Where Monsters go to GROWL and GROW!
Going to school for the first time is one of the biggest things you’ll do in your life. You’re away from home, fitting in with routines and learning so many new things … whilst also getting along with a class full of new friends. It’s exciting, but a massive change!
SCHOOL OF ROARS helps children prepare for school life by exploring a child’s first year through the relationships and experiences of our mini monsters.
Because they’re monsters, our little heroes go to school at night, led by teacher Miss Grizzlesniff. The class learn lessons on how to be monsters, like counting the legs on spiders in maths, how to howl at the moon in music, or making delicious Blushberry Blob Cakes in cookery. Our monsters experience life-lessons through their adventures such as caring, sharing, friendship and fun, mirroring the social and emotional behaviour and group dynamics of our audience who are starting school.
in total 104 x 7’
Pre-school, 3 to 6 year olds
ZDFE.junior / Animation
SCHOOL OF ROARS helps prepare children for school with friendly monster heroes.
Season 2: Brand New!
Wufflebump lives in a volcano. He’s the largest monster in the class and is always bumping into things and tripping over his tail! But his clumsiness never gets in the way of his eagerness and curiousity to join in.
Wufflebump doesn’t always make the best choices, such as the time he gave the wrong answers on his eye test to get a pair of glasses; or when he used his dog’s squeaky bone to play tricks and make Yummble laugh. Nevertheless, he always turns things around in the end.
Wufflebump is a daydreamer who can be easily distracted; luckily this can be really useful as he is good at coming up with surprising plans to help his classmates. He has a horn on his nose, which sometimes comes in very handy, and he absolutely loves looking after his pet monster dog Growlbert.
“Yum, yum, YUM!” Yummble lives with his mummy, daddy and twin baby siblings in a giant mushroom – which he knows he cannot eat! Yummble has a monster appetite. He is constantly on the lookout for food (especially his favourites: crawly cookies, blushberry blob cakes and snaffle apples).
Yummble’s gusto for life sometimes means he accidentally forgets his good manners, but he has a giant heart and is much loved by his classroom chums.
At times it’s hard for Yummble to share his mummy’s and daddy’s attention with the baby twins, but he is determined to try his very best to be a good big brother. He’s learning to be more independent, like the time he made a hat all by himself, and ended up with the winning prize at the school ‘Hat Day’!
Meepa lives in a tree flat. She loves talking and often finds it hard to sit still, which makes things really difficult for
everyone on school photo day! She loves dressing-up and being the centre of attention when entertaining her friends.
Sometimes Meepa’s momentum and oomph causes a sticky situation, like when she wanted to be first in the school playhouse, even though the paint wasn’t dry!
Meepa takes every oppurtunity to make noise in class and loves answering questions. She doesn’t put up one hand – she puts up all four, calling out “Meepa, Meepa!” She is caring, though, regardless of whether she’s looking after Wufflebump’s pet or appointing herself playground nurse to attend to her schoolmates’ emergencies. Her sheer zest and energy are infectious!
Wingston lives with his daddy and granny in a castle. Wingston is a winged wonder and impresses his chums with his amazing aero-BAT-ics! He has a brilliant brain and is the cleverest monster in the class. Like all geniuses though, his thinking is so fast that he sometimes finds it hard to concentrate on one thing at a time! He likes to help his friends out if they get stuck in lessons and they love hearing his fascinating facts.
Wingston is competitive, and has worked his way up to level six in the computer game “Slimey-Slimey Squish Squish”.
At times, Wingston struggles with the emotional things in life that seem to work against his strong sense of logic, like getting a visit from the tooth fairy. However he always learns that there’s nothing to worry about and some of the best adventures can come from new experiences.
Icklewoo lives in a flower windmill with
her mummy and daddy. As one of the smallest monsters in class, Icklewoo often finds it difficult to be heard, with her quiet voice and even quieter growl. She’s shy and can get stage fright!
Icklewoo is a worrier, but only because she always wants the very best for all of her friends. Sweet and loyal, Icklewoo is loved by all of the others, but because she is shy she sometimes does things a little differently, like the time she found the courage to sit on the ‘buddy bench’, which then became the centre of fun for her classmates.
What Icklewoo lacks in size she makes up for in imagination, and she’s always coming up with bright ideas to solve her friends’ problems. She loves hosting tea parties with her toys and thinks ‘stink cake’ is scrummy!
“Oh my claws!” Miss Grizzlesniff is the best teacher in THE WORLD! She launches her energy into every school night to motivate the monsters with patience, kindness and curiousity.
“Good roaring!” She gives the most impressive ROAR when welcoming everyone at the start of every school night. She wears a pretty daisy necklace and has a long tail which sometimes comes in very useful for the exciting classroom activities. Miss Grizzlesniff is quick to help our little heroes find their own unique solutions to the challenges they face.
She’s gentle and lends a paw or listening ear to help our monsters make the right choices. Miss Grizzlesniff is popular with all the staff at the school. She’s full of fun, loves playing the guitar and is always ready to comfort the little monsters with a big
Trunklebert is a monster from the School of Stomps. He has a super sniffy snout, which makes him a tricky opponent when the monsters face him in the school Smelling Bee. He can sniff out anything from lemons, stink cake and dung beetles but doesn’t do so well when it comes to sniffing out sandwiches.
Glog is Icklewoo’s cousin from Upside Down Underland. He can be a bit shy and, when he visits her at the School of Roars, he causes lots of confusion when he shakes his tentacles to say ‘sorry’ and the other monsters don’t know what it means. Glog’s favourite things are riding his scooter and eating cabbage mush.
His school in Upside Down Underland often teams up the School of Roars at special events like ‘School Roarovision’, where he has a ‘Roar-Off!’ with the class. He also takes part in the ‘Smelling Bee’ where he competes head-to-head with Wufflebump.
Wingston lives with his Granny, who helps his dad to look after him.
Granny has lots of monster hobbies,
like making scrumplefruit jam and doing extreme knitting. She is also great at magic and was once a famous magician called Goodini. She could do every trick in the book except the ‘disappearing monster trick’, which was too difficult for a magician to do on their own. So, with Wingston’s help, she tries her trick again…
Fuzz Cauldron is a famous monster astronaut, who visits the School of Roars for ‘Science Week’. She was the first monster ever to fly to the moon and have a picnic there. Wingston is a big fan and tries to impress her with his experiments but things go a little wrong. So, Fuzz teaches him that all scientists suffer mishaps, that’s how they experiment and learn!
In the middle of winter, Frosty Claws, a fuzzy, furry monster who delivers presents to all the good little monsters, visits the School of Roars.
He is very jolly and has a tummy as grumbly as a big apple crumbly.
He rides a sleigh, drawn by a stag beetle, and usually has a grotty grotto
in the school, where he meets the monsters, giving them gifts in return
for puddings. But this year there’s trouble; Frosty is stuck in a snowdrift!
Mr Snapper is a multitasking monster. When he isn’t running the School of Roars’ film club or acting as school photographer, he works as a swamp ranger at the local swamp.
He’s a nature expert and knows all the plants and animals that live in the swamp, as well all the names of the stars in the sky, and how to use them to find your way home.
When he’s in charge of the film club, he’s very fussy about school equipment and is always nagging the monsters to be care-ful. He has a little camera creature called tripod, who follows him around, snapping photos and filming all the action and mis-haps that happen in class.
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Executive Producer for the BBC:
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Created & Directed by:
Executive Producers for the BBC:
Nick Hall and Sarah Legg
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