Since her Spice Girls heyday, Geri Halliwell has embarked upon a number of different ventures, from ill-advised cameos in Sex and the City to authoring a successful series of children’s books. Now she’s lending her skills to a Disney preschool series titled Henry Hugglemonster.
The delightfully-named new animated show will see Halliwell voice the character of Isabella Roarsome – a spirited and popular monster popstar (sounds pretty familiar), alongside British acting legends Brian Blessed and Brenda Blethyn who will play married couple Eduardo and Ernestine Enormomonster.
The 48 eleven-minute episodes (plus two 30-minute seasonal specials) will follow the adventures of fun-loving five-year-old Henry Hugglemonster – the middle sibling in a madcap, close-knit monster family. Each instalment will see young Henry guiding the audience through the ups and downs of life as part of a bustling monster family.
Halliwell – whose incarnation Isabella is never seen without her gold tutu and jazzy bling in the show’s fictional town of Roarsville – said: “Being involved in Henry Hugglemonster has been such a joy. The show has a truly positive message, teaching kids to be themselves and reminding them of the importance of family values.
“What’s more, it’s been so lovely to share this experience with my own daughter, who helped me learn the songs for my role as Isabella!”
Sonorous-voiced Blessed and Academy Award-winning Bletyhn’s characters, the Enormomonsters, are parents to Henry’s best friend, Estelle, and are always happy to lend a hand to anyone in Roarsville needing their help.
Henry Hugglemonster is based upon a series of books by Ireland’s Children’s Laureate, Niamh Sharkey, called I’m a Happy Hugglewug, with the illustration style retained in Disney’s animation. The show will premiere on Disney Junior UK on 8 February 2013 at 5:50pm, before being broadcast to more than 150 countries worldwide.