Flix Tomi Ungerer

ABC Australia pre-buys series based on Tomi Ungerer’s Flix

Serious Kids will distribute the series, which marks the first-ever TV adaptation of the late author’s prolific body of work.
May 30, 2022

Flix, the upcoming TV adaptation of Tomi Ungerer’s book of the same name, has been picked up by ABC Australia.

Targeting kids four to seven, the 2D-animated series (13 x 11 minutes) was first announced in 2016 and was commissioned by Irish pubcaster RTÉ last year.

The book was published in 1997 by Zurich-based Diogenes Verlag and centers on Flix, the only dog growing up in a town of cats. The series will follow the adventures of the titular pug—who is bilingual, climbs trees, loves fish as much as sausages, and has feline friends Tabi and Munchkin by his side.

Ungerer, who was born in France and passed away in 2019, was a celebrated writer and illustrator who published more than 140 books for kids and adults. He received the Hans Christian Andersen Award—the highest international recognition for creators of children’s literature—in 1998.

Ireland’s Pictor Productions—founded by his daughter Aria Ungerer—is co-producing the series with London-based studio Eye Present. The project has also received support from Creative Europe, Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

While two of Ungerer’s kids’ novels—The Three Robbers (1961) and Moon Man (1966)—were previously adapted into animated movies, Flix is the first of his works to be adapted into a series.

London-based Serious Kids has signed on to distribute, with production expected to be completed by November. The series will officially launch at this year’s MIPCOM and is set to premiere on RTÉ in spring 2023. There is no launch date yet for ABC Australia.

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