The WotWots Zoom onto DVD for the First Time in Canada
Fans of The WotWots in Canada will soon be able to enjoy the adventures of SpottyWot and DottyWot on DVD with the release of Stripe a Lotty Wotty, which will hit shelves on January 29, 2013 for a suggested retail price of $14.99. The WotWots airs on Corus Entertainment’s 24-hour, preschool channel Treehouse.
Made up of seven episodes, each 11 minutes long, the DVD features the delightful alien duo, SpottyWot and DottyWot, as they nurture and stimulate the joys of learning, participation and discovery through their gentle and fun adventures.
The WotWots from Pukeko Pictures have come from outer space in their steam-powered spaceship to explore and marvel at the extraordinary diverse life on Earth with season one of the television series seeing SpottyWot and DottyWot arrive in the middle of a zoo.
The DVD features the following episodes:
Stripe A Lotty Wotty – The WotWots spot a very stripy animal and head off to investigate. SpottyWot decides he would like stripes as well, and comes up with a clever plan to get them.
Scary Sucky Noise - The WotWots hear a strange trumpeting sound and go to investigate. SpottyWot sees a large elephant trunk and decides it must be a long floppy ear.
Lanky Landing Legs – SpottyWot is fixing the long lanky legs of the spaceship when his sister spots two other long legs through the Sneak-a-peek, two long and very pink lanky legs.
Drowsy DottyWot – It is midday and the zoo animals are snoozing in the warm sunshine, even The WotWots are sleepy. But a new animal adventure soon has them wide awake.
Lumpy Bumpies – SpottyWot is making a crayon rubbing from the lumpy bark of a tree when DottyWot spots something else that’s lumpy and bumpy through the Sneak-a-peek.
Plodda Lotty – SpottyWot is in a mood to zoom and he’s frustrated that his sister is moving too slowly. But he’s very impressed when they spot a creature that does everything slowly.
Fluffy Puffies – DottyWot watches some amazing cloud shapes drifting by. She head out into the zoo with her brother to look for any animals as fluffy and white as the clouds.
Pukeko Pictures’ The WotWots to Launch on CCTV 11 in China
The internationally successful television series, The WotWots from Pukeko Pictures will soon begin broadcasting on CCTV 11’s programming block, Happy Playhouse. The pre-school series is currently broadcast in over 100 countries and has been very well received by both children and parents in China for its high quality animation and strong educational value.
The broadcast will go to air in early 2013 and will consist of 78 episodes, 26 of which have been co-produced with Pukeko Pictures’ Chinese partner, Grand Entertainment Ltd (GZ). Renowned Chinese painter, Mr. Mi Jinming contributed to the specially co-produced episodes by adding classic Chinese Ink Painting elements to give the series a local and cultural touch-point.
Mr Li Chumbo, Deputy Director of the Program Department of CCTV11, and Director/Council Member of the Chinese Dramatist Association and Chinese Calligraphy Association sees the program as a unique cultural and artistic integration of New Zealand state of the art animation and Chinese drama and calligraphy.
“The WotWots was introduced in China on the CCTV broadcast platform in 2011. Since then, the popularity for DottyWot and SpottyWot has continued to grow and we are thrilled they will now be seen on the very popular Happy Playhouse programming line-up on CCTV 11. The integration of Mr. Mi Jinming’s Chinese Ink Painting elements will give the series a local relevance while still maintaining its universal themes” said Andrew Smith, Chief Executive, Pukeko Pictures.
The viewing audience of CCTV 11 enjoys close to 1/10th of the population in China and continues to grow significantly since the channel launched 10 years ago. Happy Playhouse has become a popular programme block for children, drawing in preschool, primary and middle school students as well as their parents nationwide based on its fun and educational focus.
This broadcast deal follows on from the recent partnership between Pukeko Pictures and Grand Entertainment Ltd (GZ) with the Animation School of the Beijing Film Academy to establish the “International Animation Technology Joint Research Centre” to actively promote the development of animated projects and open up the expanding international, Chinese and film and television markets.
Formed to promote film and television cultural exchange between China and New Zealand, and develop animation technology in the synergy of enterprise, academia and institutional research, the deal between the three parties will also provide a platform for collaboration in the film and television fields between Chinese entities and international enterprises.
