Doggedly De­light­ful

A re­silient street pooch and his fe­line buddy are the he­roes of Dan­de­looo’s new chil­dren’s toon, Stinky Dog.

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A re­silient street pooch and his fe­line buddy are the he­roes of Dan­de­looo’s new chil­dren’s toon, Stinky Dog.

Who doesn’t love a spir­ited hero who never lets life’s tri­als and tribu­la­tions get him down? Add to that the fact that he is a smelly dog and you may have a bonafide an­i­mated hit on your hands! At least, that’s what the pro­duc­ers of new an­i­mated se­ries Stinky Dog are hop­ing for! The beau­ti­fully crafted 52 x 13-minute show, which is co-pro­duced by Paris-based bou­tique stu­dio Dan­de­looo (The Tree­house Sto­ries, Chico Chica Boumba), Fo­li­vari, Panique! and Pikkukala, is ready to take on the world. Dan­de­looo’s part­ners Em­manuèle Pétry Sirvin and Jean-Bap­tiste Wéry were kind enough to an­swer a few questions about the up­com­ing show.

Can you tell us a bit about the de­vel­op­ment his­tory of the show?

Sirvin and Wéry: While search­ing for books to adapt for The Tree­house Sto­ries, Marc Bouta­vant, the fa­mous il­lus­tra­tor and chil­dren’s book writer, gave us the first copy of Stinky Dog, be­fore its huge pub­lish­ing suc­cess. We adapted and in­cor­po­rated the char­ac­ter into the first teaser for The Tree­house Sto­ries (a highly suc­cess­ful preschool live-ac­tion and 2D an­i­ma­tion se­ries).

What at­tracted you to the prop­erty?

We liked the non-PC sit­u­a­tions of the books, its quirky tone and hu­mor, the stupid but charm­ing Stinky Dog and the smart friend­ship with the loyal Flatty Cat.

Why do you think it stands out from other shows about dogs and cats?

These are anti-he­roes, street bums, happy about their po­si­tion in the city. It is a “best friend” se­ries with an edge, cel­e­brat­ing kind­ness and op­ti­mism. Stinky Dog is an adorable stupid loser who al­ways falls back on his paws, un­know­ingly. It is rare to see such an­ti­heroes in an an­i­mated se­ries. Stinky Dog is funny, well writ­ten and a great cre­ator-based and char­ac­ter-driven show which will touch chil­dren’s hearts.

Where is the an­i­ma­tion pro­duced and what kind of an­i­ma­tion tools are used?

This 2D se­ries is com­mis­sioned by France Tele­vi­sions and is to­tally pro­duced in France. We use Toon Boom tools to cre­ate the an­i­ma­tion. Over a hun­dred peo­ple work on the se­ries. Our ball­park bud­get is 8.2 mil­lion eu­ros ($8.9 mil­lion).

What would you say was your tough­est chal­lenge as you de­vel­oped and pro­duced the show?

In the de­vel­op­ment stage, we had to move away from the fact that Stinky Dog is a true vic­tim in the books and the cru­elty of hu­man be­ings on him was just not pos­si­ble in a se­ries. In the an­i­ma­tion it­self, the chal­lenge was the de­sign and move­ments of Stinky Dog such as mak­ing his hair flow, adapt­ing all the funny puns that ex­ist in the books and recre­at­ing the “new” Paris streets, un­der­ground tun­nels (cat­a­combs), fa­mous mon­u­ments and the at­mos­phere/am­bi­ence.

What do you hope au­di­ences will get out of Stinky Dog?

We hope they get a strong sense of op­ti­mism and learn that be­ing nice can make you be­come a true hero. Also turn­ing around peo­ple’s per­cep­tion, i.e. view­ing “weak” peo­ple as po­ten­tial win­ners.

What kind of feed­back have you re­ceived so far?

Buy­ers are some­what puz­zled by these new crazy, en­ergy-driven sto­ries, but they find him adorable with his clum­si­ness and wild and hairy pur­suits.

What’s your take on the TV an­i­ma­tion scene in France and around the world?

More than ever, we no­tice that there’s a stronger urge than ever for artis­tic vi­sions (based on books and/or cre­ator’s work) and se­ri­al­ized se­ries in or­der to cap­ture at­ten­tion and sus­tain emo­tions, thanks to the new plat­forms and chang­ing view­ing habits. ◆

Jean-Bap­tiste Wéry & Em­manuèle Pétry Sirvin

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