CBeebies controller Kay Benbow has commissioned a brand new multi-platform action adventure animation series from CBeebies In House Production and Fremantle Media Enterprises (FME), designed to help children’s movement development, it was announced today. Tree Fu Tom (26 x 22mins) follows the adventures of a boy with magical powers as he takes viewers to an enchanted world in a tree and encourages them to help him cast magic spells with gentle, fun physical movements.
Eight-year-old Tom Powers may look like a normal boy but he has quite extraordinary abilities. With the help of a magic belt, Tom is able to transform into a magical superhero and embark on amazing adventures in Treetopolis, an epic majestic world in miniature, infused throughout an ancient tree. As Tom explores this fantastical playground with his magical friends, he interacts with viewers through the screen, inviting them on his action-packed journey of exploration and encouraging them to interact physically with his movement magic — called Tree Fu — to help him save the day.
“Tree Fu Tom is an incredibly exciting new project; visually stunning and quite unlike anything we’ve done before,” says Kay Benbow. “The physical actions have all been devised and approved by movement development specialists and are designed to help all children — but particularly those with Dyspraxia. It is hoped that by regularly practising some of these simple movements we can actively assist in the development of all children, teaching them valuable movement skills at a crucial time in their lives.”