Lionsgate and American Greetings extend relationship with new Care Bears series, WotWots and others
Extended Agreement Includes Multiple Existing Care Bears Series and Films and
Packaged Media and Digital Rights to Additional Properties
Santa Monica, CA — January 9, 2013 — Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global diversified entertainment company, and American Greetings Properties (AGP), the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM), today announced a home entertainment distribution agreement for the new CGI Animated TV series “Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot.” The agreement gives Lionsgate packaged and digital rights in both the U.S. and UK to all 26 episodes of the series, which debuted on The Hub in 2012. In addition, the two companies are extending their existing contract, with Lionsgate retaining its rights to the two previous Care Bears television series and five Care Bears movies.
Under the new agreement, Lionsgate will also distribute three additional American Greetings properties in the U.S. through packaged and digital media. The three series—the WETA produced show “The WotWots,” “The Twisted Whiskers Show” and “Maryoku Yummy”. Finally, Lionsgate will acquire U.S. digital rights to three seasons of the classic Strawberry Shortcake series.
“We have enjoyed tremendous success over the years with the Care Bears franchise and are pleased to extend our relationship with the new ‘Care Bears: Welcome to Care-A-Lot’ series. We look forward to helping the Brand grow to new heights with the combination of new entertainment content and American Greeting’s new Care Bears toy launch in 2013,” said Michael Rathauser, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Lionsgate. “Furthermore we are excited to have the opportunity to not only expand the Care Bears digital home entertainment footprint, but to also bring some of American Greetings’ other quality children’s entertainment to digital retailers for the first time; creating both new business opportunities and more awareness for these great brands.”
“We are extremely honored to continue our partnership with Lionsgate,” said Gia DeLaney, vice president of program sales for American Greetings Properties. “The Care Bears’ highly-anticipated return to U.S. television in June was a huge success and we are thrilled to continue bringing the series to fans through innovative avenues.”
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of primetime cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 23 shows on 16 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men, the critically acclaimed series Weeds, Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, which has been picked up for another 90 episodes by FX, the network series Nashville, picked up for a full season of 22 episodes by ABC, the syndication successes Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, its spinoff Meet the Browns, The Wendy Williams Show, Are We There Yet? and the upcoming Orange Is The New Black, an original series for Netflix.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first installment of The Hunger Games franchise, the 13th highest-grossing domestic box office release of all time, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which has grossed more than $800 million at the worldwide box office, Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Possession, Sinister, The Expendables 2, Cabin in the Woods, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection and Arbitrage. With the January 2012 acquisition of Summit Entertainment, the Company has now added the blockbuster Twilight Saga, which has grossed more than $3.3 billion at the worldwide box office, to its current slate, giving the Company the two premier young adult franchises in the world. Recent Summit hits include Red, Letters to Juliet, Knowing and the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, The Hurt Locker.
Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
About American Greetings Corporation
For more than 100 years, American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM) has been a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships to create happiness, laughter and love. The Company’s major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus, and other paper product offerings include DesignWare party goods and American Greetings and Plus Mark gift-wrap and boxed cards. American Greetings also has one of the largest collections of electronic greetings on the Web, including cards available at AmericanGreetings.com through AG Interactive, Inc. (the Company’s online division). In addition to its product lines, American Greetings also creates and licenses popular character brands through the American Greetings Properties group. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, American Greetings generates annual revenue of approximately $1.7 billion, and its products can be found in retail outlets worldwide. For more information on the Company, visit http://corporate.americangreetings.com.
About American Greetings Properties
American Greetings Properties (AGP) is the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation. Built upon the successful re-launches of Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake licensed products, which have garnered over $5 billion in retail sales worldwide combined since 2002, AGP develops multi-platform campaigns for its properties through digital media, entertainment, marketing and merchandising. In addition to Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake, AGP’s active classic brands include Holly Hobbie and Madballs, as well as new properties Twisted Whiskers, Maryoku Yummy and TinPo.
Children can experience AGP online at www.agkidzone.com. For more information on AGP, visit www.agpbrands.com.
Check out our new WotWots game – Free!
Help Spottywot reach the Rainbow! Have fun playing our newest game by visiting Gamefroot here !!
Help Spottywot fly over the clouds, grab balloons and up to the rainbow for hours of fun!
Hey friends of the WotWots – Great news! The new Pocket SpottyWot app is here!
Tickle, poke and spin SpottyWot around in his hover chair on our just-released Pocket Spottywot app. It’s also great fun to check out the animals in the Sneek-a-Peek viewfinder. And don’t forget to tickle SpottyWots foot – you’ll love it!
You can now take Spottywot with you on the go for hours of fun. Check it out here!
Win WotWots toys and other goodies !!!
Win WotWots toys and other goodies by joining our Facebook International Colouring Competition!
WotWots toys available globally!
