MIP­COM 2015: 12 Toons to See

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The MIP­COM con­tent mar­ket and con­fer­ence in Cannes, run­ning Oct. 5-8 in the Palais des Fes­ti­vals, will be a ver­i­ta­ble sea of par­tic­i­pants ( more than 13,000), ex­hibitors ( 2,000-plus) and buy­ers ( more than 5,000 broad­cast and dig­i­tal/ VOD shop­pers). In be­tween tak­ing in en­gag­ing talks from top global ex­ec­u­tives, rub­bing el­bows at the swank cock­tail par­ties and check­ing out pro­grams on fea­tured coun­try Tur­key, 4K ul­tra HD and the grow­ing non-lin­ear dis­tri­bu­tion uni­verse, here’s a dozen promis­ing toons to sam­ple. ( mip­com.com) Pro­duced by: m4e AG, Stu­dio Cam­pedelli, Car­to­baleno An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios Rep­re­sented by: m4e For­mat: 52 x 11 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids 6-9 Type of an­i­ma­tion: Dig­i­tal 2D Synop­sis: Eight-year-old Teo has a curious char­ac­ter­is­tic: when­ever he feels a strong emo­tion, he ex­presses him­self by sneez­ing — while turn­ing into an an­i­mal. Sell­ing points: m4e will be shop­ping an episode of the in-pro­duc­tion se­ries, which it says of­fers loads of com­edy in the forms of gags and witty dia­log. At the same time, Atchoo! aims to present the im­por­tant mes­sage that kids’ dif­fi­cul­ties and fears can be dealt with in a way that fos­ters re­silience and cre­ativ­ity. De­liv­ery: 2017 Pro­duced by: Moolt Stu­dios Dis­trib­uted by: Ink Global For­mat: 52 x 13 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids Type of an­i­ma­tion: HD CG Synop­sis: The story of six re­mark­able kids who be­come the planet’s only de­fense against aliens in­tent on global dom­i­na­tion. Work­ing from their head­quar­ters — an old garage that is se­cretly a su­per high-tech base — and armed with spe­cial abil­i­ties and in­ven­tive weapons like bub­ble guns and chocolate grenades, the young he­roes pit their wits against the in­vari­ably hap­less in­vaders. Sell­ing points: In­spired by clas­sic movies Home Alone and Men in Black, the show is “some­thing very dif­fer­ent from any­thing else in the genre,” ac­cord­ing to Ink Global part­ner Claus Tøm­ming. “It is de­fi­antly Rus­sian in its im­agery, com­bin­ing a vi­sion of the Soviet era with how the coun­try is to­day, which is a strik­ing con­trast to the Amer­i­can­ized look and feel of so many an­i­mated ad­ven­tures.” De­liv­ery: First episodes will be de­liv­ered by the end of year; broad­cast­ers signed in the Mid­dle East, North Africa, In­done­sia and Por­tu­gal. Pro­duced by: King Rollo Films Rep­re­sented by: Koko Me­dia Cre­ated by: Jo Rose For­mat: 52 x 11 Tar­get au­di­ence: Preschool Type of an­i­ma­tion: 2D Synop­sis: Sweet young girl For­est Flo and her band of wood­land crit­ter bud­dies use mu­sic, na­ture and friend­ship to nav­i­gate the daily chal­lenges of life and pro­tect the world around them. Us­ing their imag­i­na­tions, mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and a touch of for­est magic, any dilemma can be solved and any ques­tion an­swered. Sell­ing points: The property, based on the Hen­ries Award-nom­i­nated il­lus­tra­tions of Jo Rose, al­ready has a grow­ing li­cens­ing pro­gram in ad­di­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of pic­tures books and the an­i­mated se­ries. For­est Flo and com­pany can be seen in

Get Busy and Busy Time mag­a­zines, at Paper­chase and the T-shirt booth in the U. K., on greet­ing cards in Fin­land and Rus­sia, and soon in an iOS and An­droid app in the U.S. Pro­duced by: An­i­mac­cord Stu­dio Rep­re­sented by: Ink Global For­mat: 26 x 6 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids Type of an­i­ma­tion: CG Synop­sis: The re­cently an­nounced spinoff se­ries will teach young view­ers how to come to terms with com­mon child­hood fears through play, and fea­ture scar­ily cute char­ac­ters in ter­ri­bly en­gag­ing sto­ries as well as a strong orig­i­nal score in­spired by clas­si­cal com­posers Ed­vard Grieg and Tchaikovsky. Sell­ing points: This fol­low up to An­i­mac­cord’s glob­ally suc­cess­ful Masha and the Bear and first spin-off Masha’s Tales car­ries great broad­cast po­ten­tial. Masha and the Bear is aired by ma­jor broad­cast­ers around the world in­clud­ing France TV, KiKA ( Ger­many), Rai YoYo ( Italy), Turner’s Car­toonito ( U. K., LatAm), Turner’s Bo­ing ( Spain), ABC ( Aus­tralia), Canal Panda ( Spain, Por­tu­gal), Min­i­max ( Cen­tral Europe), Rus­sia 1 ( Russi & CIS), SIC ( Por­tu­gal, Por­tuguese-speak­ing Africa), SpaceToon ( Mid­dle East, North Africa, Malaysia) and is avail­able on Net­flix in the U.S. De­liv­ery: 13 episodes by Q1 2016, ad­di­tional 13 episodes Q4 2016. Pro­duced by: CTV Me­dia, TVG Rep­re­sented by: BRB Internacional ( exc. Italy) For­mat: 50 x 3 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids Type of an­i­ma­tion: Pup­pet/An­i­ma­tion/ Live­Ac­tion Synop­sis: Minchi is a very spe­cial baby lizard: curious and friendly, she dis­cov­ers the world out­side her techy ter­rar­ium thanks to the In­ter­net. With her com­puter she finds ways to ex­plain na­ture to kids in a sim­ple, fun- filled way. Sell­ing points: A pleas­ant, graph­i­cally sim­ple blend of me­dia com­bined with Minchi’s love of don­ning dis­guises, singing and danc­ing are a win­ning recipe to keep young kids in­ter­ested in the show’s ed­u­ca­tional, eco­log­i­cal mes­sage. The pro­duc­ers col­lab­o­rated with ex­perts in child de­vel­op­ment and el­e­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion. Pro­duced by: Spiffy Chicago for PBS KIDS Rep­re­sented by: 9 Story Me­dia Group For­mat: 80 x 11 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids 4-8 Type of an­i­ma­tion: Dig­i­tal 2D Synop­sis: Na­ture Cat can’t wait to get out­side for a day of back­yard na­ture ex­cur­sions and brav­ery, but there’s one prob­lem: he’s a house cat with no in­stincts for na­ture! For­tu­nately, his an­i­mal friends are at his side to share in his deep love for Mother Na­ture, pas­sion for ex­plor­ing the great out­doors, and swash­buck­ling wan­der­lust for old-fash­ioned back­yard ad­ven­ture. Sell­ing points: “Re­search shows that chil­dren ben­e­fit greatly from play­ing out­side, yet the amount of time kids spend out­doors has been steadily de­clin­ing over the past sev­eral years,” said Lesli Roten­berg, GM of chil­dren’s me­dia, PBS. “Through Na­ture Cat, our goal is to get kids ex­cited about the won­ders of na­ture and en­cour­age healthy out­door ac­tiv­i­ties by mod­el­ing hands-on ex­plo­ration with en­gag­ing, hu­mor­ous sto­ries and char­ac­ters.” The an­i­mated sto­ries will model age-ap­pro­pri­ate rea­son­ing skills while live-ac­tion in­ter­sti­tials demon­strate ways to ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture. Pro­duced by: S. A. Dis­trib­uted by: ( Europe) For­mat: 52 x 23 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids Type of an­i­ma­tion: HD 2D Synop­sis: Hyped as the first en­ter­tain­ment brand in the world cre­ated ex­clu­sively to pro­mote healthy eat­ing, Nutri Ven­tures fol­lows the ad­ven­tures of Theo, Lena, Ben, Lit­tle Nina and furry friend Guga on their quest to find real food, hav­ing only known ( and eaten) Genex 100, a syn­thetic food de­vel­oped by the evil Alex Grand. Sell­ing points: “Nutri Ven­tures is not just a se­ries but a com­plete chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment brand sup­ported by a di­ver­sity of dig­i­tal con­tent in­clud­ing apps, mu­sic and gam­ing for chil­dren in ad­di­tion to a ded­i­cated in­ter­na­tional li­cens­ing and mer­chan­dis­ing pro­gram,” says At­lantyca dis­tri­bu­tion man­ager Pe­dro Ci­taristi. In ad­di­tion to a grow­ing world­wide broad­cast pres­ence, young au­di­ences are en­gaged with the brand through an on­line vir­tual world at nu­triven­tures.com. Broad­cast­ers: Sold in more than 32 coun­tries to date in­clud­ing Dis­ney Chan­nel ( Spain), RTP ( Por­tu­gal), Mega­max ( East­ern Europe), TV3 ( Thai­land) and Okto ( Sin­ga­pore) and Nutri Ven­tures is cur­rently avail­able in the U.S. on the HULU Plus stream­ing plat­form, Net­flix ( also Brazil), Hulo, ION TV and Playkids. Pro­duced by: Cot­ton­wood Me­dia Cre­ated by: Diane Kre­den­sor For­mat: 52 x 11 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids 3- 6 Type of an­i­ma­tion: Dig­i­tal 2D Synop­sis: This slap­stick com­edy fol­lows

