Peter Curtis of Spellbound Entertainmenthas
been in touch this week
to share some very helpful news. Spellbound have
been enjoying huge
success with those little wonders from Down Under,
"The Koala Brothers"
who flew in to the Toonhound
index this week. In an age where so many
Pre-school series seem to have been conceived by Suits haggled
a business table, Frank , Buster and friends have bucked
beautifully. They seem to have breezed in
to stardom from the Outback. There's a laid-back charm to the series that's
won over fans big
and small, around the world. It's now being shown
in over 60
countries - An even more impressive feat when
you learn that this
is Spellbound's very first production (in conjunction
So those same fans will be delighted to hear that
a third Koala Brothers
DVD will soon be upon us. Ned
the Pilot and other stories features seven
more superb episodes, and it's released from July
4th. Spellbound have
had an incredible 78 episodes commissioned thus
far, and with only
three DVDs released to date, that means there'll
still be plenty
more discs for folks to get their paws upon in
Peter very kindly passed on the episode details
of the 52 episodes they've
put together so far - listed on the index
page - plus he's revealed news
of a "ripper" Christmas Special that's
currently in production. "Frank and
Buster's Christmas in the Outback" is a 48min
special to be shown this
Christmas on the BBC in the UK and Disney Channel in
the US. Now
that's a present and a half, indeed...
And speaking of presents, it looks like we can
look forward to a
billabong's worth of licensed apparel too, because
deals have been
inked with Fisher-Price, Corgi and more. I guess
it really will be
a Koala Brothers Christmas for fans, eh?.
Brace yourselves, folks, 'cos Wrong Trousers Day
is looming large once more.
This Friday, June 24th, marks the third annual charity
event, named after and
promoted by Aardman Animation's cracking duo, Wallace &
Gromit. As the
name suggests, folks are encouraged to wear ridiculous
clothing for the
day, and to raise money for charity whilst they're
The beneficiaries in question are childrens hospitals
and hospices around the
United Kingdom, and they are all delighted to
receive your contributions,
big or small, through a variety of means. You
can donate directly
for starters. Or you can purchase a selection
of special Wrong Trousers Day
goodies - T-shirts, badges and a puzzle mug. These
can be bought directly online
through the Aardman Aardmarket, or those badges can be bought
in branches of Barclays Bank, Woolwich Building
Society or HBOS.
To help schools and organisations put on a tie-in
event, the charity has
produced a special fund-raising pack which you
can apply for on their
web site too...
Lots of famous folk have lent their support to
the day, so there's no need
to feel silly in your pyjama bottoms, scuba wear,
or whatever other ridiculous
get-up you put on for the day. Mind you, I'll
probably just be wearing my
regular clothes. Folks tell me I look stupid enough
as it is...
Here's some muddy marvellous news from Annecy.
It seems that
little Peppa Pig has
gone and scooped a rather big award, in the shape
of the Cristal for Best TV Production...
Peppa was competing with no-lesser star than SpongeBob Squarepants,
but the submitted episode, "Mummy Pig at
Work", snorted past that old
Krabby Patty pants to snaffle the prize. Annecy
is a jolly important animation
festival, and that Cristal is a coveted trophy
to have on a producers' shelf.
So hats off to the folks at Astley
Baker Davies who must be dead chuffed
with their award - especially coming so close to Peppa's
double win at
Cartoons on the Bay...
Peppa's triumph was echoed with the successes
of Aardman Animation's
"Angry Kid: Who do you think you are?"
(Best TV Special), that fabulous
Honda car advert "Grrr" (Best Commercial),
a film called "Red Sheep"
(Educational, scientific or industrial film award),
and the short film
"City Paradise" (Special Jury Award)
- Hats off to one and all!
For crying out loud! - Here we are, just a few
short months after that
horrendous computer failure, and everything is
coming back on line.
The site is ticking along with updates and additions,
my Inbox is
buzzing with questions and contacts and news...
And then my server goes down.
Well, that's not strictly true. It's not "my"
server at all. It belongs to
my hosting company. But I couldn't care less about
the ownership of
said item or system or whatever may be. I only
know that it's the
fing wot keeps this here web site visible to folks
around the world,
and that I pay good money to keep these pages
available to one
and all, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week...
But then the sever goes down, or so I'm informed.
And that left this
site and my email unavailable to a rather large
number of people
earlier this week. On its own, it's not
terribly important. Just a
minor hiccup, or "one of those things".
But the trouble is, it's
not alone. I seem to be encountering numerous
by this server-thingy, and the failings of my
hosting company to
keep it up and running as smoothly as they should.
not fun. It undermines everything I'm trying to
do here. I bust a
gut to get a page created/updated/modified, only
to find I can't
post it online, or it can't be seen by folks who
have asked for
it - or - well, you get the picture.
Now I'm left between a rock and a hard place. I only
paid my annual
hosting fee a couple of months ago. If I switch hosts
now that outlay
will be lost (they don't "do" refunds). Plus
there's the technical debacle
involved, to get the site shifted over to a new host.
I dread to think what
might go wrong there...
I guess I'll just keep my paws crossed for now.
Hopefully, these outages
have come to an end. Hopefully, I won't be hearing
from folks who couldn't
send me feedback, or view the many new index pages
I'm hoping to
add to the site over the coming weeks...