Olly Murs Puts Busy Schedule On Paws For Guest “Spot” On Disney Channel’s New Animation 101 DALMATIAN STREET
In his first-ever acting role, Olly Murs will play cool Cornish Doberman, Spike in brand new animated series launching 18th March, 5pm, Disney Channel
Spike will appear in a two-part special set in Cornwall, airing this summer
The singer-songwriter joins UK guest stars Paloma Faith, Ben Bailey Smith and Stephen Mangan
Set in 21st Century London, 101 Dalmatian Street is inspired by Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel and Walt Disney’s 1961 classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Olly Murs in the recording studio for Disney Channel’s new animated series, 101 Dalmatian Street; Olly Murs’ character, “Spike” from Disney Channel’s new animated series, 101 Dalmatian Street] Picture Credit: Disney Channel EMEA
Disney UK announced today that Olly Murs has signed up for a guest “spot” on Disney Channel’s brand new animation series, 101 Dalmatian Street, launching on Disney Channel on 18th March at 5pm (Mondays to Thursdays at 5pm).
The first-ever acting role for Murs saw him in a central London recording studio this week, lending his voice to a cool Cornish Doberman named Spike who will appear in a two-part special for the series this summer.
Aimed at girls and boys, 101 Dalmatian Street is inspired by Dodie Smith’s timeless 1956 novel and Walt Disney’s classic 1961 film, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and has been reimagined for the 21st Century. Set in modern day London in the borough of Camden, the series follows the adventures of eldest siblings Dylan and Dolly, their parents Doug and Delilah, and 97 younger puppies, whose names also begin with ‘D’, in an epic comedy about family life, multiplied by one hundred and one.
Olly Murs, ‘The Voice’ coach and one of the UK’s most successful artists, voices a character who meets the family on their Cornish holiday in the exciting new series which will introduce a new generation of children to the wonderful, spotty world of Dalmatians.
He joins an impressive voice-cast of 101 Dalmatian Street stars, including ‘The Voice’ judge, Paloma Faith who voices Portia Poodle, Ben Bailey Smith (AKA Doc Brown) as Sid Squirrel and Spencer Sausage Dog and Stephen Mangan as Doctor Dave. The UK guest stars are joined by Josh Brener as Dylan (Silicon Valley, Star Wars Resistance, The Big Bang Theory), Michaela Dietz as Dolly (Steven Universe, Barney & Friends) who voice the eldest Dalmatian siblings.
Last year saw the release of Olly’s highly anticipated sixth studio album ‘You Know I Know’ which is on track to become his sixth consecutive Platinum album, further cementing him as The X Factor’s most successful male artist to date. With an unforgettable live presence, Olly is set to embark on his 20-date tour this Spring, including two dates at London’s iconic O2 Arena, starting in Aberdeen on 1st May.
Speaking about his role as Spike, singer-songwriter, television presenter and actor, Olly Murs said “I’m voicing a very chilled but adventurous Doberman called Spike. He’s a surfer dude with a sensitive streak who develops a soft spot for Dolly when the characters head to Cornwall for a summer holiday. I really enjoyed taking on the exciting new challenge of voice acting, particularly for such a cool new Disney Channel character. The series starts on 18th March and Spike will get his starring role later this summer - I can’t wait to see the reaction to my canine creation when it airs.”
Mixing up domestic comedy with urban adventures, extreme sibling rivalry and puppy mayhem, the series explores growing up and finding your own spot within the turmoil of the biggest, messiest, furriest blended family anyone has ever seen.
Olly adds “101 Dalmatian Street is an original animated series which is inspired by the [Walt Disney’s classic 1961] movie and [Dodie Smith’s 1956] novel. It's really exciting to be a part of it and I'm playing a character called Spike.
Spike is a Cornish Doberman who's a surfer dude - he's fun, he's cool and he gets a bit of a love interest with one of the other Dalmatians.
I've always wanted to do a voiceover and I love acting, so for me this is amazing to be able to do for the first time.
In the episode that I'm going to be in, they [the 101 Dalmatian Street family] come down on a holiday from London all the way down to Cornwall where they bump into Spike, but the holiday goes wrong and Spike helps to save the day.
[101 Dalmatian Street] is a great series - it's fun.
The music career's going really well, I'm really happy. I've just finished my sixth album, that's out right now. Obviously I’m doing ‘The Voice’, I'm doing a tour this year and of course I hope to do a bit more of this [voiceover acting]. I really enjoyed it, it was a great experience and I hope I get to do it again. So who knows, you might hear me again!
I enjoyed doing my first ever voiceover a lot. I perfected my dog barking skills many years ago, so I was able to get them out there to the universe today. It was really good fun.”
In the first back-to-back stories entitled Dog’s Best Friend and Boom Night, premiering on 18th March on Disney Channel, Dylan sees Clarissa Corgi’s human waiting on her hand and paw. He wonders if he should get one to help with chores, but realises a pet is a big responsibility. In the second episode, set on the scariest night in the canine calendar, Dad puts the house on lockdown and tells Dylan to keep everyone safe and inside – only for Dolly to sneak out. Dylan discovers Dorothy has followed her and must face his fears and venture out.
101 Dalmatian Street will launch on Disney Channel on 18th March at 5pm with new episodes every Monday to Thursday.
About 101 Dalmatian Street
Oscar® and BAFTA winning Passion Animation Studios, headquartered in London and employing an international crew of more than fifty artists, serve as lead producers for the series, with Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver providing animation services. 101 Dalmatian Street was developed by Disney’s UK-based original animation team working with Gigglebug Entertainment in Helsinki, who provided concept development and are creating short form and digital content to accompany the series.
The series is written by Maria O’Loughlin and directed by Miklos Weigert, with Cara Speller serving as executive producer. The series has been commissioned for 10 x 2’ shorts, 40 x 11’ episodes, and 5 x 22’ specials.
About Disney Channel UK
Disney Channel is geared towards kids and their families with a mix of child-driven, family-inclusive programming. Programming includes hit live-action series such as Stuck In The Middle, K.C. Undercover, Andi Mack and Raven’s Home, plus popular animations including Tangled: The Series, Elena of Avalor and Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. The channel is also renowned for its hit original movies including Disney’s Descendants, Descendants 2 and coming later this year, Descendants 3. The Disney Channel App in the UK has already proven to be a firm favourite with kids, and fans who are able to access the very best snack-sized Disney Channel content on demand.