Taffy, Sunwoo Team for New Toons

Los Angeles-based Taffy Ent., the newly minted business unit of independent animation producer Mike Young Prods. (MYP), has entered into a co-production deal with Korean animation studio Sunwoo Ent. The two companies will collaborate on two new 2D animated projects, El Corazon and I got a Rocket!.

Taffy and Sunwoo will produce 26 half-hours of El Corazon, an original action-adventure series created by Bryan Thompson. Aimed at kids 8—12, the show centers on 15-year-old orphan Bobby Romero, an average kid who learns that he is the link between an evil mastermind and an ancient Aztec hero known as El Corazon.

Set in a graphic, cartoony and colorful urban environment, I Got a Rocket! follows 12 year-old Vinnie and his friends, the July Gang, who were all born in the month of July. For his birthday, Vinnie gets a fullyfunctioning rocket with artificial intelligence. Vinnie thinks the rocket will be the answer to his problems, but soon finds that the contraption can cause a lot of complications itself. The series, based on the popular picture book by Matt Zurbo and Dean Gorissen, is a co-production between Taffy Ent.’s U.K. unit and Australian-based SLR Prods. Sunwoo is animating 52 11-minute episodes.

Pilots for both series will be showcased in the MIPCOM Jr. Buyer Screenings and at the Taffy Ent. booth (No. R34.14) during MIPCOM in Cannes this October.

Other Taffy properties include ToddWorld, the quirky new animated series joining the READY SET LEARN! commercial-free programming block for preschoolers on Discovery Kids and TLC this November; and the upcoming CG character comedy, Pet Alien, launching on Cartoon Network Europe in January of 2005.