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“My Daddy’s Stinky Dancing Pants” airs on CITV

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Now in its 8th year, CITV’s BAFTA-award wining Share a Story is a creative writing and drawing competition which gives kids a chance to let their imagination loose.After a week of intense voting and with over 4000 votes cast, CITV revealed which stories were to be made into animations and broadcast on CITV, with Yamination Studios turning one of those stories into a Stop Motion Animation. This year CITV were delighted to announce, Children’s Author and Poet, Michael Rosen, was the Share a Story ambassador.

Share a Story is a fantastic chance to come up with a story and see it turned into an animation. What a treat! Imagine your words, your ideas, your story, on TV as an animated film. Something very, very special.

– Michael Rosen, Share a Story Ambassador

Winners were given the fantastic opportunity to work with Michael to develop their stories in a special writing workshop in Manchester and then 4 studios, two of them being Birmingham based, the Character Shop and Yamination Studios turned the four winners stories into animations which are being aired this week on CITV.


My Daddy’s Stinky Dancing Pants was this year’s winning story in the age five to six category, which has been created from the imagination of six-year- old Maisie Rymer (now seven) from Sutton Coldfield, who shares her rather humorous and rhyming story of a Daddy who dances around in his stinky dancing pants. The 60 second story has been beautifully crafted using stop-motion animation to help tell the tale of the wobbly dancing daddy, by none other than Birmingham’s very own Yamination Studios, directed by Drew Roper. Maisie also got to work with West Midlands based Voice Over Actor, Marc Silk, to create the voices for her characters.

Maisie is one of triplets and has had a challenging time transitioning to school and being in a class without her brothers. Share a Story has been a fantastic chance for Maisie to showcase her individuality and her confidence has grown throughout the process. To see Maisie shine has been amazing, I am so thrilled that her great sense of fun and cheekiness has been captured in this animation, happiness oozes out of her story, such a proud and blessed mummy. This animation showcases Maisie beautifully. The team that worked with her were just fantastic at recognising what Maisie is like and they really did charm the very best of Maisie out of Maisie and for that I will be forever grateful.

-Claire Rymer, Maisie’s mother


It’s been such an exciting experience, the finished product is so impressive. I have to say, I don’t think the school run will ever be the same again! My gymnastic abilities are better in animation than real life.”

-Darren Rymer, Maisie’s father

What an incredible honour it’s been to work alongside CITV on this years prestigious Share A Story campaign. To have been given the chance to work on such a frivolous and outrageously funny project for all at the studio has been a real breath of fresh air, and trust me when I say, we’ve needed it (when we’ve been around stinky pants all day). Maisie’s imagination – along with all of the other winners – has been truly inspiring. What an amazing future we have in store should she continue to tickle our tummies with such imaginative stories…We just hope everyone enjoys the fun filled and energetic short and not think that it’s pants, pun intended.

-Drew Roper, Director of Yamination Studios.

To catch My Daddy’s Stinky Dancing Pants on TV head to the CITV channel

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