EyeSpy: Off The Leash
“It has been such a privilege to work alongside Phil Chalk and the amazing team at Factory to bring my beloved doggy sketches to life! It has certainly been a challenge to pick which of my many stories are to be recreated into the 2D traditionally animated episodes but I am confident that all of our Off The Leash fans and dog lovers around the world will be thrilled with the 12 that we have produced so far!” – Rupert Fawcett
As we reported earlier this week BAFTA-winning animation studio Factory has announced the launch of Off The Leash, a 2D line-animated version of Rupert Fawcett’s brilliantly observed hit cartoons about dogs. Here this EyeSpy feature takes a look at how the project started.
The brand new series comprising of twelve episodes will be launched via a newly created YouTube channel, with the first being released in association with the RSPCA on Saturday 26th August, National Dog Day, building on Off The Leash’s huge social media following.
The 2D digital animation series, created from Rupert’s unique hand drawn sketches, will consist one minute long episodes and will be the first of the Clive Juster rights acquisition to be developed and released by Factory in 2017. The partnership with Rupert Fawcett marks a further move into self-initiated content for the animation studio as they grow the development of their own IP, alongside their existing commissions for broadcasters.
Rupert Fawcett, Cartoonist, writer and the original creator of the Off The Leash cartoons, launched the brand on Facebook in 2012, subsequently developing them into a bestselling book franchise. Off The Leash is a selection of cartoons, featuring the secret thoughts and conversations of dogs of every size, shape and breed. The series aims to celebrate the nation’s favourite belly scratching, tail-chasing, bed-stealing canine friends for dog lovers everywhere.