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Charlie and Lola are characters created by author Lauren Child. The siblings were originally introduced in a series of books that were later made into a television series. Despite being primarily aimed at children aged 3–7, the books and shows are popular with adults, due to humorous and relatable storylines. Lola is an energetic, imaginative little girl; Charlie is a patient and kind older brother always willing to help Lola learn and grow.

The first "Charlie and Lola" book, I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, published in 2001, won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. The character of Lola was based on an inquisitive little girl whom Child encountered on a train in Denmark. Charlie and Lola's parents, as well as their friends' parents, are often mentioned, but never seen.

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (US title)

Contents

Book titles

Original "Charlie and Lola" books by Lauren Child:

  • I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato (US title: I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato)
  • I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed
  • I Am Too Absolutely Small for School

Spin-off books based on scripts and animation from the series:

  • I've Won, No I've Won, No I've Won
  • Snow Is My Favourite and My Best
  • But Excuse Me That Is My Book (TV episode title: But That Is My Book)
  • We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog (TV episode title: We Do Promise Honestly We Can Look After Your Dog)
  • My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Never Fall Out (TV episode title: I Do Not Ever Never Want My Wobbly Tooth To Fall Out)
  • Say Cheese!
  • I'm Really Ever So Not Well
  • Whoops! But It Wasn't Me! (TV episode title: It Wasn't Me!)
  • This Is Actually My Party.
  • I Can Do Anything That's Everything All on My Own
  • You Can Be My Friend
  • I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs
  • But I Do Know All About Chocolate (special edition for Comic Relief)
  • My School Play Sticker Book (Based upon the episode There Is Only One Sun and That Is Me!)
  • My Haircut Sticker Book (Based upon the episode I Like My Hair Completely the Way It Is)
  • My Very Busy Sticker Book (Based upon the episode I'm Far Too Extremely Busy)
  • My Picnic Sticker Book (Based upon the episode The Most Wonderfullest Picnic in the Whole Wide World)

There are also various colouring books and a magazine in the UK.

The "Charlie and Lola" books have been translated into Welsh under the name Cai a Lois and into many other languages.

Characters

Lola is a kind girl She is Sweet and little She and her best friend Lotta find Charlie and Marv She wears a Pink Yellow Orange dress black tights and blue shoes

Lola and her best friend Lotta with me and my friends She wears A Red Orange and Yellow Dress stripy tights and Black Shoes

Lola

Charlie and lola's mum and dad

Charlie and Lola's mum and dad are never seen however there are constant references.

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Other background characters

Pets

  • Sizzles - Marv's dog
  • Nibbles - Charlie and Lola's short-living mouse (Appearance in 'I will not ever forget you Nibbles')
  • Bert - The Class Guinea Pig that Lola brings home at one point in the school holiday.

In other media

Television series

Charlie and Lola
Charlielolacartoon.jpg
Format Animated television series
Created by Lauren Child
Developed by Lauren Child
Kitty Taylor
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 80
Production
Executive producer(s) Andrew Zein
Michael Carrington (TV)
Running time 11 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC (UK)
Commissioner, Michael Carrington (TV)
Original run November 7, 2005 – January 2, 2009
External links
Official website

The books have been adapted by Tiger Aspect into a cartoon series, using a collage style of animation which accurately captures the style of the original books. 2D cel animation, paper cutout, fabric design, real textures, photomontage, and archive footage are all employed and subsequently animated in a software application called CelAction.[1] The cartoons are also notable for their use of children's voices, rather than adult voice actors, a technique pioneered by the Peanuts television specials.

The first series of 26 episodes (11 minutes each) was first broadcast on November 7, 2005. [2]. The second series of 26 episodes (again, 11 minutes each) started broadcasting on Cbeebies on October 2, 2006 (with the morning broadcast also being shown on BBC Two) a third series followed. In the television series, Charlie is seven and Lola is four, and goes to school (her teacher is called Mrs. Hansen). In episodes of both the first and second series, Charlie celebrates his birthday (in "It's a Secret..." and "This Is Actually My Party"), although this doesn't seem to affect his age in other episodes.

