TeamTO Spreads Wings with Hareport

Paris-based animation studio TeamTO has joined forces with Folimage, La Poudriere and L’Equipe to launch a new production entity called La Cartoucherie, based in Bourg-Les-Valence, in the Drome region of France’s Rhone-Alpes region. This new animation studio will begin working on TeamTO’s promising new CG-animated series International Hareport in September 2008.

Founded by husband and wife team of Guillaume Hellouine and Corinne Kouper, TeamTo will be looking to beef up its team at the Annecy festival and MIFA market in France next week.

Hellouine tells Animation Magazine that he will hire about 30 animators for fall to work on both International Hareport, a 26×13 series ( a co-production with Vivi Films, with the participation of TF1, to be distributed by Cake) and How to Drive Everybody Crazy (a co-pro with France 3 and Cake Entertainment). Both series were pitched at the popular European TV event Cartoon Forum in previous years.

International Hareport was created by Jan Bultheel and Antoine Barraud and targets children, six to 10. The 26 x 12 series centers on two young hares (Fred and Ned) who haven’t learned how to fly like all the animals around them. One day, their life becomes more complicated when their beautifully mown lawn turns out to be the

hottest new landing runway.

Hellouine and Kouper are also developing a stunning CG-animated feature titled Occho Kochoi, which tells the story of an outcast bird who suddenly finds himself acting as the guide for his flock on their annual migration to Africa. Produced by Kouper, the movie was penned by Antoine Barraud, with character design by Benjamin Renner. To learn more about TeamTO’s many projects, visit www.teamto.com