Malaysian Lil Critter Workshop opens UK studio

Billy Fei and cloud trials

Malaysian animation house Lil Critter Workshop (LCW) is opening a new studio in the UK.

Based in Bristol, the new studio will focus on developing the company’s intellectual property, working with creative talent, studios and co-production partners in the UK and across Europe.

The studio will be led by LCW co-founder and executive producer Walid Omar and will seek to recruit senior development and creative staff, as well as work with freelance writers and intellectual property owners to work in collaboration with its team based in Malaysia.

LCW is behind shows including Hogie the Globehopper and Buck & Buddy, which have been sold to global broadcasters and platforms including Netflix, CITV, Cartoon Network and Discovery Kids.

The company also has a developing slate that includes comedy, anime, and adventure titles. His latest show is Billy Fei and the Cloud Trials, a 22 x 26 minute action adventure children’s series, co-developed with Scribble Studios and distributed by Bejuba of Canada! Entertainment.

“The UK is the natural home for our wider business – not only have I grown up there and spent much of my formative career there, but the UK has a vast array of creative talent with whom we want to work to build our original IP roster,” Omar said.

“We also want to collaborate with other UK studios as a production partner. We hope that our fusion of talent and ideas combined with UK voices will allow us to create and tell stories that are full of energy, bold and fun.