Jack (who is animated) uses his special ability to talk to animals (documentary) to understand more about nature. Wildlife Jack & His Animal Adventures is Dr Doolittle for the younger generation.
Nonchalant seals and savvy seahorses star in the pilot episode, available now on wildlifejack.com. Everything the animals say is based on their real lives, so other than their ability to talk, they remain as animals.
The creators are parents of two boys, TV producer Ed Kellie and journalist/trainee primary-school teacher Abi Kellie, “We want to make it possible for children, especially urban kids, to encounter real British animals and inspire them to go out and experience local wildlife for themselves.”
Research by Natural England has found that the likelihood of a child visiting any green space at all has halved in a generation. The Kellies hope Jack’s adventures will get kids outdoors and help to reverse this trend.
They now want to make the next 5 episodes to complete their first 6-episode DVD, for sale on their website and as downloads.
They have set up a Wildlife Jack Shop of children’s gifts and activities on their Kickstarter.com page to help raise £15,000; half of the production budget. The shop offers everything from the finished films, to real animal-tracking adventures, to hand-drawn portraits by the animator. Under Kickstarter crowdfunding rules, the Kellies must hit their target by 27th July or they receive nothing. If you’d like to support them go to: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1537431379/wildlife-jack-and-his-animal-adventures-for-0-6-ye
The Kellies have funded everything so far which has cost £6,000 and three months of their time.
The composer is Dru Masters, who’s made the music for some of the UK’s most successful TV shows, from BBC dramas Silk and Young James Herriot, Charlie Brooker’s A Touch Of Cloth, to the BAFTA-winning The Apprentice.
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And blog: wildlifejack.com/blog/
Children know very little about UK wildlife.
Half of 9-11 year olds cannot identify daddy long legs, a blue tit or an oak tree, but 95% of them can identify a Dalek.
(BBC Wildlife Magazine Poll, 2008)
Children are being kept in cities and inside.
91% of UK children live in cities and by the age of 9 the average child is free to wander just five metres from their front door.
(Children’s Society 2007)
Children will grow into adults who don’t care about the environment.
Sir David Attenborough warns, “The wild world is becoming so remote to children that they miss out and an interest in the natural world doesn’t grow as it should. Nobody is going protect the natural world unless they understand it.”
Contact with nature positively affects children by:
- developing their innate curiosity and motivation to learn
- encouraging creative, diverse and imaginative play
- and encouraging pride in the local environment.
(The New Economics Foundation, 2005)
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. It is an opportunity for people who really love an idea to help the creators make it happen by pledging to buy merchandise / experiences.
Posted by Amy Moylan