May 6, 1943 |
|Occupation||Scriptwriter and artist for children's television|
Grange Calveley (born May 6, 1943, in Cheshire, England) is a British writer and artist who is best known as the creator of the BBC's animated television series Roobarb (1974) and Noah and Nelly in... SkylArk (1977).
After Art College, Calveley worked for a number of advertising agencies in London. It was while at Masius that he met his wife Hanny, a copywriter. Grange and Hanny have two sons (both now married), a granddaughter named Maddie and grandsons Leo Tomasz, Samuel (Sam) and Myles.
The Roobarb (1974) television series was commissioned by the BBC, who sold the series to more than 40 countries around the world. In his book, Roobarb: An Illuminated Biogwoofy, Calveley describes how the real dog would leap up into the fork of a tree and how the dog's antics became part of the cartoon's opening title. Roobarb was directed by Bob Godfrey, the series' music was by John Hawksworth and the stories were narrated by Richard Briers.
The characteristic bouncy wobbly style known as "boiling" was used as Calveley and the other animators did not have enough money to use traditional cel methods and used marker pens on paper instead.
Roobarb was followed in 1977 by Noah and Nelly in... SkylArk. In the late 70s Calveley and his family moved to Australia where he produced two further TV series, Captain Cookaburra's Road to Discovery (1985) and in 2005 a sequel to Roobarb called Roobarb and Custard Too
Away from television, Calveley is the author of the series of children's books One to Five.
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- Grange Calveley at the Internet Movie Database
- Video interview of Grange Calveley at BBC Cult TV site
- Roobarb and Custard's new series
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