Porchlight?s Animalia proving a hit

Book based property scoring big TV numbers internationally.
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3D CGI animation Animalia is proving to be something of an international success.

Sold to 19 countries to date by distributor BBC Worldwide, the 40x24-minute series has so far been seen by six to nine year-olds in Spain, France, Norway, Iran, Hong Kong, South Africa and Pan Latin America.

The series is also enjoying success on PBS and Animania HD network in the US, Ten Network and Nickelodeon in Australia and CBC in Canada.

Based on the best selling book by Graeme Base, Animalia charts the adventures of human heroes Alex and Zoe as they are swept from their local library into Animalia, a world of speaking animals.

Currently showing new episodes in the UK on BBC1 on weekdays and on the CBBC channel, Animalia is outperforming the likes of Scooby-Doo, Raven and Horrid Henry in the audience stakes.

The DVD, Animalia: Where Animals Rule, is currently on sale in Australia and the UK and will roll out in the North American education market later this month, and the retail market in September.

The website to accompany the series – www.animalia.tv - launched in late 2007 and receives around 8,000 visits per day. The US version currently receives traffic of over 250,000 every month.

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