Cartoon Saloon is preparing another great-looking animated TV series. The Irish studio, best known for features such as The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea and The Breadwinner, officially announced this week that it’s producing Vikingskool, a show that will debut on Disney channels worldwide next year.
The series centers on a group of young would-be Viking warriors in an elite Vikingskool. Orion Ross, Disney’s VP of Content for Animation, Digital and Acquisitions, EMEA, described the characters as “freshmen in Top Gun but for Vikings.” At the heart of the tale are three best friends: Erik, Arnie and Ilba, each with their own unique Viking strengths and weaknesses. Targeting 6-11 year olds, the group will embark on a series of humorous and exciting adventures in a mystical world. “There is a substantial Viking history in Ireland and Northern France. As a co-production we can say it’s the only Viking show made by actual Vikings,” added Ross.
Vikingskool is being produced by Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon and France’s Samka Productions with post-production from Norwegian VFX company Storm Films. The series’ 26 half-hours are scheduled for broadcast at the end of 2019.
Cartoon Saloon was founded by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey in Kilkenny in 1999. For more info, visit www.cartoonsaloon.ie