Albie (cartoon)

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Albie
Created by Andy Cutbill
Starring Sophie Aldred
Rob Rackstraw
Marc Silk
Melissa Sinden
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 26 × 10 minutes
Release
Original network CITV (UK, 2000 – 2001)
TF1 (France, 2002)
ABC TV (Australia, 2001 - 2002)

Albie is a Cosgrove Hall-produced animated series about a 5-year-old boy with a wild, distorted imagination. Unfortunately, this gets him into trouble with his friends, family and his neighbour, the grouchy Mr. Kidhater-Cox. Albie was created by award-winning children's author Andy Cutbill and was based on his own childhood. Andy also helped redevelop Rupert and Friends for Channel 5. These series can be often seen repeated on the ITV children's digital channel, CITV.

The concept of Albie involves a small boy who keeps encountering exotic animals in his garden whose sole purpose seem to be to get him into trouble. This includes a herd of Welsh water buffalo on a mission to nick the bath from Albie's house, Geordie elephants obsessed with buns and a couple of Sahara-missing cockney camels living in the sand-pit. Albie's interaction with the animals is left open as to whether the occurrences are real or not.

From a technical point of view, the show is noteworthy as the human characters and backgrounds were 2D, while the animals were all 3D CGI, with the two elements composited together. 3D animation was done by the short-lived but talented CHD department of Cosgrove Hall Films.

Warped, funny, with extraordinary plots, most episodes end with the innocent Albie getting the blame, and some very angry person shouting "ALBIE!"

Airing history[edit]

  • UK
  • Australia
  • France

Awards[edit]

  • Best Animated Series award at the British Animation Awards, 2002.
  • Pulcinella award (the Canal Grande prize at the Cartoons on the Bay Festival in Positano, Italy for Best European Programme).
  • Best Young Writer Category at the B+ Young Talent Awards 2002.

Books[edit]

  • Albie (2 September 2002)
  • Albie and the Big Race (31 October 2004)
  • Albie and the Space Rocket (6 March 2006)

These stories were later compiled into The Big Book of Albie (Released on 1 January 2011)

List of episodes[edit]

  1. Another Rumba Blunder
  2. The Collectors Come Knocking
  3. Mystery Of The Chinese Bones
  4. It Came From Under The House
  5. The Woodshed Saga
  6. Demolition Duo
  7. Creature From The Rhondda Valley
  8. Ooh Aah Cha Cha Cha
  9. They Came Wearing Duffle Coats
  10. News-Flash
  11. Party Pooper Pandemonium
  12. Teaser In A Freezer
  13. Imp On The Loose
  14. High Diving
  15. Caught In A Flap
  16. The Full Moon
  17. A Hunting We Will Go
  18. Operation Occupation
  19. Diamond Heist
  20. Caught By The Ghoulies
  21. Calling All Animals
  22. Lovely Weather For Boats
  23. Open To The Public
  24. Are You There Mother
  25. Quick On The Draw
  26. All Quiet On The Garden Front

Credits[edit]

Created by 
Andy Cutbill
Writers 
Andy Cutbill, Jonathan Trueman, Phil Jackson, David Bolton, Chris Fenna, Jimmy Hibbert
Voices 
Sophie Aldred, Rob Rackstraw, Marc Silk, Melissa Sinden
Music 
Keith Hopwood
Designer 
Andy Cutbill
Art Director 
Steve Maher
Animation Director 
Claire Grey
Supervising Animation Director 
Chris Fenna
Produced and Directed by 
Francis Vose
Executive Producers 
Brian Cosgrove, Mark Hall