Educational Animated Series “JazzDuck” Pilot has Launched on Amazon.
On the 17th June 2016 the first episode for the brand new pre-school animated seriesJazzDuck became available to watch on Amazon as part of their current Pilot Season – you can find the trailer here or you can watch the pilot now on Amazon.
The series follows the character JazzDuck (who is half Saxophone and half Duck) and his animal companions who work together to help save the day. In the pilot episode we find JazzDuck has lost his friend Ball somewhere in the city – and through some great listening and with the help of his animal friends, JazzDuck sets off on a musical adventure to find her.
The emphasis of the show is music and listening; through its narrative it helps reinforce the positive benefits of active listening. The Nexus creative team have been working closely with Dr. Alice Wilder (Amazon’s acclaimed child psychologist) to ensure the show effectively encourages active listening; a base skill from which so many other learning activities can be built upon. Very cleverly, the character JazzDuck does not speak with words, he can only make saxophone sounds which further reinforces the significance of music as a means of communication (and according to poet and teacher Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “Music is the universal language of mankind”). The visual style and animation go hand-in-hand with the music, reflecting the sophistication of Jazz through the characters’ interesting forms and choice of colour palette and mirroring repeated musical beats and phrases through the animation’s visual cues and recurrent character gestures.
The series is produced by London based animation studio Nexus, which have won multiple awards for commercials and music videos and were even Oscar nominated for Best Animated Short for their film This Way Up. The creative team at Nexus worked very closely with their partners Brains and Hunch who composed the music and provided the sound design. When watching the pilot episode it is a joy to see and hear the cohesion between the auditory and visual elements (and I couldn’t help but join in with JazzDuck and his animal friends at the end of the episode for their final song and dance, “The JazzDuck Jam”).