Cyber Group Studios USA has partnered with LA-based Grilled Cheese Media to cook up a new food-focused preschool show called Yum-Yum.
In development now, the animated series concept follows a family of islanders who have slapstick adventures as they travel the world in search of tasty dishes. Yum-Yum‘s format and animation style aren’t nailed down yet, but Cyber Group plans to have pitch materials ready for Kidscreen Summit 2022 in February, says Karen Miller (pictured), president of the Stateside division.
As buyer consolidation and stiffer competition continue to shake up the kids TV industry, universal topics like food and family give the show a broad international appeal, says Miller, adding that food is also a gateway for teaching kids about different places and cultures.
“With Yum-Yum, we’re able to talk about the inter-connectivity of the world through food,” she says. “The goal is to create a sense of adventure and give kids joy and fun.”
Cyber Group sees a lot of potential for delivering the fun factor in its decision to collaborate with Grilled Cheese Media. It’s a relatively young content company—having just launched its first IP Major Marlo Meets the Monster from Mars in October—but the combination of Grilled Cheese principals Bob Harper (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) and actor Dave Coulier (Full House) offers a strong animation pedigree and plenty of experience in making kids laugh, says Miller.
Yum-Yum is the latest project to join Cyber Group’s new slate, which already includes a 52 x 11-minute series inspired by the Precious Moments giftware brand, and an adaptation of fantasy/adventure video game Final Fantasy IX.