Global Group Starts Production on Ask Lara

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Scotland’s Red Kite Animations, Spanish animation company Tomavistas, Dutch production company Submarine and Spanish broadcaster Televisio de Catalunya have announced the start of production on the animated series Ask Lara.

The animation will be handled by Animasia Studio in Malaysia.

The 2D comedy-drama series is created by Tomavistas director Mercedes Marro and was commissioned by Television de Catalunya, BBC Learning and Dutch public broadcaster VPRO.

Aimed at kids ages 9-13, the series follows a young girl and her four friends as they begin to grow up. It is scheduled to launch in May with Dutch distributor Telescreen responsible for worldwide distribution.

“The main objective for Ask Lara was to create a series which enabled viewers to identify with the key characters and deal with puberty in a low key manner,” says Marro. “This was achieved by giving the series a contemporary style, light-hearted feel and using animated characters which addressed awkward issues naturally. It’s a great opportunity to create a property that will make a positive impact on our young audience.”