By Andy Merrett
Apr 4, 2011
Tree Fu Tom: the boy with magical powers comes to CBeebies
Eight-year-old Tom Powers is no ordinary boy. He has extraordinary abilities thanks to the aid of a magic belt. Transforming into a superhero, he has amazing adventures in the majestic world of Treetopolis.
Meet the newest star coming to CBeebies in the new Tree Fu Tom animation. 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 CBeebies controller, 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.”
As Tom casts a magical spell and enters the world of Treetopolis, viewers join him on a series of adventures alongside the sprites, bugs and naughty fungi, known as Mushas, who inhabit this world. Alongside his faithful sidekick Twigs, Tom must harness the spectacular power of Tree Fu and, with the assistance of the audience at home, create Big World Magic to help his friends avert disaster and overcome the epic challenges of the magical and natural world.
The show will air in 26 parts from early next year and is likely to also include online elements too.
David Tennant will voice the lead character Twigs, with Sophie Aldred voicing Tom.
Tim Whitnall will voice multiple characters: Zigzoo, Squirmtum and Rickety McGlum.
Ariela will be voiced by Samantha Dakin. Treetog is played by Sharon D Clarke.