October 7, 2021

AWARD-WINNING CLANGERS ANNOUNCE MAGICAL MUSICAL PLANS

International rights owner, Coolabi Group and its BAFTA award winning kids show, Clangers, are celebrating a host of musical activations for the much-loved brand including partnerships with Nordoff Robbins, Amazon, for the brand-new Clangers Talk Kids+ Edition, a licensing deal with tonies® and an official Clangers album release with Grammy Award winning composer, John du Prez.

Coolabi Group is excited to announce that Clangers will be partnering once again with music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins for a brand new interactive three part series of ‘On Stage at Home Live’.

Launching on Monday 11th October at 10am with its first session followed by two more morning sessions on 18th October and 25th October, the fun and free musical Zoom sessions for preschool children will be hosted by CBeebies presenter and performer Cat Sandion and Nordoff Robbins music therapist Emily Grimes. They will feature dancing from the Clangers and a specially created kindness song for viewers to sing, dance and learn important life skills on how to be kind.

On being part of the upcoming sessions, Cat Sandion commented: “I believe that music and sound exploring is really important to a child’s development, I incorporate both into everyday life with my little ones at home. I’m so excited to be a part of the sessions and hope that they bring grown ups and children together to make music and have fun!”

The sessions are an extension of the hugely successful series ‘On Stage at Home with Clangers’, which launched during the first lockdown in 2020 on the Clangers and Nordoff Robbins YouTube channels with six musical videos and culminated in hundreds of thousands of views. The videos also demonstrated the positive impact that music can have on everyone’s health and wellbeing. In March 2021, the team returned with the first ‘On Stage at Home Live’ Zoom workshop for preschoolers, which went down a storm with parents.

Nordoff Robbins are a charity that believes in the value of music for all people in our society, and Nordoff Robbins music therapist, Emily said “I’m so happy to be back making music with Clangers and everyone involved. Music can be so beneficial to children and last time we had children making music from their homes, schools and hospitals and it was such a joy to see, I hope we can reach as many children with music making as possible!”

The stop-motion animated show has music at its heart and the Clangers’ Little Blue Planet is infused with a variety of weird and wonderful sounds and songs so celebrating the theme of ‘Music & Sound’ with new products and musical partnerships is a natural fit for the Clangers brand.

In addition, a new version of Clangers Talk Kids+ Edition, a voice-activated Alexa Skill for Amazon, is now available. Clangers Talk originally launched in 2019 and quickly became one of Alexa’s most popular kid’s skills on the device, allowing children to communicate with Clangers, who respond with whistles and songs and now includes popular nursery rhymes and Clangers audio stories.

The brand new Clangers figurine from audio box company, tonies® is now available, with six magical stories, voiced by none other than Clangers narrator, Sir Michael Palin. The Clangers tonie transports the listeners’ imagination instantly to The Little Blue Planet and is available via selected toy retailers, bookshops and the tonies® website,

‘The Clangers Album’ by award winning composer, John Du Prez featuring the magical sounds of the Little Blue Planet has been released on the Ocean Music label, and is available to buy in all high street and online music shops. John Du Prez has produced eighteen magical tracks on the 12” LP version, available in a choice of pink and blue vinyl, and an extra 4 bonus tracks for the CD and digital download.

Jeremy Banks, CEO of Coolabi Group said: “We are absolutely over the moon to be announcing these brand new Clangers partnerships and product releases which celebrate all the fantastic music and sounds that make Clangers so magical and unique.“

For further details on the ‘On Stage at Home Live’ zoom sessions and to sign up, please visit https://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/on-stage-at-home-live/

 

The Clangers Tonie, which is compatible with all Toniebox music players, is available to buy now from selected toy retailers, bookshops and via the tonies® website www.tonies.com

 

Clangers Talk is available now to subscribers of Amazon Kids+ on Alexa.

 

‘The Clangers Album’ is be available to buy or download from all high street and online music shops now.

August 12, 2021

Children’s audio system tonies® launches new Tonie with the beloved Children’s TV series, Clangers

Children’s audio system, tonies®, has announced today the launch of its new ‘Clangers’ Tonie, that will be released for sale on the 11th August.

Narrated by Sir Michael Palin, , the brand-new Clangers Tonie figurine can be placed on top of the Toniebox audio system to transport little listeners instantly to the unique and imaginary world on the little blue planet – ‘that is somewhere out in space’.  The Clangers are unique, imaginary creatures; a loveable close-knit family with flappy feet and long pink noses.

As a great introduction to the CBeebies TV show for little ones, the new Tonie plays six magical adventures that take children on an exploration of the Clangers’ planet under the stars, where they will be joined by Small, Tiny, Mother, Major and Granny Clanger. Little ones will rejoice as they follow the Clangers into misadventure, with the family’s inquisitive nature bringing them face to face with other magical creatures in the audio stories.

Now, more than ever before, parents are searching for alternative ways to entertain, educate and inspire their children. The new ‘Clangers’ Tonie will spark children’s imagination with its immersive,  enchanting content, that is totally screen-free.

