The Strange Chores.
Ludo Studio and Media World Pictures are set to join forces on upcoming ABC ME comedy series The Strange Chores.
A 26 x 11 minute animated series, The Strange Chores will see two teenage wannabe warrior heroes Charlie and Pierce, as well as spirited ghost girl Que, master the skills they need to replace ageing monster-slayer Old Man Helsing by doing his supernatural chores.
Ludo Studio is known for its international award winning series Doodles and #7 Days Later, and Media Pictures is behind the AACTA Award winning children’s comedy The Flamin’ Thongs.
The Strange Chores is to be produced by Media World’s Colin South (Trip For Biscuits, The Flamin’ Thongs) and Ludo’s Charlie Aspinwall (Doodles, #7 Days Later). The script has been penned by Ludo showrunner Daley Pearson (Doodles, #7 Days Later, The Strange Calls) with animation direction by Scott Vanden Bosch (Dogstar, Dogstar: Christmas in Space).
This is a show for 8 to 12 year olds, but I really hope it’s for anyone who likes funny, human, coming-of-age stories with a bit of supernatural stuff too,” said Pearson.
“Everyone knows what it’s like to be 12 – unless you’ve lost your memory or something. And everyone knows what it’s like to do chores – unless you had a butler. So that’s our target audience: people who are 8 to 12, or people who have ever been 8 to 12. And people who didn’t grow up with a butler. Those people will love this show.”
ABC’s head of children’s Michael Carrington said the show was a “fresh take” on comedy adventure animation.
“Made in Australia and set in Australia, The Strange Chores is set to be the biggest, spookiest and funniest comedy you could ever imagine.”
The Strange Chores has received production investment from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria and Screen Queensland.
International distribution will be handled by Canada’s Boat Rocker Rights.
The Strange Chores is expected to broadcast on ABC ME in 2019.