Alliance Atlantis International Content Distribution has sold the stop-motion animated preschool property Lunar Jim to France 5, which plans to launch the series this fall. The show recently began airing on Discovery Kids in Latin America, CBC in Canada and ABC Kids in Australia. The lunacy with then spread to the U.K.’s BBC and CBeebies on April 3, Germany’s Kika on April 13 and Canada’s SRC on April 15.
Co-produced by The Halifax Film Co. and Alliance Atlantis, Lunar Jim promotes problem-solving skills and cooperation through the adventures of Jim and his friends, Rover the Robot Dog, Ripple the Super Space Mechanic, Eco the Farmer and T.E.D. the Technical Equipment Device. Living on the moon presents the gang with unique challenges that must be overcome through teamwork each week.
The series’ interactive website, www.lunarjim.com, launched in February and includes a games and activities section comprised of lunar missions, wallpapers and coloring pages. There’s also a photo section where kids can find images of Lunar Jim and his friends, and a a place where parents can find episodic descriptions and details about the series and its educational objectives. Discovery Kids and CBC are working on incorporating elements of lunarjim.com into their websites, while ABC has included a direct link to the site from the kids section of its web home. In addition, BBC will be developing a Lunar Jim tennis game for its young online visitors.
Alliance Atlantis previously announced a Lunar Jim worldwide master toy licensing agreement with Fisher-Price and is continuing to finalize agreements with other key merchandising partners and international broadcasters.