I love it when good things come together. Chocolate and peanut butter, for example. Or that whole crossover thing between Fairly Odd Parents and Jimmy Neutron. Or that really cute Jamie Oliver guy who cooks such lovely-looking food and the creators of Wallace and Gromit.
(Was that too much of a stretch? Because I was feeling it.)
Jamie Oliver is to be immortalised as a cartoon character by Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animations.
The celebrity chef will be presented as a 10-year-old cartoon version of himself in the show called little j.
The series, made by the Bristol-based Oscar winning animators, follows little j on a quest through a surreal cartoon world as he searches for the secret of becoming a great chef.
The cartoon, aimed at seven to 11-year-olds, is populated with bizarre characters such as a depressed ham and a mad scientist called Eggs Benedict.
Even if you’re not already a Jamie Oliver fan (and if not, why not? he’s the Naked Chef! he has that adorable accent!), can you resist the lure of a mad scientist named Eggs Benedict?? I think not.
An Aardman spokesman said that work on the series was expected to start in the next few months. In the series, the character is “easily distracted from his mission to become a great chef by his own infectious enthusiasm and by his friends who just want to have fun”.
The 52 cartoons, each at around 11 minutes long, are being made in collaboration with Aardman Animations and Fresh One Productions, Oliver’s production company.
Speaking about the project, the chef said: “I can’t tell you how passionate I am about kids and food. I really want to pass on a little knowledge in a fun way, to really connect to the younger kids, so teaming up with the incredible Aardman Animations to produce little j was an absolute must.”
I can’t wait. The possibilities for inside jokes alone are nearly endless. Anyone want to start laying bets on which network will snap this one up?