Indie prodco Frederator Studios has inked a co-production deal with Melbourne, Australia-based Studio Moshi to bring the popular online short kids series Rocket Dog to television globally.
Created by Australian animator Mel Roach, five-minute Rocket Dog series has generated 1.5 million views since debuting on Frederator Network’s Cartoon Hangover in 2013.
The deal, which will see Frederator Studios handle TV distribution in North America and Studio Moshi manage other territories, is the first project from Frederator Studios’ Too Cool! Cartoons incubator (Bee & PuppyCat) to be developed for traditional international broadcast.
Rocket Dog the TV series (52 x 11 minutes) targets kids ages six to 11 and follows the zany adventures of a young boy and his maniacal, rocket-powered dog.
Roach was initially discovered by Frederator through her popular Tumblr blog, which features the artist’s animated gifs and sketches. She was then asked to pitch a short series to Frederator, and Rocket Dog came to life.
The new deal comes on the heels of Frederator Network’s acquisition of the worldwide rights to distribute the English-language version of the hit Chilean online animated series Fin Punch. The series launched on Cartoon Hangover’s YouTube channel earlier this month.
Frederator Studios’ incubator strategy is also expanding, thanks to its GO! Cartoons partnership with Sony Pictures Animation that will fund 12 five-minute animated shorts premiere on Cartoon Hangover.