Nick Jr. International has acquired a rebooted version of the 1970s animated preschool series Barbapapa for multiple territories.
The 52 x 11-minute series will bow in 2019 on both pay- and free-TV in the UK, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Nick Jr. has also licensed the show for pay-TV in France, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, India, South Korea and MENA.
The original series, launched in 1970, featured a family of shapeshifters and went on to air in more than 40 countries around the world with subsequent series launching in 1977 and 1999. Now, the reboot is being produced and developed by French animation company Normaal in partnership with French broadcaster TF1. Written by Alice Taylor and Thomas Taylor, the series will be distributed by FESTIVAAL distribution.
Nickelodeon recently ordered new seasons of its hit preschool series PAW Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Rusty Rivets and Top Wing. The kidsnet has also refreshed the on-air look and feel of its Nick Jr. preschool block and the Nick Jr. channel. More than 400 deliverables including bumpers, IDs, lower thirds, parent-directed curriculum messages and promo packaging feature real kids playing with Nick Jr.’s preschool characters in both animated and real-world environments.