Boo! is a children's television programme shown in the UK on the CBeebies channel, and occasionally on BBC One or BBC Two. It features several cartoon characters who play something similar to hide and seek in a variety of different settings. The commentary is by an adult narrator and a chorus of children. The series was produced by the independent programme maker Tell-Tale Productions, who was also responsible for Tweenies.
The show was created by Will Brenton and Iain Lauchlan, who also created and produced The Tweenies, Fun Song Factory, BB3B!, and Jim jam and Sunny. Will also designed the characters.
The series was directed by Mark Taylor and produced by Teresa Reed. Animation was handled by the Bristol based studio A Productions. The voices of Growling Tiger & Sleeping Bear were provided by Justin Fletcher and the voice of Laughing Duck was supplied by Kate Harbour. The children's voices were a supplied by a group of junior school children including Daniel Hardoon, Franklin Taylor Moore, Corey Lewis and Laura Reed. The male narrator is ex Freak Power singer Ashley Slater and the female narrator is Sharon D. Clarke. The original design was created by Rebecca Elgar, a children's author and illustrator.
The series ran to 104 episodes and one Christmas special and was nominated for a BAFTA in 2002-03.
At the end of the programme a song is sung, usually about matching characters or objects to their shapes or colours.
The visual style of Boo! is very distinctive, using 3D CGI with rounded shapes and cel-shading. The music and songs are generally in an early-70s funk/R&B idiom, similar to some of Sesame Street's music.