Toonz Media Group and K6 Media Group have teamed up on a brand-new 2D animated preschool series, Li’l Santa, with plans to bring a little bit of Christmas to Santa fans everywhere. Based on the comic books by Lewis Trondheim and Thierry Robin, the series targets preschoolers and their families. The first season of 52 x 1-minute shorts is slated for release before Halloween and follows the North Pole adventures of Li’l Santa (the pint-sized modern Santa eco-warrior with boundless energy, and a big heart) and culminates during the holidays with a 22-minute Christmas special. The show, currently available in English and French dubs, has more language versions coming soon.
The deal for the series, produced by K6 Media Group, gives worldwide distribution rights to Toonz Media Group, except for Canada where the series is available in French on TeleQuebec.
“We are thrilled at Toonz Entertainment to start off with a strategic partnership with K6 Media Group as we set off the worldwide media distribution for Li’l Santa series and special,” commented Toonz Media Group, chief sales, and marketing officer Bruno Zarka.
“It’s so exciting to be working together with a partner who we are confident will help us do this delightful, evergreen IP, the justice it deserves,” added K6 Media Group’s Laurent M. Abecassis. “This series and special is just the first of many stories from the magical world of Li’l Santa that we look forward to bringing to young audiences, in partnership with Toonz.”
Co-authored by celebrated French cartoonist, Lewis Trondheim, and award-winning French comic book creator, Thierry Robin, the “Li’l Santa” books have sold over a million copies in more than seven countries. The animated version retells the heart-warming stories of Li’l Santa and his friends and their magical moments. The series celebrates the spirit of Christmas with its focus on friendship, kindness and sharing, while also emphasizing on the universal and contemporary themes of conservation, sustainability, and eco-friendly behavior.
The show is currently in the final stages of post-production and will hit the market in October 2021, in time for Halloween.
Source: Toonz Media Group