The Charlie and Lola Album

Charlie and Lola's Favourite and Best Music Record was released on 19 March 2007, aimed at parents as well as children. The music is largely a development of existing interstitial and theme music taken from series 1 and 2. There are elements of easy listening, lounge, big band jazz, reggae, bluegrass, eastern European, sci-fi, Latin, classical and film music. There are 17 tracks plus one hidden track, with the programme's theme tune opening and closing the album.

Each track includes spoken word extracts from the series. In many cases, these are manipulated to fit with the musical accompaniment.

"The Bestest in the Barn" was released as a single on March 12, 2007. It features Lola and Lotta teaching various animals on their farm how to sing, dance and play music. This is the only track on the album which does not appear in any episode. Lola and Lotta do however appear as farmers in "I Do Not Ever Never Want My Wobbly Tooth To Fall Out". They also have a tendency to imagine that animals are capable of developing impressive human skills, as seen in "We Do Promise Honestly We Can Look After Your Dog" and "I Will Not Ever Never Forget You Nibbles".

The album is a collaboration between various composers and musicians who write and perform for the TV series. Much of the music is programmed but many tracks feature performances by musicians from London based bands – Menlo Park, Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland.

Four of the tracks have been animated by Tiger Aspect Productions: "The Bestest in the Barn", "Sizzles", "Batcat" and "It's Snowing". "The Bestest in the Barn" video is encoded as an mpeg on the album CD, and all four videos are included as DVD extras on the series 2 DVD collection.

Track listing

  1. Charlie and Lola Theme Tune
  2. I Really Want to Play Music
  3. The Bestest in the Barn
  4. Boo!
  5. Sizzles
  6. I will not ever Never eat a Tomato
  7. Milk Monkeys
  8. Germs
  9. Magic
  10. Bat Cat
  11. Lolaland
  12. Greendrops
  13. I am not Sleepy
  14. Martian Attack
  15. All Sleepy
  16. Can you maybe turn the Light on?
  17. Charlie and Lola Theme Tune (Extended Version)
  18. .... It's Snowing (secret track)

Music Credits

Theme Tune written by Tom Dyson and Søren Munk
Production & Arrangement with John Greswell

All other tracks written by John Greswell and produced by Greswell / Taylor for MPM London Ltd.

Except:

  • 3 written by John Greswell, Christopher Taylor, Benjamin Nicholls
  • 6, 12 written by John Greswell, Christopher Taylor
  • 7 written by Tom Dyson, Søren Munk
  • 16 written and produced by David Schweitzer

Additional Musicians

  • Andy Mellon – Trumpet / Flugel horn / Piano / Vocals / Clarinet
  • Benjamin Nicholls – Guitars / Banjo / Jews harp / Double bass / Bass guitar
  • Pete Wareham – Tenor saxophone
  • Sebastian Rochford - Drums / Percussion
  • Joe Bentley – Trombone

Demon Music Group Ltd.

BBC Worldwide Ltd.

All tracks published by Tiger Aspect / BMG Music Publishing

Sleeve Package design by David Mackintosh

Voices

  • Charlie – Jethro Lundie-Brown, Daniel Mayers
  • Lola – Maisie Cowell, Clementine Cowell
  • Marv – Ryan Harris
  • Lotta – Morgan Gayle
  • Soren Lorenson – Stanley Street

Animation of promos

"The Bestest in the Barn", "Sizzles","Batcat" and "It's Snowing" promos animated by Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd. Tom Beattie, Betti Doherty, Alistair Douglas, Catherine T. Elliot, Tim Fehrenbach, Claudia Lloyd, James O’Shea, Caroline Parkinson, Mark Patterson, Steve Perkins, Kitty Taylor, Clare Winkworth, Andrew Zein.

External links

Notes


Charlie and Lola are characters created by author Lauren Child. The siblings were originally introduced in a series of books that were later made into a television series. Despite being primarily aimed at children aged 3–7, the books and shows are popular with adults, due to humorous and relatable storylines. Lola is an energetic, imaginative little girl; Charlie is a patient and kind older brother always willing to help Lola learn and grow.

