Sunday, 5 April 2015

Jellybug the launch party at the rainforest Cafe, a new funky Preschool Channel

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Launch Party of JellyBug, on behalf Kiddy Charts.  I took my youngest son Liam to the launch of a new preschool channel 'JellyBug'.  Hand in hand we made our way into London, our destination the Rainforest Cafe.

It the first time I had ever been inside the Rainforest cafe.  The outside looks so inviting, the plush toys would wink at me as I walk past.  Now with Liam we arrived early and enter the store, its like a wild Jungle, with plush toy animals everywhere all of them cute and wanting homes, every little boys dream.

Liam lapped the shop a few times before we made it downstairs past the middle level where their beautiful cafe is situated and then the lower basement where the JellyBug team met us on our arrival.

When we arrived, we were greeted by the creative minds of JellyBug, Sarah Darling and Mr Weebl aka Jonti Picking, a husband and wife partnership.

Liam started his day with a spot of colouring, one of the wonderful Jellybugs posters, very pokemonish style of character.  We met Sarah and Jontis' daughter, she introduced herself as JELLYBUG!  She is actual voice of JellyBug, a bright and clued-up young lady indeed.

Everyone gathered around to watch the Jellybug channel.  Sarah explained a little about her history within the industry, working within animation, shes written for Sesame street, Cadburys, worked on other programs for teenagers, really all sorts of televised entertainment, also within radio too, having an evening slot on XFM.

JellyBug visually pops out at you, its fun way to connect with children of all ages and silly enough to connect with adults with like minded silliness too, everyone is entertained together.  Sarah and her husband wanted to make something they could enjoy with their children and share their quirkiness with like minded people.  So let the show begins and the animation do the talking, actually I should say 'do the singing!'   

Their channel is different from any other children channels I've seen, its educational, clever and catchy.  Some of the nursery rhymes are recognisable with an added twist.  The animation is wacky, eye catching, its almost hypnotic in places, some of it a little psychedelic.  The music has bouncing beats, repetition, helping children to remember words in an effortless way.  Watching the audience the children were shaking and swinging on their feet.

I tend to people watching, the entire audience were captivated by the ABC Alphabet Song we had been shown, with its funny fast rhymes.  The children all joining in with the singing.  There is a nice selection of videos on the Jellybug channel, featuring nursery rhythms, counting songs and a little bit of bonkersness too.

Mr Weebl has his own channel, this would be for an older audience.  Mr Weebl the music maker, his twitter bio reads 'I write songs that drive you insane.'  I can assure you not a mentally mad but in a tongue and cheek type of way.

Mr Weebl the musical genius and Sarah the writer the glue in this partnership, also not forgetting their Animator, Anthony Price, his work outstanding.  Anthony showed everyone how to put a simple animated character together.  It took only 9 minutes from nothing to a bouncing ball with waving hands and a smiley face.   

JellyBug gave off some Happy vibes, lots of energetic dance beats.  Before becoming a parent I would regularly be taken up center stage on a dance floor on the weekend.  I do adore the electronic break beats, Trance and Hardhouse.  So hearing some of their videos, gave me a little smirk, I could hear the funky beats.  Any ravers here, you are going to love this channel.  Why not grab your white glove and glow sticks, fluffy boots whatever suits you.  You wont need your whistles the music is loud enough for you and your little ones to have a bop together.

My favourite animation is Baby Baboon.  Its by far the wackiest animation of them all, with random words that rhyme, I was hypnotised by the end of this video too.  Don't be shy, tune in, chill out and check out JellyBug.  Tell your friends and have a house party! 

We had a lovely morning packed with entertainment from Mr Boo Boo the magician, Storyteller and face painting.


Liam decided he wanted to be a Minecraft Creeper, the lady painting did a little free styling painting, Creeper slash animal!

Our Jellybug... Liam said he was delicious!