UK-based kids and family content distributor Jetpack Distribution has acquired worldwide rights to spoof animal documentary Critters TV.
Produced by Dublin-based Turnip & Duck, the 26 x 11-minute series is a mix of 2D flash animation and live action and is aimed at 4-8-year-olds and their families. It was funded by Screen Ireland, RTÉjr, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the support of incentives for the Irish Film Industry provided by the Government of Ireland.
The series sees animals watching nature documentaries on TV, with badgers narrating foxes, owls laughing at otters and foxes fighting over the remote control. It first aired on RTÉjr in Ireland in 2019, with further episodes due to air before the end of 2021.
Turnip & Duck’s Colm Tobin commented: “As a writer-led studio we’re always looking for that sweet spot between comedy and education, trying to laugh kids clever if you will; and we feel we’ve really struck a chord with Critters TV.
“Animals watching animals is just a funny concept, and when you combine this sketch comedy approach with amazing wildlife footage, we believe it’s a format that can entertain and educate kids (and adults!) all over the world.”
Jetpack’s CEO, Dominic Gardiner, added: “It really draws on the popularity of shows like Gogglebox but gives a hilarious spin that kids love. It’s great for co-viewing and will provide quality entertainment for families across the globe.”