The Official BBC Children in Need Medley is a single by Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band. It is the official Children in Need Single for 2009, and was released on 21 November 2009. The cover art is a parody of the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles.
The project was carried out in top secret at the request of executive producer Peter Kay. Celebrities and voice artists who voiced characters' original vocals were brought in without being told details of the project. When contacted by Cartoon Network Studios Casey Kasem agreed to take part on the condition that Shaggy was shown to be a vegetarian and asked not to be given credit as he was officially retired.
The project had taken 132 hours to mix the vocals of the seven different songs, 8 months to animate and around two years in total. Many of the original character models had been packed away, given to museums or burnt. Where possible the originals were found and transported to Chapman Studios in Altrincham from all over the world. In cases where the original models no longer existed, such as the characters from Camberwick Green and Trumpton, new ones were created.
The single raised at least £170,000 for Children in Need after more than 265,000 CD, DVD and download sales by mid-December 2009.
The single is a medley of multiple songs played out in the following order:
The music video shows the Animated All Star Band meeting and recording the song in a studio, parodying other charity songs in the style of Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?", with Big Chris, the character voiced by Kay in Roary the Racing Car, first arranging the recording session and then leading the singing. Most of the contributions are stop motion characters. Those who are not are displayed on a TV screen with in the stop motion world "via satellite"
HIT Entertainment and Classic Media
Create Media Ventures
King Features Syndicate
Woodland Animations Ltd.
Mike Joyce / Mixpix
Walter Lantz Productions
Cookie Jar Entertainment
Cosgrove Hall Films Ltd
ITV International Media Limited
Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network Studios
Nickelodeon Studios and Monster Animations
Gordon Murray's Productions
Spellbound Entertainment Ltd
Mark Mason Animation
Characters with an asterisk (*) after their names appear on the cover montage but not in the music video itself.