Two-year old studio HopMotion Animation from Mumbai has sold its first-ever 2D-animated series, Chhoti Anandi, to Viacom-owned Indian broadcaster Colors TV.
The family-friendly series produced by Sphere Origins made its Colors TV debut on January 17, expanding the channel’s adult audience base to families and kids for the first time.
Chhoti Anandi‘s debut marks a number of other firsts for Indian television, including the first time a major network in the country has ordered a homegrown animated series and the first time a popular live-action character (Anandi is from the cult classic series BalikaVadhu) has been spun off into an animated series. It’s also one of the first animated shows in India to star a female protagonist.
Chhoti Anandi follows the adventures of a brave and cunning eight-year-old girl who is known for her clever ways of solving people’s problems in her village.
The series will also be simulcast on free-to-air channel Rihstey for rural India. It’s Rihstey’s first original programming.
In the coming months, HopMotion plans to open a production facility in Ottawa, Canada and attend Kidscreen Summit in Miami for the first time, where it will introduce some of its original IPs and look for co-production and service partnerships.