Cartoon Forum focus

In anticipation of Europe’s annual animation pitching and co-pro fest, we’re taking a peek at some of the prime projects headed to Toulouse in September.
August 1, 2015

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Producer: Futurikon (France)

Style: 2D/3D animation

Format: 78 x eight minutes

Budget: US$7.2 million

Status: A two-minute pilot, bible and animatic of episode one are almost complete. One script, along with an endless-runner video game prototype, is also ready. The prodco will be looking for co-producers at Forum.

Concept: This non-dialog comedy-adventure series from creators Philippe Clerc, Nicolas Chretien and Julien Charles, follows the madcap adventures of the world’s first sushi delivery dog. Wily and brave, Jack Russell terrier Spoky’s job would be a whole lot easier if he didn’t have a gang of sushi-starved alley cat outlaws constantly on his tail.

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Producer: Cyber Group Studios (France)

Style: CGI animation

Format: 52 x 11 minutes

Budget: US$5.2 million

Status: A bible and two scripts have been written, a trailer is being readied for Cartoon Forum, and initial discussions with European broadcasters are underway.

Concept: Based on a book by bestselling children’s author/illustrator Jonny Duddle (Pirates Next Door), Gigantosaurus is set in the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago, when long-necked brachiosauruses and enormous triceratops ruled the Earth. The series centers around four young dinosaurs—fearful Bill, fascinated Rocky, humorous Tiny and science buff Mazu—who learn a great deal about themselves, and elusive dino Giganto, on their many adventures together.

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Producer: Sixteen South (UK)

Style: 2D animation

Format: 52 x 11 minutes

Budget: US$6.3 million

Status: A bible and trailer were first pitched to broadcasters at Kidscreen Summit in February. Canal+ is sponsoring the series at Cartoon Forum, and two scripts will be ready for the pitchfest.

Concept: This series follows the adventures of two 11-year-old misfits, a lonely green boy and an adopted boney girl.They meet one day at their school bus stop and form an unbreakable bond. Neither have ever had a friend before, let alone a best friend, but together, the pair is determined to make their dreams come true. The concept comes from the minds of lifestyle journalist Ann Riley and acclaimed UK designer Will Broome. It’s being developed for television by creative director Colin Williams and development producer Michelle Forde at Sixteen South.

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Co-producers: Pictak Cie (France), Handle Productions (Finland)

Style: 2D animation

Format: 52 x 13 minutes

Budget: US$5.5 million

Status: Graphic and text bibles, and 10 episode synopses are complete. The partners are currently looking for broadcast presales through agent Indie Sales.

Concept: Inspired by the beloved Moomin comic strip from Finnish novelist/illustrator Tove Jansson, this new television iteration of the more than 50-year-old publishing property is the creation of Hanna Hemila, Marie-Pierre Losfed and Xavier Picard. It focuses on a peaceful family of Moomins, the white hippopotamus-like creatures who embody human qualities such as understanding, tolerance, sensitivity, empathy and humor.

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Co-producers: Second Home Studios (UK), Stitchy Feet (UK)

Style: Stop-motion animation

Format: 40 x five minutes

Budget: US$2.5 million

Status: With a presale to UK pubcaster CBeebies in hand, a trailer, bible and designs will be available at Cartoon Forum.

Concept: Tapping into the special bond people have with their first pets, this series created by children’s writer and producer Corrinne Averiss (Pip!, Share a Story) follows the adventures of two woolly yarn characters. The pair meets on the workshop floor of a tweed mill and become best of friends. Featuring characters designed for stop-motion animation by Chris Randall, Tweedy & Fluff shows how exciting, comical, challenging and rewarding having a pet can be. Averiss drew inspiration from her friend Emma Cornes, a tweed bag maker, in creating the series.

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Producer: Cartoon Saloon (Ireland)

Style: 2D animation

Format: 52 x 11 minutes

Budget: US$4.9 million

Status: In early development with a number of treatments and a couple of scripts prepared.

Concept: Created by Fabian Erlinghauser, animation supervisor on Cartoon Saloon features The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, this comedy examines life through the thick-lensed glasses of a 13-year-old boy named Dorg Van Dango. After discovering a motley crew of supernatural beings who escaped while being transported to a secret holding facility (Area 51), Dorg disguises them as teenagers and befriends them. Under his wing, the creatures quickly learn there is more to life than haunting and scaring unsuspecting humans.

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Co-producers: Telegael (Ireland), Calon (UK)

Style: Stop-motion animation

Format: 26 x 10 minutes

Budget: US$3.1 million

Status: Two scripts, a full bible and a trailer will be ready for Cartoon Forum. The producers are also now shopping the series to international broadcasters.

Concept: Part soap opera, part sitcom, this series created by Reuben Loane (Igam Ogam) and Rhys Reed-Johnson, and designed by Cardiff illustrator Amy Brown, follows the adventures of the staff at Burrows supermarket. It’s an underground shop run entirely by animals for animals. Each episode will be stand-alone, but the series includes a number of recurring gags and themes. Story scenarios include the appearance of a can with no label, what happens when the staff gets locked out after a fire drill, or when bumbling manager Walter Badger loses the store keys.

 

About The Author
Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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