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Jetix Europe Orders More Pucca
Jetix Europe has set Canada’s Studio B Prods. to work on 39 all-new seven-minute episodes of the Flash-animated series Pucca. Bringing the number of installments to 117, the second season is scheduled begin airing on Jetix platforms worldwide in 2008.
Pucca is an unstoppable noodle delivery girl who has a series of wild adventures as she pursues her one true love, a long-suffering ninja named Garu. The series is set in Sooga Village, a strange town inhabited by an array of wacky characters, but the new season will have Pucca traveling to various locales including London, Rio and Planet Funnylove.
The series is developed by Jetix Europe and based on characters created by Korean company Vooz Co. Ltd., which serves as a co-producer. The first slate of episodes is now rolling out on various outlets including the Jetix block on Toon Disney in the U.S. and Japan, as well as three Jetix channels in Latin America. Pucca has also been getting VOD trial runs through the websites of Jetix U.K. and Jetix Netherlands, and has been licensed by free-to-air broadcasters in fourteen territories, including Antena 3 in Spain, RAI in Italy and Ch7 in Australia. Buena Vista International services the distribution of Pucca and all other series in Jetix Europe’s programming portfolio. Licensing and merchandising efforts for Europe and the Middle East are handled by JCP (Jetix Consumer Products).
The episode ‘A Force of Won’ from first season of Pucca was nominated for two awards at the 2006 Annecy Festival, including the Prix Jeunesse in the Animation category. The show went on to win 2006 British Columbia Leo Awards for Best Screenwriting and Best Overall in an Animation Program.