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Sasha Brady

Published 23/02/2016 | 19:19

Zig and Zag at the launch of their new animation for RTÉjr. Zig and Zag the cartoon is available on the RTÉjr app and on the RTÉjr television channel from Tuesday 1 March.
Zig and Zag at the launch of their new animation for RTÉjr. Zig and Zag the cartoon is available on the RTÉjr app and on the RTÉjr television channel from Tuesday 1 March.

Planet Zog's greatest exports are returning to RTE as Zig and Zag prepare to unleash their own brand of madness in a new animated show. Independent.ie chatted with the aliens to find out what they've been up to while they've been away from our screens.

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The loveable aliens with the neon hair and fluffy zogabongs will star in 26 episodes of their own animated series on RTEjr.

The series sees Zig and Zag arrive from Planet Zog and settle in the suburbs before exploring all that Earth has to offer.

"We wanted it to be Zig and Zag in a generic suburb that people could relate to all over the world, an experience that everyone has," said creator Ronan McCabe as he prepares to introduce a whole new generation of fans to the RTE favourites.

Zig and Zag at the launch of their new animation for RTÉjr.
Zig and Zag at the launch of their new animation for RTÉjr.

And he's not worried about how the generation who grew up with The Den's most famous characters will react to Zig and Zag as animated characters.

"For the older generation the humour is still the same, the only difference now is that they have legs.

"The writing is really good. [Ciaran Morrisson and Mick O'Hara] have lived Zig and Zag for the guts of 30 years so there's no scenario or set up that the guys don't know innately how Zig and Zag would react.

"With a lot of animation you're trying to set up a back story but with them it's already there.

"You'll get a laugh. It's a bit of fun. It should appeal to all ages."

The show already has a few famous fans, including the Kaiser Chiefs who came on board to supply the theme tune after Zig and Zag emailed the band asking them to take part.

"We tried U2 but they didn't answer our call so we tried Van Morrisson but he didn't answer our call and then we thought, well maybe David Bowie... but he didn't answer our call. In fact, he still hasn't answered our call," explained Zig and Zag.

The cheeky duo said they're looking forward to returning to the screen after so many years out of the spotlight, especially Zig who spent the interim working in a supermarket making "beep" noises.

The aliens also revealed why their appearance hasn't changed in 30 years (spoiler: it's not down to botox) as they shared a few jokes (including a game of 'snog, marry or avoid' with previous The Den presenters) with Independent.ie.

Watch below and embrace the full flutterings of 90's TV nostalgia.

The first five episodes of Zig and Zag will be available to view exclusively on the RTEjr App from 10am on Tuesday, 1st March.

The show will also be broadcast each weekday at 5.45pm on RTEjr, beginning with a double bill on the same day.

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