French broadcaster TF1 has greenlit a second season of Technicolor Animation Productions’ CGI series Monchhichi.
Based on the plush toy line from Japan’s Sekiguchi, which first debuted in 1974, the 52 x 11-minute season two will be co-produced by TF1 and Technicolor in collaboration with Sekiguchi.
American SVOD service Hulu, which has snagged the 52 x 11-minute first season in a deal brokered by PGS Entertainment, will no doubt be keeping an eye on the production for future consideration.
Turner/WB streamer Boomerang will premiere the series in the US ahead of its rollout on Hulu. Targeting four- to seven-year-olds, Monchhichi first debuted on TF1 in 2017 and has since aired across EMEA on channels such as RTVE Clan (Spain), Canal Panda (Spain), OufTivi (Belgium), RTS (Switzerland), DeA Kids (Italy), Frisbee (Italy), RTL Telekids (Netherlands), NRK Super (Norway), MTVA (Hungary), Canal+ (Poland) and AMC Networks (Czech Republic and Slovakia).
On the licensing side of things, Sekiguchi and Technicolor have signed several recent deals, with EMEA licensing agents Ypsilon Licensing (Spain) and Monco Creation Limited (China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) joining the brand team, alongside existing partners Maurizio Distefano Advisors (Italy) and Plus License (Russia, CIS and CEE).