Atomic, Ellipseanime Get OK to Develop ‘Pirate Express’

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Vancouver-based Atomic Cartoons is proceeding with development on Pirate Express, an animated comedy series for children ages 7-11.

With a green light from Teletoon Canada, the 52 x 11 min. series is a co-production with France’s Ellipseanime.

The company describes the show as follows:

Pirate Express is about an adventurous 12-year-old Atlantean boy named Newt who has been given the challenging task of leading a motley crew of unruly pirates on bizarre voyages. Newt captains the pirate vessel, Fancy Pants, much to the chagrin of the original captain, Henri LaFailurette, who must reluctantly still accompany the team on missions. Newt is the son of the almighty Poseidon who has given the pirates the job of supporting his youngest son on these journeys. Should the pirates fail, they will be sent back to exile on a ship in a bottle for all eternity.

“We were thrilled to have Ellipsanime approach us with this fantastic concept and equally elated to have been given the thumbs-up for development by Teletoon. We are really looking forward to developing this for series,” says Rob Davies, VP of development at Atomic Cartoons.

“When Boris Guilloteau and Alexis Leveille presented us with this original concept, we fell for the engaging characters, the wacky story and the freshness of the design. We are ready to embark with this scurvy Pirate team on a new adventure and we are very happy to have Atomic’s talented team join us,” says Robert Rea, CEO Ellipsanime.

“Pirate Express gives our viewers the kind of zany story-lines and outlandish characters that they constantly crave,” said Alan Gregg, director of original programming for Teletoon Canada. ”We’re excited to add this series to our development slate.”