American Public Television has made the pilot to the animated series Lost Treasure Hunt available to public TV stations.
Based on an original story by Matt Davis, the series’ goal is to combine high-caliber history with engaging characters and plot. The pilot sees the main characters, Ava and Dex, race to find actual historic artifacts on the trail of Christopher Columbus in Italy, Spain, the Caribbean and elsewhere.
The series was developed by award-winning animators with credits on Shrek, The Iron Giant and Frozen, including director Richard Bazley and writer David Rosenberg.
Public TV stations nationwide will air the special over the upcoming Columbus Day weekend and can rebroadcast it in December and into 2015.
The National Endowment for the Humanities provided funding for this series as an opportunity to promote history for children with a show that would interest “tweens” and attract multi-generational family viewers.
After a successful campaign on Kickstarter in May, Lost Treasure Hunt raised $12,332 (above its original goal of $10,000) to donate DVDs to schools in need and broadcast the pilot nationally through APT.