The first "Charlie and Lola" book, I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, published in 2001, won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. The character of Lola was based on an inquisitive little girl whom Child encountered on a train in Denmark. Charlie and Lola's parents, as well as their friends' parents, are often mentioned, but never seen.

Contents

Book titles

Original "Charlie and Lola" books by Lauren Child:

  • I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato (US title: I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato)
  • I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed
  • I Am Too Absolutely Small for School

Spin-off books based on scripts and animation from the series:

  • I've Won, No I've Won, No I've Won
  • Snow Is My Favourite and My Best
  • But Excuse Me That Is My Book (TV episode title: But That Is My Book)
  • We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog (TV episode title: We Do Promise Honestly We Can Look After Your Dog)
  • My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Never Fall Out (TV episode title: I Do Not Ever Never Want My Wobbly Tooth To Fall Out)
  • Say Cheese!
  • I'm Really Ever So Not Well
  • Whoops! But It Wasn't Me! (TV episode title: It Wasn't Me!)
  • This Is Actually My Party.
  • I Can Do Anything That's Everything All on My Own
  • You Can Be My Friend
  • But I Do Know All About Chocolate (special edition for Comic Relief)
  • My School Play Sticker Book (Based upon the episode There Is Only One Sun and That Is Me!)
  • My Haircut Sticker Book (Based upon the episode I Like My Hair Completely the Way It Is)
  • My Very Busy Sticker Book (Based upon the episode I'm Far Too Extremely Busy)
  • My Picnic Sticker Book (Based upon the episode The Most Wonderfullest Picnic in the Whole Wide World)

There are also various colouring books and a magazine in the UK.

The "Charlie and Lola" books have been translated into Welsh under the name Cai a Lois and into many other languages.

Characters

Charlie Sonner

Charlie has the distinctive tapered, vaguely heart-shaped head distinctive of many of Child's creations, shared by all other characters in the series. Around four feet tall, he has blond hair and black eyes. Charlie is often seen wearing a blue-and-white t-shirt with his name on it, and with his bare feet poking out of turned-up jeans. When outdoors or with his friend Marv, Charlie wears a variety of long-sleeved shirts, to which he always has matching shoes, but he generally keeps the same jeans. He wears blue-checked pyjamas. He is voiced by Jethro-Laundie Brown in the first series, and by Daniel Mayers in the second series.

Lola Sonner

Lola is almost the same character design as Charlie, with lighter blonde hair but the same black eyes; she is about two-thirds of his height, and wears various skirts, tights, and shoes, but also wears various crazy-looking outfits, such as a sixties-style "retro" costume and a ballerina outfit. Unlike Charlie, she does not often change her outfit when she goes out. She wears full-length patterned pale yellow pyjamas to bed. She is voiced by Maisie Cowell in the first series and by her little sister Clementine Cowell in the second series.

Marv Lowe

Charlie's best friend, Marv has a younger brother named Morten and an older brother called Marty. Marv lives in the same apartment complex as Charlie, Lola, Lotta and Arnold.

Lotta

Lola's best friend

Soren Lorensen

Soren Lorensen is Lola's imaginary friend and is always rendered as monochrome and translucent.

Minor or background characters

Other background characters

Pets

Sizzles - Marv's dog Nibbles - Charlie and Lola's short-living mouse (Appearance in 'I will not ever forget you Nibbles')

In other media

Television series

Charlie and Lola
Format Animated television series
Created by Lauren Child
Developed by Lauren Child
Kitty Taylor
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 80
Production
Executive producer(s) Andrew Zein
Michael Carrington (TV)
Running time 11 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC (UK)
Commissioner, Michael Carrington (TV)
Original run November 7, 2005 – January 2, 2009
External links
Official website

The books have been adapted by Tiger Aspect into a cartoon series, using a collage style of animation which accurately captures the style of the original books. 2D cel animation, paper cutout, fabric design, real textures, photomontage, and archive footage are all employed and subsequently animated in a software application called CelAction.[1] The cartoons are also notable for their use of children's voices, rather than adult voice actors, a technique pioneered by the Peanuts television specials.

