The French city of Toulouse will host the 28th edition of Cartoon Forum, the co-production platform for European animation series that will present 80 new projects from across Europe from September 12th to 15th. There will be 9 Irish projects pitched at the forum.
Created in 1990, Cartoon Forum is a unique event focusing on pitching sessions of pre-selected TV projects, where animation producers can find cross-border partners and speed up financial arrangements. It allows co-productions to be finalised, pre-buys agreed, negotiation of distribution agreements, options discussed on every type of right, and licensing of secondary rights.
Ireland is second only to France for the most projects chosen for Cartoon Forum 2017, with projects coming from Irish studios Cartoon Saloon, Giant Animation, Ink & Light, Jam Media, Kavaleer Productions, Kite Entertainment & Turnip and Duck, Wiggleywoo, Piranha Bar, and Dream Logic Studios.
The pitching sessions are the core element of the Cartoon Forum; each project is presented in 30 minutes to all potential partners gathered in the same room. The screening of trailers in front of all participants during the traditional breakfast ‘Croissant & Coffee Shows’ gives a taste of the project and encourages people to attend the pitching sessions.
Having enjoyed great success at the Cartoon Forum in the past decade, Ireland was the first country to be celebrated as the ‘country of honour’, at last year’s Cartoon Forum.
This year’s project are as follows:
Kite Entertainment & Turnip and Duck will pitch a new computer animated and puppet TV series called Brain Freeze High. Aimed at children aged six to eleven, the series consists of 26 eleven minute episodes. An elite group of eight year olds are chosen to attend the most high-flying school in the known universe – Brain Freeze High! Floating high above the clouds in a state of the art scientific research centre and led by world renowned, harebrained scientist Professor McCork and his crack team of experts, Brain Freeze High’s mission to educate Earth’s next generation of super scientists may be bold and ambitious, but their methods are not always logical… Can the rookie students handle the daily challenges that come their way as they attempt to earn their scientific stripes and graduate with flying colours?!
Produced by Wiggleywoo (The Day Henry Met), Farmer Mo is a 2D computer animated TV series aimed at the pre-school market, which consists of 26 seven minute episodes. Who wakes the chickens in the morning? What do ya know it’s Farmer Mo. Who feeds the cows in the daytime? What do ya know it’s Farmer Mo. Who puts the sheep asleep at night? What do ya know it’s Farmer Mo, and who do all the animals love? What do ya know it’s Farmer Mo. But Farmer Mo isn’t your typical farmer. She’s a 7 year old little girl who runs her farm with 3 rules, fun, fun and more fun. And when she’s not bailing hay or filling the trough, she’s talking and laughing with the animals. There’s Waldorf the grumpy duck, Ken the courageous Chick or Louie the flamboyant cow.
Hare and Prisoner is an Irish/Finish co-production between Ink and Light and Muste ja Valo. The 3D computer animated series consists of 26 seven minute episodes aimed at the pre-school market. Prisoner, a shy city raccoon, makes a new life for herself in the forest with the help of a friendly hare. For an outsider the forest can seem huge and strange, and Prisoner is more nervous than most. Hare, on the other hand, knows every leaf and bug in the forest. He can’t wait to introduce Prisoner to chattering birds, curious squirrels and grumpy predators. Along their travels however Hare discovers that there is a whole world outside the forest that he knows nothing about. Hare and Prisoner’s forest adventures reflect the experiences of our young audience as they navigate new friendships and the complicated journey to finding your place in the world.
Giant Animation are pitching a new 2D and 3D computer animated series called Knuckle, with 26 twenty-two minute episodes aimed at children 6 to 10. Knuckle is an action adventure show that follows a team of mighty warriors from Earth’s history – a Knight, a Ninja, a Samurai, an Apache, a Gladiator and a Viking who have been summoned to the future to stop an intergalactic evil from destroying the universe… along with the help of their 14 year old leader, Jake. Their dangerous quest takes them on a breakneck journey across strange and distant worlds where they’ll face deadly enemies, battle unstoppable hordes and ultimately have to overcome their own differences to become the heroes the universe needs them to be.
Dream Logic Animation Studio is pitching a 27 minute 3D computer animated family TV special called The Lost Letter. A young boy tries to prepare his neighbourhood for Christmas, until he meets the one lady who doesn’t want the holiday to come at all.
Neenawsaurs is a 2D and 3D animated pre-school series from Kavaleer Productions consisting of 52 seeven minute episodes. Don’t like getting strapped into the car seat? Lost your favourite sock in the ball-pit? Toast landed on the floor jam-side down? Again? And nobody seems to understand quite how serious a problem it is that teddy got washed without your say-so and just doesn’t smell right anymore. But one thing is for sure when you’re a little one – meltdowns are a daily fact of life. Luckily for you, the Neenawsaurs are on hand. Five tiny dinosaurs with one BIG aim – to find out how to make it all right again. They may only be ten centimetres tall, but this crack unit of tantrum-tacklers treat your emotional outbursts as their highest priority. Neenawsaurs… For all your little emergencies.
Two-time Oscar nominated Irish studio Cartoon Saloon is pitching a new pre-school 2D computer animated series, Silly Sundays, consisting of 52 seven minute episodes. “It takes a village to raise a child” is an old African proverb. Silly Sundays celebrates the positive role that family, friends and community play in the development of children. Siblings Sonia, Tito and Robin take any opportunity to explore these relationships as well as the gorgeous town they all live in. Every Sunday, Tito kicks off the day with a new fun idea that Sonia playfully messes up, turning the plan into hilarious chaos and welcoming Robin to spice it up into the ultimate adventure. Fasten your seat belts everybody, Sunday is here!
The Slimefoots is a 2D animated sitcom for 6-9 year olds, consisting of 52 eleven minute episodes from JAM Media. The series follows the ups and downs of our main character Huey Foot, a Bigfoot, with an even bigger heart! Huey’s life got completely turned upside down when he was almost abducted by Aliens. Lucky for him, he was too big to get beamed up. Unlucky for him, his Mum fell head over heels (or bigfeet), in love with his abductor. However, Huey is now happy to have a new Alien Dad, a 9-year-old Alien sister (made out of slime), and a baby Bigfoot/Alien sister too! This unconventional family brings comedy to everyday tales and offers an honest, hilarious and very real perspective of family life.
Piranha Bar is pitching Truckslyvanian Monster Trucks, a 3D computer animated TV series aimed at kids 6 to 11, consisting of 26 eleven minute episodes. In a twilight world inhabited by machines on wheels, trucks from Trucksylvania are caught between two feuding tribes in an epic struggle of good versus evil. The strange misfits called the Monster Trucks lead by their spiritual master The Road, draw their life force from the good, bright side of the moon. The power hungry Van Hellsing and his evil corporation are seduced by the dark side of the moon to satisfy their lust for Trucksylvanian domination. Van Hellsing faces-off against The Monster Trucks at every street corner and every Monster Truck Jam to try steal the key to the force on the dark side of the moon, trying to defeat our heroes and end their eccentric life-force and love for boundless invention.