French broadcaster TF1 is partnering with fellow French companies Cyber Group Studios, Supamonks Studios and La Chouette Compagnie on Droners, a new animated adventure-comedy series featuring drone racing.
The 26 x 26-minute series targets kids six to 10, and is based on an original concept by Supamonks’ director of production Pierre de Cabissole and La Chouette producer/showrunner Sylvain dos Santos.
Droners follows Corto, Arthus, Enki and Mouse—a drone racing team known as the Tikis—on a mission to save the future of their archipelago home, Terraqua, which is being threatened by marine submersion. To save their home, the team must win the toughest drone racing competition in the world, the Whale Cup.
According to the US Toy Industry Association, drones and flying quadcopters were among the top toy trends of 2016. And in a June 2016 BI Intelligence report, drone sales are forecast to exceed US$12 billion by 2021.
The children’s drone market, in particular, continues to evolve with new drone racing circuits popping up around the world, and brands like Odyssey Toys’ Pocket Drone, Zeiss’ Cloudlight VR/drone-based app and KD Interactive’s Aura glove and drone IP gaining popularity.