Olobob Top returns to CBeebies for second series as licensing plans take shape

Having made its successful debut to pre-school audiences around the world last year, Olobob Top is back on CBeebies for a second series of the hit animated show.

Series one struck a chord with audiences across the UK, Australia, Wales, Finland, Japan and South Korea when it first introduced its three Olobob characters to the pre-school scene. Now, Olobob Top Ltg and Beakus, the production companies behind the hit show, are back with another 26 episodes.

Each episode follows the adventures of characters Tib, Lalloo and Bobble as they traverse the Olobob Forest.

Director and producer, Steve Smith said: “With the completion of series two we are fulfilling our dream to tell new and imaginative stories about the Olobobs and their friends. We’ve expanded their world and created some wonderfully unique characters, all in the promotion of creative play, which we believe is fundamental to children’s behavioural development.”

The first series rated in the top 10 shows on CBeebies five times in its first six weeks of broadcast and has been a mainstay on the channel ever since. The property was recognised by the UK’s biggest animation festival, MAF, with an Industry Excellence Award in 2018, and also nominated for a Kidscreen Award for best pre-school show the same year.

Nick Hall, from CBeebies, added: “CBeebies are delighted to welcome our audience back to the quirky and unique world of Olobob Top. With creative play at its heart, the many adventures of Tib, Lalloo and Bobble, alongside their forest full of friends, are sure to fuel the imagination of our viewers.

“An acting masterclass by narrator Stephen Mangan ties everything together and will keep parents and caregivers returning to the always-inventive Olobob Forest.”

To support the new series art director and writer, Leigh Hodgkinson will be continuing Olobob Top workshops around the country and there are development plans to create a further 36 x 11-minute episodes this year, in addition to new content on the property’s social media platforms.

Olobob Top is published in a series of activity and board books by Bloomsbury with product rights managed by Those Licensing People, TV rights by Cake Entertainment and music published by Sony ATV.  Olobob Top is produced by Olobob Top Ltd. in association with Beakus and Cloth Cat Animation.

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