Blue Rocket takes off with Dumbotz

AWARD-WINNING Tasmanian animation studio Blue Rocket has begun production of a brand-new $4.8 million children’s animation television series, ‘Dumbotz.’

In a world populated entirely by robots, the Dumbotz are three hopelessly inept and foolhardy robots called upon by the Mayor of Lower Dumpton to save the world.

The Hodgman Liberal Government, through Screen Tasmania, has invested $400,000 toward the production.

With previous successes including ‘Fanshaw’ and ‘Crudnut’ and the Logie-winning ‘Little J and Big Cuz’, Dumbotz will be Blue Rocket’s 21st series.

It is expected to inject at least $2.5 million into the local economy.

Dumbotz background artist Scott Baxter said 52 episodes were now in the making.

“We have a lot of local members on the team, from designers to writers to voice-over actors, as well as the producers and directors,” he said.

“It’s great that we are able to do it all here in Tasmania.”

Minister for the Arts Elise Archer recently made a visit to Blue Rocket’s animation studios in Salamanca to take a sneak peek at the new production.

“Blue Rocket is leading the way with its development of original animated series, and in creating a niche local industry that employs talented Tasmanian designers, animators and other creative industry professionals,” she said.

“Investment in projects like Dumbotz helps to build Tasmania’s fast-growing international reputation as a producer of high-quality animation, and it supports local employment with at least 18 Tasmanian crew and nine local cast expected to work on the project.”

Dumbotz was commissioned by the Nine Network and co-produced by Blue Rocket and Beyond International.

It is scheduled to go to air nationally on 9Go in late 2019 and will be sold to international markets in 2020.

Caption: Background artist Scott Baxter shows some of his work for new production ‘Dumbotz’ to Minister for the Arts and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer.

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