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Mon­treal-based Oa­sis An­i­ma­tion brings Que­bec ra­dio leg­ends to toon life with new se­ries

It’s rare th­ese days for TV se­ries — es­pe­cially an­i­mated ones — to orig­i­nate from a ra­dio pro­gram, but that’s ex­actly where Oa­sis An­i­ma­tion found in­spi­ra­tion for its new an­i­mated com­edy for adults Les Gran­des Gueules s’ani­ment!

The Mon­treal-based stu­dio de­buted the se­ries Sept. 2 on Canada’s Tele­toon La Nuit, bring­ing to car­toon life the ra­dio an­tics of Les Gran­des Gue­les, com­prised of ra­dio co­me­di­ans Mario Tessier and Jose Gaudet and their side­kick of the past 15 years, Richard Tur­cotte.

An English-lan­guage version of the show, Two Nuts and a Richard!, is set to pre­miere Oct. 16 on Adult Swim Canada.

Though Les Gran­des Gueue­les have been pop­u­lar in Que­bec for 20 years, turn­ing their com­edy into an­i­ma­tion was no or­di­nary pro­duc­tion. “The chal­lenge was to adapt a ra­dio show to an­i­ma­tion, with char­ac­ters that were al­ready well known to their fans,” said Diane Dal­laire, VP of pro­duc­tion at Oa­sis. “We also wanted to bring the high en­ergy of the ra­dio show into the an­i­mated se­ries.”

Oa­sis re-pur­posed ex­ist­ing sketches of the ra­dio char­ac­ters and in­te­grated them into new sto­ries and ad­ven­tures.

“This had its own set of chal­lenges as we needed the ra­dio clips to fit seam­lessly into the new sto­ries while main­tain­ing the nat­u­ral en­ergy of the ra­dio show,” says Dal­laire. “Jose, Mario and Richard have in­cred­i­ble tal­ent, and their 20 years of do­ing daily ra­dio shows honed their im­pro­vi­sa­tion skills. We had to in­te­grate this ap­proach dur­ing the record­ing ses­sions and adapt the scripts af­ter­wards. Al­though a chal­lenge for the pro­duc­tion pipe­line, it gave us a bet­ter flu­id­ity in the di­a­logue de­liv­ery.”

An­other added step was that af­ter the an­i­mat­ics were as­sem­bled, the team would punch up the di­a­logue and vis­ual jokes. This meant hav­ing to go back and cre­ate new de­signs, or record new di­a­logue, which then re­quired an ad­di­tional pass at the an­i­matic.

The se­ries was pro­duced us­ing both Sto­ry­board Pro and Har­mony. Sto­ry­board Pro was key in adapt­ing the an­i­mat­ics and stream­lin­ing the changes to di­a­logue and vis­ual punch ups. A pro­pri­etary as­set and pro­duc­tion man­age­ment sys­tem was piv­otal in en­abling Oa­sis to max­i­mize its pipe­line by track­ing the as­sets at ev­ery stage of pro­duc­tion.

With a first sea­son of 26 half-hours, Oa­sis is tak­ing Les Gran­des Gueules s’ani­ment! to MIP­COM in search of broad­cast­ers and dis­trib­u­tors.

Founded in 2003, Oa­sis An­i­ma­tion spe­cial­izes in the pro­duc­tion of an­i­mated se­ries and of­fers a com­plete range of dig­i­tal 2D an­i­ma­tion ser­vices.

Be­sides pro­duc­ing Les Gran­des Gueules s’ani­ment! Oa­sis pro­duced two sea­sons of the com­edy se­ries Pérusse Cité (Ben City), cre­ated by François Pérusse and win­ner of two Gémeaux awards.

Oa­sis An­i­ma­tion also par­tic­i­pated in the pro­duc­tion of more than 160 half hours of an­i­ma­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­ers and broad­cast­ers on se­ries such as Martha Speaks (PBS); Lucky Fred (Imira En­ter­tain­ment, Dis­ney Europe); Arthur and Cail­lou (Cookie Jar En­ter­tain­ment); 6teen (Fresh TV); Mouss et Boubidi (Ra­dio-Canada, France Télévi­sion); Wal­ter et Tan­doori (Cor­po­ra­tion Im­age En­ter­tain­ment); Stand-Up.TV (TQS) as well as On s’écoute par­ler (Zéro Musique, TVA).

That’s funny. Work your spring­board from there.

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