Reprinted from Animation Insider on 06/04/2012.
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TV Animation News: Global Sales Update
The following article spotlights a few news items regarding TV animation sales
announced over the past month, for May 2012. From the cross-continental journeys
of a pair of zoologist brothers to Germany (Wild Kratts
) to the new
north-of-the-border home of a beloved 1980s cartoon franchise (Care Bears
there are a number of titles cropping up in the news during these final weeks of
the spring season.
Imira Entertainment (Barcelona,
Spain) inched deeper into Latin American TV territories this past month, guided
by new broadcast agreements for Sandra:
The Fairytale Detective
and The Jungle Book
Canal Once (Mexico) and Canal Encuentro (Argentina), respectively. The former is
a popular fantasy series about a girl who enters the world of fairytales and
myths in order to ply her deductive reasoning skills.
from 1001 Nights
The latter of the two, DQ Entertainment and ZDF Enterprises' The Jungle Book
, has been
gaining significant speed this past season, and looks to reappear in North
America before long.
Vancouverite studio Big
Bad Boo is earning solid business
through its success with 1001
, a collection of short stories and tales of adventure from the heart
of Arabian folklore. The animated series has been acquired by CBC Radio (Canada)
and TELETOON (Canada), and joins broadcasters in Asia, Portugal, Finland, and
Big Bad Boo Studios is known for writing and producing fundamentally
multicultural cartoons whose humor and imagination are equally, fundamentally
accessible. The animated series follows the legends of various adventurers,
thieves, and hunchbacks, laughing and learning with each turn of the page.
Joe and Jack
, a preschool cartoon from Dancing
Girl Prods. (Galway, Ireland) and CCI
Ent. (Toronto, ON), will
reportedly take flight to ABC (Australia), Canal+ (France), NPO (Netherlands),
RTP (Portugal), and TVNZ (New Zealand). Additional rights have been sold for
South Korea and Canada. The children's program follows the backyard exploits of
a four-year-old boy and his best pal, Jack, who happens to be a cat. In addition
to these television contracts, CCI Entertainment also notes that ABC Enterprises
(Australia) has inked a home video distribution deal.
from Wild Kratts
Still living free and in the wild, 9
Story Ent. (Toronto, ON) has
announced the sale of the first season of Wild
to Super RTL (Germany).
The animated series has been on-air for well over a year now, and continues to
do a terrific job of introducing of animals and insects of all sorts to viewers
interested in the work of brother zoologists Martin and Chris Kratt.
The cartoon currently airs across PBS Kids Go (U.S.), TV Ontario (Canada),
Knowledge Network (Canada), Tele-Quebec (Canada), and other networks in the
Middle East, Ireland, Israel, Belgium, and elsewhere.
information/adventure series that takes viewers to the African savanna to
observe the speedy cheetah, to vast North American forests to observe the
humblest of squirrels, and to the Arctic Circle to get the details on one of
nature's stranger creatures, like the walrus.
Although several fans of hallmark 1980s cartoons will lend an ear to The Hub
this coming month for yet another revival (Care
Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot
), AGP has made it a priority to keep the
classics close to the heart. Care
, or any number of episodes produced in the 1980s, has been
acquired by TELETOON Retro (Canada), and now joins other not-so-forgotten
remnants decades of past decades, such as Fraggle
, G.I. Joe
, and Josie and the Pussycats
Stateside, extended cable network Disney XD has taken on The Jungle Book
, from India's
DQ Entertainment. The acquisition is momentous for the animation group, which
although having contributed to animation projects developed by major U.S.
companies, has yet to place one of its own projects on American airwaves. The CG
series will premiere this month and returns to the jungle where man-cub Mowgli
must come of age with the assistance of a bear (his mentor), a panther (his
buddy), and a python (who is kind of lazy).
The animated series stretches through twenty-six episodes and promises a number
of Indian royal forts, temples, forests, and much more. Mowgli's jungle home is
a picturesque landscape full of humor and drama.
"We are honored that The Jungle
will soon be on Disney
channels in USA," Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman and CEO, DQE Group, commented.
"Mowgli and his friends have found their rightful home and we are confident that
they will continue to enthrall audiences in their new CG avatars."