Distributed By: Gaumont (worldwide except Canada, Italian sp. Europe, Germany, Sweden, UK, MENA, Japan, U.S. & Brazil)
Produced By: Gaumont, Groupe PVP Inc., Congedo Culturarte, Fandango Format: 52 x 11 min. and 13 x 1 min. Target Audience: Upper Preschool Type of Animation: 2D Synopsis: Ring, Zip, Stella and Sun are four young and talented “Wizard Chefs” learning life’s lessons through the words of wisdom in Grandma’s Magic Cookbook. Chosen as the Magic Cookbook’s secret keepers, the four friends use their wands and kitchen wits to protect the book from the evil Copperpot’s plans to steal it and control Trulliland.
Selling Points: “Part storybook magic with a little Masterchef Junior and a dash of wizardry, there’s nothing quite like Trulli Tales in the market right now,” says Vanessa Shapiro, President of Worldwide Distribution, Gaumont. “Combining children’s love of magic with the fun of cooking, and easily relatable characters, we look forward to launching our new series at MIPTV.” In addition to the colorful series, directed by Éric Gosselet ( Rekkit Rabbit), the world of Trulliland is expanded and explorable for youngsters through mobile and online games.
Broadcasters: Commissioned by Disney Junior EMEA, RAI (Italy), Radio Canada and Globosat (Brazil)
Valt’s eye-catching blend of contemporary cartoon aesthetics and mythological elements blend perfectly with character-driven comedy moments and high-stakes action. Which is probably why he show racked up over 9 million views in its first two weeks of digital release in China. “We specifically created Valt the Wonder Deer with an international audience in mind, blending the best of Hollywood and Chinese storytelling to tell a story with universal appeal,” said Yuan “Phabey” Wang, CEO, DreamEast Pictures USA.
Broadcasters: BTV Kaku Kids Channel (China), TenCent (China VOD)
After three editions in Venice, Italy’s traveling international cross-media and children’s television is heading west to Turin for 2017.
The location is not the only new element to the festival, which has a new format and this year will be celebrating the centenary of Japanese animation at the majestic Palazzo Carignano, Cinecafé Ambrosio and Piazza Carlo Alberto from April 6-8.
We caught up with the event’s artistic director, Roberto Genovesi, for the details on this year’s event.
Animation Magazine: Why is Cartoons on the Bay being held in Turin this year after several years in Venice?
Roberto Genovesi: Cartoons on the Bay is a traveling festival. We started from the south to cross the entire peninsula. We are not a geographical but a philosophical “bay.” We want to be a landing place for Italian and international animation.
Animag: What can attendees expect of the facilities in Turin for the event?
Genovesi: Cartoons on the Bay will be held in different locations. We would like to build the citadel of animation. We offer four types of programs: professional, schools, families and a new feature films program.
Animag: Why was Japan chosen as the guest country? What Japanese companies or artists will be honored at or will attend the event this year?
Genovesi: This year, Japanese animation celebrates its centenary. We wanted Japanese animation represented not only by the authors of the best-known series but also by independent representatives of the animation industry, festivals and cultural institutions. So we will have Shinichiro Watanabe, but also Koji Yamamura, the CoMix Wave studios of Makoto Shinkai, but also Taku Furukawa and Sayoko Kinoshita, director of Hiroshima animation fest.
Animag: Have there been additions or deletions to the event program?
Genovesi: For 2017, we have a new Pulcinella Award for feature films. So we have a new screening program with at least 30 mov- ies from a lot of countries.
Animag: Who will be receiving Pulcinella Awards this year?
Genovesi: Taku Furukawa will receive the Pulcinella Career Award. Koji Yamamura, Shinichiro Watanabe, and Tomonobu Itagaki will receive Pulcinella Special Awards, and CoMix Wave will receive the International Stu- dio of the Year honor.
Animag: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s event?
Genovesi: A new city, a new format. But we have always the same goal: look for new talents, early detection of future successes, study the evolution of languages. [