The first series of 26 episodes (11 minutes each) was first broadcast on November 7, 2005. [2]. The second series of 26 episodes (again, 11 minutes each) started broadcasting on Cbeebies on October 2, 2006 (with the morning broadcast also being shown on BBC Two) a third series followd. In the television series, Charlie is seven and Lola is four, and goes to school (her teacher is called Mrs. Hansen). In episodes of both the first and second series, Charlie celebrates his birthday (in "It's a Secret..." and "This Is Actually My Party"), although this doesn't seem to affect his age in other episodes.

The Charlie and Lola Album

Charlie and Lola's Favourite and Best Music Record was released on 19 March 2007, aimed at parents as well as children. The music is largely a development of existing interstitial and theme music taken from series 1 and 2. There are elements of easy listening, lounge, big band jazz, reggae, bluegrass, eastern European, sci-fi, Latin, classical and film music. There are 17 tracks plus one hidden track, with the programme's theme tune opening and closing the album.

Each track includes spoken word extracts from the series. In many cases, these are manipulated to fit with the musical accompaniment.

"The Bestest in the Barn" was released as a single on March 12, 2007. It features Lola and Lotta teaching various animals on their farm how to sing, dance and play music. This is the only track on the album which does not appear in any episode. Lola and Lotta do however appear as farmers in "I Do Not Ever Never Want My Wobbly Tooth To Fall Out". They also have a tendency to imagine that animals are capable of developing impressive human skills, as seen in "We Do Promise Honestly We Can Look After Your Dog" and "I Will Not Ever Never Forget You Nibbles".

The album is a collaboration between various composers and musicians who write and perform for the TV series. Much of the music is programmed but many tracks feature performances by musicians from London based bands – Menlo Park, Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland.

Four of the tracks have been animated by Tiger Aspect Productions: "The Bestest in the Barn", "Sizzles", "Batcat" and "It's Snowing". "The Bestest in the Barn" video is encoded as an mpeg on the album CD, and all four videos are included as DVD extras on the series 2 DVD collection.

Track listing

  1. Charlie and Lola Theme Tune
  2. I Really Want to Play Music
  3. The Bestest in the Barn
  4. Boo!
  5. Sizzles
  6. I will not ever Never eat a Tomato
  7. Milk Monkeys
  8. Germs
  9. Magic
  10. Bat Cat
  11. Lolaland
  12. Greendrops
  13. I am not Sleepy
  14. Martian Attack
  15. All Sleepy
  16. Can you maybe turn the Light on?
  17. Charlie and Lola Theme Tune (Extended Version)
  18. .... It's Snowing (secret track)

Music Credits

Theme Tune written by Tom Dyson and Søren Munk
Production & Arrangement with John Greswell

All other tracks written by John Greswell and produced by Greswell / Taylor for MPM London Ltd.

Except:

  • 3 written by John Greswell, Christopher Taylor, Benjamin Nicholls
  • 6, 12 written by John Greswell, Christopher Taylor
  • 7 written by Tom Dyson, Søren Munk
  • 16 written and produced by David Schweitzer

Additional Musicians

  • Andy Mellon – Trumpet / Flugel horn / Piano / Vocals / Clarinet
  • Benjamin Nicholls – Guitars / Banjo / Jews harp / Double bass / Bass guitar
  • Pete Wareham – Tenor saxophone
  • Sebastian Rochford - Drums / Percussion
  • Joe Bentley – Trombone

Demon Music Group Ltd.

BBC Worldwide Ltd.

All tracks published by Tiger Aspect / BMG Music Publishing

Sleeve Package design by David Mackintosh

Voices

  • Charlie – Jethro Lundie-Brown, Daniel Mayers
  • Lola – Maisie Cowell, Clementine Cowell
  • Marv – Ryan Harris
  • Lotta – Morgan Gayle
  • Soren Lorenson – Stanley Street

Animation of promos

"The Bestest in the Barn", "Sizzles","Batcat" and "It's Snowing" promos animated by Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd. Tom Beattie, Betti Doherty, Alistair Douglas, Catherine T. Elliot, Tim Fehrenbach, Claudia Lloyd, James O’Shea, Caroline Parkinson, Mark Patterson, Steve Perkins, Kitty Taylor, Clare Winkworth, Andrew Zein.

External links

Notes


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