As well as encouraging independence, the magical stories told by the new ‘Clangers’ Tonie will inspire conversations and the development of emotional bonds with parents. In fostering this deeper connection, tonies® keeps little ones entertained in a way that is meaningful, enriching and, most importantly, fun!

Jeremy Banks, CEO of Coolabi Group said: ‘We are absolutely over the moon to be announcing this new partnership and the ‘Clangers’ Tonie release. The partnership celebrates all the fantastic music and sounds that make Clangers so magical and unique.’

Pinky Laing, UK Partnerships at tonies® comments: ‘tonies® is committed to helping children through the power and magic of storytelling. We are delighted to be working with Coolabi Group to release our new the Clangers audio Tonie for families. Telling the nostalgic, loveable and iconic tales of the pink, knitted creatures that live together on a little blue planet, we hope that the new Tonie will develop bonds amongst parents and their little ones.

Fostering a love of narrative and adventure, the launch of our new Tonie continues our commitment to engage the next generation by introducing them to beloved classic stories, such as The Clangers.’

Tonies are available from selected toy retailers, bookshops and via the tonies® website www.tonies.com, RRP £14.99.

There are two types of Tonies available:

  • Content Tonies include both classic and contemporary tales popular bedtime songs. ‘How and Why’ Tonies also allow children to bring the magic of learning to life, with educational audio content exploring the world of horses, dinosaurs, astronauts and whales.
  • Creative-Tonies play recorded or pre-downloaded content which can be upload via the Toniecloud or the free Tonie-App. Perfect for when kids want to listen to something a little bit more personal. tonies® release free content for downloading every month.

The Tonies and Tonieboxes operate through a wireless digital system which connects to an NFC chip within each Tonie using Wi-Fi. Each Tonie is beautifully hand painted, making them desirable and collectable for kids.

Tonieboxes RRP £69.95, Tonies RRP £14.99, Creative-Tonies RRP £11.99

Key product details:

  • Suitable for children 3+
  • Sewn from sustainable, quality fabric
  • Portable (seven-hour battery life)
  • Can be used with headphones
  • Available in multiple colours
  • Re-chargeable
  • Robust
May 19, 2021

Coolabi Group’s Clangers launches on ten major VOD channels across China through its partner Fantawild

Today, international rights owner Coolabi Group has announced that its award-winning pre-school show, Clangers, is now available on China’s major VOD channels, following a successful deal by Chinese animation leader Fantawild.

 

Clangers is now available on a host of huge VOD platforms including Beijing based platform iQiyi, Chinese media giant Tencent Video, Chinese streamer Youku, digital platform Mango TV, mobile video service NewTV and the world’s largest IPTV operator, BesTV. Other Chinese VOD platforms include GITV, Sino Media and Prosee.

 

Seventy-eight episodes from Series 1 and 2 of the award-winning stop-motion animation are being uploaded across nineteen days, following the launch on 15th May, with new episodes coming daily leading up to Children’s Day on 1st June 2021. With an estimated potential audience of 700 million people across China, the show will be promoted across all of the platforms, with a supporting promotional push on social media platforms WeChat, Weibo and TikTok.

 

Coolabi began its partnership with Fantawild back in 2019, since which Fantawild has also engaged with a number of key licensees to introduce Clangers products to the Chinese market throughout the year.

 

Coolabi Group CEO, Jeremy Banks commented: “We are delighted that Fantawild has been successful in placing Clangers across all of the major VOD channels in China, and look forward to introducing our lovable ‘space mice family’ to children across China following the launch on 15th May.”

 

Clangers is an award-winning stop-motion animation about a family of lovable, pink, mouse-like creatures who communicate in whistles and live on the Little Blue Planet. Since the new series aired in 2015, it has won a series of major international honours including BAFTA, Pulcinella Awards and Kidscreen awards and is now airing its third series on CBeebies in the UK.

 

Fantawild Animation Inc. is the most influential animation studio in China, specialising in the whole industrial chain from creation and production to global marketing, it has created China’s most popular cartoon “Boonie Bears”, and its merchandise sales reach over 467 million USD.

 

Daisy Shang, Executive President of Fantawild Holdings Inc commented: “After Clangers’ long-running success in the UK and wide distribution in other parts of the world, we are very excited to share this beloved brand with Chinese audiences. Welcome to the Fantawild family and welcome to China!”

 

Ben Li, Deputy General Manager of Fantawild Animation Inc also said: “We are so grateful to now officially have Clangers as part of our team. The launch day on the 15th May was such an exciting moment for us. We can’t wait to see more and more of our audience grow to love Clangers as much as we do here at Fantawild.”

 

Coolabi Group is a leading independent international media group and rights owner specialising in the creation, development and brand management of high-quality children’s and family intellectual property rights. The company owns the rights to over 200 book series and 20 TV series. Its shows have aired in more than 140 territories on channels including ABC, Cartoon Network, CBeebies, CBBC, Disney, Netflix, and Nickelodeon.

