LONDON – RP2 Global have been appointed as master toy partner for Bottersnikes & Gumbles in the UK, Eire and Australia. A range of innovative and fun toys capturing the humorous, distinctive and playful world of Bottersnikes & Gumbles, depicted in the multi award-winning series will include plastic and vinyl figures, feature plush and role play toys and will launch in the UK in Spring/Summer 2018.
Francesca Lisle, Director at Lisle Licensing said, “We are delighted to have partnered with RP2 Global. They are an innovative group of people and we are looking forward to working with them to develop a fun toy line for this fantastic brand. Bottersnikes & Gumbles lends itself perfectly to the target audience of boys 4-9 and we can’t wait to see the toy line develop over the coming months”.
Simon Cox, Managing Director at RP2 Global said, “After the success we achieved with bringing Oddbods to every market in EMEA in 2017, we have been looking for a second piece of TV IP to further grow our business. We are very excited about Bottersnikes & Gumbles, which has rated consistently well over a period of time on CBBC. The line that we will produce will be in the heartland of boys 4-9, which is very much backed up by the TV audience. Given the content will live in the digital space as well as on a traditional broadcast channel, enables the property to cover all kids.”
Based on the much-loved series of books by S.A. Wakefield, Bottersnikes & Gumbles (52 x 11’) follows the adventures of three squashy, stretchy Gumble heroes, as they try to avoid getting tin-canned by their lazy, grumpy neighbours, the Bottersnikes. Described as ‘fun and endearing’ the CGI animated series launched on CBBC in July 2016 and airs weekdays at 07.10 and 15.35 with brand new episodes premiering this month. Bottersnikes & Gumbles is set to debut on NETFLIX in the UK this Summer.
A game coproduced with CBBC was launched in October 2016. Available on desktop, tablet and mobile Gumble Run has seen a good start featuring among the top 10 games consistently each week since launch. A publishing deal with Hachette will see storybooks and sticker and activity books for young readers coming to the UK and Australia.
Bottersnikes & Gumbles has won a number of awards including the prestigious 2016 Pulcinella Award for ‘Best Kids TV Series’ at Cartoons on the Bay, the 2016 Gold AEAF Award for ‘Best Opening Titles’ and the 2016 Promax BDA Silver Award for 'Best Program Title Sequence’. It has been nominated for a Kidscreen Award for Best New Kids Series; results to be announced this month.
Bottersnikes & Gumbles is co-produced by Cheeky Little Media and Mighty Nice in Australia and CAKE in the UK and also airs on 7TWO in Australia and globally in 17 languages on NETFLIX.