CBeebies has recently ordered 78 x 7 mins’ worth of episodes of a new construction-themed fantasy series titled Tinpo, from its producers American Greetings Entertainment and its partners Dentsu, OLM, and Sprite Ent. The series is targeted towards kids and is slated for a 2018 debut in the UK.
Tinpo is one of the rare co-production efforts between UK, Japan, and US studios, and will follow the adventures of Tinpo Town’s heroes, aptly called “Team Tinpo.” These defenders of justice are designers and builders, as well as inventors that rely on creativity and ingenuity in order to solve problems in the most colorful and fun ways.
“Tinpo is an irresistible, fun and funny take on classic themes of construction and problem-solving,” said Jackie Edwards, Head of BBC Children’s Acquisitions and Animation. “And we love that co-story editors/head-writers Davey Moore (Thomas & Friends) and Emma Hogan (creator of Nelly & Nora) have developed a series in which the winning construction plans are never the most practical but rather the most creative, surprising and fun.”
“Team Tinpo’s approach to problem-solving and construction uses comedic trial-and-error that we’ve never before seen in a preschool series,” said Karen Vermeulen, Head of Co-Productions for AGE. “As a master of tech, Tinpo has a device that permits his team to interact with virtual projections so that they may work through the folly of his wild ideas until arriving at the right one for the job.”
Toshiaki Okuno, CEO of OLM, added: “From an animation perspective, rarely do we see a preschool series with the physicality of Tinpo, as he and his team will literally bend the laws of physics to test an idea. Both our company and Dentsu, Inc. see Tinpo as that rare project that organically infuses original twists with universal preschool themes and as a result, we are confident that this series will have strong worldwide appeal.”