Cartoon Network is hoping to cash in on the renewed interest in pirate films by picking up the 2D-animated feature, Under the Black Flag, the latest acquisition of MainStreet Ent. The pirate adventure pic was produced by Abrafaxe Trickfilm and Hahn Film in Berlin, Germany and Universal Pictures.
Under the three-year deal, Cartoon Network retains all U.S. television rights for the film, which is based on European comic book series The Abrafaxe, published by Mosaic. Mosaic has recently published a comic book version of the movie, as well as a book on the making of the film and a novelization of the story.
Under the Black Flag centers on three boys who discover a golden Aztec bowl with time-traveling properties. Alex, Max and Califax suddenly find themselves aboard a pirate ship in the 18th century. In the course of their adventures they meet the beautiful and dangerous pirate queen Anne Bonnie, the terrifying and ruthless Captain Blackbeard of the Caribbean and the vain Spanish commodore Archimbaldo. The film features the voice of recording artist Nena (99 Red Baloons), who wrote and performed the title song.
Minneapolis-based MainStreet Ent. also recently acquired the U.S. rights for The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm–SimsalaGrimm, a new 26×30 animated series produced by Greenlight Media and Hahn Film, Berlin. The preschool series offers modern takes on such classic tales as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Puss in Boots and Little Red Riding Hood.
A sneak preview of the series is scheduled during the Licensing Show in New York, June 8-10, 2004.