The 2D animated preschool series, Love Monster has joined the line up of popular children’s television programmes on the forthcoming Cartoon Network preschool block, Cartoonito.
From September 19, the Boat Rocker Studios series will ‘significantly boost its US presence’ by taking up a slot on the channel. Love Monster is currently available to audiences via the HBO Max platform, and will migrate to the Cartoonito dedicated page on the streamer from September 13th.
Based on the award winning preschool books by Rachel Bright, Love Monster follows the colourful and funny exploits of the hero character, Love Monster, as he navigates the challenges involved in being ‘a bit funny looking’ in a world of cute, fluffy things.
Star Trek legend George Takei has joined some of the UK’s best actors and voice talent on the series, including Tamsin Greig, Darren Foreman and Sarah Hadland, in the distinguished cast of this heartfelt and charming TV adaptation.
He said: “Love Monster celebrates inclusive behaviour and collaboration and that’s also very much my philosophy – we find strength, joy and vitality in diversity coming together.”
Jon Rutherford, president, Boat Rocker Studios, Kids & Family and Rights, said: “We are thrilled that Love Monster is going to air on Cartoonito. With the series emphasis on helping children understand their emotions, our one-of-a-kind huggable hero is the perfect fit for the block’s commendable ambitions to support young children’s unique potential.
“Love Monster’s distinctive and heart-warming appeal is pleasing preschoolers across the globe and we are excited to be working on the second season.”
Currently in production, the new episode order (27 x 7’) will premiere on CBeebies early next year and will launch on Cartoonito later in 2022.
A collaboration between BBC Children’s In-House Productions, Boat Rocker and Chinese kids’ entertainment company UYoung, Love Monster is exec produced by Tony Reed for the BBC, Chapman Maddox for Boat Rocker and James Chen Gu for UYoung.