In an unprecedented move, Jetix Europe and the Walt Disney Co. will debut their new animated television series on the web starting next week. On Monday, July 10, animation fans can go to www.jetixtv.com to get their first look at Yin Yang Yo!, a Flash-animated comedy from the producers of The Fairly OddParents. The show will hit the airwaves in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Latin America in October.
Aimed at kids 6-11, Yin Yang Yo! is the first comedy-focused original production for the Jetix platform, which typically serves up action properties. The show follows polar opposite twin rabbits named Yin and Yang, who must put their differences aside as they train to become Woo Foo Knights and prevent Carl the Evil Cockroach Wizard from plunging the world into eternal darkness. Helping them along the way is Master Yo, a grumpy, old panda bear who also makes sure they get their homework done, eat their vegetables and do all the things normal kids do.
Yin Yang Yo! is created, directed and exec produced by Fairly OddParents producer Bob Boyle. Comedian and veteran animation scribe Steve Marmel (Johnny Bravo, The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom) is the head writer and co-exec producer. Animation is completed at George Elliot Animation in Canada, with a small team of Flash animators also working at Disney’s campus in Burbank, Calif. Marmel tells us he’s thrilled about the episodes starting online because it provides an immediacy that television doesn’t offer.
Jetix Europe holds all television, home video and consumer products rights for Yin Yang Yo! in Europe and the Middle East. Home video licensing and merchandising is being handled by Jetix Consumer Products, and TV distribution is serviced by Buena Vista International Television, which will launch the property with 26 half hours at MIPCOM Jr. in October.