Bottersnikes & Gumbles, a new award-winning CGI animated series, is set to make its debut with 26 episodes in the US and Canada, August 19 on Netflix, the world’s leading internet TV service.
Bottersnikes & Gumbles follows the adventures of three young Gumbles, Tink, Bounce and Willi, who love nothing better than to ‘gumble’ all day long, which means crazy, stretchy capers around their junk valley, while carefully avoiding getting tin-canned by their lazy, grumpy neighbors the Bottersnikes, led by the foul tempered and vain Bottersnikes King. Endless battles ensue involving plenty of stealth, trickery, daring rescues and narrow escapes as the Gumbles try to outwit the Bottersnikes in every episode. Full of action, suspense and laughs, each 11 minute episode is set to thrill the imaginations of kids aged 6+ years.
Bottersnikes & Gumbles earned this year’s Pulcinella Award for Best Kids TV Series at the international animation festival, Cartoons on the Bay, in Venice and was nominated for a Logie Award in Australia for Most Outstanding Children’s Programme.
Bottersnikes & Gumbles has been developed and adapted from the characters and world as they first appeared in the much-loved Bottersnikes and Gumbles books by S.A. Wakefield, with illustrations by Desmond Digby. The books were published in the UK and Australia between 1967 and 1989.
Ed Galton, CCO & Managing Director, CAKE, commented, “We are thrilled and excited to see Bottersnikes & Gumbles launch on Netflix and we are very proud of the work that the production team has done.”
“First Australia, then the UK, and now Bottersnikes & Gumbles is coming to the US on Netflix,” added Patrick Egerton, Executive Producer at Cheeky Little Media. “I wonder if Sam Wakefield ever imagined this when he wrote the original books in the 1960’s? Making this show, and bringing these much loved characters to life has been amazing. We can’t wait to share this awesome show with the Netflix audience.”
“The original books created a truly unique, often hilarious, fantasy world of imaginative creatures, personalities and situations,” commented Darren Price, Executive Creative Director, Mighty Nice. “Taking it further with animation has been a hugely rewarding experience… Netflix viewers, get ready to gumble!”
Bottersnikes & Gumbles is a Netflix original produced by CAKE, Cheeky Little Media and Mighty Nice and coproduced with CBBC and Seven Network Australia.
CAKE is one of the world’s leading kids’ and family entertainment specialists working with animation and live-action producers from around the world to develop, co-produce, commercially position and manage their IP propositions for international market. CAKE handles traditional television rights as well as digital, online and ancillary commercial rights.
The company looks after a diverse and distinctive range of animated and live-action programming from leading international producers on programmes such as preschool space series Ready Jet Go! created by Craig Bartlett (Dinosaur Train, Hey Arnold!) and airing nationwide on PBS; all Angry Birds TV content based on the hugely successful gaming franchise; Emmy®-nominated Angelo Rules, now in its third season; and So Awkward, an award-winning live-action series airing successfully on CBBC in the U.K.
London-based CAKE was set up in 2002 and is headed up by Ed Galton and Tom van Waveren.
About Cheeky Little Media
Founded by David Webster and Patrick Egerton, Cheeky Little Media creates, produces and manages unique animated properties for kids and family. The Sydney based company has a passion for developing distinctive global animated content and collaborates with partners around the world to achieve its vision.
About Mighty Nice
Mighty Nice is a director led animation studio, co–founded by BAFTA award winning animator, Darren Price and Nexus Productions, one of the most respected animation companies in the UK. Since 2008 the Sydney studio has grown steadily to become one of Australia’s finest and most awarded animation studios covering TVCs, short films and other creative concepts.