Disney Channel is lining up a new 2D-animated buddy comedy from South African creators Lucy Heavens and Nic Smal about an optimistic squirrel and a laidback bunny. Airing in 2023, Kiff is being produced by LA-based animation studio Titmouse (Kinderwood, Arlo the Alligator Boy) in association with Disney Television Animation and Disney Channel.
Inspired by the creators’ life in Cape Town, and set in a mountain town where animals and magical creatures co-exist, the 20-episode series focuses on the comedic and chaotic exploits of confident squirrel Kiff (a slang word for cool in South Africa) and her rabbit best friend. Each half-hour episode consists of two 11-minute stories and one original song. Heavens (Space Chickens in Space) and Smal (Caillou) are executive producing, with Kent Osborne (Phineas and Ferb) on board as co-producer and story editor.
Kidsnets and SVODs have been active in South Africa lately. Disney+ has two new partnerships with Cape Town’s Triggerfish Animation—sci-fi series Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire and eOne co-pro Kiya. Netflix is also working with the studio on its first African animated original series Mama K’s Team 4. Cartoon Network, meanwhile, is producing its first African superhero series, Garbage Boy and Trash Can, with South African studio Pure Garbage.