The Day Henry Met, the new pre-school animated series from Dublin company Wiggleywoo, which features the voices of Oliver Callan and his Callan's Kicks co-star Lisa Garvey, receives its international premiere on RTÉjr on Monday, July 13.

Joining Callan and Garvey is 10-year-old Dubliner Darragh Malone, who voices the character of Henry, a youngster who wants viewers to "use their imagination and discover the world around them through play and adventure". 

Callan said: "This is the first time I've been involved in an animation project and it was bundles of fun."

He continued: "The Day Henry Met is a playful way of educating children about some of the weird and wonderful places and things on our planet.

"Parents watching might recognise moons, mountains and animals sounding vaguely familiar to some of the real-life characters I perform on Callan's Kicks."

The Day Henry Met has already been sold to children's channel Nick Jr, Australia, Canada and a number of European countries. 

It is Wiggleywoo's first pre-school series and won Best European Work at the Cartoons on the Bay Pulcinella Awards in Italy earlier this year. 

RTÉ executive producer Pauline MacNamara said: "The Day Henry Met is a delightful series that stands out for its visual style. Every episode explores the fun new stuff pre-schoolers meet in any day and I know that [Wiggleywoo] creator Gilly's unique design, combined with Henry's infectious optimism and boundless curiosity, will enthral RTÉjr audiences all summer and beyond."
 
Writer-director Gilly added: "After working on Henry for over two years we're delighted little audiences finally get to meet him. I'm sure pre-schoolers and their parents will be charmed and delighted by this inquisitive little boy and his adventures."

Also premiering on RTÉjr on July 13 are 26 new episodes of Wildernuts from Dublin-based Kavaleer Productions, with new episodes of Geronimo Productions' Nelly & Nora another treat on the way.

Next year, Zig and Zag will be back in a 26-episode animated series from Double Z, Flickerpix and Jam Media, while a second series of Cartoon Saloon's Puffin Rock is also in production.