Slap­stick Meets Spooky

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HAt­lantyca En­ter­tain­ment plans a splashy launch for a new an­i­mated se­ries based on

a book se­ries that mixes mon­sters and com­edy.

aving started out as a book se­ries for Ital­ian trans-me­dia com­pany At­lantyca En­ter­tain­ment, Bat Pat is poised to make the leap into an an­i­mated se­ries with a splashy de­but planned for this year’s MIP­COM.

The 2D se­ries fol­lows the spooky and com­i­cal ad­ven­tures of a talk­ing bat, Bat Pat, and the Sil­ver sib­lings — Martin, Leo and Re­becca — as they un­ravel mys­ter­ies and cross paths with su­per­nat­u­ral crea­tures of the night in the quirky town of Fogville.

Dur­ing their ad­ven­tures our he­roes come to understand some­thing im­por­tant that puts a dif­fer­ent twist on the se­ries: the su­per­nat­u­ral “bad guys” ( ogres, vam­pires, were­wolves, mer­maids, ghosts) are not really evil — their ac­tions are sim­ply mis­un­der­stood by the peo­ple of Fogville.

The se­ries is co-pro­duced with Imira En­ter­tain­ment and Mondo TV is a stu­dio part­ner with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Rai Fic­tion and RTVE and broad­cast deals have been se­cured with Rai Fic­tion, TVE and VRT.

“The main con­cept is mon­sters who are not mon­sters and the mes­sage is that if you are dif­fer­ent, in this case a su­per­nat­u­ral crea­ture, it doesn’t mean you are bad,” says ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Ca­te­rina Vac­chi.

he defin­ing event for the li­cens­ing and mer­chan­dis­ing in­dus­try kicks off once again at Lon­don’s Olympia Oct. 13-15. IP cre­ators, brand man­agers and po­ten­tial part­ners will con­verge on the hall to shop for new op­por­tu­ni­ties, soak up some ex­per­tise from the pro­fes­sion­als, toast the year’s top per­form­ers and most promis­ing new­com­ers and, of course, try to avoid be­ing tram­pled by out-of-work ac­tors dur­ing the mas­sive Char­ac­ter Pa­rade. ( bran­dli­cens­

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