two an­i­mated cats trav­el­ing across the live­ac­tion globe, in­tro­duc­ing kids to serendip­ity, the joys of un­likely friend­ships and global cit­i­zen­ship. Moon is a fash­ion-for­ward hat afi­cionado who de­lights in happy ac­ci­dents, while Ol­lie is a die-hard plan­ner who would do any­thing to avoid sur­prises — but never does, thanks to Moon. Sell­ing points: “The key sell­ing points are firstly that the se­ries is based on an es­tab­lished best-sell­ing book se­ries pub­lished by Ran­dom House Chil­dren’s Books. And se­condly, there is great tal­ent in­volved,” says Cot­ton­wood Me­dia CEO David Michel. “The book se­ries was cre­ated by au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor Diane Kre­den­sor, an Emmy Award-win­ning artist, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer whose cred­its in­clude Pinky and the Brain, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Word World, among oth­ers. Kre­den­sor also serves as cre­ative pro­ducer. The se­ries was de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Kre­den­sor by Robert Var­gas ( Word World, Won­der Pets, Zack & Quack and Henry Hug­gle­mon­ster).” Broad­cast­ers: NBC Sprout Pro­duced by: TeamTO, Dig­i­tal Di­men­sion For­mat: 78 x7 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids 6-11 Type of an­i­ma­tion: 3D CG Synop­sis: Mike the dog’s only am­bi­tion in life is to read his daily pa­per and enjoy his hot cup of tea in peace. Un­for­tu­nately, all the other pets in his home and the neigh­bor­hood at large have a very dif­fer­ent idea of a good time. Sell­ing points: Cre­ated by the com­edy ge­niuses be­hind non­ver­bal se­ries Os­car’s Oa­sis — which can be found on TF1, Canal+ Fam­ily and Net­flix — the mis­ad­ven­tures of re­al­is­ti­cally-ren­dered pug Mike and his fel­low pets prom­ises to be part Tom and Jerry, part Garfield, part vi­ral YouTube video and 100 per­cent di­a­logue-free hi­lar­ity. Pro­duced by: Gau­mont An­i­ma­tion, Vive­ment Lundi Dis­trib­uted by: Gau­mont An­i­ma­tion Cre­ated by: Aman­dine Gallerand, Matthieu Che­val­lier For­mat: 39 x 7 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids Type of an­i­ma­tion: HD 2D Synop­sis: In the hopes of calm­ing him down, lively Mino the city cat’s par­ents send him to sum­mer camp in the coun­try. Stuck in the mid­dle of nowhere on a di­lap­i­dated farm run by an old goat and a scat­ter­brained gi­raffe, he tries to make the best of it — though his ex­u­ber­ance of­ten leads to trou­ble. Sell­ing points: The fourth an­i­mated se­ries from Vive­ment Lundi has a soft­ened, mid­cen­tury-mod­ern look to bring a mod­ern edge to the pas­toral ad­ven­tures. The pi­lot episode had a fine show­ing at in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals, pick­ing up awards at Ex­po­toon in Buenos Aires, Chicago In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Film Fes­ti­val and WFAF Varna. Broad­cast­ers: Canal+ ( France) Pro­duced by: Ab­so­lutely Cuckoo, m4e AG, Tel­e­gael, Discreet Art Pro­duc­tions, BASTEI Me­dia GmbH Dis­trib­uted by: m4e Cre­ated by: Dan Good For­mat: 52 x 7 Tar­get au­di­ence: Girls 4-7 Type of an­i­ma­tion: CG Synop­sis: Wissper is a lit­tle girl with a very spe­cial tal­ent: she can talk to an­i­mals. As the only “an­i­mal whis­perer” in the world, crea­tures of all shapes and sizes seem to know to come to her when they have a prob­lem. Sell­ing points: Cre­ated by Ab­so­lutely Cuckoo, known for suc­cess­ful kids se­ries Way­bu­loo, m4e saw the po­ten­tial of this beast-friendly brand with built-in li­cens­ing op­por­tu­nity and a time­less feel when it part­nered up with the pro­duc­ers last year. Simba Dickie Group re­cently signed on as mas­ter toy part­ner, and U. K.’s Milk­shake is com­mis­sion­ing broad­caster. De­liv­ery: 26 episodes due end of year, ad­di­tional 26 due spring 2016. Pro­duced by: ToonDraw Pro­duc­tions in as­so­ci­a­tion with So­ciété Ra­dio- Canada and YOOPA Dis­trib­uted by: Dis­tri­bu­tion 360 Cre­ated by: Ray­mond Lebrun and Do­minique Jolin For­mat: 78 x 5 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids 3-6 Type of an­i­ma­tion: 2D Synop­sis: Each episode fea­tures, YaYa, the big sis­ter with a taste for mis­chief, and her quirky lit­tle brother Zouk, as they get them­selves into hi­lar­i­ous sit­u­a­tions as they travel be­tween real and imag­i­nary worlds; in­flu­enced by real life places and peo­ple — whether it’s through a mir­ror, on a space­ship or into the for­est in the back of the closet. Sell­ing points: Do­minique Jolin’s name is fa­mil­iar in Cana­dian kids’ TV; she cre­ated the books and an­i­mated TV adap­ta­tion of Toopy and Bi­noo. Like­wise, the whim­si­cal ad­ven­tures of YaYa & Zouk are al­ready fa­mil­iar to young­sters through books from Bag­nole, a free app for iOS and An­droid tablets and yayaand­zouk.com. Broad­cast­ers: Ra­dio- Canada and YOOPA, Canada [

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