Shorts Star Figaro Pho Gets New CGI Series

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The Chocolate Liberation Front and Ambience Entertainment are set to produce a new animated series called The Adventures of Figaro Pho that will be distributed worldwide by ZDF Enterprises, ABC Commercial and D360.

The producers describe the series as follows: “Figaro Pho is a warm-hearted, curious and mischievous character who just happens to be afflicted with a multitude of weird and wonderful phobias. If he had any friends, his personality and beauty would be infectious. Unfortunately Figaro doesn’t have any friends. In fact he’s afraid of people … all people. And that is just one of his many fears.”

The Adventures of Figaro Pho was created by director Luke Jurevicius, who first introduced Figaro to the screen in 2008 as a series of critically acclaimed shorts produced for ABC TV. The new series will consist of 13 half-hour episodes or 39 seven-minute episodes and will be made with CG animation.

The project brings together an experienced team including creative director Deane Taylor (A Nightmare Before Christmas, Popeye, The Pink Panther, Ren & Stimpy), animation director David Webster (Erky Perky series 1-3, Pop Pups) and writer Matthew Phipps (Figaro Pho, Man Friday Project).

The series is produced by former ABC TV head of interactive Dan Fill (World of Infinite Curiosity, Wild Kratts Interactive, Kids In The Hall, Death Comes To Town Interactive, Angela Anaconda Online) and Frank Verheggen (Immigration Nation, Figaro Pho) with executive producers Christopher Mapp (The Bank Job, W, Tomorrow When the War Began, Killer Elite) and Michael Boughen (The Loved Ones, Tomorrow When the War Began, Killer Elite).

ZDF Enterprises has distribution rights for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, while D360 has all rights for Canada. ABC Commercial holds distribution rights for the rest of the world including the United States, Australia, Asia and South America.