Finnish animation startup Haruworks is set to debut its first two kids shows—One Thousand and One Animals and Everyone’s Invited—at next week’s MIPTV in Cannes, France.
One Thousand and One Animals is based on the award-winning picture book of the same name by artist Laura Merz and published by Helsinki’s Etana Editions. The 52 x 11-minute series follows the adventures of six-year-old Alyssa Jones, who uses a portal in her tablet screen to make nature documentaries with a crew of wild animal friends. The UK’s Karrot Entertainment (Sarah & Duck) is collaborating with Haruworks on the toon’s visual development, and Mark Seal (PJ Masks, Bob the Builder) has signed on as head writer.
Everyone’s Invited, meanwhile, is a 52 x 11-minute animated sitcom based on the Finnish children’s novel Kaikkien juhla by author Miikka Pörsti and published by Tammi. The show follows the comedic antics of five children who live in a magically elastic world where kids visit their past selves to fix and learn from their mistakes. Finnish design/animation studio Brink Helsinki is on board with visual development, while Ireland’s Hot Drop Films (Space Chickens in Space) has been appointed on the writing side.
Haruworks founder/CEO Nick Dorra (ex-Rovio head of animation) and the company’s development boss, Maija Arponen, will be meeting with broadcasters, SVODs, distributors and creative partners at MIPTV with the goal of advancing the shows to the next stages of pre-production.
Launched in February, Haruworks creates international character brands that embrace Scandinavian storytelling styles and Nordic designs, and aims to create positive social and behavioral change through its content.