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Cat's the way to do it for Curtis!

Byline: Matthew Pardo

The brains behind international children's hit Bob The Builder is set to unveil his latest creation at Animex.

Cleveland College of Art and Design graduate Curtis Jobling found international fame after designing the popular children's character.

Because of the Thirsk-based animator's ties to Teesside University's annual celebration of animation, Animex, he agreed to write and direct a tailor-made tale for this year's event.

So he joined with up-and-coming Teesside animation studio Seed, specialists in computer animation, to produce Good Cat, Bad Cat. Together they produced five 40-second short films about two rival moggies and the finished product will get a public airing at Animex tomorrow as part of the event's production strand.

A first for the five-year-old event, production has been jointly organised by Middlesbrough Council arts development team and saw four other pieces of work - Freerange Farm, The Stalking, Clubthumb and Parapraxis - commissioned for the festival.

"In the past I have produced official broadcasts for Nickleodeon but that has involved going all the way down to London," said Curtis.

"The joy of Animex Production has been staying in the region, working for a client in Middlesbrough and having a creative freedom that you just don't get commercially. Hopefully this will mean each year we'll see more and more films being made in this region."

Festival director Chris Williams said: "Since Animex began we have been discussing a way to actually get films made here by people from the town and the region. Animex Production has enabled us to do just that.

"The idea is to develop talent in the region and ultimately support and foster a new industry. The films will also be screened throughout the festival and some, if not all, will be shown at the Riverside Stadium during the game between Middlesbrough and Blackburn. All in all it's a very exciting time for Animex."

After tomorrow's VIP event, the films made for Animex Production will be screened across the venues showing work as part of the festival.

Visit www.animex.net for screening details and times.
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