Reprinted from Animation Insider on 06/04/2012. Click here to see original piece.

TV Animation Sales: Late Spring 2012
(06/04/2012)
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.
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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, regarding 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. 

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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 Nights, 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 Australia. 

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.

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Still living free and in the wild, 9 Story Ent. (Toronto, ON) has announced the sale of the first season of Wild Kratts 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.

Wild Kratts is an 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 Bears Classic, 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 RockG.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 Book 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."