Our gracious friends at www.wetaNZ.com have put a small selection of WotWots toys for sale on their website. These can be bought from and shipped to anywhere in the world so please make sure you tell your friends who may be looking for anything WotWots related to take a look here:
the WotWots Become First Ambassadors for New Zealand’s B4 School Checks
the WotWots have become the first ambassadors for New Zealand’s Ministry of Health’s B4 School Checks, an initiative offering a comprehensive assessment of a four year old child’s health and development.
Officially launched today by New Zealand’s Minister of Health Hon. Tony Ryall, B4 School Checks ensure children are ready for school and identify any physical, emotional and social issues that could impact on a child’s ability to learn and often have life-changing outcomes for children and their families.
Co-Founder of Weta Workshop, Sir Richard Taylor said “When we began speaking to the Ministry of Health about the B4 School Check initiative, we knew it was something the WotWots had to be a part of. We hope with the WotWots involvement, it encourages more parents to take their young ones in for a health check so they can have every opportunity to grow and learn.”
The partnership will see every child going in for a B4 School Check receive a free the WotWots colouring in, activity or board book and a sticker. the WotWots will also be featured on B4 School Check resources and the partnership appear together at the Parent and Child Show in Auckland at the end of September. A the WotWots ringtone will also be available for download at www.thewotwots.com and DottyWot and SpottyWot will appear at early childhood centres across New Zealand.
The second season of the WotWots can be seen on TV2 at 8.50am weekdays.
the WotWots Scoot into the ASG Parent and Child Show
DottyWot and SpottyWot will be special guests of the ASG Parent and Child Show this September with the delightful alien duo scooting onto the entertainment stage to perform their interactive and exciting live show for kiddies.
Appearing daily at 11.00am and 1.00pm from September 30 – October 2 2011 at the Auckland ASG Parent and Child Show, the WotWots will entertain kiddies with their energetic and fun stage show that encourages and stimulates the joy of learning, participation and discovery.
Young ones can also stop past the WotWots’ interactive booth (#169) to meet DottyWot and SpottyWot plus have photos with the lovable siblings. As well as a colour-in competition, kids can zoom away with some great give-aways including books and toys.
To celebrate the Parent and Child Show, the WotWots will offer an exclusive website competition, giving parents the chance to win a 30 minute performance by the WotWots for their preschool, early childhood education centre or school of their choice. Entry is simple via www.wotwots.com – between August 22 to October 3, 2011. Full Terms and Conditions available at the website.
Season two of the WotWots will whoosh onto TV2 weekdays at 8.50am, starting August 22, 2011. In season two of the vibrant, energetic and colourful learning-based series from Pukeko Pictures, DottyWot and SpottyWot land on a farm and meet strange and friendly farm animals and then travel to the sea shore.
“the WotWots can’t wait to meet and perform for kids at the ASG Parent and Child Show. The annual event is a one-stop-shop that gathers essential parenting products and information into one, easy-access, family-friendly show making it the perfect venue for DottyWot and SpottyWot to showcase their fun stage show” said Co-Founder of Weta Workshop, Sir Richard Taylor.
the WotWots Zoom Back to ABC 4 Kids for World Premiere of Season Two
The lovable alien sibling duo the WotWots zoom back to Australian televisions on ABC 4 Kids this month with the world premiere of the second season of their vibrant, energetic and colourful learning-based series.
From the beginning of August to August 26 2011, the WotWots second season will be seen twice daily at 9.00am and 4.15pm.
In season two, DottyWot and SpottyWot land on a farm and meet strange and friendly farm animals and then travel to the sea shore. There they discover the weird and wonderful creatures that live on the beach and in the sea. Encouraging the love of animals, the season celebrates the joy of discovery and the extraordinary diversity of life on the planet.
“We are excited ABC 4 Kids is the first territory globally to premiere season two of the WotWots. In this new season, DottyWot and SpottyWot enjoy interaction with farmyard animals including cows and ponies as well as discover aquatic animal life such as sea anemones and starfish. the WotWots delight in the joy of discovery and I hope children across Australia enjoy learning about our amazing animal life with DottyWot and SpottyWot”, said Co-Founder of Weta Workshop, Sir Richard Taylor.
the WotWots is an enchanting pre-school series that follows the adventures of two adorable siblings from outer space, SpottyWot and DottyWot. This delightful pair of enquiring minds have come to Earth to explore and to marvel at the extraordinary diversity of life on the blue planet. The show celebrates this joy of discovery and demonstrates the positive values that are the building blocks of a true and enduring friendship.
the WotWots Takes Home TV Award from Parents’ Choice
New Zealand, July 4 2011…
the WotWots has yet again been recognised by the Parents’ Choice Awards, this time being acknowledged in the Spring 2011 Television category.