May 7, 2021

COOLABI LAUNCHES ROBLOX GAME FOR PUBLISHING PHENOMENON WARRIOR CATS

Friday 7th May, 2021: Independent international media group and rights owner, Coolabi Group has announced today that it has partnered with Roblox specialists, Aldrich-Callen Studios to develop ‘Warrior Cats: Ultimate Edition’, a brand new 3D role-play game for global online platform Roblox based on its best-selling fantasy brand, Warrior Cats (Warriors).

The new ‘Warrior Cats: Ultimate Edition’ game, which is set in the Forest Territory from the hugely successful book series, will invite players to create and customise their own cat character, explore the vast world of Warriors, join a Clan and interact with other players to make their very own Warrior Cats story.

Warriors is a thrilling feline fantasy book series about five clans of wild cats – ShadowClan, RiverClan, ThunderClan, WindClan and StarClan. The series was created by Working Partners, a Coolabi Group company, and has become a publishing phenomenon following the release of over 80 books, spanning 38 languages and sold over 41 million books to date. The most recent book, Warriors: The Broken Code: The Place of No Stars, is also a New York Times bestseller, debuting at number eight.

The news of the interactive game comes two years after the launch of the award-winning WarriorCats.com, an official digital destination for Warriors’ colossal and ever-growing global fan community, which attracted over 1.3 million visitors in 2020. Since the book series launched, legions of passionate fans across the globe have created fan art, animation and fiction, with user-generated content receiving over 42 million monthly views collectively on YouTube. There are also over 1000 dedicated Warriors YouTube channels with a new fan video uploaded every 30 mins on average.

 

Last year Coolabi Group conducted a survey with over 10,000 members of its Warrior Cats fanbase established that not only do they love gaming, but Roblox was one of the most popular online platforms.

Naomi Dare, Director of Digital at Coolabi Group comments:  “We’re excited to be launching a Warriors game on Roblox as we know that so many 9-12 year olds are on the platform, with over half of this age group in the USA playing on Roblox at least once a week. This tends to be the age that people start reading Warriors, so not only does it serve our existing fan base who are desperate to role play in a Warriors world, but it should also attract new fans to the brand too.”

 

The ‘Warrior Cats: Ultimate Edition’ Roblox game is free to play on Roblox and out now.

www.warriorcats.com

April 23, 2021

Jetpack Fires Up Deal with ZDF for Coolabi Group’s Clangers

Today, global kids and family content distributor Jetpack Distribution announces deals across Europe and Asia for one of its stand-out preschool shows, Coolabi Group’s BAFTA award-winning Clangers.

 

ZDF has acquired all three seasons of the iconic stop motion animated show, which will air on its service and on German free to air children’s channel KIKA. The show will also be available through their online platforms including FVOD channel ZDFtivi.

 

Other deals include:

 

  • Singapore’s national public broadcaster Mediacorp has taken in the exclusive free TV rights for seasons two and three.
  • Czech Republic’s public service broadcaster Ceska Televize has paid for the exclusive free TV rights for season three, following the success of seasons one and two.
  • Slovenia’s nationwide public broadcaster RTVS has renewed the free TV rights for season one.
  • Croatian channel HRT has bought the free TV and VOD rights for season one.

 

Jetpack announced the acquisition of three seasons (104 episodes) of Clangers in October last year. The show currently airs on CBeebies in the UK.

 

Clangers are a family of lovable, pink, mouse-like creatures who live out in space on the Little Blue Planet. They are kind, welcoming, warm and generous. They are inclusive and quirky, which often results in comedy from the situations they find themselves in. They are problem solvers too, usually discovering that the help of others is the solution. They communicate with distinctive whistles and a narrator assists the audience by commenting on their everyday events and adventures, rather like a knowing wildlife observer.

 

Co-produced by CBeebies, Coolabi Group and Smallfilms, the all-new episodes have been animated by Factory (Scream Street, Newzoids) in the UK.

 

Jetpack CEO, Dominic Gardiner, says: “I was delighted to bring this show into our library. The stop motion animation is very high quality, and it is a wonderful combination of entertainment and education. Pre-schoolers are pretty enthralled by the characters and the way they interact in their world. Parents are on board as the show is so focused on problem solving.”

 

“We want to thank our public service broadcast partners in Europe and Asia. Finding the right homes for our shows is something we are so passionate about. And that’s exactly what we’ve done here.”

November 10, 2020

Coolabi Group launches new YouTube video series Classical Clangers

Launching on the Clangers official YouTube channel on Monday 9th November, Classical Clangers is a video series featuring iconic classical music performed by the characters and incorporating the magical sounds from the Little Blue Planet. The series aims to introduce pre-schoolers and their families to the wonderful world of Classical music.

 

Six tracks have been composed by Grammy award winner, John du Prez, and will also be available to stream and download from all major music platforms.

 

Watch the Classical Clangers videos here (Link to Classical Clangers on YouTube)