Charlie and Lola (TV series)
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|Charlie and Lola|
|Created by||Lauren Child|
|Directed by||Kitty Taylor|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||78 (list of episodes)|
|Production company(s)||Tiger Aspect Productions|
|Original release||November 7, 2005– July 4, 2008|
Charlie and Lola is a British animated children's television series based on the popular children's picture book series of the same name by Lauren Child. It aired from 2005 to 2008. The series was produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, and has won multiple BAFTA awards. The animation uses a collage style that emulates the style of the original books.
Charlie has a little sister named Lola; she is 'small, and very funny'. Lola often gets caught up in situations that she (inadvertently) causes, ranging from running out of money at the zoo and having to borrow Charlie's, to forgetting her entire suitcase when having a sleepover at a friend's house. These situations are sometimes comedic (for example, in the episode 'Help! I Really Mean It!') but often reflect real-world problems that younger children may face, for example losing a best friend, not getting the preferred part in a school play, or becoming too excited about an upcoming event and accidentally ruining it.
When these situations happen, Charlie usually ends up having to solve her problems through imaginative or creative methods, or by explaining to Lola where she went wrong. This is particularly demonstrated in the episode 'I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato', when Charlie is forced to rename Lola's least favourite food (carrots, mashed potatoes, fish fingers, and tomatoes) to more fantastical names so that she'll eat them, such as 'orange twiglets from Jupiter' and 'ocean nibblers from the supermarket under the sea'.
In many episodes, Lola's best friend Lotta, Lola's imaginary friend Soren Lorenson, and Charlie's best friend Marv become involved in some way or another. Although adults are mentioned through dialogue, no adults are ever shown onscreen.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||26||November 7, 2005||December 12, 2005|
|2||26||May 1, 2006||April 11, 2007|
|Special||December 11, 2006|
|3||26||November 17, 2007||July 4, 2008|
Cast and characters
- Charlie Sonner (voiced by: Jethro Lundie-Brown in series 1, Daniel Meyers in series 2, Oriel Agranoff in series 3): Lola's seven-year-old brother. He likes football, making race cars and rockets and teaching Lola new things.
- Lola Sonner (voiced by: Maisie Cowell in series 1, Clementine Cowell in series 2), Holly Ann Callaway in series 3): Charlie's very imaginative five-year-old little sister. She loves pink milk, colouring in, scribbling and playing games.
- Lotta (voiced by: Morgan Gayle): a five-year-old girl who lives down the road in a little house. She is Lola's best friend. She likes dressing up and colouring.
- Marv (voiced by: Ryan Harris): A seven-year-old boy who is Charlie's best friend. They go to the same school and live in the same flats. He has a sausage dog named Sizzles. He likes to do some of the same things as Charlie, such as playing football and building rockets. He has a little brother named Morten and an older brother named Marty.
- Soren Lorenson (voiced by: Stanley Street (and by Brian Drummond in Canadian dub)): Lola's imaginary friend whom only she can see and communicate with. He is her security blanket and confidant and sometimes acts as Lola's true voice. Soren Lorenson is transparent when someone else is in the room (such as Charlie); but when he and Lola are left alone, they can talk openly and put the world into rights — in a little-person way.
The television series uses a collage style of animation which captures the style of the original books. 2D Flash animation, paper cutout, fabric design, real textures, photomontage, and archive footage are all employed and subsequently animated in a software application called CelAction2D.
The cartoons are also notable for their use of children rather than adult voice actors, a technique pioneered by the Peanuts television specials. Both the books and the cartoon also follow a technique of never showing adults.
Charlie and Lola has been subsequently broadcast in more than twenty countries, including on Disney Channel's Disney Junior in the United States, and on TVOKids in Canada. As of December 18, 2017, the show would eventually re-air on Universal Kids' preschool block line-up.
- Charlie and Lola One – 13 February 2006
- Charlie and Lola Two – 13 May 2006
- Charlie and Lola Three – 4 September 2006
- Charlie and Lola Four – 6 November 2006
- Charlie and Lola Five – 19 March 2007
- Charlie and Lola Six – 28 May 2007
- Charlie and Lola: The Absolutely Complete Series 1 (box set of DVDs 1–4) – 6 August 2007
- Charlie and Lola: The Absolutely Complete Series 1 (in metal lunch box) – 13 August 2007
- Charlie and Lola Seven – 24 September 2007
- Charlie and Lola Eight – 12 November 2007
- Charlie and Lola 9 (I Really Really Need Actual Ice Skates and Other Stories) – 27 October 2008
- Charlie and Lola: The Absolutely Complete Series 2 (box set of DVDs 5–8) – 10 November 2008
- Charlie and Lola 10 (I Can't Stop Hiccupping and Other Stories) – 23 February 2009
- Charlie and Lola 11 (Everything is Different and Not the Same) – 12 October 2009
- Charlie and Lola: The Absolutely Complete Series 3 (box set of DVDs 9–11) – 28 June 2010
- Charlie and Lola – The Absolutely Complete Collection (box set of all 11 DVDs) – 29 November 2010
In the United States and Canada, volumes 9 and 11 are reversed, however, volume 9 is titled "What Can I Wear for Halloween?" instead of "Everything is Different and Not the Same".
Awards and nominations
- Cartoons On The Bay 2006
- BAFTA Children's Awards 2006
- Nominated for Best Pre-school Animation Series
- Bradford Animation Festival 2006
- Awarded Best TV Series for Children and Adults
- Royal Television Society Educational Programme Awards 2006
- Nominated for Best Children's Programme for the episode Welcome To Lolaland
- BAFTA Children's Awards 2007
- Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards 2006–2007
- Awarded Best Music Original Score (John Greswell and David Schweitzer)
- Annecy Animation Festival 2007
- Awarded Special Award for a TV Series (for the episode I Will Be Especially, Very Careful)
- Broadcast Awards 2007
- Awarded Best Children's Programme
- 34th Annual Annie Awards (2007)
- Nominated for Best Animated Television Production
- BAFTA Children's Awards 2008
- Tiger Aspect Productions
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