the designs which the talented concept artists and animators at Cyber Group worked up into their 3D animated form.

 

Here’s an exclusive preview of some of those character sketches…

Giant bee and Horseshoe crab with original characters for scale.

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Carnivorous plant huge enough to swallow one of our four heroes. It won’t have  eyes, or a tongue but should have expressive attitude.

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Mor and Cror – Raptors; teenage bully brothers nasty and cowardly.

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Dilo a Dilophosaure. A taxing prankster. Whenever he laughs his frill spreads out, and Mazu warns him: it’ll get stuck somewhere and he’ll lose it.

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Archie the Archeopteryx a good guy, a bit of a nerd, kind of nervous, a voice of reason for the 4 heroes.

Ignatus is a Compsognathus  he has huge personality, a very deep voice, and he is an adult, older than our heroes. He is incredibly vexed to be the smallest dino around!

 

 

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Templar Publishing, is part of Bonnier Publishing, is delighted to announce that Paris-based producer and distributor Cyber Group Studios is to bring a new animated series of Jonny Duddle’s Gigantosaurus to Disney Junior Worldwide in 2019.

About Cyber Group Studios - Cyber Group Studios is a French independent, multi-award-winning company which develops, produces and distributes its own and third-party television and film productions and brands. The company focuses on content with strong global appeal targeted particularly to kids and families, namely with 3D CGI and 2D HD-animated productions (TV series and movies). Its mission is to bring audiences the best quality entertainment produced by top creative talent and to develop breakthrough technologies to enhance its productions. After opening a new Studio in Tourcoing (Haut-de-France), the company has opened new offices in Los Angeles. 

Website : www.cybergroupstudios.com, Instagram (@CyberGroupStudios), Twitter (@CyberGroupSDs) and Facebook (Cyber Group Studios). 

 

 

11th October 2018

Get Cosy With DFS – Character Designs by Kristyna Litten

Time to put your feet up, pour a cuppa and get comfy as we share the brand new TV ad from DFS, featuring exquisite characters created by Kristyna Litten. Check out the ad in full and find out more about the creative process behind this project over on our VLOG.

In an on-going partnership with Aardman over the past three years, Kristyna has created more than forty character designs for the campaign – from factory employees, designers, store staff and customers to toys and pets. She was briefed to create a new cast of characters for their Autumn & Winter collection, including the star of the show, a charming ginger cat called Pumpkin, who in a quest to find her perfect spot on the sofa totally steals the show.

Kristyna created nine new characters for Time to Snuggle Up but there were many more variations before the final line-up was decided upon. We thought you might be interested in seeing the process from sketches to final design and variations in costume.

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Kristyna’s designs and character development sketches are magically brought to life for the small screen by Aardman’s award-winning animation team. You can see more about the production of the DFS stop-motion ads behind the scenes at the Aardman studios here.

 

View Kristyna’s portfolio HERE 

9th October 2018

The Invincible Tony Spears Lost in Space by Neal Layton

Buckle up and get ready to blast off with the third bonkers Tony Spears adventure…presenting The Invincible Tony Spears Lost in Space, Written and illustrated by Neal Layton, published by Hodder Children’s Books.

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What would you do if you found a mysterious red button in your kitchen cupboard which could transport you to a spaceship? PRESS IT, of course! Lost in Space is a hilarious rip-roaring time travel escapade which might just end in disaster.

Safely chilling out on board his spaceship named “The Invincible” Tony hears strange noises coming out of his communicator…but what could it be?  A new alien life form or something a little bit closer to home? Whatever it is, the something is controlling the movements of the spaceship and Tony is sent hurtling at break neck speed towards a parallel universe inhabited by strange creatures called the Blue Bloos. If he has any way of getting home, he will have to work with his friends, old and new …

Brilliant bite-sized chapters generously and humorously illustrated make this a perfect gateway laugh-out-loud series for emerging readers.

 

 

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Lost is Space is OUT NOW so grab a copy HERE 

Check out Neal Layton’s illustration portfolio HERE or follow him on Twitter HERE 

 

5th October 2018

There’s a Yeti in The Playground – Illustrated by Thomas Flintham

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Get your winter clobber on and get ready for the 8th amazing Izzy Adventure from Blue Peter Award-winning author illustrator team Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham publishing with Nosy Crow this week.

Presenting There’s a Yeti in the Playground, Izzy and friends are excited! The snow is falling fast and they’re hoping they’ll all be sent home from school early. But then they hear weird noises in the playground, and find a big footprint in the snow… And that’s when they know! There’s a YETI in the playground and it’s HUNGRY!

A brilliantly funny series with a growing fan base of eager readers hungry for hilarity, Pamela’s writing accompanied by Thomas’s highly entertaining illustrations are a winning combination. Thomas works digitally, drawing straight into his computer with his Wacom tablet, and in the old fashioned way on paper with brush and ink and drawing pens. He has a very loose grip on reality, and enjoys disappearing into his own imagination in search of new characters, worlds and ideas to draw. His work is influenced by his interest in all kinds of books, films, comics and video games.

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Here’s a sneak peek inside…

 

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Grab a copy of There’s a Yeti in the Playground HERE - Read more Izzy adventures! Here’ they all are…

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Baby Aliens Got My Teacher
The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
My Headteacher Is a Vampire Rat
Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies
To Wee Or Not To Wee!
There’s a Werewolf In My Tent!
The Phantom Lollipop Man!

View Thomas Flintham’s portfolio HERE - You can also Follow Thomas on Twitter and Instagram