Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Have you met Olive the Ostrich on Nick Jr??

 Olive the Ostrich is an ostrich with a huge heart and a big imagination. When she buries her head in the sand she goes on fantastical adventures, popping up somewhere new in every episode. She is friendly, enthusiastic and loves to solve problems wherever she goes.

Olive the Ostrich launched on Nick Jr on Monday 5th September and is aimed at pre-schoolers.Nick Jr's newest animated show is on daily at 8.15am and 6.30pm. 

Narrated by Rolf Harris, each episode of Olive the Ostrich features  characters, props and backgrounds created by children aged 6 to 9 years. Selected schools from across the UK hosted workshops to inspire creativity and develop storytelling skills. Pupils learnt about the film making process and created artwork which was used in the finished episodes, after being brought to life by the show's animators.

Olive the Ostrich is created in partnership with The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts. 

(All above information taken from press release received from Nickelodeon Uk)

Olive the Ostrich is a cute, quirky bird with a great attitude. I watched the first two episodes in the series and loved the simple, child like backgrounds at the beginning of the episodes. Once Olive went on her fantastic adventures, the backgrounds were those created by the children and when looking closely at the backgrounds you could see many items taken from the average child's craft box: pipe cleaners, feathers and tin foil all featured in the pictures.

There is a catchy theme tune which I am sure preschoolers (and their parents/carers) everywhere will be singing  soon. Rolf Harris makes a great narrator, along with other actors voices, voicing the characters.

A great new programme for pre-schoolers everywhere to enjoy! I am sure Olive the Ostrich will be around for a long time!

Thank you to Nickeloden and Louise Harris for sending me the promotional materials to review.

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