Currently in production of its second series and with a broadcast deal already signed with US Broadcaster The Hub for the next 26 x 11 show, the internationally successful brand was awarded the merit based on:
“This import from New Zealand is reminiscent of Teletubbie-like innocence and simplicity without the surreal, spoof-worthy concepts…. The integration of computer animation and live action is extremely well done by the same team that did “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The show, which features very simple themes like “Slurpy Lurpy Lips,” and “Lumpy Bumbies” makes for a nice introduction to this type of media-it’s short, it’s sweet and uncomplicated…”.
“We are honoured to have the quality of our TV programme recognised by Parents’ Choice Awards – earlier this year the foundation awarded us a seal of approval for our first free e-book, ‘Lanky Landing Legs’ available at iTunes stores globally. The Parents’ Choice Awards website is a go to tool for parents in search of quality unbiased entertainment options for their children so to see the WotWots featured in two categories is a massive brand achievement”, said Co-Founder of Weta Workshop, Sir Richard Taylor.
With broadcasts in 89 territories including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Korea, Middle East and Poland, the WotWots was recently sold to HBO Family Latin America for PAY-TV and VOD rights. American Greetings Properties recently signed on for the worldwide licensing and merchandising rights to the popular preschool property.
the WotWots Zoom into a Second Series with a Confirmed Broadcast on The Hub
New Zealand, May 2011…
Pukeko Pictures today announced everyone’s favourite alien duo, SpottyWot and DottyWot, from the internationally successful children’s animation series, the WotWots, is close to completing production on a second series.
The second 26 episode series will see the lovable little aliens explore life by the sea and farmyard animals and has already been confirmed for broadcast on The Hub in the US.
“We are pleased to announce production on the second series of the WotWots. This series will see SpottyWot and DottyWot discover animal life at the beach and on the farm – two distinctive settings that are endearing to children and that young ones can interact with in real life. Children the world over are embracing the series and the unique cuddly characters and the pick-up of series two by The Hub is testament to this” said co-founder of Weta Workshop, Sir Richard Taylor.
With broadcasts in 89 territories including Australia, Canada, Korea, Middle East and Poland, the WotWots was recently sold to HBO Family Latin America for PAY-TV and VOD rights.
Season Two - 26 brand new episodes
Great news! We’re oh so excited to announce a brand new series of the WotWots!
26 brand new episodes featuring heaps of new animals; this series is set on a farm and at the beach. These new episodes will be going on air from June 2011. More info on specific broadcasters to follow – yay!
i-Pad Application Wins the WotWots a Parents’ Choice Award
New Zealand, May 13 2011….
Internationally successful children’s brand, the WotWots, has won a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award for its first e-Book application. The book, ‘Lanky Landing Legs, received the Parents’ Choice Award in the Spring 2011 Mobile Apps category and is available as a free download at iTunes stores globally.
‘Lanky Landing Legs’ is based on the third episode from the WotWots television series and has a multitude of interactive features.
Parents’ Choice commented: ‘The language is colorful. The alliteration throughout the story makes it fun to read aloud and there’s New Zealand flair in playful words like “wonky” and “creak and a clunk”. You can record your own voice to play with the story, or use the one that’s built-in, and pages can be turned to black and white for users to color. The characters are adorable and you can follow them on Facebook as well as play games and do other activities on their website. The app offers plenty of entertainment presented with an engaging hook, great pictures, plus a fun story for young readers.
“We are thrilled our first e-book has been recognised in the Parents’ Choice Awards”, said Co-Founder of Weta Workshop, Sir Richard Taylor, “Given the success of this application, we can assure our many WotWot fans there will be more e-books to come”. www.itunes.com/apps/lankylandinglegs
With broadcasts in 89 territories including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Korea, Middle East and Poland, the WotWots was recently sold to HBO Family Latin America for PAY-TV and VOD rights.
the WotWots “LANKY LANDING LEGS” A FREE E-BOOK DOWNLOAD FOR I-PAD
FREE DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE HERE:
Kids can now enjoy the internationally successful children’s animation series, the WotWots, on the
i-Pad with a free e-book download now available for the platform at all iTunes stores globally.
