The 2D animated feature Millionaire Dogs will have its U.S. TV premiere on Cartoon Network this Saturday, Nov. 15th. The 80-minute family flick will air in the network’s primetime Cartoon Theatre slot, followed by a repeat on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Directed by Michael Schoemann (The Magic Voyage) of German animation house Benchmark Ent., Millionaire Dogs was released theatrically by PolyGram Ent. in Europe and has been a hit worldwide. It also got a limited U.S theatrical run as part of the 2002 Kids First! Film Festival. Cartoon Network picked it up from Los Angeles-based Pop Twist Ent. Inc., which also handles the French hit animated comedy series Wombat City.
Millionaire Dogs is the story of five scruffy canines and one zany parrot who live together under the protective roof of Miss Lilly’s House of Pets. When Miss Lilly suddenly passes, the animals inherit her fortune and become a pack of pampered millionaires. But it’s not all salon grooming and sausage links when they discover the darker side of wealth and set out on a comic adventure that will test their friendship.
Doug Zwick of Pop Twist Ent. comments, "In this era of in-house production and pre-branded programming it’s increasingly difficult to find U.S. TV homes for the unique animated visions of talented individuals. So we were especially excited when Terry Kalagian of the Cartoon Network responded so strongly to Millionaire Dogs and decided to pick it up."
Millionaire Dogs is a production of ORB Film & TV Production (Now Benchmark Ent. Pictures Prod. Gmbh) in co-production with EIV Ent. Invest Gmbh & Co KG and ZDF. It was produced by Deitmar Kablitz and Michael Schoemann, and written by Hollywood-based screenwriters Karin Howard (The Neverending Story II) and Joe Steuben, from an idea by Ute Schoemann-Koll.
For more information about Millionaire Dogs or Pop Twist Ent., visit www.poptwist.com. The movie’s soundtrack CD is available from BMG Ariola.