GMTV Catches Oban Star Racers

U.K. terrestrial TV network GMTV has picked up Jetix Europe’s animated action series Oban Star Racers and plans to begin airing the 26 serialized half-hour episodes during its Toonattik block in the new year. The deal was brokered by Buena Vista International Television (BVITV), which services distribution for the series.

Oban Star Racers revolves around the Great Race of Oban, an intergalactic competition which takes place every 10,000 years to declare the winner of a mysterious Ultimate Prize and determine the balance of power within the Galaxy. For Earth, the race provides an opportunity to vanquish their deadly alien neighbors, the Crogs, who wish to annihilate the human race.

Featuring both 2D and 3D animation, the series blends elements of Japanese anime with western design, and marks the first time that a Jetix Europe co-production has involved a Japanese partner. The show is a co-production between Jetix Europe and French studio Sav! The World Production, with additional co-production partners France 3, Super RTL, Bandai Visual and Hal Film Maker. Oban Star Racers made its U.S. debut in June during the Jetix block on Toon Disney.