Turner has picked up Technicolor Animation Productions’ new Monchhichi CG-animated series for their Boomerang streaming service in the United States. Additionally, the series will be later available on Hulu. The show is based on a line of dolls of the same name by Japan’s Sekiguchi Corporation, which have sold over 100 million units worldwide.
First introduced in 1974, the dolls have inspired multiple animated adaptations in the past. The most recent being a Japanese stop-motion production from 2005. To English-speaking audiences, perhaps the best-known entry was the 13-episode animated series by Hanna-Barbera in 1983. The new show is a comedy produced in France aimed at an upper preschool demographic.
Technicolor describes the series as:
Follow the brave and cute Monchhichi, the sleep custodian as they embark on their magical adventures. And remember creating dreams is a lot harder than one might think!
Monchhichi’s first 52 x 11-minute episode season debuted in France on TF1 last October. The show has also been picked up by Discovery Kids (Latin America), DeaKids (Italy), Dreamia Canal Panda (Portugal), RTL Telekids (Netherlands), VRT and RTBF (Belgium), MTV3 (Finland), NRK (Norway), Canal+ (Poland), AMC Networks (Czech Republic and Slovakia), TeleQuebec (Canada), MTVA (Hungary) and TV3 (Thailand).
The show’s U.S. news comes as commissioning broadcaster TF1 has just ordered a second season. A new 52 x 11-minute episode batch of episodes are expected to be delivered to global partners by March 2020.
Monchhichi is distributed by PGS Entertainment, who brokered the show’s two deals in the United States.