The third episode from the television series, “Lanky Landing Legs” is the first e-book to be launched for the hit show and features lots of fun and interactive functionalities including:
- Audio book read by series narrator, Martin Baynton
- Each word in the story is spelt out aloud guiding young ones on pronunciation
- Theme song sing-along for kids to join in with
- Each page can become a black and white illustration allowing the user to colour in
- The audio text book can be recorded and played by the user in their own voice
WotWots make waves in Korea
Korea’s C4U Entertainment has picked up preschool animated series The WotWots from ABC Commercial, part of Australian pubcaster ABC.
The WotWots, a series about two aliens who visit Earth, will be broadcast in Korean on C4U’s children’s net Kids 1 from March.
In addition, Korean Distribution Company Kenny & Co has placed the show on local nets Kids Talk Talk and JEI TV.
The WotWots was produced by Pukeko Pictures, a partnership between Richard Taylor, the Oscar-winning co-founder of Weta Workshop, and author, illustrator and children’s TV creator/producer Martin Baynton.
Taylor and Baynton previously teamed up to create kids show Jane and the Dragon.
The WotWots has already been sold into New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the US and the UK, parts of Europe, and has been broadcast across the Arab world by Al Jazeera.
New WotWots DVD released "Sneak-a-Peek a Chimpanzee"
Sneak-a-Peek a Chimpanzee
Discover the delightful adventures of two soft, puppet-like aliens – a
brother and sister – who come to explore planet Earth in their steam
powered spaceship and land in a local zoo. Amazed by what they see,
they scoot around in hover-chairs on a mission to discover all the exotic
creatures that live there.
From the creative minds of the Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop,
The WotWots is a series celebrating the joy of discovery and the strange
and extraordinary diversity of life on planet Earth, as seen through the innocent eyes of SpottyWot
This colourful and vibrant series was launched on ABC1 in April 2009 and quickly became a series
that is enjoyed by both children and their parents, as they join SpottyWot and DottyWot on their
adventures around the zoo.
In each episode the WotWots help children to recognise kindness and co-operation as core values,
delight in learning new words and enjoy exploring their creativity through drawing.
In Sneak-a-Peek a Chimpanzee SpottyWot adjusts his chair motor in a quest for speed. Then he
sees the fastest animal in the zoo and decides the key to speed lies in the colour of your spots.
10/10/10 - The WotWots arrive in the US!
New US network the Hub will begin broadcasting the WotWots on 10 October 2010. Watch out America!
Skyla, from NSW will see the WotWots at her pre-school very soon – SpottyWot and DottyWot can’t wait!
See the WotWots on Giggle & Hoot!
Don’t miss the WotWots, they will be appearing on Giggle & Hoot, Tuesday August 24 on ABC For Kids on 2.
the WotWots are a BIG hit on Canadian television!
Great news, the WotWots are rating extremely well on Treehouse. Canadian pre-schoolers are regularly placing the WotWots in their top ten pre-school shows! Congratulations SpottyWot and DottyWot.
Visit the WotWots on the great new Milkshake! website (UK)
WotWots Birthday Cake Competition (facebook)- April's winning cake!
The WotWots(on facebook)Birthday Cake Competition-Congratulations to all who entered and voted!
The WotWots broadcasting in Singapore on Okto-Weekdays at 12.00pm!
Facebook (the WotWots) Birthday Cake Competition
Come and vote (’like’) for your favourite birthday cake (the cake with the most ‘likes’ wins the owner a WotWots prize!), dedicated parents around the world have created some WotWots masterpieces – a few here for your enjoyment!
Children's Day @ Wellington Zoo!
WotWots Birthday Cake Competition-March 2010-on Facebook
1. Visit our facebook site ‘the WotWots’
2. Upload your picture of your WotWots Birthday Cake
3. Vote (like) your favourite cake
4. Cake with the most votes wins a prize
Canada welcomes the WotWots!!!!
THE WOTWOTS – SERIES PREMIERE
Meet siblings SpottyWot and DottyWot – two soft, puppet like aliens, who come to explore planet Earth in their steam powered spaceship and land in the local zoo. Amazed by what they see, SpottyWot and DottyWot scoot around in hover-chairs on a mission to discover all the exotic creatures on our planet. An ABC TV series, all 52 10-minute episodes are created by the Academy Award® winning Weta Workshop and Pukeko Pictures. Premieres on Monday, February 22 at 6:15 p.m.
visit www.treehousetv.com for more information.
What a brilliant day we had at the Weta Cave!
Lots of fun activities + viewings of the WotWots + a chat with creators Richard Taylor and Martin Baynton = Fun!
Centro Goulburn, Australia
What a great day!