Nickelodeon India hasacquired the cable TV rights (in a pre-buy agreement) to a European and Asian animated coproduction about a crime-fighting bird with kung-fu skills.
“Chuck Chicken” (26×22’) is a collaboration between Neptuno Films of Barcelona, Hong-Kong-based Agogo International and Animasia, which produces out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The toon, formerly known as Kung-Fu Chicken, targets seven- to 11-year-olds and is the second recent coproduction between Neptuno and Animasia, following 2010’s ABC Monsters (26×22’).
The 2D-animated show about an accident-prone chicken with superpowers who fights sinister master of the dark arts known as Dr. Mingo, first debuted at the MIPCOM market in October 2011.
Animasia’s managing director Edmund Chan noted, “Chuck Chicken combines action with lots of comic moments, and we are all very proud both of what we have achieved together, and the fact that our hard work and faith in the project have been validated by this agreement with Nickelodeon India.”
“We had a great reaction to the presentation of Chuck Chicken at MIPCOM last October, and the deal with Nickelodeon further confirms that the show is a very strong property,” says Cristina Brandner, Neptuno Films’ managing director. “We are extremely proud to be working with Animasia and Agogo, and delighted to once again to have a series showing on Nickelodeon India after the earlier success of Dougie in Disguise.”
The Indian deal comes after Nickelodeon India, which is available in over 34.2 million households in the country, acquired rights to all 700 episodes of Saban Brands’ children’s live-action series Power Rangers late last year.
Neptuno’s co-founder and MD Cristina Brandner told C21 her company will enter the Chinese toy market this year. The Spanish firm hopes to launch its Megaminimals brand in China by Christmas, alongside a new line of related merchandise to be produced by China’s Alpha Toys & Animation.
Alpha Toys & Animation is the second Chinese coproducer on the Megaminimals project, joining Agogo on a second series (156×6’) of the toon, which is set in a nursery school for young animals. The first series of Megaminimals (104×6’) airs on Chello Zone’s Jim Jam (Asia), as well as RaiSat’s children’s channel YoYo (Italy) and Televisió de Catalunya (Spain).
Neptuno Films was established in 1991 in Terrassa (Barcelona) and soon became a driving force in the world animation production landscape. In the past few years, Neptuno has gone through a steady growth with the build up of a library of universal animated characters with worldwide appeal, especially such animated brands as “Connie the Cow” or “Dougie in Disguise”. The company currently constitutes one of the largest fully-fledged studios in Europe with a distribution arm which manages the tv, video and merchandising rights portfolio.
Running since 2005, Animasia Studio Sdn. Bhd. is a one-stop answer to the production of digital contents that offer out-of-the-world creative animation through an on-going idea of oozing colour, fun, adventure and turning still life into motion. A MSC Malaysia Status Company with more than 10 years of experience in animation, they have busted their way through multimedia, animation and various artworks into taking clients to a height of winning numerous awards in Bangkok, Singapore and ofcourse, their home ground Malaysia. In the capacity of character design, concept artwork and storyboarding, Animasia Studio has excelled many Government Ministries and creative companies based locally and abroad. Some of the notable projects produced by Animasia include “Bola Kampung”, “Supa Strikas”, “Balla Bowl”, “ABC Monsters”.
Established in 1998, Agogo International Ltd. (AIL) takes up the sales and marketing activities of program distribution, with the aim to provide enriching sources of animation programs for television broadcasting platforms and video market in China. Over they years, the have earned the reputation in offering animation programs with consistent high level quality and entertaining contents that can be easily adapted for different countries
Sources: C21Media (17/02/2012), AWN, animationmagazine.net (27/02/2012)