London-based distributor Meta Media Entertainment has secured a number of broadcasting and platform sales for Studio Film Bilder’s new 2D-animated comedy Animanimals.
Created by animator/director Julia Ocker, each episode of the life lesson-themed series features a different animal that must find a solution to an absurd situation.
The 26 x four-minute, non-dialogue show from Stuttgart-based producer has been picked up by the toon’s broadcast co-producers KiKA and SWR in Germany as well as SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway), TATA Sky (India) and Jim Jam (pan Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia).
A MENA deal has also been signed by Discovery Kids, while Télé-Québec and Knowledge Network will air the series in Canada, and TVNZ for New Zealand.
As for platform sales, Chinese VOD service iQIYI and UK-based pre-school SVOD app Hopster have both acquired the programme. Meta Media is currently in negotiations for additional international sales.
Episodes from the series have also been released as short films. Among them, Zebra and Octopus won the Audience Award at the New York Children’s Film Festival for two consecutive years and the former also took home the Best Film for Young Children at the Chicago Children’s Film Festival.
Penguin has also been selected for this year’s Berlinale Generation competition and next month, the New York Children’s Film Festival will showcase 10 Animanimals films.
The first 13 episodes of the TV series were delivered last August while the remaining half will bow by the end of this month. Animanimals was initially pitched at Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, France in 2015.