New George of the Jungle Swinging to MIP

Watch out for that tree! Studio B Prods. and Classic Media announced today that they will produce and distribute an all-new George of the Jungle flash animated series. Classic Media’s Doug Schwalbe and Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos will represent the series internationally at the upcoming MIPCOM and MIPCOM-JR markets nest week in Cannes, France.

George of the Jungle first hit the air in 1967 as a primetime animated series from Jay Ward. In 1997, Disney resurrected the property for the big screen with a hit live-action feature starring Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Monkeybone). Look-alike Christopher Showerman took over the role for the successful direct-to-video sequel released in 2003.

Working with Classic Media and Tiffany Ward, Jay Ward’s daughter, Studio B Prods. will handle animation on the new series (52×11), which has been commissioned by Canadian animation broadcaster TELETOON for broadcast in 2006.

Each episode will find the bumbling George protecting the jungle from a never-ending scourge of dastardly bad guys. He leaves the thinking to Ape, his brainy seven-foot-tall gorilla sidekick. Along for the ride are George’s loyal pet elephant, Shep, and his perpetual damsel in distress, Ursula.

Studio B has produced original series such as Yvon of the Yukon, What About Mimi? and D’Myna Leagues, which currently air in more than 22 countries around the world. The company’s international co-productions include Yakkity Yak, which currently airs on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and TELEOON in Canada. In addition to a full slate of service work, the studio is in production on 26 22-minute episodes of Being Ian for YTV and 26 22-minute episodes of Class of the Titans for TELETOON.