‘Pablo’ -Groundbreaking Autism Animation To Stream In Africa
Pablo is a boy who is five-and-a-half and autistic. To cope with the many challenges he faces, the funny, smart, and creative Pablo draws imaginary animal friends who come alive to help him handle situations that bring him stress and anxiety, such as going for a haircut or a trip to the supermarket.
The ground-breaking RTÉJr and CBeebies series is the first ever animated TV series to star an autistic character and the very first TV programme to feature an all-autistic core cast.
Every episode gives the audience insight into the real-life experiences of autistic children, with autistic young contributors and writers helping to bring perspective and ideas to life in a heart-warming but humorous way.
The creator of ‘Pablo’, Grainne McGuinness from Paper Owl Films said in an interview with Ireland’s Independent that it would have been much easier to take the route of talking to experts, but her production team wanted to talk to people living with autism in an effort to get under the skin of how they see the world.
She added that she had met some fantastic kids throughout the journey of creating this show.
McGuinness’ nephew Lucas is also autistic, and she came up with the idea of the show when he was Pablo’s age.
Pablo’s imaginary animal friends reflect areas of his own personality and his autism. For example, Mouse is a perfectionist who can’t stand it when things are out of sequence or untidy; Noasaurus is a little dinosaur who can’t read facial expressions or social cues well but is outstanding at recognising patterns or solving maths sums. Tang does not like change, which makes him feel quite anxious; Wren is highly excitable; Draff is a lover of facts, and Llama is a deep thinker who repeats things that people say and is uncomfortable with physical displays of affection.
‘Pablo’ won the Torc Award for Excellence in Children’s Programming at this year’s Celtic Media Festival, and was also nominated for a Children’s BAFTA, but the biggest reward for the production has been the level of positive feedback they’ve received.
Credit: This article originated from www.iol.co.za