What we’re watching: Cartoon Forum

From flavors that teach, to a girl raised by goats, this year’s crop of kids pitches bound for Toulouse looks a little bit different.
August 14, 2020

Hey Fuzzy Yellow - 4 to 5

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Producer: Toon2Tango (Germany), Mondo TV (Italy), Jungle Fruit (US)
Style: 2D animation/live action
Format: 52 x 11 minutes
Budget: US$6.5 million
Status: A finished pilot will be ready for Cartoon Forum. The series will also be shopped at MIPCOM and Kidscreen Summit before heading into production in early 2021 (pending financing).

Concept: Gen Alpha is more diverse than any before it—and that’s not just reflected in the color of their skin, gender-neutral labels or general tolerance of people’s differences. Their diversity also filters into learning styles, which is the inspiration for this new preschool series from Swedish artist Måns Swanberg. Hey Fuzzy Yellow follows the titular character and his friends as they learn about basic topics, like the sea or frogs, from multiple angles. The goal of each episode is to show kids there is more than one way to explore and understand something new.

Goat Girl - 6 to 11

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Producer: Daily Madness Productions (Ireland)
Style: 2D animation
Format: 52 x 11 minutes
Budget: US$8.99 million
Status: A pilot script is complete, and a teaser will be ready for Cartoon Forum.

Concept: Daily Madness’s strong female lead isn’t a caped hero who fights crime in darkened streets or a princess waiting to be swept off her feet. Instead, she attends boarding school…and was raised by goats. Created by Shannon George and Kristina Yee, the animated comedy takes design inspiration from regions like Peru (for costumes) and Bavaria (for architecture).

Oops! –  6 to 10

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Producer: 2 Minutes (France)
Style: 2D animation
Format: 52 x 11 minutes
Budget: US$6.9 million
Status: A bible, a pilot and several episode premises are finished. 2 Minutes is looking for European and international pre-sales to complete financing and begin production in 2021.

Concept: Created by Fabrice Ravier and Benjamin Loirat, Oops! explores a world where secret agents fix kids’ blunders. The offbeat comedy-adventure follows siblings Camille, Joachim and Barnaby, who run an unofficial secret agency that helps kids avoid punishment by getting them out of sticky situations.

Hanna & Nana - 4 to 5

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Producer: JAM Media (Ireland)
Style: 2D/3D animation
Format: 39 x seven minutes
Budget: US$5.9 million
Status: A script, bible and teaser are all being finalized for Cartoon Forum. JAM is looking for broadcast and distribution partners.

Concept: From Malaysian creator Deborah Tan, Hanna & Nana is set in her native land and shines a spotlight on endangered species. Each episode sees Nana and Hanna rescue animals on the brink of extinction, learning about conservation along the way. The pair is aided by an unlikely friend—an eco-friendly car that transforms into a high-tech tool to help them save the day.

Taste Buddies - 4 to 5

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Producer: Pikkukala Oy (Finland)
Style: 2D animation/live action
Format: 52 x seven minutes
Budget: US$2.8 million
Status: A bible, full series arc and two scripts are complete. The series is currently seeking broadcaster pre-sales and distribution partners.

Concept: Fascinated by rich food flavors, Veronica Lassenius (Royals Next Door) created an illustrated book called Taste Buddies to pass on her love of all things sweet, salty, bitter, umami and sour to kids. The series takes this Finnish book to screen, with animated characters inspired by the five tastes helping kids learn about different dishes.

Myshko & Dzvinka - 4 to 5

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Producer: Studio Kapi (Ukraine)
Style: 2D animation
Format: 22 x six minutes
Budget: US$550,000
Status: Half of the budget is coming from the Ukrainian Film Fund, and Studio Kapi is looking for 10% from private investment. Four episodes are completed, with 24 more in development.

Concept: Ukrainian children’s author Natalia Guzeeva has penned this series, which follows a lonely little girl from the moon as she travels to a new planet to find friends. The show is based on a short story collection from Guzeeva, and taps into the idea that wherever we live,  we’re all neighbors in the wider universe.

Alex Player - 6 to 11

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Producer: Bee Prod (France), Cyber Group Studios (France), Webedia (France)
Style: 3D animation
Format: 26 x 22 minutes
Budget: US$9 million
Status: A bible, presentation decks, one script, an animatic and a full CG trailer are complete.

Concept: Step into a virtual world from Cyber Group’s Pierre Belaïsch. Inside is a bank of screens, fingers pounding on keyboards, wild cheers and heart-racing action. The new series tracks Alex Player, the leader of a fledgling eSports team, who is trying to conquer the digital world while balancing training, school and homework.

About The Author
Alexandra Whyte is Kidscreen's News & Social Media Editor. Contact her at awhyte@brunico.com

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