Nelvana reveals new preschool properties ahead of MIPCOM
Canadian animation studio Nelvana has revealed three new preschool properties ahead of MIPCOM this month in France. The company has announced the digital-first live-action series Miss Persona, the CG-animated P.U.R.S.T Agent Binky and the short-form book adaptation The Remarkable Mr. King.
From the creative team behind the award-winning Teletoon series Princess Sparkly Butt & The Hot Dog Kid, Miss Persona (52×3 minutes) – played by series creator, producer and songwriter, Kimberly Persona – centres on the titular little lady who takes care of the creatures that inhabit her forest world. Along the way, she solves problems as they arise with the help of her bowtie-wearing best friend Brandon Bear and some upbeat tunes. The series launched on the Treehouse Direct YouTube channel on Friday, September 21 and will debut on Treehouse’s linear channel in Canada this coming January.
Based on the acclaimed Kids Can Press graphic novels written and illustrated by the award-winning B.C. author-illustrator Ashley Spires, P.U.R.S.T Agent Binky (52 x 11 minutes) is a new CG-animated series following the adventures of Binky and his fellow P.U.R.S.T. agents (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) on a mission to protect their human families from aliens, robots, and interstellar threats. The comedy-action series for kids four to seven will air in Fall 2019 on Treehouse in Canada. This is the second collaborative effort between Nelvana and Ashley Spires. The company is currently producing a short film version of Spires’ best-selling picture book, The Most Magnificent Thing.
The Remarkable Mr. King (39 x 7 minutes), based on the Kids Can Press picture book series by Montreal author-illustrator Geneviève Côté, is aimed at kids two to five and will air in Fall 2019 on Treehouse. The preschool series follows a well-meaning, short sighted, little lion whose ‘big thinks’ sometimes cause big snags and tangles – but if Mr. King tries and fails, he tries again to make things right. Mr. King shows little ones how to turn mistakes into wins for everyone to share. The series posed a unique challenge for Nelvana, as the studio went through great lengths to see just how quickly they could deliver a finished show. Nelvana expects to launch the series less than a year after entering production.
Nelvana, alongside broadcaster Treehouse and publisher Kids Can Press, are all subsidiaries of Corus Entertainment. The company will present these new productions to prospective partners at their MIPCOM booth (N7.R3). The trade show takes place in Cannes between October 15-18th.