Back in 2004, I got the chance to work with one of my favourite animation studios of all time, the UK’s very own Cosgrove Hall Films.
Famous for giving the world such gems as Danger Mouse, Count Duckula and The Wind in the Willows, the Manchester-based studio was sufficiently impressed by my proposal for a series based around my creation, The Carrotty Kid, that they optioned the character and got to work on trying to develop such a cartoon.
During my time working with the great people at Cosgrove Hall, I was kept involved every step of the way, and therefore got to produce character designs, episode ideas and even full scripts. One of the scripts I wrote was for the pilot episode, which went on to be produced after a year or so in development. Featuring the vocal talents of Burt Kwouk (The Pink Panther, You Only Live Twice) and Marc Silk (The Phantom Menace), the pilot was possibly one of the proudest moments in my life thus far, as there really isn’t anything like seeing an idea in your head starting to talk and walk in front of your very eyes.
The super-lovely and ludicrously talented Jon Doyle and Michael Whaite did a cracking job with the short episode, which you can now watch with your eyes:
Although clearly excellent, and generating some serious interest from ITV, the show never made it beyond the pilot stage, due to the station cutting back severely on their children’s programming. Gah!
But who knows? Maybe one day the carrot shall see action again. In the meantime, feel free to enjoy his webcomic adventures at www.carrottykid.com